Notes 8/13: Childress Q & A
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Childress missed Sunday's practice to attend the wake
for security guard Frank Foster. After practice Monday
morning, Childress spoke to reporters about many topics.
Here are some highlights:
the importance of accuracy in the West Coast offense:
this offense, accuracy is huge. I once heard Bill Walsh
give a half hour speech on moving the ball four inches
from this breast to this breast, and the difference
in a guy running a shallow cross, being able to catch
it. You say to the receiver, 'Hey it was tough catch,
but make it.' To a quarterback you're saying, 'Hey,
move it over.' They start to look at you once, and they
roll their eyes and say, 'Move it over?'. It's huge,
being able to command the football like a yo-yo on a
string. That's what a professional quarterback has to
There's a premium on accuracy if you're going
to throw for that 60 percent.
E.J. Henderson's transition to middle linebacker:
was, when I got here, probably our best see-to-do linebacker.
He had the best innate instincts that we saw. I'm not
going to say he didn't have to learn some different
things, but he's not having any struggles in there that
I've seen at all.
the return of Erasmus James:
going to go through a sore muscle period. I saw him
do some good things today in the one on one pass rush,
and I watched him yesterday afternoon. I watched some
of that tape. There's always a bit of pause when you
start to post on that leg and really put leverage on
it. Even though it's fixed, physically and rehab, there's
a breaking in. Taking the first shot, getting cut the
first time, going to the ground, pushing off. So there's
a re-ramping up period
I don't know if he can
get on the field this week or not, but we'll see. Certainly
that's the goal. We're going to keep pushing it.
the subtleties of being a good NFL quarterback:
so important for a quarterback to be able to move people
with his eyes -- know that he wants to throw over here,
so he can drift somebody in, so he can come back that
direction. It's probably the toughest things as a route
runner and as a quarterback to look away from where
you're going to throw. Or as a route runner, you've
got to be able to lie with your eyes. You can't give
any tells, just like a poker game. You've got to be
able to look over here, and be able to run back over
there. It's very difficult to get used that that, but
those are the little subtleties that you have to be
able to do. Antoine [Winfield] is good at measuring
what you're doing with your eyes.
who called more plays Friday night; Him, or Darrell
called most of 'em. I made some suggestions.
RG Anthony Herrera:
did a great job stepping in there the other night. He
did a good job at left guard. Obviously he's competing
with Artis [at right guard]. He did a good job on pretty
short notice to jump in there at left guard
showed some athleticism in pulling and trapping and
moving around. He usually plays at a high tempo, you
just have to make sure he keeps those techniques to
where they need to be.
Players held out: Wendell Mathis, John Kerr, Jason Glenn
(had a wrap around his left knee)
Players who returned: Khreem Smith
Rufus Alexander was officially waived, and he will undergo
surgery Thursday to repair a torn ACL.
Early in practice, Brooks Bollinger connected with Troy
Williamson on a 50-yard deep ball down the left sideline.
Williamson was covered by Ronyell Whitaker.
OG Adam O'Connor appeared to suffer a serious knee injury
on a run play during 7-on-7. He was carted off the field,
wincing in pain. After practice, Brad Childress said
the injury doesn't appear to be as serious as first
thought. O'Connor will have an MRI Tuesday.
During 11-on-11, Anthony Herrera and Artis Hicks switched
off at RG with the first team offense.
On the second play of 11-on-11, Ryan Cook jumped early,
resulting in a run of shame.
Kenechi Udeze came around and put major heat on Tarvaris
Jackson, but Jackson released the ball quickly, completing
a pass 30 yards downfield to Sidney Rice.
From 10:00-10:30 I was with PA & Dubay. I'm told
nothing extraordinary happened during this time period.
Drew Henson threw a 50 yard bomb to Todd Lowber, who
slowed up and leaped over Mike Hawkins to make a spectacular
catch near the left sideline.
During 7-on-7, Tarvaris Jackson fired darts over the
middle to Troy Williamson and Bobby Wade on back to
back plays. Unfortunately, Troy and Bobby both let the
ball ricochet off their chests for incompletions.
During 11-on-11, Tarvaris Jackson fumbled in the backfield.
Ben Leber picked it up and ran for a touchdown, a-la
week 5 against Detroit last season.
The second team offensive line got the best of Pat Williams
and company on a draw play that Adrian Peterson took
up the middle for a huge gain.
Sidney Rice made a couple nice catchers on out routes
near the sideline. Sidney does a great job catching
the ball first and running second. He's very careful
with the football.
The defensive line, as a whole, applied a ton of pressure
to Brooks Bollinger and Tarvaris Jackson. But both quarterbacks,
especially Jackson, did a nice job releasing the ball