Head Coach Bill O’Brien
(on what the team accomplished during OTAs) “I think that we’ve accomplished a lot. I think that the guys that were here last year, having been in the system now for over a year, they’re able to practice faster, there’s not as much thinking as there was when we were installing all three phases last year. So we’ve made improvement there. I think the expectation level between the coaches and the players is very good. They understand what they expect out of each other and they understand our expectations as far as how we compete in practice, the pace in which we practice. I’ve been, you know, I wouldn’t say impressed, but I’ve been happy with the rookie group. I think these guys for the most part have worked hard to try to get with our program. I told them just now out on the field that we’ve had a good offseason program and now it’s important to finish it off next week in the minicamp with some good days of practice there.”
ILB Brian Cushing
(on Bill O’Brien talking about his standout performance today and progress) “It just feels really good to be getting my range back. I felt very limited last year, and just kind of my health, coverage, and a lot of things I couldn’t do really on the field. Really feeling like myself again and kind of feeling like I can play anywhere on the field and make a play anywhere on the field. I’m getting, like I said, that range back and feeling very explosive and very happy about that.”
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