Q. Do you look for something different in this second preseason game, as opposed to last week’s preseason opener?
A. I’m looking to watch this group handle the lights of Monday Night Football. I think that’s significant. We all grew up watching Monday Night Football, and there’s a certain amount of excitement that comes with it. I want to see how these guys can handle it. Secondly, I want to see these guys take a step in development this week in terms of making decisions, in terms of execution, in terms of the understanding of situational football. In some instances I didn’t think we got off to a great start in those regards a week ago.
Q. In other words, smarter football?
A. Absolutely, and that’s as much a part of team development as the development of skill. Displaying an understanding and being where it is you need to be and seeing what it is you need to see.
Q. Do you see anybody separating themselves in your search for depth along the offensive line?
A. I’ve liked some of the things that
Q. Is there still a fight to be
A. Bruce has stated a strong case for his position in that regard. We have a lot of ball left to play, and I’ll let the story tell itself. But make no mistake, Bruce has been impressive with the things we have asked him to do in an effort to earn that position.
Q. Who gets the chance to return punts?
A. We’re going to look at
Q. Returning kickoffs?
Q. There were some special teams mistakes vs. the Giants, but how was the coverage, overall, in your mind?
A. You really didn’t get a good evaluation of it because all of the kickoffs were out of the back of the end zone. Hopefully we’ll put some in the field of play this week so we can see who can cover.
Q. Is it accurate to say that Stephens-Howling has a skill-set that adapts well to the zone-scheme?
A. He has quickness and great vision. He’s a good one-cut runner, and so you can say he does display some of those talents. But he also appears to be very comfortable in the passing game, which is exciting.
Q. The team’s time in Latrobe is over for another year. How do you see your time at Saint Vincent College?
A. Make no mistake, the time in Latrobe is a significant time for us. We’re there developing skill and working to clarify some decisions that we need to make, but we’re also working on camaraderie and teammates learning to work together and respect one another. Those are things that you cannot necessarily measure, but you acknowledge are a big part of what you do. It was time well spent for us – formally and informally – and guys are still in the process of coming together, but that environment was conducive to laying down a great foundation.
Q. With only 14 padded practices in Latrobe, is that why live tackling became part of your time there?
A. It had to be. There are so few opportunities to evaluate guys under today’s CBA. We need to provide as much clarity as we can, and when you introduce tackling as an element of the drill-work, it helps provide that clarity.
Q. What do you want to see from your team tonight against the Redskins?
A. To do exactly what we didn’t do in some instances last week (against the Giants): to make good, sound decisions; to hustle; to not beat ourselves; and to play penalty-free in many regards. I’m looking for the guys taking a step forward in showing an understanding of situational football. It’s going to be a big challenge, because when you work with 90 men on the sideline and it’s Monday Night Football, it’s going to be an exciting atmosphere. We’re going to be excited about going out there and getting after it.