THE BRANCH — One of the new rules of the National Football League’s media policy, calls for each team to make their coordinators available to the media.
Well it was “Coordinator Friday” at the Branch. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Brian VanGorder spoke with the media after Friday’s practice and gave some insights to the season opening game against Miami. I asked them to give us an overview of their units and provide us with some keys to the game.
Enjoy. Thank Roger Goodell and the Pro Football Writers of America.
MULARKEY’S OVERVIEW OF THE OFFENSE:
“”Well, I ‘ll tell you what, we had a good week of work. We really did. I think these guys are anxious. As we all are to get this thing going. We’ve had a productive offseason. It’s obviously better when you know the system. It’s been productive. I think we are head of where were last year. Whether if they produces on Sundays or not , but I feel like we are ahead. Our whole staff feels like we are ahead of where we at this time last year.
MULARKEY’S KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Ball security will be very important.
2. We have to have production . I think they are going to try t hang onto the football. We’d like to do the same and keep it out of their hands. Again, a lot of that will have to do with our ball security.
3. Being able to recognize what they are doing especially in sub (nickel and dime) situations, communicate it and get it across. I’m confident that we are going to do that, but again that’s always important every week.
4. Then just being patient. Our guys have been good about that. Just being patient and focusing on the play at hand. Nothing that’s happened before or whether if it was a bad play, a good play. We are always trying to concentrate on the play.
BRIAN VANGORDER’S OVERVIEW OF THE DEFENSE
“I’m probably like everybody. Kind of waiting to see how this group comes together and forms their identity. We’ve had some transition that we are all familiar with. In the preseason, we’ve had some good moments and we’ve had some bad moments. So we’ll keep pushing for consistency. That’s where we have to get. So consistency and getting a real identity is going to be critical for us. The sooner, the better in terms of understanding of what that is and what we want it to be.”
ON CB BRIAN WILLIAMS: ”He’ll have involvement in the game,” VanGorder said.
VANGORDER’S KEYS TO THE GAME