By Steve Corkran
Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at 10:19 am in Oakland Raiders.
Chuck Bresnahan is in his second stint as the Raiders defensive coordinator. The Raiders made it to the Super Bowl with Bresnahan as their defensive coordinator in 2002.
On Friday night, Bresnahan spoke with the media for the second time since he was hired by the Raiders to replace John Marshall.
Here is the entire transcript:
This preseason, how do you evaluate it?
Progress, but slow. We’re taking the strides , the things you saw in the preseason were very vanilla and not a lot of playing time for the 1’s obviously. We’ve gotten the practice time and we’re excited to get out there and show what we’ve got in Denver.
Looking forward to playing all your starters?
That’s just preseason. Again, this preseason was unique because we’re all doing it right from the get-go in training camp. It’s the first chance we had with the players. But we’re excited. We’ve made progress and we’re right on track with where we need to be.
Did you change terminology too much, negating fact that you had 10 starters back?
There’s a lot of carryover. That’s something you have to do when you come in, you have to really watch that – especially when you don’t have an offseason. You try to keep things … There’s going to be new terminology and there’s going to be some new wrinkles, but again that’s part of the game. No matter what you do. Every year you change up and you try to improve your defense, so whether it’s the same coordinator or a new coordinator, we keep taking those strides forward. Like I said, I am excited to see where we’re at on Monday night.
What’s the biggest challenge Denver presents?
We’re going to say it every week: the first thing we have to do is stop the run. We have to be physical, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get out there and set the tone for the game on defense, and the primary thing is to shut the run game down and force the game to be one-dimensional. When you do that, you have the opportunity to do some special things.
First team did that pretty well, didn’t they?
Yeah, for the most part. We had a couple of little things we had to get ironed out, but they did a good job against the run. And now we’ve got to tie it all together an dplay 60 minutes of good football, with 11 guys playing the same defense. And no weak links. And some special things will happen.
What did DeMarcus Van Dyke learn in the preseason? Was it good to go against Larry Fitzgerald, etc.?
It’s excellent, especially when you don’t have an offseason. It’s getting thrown to wolves a little bit but … DVD has a tremendous amount of confidence in himself. Again, he’s made strides the entire preseason. And when you look at some of the catches made on him, he couldn’t be in better position. Now he’s just got to make a play on the ball and he’ll be fine. But he’s got a lot of confidence.
How much will it help to get Chris Johnson back?
You can never underestimate the importance of a veteran corner that has a lot of experience. And he brings an attitude to the field as well. We’re excited as heck to get him back.
In the brief time he played this preseason, it seemed as if Rolando McClain was a little more active than he was last season?
Yes, Rolando is going to be the heartbeat of our defense. We have a lot of veterans, but he is the guys that is going to be our signal-caller. He’s in the middle taking control and he’s excited to get going, and I am excited to see him play Monday night.
What were your impressions watching McClain’s rookie season on videotape
There is always going to be room for improvement, but I saw an incredibly talented young man that the sky if the limit as far as his future goes. The way he attacks the work week, in the meeting room, on the practice field, taking it even to the preseason games in the time that he played, and even off the field – I think he is a professional and I am excited to see the progress he makes in Year 2.
Do you expect Michael Huff to play a lot of nickel corner?
He’ll play in the slot, he’ll play our nickel corner, but again we have some things we’ll do. He has had a very productive preseason for the limited amount of time that he’s done.
What did you want to see out of Quentin Groves, who played more than any other starter in the preseason?
Well, he’s in a situation where he needs to gain experience at the linebacker position, so we played him in both base and the nickel. And it was really, really beneficial for him, because he got a lot of experience, lots of playing times, saw a lot of things he may not have seen yet in the limited experience he had last year.
It appears as if the defense is healthy right now?
No doubt. And you guys know how I am too. We’re going to play with who’s out there, and if someone does get nicked or banged up, then the next guy has to come in and pull his weight.
How does Trevor Scott look since his return from a knee injury?
Trevor has come back strong. He’s had a tremendous rehab, a very good offseason not being here, and he’s come back in tremendous shape. I am excited to see him fit in the mix as well.
Is there still another level for defensive end Matt Shaughnessy to attain?
Everybody’s got another level. It’s all up to the time and effort you put into it, and he’s a professional and works at his trade on the field and off the field. He puts in extra study so I am excited again – it sound repetitive – to see him and where he progresses.
Is Trevor Scott strictly a defensive end?
That’s something we won’t discuss outside the locker room, but you know that he gives you versatility. He’s comfortable where he’s at right now.
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