David Ching has a couple of quotes worth pondering at his blog that he got after yesterday’s scrimmage:
Stafford had a lot to say about how unhappy he was with the effort, but I was trying to talk to other people and missed some of it. Here’s a quote that pretty much summarizes what he said.
“It’s tough, I’ll tell you what. Maybe it was guys being worn down, but there’s no excuse. We were in shorts yesterday. We should have plenty of energy ready to go. I don’t know what it was. People are gonna find out quick, (the) young guys, what it takes to win in this league. I’m just hoping they realize it before they get out there and play.”
Bryan Evans, on how much he got to test his injured hamstring:
“It wasn’t really full-speed because we couldn’t get a look with the D-line getting so much pressure. Other than that, that’s probably the only thing that really got us.”
Evans, More on that:
“I really didn’t get pushed as hard as I would have liked to. I would’ve liked to. I didn’t really get to open up as much just because of the pressure. But I feel pretty comfortable by the end of this week, I should be going, trying to get it out.”
First of all, I like the tone I’m hearing from Stafford. That’s what you should see from a QB who’s settling into the position.
That being said, what I get from both Stafford and Evans is that the offensive line has a long ways to go. I knew going in that experience would be an issue, but it’s a little disappointing to see effort questioned this late in fall practice. Let’s hope Searels can get the young guys to see the wisdom in stepping up. Nobody wants to see what happened to David Greene in 2003 happen to Matt Stafford in 2007.