HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL
Post-match press conference
Thursday, August 11, 2022
BD: It was competitive. The guys played competitively. I thought the organization on the sidelines was good. There were no lost wait times due to substitution errors or late calls. I lost a timeout there on the challenge, so it was my first, and I lost that one. But some good, some bad. A big week for us this coming week. I liked the way they competed. I liked the way they played physically. There are definitely a lot of areas to clean up, and that’s what we’ll try to do after watching the tape. As for injuries, only two I’ve had in Lemieux right now and Jamil. Then I will be updated here on the train ride home.
Q: Lemieux wore a walking boot afterwards. Is this of long-term concern?
BD: I’m going to meet Ronny and these guys on the way back. I hope not.
Q: Brian, what did you think of how Daniel and the first team – you had him for two sets. How do you think they did?
BD: Yeah, there was good and things that we could have recovered. What was it? 6 out of 10. We launched a few vertical games there. They had a few free runners in relation to protection, but I thought he handled the offense well. He dropped them on the first ride. We stalled there in the red zone. Good first start, but definitely some things to clean up.
Q: He came back for the second series. What made you decide to give him that rather than just shoot after that one?
BD: I was going to play him in the first quarter. That was the plan. I kind of stuck to the plan, and then we played with Tyrod the second quarter and Davis the last two. So in terms of playing time, most of it stuck to what we talked about before the game. There were things we had to adjust here and there depending on a guy’s outing, but I think the coaches did a really good job. They were organized with it and kept cringing.
Q: Brian, Aaron Robinson had a pretty hectic night. Made a few good plays, and even on the one where he made the good play, he got the taunt penalty. What did you think of the kind of uneven night he had for a young man?
BD: I think he competed well. You play on the corner. You play a lot of man to man. In the preseason gets a good rating, and I thought he competed. We will learn from that penalty we had there, but I thought he was competitive.
Q: Do you expect teams to attack him a bit more than maybe Adoree’ on the other side? It’s probably a bit more of a proven commodity.
BD: I don’t know. Each team has its own philosophy offensively. I don’t want to speak for the other teams. I think we have to be ready to defend all areas of the pitch on defence, perimeter, inside and running game. That’s why we play defense. I mean, I don’t want to speak for any other team.
Q: You mentioned that you thought the operation was good. What about your operation in terms of just knowing where to go and what to do and covering your responsibilities?
BD: Yeah. I lost the challenge. I was upset about this. It was my first. I just think the coaches did a good job on them. I think Wink had his staff really organized. Kafka has done a very good job. I think he communicated well throughout the game. Again, we’re not making a ton of adjustments here. I was happy with that. Again, happy with the replacements. This is our first step. I’m happy with how they competed, but we’ll go back and watch the tape and learn from it and try to improve.
Q: We talk a lot about Mike Kafka calling the games. Was it strange for you not to call the plays after so many years of doing so?
BD: Yeah. Yeah. I tell you when it was weird, it was before the game and the night before. You go through so many things in your head and think about situations. Whether it’s preseason, regular season, or the playoff game, whatever it is. You know, it’s hard work calling games, and you really have to put a lot of time and effort and energy into it, and Mike did a great job. Again, this is his first game. Granted, there’s no game planning going on, but, again, the operation of calling him, getting him to the quarterback quickly, giving little reminders. I thought he had done a good job.
Q: Was that a change from what you were going to do?
BD: No. No. I thought about it. I thought that was the best place. I called the rooms upstairs. We’ll see what we do this week against Cincinnati. I’ll talk to Mike about it before I talk to you, but it was a good operation.
Q: How do you feel about your depth on the offensive line and in the corners, especially with some guys falling?
BD: I still think you can use as much depth as possible, but those guys who came relatively new up front also did a really good job. I thought Bobby Johnson had prepared them to learn calls and communicate with each other. And then the same thing, you can never have too many corners, as a former coach said. The guys that competed and played there, I think they did a good job.
Q: Apparently Bredeson had a pretty good night overall.
Q. He’s a guy you watch in training. It doesn’t always look good, but then the lights come on tonight and it looks like he performed really well with what you asked of him.
BD: Yeah, I think he had a good camp. He was flexible for us on the inside and snapping and also playing guard. He is smart, tough, reliable. Again, I have to go back and watch the whole gang, but boy, is he that competitive on the sideline. Tells you what he sees. Good communicator. He’s a good player for us.
Q: Did Andrew just have a slightly lower pitch count than the other guys or —
BD: Yeah, Andrew was going to have a series. So Andrew had a streak, and Bark on offense had a streak, and then they were taken out.
Q: Kadarius didn’t make the trip, did he?
BD: No. Anybody that was injured or working in rehab, whatever it was, that wasn’t able to play, they were going to stay home and rehab with the coaches and try to get those guys to step up some better than we could. we can be ready to play our next game.
Q: Are you expecting him on the pitch this week, Kadarius?
BD: I hope so. I think he works hard. Again, everything we do, we talk about it and try to do what’s best for the players, so we’ll see. They spent a few days here, yesterday, today, tomorrow, to recover and see where we are.
Q: Did he change anything new in this practice? We saw him limp. Is it more than just recovering his knee?
BD: With all due respect, I’m just not going to go into detail with anyone. It works backwards. We’ll see where it is when we get back.
Q: Leonard is an injury, not as a personal reason?
BD: All those guys that we left behind were for reasons that we thought rehab, being in the practice room, would serve them better than being here. If they were there, they would have played.
Q: Do you think the team received a charge from Sandro Platzgummer coming in and factoring in there?
BD: Absolutely. Yeah. Absolutely. We were there towards the end of the game, and there were guys who hadn’t played yet, so I wanted to make sure everyone who came on the trip had a chance to play. It’s also not the easiest situation when they’re trying to tear the ball up, and you’re not loose and you’ve warmed up. He’s such a good young man. I was happy for him. I think his teammates were too.
Q: What about Roy Mbaeteka? He is obviously in the same boat.
BD: He did the same thing.
Q: For a guy to be where he is, Bobby talked about that the other day, what’s your impression?
BD: Just impressed. I can’t imagine coming to a different place and playing a sport that you haven’t really played in your whole life. Communication, I mean, where to put your knee pads, how to turn them. There are so many things you take for granted. He’s such a good kid. He is physically gifted and we work with him every day to help him learn this game the best we can.