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October 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Coachspeak — Receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty

Receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty was among those who spoke to the media today. Here’s some of what he had to say:

On what is the biggest obstacle when developing that second wide receiver after Kasen Williams?: “They are young players. Jaydon (Mickens) is in his first year. It’s a learning curve. It’s not an excuse and he’ll never tell you that, but it’s there. He’s still learning everything – A to Z – from the speed of the game to the offense to you name it. He’s one guy and he’s been battling some things that he’s been coming back from. And Dre (DiAndre Campbell), he’s a good player, he’s inexperienced – he’s relatively a young player in our offense and in our system. He knows it really well and he’s very smart, but at the same time game day is a whole different thing. He’s played in some big-time atmospheres so far this year and we’re happy with where he’s at – he just has to keep going. Getting Kevin Smith back, that’s going to help a lot. He’s getting going again and he’s a guy that’s older, he’s got some experience in games – that’s huge. The game experience is kind of lacking right now with these guys, so it’s a matter of getting out there and doing it and Keith gaining confidence in them and we’ll be fine.”

On what has been encouraging about the play of the younger receivers?: “It’s like anything; you have faith that if you practice well it’s going to show up on game day and it’s just a matter of time. We had a great practice today – I think we went 15-for-15 in our skelly drill (a seven-on-seven drill). We’re completing balls in practice. Sooner or later it’s going to start showing up in games. We have been practicing well, and that’s when the whole game experience comes into play. It’s a different deal on game day – different speed, the whole bit. It’s hard to re-create it totally…we try to in practice but those young guys that haven’t played in games get wide-eyed sometimes. You just stay on ’em and make sure we’re executing in practice, the details and film study – and sooner or later it’s going to show up on game day.”

On the WR’s part in getting Keith Price back to his comfort zone: “We’ve got to make plays for him. He doesn’t have to be perfect all the time and he should know that. If it’s close to us and we gotta reach out or we’ve got to make a play and grab it over a defender’s head – we’ve got to make those plays for him. He has to have faith that we can make that play. The only way we give him that faith is by doing it in practice every day and then doing it on game day – carrying it over on game day. That’s our role, along with him being able to really trust us and knowing we’re going to be at a certain spot. Again, that goes back to having some young players out there that he doesn’t know as well. He could have closed his eyes and still know where Jermaine (Kearse) and Devin (Aguilar) were going to be just by throwing to them so much over the years. He’s gaining that – it’s coming with these guys. Again, the details and having Keith know that we’re going to be at a certain spot and he can trust us that we’re going to be there, that we’re going to beat our guy in man-to-man coverage and we’re going to make our plays.”

On if it’s been tougher to find seams and creases in defenses this year:“I don’t think it’s so much that. I think with the passing game you need all eleven guys – and that’s true for anything in football – but you need the protection, you need a solid running game for the defense to come in and suck up to those play-action passes that maybe we had the past couple years. Bishop is doing a great job, we’re doing a great job of getting our running game going, I think that’s only going to help the pass game, the play-action pass, getting the ball down the field. It’s a matter of the receivers – again, the details of the routes and then making the plays and Keith making the throw – it takes everybody. You can’t pin it on one thing or the next. You can’t pin it on Keith, you can’t pin it on the offensive line, you can’t pin it on one or the next; it’s a matter of all of us executing at the same time on a consistent basis.”

On what he’s seen from Kasen from a leadership standpoint: “I’ve seen great maturity out of Kasen. People have to remember, he’s only half-way through his sophomore year, his true sophomore year. Again, he’s played in a lot of big games and made a lot of big plays so far in his career, but he is still a young player. But he’s coming. He’s coming, he’s gaining confidence through being the go-to guy and making some big-time plays in the games. He’s only getting better, he’s getting better every day. I’m really happy with where he’s at. As time goes on he’ll take more of a vocal…more of a leadership role with these guys and we’d love for that happen sooner rather than later. As you continue to make plays and be the guy on game day you feel more confident on getting on your teammates a little bit and pushing on them a little more and not worrying so much about yourself. He’s going to turn the corner pretty soon on that.”

On Cody Bruns being more involved in play: “Cody’s doing a great job for us. He had a couple catches in the game last week, blocked really well and executed really well. He’s the guy that’s really coming. He kind of calms the whole group down. He’s really the leader of the group right now, being a senior and being through everything that he’s been through. What a great kid. He’s a joy to coach, the kids love being around him, they all respect him and he’s definitely going to have a big role in the offense and it’s going to continue.”

On if he’s seen the WR group going to Price to take the load off his shoulders: “Yeah, that’s how it always should be. The quarterback can’t do it all by himself and he needs to know that. We’ve told Keith that many times. It happened before and maybe more true now than ever, but just that we’ve got his back and we’ll make plays for you. That’s all we’re coming out here to do in practice and we’ve got to carry it over to game day too.”



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