Is there a chance E.J. will be back next week?
"Most definitely. He’s made a lot of progress, so I feel very good -- throwing the ball and doing some things now. So we feel very good about that."
Going forward do you have a role for Trickett?
"No, E.J.’s our quarterback. Just like E.J. played terrific, you know, when he filled in for Christian. But I think you get in trouble when you do that. I think you have to identify your quarterback. And if one’s not playing well, then you know you’ve got another one to play. You know, E.J. was playing very well when he was injured. So E.J. will be the quarterback."
How hard is to give up responsibilities of calling plays as a head coach?
"I don’t think it’s very hard. I don’t want to. You got plenty of time to do it, we do it and it’s fine. Just like a lot of guys do across the country. It’s part of the game I’m always going to be interested in. Just like with our quarterbacks. Maybe down the road, maybe. But just like Coach Bowden did for all those years. All the way through 60 years old, basically. I watch film of the offense and the defense every week and (I’m) very active in what we do. And I still have time to run the team and do other things. But it’s a part of it that at least for right now, we won’t give up."
What do you think of giving freedom to the quarterbacks you coach?
"It’s something you have to do…It’s the way you coach him. The way he sees things through your eyes…When you’re calling a play what you’re trying to accomplish. That’s one of the things I thought Clint did a really nice job of last week."
On the off week.
"We have to get a little better on the off week, heal up, get ready to finish the regular part of our season and have a great year. And I think we can. I think we’ve got a very good football team. We just played two very good football teams and lost by one play."