Jagodzinski on TEs and his philosophy
Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski can tell you one thing about his offense two days into this three-day mini-camp: The tight ends are going to play a major role.
With newly-acquired Kellen Winslow, Jerramy Stevens and Alex Smith, Jagodzinski is intrigued by the possibilities.
"(Tight end) always has been a big part of this offense," he said. "Kellen, I think, does some things with matchups I think we can get that are really going to benefit us this year. We can put him in different spots and move him around to get the matchup that we want. He can get in and out of a cut like a receiver. He’s good. I’m really looking forward to working with him. He’s been great out at practice, asking a lot of questions. . . I came off the field (Monday) saying, ‘I think we have something good there with him.’"
There will be times when Jagodzinski gets Winslow and Stevens into receiving routes on the same play. At least, that's the plan.
"We will do that," Jagodzinski said. "Defenses are going to have to decide whether they’re going to play you in regular personnel, are they going to play nickel. If they play regular, you have Kellen on a linebacker. If you play nickel, then you have the run. They’re going to have to make a decision."
Another important point made by Jagodzinski today was his take on evaluating his new players. Remember, this is the first time he's seen any of them up close and personal on a football field. He is being particularly careful to ignore players' reputations. For example, he says Michael Clayton is a player with possibilities not a guy with suspect hands. He sees Luke McCown as a player with a huge upside, not one who has made questionable decisions in the past.
"One of the things that I’m going to do is make sure I don’t have any preconceived notions on what everybody else thinks," Jagodzinski said. "You get that question about, ‘They said. . . ’ Well, who is ‘they?’ I’m more about what I see, what we can do with them, what we can do to put all these guys in the best possible positions to make a play.
"I think that’s coaching."