Archive for November, 2010
Injury Report – 11/24/2010
Barry McBride on November 24th, 2010 AT 9:25 PM
Did Not Participate in Practice
DB Adams, Mike – Abdomen
LB Barton, Eric – Shoulder
WR Cribbs, Josh – Foot
LB Fujita, Scott – Knee
QB McCoy, Colt – Ankle
DL Rogers, Shaun – Ankle
TE Watson, Benjamin – Ankle
DB Wright, Eric – Knee
Limited Participation in Practice
DL Coleman, Kenyon – Knee
OL Womack, Floyd – Knee
Did Not Participate in Practice
CB Gamble, Chris – Personal
S Hudson, Marcus – Ankle
CB Munnerlyn, Captain – Shoulder
S Pugh, Jordan – Hamstring
RB Sutton, Tyrell – Ankle
OG Wharton, Travelle – Toe
Limited Participation in Practice
QB Pike, Tony
QB St. Pierre, Brian
Full Participation in Practice
QB Clausen, Jimmy – Concussion
WR LaFell, Brandon – Concussion
RB Stewart, Jonathan – Concussion
Transcript: Player Quotes, 11/24
Barry McBride on November 24th, 2010 AT 8:05 PM
QB Jake Delhomme
(On if he has some “pep in his step”)- “The last couple of weeks, I’ve had some pep in my step. I’m certainly excited to go out to practice today. It’s very unfortunate they way things have kind of played (out). I don’t know, you almost kind of pinch yourself and kind of say, ‘Is this a dream?’ All of the quarterbacks are having some ankle issues. It’s just what we have to deal with.”
(On if it is ironic that he may be making his return against his former team)- “We will see what happens, but it is kind of ironic that we are playing the Panthers this week. I’m not just saying it just to say it, I think the young kid was playing outstanding and really doing a good job. You saw him battle through a game last week and that’s something that I think he has earned the respect of everybody in here. More so, because obviously he was hurting a good bit and he stuck it out and did a great job on that second to last drive and even to try to give us a chance on the last drive also.”
(On if ideally after the Tampa Bay game, he wanted to make sure he was fully healthy before he ever returned)- “I’m a lot more ready now than I was even remotely close to the Atlanta game. We’ll leave it at that.”
(On if there are any bad feelings towards Carolina)- “No there isn’t. I can give you whatever I want to give you, but when I left New Orleans to go play for Carolina in 2003, I couldn’t wait for that first game to play against New Orleans. I think the reason was I wasn’t given a chance to play down there. As any kind of competitor, you want to have that ‘I’ll show you’ attitude. This is totally different, we had a good run down there. I enjoyed every single minute and I can say last year was difficult, but you know what, sometimes in relationships there are breakups. Ours needed to happen between myself and the Panthers. I do still have so many close friends on that team, coaches, personnel, everybody. It’s not like it was when I played New Orleans the first time because there was that revenge (factor). This is so different. It’s a very different Carolina team all around because a lot of guys did leave.”
(On if Carolina is falling apart without him)- “They did lose a lot of guys. I was there for a while and Brad Hoover, an unsung hero who was a fullback for 10 years. Julius Peppers, Chris Harris, you lose guys like that, Na’il Diggs, Muhsin Muhammad. That’s hard. They’ve got some talent. I know offensively they’ve had some ups and downs, some quarterback issues, but they’re not struggling on defense. I want to say only a couple of weeks ago they were ranked pretty high in the NFL, so they’re not struggling on defense. They’ve still got a good core intact on defense.”
(On if this will be a chance for him to show what he can do when healthy for a full game)- “I just want to go out and try to play good football to help us win. That’s the honest to God truth. It was so fun this offseason, this preseason just being out there. Even in the Tampa game, having a lot of fun and then having to deal with something. Everybody does have nicks and bruises and whatnot, but I think it did affect me playing-wise. I’m looking forward to, if I’m out there on Sunday, to going out and just playing, just doing whatever this team needs to help us win. We’ve had two very tough losses in a row. Certainly we had a couple of weeks where it was very fun, but two very tough losses in a row. We are just looking for any kind of way to bounce back and get a win.”
(On the familiarity he has with Carolina and the familiarity they have with him)- “The familiarity I have with them is I know how talented they are on defense. I know they’re lead by one of the best linebackers in football in Jon Beason. Ever since he was a rookie three years ago, he came in and he took over that team. He took complete ownership and he was playing the WILL linebacker position up until two weeks ago. He’s back in the middle where he belongs and where he just kind of runs things. There are a lot of young guys in the secondary that they drafted for this, the two young safeties who can run and I’m very familiar with their corners. Chris Gamble is extremely talented, we were teammates for a long time, for six seasons, so I know what they can do defensively. They have some new guys up front. They are doing a great job of kind of sending pressure like a lot of stunts and things like that. We are going to have to be on our Ps and Qs.”
(On what John Fox’s mentality is right now)- “I know John very well and I can promise you one thing. If there is anybody feeling sorry for John, it’s not him. He’s not feeling sorry for himself and he’s going to coach that team until he’s blue in the face. He’s going to come in on Monday after a win or a loss, give them the medicine be it good or bad and when they leave Monday he’s going to say, ‘Alright let’s get ready for next week.’ He’s going to coach like crazy to get this team to play the best they can. There won’t be any quit in that team, there won’t be any lack of fight in that football team. That’s one thing that I can promise you and it has resonated through him, just his persona. That’s just John.”
(On Steve Smith and if he is amazed that he is still playing at a high level)- “I have a lot of close friends on that football team and no, it does not amaze me. He’s a very talented guy. I’ve seen firsthand for many years what he can do. We certainly know that he’s capable at all times.”
(On how good it is going to be for him to get back in the huddle)- “It was fun last week to get on the practice field for three days. That was fun. You come, you do all of this work seven days a week in the film room, it’s fun to go out and do that. That’s what I enjoy, that’s what I have fun doing. It beats the training room, I will tell you that much. I’m excited just to get out and be practicing and try to work hard whatever way possible to help this team get a win.”
(On if there will be any rust factor)- “I’m sure there probably will be. I don’t think there’s any doubt that you want to get some reps in practice. Albeit last week running scout team, it’s not the same guys, but still to see the see moving parts is something that you want to see. I’m sure there are going to be some things out on the practice field to work through, but I’ve stayed involved heavily in what we’ve done. That’s one thing I didn’t let myself do is just get away, ‘Oh, I’m going to be out a couple of weeks, I’m not going to pay attention or anything.’ I’ve watched every practice film we’ve had, being out there or not, so I’ve stayed involved in what we do. I’ll just try to go out there and just be me and not try to be anybody else.”
(On if there is a difficult dynamic in the quarterback room)- “I don’t think there’s any doubt that it’s a difficult situation, it really is. I think we all get along very well, I think we all respect each other as players very well. I think Carl Smith does a great job with all of us and you know what, that’s something that we’ve talked about already, that we addressed a few weeks ago. Whatever combination of three plays, whatever order you are on game day, that’s the way it’s going to be. I think we are all professionals enough. I know he’s been around awhile, I’ve been around a good while and Seneca (Wallace) has been around a good while and Colt (McCoy) is the new guy here, but when you have a room that has harmony in it, it makes things better. It makes everybody’s job better. We can only control what we can control, the coaches have to decide. That’s just the way it goes.”
(On if McCoy might be out a while like he and Wallace were with their ankle injuries)- “I don’t know. He’s young now, he’s hard headed, I’ll give him that (joking). It’s a different foot than Seneca and I. I think that plays a lot to his favor that it is a different foot. Who knows? I think all of our injuries were different, they were not all the same. Who knows? You scratch your head, it’s kind of crazy to be passing around boots in a quarterback room.”
(On if the three quarterbacks discussed the situation amongst themselves without the coaches)- “No, because I think none of us think we are above the coach. I know I come with the adage ‘what coach says, goes.’ There are no hidden agendas in our room and that’s how we go.”
(On if it was just the three quarterbacks)- “No, with Carl (Smith) in there. The three quarterbacks and Carl.”
(On how McCoy is handling his injury)- “He’s disappointed, but honestly he’s more disappointed we’ve lost the last two games, I can tell you that much. I think with any quarterback if you get hurt, you feel like you’ve let the team down. You feel like you’re not there for them and that’s a hard thing, that’s a prideful thing. I know that’s how I felt early on, that’s how Sen felt when he went down and I promise you that’s how Colt feels. I think more than anything he’s more hurt that the last two games we played, we didn’t get a win. That’s why you play this game. You play this game for one reason and that’s to win. That’s why we do it.”
RB Peyton Hillis
(On if it is harder to get ready for 4-3 defenses because they are not used to facing them)- “It’s not that. We do play in a division where everybody is a big 3-4, strong and stuff like that, but it doesn’t mean anything. It’s still football and we still face it. We faced it in the preseason and we’ve faced it a lot. We have just got to learn to deal with the pressures that they give us and stuff like that.”
(On if he is proud of his ability to catch the football)- “I’ve worked on it my whole life. My dad put a big emphasis on that when I was little and I enjoy it a lot. I think it can show your versatility out of the backfield.”
(On what will change if Jake Delhomme plays Sunday)- “I think we have got three good, strong quarterbacks. They all can go out and produce like you all have seen. It’s just another bump in the road, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t come in and play like they always have. I think we all have our full faith in Jake and he’s been here before. He’s our leader and we’re all behind him.”
QB Seneca Wallace
(On if he is 100 percent healthy)- “I’m close, I’m really close. I’m feeling a lot better each week and I’m just going to continue to keep rehabbing and doing all the stuff I need to do. I’m really close right now.”
(On if he would be disappointed if he didn’t play if Colt McCoy is out Sunday)- “It’s the coach’s decision, so I really can’t say too much about it.”
(On if he would understand if he did not play Sunday)- “Yes, it’s the coach’s decision. He’s calling the shots and whoever he calls to play is the guy who’s playing.”
(On why all the quarterbacks are hurting their ankles)- “I don’t know man. I guess we might be cursed, I don’t know (joking). We’re dealing with injuries and it’s part of the game.”
(On if it is more difficult for them to go against teams that play in four man defensive fronts)- “It’s different, it’s not what we see in base every day. We see a 3-4 defense most of the time in our defense and most of the teams in our division. It just causes different ways that we have to attack.”
(On if it is difficult having always been a backup and never having a chance to be the starter)- “I really don’t know, I can’t say. It’s just the way that things have been going. Here, it’s a different situation and I’ll deal with coach’s decision on who plays and I don’t worry about it.”
(On if he thought the situation would be different here)- “No. Different coaches, different mentalities. The way they approach the game is different than in the past what I was used to in Seattle.”
(On if it would be frustrating to go his whole career and never being a fulltime starting quarterback)- “It isn’t frustrating. It is what it is. I can’t deal with that and that’s just part of life. We all have our reasons why and everybody’s reason is different. I don’t let it bother me and I just continue to keep doing what I have been doing.”
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Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 24
Don Delco on November 24th, 2010 AT 3:21 PM
(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are we doing? We have a few guys who aren't going to be able to practice today. Colt (McCoy), Mike Adams, Ben Watson, Eric Wright, Eric Barton, Scott Fujita and Shaun Rogers will all miss today. They're all at different stages of their rehab and I'm hopeful we'll get some back here as we go. Josh Cribbs should be on that list too actually, so quite a few guys there and as we always talk about it it's important that the young guys who get an opportunity to get these reps really take advantage of them and make a case for themselves. Whether it's on the practice squad coming up or whether it's guys who may not be getting a lot of play time who want to get some more play time. That's my expectation and as I said they're all at different levels of rehab and hopefully we'll get a group of them back for tomorrow's practice.
"In terms of Carolina, we got started on them this morning with our install. When you look at them defensively this is a team that brings a higher percentage of pressure than what we saw last week, done a good job creating takeaways, they're 13th in the NFL there. They've also been excellent in terms of creating negative runs where they're currently second. I think Charles Johnson is really an outstanding defensive lineman. Just watching him getting to know him a little bit, I'm really impressed with the things that he's done. Really defensively they do quite a few things. They disguise well, they play fast, I think they're physical and I like a lot of things that they do and it's going to present a ton of challenges. Offensively, a little bit different situation than, I'm familiar with, but in terms of preparing for them there's been multiple quarterbacks and you've got to look at whether we're going to get (Jimmy) Clausen or (Brian) St. Pierre or (Tony) Pike. Each one presents some different challenges and I don't think there's certainty at this point which one we'll get. I really like what they've done in the running game with Mike Goodson. He's been impressive with his opportunities, very good speed, I like his vision. He's got the ability to get the edge, he's done a nice job in terms of cut back runs and he's got some nice bursts through the hole and long speed. Knowing Jeff Davidson, he likes to run the football. They'll commit to the run and then build the play action and big plays off of that. There's a group of receivers starting with Steve Smith where he can get vertical but then he can catch a short one and go a long way and a couple of the young guys they have with David Gettis and Brandon LaFell, bigger guys and have really done an outstanding job especially creating some plays down the field. You look at (Dante) Rosario, I think he's done a nice job in the vertical passing game from the tight end spot. On teams, they used quite a few guys on kickoff return, (Mike) Goodson's been back there and Captain Munnerlyn's handled the bulk of the punt returns. I can see him working some back there in kickoff return as well. He's a tough running, good short area quickness, good vision and has made some nice plays for them both on punt return and I can see that translating into kickoff return as well."
(On what level McCoy is at with his rehab)- "He's better, better than he was, determined. I talked to him a little bit last night and he's very determined to get back practicing as quickly as he can. He really hasn't had an injury where he's missed any kind of practice or anything along those lines this is a little bit of new ground for him in terms of what he's told me. He's going through it and working at it and we've just got to see where it goes towards the end of the week."
(On if McCoy has been ruled out for Sunday)- "No, I don't think we're at that point. With these I've learned, really with any of these injuries, you can think one thing and it goes totally different. we'll just see how it goes."
(On if this is a long term injury like Jake Delhomme's where he missed 4-5 weeks)- "I'm optimistic that it will be quicker than that. I'm optimistic this week but just been through quite a few of them here recently so I temper all my optimism."
(On if it matters that it is McCoy's left foot and not his plant foot)- "I think that helps. I think that helps like an injury to your throwing shoulder versus your non-throwing shoulder. Yes, I think that's a positive."
(On if McCoy has a high ankle sprain)- "It's different than the ones we've had with Jake and Seneca (Wallace) but it's in that same category."
(On if Delhomme will start if McCoy can't play)- "Jake will get the bulk of the reps and that's the way I'm leaning right now Jeff (Schudel). I think his familiarity with Carolina is a real plus. Obviously, I have faith in Seneca as well but both those guys I'm comfortable with playing. I think the familiarity with this team could be a real bonus."
(On if Delhomme has taken any snaps with the ones in the last few weeks)- "A little bit, usually a little bit, not a high amount. We try to work those guys in some but it's not significant numbers."
(On if he has talked to Delhomme about facing his former team and the game meaning more to him)- "No, our conversation was more talking personnel things that he remembered. It was more conversation about that as opposed to the emotion of the game. It's like anything else like Scott (Fujita) in New Orleans, Ben (Watson) with New England and Jake with Carolina and the friends that I got to see, there's that element of that. That is part of it but it gives it specialness to it but at the end of the day we've got to go beat that team."
(On if 4-3 teams present a problem for them)- "I don't really see it that way Marla (Ridenour) because a lot of the 3-4 teams that we face line up in 4-3 fronts. Even though it's three down linemen, four linebackers the way that they're configured is an over under front so the blocking schemes are consistent between the way that we block the 3-4 line that way or the way we block these other teams. The other thing we have to do a better job with is handle the movements, handle the stunts, handle the pressures. That can come from a 3-4, a 4-3, a 4-6 and you don't really see the standard one front team anymore. Its multiple fronts because they all want to build problems for your offense. We've had 4-3 teams that go to a 3-4 front to get the problems that the 3-4 creates and there's a lot a carryover that way so I don't really see it from that perspective."
(On what the offensive line can do to deal with a 4-3 front better)- "It comes down to communication, it comes down to anticipation, it comes down to being able to shut that off. You got to be able to shut off the stunt and blunt. You can't let them penetrate into the gaps, you've got to be able to blunt it before they get into the seam between the offensive linemen. When you blunt them and they're moving a lot of times what happens is you just use their momentum to wash them down the line of scrimmage and you can create some big plays from moving but you can also give up some really big plays from moving because the size of the hole increases. It's fast and everybody's got to be on the same page because you're blocking this guy and then he moves and you change who you block. It's the same count but the person has changed in the count. It happens a lot on punt protection. They're constantly moving and if you have one it may not be the original one it's whoever ends up as one. Kickoff return when they twist and do things like that, I've got four, the guy who was four is now five and the guy who was five is now four but at the end of the day you still have four. I hope that makes sense, the number changes but your responsibility stays the same."
(On how the lack of bodies in practice has affected the preparation for 4-3 teams)- "From that perspective, I think we've been really good because our outside linebackers are the same size as 4-3 defensive ends. There's been a lot of depth from that perspective because (Jason) Trusnik can go be a 4-3 end, (Matt) Roth can be a 4-3 end, (David) Bowens can be a 4-3 end, Titus Brown can be a 4-3 end right on down the line. We've got a lot more depth to build that than really some of the 3-4 stuff where all our guys are getting a bunch of 3-4 reps and then have to go in and do more 3-4 reps it sounds strange but there's a lot of depth to do that for us."
(On why it seems like Evan Moore doesn't get involved until crunch time)- "Here's one reason for anyone's involvement is if you don't have sustained drives you don't have opportunities and I think that will always be the case. If our time of possession is skewed one way, the amount of chances that you have to get anybody involved decreases dramatically. When you're able to sustain some drives and get some first downs and you get three more chances then you tend to get more guys involved. What you don't want to do is say, ‘Okay, we're going to throw him the ball,' and then you throw him the ball and it's into coverage. You've got to be able to throw it to the guy who's open based on the scheme and you get more opportunities and more guys get open as you're able to increase time of possession, number of drives, things like that."
(On if Ben Watson's injury early in the game affected his ability in the passing game)- "I think some of it Mary Kay (Cabot) was you're behind in the count, when you're facing those second and 10's or second and 12's. They sacked us six times, you've got to be able to hold them in pass protection to get the ball off. I think both those things played a part. I think whenever you get dinged up a little bit early you do slow down some but Ben did a great job of getting it taped up, looked at and getting back out there and really trying to contribute."
(On if the offensive line is looking better this week)- Brighter from the perspective that they'll all practice. It's tough when you go through Friday with two guys who could potentially play significant time and they haven't been able to get their reps. It's really just what we had to deal with, it's good to have them working together."
(On how Shawn Lauvao did)- "I think he needs to play better than he did on Sunday. He needs to play better and for a young guy getting that opportunity, there were some things that were difficult to handle. With Shawn, he's a smart guy and I think he will play better. He's got good work ethic, he's got all of the things we're looking for and he's getting more and more experience as we go, but you want to see him improve from what we had last week."
(On if it will be Floyd Womack at right guard and John St. Clair at right tackle)- "We will work all three of them right now. With Floyd, we still want to make sure that you don't add too many reps during the week so that we can make sure that he's ready to go for Sunday."
(On which players that aren't practicing today have the best chance to practice and playing this week)- "I'd say (Eric) Barton, (Benjamin) Watson, Shaun Rogers, Mike Adams, (Joshua) Cribbs and Colt (McCoy) we'll see. I'm not as optimistic about Eric (Wright) or Scott (Fujita)."
(On if Ahtyba Rubin is having a Pro Bowl caliber season)- "It's really good, he's been really good. To me, the most impressive thing is it's just the consistent hustle for a man his size. He made a ton of plays down the field last week and they're just hustle plays. It's such a great thing to be able to coach off of because here's a guy who's significantly heavier than his counterparts, but yet he constantly shows up on the screen. He plays with good technique and he's got really good toughness and now he's generating some things in the passing game, which hasn't necessarily been his forte, but he's worked at it. He keeps working at it and you just love to see that. You love to see young guys who try to do the right thing, who play with great effort, who are growing. You can't help but be excited about that."
(On if players can develop hustle or if they already have that trait)- "It's a little bit of both. I think some guys are ridiculous, high motor guys and that's how they're wired. They're just wired that way. I think some guys' motors, you can put a little gas on it and then you're getting that. Some guys, it just runs low and no matter how much you tune up the engine or how much you kick the tires or how much you do all of that stuff, it just runs low. Those are the ones that usually get you beat."
(On if Rubin having a lot of tackles is an indicator of how active he is)- "It is Tony (Grossi) and it's also with the scheme. He's forcing people to make a decision. Do you block him one-on-one and try to run inside and see whether or not your center can handle him? Or do you double team him and now free up the linebackers? That nose position has to force that decision by each team you face. Some of his tackles have been by effort, just effort. He's running to the ball, he's chasing guys down and he's got a pick."
(On why he would choose to start Delhomme over Wallace)- "Like I said, I'm confident with both guys. I think one of the things that I really like this week is Jake's familiarity with the team. I think it's a real plus when you have that. Working against this defense for a long time, there are things that he will probably see that we haven't seen because he saw it in OTAs, he saw it in training camp, he saw it in game film and he's been a part of that. With that being said, they will probably bring some things that he hasn't seen, but he has also got familiarity with a lot of the personnel, more personnel than we do. We are doing more of a one game prep, he was there."
(On if the quarterback could change if McCoy is out for an extended period)- "I'm really kind of Carolina centric right now. We can pick that up next Monday."
(On if there was a specific play that exemplified Rubin's hustle last Sunday)- "No, it wasn't one. It was like play one, play two, play three, play four, play five. He just keeps showing up. You're also dealing with a big man. Those big guys usually don't do that and when you see it, it charges you up."
(On if there were any common problems between the Atlanta and Jacksonville games that gave the Browns' offensive line the most problems)- "I'll say this too Tony, they weren't alone. In terms of the protection stuff, the backs are involved and the tight ends are involved. The same thing in the running game, the tight ends are involved and the backs are involved. Usually when it doesn't work very well, it's a group effort. I think as a group, the injuries are going to play a part, but guys were able to work in quite a bit together. It's just being on top of that communication because they've played a lot of teams that have blitzed and moved and done things. We've played a lot of complicated defenses where that communication was really sharp and things worked well. When you play those types of teams and you miss a few communications, the result is usually a lot more dramatic than, say a four man rush team or a five man rush team. Usually it's a sack or a negative play and it's more pronounced. You have to be sharp throughout the whole game and everybody has got to be on the same page and the quarterback too. On some of those sacks, Colt should have thrown the ball away. That was the case."
(On if any sacks Sunday were a direct result of McCoy's ankle hurting and him not being mobile enough)- "Some of that's hard to say, but there weren't a lot of great scramble lanes on those plays. It's not like when he had the one scramble early in the game, but that opened up pretty wide and he was able to shoot through there. It wasn't that same type of lane later, it was more of a wall there. You either throw it away or I don't think many people would have gotten out of those."
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@Coletini Delhomme is looking like the probable starter, but Mangini is playing coy (as always).
Others not practicing barton, e wright. Think most will be back by end of week but not as optimistic about wright or fujita.
Mccoy not ruled out. Been through this a lot recently. Non throwing shoulder side.
Mccoy has high ankle sprain but different from delhommes and wallace. Mccoys determined to be out at practice. Mccoy injury is to left foot.
Jake is familiar with carolina and that’s a plus.
Colt will not practice wed. Nor will adams watson fujita rogers cribbs. Hope to get some back thursday.
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OBR Newswire on November 24th, 2010 AT 7:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for November 24th from 06:47 to 06:49:
- Akron Beacon Journal – Progress must start with happier endings – Football coaches on every level, everywhere, stress the importance of finishing strong.
- Canton Repository – Browns familiar with pain of Panthers – No one feels the Carolina Panthers’ pain like the Cleveland Browns.
- News-Herald – Browns play musical chairs on O-line – Only six games remain for the Browns in the 2010 season, and still the offense is feeling its way and going through a growing process, particularly on the right side of the offensive line.
- Morning Journal – Gimpy greenhorn? Or jilted veteran? Will Browns start Delhomme against Panthers? – Eric Mangini has a genuine quarterback controversy on his hands this time, and he has decided to wait until Wednesday to tangle with it.
- SI.com – Raheem Morris leads Buccaneers, the NFL’s biggest surprise team – Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber would feel the same momentary adrenaline rush as his teammates last year when new coach Raheem Morris addressed them the night before games.
- NBC Sports – Small players coming up big in NFL this season – New England running back Danny Woodhead jokingly asked if he could have a step-stool the next time he was required to speak at a podium.