On what factors help players contribute successfully on special teams: "Once you’re at a certain level, you have to have ability obviously to get to this level, and you have to have certain qualifications to play in this game physically. Once you’re in, I think attitude is everything –offense, defense, and I think particularly special teams. I’ve mentioned this before that there are obstacles to overcome in having the incentive to play in that area. It really takes a tough, young scrapper and really competitive and team guy to play well. I don’t think that is the reason that we’re playing poorly, but I think there have been some missteps in training them and maybe motivating them. Definitely your mental talent and toughness attributes to most of your success in this deal."
On the team’s kickoff coverage against the New York Giants: "Obviously it was very poor. It looked poorly conceived, poorly coached, and poorly executed. I’m responsible for all of those. I have to draw on all of the resources that I have as a coach and put them into play, and then resurrect us from these ashes."
On the drop-off in talent from a special teams prospective with injuries to S
On whether it is individual breakdowns or the scheme that has been causing problems: "Not really, no. The kickoff scheme is – you can trick them and you can fool them. Pretty much where I say I needed to do a better job is more than a reflection of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday practices and then Saturday’s review. It’s more long term. No matter what scheme you use, it ultimately comes down to when the bell rings and one guy comes out of one corner and one guy comes out of the other corner. The guy who is more prepared and more technically savvy is going to win. I don’t think if we would have kicked it a little more left or kicked it a little more right, should we elude this guy - all of those give you a greater probability. At times, those things don’t always work either. I just think that the preparation and long term preparation - I misjudged some things and need to do a better job of preparing the guys to whoop a guy when the bell rings."
On whether he had concerns about the kickoff coverage unit going into the game: "I go into every game, whether we are playing good or not, concerned about making sure we get everything done. Up until the game is over, I’m talking to the guys or doing whatever we can do to make something better. I wasn’t any more concerned against the Giants than I was against Cleveland or anybody else, although I will say the Giants are very good in that area and a lot of areas. So is (Cleveland returner Josh) Cribbs. Any more concern last week than this week? You’re always generally concerned regardless of who the opponent is."
On his discussion with head coach Andy Reid on Monday about the overall state of special teams: "We looked at the best way to maximize our play. He could’ve been (mad). Maybe he should’ve been. He’s trying to find the best way for us to play football. He does not have any pet areas. Whatever he can do as a head coach to help the situation. Would he have a right to be ticked off? Absolutely. The tone or whatever was not anything but a conversation about what ways we can improve."
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On the release of LB Brian Rolle: "You don’t want too much security in this particular profession. At least from my vantage point, too much security hinders your ability to improve. No one should have a whole lot of security. Everybody is judged from week to week, and every decision is made to improve the football team. I think, as an organization, we felt that we had a guy who we released that in hindsight would play better ball than a guy that we kept. I think that was the reason. If coach had another reason other than that, I am unaware of it."
On whether he thinks there is success to be had when icing a kicker: "Icing the kicker is like trick plays or fakes – you’re brilliant if they work and you’re something else if they don’t. That’s all I can say because that’s my experience. Did you think the onsides kick by the Saints was a good move? It was a brilliant move. If it didn’t work, it was a similar situation. That is one of those where a coach is in a tough spot. If the kid had made it as opposed to not making it, everybody’s attitude about icing the kicker would have been different. Before that, you don’t know. Only one person knows that one. You can criticize it, I guess, but I don’t know how you can criticize that one. I think it’s a good call. It’s been used because, again, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You don’t know."
On whether he anticipates any personnel changes coming on any of the units: "The thing with starters playing on there, and I’ll repeat this, is that the head coach really has no pet area. He has to win this game and it doesn’t matter how you do it. The best way to win the game is to utilize the talent that you have to the utmost of your ability. I’ll give you an example – we have had (CB)
"When he comes into that play, he’s usually depleted enough that a fresher (CB)