Chad Morris held court at the WestZone and here's a snippet of what he had to say. More to come...
Spots to improve: Well, there’s a lot. We could play faster. Tajh slowed us down a whole bunch. Some of his biggest downfalls – he played well no doubt. He played like a veteran. Like he’s supposed to play, but as far as the tempo in the third and fourth quarter he was the one slowing us down. He wasn’t getting his eyes to the sideline quick enough so those are the things we have to improve on. Some of our mechanics and our steps upfront have to improve. We’ve got too many drops. We can improve that. That’s kind of been uncharacteristic of us this spring and fall. We know what our receiving corps has done and they had a good fall camp. You’re going to have drops – you can’t have six drops, especially in critical situations that could have led to more points. There’s plenty of room for improvement and we’ll start in on that. I promise we’re not going to let them walk around (too cocky) 1-11 isn’t a very good season. It ain’t going to be the first game you’re going to be remembered by.
Tempo stalling nothing new
Morris not worrying about it
Worry about Martavis Bryant's confidence?: Absolutely not. Martavis is a special talent. We all know what kind of talent he is. We’ve seen him make big catches. That was his first time to start – much like Brandon Ford a year ago where he was thrust into the limelight and this was his turn – you saw that with Martavis. He did have that one good reception on that onside kick at the end. That might have been the biggest one of all. I’d much rather him drop all the others and catch that one. He’s going to get better and I’m not worried about him at all.
Offensive line guided running game: In order for us to move the ball effectively we have to be balanced and move the football. We saw that. The offensive line took a lot of pride in it and they’re four veteran guys upfront. Again, when you have veteran guys you ask them to play like veterans and to be able to control the line of scrimmage. We’re still a little weak in pass protection issues, but we’ll get that cleaned up. Running the ball was definitely a part of the success we had and really contributed to our success throughout the night.
What could Tajh do better: I’ve talked to him about it. Not really, that’s just some things going back to notes last year. It’s the same type of thing where you get caught up in the moment – what I’m asking is that his eyes get around extremely quick. I’m being really picky in grading him in that regard. He’s just not getting his eyes around quick enough for us to get three snaps a game. I said to Tajh, ‘We could have got three more snaps a game – maybe five if you would get your eyes around quicker on us.’ Those are things you can improve. They’re fixable. We had two three-and-outs and that cost us six more snaps minimum. We snapped the ball 79 times and they had to line up 79 times in stance – we could have gotten at least 10 more snaps and we’ll line up and be faster this week.