PITTSFORD, NY (WKBW/Bills) - Below are quotes from the Buffalo Bills following their evening practice on 8/16/10:
Head Coach Chan Gailey
PM PRACTICE – Aug. 16
On if some of the players that have been recovering from injury will see playing time on Thursday:
That is the plan today, yes. That those guys, maybe (Paul) Posluszny, maybe (Chris) Kelsay, will all get in for some snaps. I don’t know how many right now but I think they’ll get in for some snaps.
On the running back situation in light of the injuries to RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch:
Well, it is what it is-you can’t control that. I hate it happening to both of them for their sake, and for the team’s sake. But it’s an opportunity for someone else to show what they can do and it gives a great opportunity to get a good look at CJ (Spiller). He missed some camp anyway, so this is a way for him to get some extra reps.
On if losing Jackson and Lynch is a setback:
It’s a setback. Anytime you lose two really great players, it’s a setback, I don’t care where you are. We’ve been setback on defense because of (Chris) Kelsay and (Paul) Posluszny being out. So that part is tough, but it happens all the time. That’s part of this business. You have to deal with it and go on.
On if the team focused on any specific areas during practice after last Friday’s game:
Not really, we were focused more on doing the little things. Protecting the football, making sure we’re not grabbing them on defense. Some little things like that that we try to talk about and make sure we pay attention to. We missed nine tackles in the ball game, we can’t do that. We have to emphasize tackling continually. Just the basics, fundamentals, is what wins and loses.
On if he’s excited to see QB Brian Brohm play on Thursday:
Yeah, I sure am. He’s done a good job in practice and he’ll get his shot. We decided on the rotation last week, we told the quarterbacks the way it was going to go. I just didn’t want Brian to go in there for mop-up duty, so to speak. I wanted him to play in a legitimate part of the game. So he’s going to take it right after Trent (Edwards) is done this week and see how he does and try to get him as many plays as we got Fitz (QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) last week.
On what he sees in Brohm:
He’s very smart. He knows where to go with the football. He’s got good velocity on the ball. He just needs to work on continual accuracy. That’s really been his only issue. I think he’s got good intelligence for football, and understands defenses, which is part of playing quarterback, you have to understand defense.
On if the QB competition is still open:
Oh yeah. Sure is. Every day we evaluate everybody. That’s the way it has to be. You can’t let anybody sit there and say to themselves, ‘It’s locked up.’ And I can’t say that to myself either. That’s not fair. If I say that to myself, I should tell them.
On RB Marshawn Lynch’s injury:
I think it’s not a major injury by any stretch of the imagination. I think he can be back by the last preseason game. That’s what we’re hoping, anyway.
On how the injuries to Jackson and Lynch will affect the RB rotation:
The thing we were trying to do was work on our two-back offenses. But obviously that’s gone out of the mix right now. So we’ll just work on our one-back stuff, work on the stuff we can work on and when those guys get back, we’ll start on the other stuff.
On WR Marcus Easley’s condition:
I think he’s having surgery here sometime soon. Don’t hold me to that, but I think it’s sometime soon.
On when Easley will return:
I don’t know. I think it depends on what they find when they get in there.
QB Brian Brohm
PM Practice- August 16, 2010
On getting to play in the upcoming game against the Colts:
I’m excited to be on the field, get out there with the first live action of the season for me. I’m looking forward to it.
On understanding Head Coach Chan Gailey’s plan to have players get long periods of time in one game instead of splitting it up into different games:
Any way he wants to do it is fine. I just got to go out there with the attitude that any opportunity I have, I got to make the most of it.
On whether he feels ready for the game:
I feel like I’m ready. I feel like we’ve had OTAs, we’ve had mini-camps, [we’ve gone] all through training camp. I feel good about the offense. I feel comfortable about where I’m at. I just need to put it all together in a game atmosphere.
On whether he was eager to get into last week’s game against the Redskins:
Oh, always. Every game you’re not in there, you’re sitting on the sidelines, you want to get out there and you want to be playing. Watching the game, I wanted to be out there and I wanted to play, but I get my chance this week and I need to make the most of it.
On getting a lot of yardage in the first play of the two-minute drill in practice:
It feels good to get it started like that. Just need to go down there and finish the drive, go ahead and get some points on the board.
On how much better he feels this year compared to last:
It’s totally different when you get to go through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp. I’ve been through the install numerous times. I know this offense, and I feel comfortable with it, so it’s just a matter of going out there and executing it.
LB Paul Posluszny
PM Practice – August 16, 2010
On how he’s feeling:
It feels good to get the pads back on and hit a little bit. I’m still a little bit away. I still need more time to get used to things, to get quicker on my reads and everything like that, but it’s good to get back out there with the guys.
On head coach Chan Gailey talking about possibly playing on Thursday:
This one? This preseason game? [Reporter: ‘That’s what he said to us.’] Well, I’m cool with that. That’d be great because I feel good and the more experience I can get in the preseason, the better. I need to be in that action and get live reps, so the more the better. I’m definitely ready to go. If they let me play, I’ll play.
On if playing in the preseason game helps for the regular season:
Absolutely. Just to get some live reps against another team, where you’re going 100 percent and full speed, that would be huge. I think that would really be beneficial for me because, physically I feel fine, but mentally I’ve got to be able to pick up things fast, and there’s no other better way to do that than taking live reps.
On if he would watch and call out reads from the sideline in the first preseason game:
Watching…It’s tough watching the game in a restaurant. When you get to see the taped copy and we go through it, yeah, you put yourself in position and see if you can make the proper reads and then go from there. It’s tough watching it live, but when you go back and analyze it – go over all the reads – and try to put yourself in your position and see if you can make everything happen.
On the feedback he received from the other linebackers that actually played the preseason game:
It was all good stuff. Obviously, we feel like we’ve got a long way to go. We feel like we can make some improvements really, really fast, but it was definitely a good feeling. I know they were both happy to get out there and play, so it was a good experience, and we were able to learn a lot from that game. You saw some things in that game that we haven’t seen all camp. So, any time you get in that situation you get to learn, and by going against a real opponent, that’s a great thing for us.