So as you know, last night I received a call from our trainers that Jimmy had signs of a concussion. And after examination this morning we’ve ruled him out. And Jay will move into that position, the starting position on Sunday. As we move into our preparation with our guys tomorrow with meetings, with walkthroughs and practice on Wednesday. I’ll open it up to any questions.
WHY RULE JIMMY OUT SO EARLY IN THE WEEK?
I think that’s really a doctors’ decision. That’s the doctors’ decision. Medically speaking, he’s been ruled out. And that was done today.
SEVERITY OF THE CONCUSSION?
I can’t say that. I know that each and every situation is dealt with independently. Doctors said that it would be best that he not play.
IS DAVID FALES AN OPTION?
Yeah. Jay gives us the best chance this week. And so that’s why. That’s why he’ll be out there. And Dave will be in the back-up role.
CLAUSEN WOULD HAVE STARTED THIS WEEK IF HE WERE HEALTHY?
That’s not an issue right now. Because of the injury. So. The concussion. So obviously Jay’s the choice here. And he was ready to go last week through the week of preparation, in the meetings. And his involvement with the quarterbacks in the meeting room. And he’ll be ready to go this week.
Jay said ‘I’ll be ready to go.’ And he empathizes with what Jimmy has gone through last night. And he’s ready to go. He’ll be in this afternoon to get started.
ANY STRAIN BETWEEN YOU AND CUTLER?
I think that was evident last week in terms of our relationship. And Jay’s comments to the media were very similar to mine. We didn’t practice together, in terms of what we were going to say. I said very specifically that I believe that Jay can work his way out of this. And I’ve enjoyed coaching him and working with him. And we had dialogue last week. And we worked together last week. It was a tough week on him. I empathize with him on that. But we’re moving forward, both with the idea that we’ve worked together for a long time and that hasn’t changed.
FEEDBACK FROM PLAYERS ON CLAUSEN DECISION. ROBBIE GOULD SAID PUBLICLY HE DIDN'T LIKE IT?
What we've talked about in our meetings is that I talked to the team specifically on why I made the change and that the change was not made to make a statement to the team. The change was made because I thought we needed to get better play out of the quarterback, and we weren't getting it and I was very specific about that last week, so what I've always talked to our players about is keeping those kinds of comments in-house, where we can talk about them in-house, so that's how I fee;l about it. I'm not going to comment on Robbie's because I didn't hear the comments. Your interpretation may be what it is, I'm not questioning it but my focus with the team is that if they have something on their mind to come in and talk about it, and guys have, in a real positive fashion.
ANY ADVANTAGES TO FINDING OUT IF DAVID FALES CAN PLAY?J
ay is clearly our best option in this case. David has worked very hard he has certainly not had the opportunities because the opportunities that Jimmy's had throughout the season, David has not had, a much different situation, but certainly Jay gives us the best option. He was the quarterback when we played Minnesota in the first game he'll be the quarterback this Sunday and David will be in a backup position.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE FACT THAT JIMMY WAS PRETTY EFFICIENT AND MADE FEWER MISTAKES THAN CUTLER?
I think every game is independent. I think everybody is going to draw their own conclusion, certainly Jimmy did a lot of things well in terms of managing the game and managing the team, ultimately we didn't win the game. But there were things that were very positive and things that he can continue to work on to get better so we're not going to make it any bigger than it is. We didn't win the game, we didn't score enough points to win the game, we didn't play efficiently enough to win the game and make the plays when we needed to make them as an offense, so it's not just one guy, it's the whole group.
MOST CHALLENGING PART FOR YOU IN A DIFFICULT SEASON?
You know I've tried to keep things in the present as much as I can. We've been through a lot over the last six months, certainly every day's a challenge handling the adversity that we've had and the minimal success we've had and it's been a challenge, something you've got to absorb and embrace along the way and try to be as consistent as you can wit the football team getting them ready each and every week, so it's tough to prepare for something like this because not many of us have gone through anything like this but I credit our coaches and our players as much as anything for the way they've handled it in a very consistent fashion in terms of getting themselves ready and working on a daily basis because when you're in here and you're working, you don't think about all the things that are going on outside the building, you're just working and you love football, you're practicing the game, you're coaching guys, you're teaching guys, they're giving you something back, it's a two-way street, so it's been challenging and disappointing as well because the results aren't indicative of the time and effort that our players and coaches have put in certainly.
JEFFERY’S NUMEROUS DROPS YESTERDAY
Alshon is his own worst critic. Those are plays I know he wanted to make and can make. I’ll leave it at that. He certainly didn’t have the day he wanted to have. He had opportunities. He didn’t get it done. He’s a guy who takes real responsibility when he doesn’t do the things we’re calling on [him] to do. It wasn’t a day that he’s going to look back at and know that he did everything he could to help the team, but he’s not the only guy. There is no one guy, no one player. I’ve said that many times, but I know him, he’s not feeling good today about the game he played, and we feel for him because of the work he puts in. He knows he’s got to do better, we all do.
DID CUTLER LEARN ANYTHING FROM BEING A SPECTATOR?
I think Jay’s always going to try to do that. He is an experienced quarterback, but he is very observant. He watches everything. He watches other players around the league. Jay, as I said last week, he’s on a journey of his own. It’s been a very, very tough year for him in terms of playing at a consistent level, but I’ve seen this before and I have faith that he’s going to return. He’ll go to work this week and put himself in the best position to help our football team win and take the things out of the game last week that he could have learned by standing and watching and observing the continuity of the game.
HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOU’LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR?
I’ve been supported by this organization since Day One, that hasn’t changed.
ANY UPCOMING ROSTER MOVES?
We’ll talk about that during the week and determine from the existing roster that we have the guys that will be available for the game.
DID YOU CONTACT LEAGUE ABOUT DOMINIC RAIOLA STOMP?
We have contacted the league about that. We turn in everything, that won’t be the only play. We turn in all plays that are disputable plays and we go through that, then the league has the people in place to handle those situations and give us feedback.
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU SAW THE STOMP?
To get into that side of it, I think we’ve got plenty of people in place that are going to evaluate that play from all angles, intent, all the different camera angles, and they’ll make the right decision. I think that’s the best way to go here.
DID YOU CONTACT THE LEAGUE FOR ZIGGY ANSAH’S HIT ON CLAUSEN?
We're going to send in everything that we think is a play that should be reviewed by the league.
HOW TOUGH IS LOSING WILLIE YOUNG?
That's a tough one. He has kind of been an inspirational leader. You guys know him in the locker room. He's a charismatic guy. He keeps people up. He's fun to be around. He's a guy who is always up and around the building and has played well and gotten better throughout the season. He'll be missed on Sunday certainly. He'll have a healing process to go on with Achilles. But I'm sure he'll be back ready to go next time around.
TIMETABLE FOR YOUNG’S RETURN?
You know, I don't know. These things, Achilles, are generally longer term injuries. I don't have a timetable on it.
WAS THERE A TEAR AND IS SURGERY SCHEDULED?
I'd probably do a better job of answering that, that there was a tear and eventually there will be surgery scheduled. To the extent, I haven't gotten into the extent of it with it but I know that it is Achilles.
PLAY OF CHRISTIAN JONES
He is ascending. He's learning the game on the run and the more he gets to see things the better he's getting. I think he led our team in tackles yesterday. He's playing faster. I think he's doing a lot of good things. We're excited about him. I said that last week. I don't know if you were here when I answered the question but we're excited about him.
IS HE BEST SUITED AT WILL OR BETTER OFF AT SAM?
I think right he's in a good place where he is. We continue to see growth in Shea as well.
FINAL GAME AGAINST MINNESOTA
Like everybody else we want to finish strong. We want to focus on the things that we can control -- getting a game plan ready today for the guys is the best thing that we can do to help our team win. Tomorrow we'll bring them in, we'll teach them, we'll coach them up as much as we can, we'll just do the day to day process. We're going to ask them to do what they did last week. They focused. They put their time and energy into the game. Certainly they gave great effort in the game. It wasn't good enough to win. We didn't play well enough to win and we acknowledge that. But they gave the game their entire focus and played for 60 minutes. That's the way these guys are. We'll expect that they'll want to finish it up this week and for us to expect that we've got to give them our best as well. We've got one more game and it's a divisional opponent. And we want to be at our best on Sunday.
PRO BOWL ROSTERS TO BE ANNOUNCED. ANYONE WORTHY?
I think that's a tough question to ask on short notice. Just going through our team I wouldn't want to leave anybody out if I mentioned one so I'm going to leave that alone.