The coaches “trust” Paxton Lynch to “go out and take chances.”


Paxton Lynch gave his thoughts on how he did at the scrimmage today, “Overall, I thought it was good. I had some good plays out there that kind of got called back by penalties. There were a couple of throws too that were bang-bang plays. The defensive players made good plays on it. Obviously, I threw that one pick that I can’t have, but that’s what practice and training camp are for, to take your chances and make your mistakes out here so when you get in the game you learn from them.” Vance gave his thoughts, here.

A common thought from both quarterbacks is being happy to play a different defense. Can’t blame them, the quarterbacks we play feel the same. “This defense has been getting after us day in and day out but we’ve had good practices on the offensive side of the ball, too. I think it makes everybody better when you go against the best defense in the league day in and day out—the pass rushes, cornerbacks and linebackers. It’s definitely helped me to progress my game, but I’m excited to get out there and be able to run around a little bit and go against a different defense.”

He continued later on with the same theme, “There’s very little room for error when you’re practicing against these guys because of the coverages that they play and you know how good they are. There’s small windows to throw it into, but like I said, when you make a mistake there’s obviously going to be turnovers when you play a defense like this and the best thing to do is learn from that. When you get in the game it’s not like practice, it’s easy because you’ve been through it before.”

I sure hope the brand of football he mentions looks nothing like last year, “…we’re going to go out there and obviously play our brand of football and we’re going to run our stuff that Coach McCoy wants to see obviously in the first game and see how it works against a defense that hasn’t been practicing against us every day.” This is a key remark. The offense hasn’t looked like much to outside viewers, but they’ve yet to see all the nuts and bolts or against a team that doesn’t know the scripted plays.

For Lynch, there isn’t a difference between preseason prep and regular, “You approach it like it’s a game week even though it’s just preseason. You have to go out there and know that you’re playing for a spot and you’re battling for a job. The game is when you go out there and you cut it loose and have fun. Like I said, you’ve learned from your mistakes that you had out here and you go out there and play football.”

Now that he’s no longer a rookie his comfort level has risen, “Out on the field, in the locker room and with everybody it’s just a lot more comfortable. I’m able to come out here and cut it loose a little bit more and enjoy with these guys instead of kind of walking around and trying not to make mistakes day in and day out. Being the first-round guy, you want to not do anything wrong but you kind of learn that everybody makes mistakes and you just have to come out here and enjoy it and play football.”

This next part is telling, Bill Musgrave wants him to take chances. Know why? How can they tell what you can do if you don’t try everything? “ Just coming out here and knowing that he trusts me and Coach McCoy trust me to come out here and take your chances. Obviously you’re going to make mistakes but the biggest thing is putting the day behind you and moving on from it whether it’s a good day or a bad day.”

Since Mike McCoy said Lynch can make every throw, I too was curious what the answer is on what he thinks is his worst pass, “The ones that are covered, usually (laugh). I’m kind of confident in myself that I can go out there and make every throw. I think those guys trust me that I can throw the ball down the field, whether it’s a post or a go route or whatever it may be. I’m not out there thinking when I’m about to go make a throw that this is a difficult throw for me because I feel that with the talent that I’ve been given I can make every throw on the field.”

Vance was asked and so was Chris, so here is his version of the interception “I know I kind of stepped up in the pocket and flushed out. I saw Emmanuel breaking out of his route—I didn’t see anyone around him and I guess Chris just had fallen off from the flat and drifted back. Looking back, you can’t force those kind of passes. If you get pushed up in the pocket, that’s when I can take it down and run with it and use my athleticism to live to see another down.”

“Sometimes I feel like I run a little too much and the guys come up to me—the running backs are always coming up to me and making sure I’m sliding out even though it’s practice and the guys can’t hit me. They’re making sure they’re looking out for me whenever I get outside the pocket. I think that is something I can use to my advantage, so I’m going to continue to use it as much as I can until I’m told that I can hang in the pocket here and keep my eyes downfield. I think that when you have that in your back pocket, the ability to run around a little bit helps you.”

The comment about being told he can hang in the pocket and keep his eye downfield is puzzling. What does that mean? They don’t think the OL can hold up? They don’t want him waiting to launch bombs? The coaches want him scrambling to see what he can do before they plan for pocket passing? Or that he can’t hang in the pocket or keep his eyes downfield?

I always laugh when a 23 year old calls a 22 year old, young, “It’s incredible. He’s been great, (Isaiah McKenzie)  even though he’s a young guy he’s still learning. He wants to be good and he’s always around DT and Emmanuel trying to learn new things. Coach McCoy loves him and all of the guys on the opposite side really like him, so he can be a good weapon for offense.”

Please let him be correct about the TEs because they’re key in a McCoy offense, “I think that we have a lot of good players at every position and the tight ends are just another group of guys that aren’t just good at blocking out there for the run game but they can also create separation on their routes. If you give them a 50/50 ball, most of them can go up there and make that play for you.”

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