Audio: Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer 7/29/18

Sunday press conference: Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer 7/29/18

(On what he’s seen out of Russell Wilson so far in camp) “You know, I talked about it a little bit at the end of spring, it’s been tremendous. Just, I really admire the guy, the way he works, the way he thinks about the game. We’ve really started to kind of figure out what he really loves. That’s been good, as I’ve come in and learned a bunch of the stuff and then brought some stuff. It’s been terrific. I coach him hard on the field along with Dave Canales and Will Harriger. It’s going really, really well – but again, now it’s time to start amping it up and pushing buttons and things like that. I would say it’s off to a great start and it’s getting closer to be up to where it needs to be for games.”

(On the running back room) “Great position competition. Honestly, all five guys are playing well right now. We’re trying them in different spots. We know versatility is going to be a big thing for them, that they can do multiple things. Again, today was a big step. You know, when you don’t get to wear pads very often, when you get a chance to wear them, you’ve got to do a lot of stuff so we did a bunch of one-on-one stuff. Coach (Chad) Morton took those guys down there. We’ll see that film, but wow. What a great group. I mean, really, a fun, fun group. An exciting group – and they’re young. I mean, it’s a young group. It’s not like there’s really an old, experienced guy in the group. What a battle, one that we’ll watch throughout the course of training camp.”

(On his philosophy for using running backs) “That’s a great question. It differs. Each situation is different. Most of those years in New York (Jets) when we were running the ball really, really well, there was always at least two guys. There’s a Thomas Jones and a Shonn Green and there was a LaDainian Tomlinson and a Leon Washington. It takes more than one, for sure. But, obviously, you’d like to find each guy’s niche, what they can do, and if there’s guys that can do multiple things you kind of do it based on the opponent, kind of what you’re seeing from the matchups that are created, and again, I think we have great flexibility in that regard.”

(On pressuring Russell Wilson) “Yeah, I think there are buttons. I got on him today about something pretty simple, because he sees things so quick and so he’s always kind of got a quick response, and it was kind of like ‘woah, woah, hold on, listen to me,’ and he kind of laughed at it. He was like, ‘you’re right, you’re right.’ But again, it’s really a lot of good give and take. He’s taught me a bunch of stuff that they’ve done here for a long time, very successful. We’ve introduced him to some new things that he’s never done before. It’s getting him comfortable with some of those things, but it’s great give and take – and it’s because we worked hard at the relationship.”

(On the receivers room) “Yeah, again, a lot of good, young players. Again, getting Brandon (Marshall) here, obviously Doug (Baldwin) and Tyler (Lockett) have been here for a long time, it’s just kind of – a guy like Keenan Reynolds has shown up. He showed up today, did a couple good things. David Moore has been doing some good things. We love Jaron Brown. So again, it’s a competition we’re really excited to see. It’s still early. Today was really kind of one of the first days that the defensive backs can contest the ball and do that, so again, once we see the film – we’re not playing real football rather than taking guys to the ground. It’s real football that you see on Sunday afternoons or Monday nights. It’ll be good to see who kind of separates themselves. But, important battles.”

(On C.J. Prosise) “Obviously, C.J. is a guy that everybody’s talked a lot about. These last three practices, the first two for sure (and) I’ve got to watch the film today, but the first two practices (he was) outstanding. Obviously, everybody knows how versatile he is. He’s on top of his assignments mentally, so off to a great start this training camp. In the spring, I didn’t maybe feel him as much as some of the other guys, but off to a great start. Talked to him about that even today, just in the stretch line. He’s off to a great start and we all know his ability level and what he can do for us.”

(On the value of versatile running backs for a play-caller) “It’s very valuable. You can obviously create so many different looks for the defense and you are truly running the same play. So, it’s the same play for us, it’s the same execution, it’s the same rules, but because we have different pieces that we can put in place, it looks different to the defense and the opponent so I think that’s invaluable. The biggest thing that they need to do is stay on top of their assignments because the more that we ask them to do, the more responsibility they have to know those roles because if they’re slow in and out of the huddle, you lose that advantage that you would gain if you’re on it quick.”

(On what is needed out of Brandon Marshall) “Well, it’s a process. Again, it’s just been a little bit, kind of increments each day. He’s working really hard in the classroom. Honestly, I bumped into him like three times today because I’m calling the play and I go to move and he’s right there and I’m like, ‘can I get a little space?’ So he’s really excited about his opportunities here, but just him getting ready, him getting his body right – we all know, obviously, what he’s capable of doing and so again, it’s the process of him getting healthy, feeling great and then obviously him learning what we do and then building the timing and trust with Russell (Wilson).”

(On Rashaad Penny) “Again, another good, young back. We talked a little bit about the backs earlier. His skill set, his run talent, his ability to come out of the backfield is unique for such a big guy. Most of those scat – he has scat back qualities along with the ability of running in between the tackles. It will be interesting. Everybody wants to see him pass protect, but I’ve been blown away by his ability to, again, diagnose the blitz, see where the blitz is coming from, and track his guy. It’s been outstanding for a young back, one of the best if not the best I’ve ever been around. But then again, now we’re getting into pads where you’ve got to show the ability to get into position, find your guy, strike and keep him away from the quarterback – and it’s early. So we’ll see the film, but very, very pleased with Rashaad and where he’s at right now.”

(On the ability to run the ball when it needs to be run) “Well, today was good. We did a little 9-on-7 drill today, right? So it’s a heavy 8-man box, we’ve only got our seven blockers, they’ve got the extra safety down there, and so what’s critical is the ability to get movement up front. I saw us do that today. I saw some double teams where we were knocking guys back off the ball. That’s important, and then there’s a trust factor with the back and him hitting his landmark or his course, trusting that those blocks are going to happen because sometimes they happen late. Again, I think it’s a work in progress, but again, people are going to want to make you one-dimensional. We have to be able to run versus 8-man fronts, and that’s not always with checks. It’s got to have runs that you believe in (and that) this groups believes in. ‘Hey Schotty, we can run this no matter what we do,’ and I think we’re finding that identity right now.”

(On building trust) “Absolutely. And it’s not just what we trust them doing, it’s ‘hey, they believe in this call. They believe in this call. Hey, Schotty, give us this call. We feel great about this opportunity to take advantage of this defense.’”

(On being in pads) “Unbelievable, unbelievable. Every padded practice is throughout the preseason games. It’s not something that happens overnight. The game of football is different now right. Spring is what it is, but there’s rules that we have to abide by and the padded practices allow you to kind of build that trust. It takes time, again, it doesn’t happen overnight. We are figuring out what we’re good at. We’ve got a menu that we choose from and we’ll find out what are our primary plays, our secondary plays, and kind of our game plan specific plays. Which are plays that maybe show up a couple times a year.”

(On read option) “We’re going to be balanced, everybody has it. Obviously, a guy like Russ (Russell Wilson) is good at it, but again we are going to attack in different ways. We’re going to get the ball on the perimeter in the run game, we’re going to run the ball downhill, we’re going to throw the ball vertically, we’re going to use play action. It’s one element of your attack is what it is. Again, he’s really good at it and so it’s certainly something that we’re going to have but again our ability to change it up and use that with different things is important”

(On backup Quarterbacks) “Obviously Alex (McGough) and Austin (Davis) have been going toe to toe. Alex has got a lot of talent, a lot of ability. I think we’ll see that even more when we play games, his ability to move. He’s a big, athletic guy with a strong arm. He’s a little behind mentally just because he’s a rookie quarterback, there’s nothing new about that. Austin obviously, is much more comfortable in the system. So, we’re giving Alex a fair share of the work just because we know Austin knows what he needs to do, and Austin has been great about that. He’s trying to help Alex. Again, it’s a fun competition and the games will go a long way to determine that battle. It’s early and I’m pleased with both guys.”

(On David Moore) “I’m really excited about David. A guy that works extremely hard. Love his size, speed combination. You forget, I forget how many of these guys are young players because it’s my first year and you forget that they were rookies last year and the year before, a couple of them. Again, another guy that had a good spring. Some ups and downs but the first two practices leading into today has been terrific. You see the quarterbacks trusting him. When he’s one on one, they take him a shot and he’s making those plays. Which just even in their mind even more, subconsciously they think, wow this is a guy I can go to when he’s one on one.”

(On David Moore) “I’m really excited about David. A guy that works extremely hard. Love his size, speed combination. You forget, I forget how many of these guys are young players because it’s my first year and you forget that they were rookies last year and the year before, a couple of them. Again, another guy that had a good spring. Some ups and downs but the first two practices leading into today has been terrific. You see the quarterbacks trusting him. When he’s one on one, they take a shot and he’s making those plays. Which just even in their mind even more, subconsciously they think, wow this is a guy I can go to when he’s one on one.”

(On Amara Darboh) “Same type of thing. Again, he was a little bit slower coming out of the spring, a couple little things here and there. But a guy that you just keep showing up on film. Had a couple really good plays today. He’s a guy that’s really bought in to in the running game, hey the receivers have to be able to earn the ability to catch the football with the way they block. So, he’s going down, he’s digging out safeties doing kind of the dirty work if you will and that’s been good to see. I guess it’s a part of that Michigan background that he has.”

(On Duane Brown) “Unbelievable. So happy for Duane. It’s great to know that he’s here for a couple more years, he deserves it. I know he’s excited and just thrilled that they got it done. Now, he continues to impress not with just his play, but his leadership. He’s a loud voice in that room.”

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