Post-Practice Quote Sheet: Jim Schwartz, 08-26-10

Posted Aug 26, 2010

On S Louis Delmas practicing today
“Yes. He finished. He was right on track. We purposely sat him out yesterday to be able to get some work today. He’s on track and everything looks good for him.”
On DE Lawrence Jackson not really practicing
“He had a hamstring that we knew about. I think it was the first day of training camp for them (Seattle) and he was just getting back to practice for them (Seattle). He still wasn’t full speed; his conditioning level was so down because he hadn’t done anything from a conditioning standpoint. We’ve made a big point to try and get him in good condition, so that when his hamstring is feeling good and he can go full speed, something else doesn’t break down. We sort of had a pretty good idea of where he was. We’ll get him back pretty quickly. Unless something happened between now and then, that was the whole plan and that’s the way we planned his practiced to do that.”
On whether the coaches were excited to do more game-planning this week
“Anytime you play a game, there’s excitement. We’re not really game-planning a whole lot for this game. We’re playing the starters for a little bit longer and we’re also doing a lot more from the preparation side. We’re devoting more meeting time to watching (film); we’re devoting more preparation time and things like that.

“We’re still fairly vanilla in our schemes. This isn’t going to be a, ‘pull out all of the stops’ kind of thing. It’s important through a week of preparation to get used to how the coaches present when the different things come during the week and things like that. It’s important for our video guys and our quality control coaches to have a dry run (in training camp) so that we don’t have any surprises in the Week One opener in Chicago – and we have a short week next week.

“There’s an excitement with preparation; there’s always an excitement about playing a preseason game. There will be something that we’ll work and we’ll notice an opponent a little bit better, but we have no ideal match-up; how they are going to play their guys, who’s going to actually play and how long they’re going to play – all those kinds of things that go into game-planning and trying to get match-ups and trying to get certain schemes.”

On QB Matthew Stafford’s memorable finish against the Browns last year and how he’ll remember it throughout his career
“I hope that there are enough other highlights and other big games that people forget about that one. That was a good moment and it was a – I don’t know, whatever the word – it was good thing to see a quarterback get up; the fact that he happened to be mic’ed up for that game and the way that game ended. That was one win in a two-win season. It was a highlight of an up and down rookie year for him. Hopefully we’re going farther down the line and that game is long forgotten and that he’s accomplished a lot more than coming off of the turf and winning a game in his rookie year.”
On the pace of the offense
“You always want to have tempo on offense. You never want to be sluggish and out of rhythm and there’s a rhythm that goes to playing offense and the quarterback getting rid of the ball and the offensive linemen and timing and tempo and things like that. But also, you want to put the defense under some stress and you want to dictate terms a little bit and it’s a lot easier to do when you’re an efficient group and you can get in and out of plays quickly and out of the huddle quickly. We can put pressure, we can shift a little bit and it puts pressure on the defense. That stuff doesn’t accomplish anything if you don’t do it at a pretty good pace.”
On DE Kyle Vanden Bosch being what he expected
“He’s a name brand and you know what you’re getting. The consistency with him – you don’t have to worry about what that product is going to be like because you know he’s a name brand; he’s Kyle Vanden Bosch. It’s not a onetime thing with him; it’s not a training camp thing or first day, first season, save it for Sunday; (It’s) 24/7 and he’s been a big part of not only what we want to do but how we go about doing it. I couldn’t be happier with him; I don’t know what else to say about him. I’ve run out of superlatives.”
On if it’s fair to say there is more to settle on defense than offense before the preseason ends
“That’s fair. Offense has settled in; guys are developing in their roles and even the guys that are coming back from ACL surgeries – Kevin Smith and Brandon Pettigrew – they have been back on the field and they’ve been in games and things like that. I think when you say spots or whatever to settle on defense, you’re probably talking more about linebackers and DBs.”
On offense only giving up one sack this preseason
“(Pass protection) come from a lot of different places. One is a quarterback who can get rid of the ball and makes good decisions to get rid of the ball – so that’s one and we have that. With what we did with all our quarterbacks, we have that. No. 2 is: they have to have a place to go with the ball. It doesn’t make a difference for them to make a good decision and say, ‘Hey I’m going there,’ if the guy is not open; if the guy hasn’t won then it’s not going to work out. So we’re improved in both of those places. We’re in the second year in this system on offense, second year with an offensive line coach; adding G Rob Sims has helped a lot to give us some continuity on the offensive line and then the other part of that is: in those groups we haven’t had a lot of third and extra-longs. The other thing is: we haven’t been behind by 21 points. Generally all those things, if you’re making the aggression equation for how to give up a sack, those things are all pretty high correlations. So it is probably a little bit skewed because the fact that they are all first half snaps so far. You can make those decisions in the first half; you don’t have to hold the ball too long and you’re not trying to make a big play down the field and those kinds of things that cause a lot of sacks.”
On whether he’s been pleased with the pass protection
“Oh yeah, I think we’ve had some pretty good tests too. Pittsburgh, like I said, they threw about everything they could throw at our offense and we were able to get rid of the ball and get guys protected and have places for the quarterback to go with the ball. They’ve done a nice job.”
On whether the offensive line gets in-tune with Stafford’s rhythm
“It’s extremely important to know the timing of the quarterback and trusting him to be in the spot that you protect him. If you’re a tackle and you’re going to protect him and you expect the quarterback to be at seven yards and a speed rusher goes wide, you can allow that speed rush and just push him past the quarterback. But you can’t do that if he’s at nine yards and you were expecting him at seven. It’s having confidence in where the quarterback’s going to be in the pocket. It’s having confidence that his timing is going to be good and he’ll get rid of the ball when he has to get rid of the ball. Those are all definitely important things. There’s a timing that goes with receivers and quarterbacks and there’s also an unspoken communication that goes that they sort of feel each other. That goes unnoticed a lot of times. When you have confidence in a quarterback and you know where he’s going to be and when he’s going to get rid of the ball, it makes it easy to protect.”
On whether K Jason Hanson will see any game action this week
“As long as we stay on track, he is probably going to go through a good kicking regimen in pregame and then will not kick in the game. The idea there is: we control exactly what kicks he gets in pregame and also the timing of those kicks where a kicker might sit around the entire game and all of a sudden have to try it out with three seconds left and kick it. That’s probably unrealistic to keep him warm that long. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. He’s doing great. He’s back kicking.”
On whether things still need to be settled better on special teams
“The return game is still up for grabs, so to speak. Not just that, but there’s a lot of coverage unit positions that are going to come down to the wire. A lot of those positions will be those last roster spots. It’s important to see those guys in those kinds of positions. It was disappointing last week; it’s hard to say it’s disappointing when your kicker is drilling them into the end zone for touchbacks, but we didn’t get a real chance to see our coverage units last week – the same thing with punt. When was the first time we punted, third quarter?

“For a lot of our special teams rotation in the games, a lot of the stuff is, ‘Hey, so-and-so is going to play defense in the second half so let’s get him in all the special teams in the first half.’ You’re trying to balance all that. If the guy gets no special teams snaps in the first half and then he’s playing every snap on defense (in the second half), it’s hard to get him those special teams snaps in the second half, so a lot of that stuff can throw you off your timing. Not from a team standpoint; you’re doing good there when you’re not punting the ball; but just chances to fully evaluate guys in full speed situations sometimes doesn’t help you when you do things like that.”