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Transcript - Head Coach Anthony Lynn (Dec. 23, 2019)


Monday, December 23, 2019 | Hoag Performance Center | Costa Mesa, Calif.


On the rotation between T Trey Pipkins III and T Trent Scott:

"I thought Trey started a little slow. He had the early penalty, had the quarterback hit, a sack. I thought he got more comfortable as the game went on. We are going to look at him again this week, but Trent came in and played fine."

On this season:

"We have had a lot happen that stings in a lot of ways. Just having a losing season stings. Yeah, we are frustrated about it, but there is nothing we can do about it now."

On being winless in the AFC West:

"Our record is what it is. We have another divisional rival in Kansas City, and we'll get it ready to go and try to get a win in our division."

On the slow start:

"When you start out with two penalties, it's a slow start. The first three drives were three-and-out. It wasn't a lack of passion, it was a lack of execution. I'll tell [RB] Melvin [Gordon III] the same thing."

On Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow's 56-yard touchdown:

"[DB] Desmond [King II] missed the tackle there. He kind of pushed him trying to make the tackle and knocked [S] Rayshawn [Jenkins] off. Rayshawn was out of position as well, but that was on Desmond."

On DT Jerry Tillery:

"I thought Jerry played his best game yesterday. I thought he played hard. He penetrated and made some plays in the backfield. He may not have gotten credit for some of those sacks, but he was in the mix.

"His motor has been fine all year. It is just learning what we are doing and defeating double-teams. He's a tall man and very long, so learning to play with leverage in the National Football League has been a process.

"If the shoulder was healthy and he could have trained like everyone else was training. I'm sure that slowed him down some, but he seems to be all the way back right now."

On S Derwin James Jr.:

"I thought DJ has played well every game he has been back, to be honest with you. I love his motor his demeanor, and it doesn't matter what the score is. He is taking it one play at a time and he is giving it everything he's got."

On T Russell Okung and the running game:

"When don't have Russell and you don't have [C Mike] Pouncey — yeah you miss both of those guys, but we can still run the football. We got away from the running game in the second half because we got down by two scores. The way the time of possession was going, we had to open the offense up and throw it to get it down the field. I think six of our carries were goal-line and short-yardage, and one of them was a kneel down. So we didn't run the ball that much yesterday, but the times we did early they did a good job of stepping up and running run stunts and getting in certain defenses to stop the run. We lost a lot of one-on-ones and we have to do better."

On the difference between the Jacksonville game and yesterday's game:

"In Jacksonville, we had a formula to beat that team. Get up on that team by two scores and we didn't feel like they were built to come from behind. Once you get up on a team like that, it can kind of snowball and yesterday that was us. They got up by two scores and we struggled to get back in the game."

On getting a win in Kansas City:

"It helps anytime you win. It creates confidence and momentum. Yeah, every win helps."

On running a play before the two-minute warning in the first half:

"It gives you more options. If we want to pass the ball there, we can because the clock is going to stop in five seconds anyway."

On QB Tyrod Taylor:

"Those plays are hit and miss because you don't know exactly what you are going to get when that quarterback goes into the game. One time, he goes in on a trick play and their goal was to knock him down and they did. Against Jacksonville, he gained some yards and stayed in the game. Yesterday they did a good job of playing blitz-zero. They brought the safety out in the middle of the field — something that we weren't prepared for — and they stopped the play. They made a great call at the right time."

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