"We've had five days of practice for this game. We had two, took a day off and had three, and the guys have worked very hard. Just to sum it up, we're excited just to get on the bus tomorrow to Appleton, get off our feet and be ready to play Monday night.
"He practiced the full practice today so he's all set and ready to go."
WORRY ABOUT LOSING MOMENTUM
"I've never thought of it that way. I've been involved in some of these where things go that way and I've been involved where teams have lost more and still been in good positions along the way. I think you've got to compartmentalize everything. Guys worked very hard this week, practiced to win, and we'll go out Monday night and try to finish it up."
SENSING THE ITCH?
"I think the way they've worked and practiced, they've really haven't changed much. It's really the buzz of finally getting to play again. I think the rest was good. We came back for two days, it didn't look like we had been away, we executed very well and we had three good days of practice. I found that nothing with the demeanor of our football team or in the building that would say that they're not ready to go."
"I think we saw an ascending. It's not a speed thing or ability thing, just in his ability to assimilate the information, get better each and every day, and we did see that. And his teammates saw that as well and I think that's exciting. This is his opportunity to step up and I know he's excited to go as well."
WITH ROOKIE LINEBACKERS, DO OTHERS HAVE TO DO MORE?
"I think that would go against what we're trying to get done, and that is for everybody to go out and do their jobs and not try to make up for experience in some other way that you don't do your job. That's been a real focus for us, just lock in to do our job and trust that the young guys will do theirs as well. There would be a ripple effect if guys start feeling they have to do more. So we haven't approached it that way; what we've done is we've spent an enormous amount of meeting and walk-through time, doubled up in areas to get them prepared and individual meeting time as well."
ANDERSON CALLING SIGNALS? HE HAS FREEDOM TO CHANGE CALLS?
"That's always the case. Different formations and situationally, he will have the opportunity to do that as Lance did. We have to, based on personnel groupings and formations."
"That's something we will discuss. We will talk about it. Right now the norm is to defer for a number of reasons. That is always a consideration."
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