Buffalo (WKBW.com) The Bills hit the field Wednesday morning for the start of the teams three day mandatory minicamp. As expected LB Aaron Schobel was not in attendance. LB Keith Ellison also missed the first of two workouts, he was getting treatment with trainers. Bills guard Eric Wood continued to see work during both individual, and team drills as his comeback from a serious leg injury continues.
Below is the transcript for Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey following practice.
BUFFALO BILLS MINICAMP
Head Coach Chan Gailey
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
On LB Keith Ellison being absent from practice:
He was in getting treatment. He’s going to be fine. He’s not fine now but he will be.
On who called a huddle after a few missed plays during practice:
That was Curtis (Modkins). Coach Modkins did that. He just talked about execution. We hadn’t done a good job of that up until that point. And it got a little better in that last period.
On if he has higher expectations for the defense because it’s more veteran than the offense:
I would hope that the defense’s communication, especially in the backend, is better because those guys have played together. But it’s a brand-new defense too so they’re learning how to communicate. They’re more veteran players over there but you don’t make excuses for anybody not to do their job.
On RG Eric Wood’s progress:
Well it’s huge for us. I’m glad he’s getting the reps but more so for the mental aspect of him. Now he’ll really be ready to go in training camp and I think this gives him a great jump start on that. You can watch the film and see he can play football. So being out here and being able to communicate and get in the huddle and do those sorts of things are big for us and big for him.
On QB Trent Edwards getting the first reps with the full team:
You’ll see at practice this afternoon.
On veteran players handling the defensive huddles:
Well those guys have been in the fire so to speak, so you’d like for those guys to be able to handle it as much as possible. So those veteran guys will end up getting the majority of the responsibility on our football team. That’s what you want. You want your veterans being able to do that. And, in this day and age, you never know when injuries are going to hit, you’ve got to make sure you have as many people that are able to handle that duty as possible.
On his expectations for Wood’s recovery:
One of the first things I did was go talk to Bud (Carpenter) about what the prognosis was. He said we’d be lucky if we got him back for training camp, probably get him back for training camp but maybe not the first day of training camp. So, to me, either he’s a quick healer or they’ve done a great job or some of both. But it’s amazing to have him out here this early.
On how confident he is in rebuilding the offense:
Well you better have confidence in this business. If you don’t have confidence in this business, you’re going to lose in a hurry. So we have confidence that our system will put guys in position to make plays. You still have to go make them but I think we’re going to have guys that have some talent. We’ve got to make sure that they get the opportunity to go be special on the field and that’s what we’re working on. You try to have confidence without being cocky.
On if FS Jairus Byrd and LB Kawika Mitchell have had their reps altered because they’re coming off of injuries:
We’re always with those veteran guys. (Marcus) Stroud is another one that we’re trying to be smart with about the number of reps he gets.
On if the inexperience at the No. 2 receiver spot has benefitted the tight ends’ play:
Well that’s really up to those guys. If they prove to be dependable and know what to do and go out there and make plays, then obviously we’ll incorporate them more. But it’s all on them. It’s not on the lack of something somewhere else. It is on their ability to go make plays and do what they’re supposed to do.
On his expectations for when the offense needs to be fully-functioning:
Yeah, there’s a timetable: Game one. That’s what it’s supposed to be. You better be hitting on all cylinders when you get to game one. That’s always been my expectations. When they turn on the clock and start keeping score for real, you better be ready.
On if the mandatory minicamps will be run similar to the previous OTA sessions:
They’ll look like most every other one. We’ll do maybe a little bit more team stuff but we’ll try to get as much individual instruction and working on fundamentals. We try to work on fundamentals every time we’re out here, and that’ll never go away.