Coach Lynn: "We Need to Get Back to Our Formula"

Coach Anthony Lynn talks with media about his impressions of Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, preparing for DE Chandler Jones.

Opening statement:

“Well, after taking a lump last week, the guys are juiced up, energized and ready to get back on the practice field and try to make it right. Try to learn from our mistakes and try to get this thing back on the right track.”

On ensuring the offense doesn’t stall:

“We can execute better. We can execute better and call better plays. Our offense, for the most part, has been very balanced all year. I think guys have executed well for the most part, but we can do better in the second half, for sure. We did do better on third downs. Last week we did do better on third downs. We just missed the boat on some other things, but I think our offense will be just fine.”

On DE Joey Bosa:

“Joey feels good today. He looked good. He looked good in walk-through. He'll get more reps today in practice. He'll start this week. We'll still put him on a pitch count, but he'll start.”

On the 14 penalties on Sunday:

“Well, it was just a classic example of kind of what we've been emphasizing, and we didn't do it. When you don't do it, that's what happens. You know, we could have won that game a lot of different ways, but the 14 penalties ended up being what did it.”

On DT Corey Liuget:

“We're going to put him on IR. At some point we're going to make a transaction and make that move, but right now we're still looking.”

On playing against Cardinals RB David Johnson:

“It's not just David Johnson, it's that offensive line as well. They've had a couple injuries, but those guys are playing well together. The last three weeks, they've been very efficient running the football. So it's going to be tough. I mean, it was challenging when we went down there in preseason and we played that team. So it's tough, but you know, every week it's the different challenges. Guys have to step up and make plays.”

On Cardinals QB Josh Rosen:

“Very talented. Make a lot of throws. Liked him coming out of school, so he's going through some growing pains, but he's going to be a really good quarterback in this league.”

On Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald:

“That's why he's one of the best of all time, you know? Very smart, you know, great ball skills. The guy's a good route-runner. Unselfish, blocks his tail off in that running game. He's a good football player — no, he's a great football player.”

On what stood out most about Rosen:

“His own talent. His ability to throw on the move. His arm strength. Like I said, he can make all the throws and he's accurate.”

On Rosen’s personality:

“Everybody's different, you know. So, I'm different, he's different. It doesn't matter.”

On C/G Scott Quessenberry’s familiarity with Rosen:

“You know, yeah, he played with him. [Tight Ends Coach] Rip Scherer was the tight end coach there, he's our tight end coach now. So we have guys that are familiar with him, but he's in a different system now. He's being coached by different people. So we'll take their input, you know, but they all think he's a pretty good player too.”

On how the Cardinals are similar to the Broncos:

“Absolutely. Good point. This team, you know, they've won two games. They've had an opportunity the last three weeks to win more, and they just fell a little short. They beat San Francisco twice. San Francisco came in here, and we got out of that game with a one-point win, or two-point win. Any given Sunday you can get beaten in this league, that's the way it is.”

On how Cardinals S Tre Boston affects the offense:

“You know, because Tre's there, and he's a very smart player and he played in the back end for us, we'll change a few things, signals, whatnot, but for the most part, we keep it the same. He's doing a good job. He's leading that team in interceptions. He's always around the ball. He's aggressive around the line of scrimmage, so definitely have to account for Tre Boston.”

On not re-signing Boston this past offseason:

“Yeah, we're always looking for an upgrade, looking for that free safety with a lot of range, and I think we've got it. I'm pretty happy with the guy we picked up. Nothing against Tre. Tre did a heck of a job for us last season, heck of a job.”

On Cardinals DE Chandler Jones:

“No, you know, in the last couple years no one in this league has more sacks than Chandler Jones. He's kind of flying under the radar, but he is a dynamic pass-rusher. Their team is third in the league in sacks. So they can get to the passer. They play good pass defense.”

On S Jahleel Addae:

“Yeah, like I said, he's getting better every game. Last week he had a couple plays he'd like to get back, but he's getting better every game. He's a good football player. We know his natural position is closer to the line of scrimmage, but he's handling the back end really well.”

On what it was like to taste defeat for the first time in a while:

“It wasn't good at all. Yeah, we got used to winning, but it wasn't good because we felt like the way we played the game and it's how we lost the game. That's what we need to correct. We need to get back to our formula.”

On how the team’s performance on Sunday can re-focus the team:

“Oh, absolutely. It can definitely be a wake-up call. At this point in the season, it's moving time. It's third quarter of our season. It's no different than the third day of a golf championship. This is when we need to be moving and the wake-up call like that, could have been just what we needed.”

On QB Philip Rivers’ late-season success:

“Some guys finish, and finish well. They have the stamina to finish well. I think Philip is one of those type of players.”

On G Forrest Lamp:

“Well, it's hard to see right now because we're in season. You miss that training camp, you miss those OTAs. You don't want to throw a guy in a game and evaluate him when the game's on the line. So it's hard for Forrest right now, but he's back and working hard in practice. If an opportunity presents itself, we're going to get him in there.”

On feeling optimistic for Lamp’s development:

“Oh, absolutely, absolutely. Yeah. It's just that [G] Michael [Schofield III] is playing well right now, and you don't want to interrupt that chemistry right now, you know what I'm saying?”

On the Monday Night game:

“Oh, I'm sitting there breaking down the Cardinals and every time I looked up, the score changed. It was really an exciting game.”

On having confidence in K Michael Badgley:

“Oh, absolutely. Just look around this league, I mean, a lot of really good kickers will miss one every now and then, and he's only missed one. So I have a lot of confidence in him.”

On improving the pass rush:

“No, no, we just need to continue winning our one on ones. There are some situations where we can bring pressure, but if we're not in the situation that we don't need to, we're not going to. I think for the most part while Joey [Bosa] was out, our guys adjusted. We made some changes on our defense, and we got pressure where we needed pressure. Teams that have the most sacks don't always win the games.”

On facing the Arizona pass rush:

“Oh, they are one of the league's best. Absolutely. No, we definitely have to protect our quarterback and keep him on two feet. We've done a pretty good job of doing that. You know, even the last couple weeks with the pass rush we've gone against. So I have complete confidence in our group.”

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