Head Coach Chan Gailey
PM Practice - August 22, 2011
On OL Andy Levitre taking snaps at left tackle:
As I’ve said every time we talk about the offensive line, my job is to get the five best on the field. And maybe that our five best is playing Chad Rinehart at guard and Andy Levitre at tackle. We’re going to take a look at it. That’s our responsibility to take a look at it. Levitre is doing an excellent job. He’s a versatile player and he’s played it before. We’ll see how it goes.
On how long he will look at the offensive line positions:
I think it depends on them. It depends on both Levitre and Demetrius (Bell). How long we go with it or whether it becomes permanent or whether it becomes just something we tried for a little while.
On if it’s a concern to be looking at this position so late in the offseason:
Well, you’d rather not. You’d rather not look at those options at this time, but you have to. You sometimes don’t get to do it exactly by the book. It’s kind of like the quarterback last year. We didn’t get to do it like how we wanted to. You have to be smart and use all of the things to make good decisions. That’s what we hope we’re doing this time.
On what the timetable is to having the positions set:
On what has been lacking in Bell’s game:
Consistency. That’s the bottom line. You have to be consistent up front. You don’t have to be great or perfect but you have to be consistent. We’ve got to make sure we get the guys that can be consistent for us up there.
On RB Johnny White and WR Donald Jones injuries:
They’re both going to be back for the first ball game as I understand it. Johnny will probably be back a little quicker than Donald. I think they’ll both make the first ball game.
On WR Naaman Roosevelt:
Naaman got that ankle rolled up. It’s going to be a couple of weeks for him.
On WR David Nelson leaving practice early:
He tightened up a little bit but he came back out and finished.
On LB Chris Kelsay:
Kelsay had a little procedure done and you can ask him about it if you want to. He’s going to be fine. It’s going to take two-to-three days to heal but he will be fine.
On CB Terrence McGee:
He pulled something in the ball game. It’s not major. I think he’ll be back in a day or two.
On naming the number one running back:
I think probably the best way to talk about it right now is that they’re (Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller) both number one backs. Fred’s a little bit ahead right now, but I think they’re both number one backs.
On whether the offensive struggles have to do with the offensive line movement:
I don’t think that’s it at all. I think it’s more of the timing in game more than anything.
On RB Fred Jackson feeling about being “in the dark”:
We just told him what we were doing. I told him what we were going to do. Nothing has changed on our thoughts with Fred and where Fred is for our football team. He’s a major part of what we’re trying to get done here.
On Jackson feeling underappreciated:
I would hate for somebody to feel that way because it’s not true from my standpoint.
On if the team had interest in Terrelle Pryor:
We talked about it, just like we talk about every guy. Buddy and I talked about it and we felt like it was in our best interest not to pull the trigger too high of a level.
On if the team put in a bid for Pryor:
You don’t get to talk about those things. I don’t get to.
On if some of the reasoning for not taking Pryor was because of having Brad Smith already:
Yes, sure it is. You already have that kind of player and that kind of athlete. We feel very good about where we are there.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On how concerned he is where things stand:
Not at all after two preseason games. I didn’t play much in the first one and I didn’t play too well in the second one. But we do need to get this thing going a little bit and continue to have good practices, get better and we will be fine. Now September 11th is what we are looking forward to and we are working everyday to get better for the 11th.
On a couple of things he can get better at for Saturday’s game:
Looking back on the last game we ran the ball well and didn’t really pass the ball well. Some of it is that we just need to be on the same page and throw the ball better. We want results and we want to do better but we also want all these plays implemented so we can get better next week. I think moving forward here the confidence factor is going to be big. We need to go out and have a good game versus Jacksonville just to get that feel back and that confident feeling you need to have on offense.
On OL Andy Levitre taking snaps at left tackle:
Well Andy (Levitre) played some left tackle his rookie year. He had to step in for a game or two but whoever is up there we are going to roll with. They’re moving some guys around right now trying to find something that they think will work. And my job is to throw the ball to our guys and to get those guys on the right people and that’s my only concern. I have all of the confidence in the world in those guys up front and we will get some of the stuff we need to fix ironed out.
On his preference of RB Fred Jackson or C.J. Spiller from a skill set standpoint:
I love Fred (Jackson) and I love C.J. (Spiller). C.J. obviously is the burner. He is the guy that we can really exploit match-ups in the passing game and we like to get him on the edge with his speed. Fred, as you can see with the play right after Donald (Jones) got hurt, is the heart and soul of our team.
OL Andy Levitre
On if he was caught off guard by practicing at left tackle:
Yeah I think the coaches are trying to see what depth they have for all the positions.
On the challenge of switching positions this close to the season:
I have spent a lot of time working on my craft at guard, but being able to kick out at tackle may help us as a team I think if we get caught in a squeeze.
On what they told him before the switch:
I spoke with Chan (Gailey) today and he told me they wanted me to rotate a little at tackle. I know the offense so I feel like it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up on. There are just some technical things that I am not used to working at guard I’ll need to do at tackle.
On if he feels comfortable moving to tackle:
Yeah, I’ve played it before so I just need to get some of the footwork down and muscle memory type things.
On it being pretty late in the game to switch positions:
It is still preseason so I don’t know what their plan is, if that is going to be a backup spot for me. But being able to do it during the season if we get in a squeeze will definitely help the team out.
On if he thinks there is a chance for him to compete for the starting spot at tackle:
I don’t know what their plans are so as of right now I am playing guard. But it is up to the coaches to make those decisions and I will play my best and leave it up to them.