Head Coach Bill O’Brien
HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
What do you want to see from your offensive line against the Chiefs?
“Just keep getting better. The Chiefs have a very explosive front, talking about Justin Houston, Dee Ford, (Allen) Bailey, the guys inside. I mean, they have a very explosive front. I think our guys are excited about the opportunity, excited about the challenge and we just need to keep working really hard to get better.”
Do you expect C Greg Mancz to play Sunday?
“Yeah, he should be good to go. He won’t start the game but he’ll probably be active.”
With RB D’Onta Foreman, is there a balancing act between a guy being hungry for more and knowing his role?
“I like that attitude in a player. Somebody’s got to start and game and Lamar (miller) starts the game, so Lamar usually gets more opportunities. Lamar’s a veteran back, he’s been around for a while. He’s a guy that’s done it for us. D’Onta’s a young back, he’s improving every day. D’Onta needs to continue to improve every day, improve in the weight room, conditioning, improve in his knowledge of the offense, but you can tell he’s got a good future. There’s no doubt about that.”
With all players, is it difficult to differentiate between hunger and wanting opportunities too soon?
“I think at wide receiver, running back, to a certain extent tight end, those guys want the football. That’s what they’ve been doing since they were kids. They were always the best player on their team. The ball was always in their hand. So, I think that’s the attitude that you want those guys to have. They want the football, they want 20, 30 carries a game and as a coach, you have to make the best decision in the best interest of the player and the team. What’s best for the team? What gives us the best chance to win the game? And that’s basically what we try to do, which is different sometimes than what the player wants.”
What things can RB D’Onta Foreman learn from RB Lamar Miller?
“I think there’s a lot of things you can learn from Lamar. I think Lamar is an excellent all-around back. He’s a very, very good protecting back. He’s a guy that really understands defensive fronts, he understands our protection system. He’s a very trusted back because of that. And then obviously he’s a good runner with the ball in his hands. Lamar is very good out of the backfield, too, as you saw last week. He can catch the ball and make plays with it after he catches it. And D’Onta can do some of those things, too. He just needs to keep getting better and keep working in all those areas to gain the trust of everybody. And look, we trust D’Onta and he’s done some good things for us but I think Lamar’s a good role model for all those things.”