If that's an evaluation of what we're capable of doing, ... that's a good sign.
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I saw some good signs that we can be a good running team. Who knows? If we hit some home runs, we could be a great running team.
I'm more concerned with Shelton's injury than I am concerned with Nate. Nate's a fine football player. He played a lot snaps for us last year -- not a lot of people know that.
Everybody is an option. It's going to come down to good, solid execution. You've got to knock somebody off the ball when they pretty much know you're running it. That's what makes the game great.
Quarles has great versatility, but we also like him as our middle linebacker. Ruud, some time in the future, will get his chance to play. Ryan has earned the job in Jeff's absence.
He has so much swelling, we can't really determine how long it will be. We should know more in the next few days. We're concerned about Jeff Gooch. We hope it doesn't take too long.
It's nice to have some continuity around here and build a team from within instead of compiling a nucleus of players from outside. That's challenging. The development, the persistence and the work ethic is going to pay off.
We're undefeated right now, you know.
Great running backs have a tendency to run by instinct, run by feel, and when they see the same blocking pattern three or four times, sometimes they anticipate what you are going to do the next time, ... There's some of that, and then some of that is just sheer determination, guts and talent. He is a phenomenal competitor, and he is blessed with great talent.