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On what he can talk about: "Not much. Right now I'm not going to talk about who we released or who's going to be on the team. We're at that point in time where I'm not really going to talk about injuries because this time of year people are beginning to game plan. I'll talk about the game; I'll talk about San Diego if you want to, but really won't talk much about the roster or injuries. We'll talk more about the roster on Monday because we'll have a better idea of where we're at."

On Aaron Curry: "I'm not going to talk about anybody right now as far as what we're going to do. We did talk to Curry today; he was in here. But we're not going to say anything. All that information will be released this evening."

On roster changes from now until regular season opener: "We're definitely looking and whatever moves we feel like, like I've told you guys before, really and honestly whatever moves we feel like give us a chance to be better, we're going to make those moves. We're evaluating any and all positions to see if there is somebody out there that can help us."

On last night's game playing a role in roster moves: "Usually when you get into those games, you're talking about the bottom part of your roster, maybe its players 46 through 53, somewhere in there maybe. I don't know what the exact number is, but there's a handful of guys that it makes a different whether they're on your team or not."

On yesterday's game: "Obviously, we didn't play well last night. We didn't execute very well. We got beat up front on both sides of the ball. We had mental mistakes, so yeah, I would say no, it doesn't bode well for some of those backup players. This is the National Football League and when we go in to play a game, these players that played the other night, they're going to be the guys that if we have an injury or somebody misses a game, those are going to be the guys that have to step in and play. We're going to expect them to play at the same level at what a starter does because that's what we do. So yeah, I was disappointed in what we got out of some of those guys."

On concern with the depth after last night's game: "I don't know if more concerned; that's been a concern, the depth on our roster. I think it just reconfirmed that we've got to upgrade the bottom half of the roster because our depth is a concern."

On being tough and disciplined: "There's been progress in that regard. Obviously, we haven't been perfect and we're not going to be perfect, but we've made a lot of progress in that regard. I think we are a tough football team. I think we do have tough-minded people. I think we've played smart in situations. We've executed some situational football really well. And then I do think some of that discipline is showing up on the field. It's still not the final product that we're looking for. We're always going to strive for improvement and we're looking for perfection, but I have seen improvement in that regard."

On not announcing roster moves yet: "It's an in-house thing. I don't know how all the other teams do it, but roster cuts have to be turned into the league by 6:00 this evening our time, so at 6:00 this evening our time we'll turn the roster moves into the league and I'm sure it becomes public after that."

On who stood out last night: "There wasn't a whole lot that stood out from a positive standpoint. I told you guys last night that defensively one of the guys that played pretty well and also showed up on special teams was Bryan McCann. I thought Coye Francies made a few plays special teams-wise. Obviously he had the one ball that he put on the ground on the kickoff, but some of the coverage stuff was pretty good. Jack Crawford early in the game did a nice job, did some good things. Same thing with Christo Bilukidi. Both those guys played 60-70 snaps in the game. Offensively, Taiwan [Jones] again had a couple of really explosive runs. And Mike Goodson had some runs in there that kind of showed a little bit more of what we saw early in training camp. So, we had a few plays here and there, but overall the performance wasn't nearly what our standard is."

On Nathan Stupar: "He did some good things. He really did. I saw some instinctive football plays. He obviously was involved in several tackles, so it was good to see Nate make a few plays there in that game."

On Stupar's progress: "No, there was some progress being made. With every rookie, a lot of times they'll take two steps forward and one step back and so it's been a little bit of an up and down deal with Nate, but he came out last night and played and acted like he wanted to get a spot on this roster."

On a lot of work for Shane Lechler in the game: "He came through it fine. It was actually good work for Shane. I believe this with all my heart, and I'll never change this, I don't care whether you're a punter, kicker, offensive lineman, defensive back, wide receiver, it's a tough game. You don't just not do anything and then all of a sudden you come back and you're perfectly ready to go. It was good for him to get out there and get some work. Obviously, it was more punts than what we would have wanted or anticipated, but it was good for him to get a few kicks in a real-life game."

On injured guys coming back: "No, nothing really. Hopefully those guys, they were all in there working today, I'm hoping they'll be back out and ready to roll."

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