After the preseason game against the Chicago Bears, the media didn’t ask Vance Joseph what he thought about how Kyle Sloter did, they instead asked him if Sloter would be in contention to be a starter. Atrocious. Even if he thought about elevating him, he wouldn’t say it during a press conference, he wouldn’t blind side the two he’s working on. Sheesh. If he said yes, he’d be telling the world, even before telling the other two, that he had no confidence in them and an undrafted player with only a few months of practice was better. But that’s not the worst part.
The worst part is instead of giving Vance a chance to sing Kyle’s praises like he did today, they used an agenda to take away Sloter’s thunder. By asking such unprofessional questions, they put Joseph in a bad spot. Shameful. They could have asked, what he thought and then after, asked if he would be elevated to get time with the twos. To cap it all off, they use the very awkward answer to ask how he felt about Vance answering that no, Sloter wasn’t being considered as a starter. “It’s something that I went into, knowing when I came here, that it was going to be a Paxton and Trevor show. I’m fine with that. I don’t get paid to make those decisions, that’s up to them. My job is just to go out there, do the best that I can and put the team in a position to win.”
Good answer, Kyle. He handled this presser with far more professionalism then they deserve. Based on his performance Thursday, he has gained a fanbase of which he was asked about, “I try to keep all of the outside noise on the outside. I try to just focus on what I can do, what I can control and that’s really just myself. I can’t control some of the fan stuff and I just try to come out here and do the best that I can every single day.”
If you read the interview I did with him, you’d know he is an intense and focused guy and he showed it with every answer and a touch of humor. He rated how he did, “Good: I think I can step up in the pocket and throw it 50 yards wide open to a guy. Bad: I’ve just got to refine the footwork and fix the timing and all of that stuff. There’s a couple of plays where I could probably go somewhere else with the ball. It was my first time out there and I’m going to learn. We’re learning on the fly. I’m not getting too many reps out here so I’ve got to make the most of it when I get out there in the game.”
In the same interview, is his winding road to getting to the NFL, which why is he’s glad to hopefully stay in the same place for a while, “it’s hard picking up a new system no matter where you go. I think the comfortability just really comes from running the same plays over and over and seeing the different looks. When the defense gives me a certain situation, where do I go with the ball? It’s really just comfortability from being around it.”
Sloter once again gives a great answer when asked about where he sees his future after the preseason,
“The farthest I think ahead is the next practice. I look over my reps; I just try to take care of that. Ideally, I’d like to be here. Like I said, you get comfortable in a system and you don’t want to be moving around too much because this is your best chance for success—to continue to get reps in that same kind of system. Ideally, I’d like to be here but I know it’s a business, things can change and things happen so I’m just going to keep playing my best and happen what may.”
Add Kyle as another fan of Mike McCoy’s system, “I think it suits every quarterback, really. It has pro-style concepts with a lot of spread concepts as well where you’re trying to get the ball to guys in space. It’s a pretty dynamic offense. A lot is on the quarterback. I feel like I’m a pretty intelligent guy and I like having the responsibility of being able to check protections and things of that nature. I like the responsibility that comes with playing quarterback in this system.”
If you follow Twitter, then you know it’s been shared he’s usually the first guy out in practice, “Those guys go through a quarterback warm up thing with the trainers. The one day that I went in there and did that with them, I had a bad practice and I’m kind of superstitious. We used to go over there with the entire team and do an activation and then midway through they started to do that. But the one day I did that, I wasn’t so good out here so I decided to keep going over there. I try to meet them out here on time but it just so happens that I’m out here a minute or two early.”
Kyle has, “always believed I had the talent, it was just a matter of putting it on tape and getting that opportunity. Up until I started getting calls in December, I was about to take a job in January as a financial adviser just because I didn’t know what people were thinking. Right after the season, I got my first couple of calls from NFL teams and thought I should take a harder look at it.”
See the full presser below.