The QB question

Mike Nolan answers quarterback questions on Monday, along with inquiries about those responsible for protecting the quarterback:

Q: Who is your quarterback?

Nolan:
Right now, it's Cody Pickett. I think Cody did a decent job. He had one turnover back there. He keeps things alive pretty well. The other reason is that Ken (Dorsey) is still nicked up right now. We'll see where Ken is with his ankle. We had Ken at number two, but he was not 100 percent. We'll wait and see where Ken is this week. We'll know more on Tuesday and Wednesday, but I'm confident we'll have both guys available at this point. Ken did make progress. We'll see how the game plan goes and see where he's actually at before I make a decision, but right now, it would be the same as it was in this game.

Q: Did Cody earn himself another start?

Nolan:
He certainly did nothing to take it away. In our situation, he did a good job overall. With the limited repetitions he's had up to this point, it was very encouraging to see what he did. He's only had two weeks at quarterback since training camp where you take the whole practice. He takes about an hour of practice when you're in that role, but these last couple of weeks he's had the full two hours of playing.

Q: Will Cody still be the third quarterback when everyone is healthy?

Nolan:
I can't wait to have that come about where I can really make that decision. Right now, I couldn't answer it. At some point, we'll have that, and I'll have to answer to it. Right now, we don't have that situation. I don't know what it's like to have healthy quarterbacks.

Q: Could Cody fit anywhere in the quarterback depth chart?

Nolan:
If he performs well, and continues to perform well, then I'm staying with who's performing well. Our goals have not changed at this point, and we're staying with it.

Q: Do you want to stay with one quarterback so he can really learn the nuances of the offense?

Nolan:
We need some consistency at the position for a lot of reasons, if not just for the player himself, we need consistency at the position for all the offense. The other 10 guys rely on that player. Like yesterday, there are some little things about a snap count between each one of our quarterbacks that can throw off a line. I'm not going to say it wasn't a snap count that had our offensive linemen jump a time or two. There are different things that play into it. It's not just the defender that's coming against you or the anxiousness for the play, sometimes it's that cadence that's off a little bit. We're trying to use the clock better on offense, and in doing so, guys have to hold their water a little longer. They have to stay in there, stay in there, and that makes it difficult sometimes.

Q: Will Alex be the number one quarterback once he's healthy?

Nolan:
That will all depend on how we're going at the time with the quarterbacks we've got. Right now, we're uncertain when Alex will be back, but if we have some consistency out of our quarterback play as we go forward, then I'm not looking to switch back right away. We'll see. The game we're coming off of will determine a lot of that.

Q: What is Alex's situation?

Nolan:
It's still questionable. I can't be any more specific about that. I don't think it's changed from last week. I'll know more on Wednesday.

Q: Are you struggling on the outside of the offensive line?

Nolan:
Yesterday, I would agree. Yesterday was not one of our better games on the outside. How do you improve it? With our situation, it's not a player change, because the guys we have are the guys we have. It's more of an issue of being better focused. That's where some of our penalties came from, and we had some technical breakdowns. The remedy is hard work and continuing to believe in the things that you're doing, and minimize the opportunity for someone to beat you. If you don't jump offsides or you don't get caught for holding, you're at least minimizing those opportunities for that opponent to beat you. If somebody beats you physically and out-mans you, he's going to make plays. That guy's paid to play too, but when you mentally break down, that's nothing he did. If he did, you can't let him get in your head like that.

Q: Do you have hopes that Jonas Jennings will be back this season?

Nolan:
I certainly do. I have hopes, but I don't know how realistic those hopes are at this time. I'll know more this week, but I'm very hopeful of that. That's one of those things that I can't say I believe he'll be back. I think I have to say I'm hopeful. He's been out for quite some time now, and we'll find out soon enough.

Q: Were all five of Kwame Harris' penalties his fault?

Nolan:
Not all five, no. I know that one of them was when we held the ball a little bit too long inside. Nonetheless, as a whole, that group works together.


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