Opening Remarks: "Little review on the last game – we did some things very well. Our line played well, especially in the running game. (RB)
"Let’s move on to the Dallas game. We have a great opportunity. When we’re in this situation, there are many great opportunities to be had. Our players want to take advantage of those. We’ve got quite a challenge as well. Number 94 (OLB DeMarcus Ware) as you know, and we’ve talked about it a little bit several weeks ago, is the best in the game and he can wreck a game if you allow him to. They have a host of other pass rushers and excellent defensive players, especially on that front, that you just simply have to account for.
"They are beat up just a little bit on the second level and the third level – the linebacker level and the secondary. We’ve got a great opportunity coming into Dallas. We also have a few challenges here as we lost a few men as well. Everybody knows what to expect here – the next man to come in and play here at the same level or even better, heck there’s a great opportunity for that player. We will certainly see different thoughts and philosophies on defense I would suspect. We certainly will attack it just a little bit differently as well. We’ll open it up to questions."
On Mornhinweg’s evaluation of QB
On who will take WR
On the situation at center: "I doubt it (that
On why they decided to put two new players on the offensive line instead of plugging in reserve OL
On whether he envisions a different setup when RB
On how he will work with Brown on ball security: "You certainly anticipate it with a young runner, receiver, and anybody who may have their hands on the football. You anticipate it, very simple. You discuss it, you drill it, you discuss it more, and then you drill it more. There is no substitute for league games, however. It’s just different that way. I would think most backs learn the hard way. It’s much different than preseason as well, the regular season league games. He’s learned and we’re moving on. I suspect that he’ll do a good job taking care of the ball."
On why Tennant is not getting a shot to play: "There is a host of reasons for that. We have an excellent guard (
On whether Tennant can play guard: "Yeah, absolutely."
On whether he will be plugged in at guard: "We’re down to our third center. If we go to our fourth center, it depends, or a guard, sure. He’s going to be an excellent player."
On whether there are any further injury concerns with G Danny Watkins: "Danny is there. Danny is really close to being there."
On whether the transition from right guard to left guard is difficult: "I will tell you that he’s comfortable on the left side. It was a little bit of an adjustment when he came here going to the left guard spot. I have discussed that with him and he is comfortable on the left side there at the left guard spot."
On whether he envisions using McCoy and Brown the way he used Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter earlier in his tenure: "Sure. All of the above. We’ve known this for quite some time. We knew it since we drafted him, but we didn’t quite know during the mini-camps and training camp. We’ve had some excellent backs here on our roster, and that could happen. It is in the future so we don’t know and all those things. We have some good backs here."
On how many games it takes to properly evaluate whether or not a quarterback can play in this league: "They’re all different. Every young man is different with his evolution. There are some quarterbacks where it is really almost seamless. If it is a rookie year, typically that is a situation where they’ve known that he was going to be a starter so you have all mini-camps and all training camp. He gets a lot of experience very quickly. There are some who are just seamless. I had (Jeff) Garcia there who had several years of experience of pro football up in Canada, and that counts. Some great quarterbacks, it takes them longer than expected, but when it hits, it hits. He’s right in an evolution and a progression of playing that quarterback spot. He’s doing a fine job. Certainly, he’s missed some things, but you can only expect that, that he’s learned from it, and that he doesn’t make the same mistake twice or rarely does. Now, you have a pretty good player there."
On whether his work so far and the rest of the regular season would be enough of a sample size to grade Foles’ play: "It certainly will be an evaluation. Now, you have to take all different things into account. There are some things here. The other thing is that young quarterbacks tend to play a little bit better when they are on an excellent team that is fully funded and everyone is on board playing and all of those things. But certainly it will be a great evaluation. Everything that we do is important – every player and every play. Everything that he does is important to his evolution here and his progression."
On specific areas where Foles has progressed since he began taking first team reps: "He did an excellent job on several, and a couple of the play passes, on his reads and going through his progression. Just excellent. He did some excellent things. Now, there were a couple that were right there. So, you go back, teach, correct, re-teach, correct. Ultimately, he has to make the adjustment and play at that high level on every play basically that’s what we’re saying."
On whether you have to coach the players differently to battle through being 3-8 and suffering multiple major injuries: "That’s a very good point and that’s 100 percent true. I think one thing in coaching, and I’ve been in this thing a little while now, is that motivation aspect. It’s key and it’s every day with the motivation aspect of it. Now, we certainly are in a spoiler type role here and that can be very rewarding. So, we have discussed that and it’s very rewarding that way. There are also some things that we can do as a team and as a unit offensively. Also, there are things individually that are important. So, we have discussed those things this week and there are a host of reasons to go out and get better every day. It doesn’t matter how we get it done, but we’re going to get it done. All of those things combined, there are some great reasons to go out and play some solid football."
On whether teams will play the Eagles differently without the deep threat that WR DeSean Jackson brings: "Absolutely no question about it. Then, certainly we’ll play it differently as well. DeSean is quite a threat. No question about that."
On whether not having Jackson will add to their difficulty of getting the ball down the field: "That’s cyclical just a little bit. You see them play it a certain way the last ballgame and you saw it a certain way going back to the last time that we played the Cowboys. Nick is a very good deep ball thrower. He’s very good at it. You saw that last time and the deep ball that we had was a penalty. I would suspect, and it would depend on his read and progression and everything we talked about before, that he would get the ball down the field. He did against Dallas. Many of them, we got some penalties on. He’s very good at it, so I’d expect us to be able to schematically drive the ball down the field just a little bit more than it appears that we’ve been doing."