Q: Could you have asked for a better Week 3 preseason match-up than playing at Green Bay against that offense?
Coach Allen: “Yeah, it gives us a chance to see where we’re at. So, yeah, we’re excited about the opportunity. We’ve got a lot of work between now and then, but it’ll be a great environment to play football in and it’s a good football team we’re going up there to play.”
Q: It looked like
Coach Allen: “Yeah, he’s got a little bit of a foot injury. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but he’s got a little foot soreness. We held him out today. We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow.”
Coach Allen: “Taiwan Jones was not at practice today. He’s a little banged up right now, so we’re kind of holding him out, trying to get him healthy and ready for the regular season.”
Q: In what ways have you been pleased with what you’ve seen from
Coach Allen: “I like what I’ve seen in his ability to affect the passer. That’s one of the big reasons why we brought him in here, is we felt like he can help us with our four-man rush. I think in the first two games there have been some times where he’s had an opportunity to get back there and affect the passer. He did it in the game the other day, unfortunately we weren’t able to finish the sack, but I think he’s going to be effective for us inside.”
Coach Allen: “I think so. He had a better day yesterday and I think we’re getting closer. You never really know exactly when you’re going to get him back, but I think we’re a lot closer now than maybe where we were two or three days ago.”
Q: You were talking about
Coach Allen: “I thought there were some things that he did in the pass-rush game where he was able to get some pressure and push the pocket a little bit, and I thought with the base defense, I thought he was a lot more comfortable with his drops and the things that we’re asking him to do in the passing game. I saw improvement, and I think we’ll continue to see improvement out of him.”
Q: A lot of the Lions wide receivers were getting pretty wide open. Do you write that off as more of game planning or were there plays there that weren’t made in the secondary?
Coach Allen: “Well, there were some plays that were there for us to make and we didn’t make them. I’m talking about in the first half, there’s really about two plays there that we’ve got to be better on, and that’s the way it is in the game. What I don’t want to do, and what I’m not going to do, it’s hard to look at a quarter, quarter and a half of football and try to project what that’s going to look like for an entire game. I thought we did a good job after initially, with some breakdowns, I thought we did a good job with coming back and making the adjustments and I thought we played better after the first two series.”
Q: How is
Coach Allen: “Chimdi’s got a knee injury and I would expect that he’s going to miss a little bit of time. I’m hopeful that he’ll be ready for the opening game.”
Q: What are your thoughts on
Coach Allen: “I thought Matt was fine, there are still some things that we’re trying to work on in the passing game. There were some really good plays and then there some plays that weren’t quite as good. So, we’re going to continue to work and we’re going to continue to get better. Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback. I think he’s doing a good job for us and I think he will do a good job for us.”
Q: How has
Coach Allen: “Well, I’ve seen constant improvement from him every day. From when we got him, his first day here as an undrafted free agent out of Bemidji State, to where he’s at now, I mean he’s grown leaps and bounds. He provides some of that in-line wide blocking that we’ve been looking for. You see it all the time, you see guys that kind of come out of nowhere and they end up being good players for you. That’s just a testament really to his perseverance and his work ethic.”
Q: How dangerous are your backs going to be in the passing game this season?
Coach Allen: “I like our backs. I think we’ve got a heck of a running back room, I think we’ve got a lot of depth there. All of those guys bring a little bit something different to the table, so I’m excited about where we’re at in our backfield and we’ll have some tough decisions when it comes down to getting down to the 53-man roster, specifically at that position.”
Q: Any update on
Coach Allen: “No, he’s got a hip injury and he’s trying to rehab that.”