Your dad said you should take the stat sheet from last week’s game with you on the road, right?
Yeah, that was a pretty good day. Thirty-one passes for all those guys. It was fun watching it unfold for those guys.
Is last week’s game what you have been expecting from Tori Gurley?
Honestly he just got fortunate to be in that position. I think he caught eight balls behind the line of scrimmage and he caught five more with 5 yards, so he just happened to be in a spot to get a bunch of balls. He still had a fumble and two penalties. I am still a little unhappy with him really. He could have played a lot better.
A lot of teams like to use smaller, shiftier guys to catch screen passes. Why do you guys like to use Tori and Alshon Jeffery?
(Tori) just happened to be in the right place at the right time. In the second half, we kind of changed a little bit of how we were going to throw that screen pass, and (Gurley) just happened to be at the right spot for running those. Honestly, the best guy at running it is Alshon. When he catches it and goes, he averages about 10 or 12 yards every time he catches a screen. So depending on what type of body you’ve got, different guys can gain different amounts of yardage on that big or small.
How do you coach the wide receivers to stop holding?
What really hurts those guys too is they play so much special teams, and on special teams you are taught to kind of grab and hold and ride. As receivers, anytime you are in the area of the ball and you are grabbing a guy, it is holding so you have to get out of the habit of grabbing the guy. You have to learn how to hit and push and not grab. We have to keep working on that. That’s critical. Two holding calls we had, one of them cost us a touchdown. Critical errors. That’s a bad mistake for our guys.
How much practice time do you spend working on blocking with the receivers?
Three days a week, I’ll spend 10-15 minutes on it, always try to get after it. We practice it a pretty good bit.