Head Coach Kyle Shanahan
What do these two practices do for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, where he’s not able to play much in the exhibition season but gets to go against another team for two days here?
“To me, it’s most important because you get different coverages. You go against our defense, you’re going against cover three about 90-percent of the time. So, it’s nice to get some different looks, some more two-shell defenses, some clouds, some quarters, things like that and you see a ton in the air, so it’s good work.”
There’s some guys that got back into practice this week like LB Fred Warner. We saw GJoshua Garnett working with the first team today. Have you decided on preseason availability for those guys?
“Yeah, a lot is going to depend on how they looked on film today. All of those guys you just mentioned, everyone on the team but especially those guys you mentioned, they’re battling to find a roster spot. If they do find a roster spot, to see where they are on the depth chart. Hopefully they got through today healthy because the healthier they are the more opportunities we’ll give them in the game.”
RB Jeremy McNichols seemed to get all, if not most, of the run with the ones. Why shake that up? Are you looking for somebody from that group to sort of break out?
“No. We just try to get a look at everyone. You try to give everyone their opportunity. We have had guys down and other guys like [RB] Joe [Williams] and [RB] Raheem [Mostert], they have gotten more opportunities with the one offensive line. Then, going against one defenses. So, we wanted to give all of the running backs as well as you can, time with the one O-Line. Also, you want to see them go against some NFL defenses. Sometimes those twos and threes aren’t quite NFL defenses yet.”
Are you enjoying this Texas heat?
“I’d like to say I was used to it, but I’m not. You can’t get used to this. It’s tough.”
What is the plan for working RB Alfred Morris in?
“We just got him back. He didn’t do OTAs or training camp anywhere. He did a good job in practice yesterday. I expect to see him a little bit in the game. We’ll watch the film when we get off. We haven’t decided exactly. I would assume he’ll get a little bit more in the third game than this game.”
Do you expect G Jonathan Cooper to play Saturday?
“I do expect Coop to play, yes.”
How has he looked?
“He’s made it through two practices. We’ve upped his reps each day. It’s hard for me to really isolate on O-Line out at practice. It was a big practice for him today, so I’ll see it when I watch the tape. But, the healthier he looks, the more reps he’ll get in the game.”
Is QB Jimmy Garoppolo on par for where you want him to be at this point in the preseason training camp, getting ready for the season? Is he at where you want him to be right now?
“I mean, you want everyone to be perfect. So, my answer will never be yes. But yeah, he’s been working his tail off. He’s been going through this process. We’ve been through the install completely. Now, we’re starting to ice it a little bit on coverages we’re going against. But, I’ve been really happy with him.”
Did Joshua Garnett look healthy?
“He looked good on tape yesterday. He definitely looked healthy yesterday. The test will be after fatigue sets in. Today was his second day in a row. We upped his reps, so I’m looking forward to watching the tape when I get in.”
Is it fair to say that Saturday will be a fairly big day in terms of where things stand with the right guard battle?
“Yeah, just as big as it was today. Every day that we put on pads and go against someone it’s all equal.”
Did S Terrell Williams Jr. leave with a leg injury?
“Yeah. Something with his knee. I don’t know the severity of it yet. They’re going to check him here after. But it looked like he did it in one-on-ones. It saw he hit the cement over there. I don’t know exactly what happened.”
How has he been coming along? What’s that backup strong safety spot been like?
“We’ve got a battle there. We’ve got a lot of those guys working. I know [S] Chanceller [James] got a lot of the reps coming off of that injury from last year. He got a lot of reps in the game. I know Williams is going to get some, too. With him going down, some of our issues we have we might have to look to bring someone else in. But, I’ve got to figure out how hurt these guys are, especially losing [S] Marcell [Harris] yesterday, too.”
Is Joe Williams healthy? He didn’t seem to get tons of snaps.
“No, he’s healthy. We just gave him and Raheem a lot more last week. Now, we want to give Jeremy a little more this week to find out exactly what he is. We brought in the new guy with Alf and we’re trying to get him used to it. It’s nothing against either of those guys. We’re trying to evaluate everyone and there’s only a certain amount of plays and reps to give us a chance to make a hard decision.”
Will you probably play Jimmy and the starters a little bit more this game maybe?
“Maybe a little more. I see it pretty similar to the first game. We’ll feel it out. But, he’ll probably go a little more. I wouldn’t expect much more.”
QB Jimmy Garoppolo
How would you evaluate the offense through these two days?
“I think it was good. A lot of different looks that we’re not used to getting. They run a different defense than what we’re used to so it got our guys thinking and I think we handled it very well.”
Will you see those defenses, the ones that the Texans like to run, throughout the season? Do you look ahead at the schedule and say, ‘These teams run similar things to this team?’
“As training camp progresses we will, but we’ve been pretty locked in on ourselves for the first beginning part of training camp. We’ve got a big game this week against the Texans. We’re going into it with the right mindset.”
The two-minute drill, it looked like you aired it out right away on the start of each one of those. Were you okay with that?
“Oh yeah, for sure. We had open guys, but some things happened in the pocket and it didn’t work out the way we wanted it to.”
WR Trent Taylor seems to be rounding back into form. Is he back to being the same guy as the end of last year?
“Yeah. Coming off of any injury takes a little bit of time, but I think he’s been working hard. His cuts are becoming more decisive and efficient and it’s nice having him out there.”
Do you view Trent Taylor and WR Richie James Jr. as the same player and if not, what are the nuances there?
“I think having the experience of a year under his belt with Trent, and obviously in that position, there’s a lot of little nuances to the position of versus certain coverages, this route changes and this route changes. Having that year of experience obviously helps. But, I think Richie is coming along well. All of those rookies, they are putting in the time. Him, [WR] Dante [Pettis], all of those guys. It’s starting to come together.”
You threw a ball to Richie yesterday on the sideline, double covered and he went up and got it. He’s been described as fearless and it looked like he kind of was on that play. Is that how you see him?
“Yeah, it’s nice as a quarterback having a guy like that. Whatever you throw, he’s going to go get it. It’s that trust factor between quarterback and receiver. It’s nice to have that.”
Is that the same way you feel with WR Marquise Goodwin as well, that he’s definitely going to go get it?
“Marquise, [WR] Pierre [Garçon], all of those guys, even the tight ends and running backs, I think that’s what offense is all about between quarterback and any skill position. You spend so much time together that you start to learn a guy inside and out. You see him on film every day, what his body can do and can’t do. It’s just that trust factor between the two of you and knowing what to do.”
How much different is it now that you’re going through a whole training camp with this team? What’s your comfort level based on how you were last year when you were able to get on the field and now with training camp preparing for a whole season?
“It’s been good having OTAs, training camp, a whole offseason to really slow things down. Last year was kind of, ‘Learn this by the end of the week and we’ll figure it out on Sunday.’ So, having [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and [quarterbacks coach Rich [Scangarello] being able to describe how everything is tied together, it makes my job easier.”
How much does it help to be able to go up against this team? Obviously, you guys have been facing each other, going against this team for these two days. Does it give you a different look that another defense that you’re not used to?
“Yeah, I think it’s been good for us. Like I said before, it makes you think every day. We come in here, we install things at six in the morning. It’s an early start to beat the heat, but it’s good for us. It’s that mental preparation as much as the physical workout out here.”
Have you guys done any bonding exercises out here? Because you’ve been out here for three days now and there’ll be a couple more
“We’ve been drinking a lot of water together. At the end of these, you’re so dehydrated. I don’t know, nothing specific. But, we spend so much time in the hotel with one another.”
How much are you looking forward to seeing what you’re able to do with having all of this preparation and being really entrenched here?
“I’m excited. I think our whole team, we have the right mindset right now. We’re kind of ignoring everything that’s going on outside and kind of just doing our own thing. We’re locked in right now and I think we’re in a good place.”
G Joshua Garnett had a lot of time with the ones today. Can you talk about the chemistry building on your offensive line?
“I think it’s good that we mix in guys here and there, guard, tackle, center, whatever it is. Just because injuries happen throughout the season so those guys getting reps with different guys is obviously going to help us down the line.”
Did you feel like Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was in your face most of the day today? Did you have any communication with him throughout?
“We talked for a little bit. He’s a heck of a player. There are some talented players on their defense so you’ve got to give them credit. I think he had a couple of nice plays, but we held our own.”
What do you guys discuss in those conversations?
“You can ask him that.”
From what you’ve been able to see with Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson on the other side, what are your thoughts on him from the little bit you’ve been able to see on him?
“We’ve only seen the two-minute drills against each other. I’ve heard good things. I can’t really speak on anything I’ve seen, but I’ve heard he’s a good player, a good leader and everything and I’m happy for those guys.”
Your deep ball has been dissected maybe unfairly in the spring.
A little bit. Have you seen progress in that? Are you happy where it is now and is that the last thing that typically comes together when you’re meeting new receivers?
“There’s a number of things that we still are working on. We try not to be happy or satisfied with anything. Obviously we’ll always try to push through short gain, mid-range and deep balls obviously. We’re always trying to improve those. It’s a work in progress and we’re trying to get it as well amped up as we can.”
Your second start came here last year. Just off the top of your head, was there a moment or a memory that comes to mind from that game?
“[S] Adrian Colbert’s fumble recovery. They ran a slip screen or something like that and he smoked somebody. That was a big turning point in the game. That was exciting.”
Offensively I think FB Kyle Juszczyk and TE Garrett Celek had plays that game?
“Oh yeah, Celek had a long one, looked very fast on it. It was an exciting game. It was fun.”
You were worried about whether you were going to be the starter after that game, but it all worked out for you.
“Yeah, oh yeah, I remember that.”
“I valued your input. I took it to heart.”