PITTSFORD, NY - The following transcripts from Bills Training Camp were provided by the Bills:
HC Doug Marrone
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Q: Can you talk about Cordy Glenn being back?
A: It’s good. We’re working him back in very slowly though.
Q: What exactly did Glenn pass?
A: You’d have to talk to the doctors because it’s medical.
Scott Berchtold: He cleared his physical not the conditioning test.
Q: Where does that elevate him to now in terms of practicing?
A: We’re going to take it really slow.
Q: What place do you see Seantrel [Henderson] in with Cordy back?
A: He could start at left tackle. Cordy’s not back yet and that may be a long time. Seantrel can play left tackle in this league.
Q: Congratulations on last night’s win. Can you talk a little about the game?
A: Some things are better. We just have to keep working on our situations like red zone, obviously, and third downs and things like that.
Q: The offense seemed to play pretty well. Were you happy with EJ [Manuel]’s performance?
A: Yeah, I was happy with that. I thought he did a nice job and gave us some opportunities to score and we just have to take advantage of it.
Q: How big of a concern is lack of finish at this point?
A: I think that’s why we’re in training camp- to get that stuff down and learn from it. Obviously it’s a concern because it affects the way you win. The players know that. We talk about it and those are the things we need to work on and create a high focus in those areas. That’s what the playoff teams do.
Q: Has Cordy’s absence throughout this period at least allowed you to productively work other people and see other combinations?
A: Yeah. With Cordy’s thing though, it’s medical. So it’s very difficult for me to comment on it because I really don’t know what I can and cannot say when it comes down to it. Cordy is a very good football player. We’re going to take it very, very slowly to see how he comes back in the first couple days. We will just do a little bit on the side and a little bit individual. You won’t see him participating in any team for a while. Then we’ll see how he responds because I really don’t know. We have Seantrel ready and Chris Hairston has played. If Cordy comes back and he’s at form, then we’ll see what the best combination of five is. Pat [Morris], Nathaniel [Hackett] and I haven’t solidified that yet.
Q: So you’re taking full advantage of the opportunity to try different combinations?
A: Absolutely. I don’t know that I would sit here and agree with the statement that it’s just because of Cordy. Maybe we wouldn’t have done anything at the left tackle spot and reps behind him, but we would’ve done everything else that we’ve done.
Q: What did you think of Ron Brooks’ game last night?
A: I think Ron’s having a good camp. Not just one game, I think he’s put a couple good games together and a lot of good practices. It’s the same thing you see on the field. Ron’s been practicing well and normally when you practice well, you’ll go ahead and play well. He’s done a nice job.
Q: Like Seantrel with Cordy, do you think Ron has taken advantage of opportunities because [Stephon] Gilmore and [Leodis] McKelvin are a little bit limited?
A: Yeah. When you say take advantage, I don’t know if they took advantage enough to move in front of everyone when they come back, even if they play well. But they took advantage from a standpoint of getting better, feeling better about the player, the player putting himself in a position where he can play more or start.
Q: How much better do you and the team feel now that you’ve got that preseason win under your belt?
A: For me, it’s kind of behind me now. Now I’m looking forward to trying to get our team better at the areas that we need to be the team we want. I know it sounds like a broken record but the third downs, the red zone. I thought we did a good job ball security wise and offensively, more than the week before. So there were things that we’ve tracked for improvement from one week to another, but it still goes back to those same situations. We addressed it again with the players this morning about red zone scoring and third down and obviously turnovers, which right now we’re +3 in the preseason, which is big. Those are the things we need to keep building on and get better at in these next couple weeks. I’m excited about this week. We’re going out tonight and it’s going to be light tonight. We’re going to watch out again tomorrow and then the players have a day off and then we come back. We’re going to have two really, really tough practices against a physical team. Then we’re going to take a day to kind of recoup and go out again. I really think that period of time will be interesting to see how they perform.
Q: It’s unusual that you come back from a game and have a practice. Is it because of scheduling limits?
A: Yeah, we’re going to be smart. People say, “Oh my God, they’re practicing already tonight.” We’re not going hit tonight. We’re going to be smart and just run around so it’ll be a little bit better. We’re not playing the maximum amount of plays per game so we’re smart with our players. They’ve done a nice job and obviously it’s my responsibility to make sure that we’re ready to go.
Q: What have you seen from Chris Williams as a guard? Are you satisfied?
A: I think that’s always a tough question for a coach to answer. Like, are you happy and satisfied? I think when you’re a coach you can’t really be that way because my philosophy is that if you are that way, you’re selling the player short and you’re selling your coaching ability short. For me, I’m always looking to get better. Has he improved? Yes, he has. There are a couple things technically that I’ve been talking with him about, that if we can get done will greatly improve his game. We’ll continue to work on it. It doesn’t come overnight and we have a lot of good opportunities coming up so I’m excited.
Q: Any injuries from last night?
Scott Berchtold: [Derek] Brim- hip, [Ron] Brooks- thigh, [Marquise] Goodwin- hamstring, [Kenny] Ladler- hamstring, [Ty] Powell- medical, Chris Williams- back, [Jonathon] Meeks- neck, [Tony] Moeaki- hamstring and Leodis [McKelvin] will be doing the same thing he’s been doing the past couple of weeks.
Q: Duke Williams started at safety last night. Is that related to Da’Norris [Searcy]’s situation last week?
A: Yeah, Da’Norris was out taking care of some family stuff so we wound up putting Duke in. Which is a comfort for us to be able to do something like that.
Q: So you wouldn’t anticipate Duke getting first team reps at practice?
A: I don’t want to go on record saying no. When we feel that we have players that can play, we’ll rotate them around and I don’t want to get into reps. We may be looking at different things, but right now Da’Norris is the starting safety.
Q: What about the same situation with the quarterbacks with Thad [Lewis] last night?
A: We just wanted to give him that opportunity and again, that’s a battle that’s open. It really is. We’ll see what happens.
Q: The guys you listed earlier are not practicing tonight, right?
Scott Berchtold: Correct. Those are the guys you won’t see out there tonight on the field.
Q: What’s the situation with Alan Branch? Some of the younger guys were playing ahead of him.
A: We’re working him back in there, but you just have to be careful. You don’t want to put someone out there and they either can’t perform well or put themselves in jeopardy or anyone else.
T Cordy Glenn
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Q: Was it frustrating to be sidelined for as long as you were?
A: It was frustrating just not being out here with the fellas and not working everyday with them. I’m back now and I’m just trying to knock off the rust a little bit.
Q: How long do you think it’s going to take you before you can get fully involved?
A: I’m not sure. Right now we’re just going day-to-day, just trying to get a little better everyday and see how it goes.
Q: How did it feel today?
A: Anytime you take a couple of weeks off you’re going to be a little rusty. I’m really not worried about that right now. I’m just trying to come back, help out the team and just get a little better every day.
Q: Do you have a timetable or date when you want to target returning?
A: I really can’t say that right now. I’m just trying to take it day by day.
Q: Do you think you’ll be involved during the Pittsburgh practices?
A: I haven’t talked to him [Coach Marrone]. I have no idea. You’ll have to talk to Coach Marrone about that one.
Q: What are the biggest obstacles you have to overcome to get back?
A: Just getting back in the swing of things, getting back in football shape and getting my technique and everything back right. [I’m] just working and trying to knock the rust off a little bit.
Q: What exactly kept you out?
A: It’s personal.
Q: It’s a medical issue?
Q: Have you passed the conditioning test?
A: Like I said, you’ve got to talk to Coach [Marrone]. I’m just back here trying to get back in the swing of things and knock the rust off. I’m trying to help out the team.
Q: Do you feel like you can just jump in and get back into the swing of things?
A: I wouldn’t say I could just jump back in, but you’ve got to get back in the swing of things and just get comfortable again out here. Not being out with the guys every day and working every day, you have to get back in the swing of things and get your routine back down pat.
Q: Do you feel healthy enough to do that?
Q: Can you talk about what you’ve seen from Seantrel [Henderson] in your absence?
A: He did a great job stepping in for our team. He didn’t miss a beat. He listened to everything the coach was saying and he tried to get better. He’s really a plus for the team.
Q: Is it your hope to play in a preseason game before the season begins?
A: I don’t really know any details or anything. I’m just out here taking it day by day right now.
Q: Is it nice that the regular season is quite a bit away?
A: I mean, yeah, there’s still a little bit of time. Right now I’m just focused on trying to help the team out and getting comfortable out here again.
C Eric Wood
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Q: Can you talk about Cordy Glenn being back?
A: He looked good out there in individual drills and we’re going to take it slow with him. He’s had some time off, but we’re definitely excited to have him back.
Q: It’s not too hard for him to just get back into things is it?
A: It shouldn’t be. Cordy has pretty rare genes when it comes to offensive linemen. He was born with a ton of strength and a ton of athleticism. There are some little nuances of the techniques that will take a little bit of time, but he’s a good enough player that it won’t take too long.
Q: How important and encouraging is it to have him back on the field?
A: I expected it to come this week, so it is what I expected. But like I said, I’m definitely excited to have a caliber player of Cordy Glenn, one of the best left tackles in the league in my opinion, hopping into our lineup.
Q: How much does it help you that Seantrel Henderson has gotten in some experience in Cordy’s absence?
A: Seantrel has done a great job and I’m proud of the work he’s put in. It’s great experience for him starting these last two games at left tackle. He did a great job. Obviously it’s great to have that added to our lineup.
T Seantrel Henderson
Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Q: Cordy Glenn being out has given you an opportunity to get out there and show what you can do, talk about that for us.
A: I’ve just been trying to get better and better every day. I’ve been working with the rest of the offensive line and the coaches, even Coach Marrone, he’s real hands on with us as far as technique is concerned. I’ve just been trying to do everything that the coaches have told me to do and so far I’ve been pretty successful.
Q: Coach Marrone told us earlier today that they’re looking for the best 5 guys to put together, the best combination. If Cordy is one of those five at the left tackle spot, does that give you an opportunity to go elsewhere on the offensive line in one of the other spots?
A: Like I said, whatever the coaches want me to do I’m going to do it. Whether it’s going to guard or going to the other tackle that’s fine with me, I just want to play.
Q: Have the coaches talked to you at all about possibly moving to right tackle?
A: No, they haven’t.