Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It’s time to clean out the notebook from Monday's press conference with remarks from the coaches in regards to various topics, such as Marcus Thigpen, Jarvis Landry, Dion Sims and more! Here’s what Joe Philbin, Bill Lazor and Kevin Coyle are saying about these players.
Joe Philbin on whether or not they will consider moving Marcus Thigpen to the active roster to take Jarvis Landry’s place on the punt and kickoff return team: “He [Jarvis Landry} is a young player. This kid is a football player. I like what he’s done as a football player. He has made plays. He’s a playmaker. Beyond that, I will use my other answer, if and when we make a change at any of those types of positions, we’ll tell you and we’ll inform the player first and go from there.”
Kevin Coyle on doing well against upper echelon quarterbacks last season such as Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck and Tom Brady: “Oh, I think certainly as coaches you love the challenge of defending the great players. You know, let me say this: each and every week, you guys hear us say this, but it’s hard to win in the NFL. Just look around every week and see the scores from yesterday and the week before. These teams are all capable and you’ve got to bring you’re A-game to be successful. But when you do play a guy like Aaron Rodgers and a team like Green Bay that has such a storied tradition, you get excited about it and I know the players do. They realize the challenge that’s presented to you. So I think we’ll be ready to play come a week from Sunday and we really look forward to it. It’s a big game for us.”
Bill Lazor on Dion Sims and the increased playing time he got on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders: “We’re going to call what we think is best in the game. Some of it is how the game plays out. I think you’d find later in the game we probably used more yesterday. At the same time, I think Dion is an improving player. You try to give guys an opportunity to show you on the practice field what they can do and when they respond the right way you’d like to think you have a team where then you can show them with more playing time. If they don’t respond the right way that week, if you have the kind of team that you can show that and the amount of playing time they have, I think it’s a great motivating factor on practicing in the right way. I thought Dion had a really good week of practice. Hopefully, it helps all our players see that it worked out for him.”
Joe Philbin in regards to his overall thoughts of the team at this point of the season: “I’m looking for the consistency out of this football team. I see a lot of things on tape that I really like in every phase, but what we have to do is consistently put it together for 60 minutes. Again, last night really wasn’t really quite there yet. There was a lot of it points in the right direction and things that went well. I told the team after the game, there’s a lot of untapped potential still there. There’s a lot of room for improvement. Right now, we’ve got to be critical of ourselves and acknowledging things we did well and be honesty about the things we still aren’t doing very well, and work to correct them as quickly as we can. It’s a good group of guys, a good high character group of guys.”
Kevin Coyle on the defense and their ability to be consistent through the entire game: “I don’t think we’ve played in any of the ball games up to this point quite frankly a full 60-minute game from start to finish. There have been periods where we’ve been very very good and then we’ve had some lapses. Yesterday, I thought for the most part, they had the opening drive, they converted a couple of third downs on us and then, for the better part of the game, up until later in the game, when the game was really in hand, I thought we took control of the game. I think the encouraging think right now is the fact that we’re taking the ball away, which the interceptions showed up yesterday and hopefully we can build on that. I think we have as many fumbles recovered as any team in the league at this point through four games, which has been an Achilles heel for us over the last couple of seasons. So coupled with that, I think eight takeaways in the opening four games is a positive. We’ve got to keep building on that.