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TRANSCRIPT: McVay, Goff, Havenstein, Quinn, Johnson at Voluntary Minicamp
April 26, 2017 02:46 AM | TheRams.com
Rams Head Coach Sean McVay - Voluntary Minicamp - April 25, 2017

(On if this was first time on the field with the team)

"It is. This morning with the walk-thru and then getting a chance to practice today, it was great. You're quickly reminded why you love coaching so much. Getting around these players on the grass and their effort and energy was outstanding. We'll see if we can come back tomorrow with the same type of juice."

(On the difference between being a head coach and a coordinator during practice)

"Kind of still feeling your way a little bit. I started out with the defensive backs, just to get around them in the beginning in their individual drills. And then during some of those team periods, the nice thing is you can use that walkie and send in the plays offensively, but you can kind of be on the back end, be around the defensive players. I was telling our secondary coaches on the back end, I said, 'I got to get used to being happy for the defense on a good play, too.' But it was great. I think it's one of those situations you just get more comfortable with whatever that rhythm is. I thought the guys were great today though, it was fun to be out there with them."

(On his goal for this camp)

"I really think the goal is, for us as a coaching staff, to get a good chance to evaluate our players, their ability to retain some of the information we've taught over the first couple of weeks and then translate it to the grass. Just getting better every single day, we talk about it all the time - just stacking blocks. We're looking for that daily improvement. We feel like we got better today and we'll see if we can do the same thing tomorrow. That's kind of the goal for us."

(On how QB Jared Goff looked today)

"I thought he did a nice job. Just being able to manage the huddle, get in and out, get lined up, call the plays properly, get some of the communication pre-snap that's necessary. Then, I think you saw him sit in there, make some good throws - it's always easy to go back after practice, you evaluate the tape and you have a better feel. I thought he did a really nice job just commanding the huddle. Really, I felt the same way about (QBs) Sean (Mannion) and Aaron Murray, as well. So that was encouraging for all three quarterbacks and I think it's a credit to (offensive coordinator) Matt (LaFleur) and (quarterbacks coach) Greg (Olson) doing a great job getting them ready."

(On LB Mark Barron and S Maurice Alexander's absence from the field)

"It's a situation with Mark, getting that shoulder taken care of. We're going to be smart with him. He's here, he's present. It's the same thing with 'Mo' Mo's had a little bit of an issue with his hip. We're just being cautionary with him, just finding out all the necessary information. But we've had 100 percent participation and those guys were accounted for, but we're just being smart with them and making sure they're 100 percent before we get them out there."

(On if Barron and Alexander are the only players not on the field)

"There's a handful, I'd have to look at the actual injury report with (Director of Sports Medicine and Performance) Reggie (Scott). There's a handful of guys that don't have full participation availability. But those guys that aren't able to do that, they're participants in the walk-thru, Mark was out there this morning and then Mo, if he was here, he had to get that taken care of off-site, making sure that we're being thorough with that otherwise he would have been here and been a participant in the walk-thru as well."



Rams QB Jared Goff - Voluntary Minicamp - April 25, 2017

(On the first practice)

"It went a lot better than, maybe, a lot of us thought it would. There weren't many hiccups. You come out on the first day and you expect there to be some re-dos and some stuff you have to do over and talk about. For the most part, it went pretty smoothly and I was really, really happy about it."

(On what that says about the installation process with the new staff)

"Great. Obviously someone is doing something right and it starts up top with the coaches and the way that they've installed it. It's obviously stuck in our brain. I know it's only day one, but I was very pleased."

(On the difference a year makes since he was drafted)

"A lot. I went through a whole season. About this time last year, I was probably at home. Now I'm here, practicing, getting reps, getting ahead. Makes a big difference."

(On if it goes without saying that he is glad that is behind him)

"Oh yeah. I'm sure every prospect would say that. I feel bad for these kids. I look back, even talking to some of these quarterbacks, I'm like, 'I feel you, I feel you, just make it through it, it's not fun, but it's ultimately worth your while."

(On the first time he got his hands on the new playbook)

"I wanted to learn more and was texting them and trying to get as much information as I could. I felt like I did a good job so far, picking it up. Obviously, it's a little bit rudimentary right now, what we've learned. There's a long way to go and I feel happy with where we are right now."

(On if he is getting the same message from Head Coach Sean McVay, Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur and Quarterbacks Coach Greg Olson)

"Yeah, it's great. So far, it's great. All three of them bring something to the table that's different. I think Sean is, ultimately, obviously the head coach, he's going to have the final say on a lot of stuff. But Matt seems to be a pretty good extension of him and then 'Olly' as well, 'Olly' does a great job bringing a different insight, he has a lot of experience that the other guys might not have and can give some good insight."

(On working with WR Robert Woods and if he had been throwing with him before)

"Yeah, he had a good day. I was happy, he had a really good day today. Ran some great routes and that's expected. He's a great player and expect a good year from him."

(On how the offense is coming together under the new coach)

"It's been great, learned a lot. Today was great, I thought we did a good job picking up what we've learned so far and applying it on the field, very efficient."

(On the energy that Coach McVay is bringing)

"It was good. A good day. It's always that new energy. Today during our walk-thru, we walked through this morning at about 11 and it was basically a run through because he's so excited to be out here and (Coach McVay) said, 'Okay guys, slow down, it's just a walk-thru.' Most people weren't really listening, they were just going pretty fast. It was a good day, I was very pleased."

(On if he likes seeing McVay out there with the team)

"Absolutely, yeah. Coach McVay has been great. Obviously, on the field he's been great, been great with me and I think he's done a great job with the whole team."



Rams OL Rob Havenstein - Voluntary Minicamp - April 25, 2017

(On the transition to guard)

"I'm learning. Getting in as much as I can right now, in the classroom, at home, on my own. Really trying to make all the reps I have count. I don't think anyone can afford to waste reps, but especially for me going to a new position. I definitely can't waste any reps. I really have to take what I'm learning from (offensive line) Coach (Aaron) Cromer, from everyone on the offensive staff over to the field and progressively try to work on it."

(On if the new position is a huge change)

"It's not huge - it's still offensive line. We're still using some of the same techniques. There might be little nuances that are a little different. But, kind of from what I hear and what I'm learning, Is things happen a little quicker. There's not as much space, so it's just the little things that change. Technique might be a little different, but overall the scheme of technique is the same."

(On whether he's keeping an eye on the tackle position just in case he's put in that spot later on)

"Right now, obviously, I'm trying to learn right guard. I have no idea where I'm going to be. I'm trying to learn left guard, right tackle. They don't have me at center right now, which is a good thing because I haven't snapped since high school. I'm really trying to pick up on the scheme of the offense rather than just learning one position. If you can just tell me a play and I can tell you what everyone's doing, then I have a general understanding of the whole scheme, the whole structure rather than just one spot."

(On his first impression of Coach McVay)

"Obviously, it's not my job to judge him or anything like that. But, he has a great presence. He has a lot of confidence in what he does - his scheme, his system. I think, so far, guys are really buying in. It's an easy thing to do with him standing in front of the room and the confidence he gives out there. He's very upbeat, very positive and his coaching is excellent. I think a lot of guys are going to get a lot of good from it."

(On what it's been like to work with new offensive line coach Aaron Cromer)

"It's been great so far. Obviously, with every different O-line coach things will be a little different in what they teach. I think we're all really trying hard to get out there and do exactly what he's teaching and what he's coaching. From the film that we've watched of the other guys doing it, it works. You just see guys, right now, working really hard."

(On what it's been like being around T Andrew Whitworth and what he brings to the locker room)

"He's been in the league for a hundred years (laughs). He's been established as one of the best in the league year in and year out. Anything that any guy can pick up from him - whether it's football, workouts, meeting rooms - wherever it is, clearly he's doing it right. Even though I've been in the league for two years, I'm still technically a young guy and I think a lot of us want to jump in his back pocket - follow him and ask him a whole bunch of questions. Him and (C) John (Sullivan) both, they've been doing it for a long time and anything we can pick up from them is going to be a help to everyone."

(On if he's had any previous experience playing right guard)

"I don't know, like a couple reps at practice. It's been awhile. But, like I was saying earlier, position change - right tackle, right guard, left guard, left tackle, whatever it is - little things kind of change. Like I said, things happen a little quicker inside, there's a little more space on the outside. But it's having the understanding of your position, of what you're doing at that position, no matter where you are. I think a lot of guys are cross-training, because we don't know where we're going to be and Coach Cromer said it, the best five are going to play, whoever that is. Guys are going to have to compete, work for the job, obviously myself included. We're going to be fighting to get better together."



Rams OLB Robert Quinn - Voluntary Minicamp - April 25, 2017

(On being on the field with the new coaching staff)

"Since day one, they bring a different type of vibe, energy. Not to go back into the past, but coming from (former Rams Defensive Coordinator) Gregg (Williams) to (Defensive Coordinator) Wade (Phillips), they're just two different personalities. Kind of the same - not to say coaching style - but different personalities. It's fun to have a little bit of change. Excited that day one is in the bag, and just making more progress from here on out."

(On the difference in his new role as an outside linebacker)

"Nothing too much. Just a couple of plays I had my hand off the ground, some plays I have my hand in the ground. I basically just go and make plays, that's what they say. From day one, that's what they told me. So, I just wipe my hands, and put a smile on my face. It's time to get back to work."

(On if he's had experience playing outside linebacker)

"No. Basically since college, I've always had my hand in the dirt. A little bit last year. I had a neck roll on, so I stood up a little bit, but not on a consistent basis, no. Like I said, it's not too much of a difference. We've been practicing at it. They said athletes can adjust to anything. I'm just trying to keep it as simple as possible. Like I said, they just say go make plays and go from there."

(On his current health)

"I'm feeling great. Of course, I hate missing a year. It's been a rough couple of years for me. Like I said, with the new coaching staff, I just kind of took a step back, took a deep breath. It's like waking up every day. As long as you can wake up with a smile, you come to work with a positive energy, you just continue to work. Like I said, the coaches - they bring a positive, different type of environment that I haven't really been around. With Wade winning a Super Bowl, being around some of the best pass rushers. It's just a different culture they bring and different expectations. I think it's not only exciting for me, but the guys in the locker room on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively. Like I said, guys I think are just really excited to get back to work, and basically reprove ourselves again, because that's how we keep a job around here."

(On what he likes about Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips)

"He seems kind of quiet, but he throws jokes out, so if you don't really pay attention, you might miss them. He knows what he's talking about. He builds confidence in the guys. He tries to keep things as simple as possible to make guys to be able to play faster and make plays. It may seem complicated to everyone else, but like I said from day one, he kind of just broke it down to us in the defensive room and tried to make it as simple as possible. Once we step on the grass, we're not thinking as much. We can left or right call, know your assignment, and go do your job, and go from there."

(On if he looks at tape of former Broncos OLB DeMarcus Ware to study how he made a similar transition from defensive end to outside linebacker under Phillips)

"Oh, you haven't seen my locker? I've got all his career stats. He wore 94, I wear 94. He's an instant Hall of Famer once he's eligible. Like you said, he's going from defensive end to a standup linebacker. There was no drop off. He's definitely going to be one of the, probably the main one I'm going to study. Then, I'll see how the best do it."

(On if he follows Phillips on Twitter)

"I do (laughs). I'm not on it every day to see what he tweets. But, I know his name is '@sonofabum' or whatever it is. I heard he's got the best 'Twitter swag' out there. So, I guess I need to pick mine up (laughs)."



Rams Cornerback Trumaine Johnson - Voluntary Minicamp - April 25, 2017

(On how it feels being back on the football field)

"It feels great. This (voluntary veteran) minicamp was my first in my six-year career. It was fun to get out there with the new guys, the new coaches and go out there and play football again."

(On his mental state after the offseason and receiving the franchise tag)

"I'm glad to be a Ram, point blank. Coming out here, it's a privilege to play football. I'm glad I'm on the team, and I'm with the Rams."

(On his hopes of receiving a long-term contract before the start of the regular season)

"Of course. We've got time right now. That's not my main focus, I'm going to let my agent handle that. In the meantime, get to know the new guys, be back with the old guys and get all of these new defenses in with the coaches."

(On his satisfaction level on the communication regarding a potential trade)

"I tend to let my agent handle that, and my agent gets back to me. This whole month and a half I've been controlling what I can control, and that's working out, I'm not worried about that. I'll know when it comes, and when it comes, I'll handle it."

(On if he wants to remain with the Rams)

"Of course, I love these guys. I'm here because I love my teammates. I don't want to leave and hopefully we get a long-term deal."

(On the adjustments required by the new coaching staff)

"It's been good. It's just a whole new culture here. With (Defensive Coordinator) Wade (Phillips), he's a lot like (former Defensive Coordinator) Gregg Williams, they're both attacking defenses, they both like to attack and compete. It's going to be fun for defense. (Head Coach Sean) McVay - he's young, I'm almost as old as him. Like I said, a high-energy guy, knows what he's talking about, good for this team."

(On how different this defensive scheme is from what was run last year)

"Not at all. Like I said, he likes guys that can cover, a lot of man (coverage), as you guys saw today. It's going to be fun for us."

(On Head Coach Sean McVay covering receivers with the defensive backs)

"He was over there. Actually, he was over there with our DB group throwing the balls, I told him, 'I know you're the head coach, but he's on the offensive side, he can't be over here with the defense right now."

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