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Transcript - Practice (Nov.30, 2018)

Friday, November 30, 2018 | Hoag Performance Center | Costa Mesa, Calif


On RB Melvin Gordon III:

"He was very limited this week, just to [rehabilitate]. Like I said earlier in the week, it's very doubtful that he will play this week. So, he's even more doubtful [this week]."

On T Joe Barksdale:

"Joe has some personal things going on right now and I'm not sure if we're going to have him [on Sunday]. It's [a] personal [matter]."

On NT Brandon Mebane:

"Brandon will definitely be out [this week]. He's dealing with a very delicate situation and his family needs him right now. It's [a] personal [matter]. It's a family matter. His leadership is needed with his family right now. So, we'll see next week."

On WR Tyrell Williams:

"Tyrell did more today [in practice]. There's a chance he may play [on Sunday]. A real chance."

On Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt reportedly being a candidate for Georgia Tech's opening:

"We spoke about it — it's his alma mater. It's an honor and a privilege for those guys to come after him. He's a good coach — but right now his focus is on [the game against] Pittsburgh. After this game, we'll talk about it some more, but right now, it's on to Pittsburgh."

On any concern about the report creating a team distraction:

"Well, Ken [Whisenhunt] has been in this business for a long time. So, at this point in this year — we know what we are offensively. I don't think it will be much of a distraction at all."

On if Whisenhunt would stay with the team if he accepts an offer from Georgia Tech:

"We haven't really talked about that yet or have gone that far down the road. So, I'm sure we'll have that conversation at some point."

On thoughts about potentially losing Whisenhunt:

"You hate to lose good coaches, but I promote my [coaching staff]. I want them to advance in their careers and go on to do those types of things. If we lose him, then it's 'next man up,' but he's a heck of an [offensive] coordinator. We like him here. That's all I'll say about that."

On whether Quarterbacks Coach Shane Steichen has taken on more responsibility in light of the report:

"No, Shane's our quarterbacks coach."

On the performance of the running backs this week in practice:

"I thought they looked good. They ran around and had fresh legs. They understand what we're doing and am excited for those guys. I'm looking forward to seeing them play."

On RB Justin Jackson:

"He's going to compete and make plays. We expect execution out of him."

On when the conversation with Whisenhunt came up this week about Georgia Tech:

"We talked about it earlier in the week. Like I said, it has not been a distraction. This time of year, veteran coaches are used to this. There's always a lot of chatter about job openings and things like that. It's just part of the process."

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