SANTA CLARA – Here’s a transcript of head coach Jim Tomsula’s Monday conference call.
Q: Last week you intimated you’d be shuffling around the offensive. Is the first unit the unit you’ve settled on?
TOMSULA: No, it is not the unit we’ve settled. We are not settled there. We’re getting closer. I like what (Joe) Looney did, and I like where we’re going with RG Marcus (Martin). He’s really doing a nice job in terms of every week getting better at the guard position. Obviously, we had that one pirate stunt we didn’t handle right. We didn’t pass that off the way we should have. We’ve got to work on that. I like where those guys are going, but I don’t want to tell anybody we’re settled.
Q: Will you try to get a better read on RG Jordan Devey, and what did you think of him last night?
TOMSULA: I think he did very well, and I would expect you to see him playing a little earlier. I like what Ian (Silberman) did at the right guard spot during his time. Also, Marcus Martin, like what he did. And then working Brandon (Thomas) over on the left side. He did some really nice things.
Q: Why look at Brandon Thomas on the left side when he had been playing right guard earlier on in camp?
TOMSULA: If you remember, he started on the left side. During the spring he was the left guard. He was a left tackle in college. As we were going through the process of getting him back on the field and going through things, we noticed there was a little bit of a hitch in his giddy-up the way his steps timed out on that third step with that leg. So we put him to the right to try to get that hitch out of the giddy-up, and it worked really well. So we’ve seen him completely moving great. We wanted to put him back to the left to see how comfortable he was. He was very good.
Q: What did it mean to you seeing NaVorro Bowman out there making plays?
TOMSULA: I think it meant a lot to everybody that knows him, but most importantly I think it meant a lot to NaVorro. Obviously it was really nice to see him out there. We’ve all seen him in practice. We’re seeing all those things going on. You’re seeing it – we’re all seeing it. Everybody on this call is seeing it. But to see it out there under the lights and for him to go through the whole process of getting out into the game – I was glad we got that three-and-out. I could see him, the momentum was going and I would have had to call timeout to get him out of there.
Q: NaVorro talked after the game about how he used some of his time off to really become even more of a student of the game. Can you speak to that?
TOMSULA: All last season, NaVorro was in every meeting we had. He prepared for every game last year like he was going to play. So that was No. 1. No. 2, just the way he can go back and dissect the tape. All the guys have the iPads now, so they take the film home. He studies a lot of tape.
Q: What did you see from the young corners that got into the game early yesterday?
TOMSULA: I was really encouraged there, too. You see some speed there. I think you noticed it. We’ve got some young guys with a lot of speed. There were a couple of route combinations there that we could have picked up cleaner, but you see guys, the eyes are clean. The pattern reads and stuff like that. Obviously that’s the thing you’re concerned about when they’re young. I think they did a nice job on the pattern reads, and I mean Tim Lewis with those guys – I’m really excited about what’s going on our backend.
Q: Did Kenneth Acker hurt his wrist on one of those plays? It looked like he was favoring it.
TOMSULA: He had a little bump. I should interrupt myself right now and give you the injury report. From the game: Vance McDonald got an ankle injury. He’ll get a couple days of rest. (Desmond) Bishop, he’s going to end up having a procedure on that hand there over by the thumb. (Craig) Dahl, he has a back strain. He’ll be out a couple of reps, but happy where that’s at. Chuck Jacobs got an ankle sprain. He’ll get a few days. And (Tank) Carradine had a leg strain. He’ll work through that in practice Guys that didn’t play: You’ll see (Michael) Wilhoite returning to practice this week. You’ll see (Bruce) Ellington returning to practice this week. You’ll see (Glenn) Dorsey returning to practice this week. And (Philip) Wheeler, we’re going to take another week, we think. So that’s all that we have coming out of there from the injury report. I do remember Acker having something with his thumb or wrist, but it was more of like a ding. Nothing of substance, from what I understand.
Q: Bishop hurt that thumb in the game? It looked like it was wrapped up during the game?
TOMSULA: Yes, he hurt it during the game. He was playing with it. When they come off, he got the exam, they checked everything, got the x-ray – I guess there’s a little something in there.
Q: Can he play with that injury?
TOMSULA: No, I think he’s going to have a little procedure. He went over and asked for his hand to get taped or something during the game. No indications or anything. Then after the game he came into the training room and asked them to do a thorough exam on his hand.
Q: What do you hope to get out of these joint practices this week? What’s your message to the guys? Certainly there have been some fights at some of these camps where teams have practiced together.
TOMSULA: Well, in terms of what other people do in these, I would be extremely disappointed if anything like that happened where we were. Don’t expect it. Don’t have a comment on it. We are going up there, No. 1 it excited me because I feel like that’s a class-act organization. Their organization and our people have worked together. It’s been great. The coaching staff there – a lot of respect for them and what they do. And obviously a really good football team. And then we also get to play in the altitude. I really like the idea of going and spending a week in the altitude and training up there. I think that’s good for us.
Q: When you said Wilhoite will return, do you expect he will be taking part in these joint practices?
TOMSULA: Yeah, he’ll be out there some. Again, you’ve seen how we’ve done this. We’re going to stay on the same protocol where it’s not zero to 100 in one day. We’re not going to do that. We’re going to gauge that on how he’s feeling, how he’s looking. We keep checking up on him. Our training camp will keep doing that. Reserve the right to limit that in any way that we deem necessary for his full return.
Q: Do you have any one Peyton Manning memory that pops to mind?
TOMSULA: Maybe the biggest thing that I remember is being up there in Indianapolis a few years back. You watch it on tape, how fast he moved that team back then. Remember how he’d rush that ball, catch you in substitutions? I remember being on the sideline with that live. Obviously he can throw the football. Going out before the game and watching him practice the same routes and the same things with his receivers. He’s got that routine that he does. It’s well documented how good of a player he is – we’ve all seen it. But just the way he managed that game in terms of the speed and the way he could cause problems besides the play. Does that make sense?
Q: Do you want to see the Keith Reasers and the Kenneth Ackers get a lot of snaps against Manning and that first-team offense to give them that experience?
TOMSULA: Absolutely, I want to see all of our guys go against them there and keep evaluating where we’re at. Get different combinations together.