Q: Will you run a very physical training camp?
A: I don't think it is any more physical than any camp that I have ever been associated with. You play the game in pads. You are going to have to learn how to play and practice and control yourself in pads. What I always tell our players is what I really want to do is practice fast, I want to be physical in our practices, but I want to be smart. I want people that are on their feet – I don't want them on the ground – I want a certain level of contact. I want the development of the shoulders and the ability to work our way through the various contact stages, work the soreness out, be used to the level of contact that occurs at this level. Practice under those conditions and grow and play under those conditions.
We will do a certain amount of that, but even our Jets practices (Aug. 7 in Albany) are not going to be scrimmages. We are not going to tackle; we are going to stay up. But that is the way we practice also. I don't want piles; I don't want people on the ground. Our live work, for example, will be goal line, areas of that nature. But you are not going to win in this league without a physical presence and a physical toughness and that has to be established right away with our team. We have many examples from last season that we look at in determining how successful we have been, running the ball and stopping the run.
Q: How many practices will you have with the Jets?
A: Two, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Q: Will Kurt Warner have an advantage in the quarterback competition with Eli Manning simply because he is a veteran, he's been around and he knows what goes on in the NFL?
A: Well, you are saying it. He has played, he has won, he has been in two Super Bowls and been an MVP in this league twice. He certainly has a presence about him. He is sometimes frustrated by – he would like to know everything there is about the offense right now and have it at his command and be instinctive about it. That is just not the case yet, because not enough time has been spent at it. I think once it starts coming rapid-fire, back-to-back, with the focus of a training camp, I think it will take place.
But the progress of the young players has been noted as well. Guys who can be put in situations and can succeed in them, who can learn from them, who can make a mistake and not make the same mistake twice – that is what you are looking for. Right now, I would say that one of the things that we need to accomplish as we move into training camp with our entire cast of quarterbacks is we have to be very much aware of risk-taking and non-risk taking with regard to our passing game. We have to be more aware of the amount of time that we really do have to get the ball off and expedite the process so that improvement can be made along those lines.
Q: It appears Nick Greisen will be the starting middle linebacker heading into training camp? How did he do this spring?
A: He did quite well, but we still have to, again, put the pads on, secure the line of scrimmage, stop the run. He has demonstrated a really good ability to be at the right place at the right time. He has good hands, catches the ball well. That is a nice thing to be able to have. But the other ingredients for a middle linebacker have to be there as well. So, I would like to make it competitive; I don't know exactly how it is going to happen, but I would like to make that competitive along with all of our other spots.
Q: Will Carlos Emmons and Will Allen be ready for training camp?
A: Allen did some individual work at the end of the mini-camps here. Carlos is still on schedule to be ready for training camp.
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