Is it your job to find more stars or to simply raise the base level of talent across the board?
Mike Johnson: “It goes back to core beliefs. We need to teach the fundamentals and techniques and then put Johnathan Franklin, Jordon James, Randall Carroll in position to run for 200 yards or catch for 150. Allow those guys, once everything is set and all 11 guys understand, to make plays. I think that’s what you do – you build the group, and the guys who are the playmakers will show themselves. Then when you get into the season, it’s your job as coach to get the ball into the hands of the guys that can make plays. I tell kids all the time, if you consistently are a guy who refuses to make the play you’re supposed to make, then you will not play, plain and simple. This game is about making plays. This is about results. A standard of excellence. No one is going to be perfect, but we have to develop a certain level of consistency as a group.”
Joe Tresey: “I think that goes hand-in-hand. Whoever you have, you have to get them better every day, from an individual aspect. If they’re bought in, you won’t have issues with the team deal. It’s all about getting the 11 guys – hell, the 40 guys in the room – to buy in. Once you get them to buy in, you get them better every day individually, it’s all going to happen. It’s all going to happen.”