Head Coach Doug Marrone

Monday, October 7, 2013

Opening Statement:

Alright, we’re going to have a lot to talk about. I’ve got some things, I’m going to go right down, try to give everyone as much information as possible and then obviously you guys have questions. We’ll try to answer them.

We’ll talk about the quarterback situation first. I think it’s important for everyone, when you get in to this situation you kind of answer the questions that you get asked a lot of times. Sometimes I’ve been trying to be a little bit more proactive with philosophy, thoughts and things like that so everyone can get an understanding of what goes on. The one thing I think I always have is an appreciation of, at least from the media’s perspective of being able to give the message of what you’re trying to do to the fans. I think I have a great appreciation of that and I think that’s what is important when we get together.

As far as the quarterback situation, I want to go back to the beginning a little bit. I want to talk about the thought process that was involved. Obviously when I took the job I understood that we were going to go ahead and draft a quarterback, I don’t think that was a secret. The process from the beginning was we were going to draft one and then we start looking at if we’re going to draft one, what’s the best way to develop him? I really think it’s probably, there’s two ways when you look around the league how quarterbacks were developed. I think if you look at some of the recent quarterbacks, you’ll see that they’ve played early, really struggled in the first games and then separated themselves in the last eight. I think the next tier after those have been the quarterbacks that have been able to sit behind a veteran player and are really playing well right now. Like Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. I think when you get to the ones before that, you get the quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Troy Aikman that were kind of thrown in there early. I think that you go two ways about developing that player. What we wanted to do was in the beginning when we knew we were going to draft a quarterback was to make sure that we did have a veteran on the team.

At that point it was a process of trying and going out and getting the best veteran possible that had the ability to play and win, that was the best fit for the team. At that time, right, wrong or indifferent we went obviously with Kevin Kolb. The next situation that came in was how many you go to camp with now. Now you’ve got a young quarterback, obviously we liked Jeff Tuel and we had Kevin Kolb with us. So the situation went back to how do we develop the young quarterback, how fast do we bring him along? So we went to camp with three. Again, if someone was to tell me you were going to have these injuries, I would have went to camp with four, but that’s difficult to know because obviously our goal was developing the quarterbacks. Obviously what happens is Kevin gets injured, EJ is in and really develops faster than we expected in that short period of time. Now we’re in a decision of, “Hey, this guy is going to play. He’s going to be our quarterback.’ Then we get an injury to EJ and that’s where Jeff had been playing and playing very well. Jeff at the time that Kevin Kolb was injured and EJ was injured, was the only guy that knew the system of what we were doing, that’s why we didn’t play him in the Detroit game. So what we did was we went out and brought in two veterans in our opinion. Even though Thaddeus might have been a younger guy, Matt Leinart has been around longer and really put them in a tough situation. To come in here and play on a short week and go in there. We made a decision to go with obviously Thaddeus. We were fortunate at that time that Thaddeus had practice squad eligibility.

What we didn’t want to do if you look at it from the standpoint of Jeff Tuel, the way he played in the preseason and you look at his numbers, really outside of EJ probably played as well as any young quarterback in the league. What we didn’t want to have happen is someone go ahead and take away our young developing quarterback from under us. So we made a decision to go with two on the roster, with EJ and Jeff. Then having Thaddeus on our practice squad. So in doing so we’re working the reps going in and then I think what happened the other night is obviously an injury occurs to EJ, we put Jeff in there which is a tough situation. I think you always look at yourself and I brought Jeff in and spoke to him, ‘Hey it was a tough situation, it was a short week, very difficult to go in there. We feel that you’re a good young developing quarterback. We’re very excited about having you’ and Jeff’s response to me was, ‘Coach I appreciate it, but my job is to go in there and win the game.’ That’s the way he went about it. So I talked to him about the next process after that is obviously at first what you want to do is you want to make sure at any position, never mind obviously the quarterback one also, is you go out and you say ‘Ok, is there anyone outside that is out there that’s better?’ I think you’re doing that with every position all the time. You want to look there to see if anyone is better and then what we did is we went out and we had conversations with some quarterbacks. Again you’re involved with Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley, myself, Jim Monos, Nate Hackett obviously are involved with what we’re trying to do. Then all of a sudden all of this stuff starts going out. You’re going to this person, talking to that person.

We wound up bringing in two quarterbacks for a workout. I think that was well documented. We brought in Pat White and we brought in (Dennis) Dixon. We brought them in for a workout, at the end of the day we worked them out and we thought after working them out, which was the best available to us at the time, we thought it was best to us to move on and play with Thaddeus. Thaddeus will start. What happened today was this has been going on, obviously a long thought process. I’m one guy that tries to make sure that as soon as I get information I get it out. The decision was going through the night, sleeping on it, waking up this morning. I had a team meeting, I wanted to make sure that they knew as soon as I knew, as soon as the team found out then after that I was fortunately or unfortunately I had a media session that I was planning on not answering that question unless I was asked. I was asked that question and I just shot him straight. Scott (Berchtold) didn’t know about it until I came out of the meeting, Russ and Doug and myself, we knew about it prior to that meeting. Then I had to get with the players because I really showed up two minutes late to the meeting because I was still talking to Thaddeus and I wanted to talk to Jeff. Whether it’s right, wrong or different, I’m trying to give you guys a time frame of the process of everything we’ve done.

The next thing was the punter. Obviously, we brought in two punters: Brian Moorman came in with another punter with a competition for that job. Brian did extremely well. We know we have a great chance to win with him and we know obviously he’s a great fit for this team. We’re excited for him being back.

The injuries, with EJ obviously I’m still not at a point with John Marzo, our team doctor, to put out an exact timeframe. As soon as he starts working, I think we’ll have a good idea of that. I don’t know a timeframe on that yet. Stevie Johnson, like I said before, I felt good about it, but I still think, I don’t want to misinterpret that, I think it’s going to be day-to-day with Stevie. Ron Brooks will get out there and I’ll have a better feel once he’s out there Tuesday afternoon. Obviously you’ll know a lot if he’s on the field with us Wednesday. I think Stephon Gilmore will be the same thing. He’s going to be out there working tomorrow and then we’ll get him on the field Wednesday. Leodis McKelvin obviously played quite a bit so I feel good about him, but he’s just another person that might be on your list. What we did with Dustin Hopkins is we brought him out there and we really haven’t gotten him better from when we started to actually do drills, so we put him on IR. So Dustin Hopkins went to IR. Marquise Goodwin, he’ll be out there, he’s training, working. We just have to see if he is good enough to play, meaning catching and stuff with his hand. Obviously C.J. Spiller is again coming back. We may rest him a day or two and then bring him back at the end of the week for practice.

I think the other situation that you guys have asked quite a bit about is left guard. We do need to improve our play there. Doug (Legursky) is coming back from an injury, I’ve said that before. He’s back and that’s going to be an open competition. Both those players will play left guard this week versus Cincinnati. That’s where we are with that. How we’re going to do it, we still haven’t finalized that plan. Quarters, series, whatever it may be. That we’re going to work out during the week with the players and what’s the best situation for all of us to get the stuff out there. I think it a nutshell that’s where we are.

Q: Did you jump the gun slightly when you said Ron Brooks is back and Stephon Gilmore is back? Did you mean just back to practice?

A: Yeah, probably back to practice. It’s always going to be hard for me when I’m asked about injuries because I want them back. I always have to make sure I take a step back and do a good job of not miscommunicating it. I think it’s going to be a sense of whatever the pain threshold is and whatever obviously the skill level is with some of the players. One of the things and I talked to the team about this today, the players who’ve been injured, Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks, even Jairus Byrd and Marquise Goodwin, the one thing they’ve shown is they want to be out there. Then the guys that are playing that are hurt, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Aaron Williams, Stevie Johnson, Marcell Dareus, obviously Mario (Williams) and what he’s done, Kyle Williams, there are a lot of those players. The one thing that I see and that I appreciate is that the players are having a tougher time not being out there competing. I think we’ve all been around sports long enough where you can have an injury last for another week or whatever you may do. I think that’s an important process and an important point of this football team in keeping that type of, for lack of a better term, culture. That’s what you want. Those players are trying to come back. Did I jump the gun on it? I think at the end of the week when we see who is going or not we’ll be able to say yes or no. Again I’m just telling you what the facts are. If you’re asking me, I feel good about a lot of those players if not all of them.

Q: So Thaddeus Lewis replaces Dustin Hopkins spot on the roster?

A: Yeah. He’s out for the season.

Q: So Tuesday with all those guys working is that to get them medically cleared to practice?

A: Probably more Brooks, that’s it to medically clear for practice.

Q: So talk a little bit about Thad Lewis.

A: You sit here and you look at it and really if you look at it from the beginning you’re down a three-four. When you look around the league it’s difficult when you get down to your third or your fourth quarterback. The thing with Thad is he’s been in a game before. He played there and he’s been around. I would’ve felt uncomfortable doing something earlier. We really couldn’t do anything from a roster spot standpoint because we had some injuries. Obviously a kicker and with the DB’s where we couldn’t bring him up the roster. Now we have the ability to bring him up. He’s someone who has a 66, and granted its one game, but he’s a 66 percent completion, one touchdown, one interception, so he’s been in there. He can run and he can extend plays–he can run the read option. He can throw the ball extremely well and having him with us from the time at Detroit to now, he’s made some great gains because he knows the whole system. Now we just have to fit and game plan what we think he does best. It’s not a point of one of the questions people normally ask is does he know the whole system? He does, he knows everything, he’s bright as hell. Now it’s the point of making sure we give him a plan that he can be successful with.

Q: Do you wish you had done more to get a veteran when Kevin Kolb went down?

A: I’d be naive, if you were to say to me you’re going to have two injuries, should you have done something different? Absolutely, but that really wasn’t the plan going in to what we were doing. I think that I’ve said it before, the plan going in was bring a veteran in, how are going to develop the young quarterback, Tuel being as good early on as a young guy. For the most part when you look at a roster it’s veteran player, maybe a young player that could potentially be a starter and then a young guy on the practice squad that you’re looking at. Our thing going in was we had a rookie first round draft pick which is obviously a lot and then trying to have a veteran in Kevin Kolb. Then probably putting a guy like Jeff Tuel on the practice squad initially. Then when Jeff started playing well it kind of hurt us a little bit because now we became exposed where some other team could go grab this guy who is a good young quarterback.

Q: Can you clarify reports about any interest in that was had by the Bills in Josh Freeman?

A: We had discussions not only with his people, but with other people. I always say this, granted those reports are out there, however they get out there, whatever sources and whatever they may be, but we talked to a couple different people on that situation. No different than like the punting situation, we talked to a couple different people before we got the two down. I think when these situations come up that’s always going to happen. We’re going to talk to a couple different people, how real it is, that’s something I really can’t tell you. I just say, ‘Hey where are we and tell me when they’re coming in.’ That’s when I start thinking about it.

Q: Was there a financial hang up with Freeman?
A: As far as what I know, the club and Russ (Brandon) and Doug (Whaley) have never talked to me about, ‘Hey you know what we’ve got to do this because of financial reasons.’ They’ve been up and open about let’s go get the best player in that we can.

Q: Can you clarify what happened with Dustin Hopkins? Did he have a setback?

A: The problem was we were bringing him along, one step being kicking field goals and then the bigger issue was once we did the kickoff which is obviously a much different type of movement and it was like, ‘Whoa.’ So we didn’t really know where we were at until we got to that step. The baby steps of going in and getting an extra point, to kicking a 20 to 25 yard field goal we were feeling good. It’s a limited amount of movement, different than the kick off. Once we started doing the kick off it was like wow that movement is far behind. So to say whether it’s a setback or not, I don’t know. We weren’t able to have that opportunity because we were just trying to get him back.

Q: Do you feel you misjudged Jeff Tuel’s ability to play in the NFL at all at this point in his career?

A: No I think a couple things. Let me just clarify it. I don’t doubt when people look at it and they say, ‘Well wait a minute now, this guy was here behind your starter and this guy was on the practice squad’ and that’s why I tried to really explain myself well, people would be like that doesn’t make sense. Why wouldn’t you go with the other guy and bring him up. My point with Jeff was is Jeff in my opinion going to be a very good player; he can do a lot of good things and is a great young talent that works hard. My point is the reason we had to have him the position he’s in is because he played extremely well in the preseason and we didn’t want to expose ourselves to lose that guy. Our judgment on him and our belief is that he can do it is yes. Now am I going to be wrong down the road, could I? Yeah, I could do that with everyone. What happened was we couldn’t gain a third roster spot for the quarterback to bring Thad up because we had injuries at kicker and we had injuries in the defensive backfield. We were going in with two knowing that we had Thad, but in a perfect world it would’ve been EJ, a veteran and Jeff Tuel is a perfect practice squad candidate until he started to play so well in the preseason that we need to in our opinion, right wrong or indifferent, we needed to protect him.

Q: Did you think Lewis was better all along?

A: In the beginning I didn’t know because he came in so late. Going through it we were just working both of those players. I think that the skillsets are a little bit different and I think the skillset of Thad with the ability to run and extend gives us a better chance.

Q: What assurances can you give?

A: Something happens to Thad, Jeff is going in.

Q: Beyond Sunday, what is the plan week to week?

A: This is the direction we’re going now. Obviously I think it’s something you have to look at from week to week and I think that a lot of times the situation is going to dictate what you do next. I think in these situations where players are going in, not just at quarterback, but any situation, the player is going to to dictate that. I’ll give you a great example. Corbin Bryant went in one game and plays a limited amount of plays and played well. The next game we went in there and said we need to increase his total of plays. He went in there and played 20 something so he increased his play total 10 to 12 plays. I think the situation dictated itself. I think if he went in there and didn’t play well we might have reduce his plays. I think the situation dictates itself in this deal.

Q: Would it be fair to the team to go through yet another quarterback change if Thad doesn’t play well this week?

A: Is it fair for the Head Coach, how about that one? That’s even a better question.

Q: Essentially if Thad stays healthy you’re somewhat tied to him for the short term?

A: I think what the team would want and I think what my responsibility is to put the players out there that gives us the best chance to win. I think that’s what they want and I think that’s what the team looks for. I think that’s the best way to answer that question.

Q: How handicapped will you be game plan wise with Thad?

A: That’s one of the things that went in to the process. You go ahead and bring some in and you say to yourself, ‘Can you bring someone else in and go play?’ I mentioned it the other week, what’s his background? What does he know? How does he do it? It’s going to be very difficult, our system is different. Unless they come from the same background and relate it. So for us with Thad he knows the whole system inside and out. At least for us we can give him the things that we feel he’s strong with which gives us a better chance. I think if it would’ve gone the other way around, and let’s say there was someone on the outside coming in, then right now I wouldn’t even be able to answer that question until we sat down with him.

Q: How soon do you want to get to a single answer at left guard?

A: I’d rather answer this question this way, which is the truth. I want that position to play better now. If two guys playing that position gives us better production, then that might be the way we go. I don’t have a problem with that. If one guy clearly separates himself while they’re playing and we’ll be able to watch that and see that, I don’t have a problem with that. That’s a position that obviously we need to get more production out of.

Q: Has it been frustrating to not have many opportunities to return kickoffs given the strength of some of your returners? You’ve got some guys who can make big plays.

A: Yeah, we do, we do. That’s one of the things, Leodis is getting healthier, if not fully healthy, I don’t want to say fully healthy because we talked about him on the injury report. Goodwin is coming back. You have two guys that potentially can make plays for you. It does and I have to keep reminding myself because I think the players will feel the same way sometimes. You have to say to yourself, ‘You don’t know when you’re going to get this opportunity. Maybe a guy that puts the ball in the end zone 60 to 70 percent of the time, he gets a little mishit and it’s 3.96 minus two, we’ve got to be ready to go. If your question is would I love to have more opportunities, absolutely because we have players back there that can be special. The one thing is we can’t get frustrated and when the opportunity comes, not be ready. That would be the shame of it all.

Q: Can you comment on a report that the team is actively shopping Jairus Byrd?

A: Sure. The only insight I know on that on is I’ve just been working on getting him ready for Cincinnati. I have not heard nor has anyone approached me or told me anything about that. My goal is to get…Jairus has been working hard to get back on the field, so my goal is to be working him to get back on the field this week.

Q: You expect him to play this week?

A: I do, I do. I think that he wanted to play last Thursday and he said he was ready to go. I think we have a week of practice to go ahead and look at it and make sure what that means. Where is he at, what’s going on, how we want to do this. I think we’ll work on that this week. Yes, I’m looking forward to him going.

Q: Did you see what the Bengals did to (Tom) Brady this weekend?

A: I did, I saw some of it. They did a nice job. Coach Zimmer, I’ve known for a while. He’s always had good defenses. I think that they played extremely well, they held them out, they didn’t score a touchdown and that’s a challenge. The one thing about this league and you say it all the time, is there anyone that doesn’t play real good defense? We’ll have a great challenge against them, but the great part is we have them at home. That’s been a big difference for us right now. Our crowd has been outstanding, our players are ready to go, which leads us down the road to I have to get this team playing better on the road.

QB Thad Lewis

Monday, October 7, 2013

Q: Did you think you’d be here in Week Six doing this?

A: Not at all. You never know what’s going to happen, so you just have to stay ready with whatever scenario presents itself.

Q: How comfortable are you with the playbook and do you have everything under control mentally?

A: Yes, yes. I have a great sense of the game plan, a great grasp of it. Like every week, you don’t just sit there on practice squad and not prepare as if you’re a starter because that’s your job, this is what you’re supposed to do. You have to learn, you have to know the things that you have to do. I’ve been doing that every week, so this will just be a regular week for me; I just get the chance to start.

Q: From the outside this looks like a pretty chaotic situation to call up a player from the practice squad and throw them in to the starting line-up. Why is that perspective not accurate in your mind?

A: Because I was from the practice squad, so people think guys are on the practice squad for a certain reason. I just had practice squad eligibility and Jeff Tuel was hot coming out of the preseason and you can’t risk losing a guy like that who can play. I came in and I was traded for, obviously I didn’t get a chance to play as much in the preseason, but I guess that was strategic and smart on their behalf.

Q: Why haven’t you gotten a shot with any of your previous teams?

A: I can’t call it. Different situations, different scenarios. I’m still here today, so I’m hanging around and I’m happy to have a job to be honest.

Q: How much is the game you started last year going to help you this week?

A: Football is football. Last year was a great experience, a humbling experience and a childhood dream to start an NFL game, but since I’ve started an NFL game, now it’s time to move on. You know what to do, you know what to expect, you know what you have to prepare this week, business as usual.

Q: Did you watch the Bengals game from yesterday?

A: Yeah I watched a little bit. In certain situations, they have a great front. If you get yourself in the right protections and get the ball out quick, hopefully you can limit yourself to some of those areas.

Q: Did you find yourself thinking if they’re doing that to Tom Brady, what chance do I have?

A: Not at all. This is the NFL; you’re going to face the best of the best every week. They could’ve done it to anyone. Obviously they had a great game plan going in to that game and was able to get to Tom Brady as much as they did.

Q: Can you afford to look ahead?

A: Not at all. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next five minutes at all. You just take it one day at a time and prepare and just get ready for whatever.

Q: Is it a situation where you’ve got some anxiety or do you feel confident?

A: Yeah, I’m just confident, no anxiety. Its football, it’s something that I’ve been doing since I was five years old and a lot of people don’t understand, it’s not my ability why I was on practice squad, it’s just the certain situation. As long as you’re confident in your ability, you can go out there and do the things that you know how to do.

Q: Obviously it’s a leadership position, how difficult is it when you haven’t had the opportunity to prove yourself on the field to step in the huddle and have the other guys follow you?

A: It’s not difficult. You go out here today in the walkthrough and you show everyone you know what to do. You know the MIKE points, you know the plays, you know the protection and guys feel comfortable with that. As long as I have three days to practice and gel together obviously get timing with the wide receivers, as long as you know what you’re doing the guys will rally behind you.

Q: You get an opportunity to showcase yourself to other teams as well. How important is it to you to take advantage of this chance and put some stuff down on film?

A: Every opportunity that you get since I’ve been in the NFL, you have to take advantage of your opportunity. No matter what the situation is, I get my chance, the opportunity to play Sunday; I want to put my best foot forward. Give us the best opportunity to win. Whatever else happens out there happens. My total focus is just going out there and making sure I do the things I can to do to help my team win on Sunday.

Q: Were you surprised by this announcement or did you see it coming?

A: Not at all, you never know what’s going to happen, you never expect anything. What I’ve learned is you can’t worry about things you can’t control. So when he called me in this morning, obviously he gave me the nod, so now I can control that situation, I can make sure I prepare and know everything I need to know going in to Sunday’s game.

Q: Would you have been disappointed if they brought somebody else in to play?

A: I wouldn’t have been disappointed at all because that wasn’t my call and I can’t handle things like that. So you go about it as a pro, as a professional and done what I’ve done since I got here, give them the best look I can give them as a scout team quarterback.

CB Stephon Gilmore

Monday, October 7, 2013

Q: What’s this week look like for you?

A: I’m going to practice, see what the coaches want me to do and take it from there.

Q: You said you get the pins out soon. After that do you have to wear some sort of protective covering for a while?
A: I get them out tomorrow and it depends on how my wrist my feels, I’ll probably wear a hard cast on it, listen to the trainers and go from there.

Q: How would you feel playing with something like that one?
A: It’s something I’d have to deal with. I had the surgery and I just have to wear it to protect it from pain. If there’s pain. Eventually I won’t have to wear it, so just have to adjust a little bit and get used to it.

Q: How eager are you to get back out there?
A: I’m real eager, I just want to do what I can to get back on the field and help this team produce wins. Whatever I can do to help the team win, I’m down for.

OL Doug Legursky

Monday, October 7, 2013

Q: How do you feel?
A: I was dressed and ready to go last week and this week I think they’re going to get us some reps in the ones and see where we go in the game.

Q: Talk about coming back from the injury and where you’re at?
A: I feel really good. It’s really a four to six week type of injury the way it was. Coming back and being ready to go in Week Five, that’s just good shoutouts to the training staff, how good they did to get me back. I’m feeling really good and ready to get back out on the field and help these guys get a win.

Q: What do you see from your perspective of this offensive line so far?

A: We’ve done well. We’re a tight knit group in that offensive line room. We rely on each other and we’re going to play hard for each other. The five guys that are out there at any given time are going to be the five toughest dudes that are going to protect our butts off for whatever quarterback is back there and try to get the running back in to the end zone. That’s really what we’re trying to do. These last couple weeks we’ve had our run game go on, but we’ve also had some things we need to correct. Going forward we need to try to do our best to win some ballgames.

Q: What do you think you bring to the table?

A: I’m a versatile type player, I can go in multiple positions if need be, if I do get some reps on game day, I’m excited about that. I’m excited to finally hit a different color jersey. I’m excited to go in there and get the run game going and get the passing game going. Whoever our quarterback’s in there, we’re going to win some ballgames.

P Brian Moorman

Monday, October 7, 2013

Q: Can you talk about the return?

A: I’m thrilled, ecstatic to be back obviously. It’s great to be in a familiar place and see familiar laces. To be in a community like this and the outpouring of support that I’ve had since I got back has kind of rendered me speechless. Just thrilled to be back.

Q: What kind of support are you getting?

A: Just anything from messages on Twitter and Facebook, calls, texts. It took me hours to respond, but it’s just been great. I didn’t really expect that kind of response, but I think it’s a big boost to me to know that I’m back. I just want to go out and do my part to help field position and help bring home a victory.

Q: After a dozen years you didn’t expect that?

A: I don’t take anything for granted. I’m just thrilled that they’re thrilled I’m here. Like I said, I just want to do my part and continue to be a part of this community that we’ve grown to love so much and have supported the causes that we’ve supported with our foundation and everything else. A big boost to our foundation too just to be able to be back in town consistently and looking forward to getting up to Roswell and seeing the kids, it’s been too long. Just glad to be here.

C Eric Wood

Monday, October 7, 2013

Q: What are your thoughts on Thad Lewis?

A: I like Thad a lot as a quarterback. He can do a lot of things for us. He’s mobile, great arm, good football awareness. Has started a game before in this league, so it won’t be completely foreign for him. He’s a guy who can step in and run our offense immediately without having to change anything or kind of doctor a quarterback to be able to try to go this week. We’ll just hit the ground running.

Q: How much does that help you knowing that he knows the playbook?

A: Absolutely. We’ll work on exchange and everything this week, but as far as assignments and MIKE declarations and everything that goes in to pre-snap and game management, he’ll have all of that ready to roll. It’s pretty comforting to have a guy that’s already here.

Q: Did you follow any of the reports on who they worked out over the weekend?

A: Yeah, absolutely I followed it all. I don’t know necessarily that I had an opinion. I trust our front office to do their job and I didn’t really have an opinion, but definitely interested and I followed it pretty closely on twitter and on the internet because it affects me greatly. I was definitely interested.

Q: Did the move surprise you?

A: No because I had kind of talked to the coaches a little bit and knew what they were thinking, so it wasn’t a huge surprise to me. I didn’t know what exactly was going to happen until this morning. No, I wasn’t greatly surprised.

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