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Tomlin on QB1, QB2, backup OLBs

Tomlin on QB1, QB2, backup OLBs


Q. Today is the start of a new season, and you’re about to embark on this journey with a different starting quarterback for the first time in your career here. Does that create a different feel to the start of this journey for you?
A. Certainly, it creates a different feel. There’s a sense of the unknown when you’re working at a position of significance like quarterback, and especially if you had that type of consistency in terms of the presence of Ben that we had for such a long time. Sure, it creates a different feel, but it’s one that I’ve embraced, it’s one that I’ve challenged the team to embrace throughout this entire process. We laid that gauntlet down back in the spring and just acknowledged that there were going to be some differences, that we weren’t going to be resistant to it. As a matter of fact, we’re going to run to it and embrace it and look for the silver lining in it, such as the opportunities to grow and grow together, the opportunities to gain some understanding of why we do things and alter some things to meet the needs of this crop of guys. And so, it’s been a good process. I feel really good about it. I’ve challenged the group to feel good about it collectively. But ultimately, you know, that ball is going to be kicked off and we have to play, and I’m excited about that as well.

Q. Part of every NFL coach’s job is his relationship with his players. What is the coach-quarterback relationship like at the NFL level?
A. I think it’s on the men. I’ll ask guys to be themselves, but I will simply ask them to be their best selves, and so when people are being themselves, the nature of relationships are different based on the people. I’ve had really intimate relationships with individuals at that position. I’ve had strictly professional relationships with people at that position. The bottom line is, we’ve got to have good, clean professional communication. We’ve got to gain a professional understanding. There’s got to be mutual respect for the jobs…

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