Coach Whisenhunt's Thursday Practice Report



(On using players on the scout team to simulate opponents)

We've got good backs. It doesn't matter which one of them you put in there. Hopefully they'll give our defense good looks. It's really about running the ball. We haven't done anything like that specifically, but we're working to try to give our guys the best look possible.

(On Brandon Harris' learning curve)

He's working to try to get a spot to play some. That's what they're all doing. You never know from week to week how that's all going to play out. The best thing he can do is be prepared, because at some point he's going to have to play.

(On Marqueston Huff's progress)

(Marqueston) Huff's doing a good job. He's a young player. You understand that with young players. He's working hard on special teams, where he knew that he could make his impact early. He played a little bit in last week's game. It's always a little bit different for young players. He's going to be a good player for us. You just have to work through things that are typical with young players.

(On improving in the red zone)

That's just the way the games have gone. I'm not concerned about that. Last week, was a different situation when we were down there with six minutes left. You've got to score, and you're trying to conserve time, being down 16 points. We were effective against Kansas City. We worked at it a lot. Hopefully we'll get more opportunities. That's one thing we'd like to do.

(On using the running game in the red zone)

It's not so much that, it's time. If you score a touchdown, if you don't make two points, it's still a two-score game. With under five minutes left in the game, you may say, 'Okay, run it twice,' but that's a minute off the clock. That's why we couldn't run it there.

(On different running game packages)

It's really what the hot plays are, maybe is more accurate representation to that. What we're doing well. Some games we're going to be doing it better in certain packages, and some games we're going to be doing it better in other ones, which involve different guys. I try not to get too bogged down with worrying about that. We've got a play that's working well, and we're going to continue to call it. Whoever that lucky back is, he's going to get those carries.

(On the Bengals having zero sacks and turnovers so far)

I hope it's this week. It's a credit to them. That's hard to do in this league. They've done a nice job. Hopefully we'll be able to crack that barrier against them.

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