THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FRONTS AND PRESSURE THE JETS BRING, HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THAT?
Well, it’s preparation and research. We spent a lot of time researching all the different fronts they’ve played this season and last season. It’s No. 1 on the hit list of things we’ve got to be prepared for and this is to keep Jay as clean as we can. Try to figure out a formula for how they do it, because they are so multiple. I’m not saying we have all the answers, but we feel going into it we’re going to have Jay in the best position to keep him safe back there. But it won’t be easy. It’s a complicated formula certainly.
ANYTHING UNIQUE TO THEIR MULTIPLICITY?
It’s unique. The uniqueness is that you don’t see as much of it with other teams as you do here. There’s a lot more seven-man rushes than you see most teams over the last two weeks, they brought everybody 25 times for instance — 10 times last week. So that’s a lot of bringing the house and putting your safeties in a position where they’ve got to cover the whole field and your corners. That doesn’t mean they’ll do it to us, but certainly they’ve last year at this time they’ve probably ran 20 the whole season and they’ve already run 25. It’s going to be little bit different. I’m starting to talk like Anthony.
FACING THE NO. 1 RUNNING TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. WHAT’S THE KEY TO SLOWING THEM DOWN?
It’s the same answers each and every week. No. 1, we’ve got to be assignment right. Everybody’s got to have their gap. You kind of hear the same language every week. Everybody’s got to have their gap. Everybody’s got to know where to be. Everybody’s got to read their keys. Then there’s the read-zone component of reading the back, reading the quarterback, reading the line, to make sure that everybody knows who has the quarterback, who has the pitch man, who has to take on the block and set the edge and so forth. So it’s assignment football. So it’s back to what we were doing in the OTAs. Yes we have improved. To continue we’ve got to bring the same kind of passion and emotion and yet we still have to play assignment football.
CONCERNING THAT SHEA DIDN’T PRACTICE?
Yeah, he was out today with a hand and we’ll see where he is tomorrow on the report. But today he was out.
PICK INJURY UP IN THE GAME?
It happened in practice.
WHO PLAYS HIS SPOT IN THE BASE DEFENSE?
We’ll see. That’ll be ongoing as the week goes on. We’ve got flexibility with some guys. That’s part of the … Jon Bostic aspect of learning all three positions. And we’ll see where we are. We’re still working through that and we will up until game time.
WITH THE JETS’ ZERO PACKAGES DO YOU SEE OPPORTUNITIES?
I think there is. The thing that the Jets do is they’ll show it and then they’ll drop people out. They’ll show it and bring it. They’ll show it and play different kind of coverages behind it. So they’re very, very good at mixing it up and not tipping what they’re going to do prior to the snap. There’s always going to be big-play ability when you leave the middle of the field open. When people bring those kinds of blitzes they know that. But you still have to pick them up. Anytime they’re going to bring one more than you can block because it doesn’t matter how many you’re blocking, they’re going to bring one more, you’ve got to find a way to make sure you can get the quarterback to get the ball out of his hand and still get something positive out of it. It’s really a fun challenge. It’s an exciting challenge for the entire offensive group, because everybody’s involved in picking things up, whether it’s route-running, change of plays, change of protections, line calls and communication — we’ve got to do it in the noise as well. It’s really challenging and exciting part of the week to get ready for this.
WHAT GREEN BAY DID IN COMEBACK VS JETS
I think the bottom line is that they made enough big plays to win the game overall. That just says a lot about the kind of team they have and the kind of quarterback they have, because he took some hits in the game and was able to get enough out of the offense to win the game. He got some big plays out of it and obviously that helped.
JAY’S PRODUCTION IN HIGH-TEMPO OFFENSE?
When we have been in two-minute situations we’ve been productive. We had a long drive in the third quarter that was not a high-tempo, although we mixed some in. I think it’s too early to tell after two games, exactly what we’re going to evolve into being. I think it’s a fair statement to say that when we’ve been in up-tempo and hurry up scenarios that we’ve had some productivity in the first two games.
ANY CLARITY IN RETURN GAME?
Just that we’ve got guys back there returning and we’ll see where we are. I don’t want to go there because we have another day of practice. As we move to the end of practice, I think there’ll be some clarity there.
I didn’t see it live. I certainly was aware of it and saw a replay of it. As I said to the team today, we’re happy for Devin. I texted him last night, he texted me back and I’m excited for this mountain that he’s ascended to. Everybody here knows him as a teammate and coached player and loves him as a person.
NEEDED A CHANGE OF SCENERY?
I can’t speak for that. When people move on, you hope it’s for the right reasons and their career and I think everybody here is excited for the fact that he’s having success and he’s doing something with his new opportunity.
NOTICE JAY CONNECTS WITH SOME AND NOT OTHERS?
Ask Jay. I was here a year with Devin and found him to be a really good teammate and a guy you liked having around. Decisions were made for whatever reasons and it’s good that he’s having success.
DO YOU LOOK AT WHAT ATLANTA’S DOING AND SECOND-GUESS YOURSELF?
I think what we should be doing today is celebrating Devin Hester’s success and applauding him for that. He’s moved on and I think that day is beyond and we should be talking about those things and where we are offensively.
BEARS HAVE MOMENTUM WITH BIG COMEBACK WIN. JETS BLEW A BIG LEAD LAST WEEK. ANY ADVANTAGES?
I think that’s relevant. We tried, winning or losing, to be consistent with how we go about our business. A team that’s had adversity the week before in the National Football League has a tendency to refocus quickly and has energy to bring out the best in yourself. I think it’s much more difficult at times to overcome a success and I think that’s the challenge each week, when you’ve had success, get the guys acclimated and know what to expect, and that is that we’re going to get restarted, put what happened behind us and learn from the mistakes we made, because certainly we didn’t play our best game, in any phase. But there were signs of us getting better in parts, and we learn from that and go back to work.
Going into any game in the National Football League, our guys are very much aware that the guys in that locker room are just like us. They’re the same talented guys, same passionate, competitive guys that we are. We know how we felt a week ago; that certainly should resonate with the team we’re playing. To play anybody in this league you’ve got to start out knowing whether they’ve won or lost, they’re guys just like us and the respect issue is a stabilizing factor in a week of preparation, whether you’ve won or lost, is knowing the guys that the guys across the line of scrimmage are getting ready just like you are.
FACING HEAVY PRESSURE, DOES THAT PUT EMPHASIS ON RECEIVERS TO WIN EARLY IN THE SNAP
I don't think of it that way. It's a good question that I don't know that I can give you any content with the answer. I think when you focus on whatever they're doing, you've got to win that down whatever they're playing. If they're playing cover-2, if they're playing cover-1, they're bringing zero blitz _ it doesn't really matter. You've got to execute the play within the framework of what you're asking your players to do.
BUT YOU WANT TO GET THE BALL OUT QUICK RIGHT?
You have to respond to what you're getting so if they're bringing those kinds of blitzes, the ball's got to get out of your hand. You've got to make sure you're protected from inside out. There has to be a sense of urgency running their routes because you've got to get open quickly. You've got to have the right kind of routes on because you can't be running 12, 15-yard routes. The ball's got to be out of your hand.
FULLER PLAYING SMART AS A ROOKIE
I try not to get as deep as you're getting. In terms of the question, I think that with young players let's just give this thing some time to evolve. I think that he's been in the NFL for two weeks and he's had some early success. Let's give him a chance to evolve and to grow and to see ... where this thing goes as we continue to work through the season and evolve. I think there's more definition to what a player needs to do to get better, what he's doing really well, because you've got some kind of baseline. We really don't have a baseline right now. I just think he's a very mature young man. He's very good at assignment football. He's learning on the run. He's learning on the run and during games. He's had two productive weeks. Hopefully, that'll continue. He's certainly doing all the things necessary and he's got his feet on the ground. I think he's a very even-keeled, emotionally intelligent young man.
GOODELL SAYS THERE WILL BE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING FOR EACH NFL TEAM
I wouldn't answer that question right now because I want to know what Roger Goodell had to say, number 1, and understand what he had to say. I'll leave it at that. I'm not gonna sit here and comment on his comments that I didn't have a chance to listen to. But certainly I respect the man and I believe that everything he's trying to do is in the best interest of (the league). I'll leave it at that.
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