Aug. 11, 2010
"Today was the first day of full pads, and I thought it was a good day. We had a lot of physical work, some controlled live contact and some inside runs, as we always do the first day. I thought there was good energy. We got done what we needed to for this being the first day of full pads, with the anticipation of tackling and full-speed work. Tomorrow we start two-a-days, and we'll all look forward to that.
Greg Romeus is much improved. He was active today, he worked out hard inside and I expect him to be out there tomorrow practicing. Andrew Taglianetti, he's taking a little bit of time, but he's getting better."
On Ryan Turnley:
"He got his shoulder banged during field goal protection. I expect him to be fine."
On Dan Mason and the linebackers:
"We all knew Dan Mason was a great athlete and an aggressive, tough-guy player, but now he's starting to be confident in what we're doing defensively. He's shown some great signs of leadership, for him being a sophomore and young player, which is very encouraging. He's had a good camp. Right now, as I said yesterday, I'm pleased with all four of our linebackers: Mason, Greg Williams, Tristan Roberts and Max Gruder. All four guys have done a nice job. I look for Mason to have a great year, I really do."
On Dan Mason and his progression with the pass-rush:
"It's night-and-day from last year. I think the guy has such a better understanding of what we're trying to do, and how other offenses try to attack us. I think it's a combination of those two things. He had a good spring and a good offseason studying film. We've tried to adjust some things that will make his life a little simpler. He'll be fine."
On Aaron Donald:
"I'm going to change his number to 95. I told him no more 59; I think I called him Mick (Williams) three times today. We'll see, you get all those young kids like Tyler Tkach and some of the older guys who continue to make plays. Jabaal Sheard is having a great camp, he really is, and so is Dom DeCicco. The guys that we're counting on and that are working hard are improving. We're not as sharp executing offensively as you would like. I think that we have a chance to be really strong on defense, and I would be really disappointed if we were out there with a new quarterback, three new offensive linemen, a new tight end and a new starting wide receiver and we can't even move the ball up and down the field. However, we're probably about where we need to be. That being said, we have a lot of room to get better, and the kids realize that."
On the depth of the defensive ends:
"We split time between the three guys: Shayne Hale, Brandon Lindsey and Nate Nix. Don't count Nate (Nix) out. Nate had a very good spring and he's off to a great camp. This doesn't count any of the young kids either. We have a couple of guys here that can play."
"I think it gives you a little boost of confidence to know that it takes a little bit of time. But if you're persevering, you believe and you're coachable then it'll happen."
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