Transcript: Smith Post-Practice Interview

Head coach Mike SmithOn limiting Roddy White at practice on Wednesdays:

"I thought Roddy came out and got some really good work for us. I think it's really going to depend on the surface that we play on Sunday will have a lot to do with it, and the physicality of the game. Roddy is getting up in years, and he deserves to get some extra rest, and he probably needs it and we're all about having the guys ready on Sunday. We'll continue to work closely with him, and the athletic performance guys will determine what's the right prescription for him during the season. I can see Wednesdays being a lighter day for him."

On Jake Matthews:

"We'll have a lot more clarity tomorrow, in terms of we'll be releasing on our injury report what the status for the game is. So we'll have a whole lot more clarity tomorrow."

On whether he thought the team was physical this past Sunday vs the Saints:

"I saw some resiliency throughout the ball game. I thought that was a very good football team that we played, evident by how hard fought it was. I think there's still areas that we can improve in, in terms of our physicality. I think we're actually going to be playing a more physical football team across the board this week, so it'll be a big challenge."

On where he expects the physicality to show up:

"I think it's going to be winning the line scrimmage and all those are points of winning the line of scrimmage. We have to be able to run the ball effectively. I thought we were able to do that. I thought when we fit the run the correct way last week that we were able to stop them, but we gave up too many explosive running plays of 12 yards or more. That's something that we've been working on to correct, in terms of week-to-week. We got to be able to protect the quarterback and get after him, and that's where the physical play comes."

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