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Transcript - Head Coach Anthony Lynn (Nov. 4, 2019)


Monday, November 4, 2019 | Hoag Performance Center | Costa Mesa, Calif.


On LB Denzel Perryman:

"Right now, I don't know. We haven't seen the players yet. They're going to report at 4:00pm today but he did not finish the game yesterday, is seeing the doctors and we'll see. We'll see where they're at, at the end of the week."

On S Jaylen Watkins:

"Yeah, he got the breath knocked out of him. It looked a lot worse than what it was, but I think he went back in the next play."

On what Watkins brings to the strong safety spot:

"He made some plays. He knew his assignments. For a guy who's the fourth strong safety, I thought he went in and did a heck of a job."

On LB Drue Tranquill:

"He's very valuable. He led this team in tackles both quarters of the season, first quarter, second quarter. He's had two punt blocks — that's huge for a young man, a rookie."

On Special Teams Coordinator George Stewart:

"These guys are covering better, they're returning better. Special teams has definitely been much improved over the years, since I've been here. Now the kicking situation is more stable. The snapping situation is stable, holding — he's a heck of a special team's coach that's why I hired him. I played for him. He was the best in the game when I played for him so he hasn't changed at all."

On playing in the Black Hole:

"I have a lot of memories of the 'black hole.' That's a fun place to play football. Every game is like Halloween. There's a lot of energy and a lot of excitement. It's a good place to go play."

On the fans heckling at the Oakland Coliseum:

"That's what they are known for. I've been hit with beers, batteries, you name it. I'm going to miss it. No doubt."

On NT Brandon Mebane and DT Justin Jones potential return:

"We're hopeful. We're working through this week. Not getting any full-speed practice in so we'll go out there and make that decision on Wednesday, maybe Thursday before the game."

On if getting T Russell Okung and K Michael Badgley back makes it feel like a complete team:

"It's starting to look like the team we took to training camp, yeah. Guys are getting healthy. Guys are working their way back on the 53 man and 46 on gameday. Russell Okung, I think, has done a heck of a job since he's been back. I think he's made a big difference. Not to say that Trent [Scott] didn't do an outstanding job but Russell Okung is a veteran left tackle for a reason in this league. He's not where he wants to be right now but he's still playing at a high level."

On Scott Quessenberry at center:

"I think Scott's done an outstanding job. [Mike] Pouncey was there, [Dan] Feeney took over reps in training camp, Scott, he was just getting scraps, but he was always locked in. He always paid attention and then he got his opportunity to go in and play. I think he's doing a good job."

On having to overlap game planning with a short week:

"You have to jump ahead, and we hate to do that, but over the past weekend we had to start looking at Oakland a little bit. Every staff does it. It's just which staff can do it and not be distracted by doing that."

On if you must rely on analysts more during short weeks:

"Those guys, they do a lot of break downs. A lot of my quality control coaches, we let those guys handle the cut-ups, breakdowns, things like that — scouting reports — but coaches have to look at the tape for a game plan."

On practice this week:

"Tonight, we'll be doing walkthrough. We're onto Oakland. We're meeting at 4 p.m. on Oakland. 6 p.m., we'll be on the field walking through. Tomorrow, we'll have our slide and glide before lunch and then media, then maybe we'll go back and practice another slide and glide again."

On his thoughts on the sideline:

"This team has played really good just not as consistent as we'd like. We've had people in and out of the lineup, there's reason for that. It's just one of those games where it all came together. All three phases. Coaches had a heck of a game plan. I think this team has played like that at times this whole season just it all came together yesterday."

On if this game served as a catalyst game:

"We'll see. Right now, our focus is on this game, Thursday night. If we can get Oakland that'd be three in a row and that'd be a nice little momentum."

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