From the OC's weekly presser:
On whether he thinks they need to run the ball more: "We need to run it better."
On why the rushing attack hasn't been as good this year: "We just haven't done quite as good a job with that. When there is a problem, we identify the problem and correct it and then we move on to the next game. I would expect our run game to get better as the season goes on here."
I really think Marty has moved past Andy and Donovan in his ability to give an answer that sounds like it's saying something until you read back through it.
On what problems he has identified in the run game: "There are many. I'm not going to get into the details. We kind of base our foundation on hard work and preparation. If there is a problem, let's identify it and correct it and let's move on fast. We have done a good job of that up to date; we will see if we can do that this time."
Hard work and preparation. Check.
On whether he is surprised that the offensive line hasn't been as strong this season: "Well, the run game starts with the offensive line. They have to play well as a unit to give us a chance. However, the tight end and the fullback are heavily involved. Those two positions can make a good run game into a great run game. The receivers are involved and they can make the five, six, eight-yard carries get into the 20 and 30-yard range. The quarterback is important with the ball handling and the audibles and checks and some faking. The most important thing is the ball carrier, with breaking tackles and making people miss. Everybody is involved in that thing. Everybody is involved in it. There is no one position or one player. We do that as a team and that run game is important to us. It is important to winning. We do that as a team."
Bingo. Here's where he finally says something interesting. Yeah, it's the usual "we can all do a bit better" language, but look where he goes first: fullbacks and tight ends, then receivers. Then he throws everyone in so he stays vanilla.
On whether he envisions Hunt having a role as a ball carrier: "There is always that possibility that Tony can get the football. I believe he got it one time last week. Now he is back at the halfback spot, so we'll see on that."
"Always the possibility that Tony can get the football." Sounds like he's ready to be a big part of this offense.
On RB Lorenzo Booker's progress: "Oh, yes. He has made good progress. He is getting many reps at different types of plays. We were asking him to do certain things that he needs to take reps at. We will see how he does this week."
Things Booker needs to take reps at:
- Staying in bounds.
- Not getting ragdolled.
On what prompted the team to go away from Klecko as a FB earlier in the season and then go back to him now: "There were several different reasons and Andy can discuss that a little bit further with you. Bringing him back to fullback, we thought he could help our football team, at least in situations."
Translation on the first part: "Roster space."
Translation on the second: "Have you SEEN our fullbacks this year?"