On Terrelle Pryor: “I think you see what the athletic skill set that really excites all of us. The fact that he’s really a duel threat – he can run the football. I thought he threw the ball pretty well at times tonight. That’s one of the things that we want to try to use that skill set and hopefully it’ll be another dimension to our offense.
On Pryor’s interception: “He should have tucked it and ran it. I think that’s one of those things, that’s one of the things that we’ve been talking a lot to our football team about, just playing smart situational football. I think one thing we’ve got to continue to work with Terrelle is he’s always trying to make the big play. He’s always trying to make the spectacular play and sometimes the best play is just put the ball underneath your arm and run it, go get the 1st down. Would have given us 1st and goal inside the 5-yard line probably right there because it looked like he could have run the ball for the 1st down. Those are all things that we’ve got to work on. He’ll watch the tape. He’ll continue to learn from. He’ll continue to grow from it.
On if running quarterbacks try to prove the passing part of their game: “That’s one of the traps you want to make sure you don’t fall into. The way we look at it is everybody’s got a skill set that makes them unique, that makes them different. Everybody’s got strengths; everybody’s got weaknesses. His ability to run the football is a strength. We want him to use that.”
On Flynn’s ability to keep downs and distances reasonable: “I think that’s what successful offenses do. I think when you watch all the successful offenses and the great quarterbacks, they understand how to keep the chains moving and how to keep themselves in manageable situations. So as long as we can gain positive yards on 1st and 2nd downs, put us in 3rd and manageable, we’re going to have a chance to move the ball and we’re going to have a chance to keep the chains moving.”
On if Pryor will mix in this season: “I fully anticipate Terrelle being able to be a guy that we can mix in there for sure.”
On what Pryor worked on to improve during the off-season: “I think he’s gotten better at throwing the football. I think he’s worked extremely hard at that. I think he’s gotten better at throwing the football. He’s improved his decision-making. He’s still got some improvement that he’s got to make. I think every day he comes out there he gets a little bit better. And that’s what we’re looking for. I’ve been pleased with really where we’re at from a quarterback standpoint. We still have a lot of work to do, but up to this point I’ve been pleased.”
On Matt Flynn’s skill set: “I think when you look at Matt Flynn you’re not going to be wowed because he’s the biggest, strongest, fastest, best arm. But that’s not what being a great quarterback in this league is all about. Being a great quarterback in this league is more about the mental part of the game than it is the physical part of the game. It’s timing, it’s decision-making, it’s accuracy. Those are some of the things that I see him being able to do.”
On Brice Butler: “He’s a big target. He’s fast. He’s able to get in and out breaks. Obviously he was able to do something after the catch today, so that was impressive. I think he’s really had an impressive camp. The thing you’ve got to make sure, with all rookies, is we’ll make sure we keep our thumb on him. Make sure he doesn’t read too much of the good stuff you’re going to write about him and keep him improving.”
On the defense: “I didn’t like the fact that we let them go there and score in the 3rd quarter, but I thought, overall, I thought we competed. I thought we played pretty smart overall. I think we gave up 16 points in the game. When you can keep the score down like that you’ve got a chance to win.”
On the 1st team defense pre-snap adjustments and basics: “I thought we executed as far as that was concerned. I thought we executed that pretty well. Couple of sloppy plays, I thought, but overall really the object is to not let them score and the first team defense only gave up 3 points in the game.”
On Flynn’s fumble: “Obviously, there’s 11 guys on the field and all 11 of them are responsible for it. But we just cut a guy loose right there. So that’s more a function of the protection than it is the quarterback.”
On the tight end position: “It’s a wide-open position. I think we’ve got some talented guys, but I’m still waiting on the one guy to really jump up and say, ‘it’s my job.’ Good thing is I think all of them are improving. I think they’re all competing and we’ve got three more preseason games to let that play out.”