A: They got to fight through it. They can't hit a wall. There's no light at the end of the tunnel. We got one way to go. We got two [practices] today then one tomorrow and then the scrimmage, so we got a long way to go. We're not where we need to be right now, but we're very pleased because we haven't had a lot of injuries. So knock on wood.
Q: How's Chickillo doing with the stomach flu?
A: He should be in yellow today. I don't know how much he can do. If he can handle that, then he will go back to a full jersey.
Q: Has Kacy Rodgers done a good job?
A: I thought he was excellent in the special teams scrimmage the other day, in addition to what he's done in safety. He's more comfortable. He just has to continue to finish and just run. You know, to have the confidence to run the show back there.
Q: What's Allen Hurns latest injury?
[Allen Hurns was in a red no-contact jersey today at practice. He seemed despondent during practice.] A: Allen is being held out right. I don't know for how long. We're just being careful with his head. I don't really want to discuss the injury. I'm just telling you that it is a head injury.
Q: How have you seen Maurice Hagens improve as a player?
A: Tremendous. I just said to him last night in the hallway the same thing. He's had a great camp. He's catching the ball really well in the backfield. He's blocking well. He's mistakes are minimal, so I think Hagens has had a great camp.
Q: Do you foresee him getting more touches this year?
A: I don't if he'll get more touches, but, again, he's catching the ball in the backfield, [and] he blocking for us. He can take the one-back runs. I don't know if his touches will be up, but I certainly he'll play more than he played last year.
Q: Are you looking for your defense to be a little bit more stout in the second scrimmage?
A: I don't look it the way that you guys look at it. I think when you put the ball in the goal line and the offense scores five or six touchdowns, I mean, I get it. The ball is in the two yard line. So, again, when those stats get released this is how the whole thing gets skewed (chuckles), because everyone thinks that the offense dominates the defense. At the end of the day, I just want them to get better and start settling in to who the first and second teams are and then we'll have some second teamers go against the ones so we can what they're going to handle in Chestnut Hill.
Q: Is this going to be the last scrimmage after this weekend?
A: Yeah, that's it. So we'll have a scrimmage Saturday and then Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we'll have four practices in there and then take a day and ride to BC (Boston College).
Q: Did Seantrel come to practice this morning?
A: Seantrel just left, so he's definitely not back this morning. He's not cleared yet. He's home right now. I'll let you guys know when he's cleared and when he's back.
Q: How's Denzel doing and what kind of leader is he?
A: He's doing good. He's in that little camp rut right now and we got to push him through it and get him to be the playmaker we know he can be. You can just get stuck in the monotony, if you don't focus every day. So, we just need him to compete and for him it's not just competing in his position. It's competing in the offense and competing to be one of the best. We got to get him back in that mode.
Q: You talked to about not having too many injuries, but you have a couple that you need, like defensive line and linebacker. Are you worried there?
A: I worry about everything, so we got to make progress there and some of the young guys need to step up. There is no question about it. Especially at the defensive line, we need some guys to step up.
Q: This is probably the hardest part, since you are half way through camp. What do you have to say about that?
A: This is it right here. This is the hardest part. This is where teams can get divided in that self-preservation mode can set in. We're trying to fight that and we don't want to just survive this portion of camp. We want to thrive. We want to unite and rise above it. As oppose to just self-preservation.
Q: How do you do that?
A: We just keep telling them that's the challenge of the team. Everyone is going through it and we need to get that selfishness out of our locker room. There is no place for it. It's hard on everybody. It's hard on the coaches, who don't see their families. For these two weeks, it's hard on the players. It's hard on everybody that supports them. Having a bad attitude or being negative [is something] we need to get off our boat. We're not where we need to be yet in terms of that but we're a lot further than we were last year.