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September 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Quick press conference notes

The Monday press luncheon is over and I’ll have some more complete quotes from coach Steve Sarkisian and select players. For now, a few quick notes:
— There is no update on the injury to E.J. Savannah. Sarkisian said he is having an MRI today and it’s possible more may be known later today. There is also nothing new on Craig Noble.
— Sounds like there are no other new injuries. WR Devin Aguilar is expected to make it back this week but Sarkisian said more would be known after practice today.
— Sarkisian said the miscue on the opening kickoff — with the kick going one way and the coverage another — was simply a mis-hit of the kick by Erik Folk.
— Sarkisian’s general theme of the day was of “missed opportunities” — by the defense, not making tackles; by the offense, not executing on plays that were open. “If we would have capitalized on our opportunities, it would have been a different football game.” … “We’ll get it right,” he said.
— As for the message to the players, Sarkisian said that “we’ve got to make them understand it’s not okay.”
— But he said there wouldn’t necessarily be major schematic or personnel changes saying that the focus this week is more on fundamentals and getting those errors corrected.
— He also was asked about the change in kickoff returners as the game wore on, Johri Fogerson working with Quinton Richardson in place of Jordan Polk. Sarkisian said that one of the issues is that when Fogerson or Polk don’t get the ball, it leaves the team without as strong a lead blocker. So finding a combination of players who are both good returners and blockers when they need to be is the trick right now.
— He also said of Jordan Polk that they need to assess his role on the team right now because “I’m not sure he’s playing as fast as he is” and they might need to streamline what he does a little bit so he’s not thinking as much out there.
More later.

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