One subject that the coach came back to several times was “improvement.” This should come as no surprise to anyone who has heard Leach speak to the media about his team. He talked about improvements made and improvement left to do, this was in regard to several aspects of the team.
The first time it came up was about the kicking game at the beginning of the presser when asked about Blake Mazza. He likes to use the term “work in progress” and that was one of the areas he addressed. Leach went over some of the struggles the unit has overcome and how they have gotten better as the season has gone along.
Receiver Dez Patmon was another example of progress made. Leach discussed how Patmon had a fair training camp and that he was actually removed from some plays because others receivers were better. The coach went on to say how much his physical “Z” receiver has come on since the opening game and how he continues to get better.
Even Minshew can improve in the coach’s eyes. He was very diplomatic about it though. One thing Leach quarterbacks have in common is that “they don’t have any huge glaring weakness.” Minshew is the same way and makes small improvements in many areas from week to week. There are still things Minshew can do better such as make faster reads, have quicker feet or be more accurate. He went on to use Jerry Rice as an example of someone who worked hard and constantly improved.