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Game Vs. Jets: HC Andy Reid

Head Coach Andy Reid

On injuries sustained in the game: "(S Oshiomogho) Atogwe strained his hamstring, and he'll have an MRI in the morning."

On the victory: "It was a good game to get everybody in and give them an opportunity to play. I was happy with some of the young guys in the way that they played and competed. A couple of veteran guys did well. I thought (QB) Trent Edwards played well. He had a lot of drives, and a lot of touchdowns there, so you have to give him credit for that along with the offensive line. Most of the guys played well. Our defense flew around and made plays and got pressure on the quarterback. All in all, I thought that was good. With the punter situation, we haven't made any final move there, although today we gave (P) Chas (Henry) an opportunity to do all of the kicking and all of the holding, just to see how much he has progressed without (P) Mat (McBriar) around. We have not cut Mat yet, and we did not cut him prior to the game. We gave Chas the opportunity to see what he could do and to see what he has learned over the last little bit here so that we could go back and make a clear evaluation on that."

On how difficult the roster decision on QB Trent Edwards will be: "I want it to be hard. I thought he played well and did a nice job. (General Manager) Howie (Roseman) and I will go back and look at it tomorrow and see what we think."

On whether it will be more difficult to evaluate S Oshiomogho Atogwe because of his lack of playing time due to injury: "It makes it a little tougher. It does make it a little tougher, but we'll sit down and talk about it."

On whether he has seen enough of S Oshiomogho Atogwe to make a roster evaluation: "You saw him a lot with the (St. Louis) Rams. You didn't quite see as much with the (Washington) Redskins. We have to go back and see where we're at. I'll talk to (Head Athletic Trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and the doctors and (General Manager) Howie (Roseman) and I will get together and evaluate him."

On the play of rookie running backs Bryce Brown and Chris Polk: "I was proud of those two. They ran hard, and I thought the offensive line blocked well. (The Jets) have a good defense. They ran with power, strength and speed, and they ran fast and hard. I have to compliment them on that. They caught the ball well, too."

On his comfort level with rookie QB Nick Foles in the event that he had to use him in the regular season: "I think he's performed well enough where he can be a (number) two (quarterback) for us. I'll go back and look at the quarter he had today. It looks like he's very comfortable in there, he trusts his protection, and he makes the throws that he needs to make. I think he's performed worthy of that. So I'll evaluate the other two (quarterbacks) as we go, and we'll see what it comes out to number-wise."

On the comment made by Eagles Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lurie indicating that he would not be retained as head coach if the team produced another 8-8 record during the upcoming season: "We surely would not be satisfied with 8-8. We're striving for better than that. I think that's the important thing. I'm not sitting here telling you that's what I want to be or what this football team wants to be. We're striving for (more) and I'm not worried about all of that. I understand the business. I completely understand, and I have a great relationship with Jeffrey. We go play. I don't worry about all of that stuff. I worry about each game."

On whether he would like to have his contract situation addressed: "I don't even think about it. I don't even care about that. I care about this football team and winning games now and playing well and working hard and that stuff, that's the last thing on my mind."

On whether he's bothered that Lurie came out and said that 8-8 isn't good enough: "I don't worry about it. That stuff, I don't care about that. I know I've got a great relationship with Jeffrey. Listen, his expectations are high. My expectations are high. Let's go play.  Let's go, control what you can control and that's playing the game and let's go do it."

On how important play on special teams can be for making the team: "I tell the team every year that there's going to be a few guys on this team that make it because of special teams and their play there. We evaluate that just as hard as we evaluate offense and defense and we'll just see how that works out."

On players that have opened his eyes during the preseason: "I think you see the obvious ones -- some of the young guys who have stepped up. I'm happy for Trent. If he's here or somewhere else, I'm happy for Trent. That kind of a player. So the young guys, you're happy for.  The guys that have been low and kind of bordering on being in or out of the league because of an injury or whatever and they come back, those are good stories."

On whether he has seen enough of RB Dion Lewis and DT Antonio Dixon: "Dion, I don't think Dion's really 100 percent yet.  That's why I held him and (LB Jamar) Chaney out. I just didn't feel comfortable playing them. It wasn't because of the other. And Dixon, I've seen enough of."

On whether the competition is that close between Kafka and Edwards: "We'll see. Listen, I don't want to say either. I want to go back and evaluate it and kind of churn over it a little bit here. I'll visit with (GM) Howie (Roseman) and the coaches and we'll come up with what we think is best and go with it. The nice thing is all four of them can play. They can play in this league and they're good football players.  And so we'll sit down and hash it out, tough decision, but that's good. That's what we want."

On his reasoning for switching positioning on the offensive line: "You mean with Dallas (Reynolds) at center? Well, he's played some center and then he hasn't played it for the last week-and-a-half or so. So I wanted to make sure he got some snaps in there. That's all."

On the play of LT Demetress Bell: "Well from what I saw, and I wasn't necessarily focusing in on him, I know there were a couple of plays that he'd like to have back. But I thought for the most part, he did a pretty good job."

On the play of S Jaiquawn Jarrett: "I thought he did a nice job actually. He showed up tonight. He's a big hitter. You saw him take a nice pop on one of the punt returns when he came in and tried to make a big hit there on the return unit so we were receiving the ball there. And his play on defense, I thought he did a nice job there. So, he played good aggressive football and I'll look back and look at the assignment stuff on the tape. I thought he was one of the guys who looked like he showed up tonight."

On whether P Mat McBriar was ever healthy enough to get a true evaluation of his play: "He got a lot of punts since he's been here. He's really forcing that thing in and getting himself right, but yes, I've seen enough. I've surely seen enough over the years. I think I'm comfortable with what I know about him. I understand he's not going to make it all the way back but he's close. I wanted to make sure we gave (P) Chas (Henry) an opportunity where he was the guy there to show what he had."

On roster depth at the safety position, particularly with the injury to S Oshiomogho Atogwe: "Well, I'll look at that. That's one of the spots I've got to look at and just make sure that we're set there and we'll do that. We'll go through all the positions but that's one where there's stiff competition and we've got to make sure we're right there."

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