PITTSFORD, NY (Bills/WKBW) - Below are quotes from the Buffalo Bills following Wednesday's evening practice:
HEAD COACH CHAN GAILEY
Practice- August 4, 2010
On tonight’s practice:
Obviously I thought the defense dominated out there tonight. I thought especially in the pass game they made it very tough to throw the football and on one front that’s very encouraging and on the other front it’s very discouraging.
On toward QB Trent Edwards’ performance:
I don’t go by feel. That can get you in a lot of trouble, to go by feel. You go in and you watch a film and try to see what he saw, and go from there.
On the run game:
We’ve been able to run the ball somewhat consistently. That’s probably the most consistent thing we’ve done all camp. I have been encouraged about that. We’ve got to continue to build that as time goes on.
On the offense’s overall progress:
I don’t know. I’m not very good at that kind of stuff, evaluating overall. I evaluate people, I evaluate execution, effort, and we do that individually. We haven’t gotten our first group out there yet. We’re still trying to figure out who’s going to play where.
On the decision to cancel the morning’s practice:
They worked their rear off for eight practices and I thought that they deserved some time off. It looked like we were sluggish in practice, and I don’t want to create bad habits, so we gave them the morning off and expected them to come out here and be quicker and [have] a little more energy tonight. And there was.
On the job the defensive staff has done so far:
If you know [Defensive Coordinator] George [Edwards] and you know our whole defensive staff, they’re a very aggressive group, and I think that’s being instilled in our defense. But we’ve got some guys that are tough guys and hard workers and aggressive personalities as well, and that helps. You can’t build something out of nothing. There’s something there and we’re building on it. I give George and his staff a great deal of credit for building on that.
Special Teams Coordinator Bruce DeHaven
Practice – August 4, 2010
On the tone he’s trying to set coming in after previous coach Bobby April:
I’ll be happy if they continue to play the way they have. Bobby (April) is a heck of a coach. He’s one of those guys that you have to bring your lunch with you if you’re going to take him on. They’ve been very good and I hope to keep that going.
On returning to the Bills:
Those were probably the best years of my life, when I was here in Buffalo the first time around. I’d like to do that again.
On working with a punter like Brian Moorman:
The first good thing is he’s a fellow Kansan, so that’s a good thing. He’s just one of the top punters in the league and he’s a hard worker and does everything you ask him to. It’s a pleasure having a couple of guys there on the kicking unit that have a lot of experience.
On how he’s different from when he was with the Bills before:
Well I don’t move quite as fast. I have a little more gray hair, not quite as much hair. I think I’d like to think I’m a better coach, just from experience. Having a chance to work in some different systems- Coach Parcells, Coach Walsh, Coach Holmgren, Coach Mariucci,- guys that are really good football coaches and have different ways of doing things. I think I’ve learned some things.
On if he counts the Music City Miracle as something he’s learned from:
Everything is experience. Unfortunately, you probably learn more from the bad experiences than you do the good ones. And that’s the way you learn from your mistakes, you don’t keep doing them.
QUARTERBACK TRENT EDWARDS
Practice - August 4, 2010
On the defense’s good performance tonight:
You’re going to have practices like that. But we have to find a way to make plays. It comes down to lining up and beating the guy across from you and we didn’t do that tonight. You’re going to have games like that and you’re going to have practices like that. But you have to find a way to fight through that. You can’t keep doing that, you can’t keep making mistakes over and over again and that’s what I felt like we were doing tonight. It starts with me at the quarterback position. I need to make sure that I’m picking my teammates up, that I’m doing my job every single play and I have to find a way to fix that.
On his feelings on his performance:
I don’t know. You go through your highs and lows at camp. Obviously, the defense won today and sometimes we’re not going to win a football game. But you have to find a way to learn from it. We have to go back to the drawing board. There [are] times when you feel like you’re in rhythm, where you’re feeling comfortable, the ball’s coming out of your hand nicely and accurately. Maybe that happened earlier in camp and it hasn’t happened more recently. You’re going to go through your highs and lows, but it’s a matter of not getting too low, not getting too high and coming back out tomorrow and getting better.
On getting the morning practice off today:
I think it was nice to get off the field a little bit and kind of change up the schedule. But we have to find a way to come out here and have a better practice than that. It was nice to get off your feet and relax a little bit, but still it was not the practice we were looking for.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GEORGE EDWARDS
PM Practice – August 4, 2010
On how the defense is taking shape:
I think guys have really been working hard. We’ve installed a lot here at the start of camp, technically and fundamentally. They’ve all been working hard. We’re just out here every day trying to improve, see what different guys bring to the table and see how we can adjust to situations.
On if he’s pleased with the progress of the pass rush:
Right now we’re just doing an install. We’re installing from day to day. Like I said, guys are doing a good job of executing the blitzes and stuff that we’re putting in. We’ve had some good pressure out of out 4-man rush up top. Those guys have done a good job in some of the situations we’ve put them in. We’re just going to come out here and keep working on it. That’s one thing we know we’ve got to get better at, is rushing the passer and continue our progress there. So we’re [going to] just keep working at it.
On how difficult it is for a veteran who has played in a 4-3, adjust to a 3-4:
When we first came in, it is a big adjustment. Just from the techniques that we’re asking them to do – different keys, taking [on] O-linemen a little bit more. From that aspect of it, it’s a little different for them but I think they’re adjusting pretty good to it.
On the adjustment for the outside linebackers, specifically:
There’s no doubt about it. You look at Chris Kelsay [who] really hasn’t dropped [back into coverage] a lot coming in. You look at Chris Ellis the same way – we’ve taken some guys that have been defensive ends and some guys that have been sort of hybrid-type linebackers, and we’ve just been working them on the fundamentals and techniques. I think they’ve done a good job of picking it up. We just keep working every day with the technique and fundamentals that we’re trying to get accomplished.
On his impressions of LB Chris Ellis and LB Aaron Maybin:
They’ve both been working hard. Both of them have done a good job rushing the passer. We’re still working on the techniques as far as the run game and those kinds of things, trying to get those polished, but we’re pleased with their progress so far.
On if he feels like the defense is ahead of the offense:
Right now all that I’m worried about is what we’ve installed at practice and make sure we come out and execute it. I’m not sitting there judging [if] we’re ahead, [if] they’re ahead. We’re just trying to get better every day. We’ve got a long way to go, long way to go.
On how good it feels to have a secondary with talent and depth:
It really has been beneficial for us, especially our secondary. We’ve got some depth. We’ve got some quality competition going on amongst them. That’s the big thing. We want a competition at each [position] and there’s a lot of competition on that back end and you can just see them getting better every day.
On if he’s encouraged the team can make the transition and be successful at it:
There’s no doubt. The biggest thing is we’ve got a plan. We’ve got to stick with the plan. We will have to adjust some things with injuries and things like that as we’ve gone through the camp, but the main thing is we’ve got a plan. We’re sticking to the plan. The personnel’s working hard, the coaches are working hard getting the technical and fundamental part of it. We’re please to be where we are right now.
On his thoughts about LB Reggie Torbor:
I had the pleasure of coaching him before earlier in his career. We kind of knew coming in what he would bring to the table. He’s helped us. A lot of different pieces we’ve added have really been helpful to us in the transition.
On his thoughts about CBs Leodis McKelvin and Drayton Florence:
They both are coming out, competing their butts every day and that’s what we want. They’re going to make each other better, they’re going to make the group better, just with the competition amongst themselves.
On his impressions of the D-line thus far:
We’re asking them to do a whole lot than what they’ve done in the past, too. They’re not really on a half a man quite as much as they are head-up, so we’re asking them to do a little but more two-gap. It’s a lot more work and a lot more wear on them, but I think we’re doing a good job in the transition of it. I’ve been pleased with them so far.
On if this is his kind of weather:
(Laughter) Yeah, it’s a little sweaty up here. No doubt about it.