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Bill Lazor conference call transcript

Posted Sep 15, 2017

I’m sure this day has been quite a shock for you, but can you take us through it? Were you surprised with everything that has happened?

        “When you’ve been in this league long enough, you see a whole bunch of different things happen. Not many of them are shocking anymore. It’s a day when you come in after a tough loss, and you try and figure out how you’re going to make it better. Obviously it took some different turns, but we’re still just trying to focus on how we can make it better.”

 

A.J. Green was visibly frustrated after the game last night, and that isn’t like him. Did his comments resonate at all through the coaching staff?

        “Does it surprise you if I say I do not know what his comments were?”

 

He was saying he wishes he would have been more involved in the offense towards the end of the game ...

        “I’ve been around A.J. long enough to know what kind of professional he is. A lot of us are frustrated with the lack of production we’ve had so far. One of the important things is that we all share the burden of why that has been that way. When we all honestly look at what has happened, what hasn’t happened, and what we can do to fix it, then we’ll work toward the fastest way possible to get it better. Usually with players, at some places players get a lot of input, some places they get little input. Some players get a lot and some players get a little in what’s happening. When guys earn the ability to have input, that’s probably the best way. I don’t think there’s anyone around here who doesn’t trust A.J.”

 

What are the first three things you are going to do as offensive coordinator?

        “I’m trying to start my list of those three things, and I haven’t gotten to three yet. People keep coming in to interrupt me and ask me to do conference calls (laughs). The first thing we did is we sat and met as an offensive staff — after Coach Lewis spoke to the entire staff — we sat and met as an offensive staff and had a chance to talk and discuss some philosophies. Trust me, things have happened very fast. We will have a chance to reconvene tomorrow morning after everyone has had a chance to take in what is happening, and we’ll go forward a lot faster after that. The most important thing for today is the relationships with the coaches on the staff, being all together and being prepared to move forward.”

 

How does your offensive philosophy differ from Ken Zampese’s?

        “At this moment, what we have to view is, ‘OK, where are we as an offense?’ We’ve spent a lot of time — and when I say ‘we,’ I mean everyone in the building — building what we have as an offensive system, as an offense, and trying to gear it towards the particular players that we have. What we need to do — the philosophy — is to score as many point as we can to beat the Packers. That’s it. And then we will take it from there. When something like this happens during the season, you can’t go much further than that. It would be nice if you could, but we have a real tough task at hand. So, we’re just going to tackle that (right now). We’ll let the philosophy work its way out as we go.”

 

You’ve been on the flip side of a coaching change like this in Miami. What did you take from that experience?

        “That’s a great question. Personally, you take it from it that these opportunities are hard to come by, and when you get them, you have to do everything you can to make them work. It kind of sounds like a cliché a little bit, but the reality of that hits you. Today, I’m really thinking more about Ken, having been through it from the other side and knowing how much he has put into this. I feel badly, and am trying to be humane about it.”

 

How do you prepare for the Packers game, considering you didn’t have an offseason to put this together?

        “It’s a little bit different. The positive is that the relationships are already built. At the moment, I’m really focused on tomorrow’s offensive staff meeting, as I think that is going to lay a lot ground work as far as how it goes when we meet the players on Monday. And maybe it’s a pragmatic approach, but let’s focus on beating the Packers and what we have to do, and the big picture things will take care of themselves.”

 

Do you shift responsibilities?

        “There will be minor shifts, but that will be decided as we go forward. I expect to continue to be in the quarterback room.”

 

Do you know if you will be on the field or in the booth?

        “I am not prepared to make that comment yet.”

 

Where you in the booth or on the field in Miami?

        “In Miami, first preseason game, I was on the field. Second preseason game, I was in the booth. And by unanimous decision of head coach, quarterback, and myself, I was spent the rest of the (season) on the field.”

 

What do you see from Andy Dalton from the last two games and where to go from here?

        “As a coordinator, two of the most important things that you have to do is to get the quarterback in rhythm and get the running back in rhythm. We’ve got a good number of running backs that will share that right now, but when we have some time this evening and tomorrow to think about that, and specifically on questions with Andy, I think a lot of that responsibility will be mine to make sure we get him going. As I said in the very beginning this is, all of us, we all share the responsibility for that — all of the assistant coaches, and the players as well. When we all recognize that and are honest about it, it gives us a chance to do something about it and get better. I have great respect for Andy and I know he wants to be great, so I know he will do just that. He will look at where he can get better and he will work with me.”

 

What’s your view of the three running back approach?

        “When they all run for a 100 yards in a game, I view that as very positive. I haven’t done three in the past, splitting it equally, but that’s where we’ve been so far.”

 

Do you think that approach needs to be changed?

        “I haven’t given a thought to (it) today. I’m just not prepared to answer that one.”

 

 

 

 

 

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