Head Coach Bill O’Brien
Quarterbacks Coach Sean Ryan
T Chris Clark
OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney
CB Johnathan Joseph
QB Deshaun Watson
HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
What is QB Deshaun Watson’s involvement in suggesting certain plays and game planning?
“We’ve had, I think from day one, he’s a very easy guy to get along with. He’s a very easy guy to talk to and when it comes to football, he’s got some pretty good insight, even though he’s a young player. So, I don’t think it’s so much that he suggests plays, it’s more about the plays that are – you know, maybe there’s four or five plays in the game that he has a suggestion about tweaking a little bit during the week, and it’s usually a good one, which is pretty interesting. That’s usually the case with really good players. They know what they’re talking about. So, yeah, we talk a lot about that. It’s a great relationship between Deshaun (Watson), myself, Sean (Ryan), Pat (O’Hara) and Tom (Savage). It’s a really good quarterback room.”
When you have a significant player departure like T Duane Brown, is that something that you address with the team at all?
“Look, I think everybody knows how I feel about Duane Brown. I have tremendous respect for Duane. He played very hard for us for the time that we were here and like you said, for six years previous to that. So, we wish Duane the best. We always try to do what’s best for the player and what’s best for the team. It is a business. That’s the nature of how the NFL works. Some guys get traded from one team to another and you move on as a team. What’s important is that the team understands that part of it, that part of the business and they get ready for Indianapolis. And the next guy’s got to step up, whether it’s, obviously, Chris Clark, Julién Davenport, Kendall Lamm. So, that’s kind of how we address it. We definitely move on and we wish Duane the best.”
You were expecting to get Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane in this trade for T Duane Brown, and that did not work out. What does that leave you with at that position?
“With what we had. You know what I mean? Same as what we had.”
With what’s happening at cornerback, what do you think you can do to bounce back?
“Look, I think a lot of that, it’s team defense. There was times where there wasn’t much of a pass rush. So, with the rules the way they are, it’s very difficult to cover these guys, really, for more than two or three seconds, when you really look at it. You’ve got to combine the rush and the coverage. I don’t care what team it is. If you have no pass rush and guys are just running free on certain plays, it’s going to be hard to stay in coverage, whether it’s man or zone. I think the other thing, too, that happened and it’s happening to us a couple times this year is just, obviously, the extension of plays. So, we have to do a better job at trying to keep these guys in the pocket, which is much easier said than done. I think our guys competed hard. I don’t even look at it as bouncing back. I know our guys are ready to go. They had a good start to the week today and they’ll be ready to go on Sunday against Indianapolis.”
What have you seen from Colts QB Jacoby Brissett this season now that he’s gotten a lot more playing time?
“He’s a good player. He’s a big, physical guy. Good arm. Understands their system real well. Obviously getting used to the guys that he has now there relative to what he had in New England when he was backing up Tom (Brady). He’s got (T.Y.) Hilton and (Jack) Doyle and (Donte) Moncrief, those guys, Frank Gore in the backfield. They’ve got some guys on offense that are very challenging to stop, and he’s doing a good job of getting the ball to them.”
Do you expect T Chris Clark to start at left tackle?
“We’ll see. He’s still kind of battling, kind of banged up. But, Julién (Davenport) could be in there. Chris Clark could be in there. Kendall Lamm. That’s kind of how it will go.”
Off days for OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney and CB Johnathan Joseph today?
“Yeah. Just an off day. They’ll be back tomorrow.”
Could you talk about how WR Will Fuller V and WR DeAndre Hopkins complement each other and also how much having Fuller’s speed and the hands he’s shown help you as a play caller?
“Those guys complement each other really well. They’re very different type of receivers. Obviously, Hop (DeAndre Hopkins) has really good size, great hands, route-running ability. Then, Will’s (Fuller V) got the great speed and Will’s really improved. He’s a really good route runner. He’s a smart player. You can line him up anywhere. You can line Hop up anywhere. They’re very bright players. Love coaching them and they’ve opened it up themselves. It’s a matter of being able to protect. Deshaun’s (Watson) done a great job of getting them the ball, and it has to continue. That’s what you, as a coach, you’re always concerned about, yeah it’s gone well so far, but it needs to continue. It can’t take a dip. It’s something that we have to really change up every week, but continue to try to make plays in the passing game, but be balanced with the running game. That’s the key, and that’s what we’re trying to do this week.”
What conversation did you have with WR Will Fuller V after last season? He’s told us how he felt that he left a lot on the field his rookie year and he clearly did a lot of work during the offseason.
“I think my personal message to him – I really have a lot of faith in Will (Fuller V). I have a lot of trust in Will. I just really have a lot of respect for Will. He’s a very bright guy. I’ve known him for a while. There were times last year where he made some really great plays for us and other times where he could’ve made the play and didn’t make the play. And I know there’s not much that I would have to say to him to motivate him to get better. I felt like he had to get stronger, just like every rookie between their first and second year. Obviously, be more consistent catching the ball. And he did that. He got hurt and then when he came back – and that was unfortunate, but he really worked hard to get back a lot faster than we thought he would. He had a really tough injury and he really worked to get back, and it’s really made a difference with our football team. So, it’s not a lot to – Will motivates himself.”
Your receivers have rarely dropped passes. Do you think the players have been concentrating more since QB Deshaun Watson’s here and so good?
“I think, yeah, it’s an interesting point. I would tell you that he throws a very catchable ball. He throws a ball that the guys love to catch. He has touch on the ball underneath. He can launch it down the field. He can make the intermediate throws. He can make all the throws with a catchable ball. It’s one thing to say, ‘Yeah, this guy can make all the throws, yeah, but like the underneath throw? Yeah, he can make that throw, but is it a 90 mile an hour heater?’ That’s not what we want to do. We want to put touch on it, give it to the guy where he can make a play. And I think that’s what Deshaun (Watson) has. He’s got the ability to throw a catchable ball. And I think these guys are obviously very excited to play with Deshaun. So, they work very hard to get open, they work hard in practice and what you see on the practice field, they try to take it from the practice field to the game.”
Do you think QB Deshaun Watson is subconsciously helping other guys get better?
“Look, we’ve said it for a long time here that the quarterback position’s very important and when you have one, obviously, it helps your whole team. And relative to pass catchers, whether it’s receivers, tight ends, back out of the backfield, whether it’s subconscious or conscious, they’re going to work extra hard to get open because they know he distributes the ball to a lot of different people. It’s not just Hop (DeAndre Hopkins) and (Will) Fuller (V). (Ryan) Griffin’s had some catches. I think he has 13 or 14 catches. Guys out of the backfield – Bruce (Ellington). They know if they work at it that they have a chance to get the ball.”
Many teams are running spread offenses now. Do you think this indicative of where football’s going, with there being more athletic quarterbacks?
“Yeah, I think it’s a good question. I think it’s probably, it’ll be interesting to kind of get into it more in the offseason. I would tell you that our philosophy here, my personal philosophy, is to make sure you try to understand the skillset of the players that you have and make sure that you’re doing what you feel they’re comfortable doing. What are they good at? And clearly he’s good at a lot of different things. And so we try to incorporate things into the offense that he’s good at and that’s what we’re trying to do. The whole spread conversation, like I said, is probably more for after the season, but that’s an interesting thing because we’re not a spread. We’re still, I would classify us as we have a tight end in the game, sometimes two tight ends, we’re a downhill running team, we’re a play-action team, we’re an empty team. We do a lot of different things. I don’t know if that’s spread. I think we’re a pro-style offense with a guy that can do a lot of different things.”
Since you have your Houston Astros hat on, will you have any time to watch tonight’s game?
“(Lance) McCullers’ (Jr.) on the mound, I feel great about it. He’s a bulldog. The last game I went to was last year and he was the pitcher and he pitched against the Angels and was awesome. So, I think it’s going to be great. We’ll have it on. We have to work on third down tonight but we’ll have it on on our TV in the corner. Go Astros.”
CB Johnathan Joseph alluded to the style of the game being different on a daily basis because the games have been high scoring and that on defense that means the opposing offense really has to try to be just as explosive as your offense. Does that make coaching a defense particularly difficult because the style of game is different than what you guys have had in the past two or three years?
“I think everybody’s had to adjust a little bit. There’s no doubt about it. I think that, clearly, and this is no excuse, we’ve had some injuries, especially on that side of the ball. We’ve had to change things regardless of what’s going on within the game. Guys are playing different positions, doing different things. That’s one thing. And look, I think every game’s different. I think that when you look at the Seattle game, that’s just kind of the way the game went. We were having trouble stopping them, they were having trouble stopping us and they got the ball last. But, this week could be very different. Could be a low-scoring game. You just never know. It depends on how the game goes early on and how you adjust during the game. I think each game is very different.”
Are shootouts like the game against Seattle more difficult to coach? Are the decisions tougher?
“I just think, overall, any game’s challenging, but I think you’re always trying to go into the game and have a real understanding of how the game’s being played. And whether it’s a high-scoring game or a low-scoring game, I think the decisions that you make, whether it’s at the end of the half or at the end of the third quarter or, obviously, at the end of the game, they’re difficult no matter what type of game it is.”
Where did the idea for the inverted wishbone come from?
“When I was at Georgia Tech, we ran the wishbone. So ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, we had a quarterback named Joe Hamilton there (and) we ran the wishbone. So, I’ve seen running the wishbone, I’ve had an idea about the wishbone for a long time and so all of that, what you talk about the spread and all that, that’s all it is, it’s veer option. We’re doing some of that but again, we’re more of a pro-style, downhill running game. But yeah, the wishbone’s fun. We try to incorporate some of the things that we had from 25 years ago into our offense and it’s been good.”
Is it kind of funny for QB Deshaun Watson to love an old-school concept like the wishbone offense even though he wasn’t born when it was being used?
“He’s very familiar with a lot of the things that we do because he, again, it’s kind of hard for me to explain. Every thing’s kind of derived from the wishbone, is what I’m trying to say. So, what he did at Clemson is a form of the wishbone. So, he has a really good understanding of a lot of the things that we do and that’s been fun, to hear how he was taught it at Clemson and what we do here. We try to communicate a lot on those things. That’s what we talk about. He doesn’t come in with a list of plays, like, ‘I want these plays.’ He’s still a rookie. But we have our plays and he says, ‘Hey, we used to do this or do that,’ and that’s how we communicate about it.”
Do you think you’ve gotten more creative as a play caller this year?
“I don’t know. I really can’t stand talking about myself like that. We just try to do the best job we can for the team and like I said before, we try to look at the skillset of the guys that we have and try to think of what’s the best way to move the ball. We don’t look at it as creative, not creative. We just kind of (say), ‘This is what’s best for our team.’”
Does QB Deshaun Watson’s skillset allow you to open up the playbook and do a little bit more?
“It’s different. He’s such a unique player that it’s not even about opening it up, it’s just about, again, this is what he does well so, ‘Hey, here’s some things that we can do that maybe we haven’t shown before because we haven’t had that type of quarterback.’ So, he’s a very unique player.”
QUARTERBACKS COACH SEAN RYAN
How fun is it to combine college and pro concepts in your offense and how much do you take from the college game as opposed to simply using your previous experiences?
“I think probably the times when you can really get into studying college film is maybe you pick up an extra day when you play on a Thursday night. You get some time like that, there’s a longer week. You play on a Monday night, you have an extra day. Some things like that I think is the time where you can actually take some extra time (to) watch some college tape, places that you think are doing some things that you want to look at or people that are having success. I think beyond that, it’s a real offseason project that you try to look at. You’re always trying to keep up with the trends in football and what’s happening and what you feel can fit into your system. I’ve said this before, you do it and it’s a combination of adding things and not completely losing your identity and what you believe in in your system.”
Do you think football is transitioning to more athletic quarterbacks with more read concepts?
“I think it’s possible. Again, I think your system – for most coaches, you’re going to look at the players you have in your program at the time and you should really develop your offense around that. There’s certain overlaying things that you’re going to do with all quarterbacks or players. Your receiving corps, your linemen, what are they good at, what can they do, your backs? So, I think it’s always evolving and I think it depends on what the skillsets of your players are.”
How would you describe Head Coach Bill O’Brien as a play caller?
“I think he’s aggressive, I think he’s excellent in games at kind of feeling how the game is being played. He’s never afraid to adjust his plan as the game goes on because something is working for us that maybe we thought was going to be a smaller part than what it’s turned out to be. I think he’s really good within the game of making those adjustments and that, combined with aggressive play calling and really confidence in his players, I think really defines him as a play caller and why we’ve had some success.”
Head Coach Bill O’Brien said all of the coaches contribute to the game plan. Do you feel it’s a collaborative effort?
“Yes. I think that in general, our offensive staff, we’ll spend some time apart studying film of the opponent and maybe studying film of other things that went on in the NFL that week. You’re looking at big plays, you’re looking at different things that were successful and what may fit, and then you kind of get in that room together and you start tossing around ideas and then somebody comes with an idea and a certain formation and then something clicks with somebody else where they say, ‘You know what else we could do off of that same type of look but give it a different flavor to it.’ So, it’s fun. I mean, it’s fun. It’s creative. Everybody’s open to sharing ideas. Everybody’s good with it and most importantly, OB’s good with it, so it kind of creates that atmosphere where you can be creative, you can kind of think and do things off the cuff a little bit when you’re in there based off what somebody else may say. It’s a fun environment to game plan in.”
Does QB Deshaun Watson allow you to be creative?
“Yeah, of course. If you see something on tape and you just know it doesn’t fit what your guys can do or what your quarterback can do, you’re not going to do it. Having a guy with athleticism as well as somebody who can stand in the pocket (and) throw the ball down the field, somebody who’s an intelligent player, instinctive player, certainly kind of opens things up for you, no question.”
What’s QB Deshaun Watson’s reaction to seeing those creative plays?
“He’s a steady guy. He doesn’t start jumping up and down, but you can tell certain things that he’s comfortable with or certain things that he thinks may have the potential of being a big play or something that he can really envision. So, you can see some excitement in some of the stuff we do. The guy, in general, loves competing, loves playing football. He loves practicing. So, it’s hard to tell because there’s usually that type of enjoyment from him on a daily basis. He’s kind of the same guy.”
Is it encouraging to hear that QB Deshaun Watson wants to improve on all aspects of his game, especially since he’s a rookie?
“Yeah, that’s what gives him a chance to continue to improve, is that he understands that whatever amount of success we’ve had, which you sit here, it’s halfway through the season, we’re 3-4, we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got to continue to improve, he’s got to continue to improve in all aspects. I don’t care if it’s his footwork or his upper body mechanics and throwing the ball consistently, whether it’s reading defenses, making good decisions consistently. I think all those things he’s really aware of, and that’s what’s really exciting about where the guy can go, because he understands he’s got to keep improving in all those areas.”
Does QB Deshaun Watson give input to the coaching staff during the game?
“He hasn’t done a ton of that in games to this point. We will bounce some things off of him or say some things. I would say another thing OB’s (Bill O’Brien) really good at when the game is going on was be like, ‘Hey, in this next series, try to get your players ready for this, I’m thinking about these couple of things.’ So, you can go to him, and I’ll be like, ‘Hey, get ready. I think OB’s thinking about calling this, he’s thinking about calling this. We good on that? Remember what we talked about with these certain plays. You good on that?’ And Deshaun’s constant answer is, ‘I’m good.’ Again, he hasn’t gotten to the point of really talking a ton about recommending plays on gameday, but he never bats an eye when we present him with the ideas of where we’re kind of heading within the game. He’s been really good with that.”
Does QB Deshaun Watson go out and execute plays exactly how you need it?
“Yeah, I mean, for the most part. He’s done a good job with his execution. Like you said, it’s one of those things, I’d say it’s got to keep improving. I mean, we understand that but for the most part, the guy’s been productive and he’s done a good job and he’s made plays.”
T CHRIS CLARK
How much fun is it to be a part of these new and innovative plays?
“New and fresh ideas is always great, so we love to be a part of those things and just building off what we did the week before. That’s all we want to be. We just want to be a great offense and just keep it rolling.”
How much can you do now because you have QB Deshaun Watson?
“He’s an awesome player. The sky’s the limit. So, we’re not going to put limits on anything. We just take the cap off and roll with it.”
How has stepping into the role of left tackle been?
“We’ve done this. This is what we do. O-linemen, we do this. Trades are going to happen and guys do what they feel the need to do at times. So, it’s always a ‘next man up’ mentality, no matter where or what position you play.”
From a football perspective, does it make it any easier to lose T Duane Brown considering he didn’t play with you guys for most of the year?
“His presence is always good, it’s a good thing that when he did come here. But, like I said, there were times where we had to do things without him when he was hurt and just situations. So, like I said, one guy doesn’t make a team. We have to build on what we have and we have to keep pushing forward and that’s what we plan to do.”
Is there part of you that feels like with the team making that type of a move, they wouldn’t do it unless they’re confident in you at left tackle? Do you take that as a vote of confidence in your ability?
“It’s awesome. Things were done, moves were made and, like I said, doesn’t matter what position you play, we practice for situations like this. We always prepare for situations like this. So, whether it’s trade, whether it’s injury, no matter what it is, it’s important that the guy steps in is accountable.”
This team has been able to bounce back from losses consistently this season, what gives you guys the ability to do that?
“No matter what happens, you have to keep the fight. Keep the fight. There’s no quit on this team. Relentless effort from everybody and offense, defense, we’re going to keep plugging away because chipping away at it, that’s going to get it done. I feel that we’re on the right track.”
T Duane Brown had been like a team spokesperson last week. What happens with that now?
“It’s always a team effort. We always – Duane (Brown) had some things he needed to share that was on his heart and that’s what he did. So, it’s always a team deal. We stick together. We’re unified. So, just being able to be here for one another is what we plan to do.”
Are you happy with the way that athletes have taken more strong social stances in the last couple of years?
“We have a huge platform as NFL players and a lot of guys look up to us, a lot of kids, a lot of just people in general. We just want to use it in a positive light and be able to do things the way they should be done. That’s all we’re trying to do, is just keep positivity on everything, move forward and just things that’s important just be heard.”
OLB/DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY
Was your Halloween costume a shot at Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob McNair?
“No. It was just something to wear to a Halloween party.”
Did you have your costume before Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob McNair made his comments?
“Yeah, it was the only thing that they had in my size.”
Have you been surprised that your Halloween costume has been interpreted as a shot against Texans Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob McNair?
“Yeah. I mean, it was a team thing. I thought it was just teammates and having fun with teammates. I didn’t think anything crazy was going to happen about it, but it was pretty hilarious to me.”
Did you think about not wearing your Halloween costume because of the situation?
“I thought about it and then everybody was like, ‘It’s last minute, you might as well throw it on and come on.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m on the way.’ Went out there my teammates, had a good time.”
Did your teammates comment on your Halloween costume?
“No, everybody was just laughing. It was part of my costume, pretty cool (if you) ask me.”
Did you feel that Head Coach Bill O’Brien managed the last drive of the game in Seattle as a vote of confidence in the defense to make a stop?
“He leaned on the defense at the end of the game. We’ve been there before. We’ve closed games out before and we’ve let some slip away. I don’t want to point any fingers at anybody. We had an opportunity to close the game a few times. Second-and-22, we just needed them to get three and we gave up a touchdown to end the game. We had so many opportunities to close that game out, just didn’t end the way we wanted it to end.”
How much does it sting to give up 30 points to Seattle and how do you go about correcting it?
“Thirty points is a lot of points, of course. Our defense, we’re battling, man. Nobody’s holding their heads down. All the guys on our team battle, and we got out there no matter who we have with us, we go to war every week. Those guys compete at a high level. Things just don’t happen as always planned.”
What are some challenges that the Colts present?
“They do the same old stuff they’ve been doing, T.Y. Hilton and the running game. It’s going to be that. Go out there and stop the run, try to stop T.Y. and see what happens.”
How different are the Colts with QB Jacoby Brissett?
“I think Jacoby Brissett can throw the ball and run. I don’t see them doing too much different with him. They still have the same game plan of going in and trying to run the ball, but if they can’t run the ball, he’ll throw the ball around. Just got to go in there with our game plan, stop the run and get off the field on third down.”
CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
What do you think about T Duane Brown no longer being a part of the team?
“We’re going to miss him. I always think about it like, I don’t really care about the football side. When you hit the locker room, when you hit the game field – that’s all going to take care of itself. You’re going to play and go all out. But, some of these guys are your close friends, your buddies off the field. I mean, you feel for them, but that’s part of the NFL life. You’ve got to pack up and move at the drop of a notice, and that’s the way it’s been since I’ve been in the league, and it won’t change for me or nobody else. Us as a team, we just have to look forward to the Indianapolis Colts.”
Were you surprised that T Duane Brown was traded to the Seahawks?
“Not at all. I’ve been around this league for a long time. Nothing ever surprises me. Years ago when I was in the league, you see guys like Peyton Manning, all the top guys, you see those guys get traded, even Jerry Rice, all those guys go to different teams. So, I’ll never be surprised in this league.”
In general, how do you see athletes being able to impact social change?
“I think guys are starting to understand the power they have, their voice, being vocal out in your community, out in their local area. And I think some guys are doing it on a national level. You look at a lot of these commercials, a lot of these magazine covers, you have athletes on them, and I think being out and hearing your voice is another way just to get heard and spread your message across the world.”
T Duane Brown was the vocal leader for the demonstration you all did on Sunday during the anthem. With him gone, have you all talked about if you will do something again this week?
“No, we’re on to football. We don’t even talk about that no more. It’s all football. Indianapolis Colts. Football.”
QB DESHAUN WATSON
How did you and WR Will Fuller V get on the same page so quickly?
“I’d probably say half of it was natural and then just practice, just kind of getting on the same page, watching film together. Taking time, especially during training camp or after spring practice, but really training camp and then after regular practice just doing a little extra work. Not even going full speed but just kind of talking about it and being on the same page.”
What does the speed that WR Will Fuller V has do for the offense strategically?
“It’s another threat. It’s one of the defensive keys, is never let the ball go over your head. So, you have a guy that can stretch the field like that and be a threat, it takes at least one of the safeties and a corner that have to respect that and have to just drop out and it kind of opens up all the other receivers that are underneath.”
What do you think about the tandem of WR Will Fuller V and WR DeAndre Hopkins? Can it get any better?
“Yeah, it can get a lot better, and those guys will tell you, too, that it’s still not where they want to be and where their potential is. Just having those two guys that (are) very, very respectful, they cheer each other on. Both of those guys are always supporting each other and just pushing each other to get better and having that great meeting room, especially with the receiver group, is crucial. It just kind of trickles down the rest of the guys that’re in that meeting room and then throughout the whole offense. Both of those guys are doing a great job and we’re just going to continue to get better.”
What’s the process of how you implement your ideas into the playbook and how does that affect your relationship with Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien?
“It’s always good to have that relationship between the quarterback and not just the head coach, but the guy that’s calling the plays. You want to be on the same page and (hash) out different ideas because he understands and he trusts me and my preparation and I put a lot of time into it. I’m the guy that’s out there seeing the whole defense. He sees it from the side and the film, but the players are the ones that’re out there playing. The information that we come (with) from off the field to the sideline and even during the practice time, it’s very, very crucial. He likes that, he respects that because not only (does) he know that we’re putting in the time to watch the film, but we want to have success, and any way we can take advantage of the defense is very, very key.”
Do you ever draw plays back from your time at Clemson?
“Not so much of stuff we did at Clemson, just kind of whatever this offense is really based on and the different things that we have in this offense.”
Do you look at the Colts film and think of what plays and concepts might work based off what you see?
Where did the inverted wishbone formation you ran in Seattle come from?
“I’m not even sure. I can’t give out that secret.”
What did you think of the inverted wishbone formation when it was presented to you in practice?
“I like it. Just different things (to) have the defense standing on their toes. They don’t know where the ball is. I’m not sure if Coach OB (Bill O’Brien) is just lying about it – he said he always wanted to do it. Now he gets to do it and then everyone on the offense loves it, too. Just different looks. You’ve got receivers playing running back, tight ends playing receiver. You’ve got an extra tackle in that’s playing tight end, so there’s different things that we can do.”
Do you get excited when Coach O’Brien presents you with plays like the inverted wishbone during Sunday’s game?
“Always. Everything just kind of, window dressing and being able to do different things and be successful at doing it – it’s fun. It makes the game fun. So, the whole offensive group is really enjoying it, and we’re just going to continue to do that.”
The Seahawks said you guys were doing things they hadn’t seen and they were just trying to survive. Is there a fine line between doing something that you have done and then inventing some new things?
“Deep down, (an) offensive coordinator and even defensive coordinator is going to do what they do. They’re going to do the basic stuff and stick to it because you don’t want to – this is what you worked on all offseason, all training camp, so you don’t want to go into a game doing something totally different that you work on for maybe two days and kind of meet on for like three or four times. Because it’s really not possible, especially at this level, to go in there and do it the whole game and be very, very successful. So, you’re going to do what you do, but at the same time, you have to have different wrinkles and different things that’s going to attack the opponent and hopefully, if you execute it at the high level as you’re capable of doing, you’ll be successful.”
Seahawks CB Richard Sherman said that you played better against them than any quarterback, not just a rookie, which includes Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Patriots QB Tom Brady. What are your thoughts on that?
“It was a cool statement. I actually had the privilege to meet him at the ESPYs this past summer. So, I got to know him. We talked for like 30, 40 minutes, just about life and just different situations. So, our relationship started then and then being able to compete with him and hear that comment, it means a lot from a veteran guy that’s probably a future Hall-of-Famer. Like he said, they played against the best, and I was just trying to go out there and get the job done and win.”
How much fun is it to run this type of offense that Head Coach Bill O’Brien has designed?
“It’s fun. Well, of course it’s always fun to score points and pick up the yards and the stats that we’re doing. But, at the same time, we want to win. That’s the key thing. But, at the same time, you just have to have that balance in between where we’re not where we want to be and there’s so much more to improve on, but we can build on the success that we’re having.”
How would you describe Head Coach Bill O’Brien as a play caller?
“He’s doing a great job. He’s putting up the points, leading the NFL. I feel like he’s doing everything he needs to do.”
What areas specifically are you personally looking to improve on?
“There’s always things. I feel like my game is – I’m not satisfied with any kind of point with my game, but decision making, pocket presence, (and) accuracy are the key things that you always want to improve on as a quarterback and just operating the whole offense.”