OL GEOFF SCHWARTZ
Q: How do you think you reacted overall to some of the looks the defense was throwing at you guys?
SCHWARTZ: “I think we did a good job. It’s new for us – the offensive terminology, speed, the defensive looks and all that stuff. I think we did a good job communicating, making plays. It’s only going to get better from here.”
Q: Does the speed of practice only make that more difficult?
SCHWARTZ: “No, not at all. I think it helps learning. We’re going at a fast pace, getting a lot of plays, getting a lot of looks. We’re doing a good job so far.”
LB ZAC DILES
Q: How do you feel you guys are handling the pace at which you’re learning material and having to practice it?
DILES: “It’s day two. There is some stuff we can clean up, but it looks like everybody is talking. As long as you talk, you’re going to be fine. Out there, you’re going to be at practice and everybody is practicing. At the end of the day, if you talk it out, you’re going to be fine.”
Q: How are you handling being new here and learning everything quickly?
DILES: “In that aspect I wasn’t really too far behind. I got here on Monday. I got into the playbook, and I was able to get day one installed and then come out here and actually know what I was doing. That was big, and like I said, everybody is learning at the same time. Everybody is learning it, so I wasn’t too far behind.”
LB DERRICK JOHNSON
Q: How was practice today?
JOHNSON: “Practice was good. It’s been a chance to get on the field and take what you learned from class. That’s the best learning you can have.”
Q: You were giving a lot of looks to the offense today?
JOHNSON: “Yeah. Our offense was giving us a lot of looks too, so it’s one of those things where we’re putting in new defenses and you have to go through the motions and you can’t just put in a couple defenses. We have to put in a few things to change it up. We’ve added
some different looks at times. It’s challenging at times for the defensive side of the ball. You have to stay focused. This is a new defense.”
Q: You’re playing a 3-4, but it doesn’t look like a 3-4.
JOHNSON: “Yeah, at times it’s a little different, but at the same time, it still has the scheme of the 3-4. I’m loving it right now. Everybody has different responsibilities at times. We’re going to be asked to do a lot of different things at times. We’re up for the challenge.”
TE ANTHONY FASANO
Q: What are some of the challenges you run into learning this offense?
FASANO: “Not only are we learning the offense and the basics of it, but we’re going against a blitz and a complicated defense so far. A lot of things are thrown at us fast, but I think you learn a little quicker like that.”
Q: They’re throwing a lot of looks on defense aren’t they?
FASANO: “Yeah, a lot of moving parts, a lot of fast, athletic players. There is a lot to process right now on the offensive side of the ball.”
OL DONALD STEPHENSON
Q: What’s it like for you to not know where you’re going to be playing?
STEPHENSON: “When I was brought here, they told me I was going to be the flip-flop tackle, so I have kind of been practicing both. Wherever they throw me, I’ll be ready to play.”
Q: Do you try not to think about the fact that next week’s draft could directly affect you?
STEPHENSON: “I don’t think about it at all. Right now I’m focused on minicamp.”
QB CHASE DANIEL
Q: What did you think of your day?
DANIEL: “It was alright. I thought I started a little bit slow and finished really strong. Just keep building. It’s the first few days of camp, it’s the first few days of putting the gibberish that’s on paper on the field. A lot of thinking going on, a lot of thinking from our guys just making sure our guys are lined up, getting the snap count right, making the right reads, putting the ball in the right place. So far, we’re hitting it pretty good.”
Q: Does it kind of feel like your rookie year all over again with a new offense and things like that?
DANIEL: “It does, it does. It feels a little eerie out there. I was way more comfortable today than I was yesterday. And they’re putting a lot on us with shifts and motions and putting it on the right person at the right time. It’s going to make us better – just stress us now rather than stress us in a game.”
Q: It looks like this will be an offense that’s going to use the running backs out of the backfield, the tight ends, just about everybody?
DANIEL: “Yeah, I think so. I think it’s a great offense. I love what we’ve put in so far, I love how we’re using all our running backs, our tight ends, we’re shifting, we’re motioning them, we’re confusing the defense. For us it’s like blitzing the defense. Once these guys learn all their splits and motion landmarks, learn the routes, it’s going to be great.”
Q: What is the pace that they’re implementing the offense and what does the pace of this offense look like?
DANIEL: “The pace that we’ve implemented, we’ve put in quite a bit, we’ve put in almost every single play we have except red zone and that goes in tomorrow. I’m in my book studying every night, I know all the quarterbacks are, I know everyone is – we’re studying three to four hours after the fact just so we can be prepared for what’s going in. They’re really stressing us and making us work. That’s what this job is about, if you can’t handle it you don’t deserve to be here. We’re just excited tomorrow to end minicamp on a strong note.”