The Press Conference – Episode #2

 Reporter: 

I’d love to ask about the off-season and draft, but I can’t ignore the absolute beat down you took last night versus the Saints. Can you speak about the game and what lead to the end result of 48-3?

Coach Spooner:

*Pause* Yeah, last night was rough. Our players were not ready and that falls on me. When your star player is hurt and out for the game after the first play, you kind of have to scramble and come up with a plan B. I failed our team and we were not prepared for the plan B. Obviously, Goff threw an interception a couple plays later and all of a sudden we find ourselves down 14-0. The Saints are not a team you want to get behind against as they love to press and apply pressure. If you are forced to pass, they will eat you alive and that’s where we ended up. Is the result worrisome? Absolutely, but I’m not panicked. There’s 15 more football games to go and we still need to find our identity. There’s several moving parts that happened in the off-season so we just need to build chemistry day-by-day and we’ll be fine.

Reporter:

Any injury update on Saquan or Von?

Coach Spooner:

Yeah, we really ended up pretty lucky. Saquan and Von are both questionable for week 2, so we’re thrilled that neither injury appears to be lingering or keep either player out multiple weeks. Von’s a rookie so any reps he can get, will significantly impact his development so we need him healthy and we need him on the field. Our FS Adrian Phillips wasn’t so lucky. He’ll be out 3-4 weeks and we’ll monitor the situation as the week progresses.

Reporter:

Speaking of Von, you decided to pick him #1 overall versus trading down for additional collateral. Why LB as opposed to some of the other players that were out there?

Coach Spooner:

Von was our #1 best player available going into the draft. We listened to several offers for teams planning on moving up but at the end of the day we wanted to stay in the top half of the draft and the value wasn’t there. In hindsight, there’s always things you wish you could do better and possibly change but I’m happy with the players we brought in. Von has a chance to be the “Ray Lewis” of our team and I can’t wait to see his development. He is already the leader of our team and the players voted him Captain. In all of my years as a coach, i’ve never seen a rookie get the team voted captain. He’s special man and I can’t wait for the nation to see him.

Reporter:

Denver Broncos come in next week, your thoughts?

Coach Spooner:

You know, the Broncos haven’t had the success they’ve desired the last two seasons but don’t fool them for a bad team or a bad coach. The AFC West is stacked currently which gives them 5-6 losses to start the season. Don’t think they can’t play football though. I’m excited to see what Drew Lock can do now that he has been given the keys to the organization. I really liked him at Missouri and he’s got a cannon of an arm. Our DB’s have to be on notice and watch the deep balls. We need to figure out a pass rush as well. If that mean’s more blitzes called from me or tighter coverage from the secondary, we gotta figure it out.

Reporter:

Your secondary…frequently ranked #32 in the league. You attempted to trade Ronald Darby. The trade fell through due to the Panthers financial issues. Has there been any bad blood between you two?

Coach Spooner:

Anytime you try to trade a player and it falls through, it leaves an awkward taste in the locker room. Luckily, Darby is a professional and doesn’t let things like that bother him. He’s getting paid to be a #1 Corner and I still expect that from him. The drama and the fake news i’ll leave up to the media, but there is no concerns in our locker room.

Reporter:

Last question, can you quickly speak on your off-season and the moves you made?

Coach Spooner:

Absolutely, I thought we had a really good Day 1 getting three starting-caliber offensive linemen. It was very important to us to get Saquan some help up front. I’d really like to see him get to the 4-5 YPC stat line this year. I thought we could have done better in Day 2 and Day 3 of free agency but unfortunately the cards didn’t fall our way. Limited in cap, there was only so much we could do so we kind of stayed put. Our team has youth and I didn’t want to jeopardize their development by bringing in older veterans who would start over them.

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