On whether the strong play by both Vick and Foles makes his starting quarterback decision even more difficult: "No, it would make my decision harder if neither of them completed a pass. I think they both played pretty well, and it gave me confidence in both those guys. That's what you hope happens. I think both o f those guys rose to the occasion, and I was excited with how both of those guys played."
On why he changed his mind in terms of alternating series between Vick and Foles: "I had no idea what the series question was the other day. We were just trying to balance out their snaps. I wouldn't read much into that."
On whether he intended for the offense to go at a faster pace when Foles was at quarterback: "No, that's just kind of how we practice. We huddle some times, and we'll go fast at other times. We had some work with the NFL officials a week ago and then we did it with the Patriots. You want to be able to make sure you get enough reps with (New England) because we aren't going to have them in practice this week coming up. A couple of points in the game we wanted to see if we could play with some tempo and get used to how they were spotting the ball. I didn't see any problems with how it worked. It was just something that we wanted to make sure we worked on."
On whether the media should not read into the fact that the offense executed faster with Foles at quarterback: "You can read into it all you want. I will never tell you (the media) what to do."
On missed tackles by the Eagles defense: "I think there were a couple of missed tackles out there. I've seen LeGarrett (Blount) do that a couple of times when I coached him. He's a big strong physical back and you have to get a lot of guys to the ball. We missed a gap on the first long run to start the game. We'll watch the film and make sure we understand exactly what happened and try to correct those mistakes when we come back on Sunday."
On him stating prior to the game that CB
On why Boykin did not start: "(Defensive coordinator) Billy (Davis) said they wanted to start (CB) Brandon (Hughes)."
On whether he will consider having the team tackle to the ground in practice due to the number of missed tackles in the game: "We have tackled to the ground. We did a live tackling drill last Tuesday, and we'll continue to do those live tackling drills. I think our guys are getting tackling in practice. We just don't tackle in 11-on-11. I think we did it in the Sunday practice. We'll continue to work on that stuff."
On whether he will increase the number of practice drills that involve tackling to the ground: "We weren't going to do it with the Patriots. Bill (Belicheck) did not want to do it. They don't do it. They don't tackle in practice. We believe in tackling in practice when you do it in isolated drills. The biggest thing isn't the guy tackling, it's the pileup that occurs and what's going to fall over them. We do need to live tackle. It was interesting that every player said it was the first time they live tackled. (LB)
On his impressions of the Eagles pass rush: "We always knew that Vinny (Curry) could get after the quarterback and I was pleased with him. I thought
On the play of the offensive line: "You have to go to the tape to see the specifics. I wasn't displeased with them. I thought we moved the ball decently. On the one fumble, I think two guys missed. They were in there too quick, and we have to work on some of those things. Sometimes just one missed step can cost you in this league, and we have to make sure those things don't happen."
On his decision not to attempt a field goal late in the game: "That was a decision we made because of our snapper. We haven't had Brent (Celek) take a lot of snaps. He's snapped from a punt standpoint, but we haven't done it with field goals very much, and it's not fair to put him in that situation. It was the same reason we went for two. Obviously the numbers didn't match up and we weren't going for two to try to get closer. We weren't going to kick a field goal in the second half after (the injury to
On whether the full Eagles offense was on display in the game: "There's a scope of offense that you have in for the total year, but then you always have to pair it down in terms game plan. The specific game plan is based on the fronts and coverages that you're going to see, because you can't practice everything. You don't have enough time. Every week is going to be slightly different because everybody we play is slightly different."
On how long he can go before needing to name a starting quarterback: "We're going to pull the trigger before we game plan for the Washington Redskins. We have to have a quarterback in place when we're really getting ready and getting into the meat and potatoes of what our game plan is going to be. That quarterback will be named."
On what he learned about his team in the first preseason game: "I liked our effort. I liked how hard our guys played, but there are obviously fundamentals that we need to continue to work on as a group. I like their attitude. There are a lot of guys in there that aren't very pleased. They didn't take this like it was just a preseason game and it doesn't matter. It matters every single time you step on the field, whether it's in practice or in a game. I liked their mindset and their effort, and I think the fundamental part of the game is what we have to continue to work on as coaches. We'll do that and get back on the practice field on Sunday."
On whether he will start game planning for the Redskins prior to the fourth preseason game: "No."
On how the offense reacted to the first time operating at a fast tempo in a game: "We've had an opportunity to do it since April 1. We have a bunch of football junkies, and I think they like playing the game that way. I think it will be a weapon for us and a tool in our toolbox. For what we have the ability to play fast with, I think they handled it pretty well for the first time in a game situation."
On Michael Vick's touchdown pass to
On his decision to start
On the play of wide receiver
On the severity of the injury suffered by long snapper Jon Dorenbos: "I don't have any information on the injuries at this point and time. I haven't met with (head athletic trainer) Chris (Peduzzi). I know he was out the rest of the game, but I don't know the extent of how many days or how long that will be."
On the play of rookie QB
On whether he feels he has a couple of good young defensive linemen in
On whether he was nervous for his first NFL game: "I didn't really think of it that way. You kind of just focus on the game itself and it's 11-on-11. That part is a little bit different for me. I also didn't play. I think some of those guys were a little more fatigued than I was on the sideline."