Philadelphia Eagles News

Head Coach Andy Reid

Opening Remarks: "The people not practicing today will be [T/G] Shawn Andrews, as I mentioned before he is making progress and we'll just see how he continues to do here. [TE] Brent Celek has an AC sprain and will not practice, that's a day-to-day deal here. [DE] Trent Cole, likewise, has an AC sprain and he's getting better, it's a day-to-day situation. [G/T] Todd Herremans with foot stress reaction, I know [head athletic trainer] Rick [Burkholder] put what the stress reaction was but he is making progress there, probably won't play this week. [QB] Kevin Kolb actually did a little bit this morning out on the field, worked on his drops and he's making progress—not ready to got yet—his knee is still tender but he is making progress. [T] Jason Peters went through walkthroughs this morning with a quad strain. He probably won't go this afternoon however, but he's not quite as bad as we anticipated here. [DE] Bryan Smith had a concussion in the game and he won't practice. Both [LB] Stewart Bradley and [TE] Cornelius Ingram had their surgeries from Dr. Andrews and both of them are back here at the facility, both of them started rehab today and Dr. Andrews said that the surgeries went well and he's expecting good things with their rehab on that. [RB] Brian Westbrook will practice today. It will be limited. We'll just see how he does through some of the individual periods and we'll add a little bit to that tomorrow as long as he does well with the stuff we do today.

"We're into our normal week of practice schedule with the exception of this: we will have two Wednesday practices. So today will be like a normal Wednesday in week practice and we'll repeat that tomorrow. Today we'll be in shells, tomorrow we'll be back in pads. I think the preseason schedule helps us a little bit as far as the games that we play. They're all on Thursday and so we'll repeat that throughout the preseason here and give ourselves somewhat of a routine before we kick it off verse Carolina."

On how QB Michael Vick is physically and what he will do in today's practice: "He did a little bit of scout team this morning and got a lift in this morning, and we're just going to gradually bring him along and [offensive coordinator] Marty [Morninweg] will do some drills with him after practice is over and we'll ease back into throwing the ball and then working the legs at the same time, conditioning-wise. So, he got a workout in this morning and then he also took the scout team for the 8/8 period this morning."

On whether Vick will be in pads during tomorrow's practice:"Yeah, he'll be in pads. He'll do the same thing the team does and we'll just go from there."

On how he implements an offense with a new QB and specifically how he will do so with Vick: "The fortunate thing is that he has played in this offense. And, [Seattle Seahawks] Coach [Jim] Mora was an assistant at San Francisco so it is the same system that Michael had learned when Coach Mora was down there in Atlanta. So it's just a matter of recall taking place and he knows the fundamentals and the snap counts and the fundamental philosophy behind the offense and actually, he knows quite a few of the plays so that cuts the learning process down a bit."

On whether Vick was practicing as strictly a QB: "Today he was a quarterback. That's what Michael is, Michael is a quarterback; I'm not trying to hide that from you, we moved people around every once in a while but, Michael is a quarterback."

On whether Vick will travel to Indianapolis with the team: "Normally I don't do that. But, we'll see how that goes and I might change that as we go."

On whether the QBs will split snaps and whether he thinks that would disturb the flow of the game for QB Donovan McNabb: "I wouldn't do that. I wouldn't mess with the flow of the game, nor Donovan. We've had a couple different people take snaps in our Wildcat package and it didn't affect Donovan at all. So, there's always that possibility that you could do something similar to that or there are a few combinations you can do. But first of all, you've got to get him into football shape and that's the number one thing that we've got to do here."

On who will be the second string QB: "I mentioned this early is that, Kevin Kolb is the number two quarterback and that's where we're at right now. It wasn't because he got the injury or anything, that's not why we did this. Kevin has proven to this football team that he's a good quarterback."

On whether or not this will impact QB A.J. Feeley: "We've just got to see as time goes on, but I wouldn't say that."

On how Vick will be used if Kolb is the second string QB: "We'll go through all that as we get closer and see how things play out here. The number one thing is that we get him back to where he feels comfortable and in playing shape. That's where the focus is."

On how far Westbrook is from being game ready: "We're going to ease him back in. I was able to see the things that Rick was working with him on and go through a few football-related drills there, pass routes and that stuff. Right now he is good enough to play in practice and controlled situations so that's what we're going to do. We're going to go through the whole warm-up process, go through the individual drills, go through the group installs and then we'll see how he's doing at that point. There's a pretty good chance he doesn't do any of the team work today. We'll just see how he feels and get him a little bit more involved if he feels like he can handle that."

On whether protesters being at opposing stadiums is good for the team and the league: "I can't speak for the league and wouldn't do that. I would say that every stadium we got to, and most of them hold about 60,000 fans, and they're all protesters of the Eagles when you go in there. I wish it wasn't that way but that's how it is. I'll leave it at that."

On how different Vick was conditioning-wise compared to a normal player: "I think he would tell you that he probably needs to lose two pounds and with the next four days, it probably being 90 degrees, that will probably happen. If you're in a two to three pound range or a five pound range then that's pretty good after a two-year hiatus. But, there's the other part of that, there's throwing the football and timing and all of those factors that go into it and he's been away. So, he's going to need to do that, and not every throw is going to be a perfect throw and he's going to have to get his legs under him. We've a got period of time here where we can do that, so we'll just play it by ear as we go. And, I'll communicate with Michael and I'll watch his performance and see how he does."

On whether he believes he can make Vick a more polished QB:"He's a good player. We had to play against him and I wish [former defensive coordinator] Jim [Johnson] was here to tell you about that, but you can ask [defensive coordinator] Sean [McDermott], Sean was on the staff. Jim was coordinator at that time and he was worried about Michael Vick. I think if you talked to coordinators throughout the league that they would feel that way. He's a tough guy to defend against. But again, I don't want to step ahead here, he's got to get himself back into the football shape of things. He's very fortunate that he knows this offense, at least the foundation of it. That will help speed this up. The actual throwing and running and things that he does, that's going to take a little time."

On whether he is defining the success of this signing on Vick's rehabilitation as a player or a person:"I think it's a combination of both. He's been so proactive with the Humane Society and the things that he's done there. When he first got out of jail he worked with the Boys & Girls club. That was the first step and then he went from there, he did a nice job there. I've always told you, these guys are people first. I think the part of the rehabilitation of the person is a work in progress and focused in and you've got the mindset, the confidence that he's going to do the right thing. And then the other side of it is the football side, they're two different things."

On whether he will consider the signing a success if the team goes 6-10 but Vick becomes a better person: "I'd be happy for him as a person. I know this is a team sport, not a one man sport but, the person part is very important to me."

On whether he thinks Vick will be able to come back as the same player he once was after such a long absence from the game given what has happened to other athletes whom have experienced similarly long hiatuses: "Remember now, he's not coming off an injury. Now, he's not getting any younger either. But once he gets back in shape I don't think you're going to see a person that's slower, and can't throw as well. He's young enough to where he should be okay there. And really, he doesn't have the major injury setback that maybe some of the people that have been out for a while have."

On how he and the team are dealing with the city's reaction to Vick: "I think we understand that there are going to be some people who don't agree with it. But, I think the people that do agree with it probably outweigh that other group and that's the way life is, that's the reality of life. The important thing is that Michael continues to do the right thing. And that he continues to be proactive and shoot from the heart and be very honest with people, and he's done that. And on the other hand, again there are two sides of this; he needs continue to work himself into football shape."

On whether he thinks Vick will play in the Jacksonville game: "I'm literally just taking this day by day. I'm seeing how he feels. If he could play that'd be great. If he can't, we'll just take it as it comes. I want to make sure that he gets himself back where he knows that he can get out there and do it without putting him at any risk of injury other than playing that position."

On whether the Wildcat offense affected his decision to sign Vick: "We added to that package at training camp, up at Lehigh, so the package has grown a little bit. Can Michael eventually do that? Sure, he can do that. Are there other things we can do? Yeah he can do other things. We'll see how all this works out. To say that I've added to it since we signed him? I wouldn't say that, no. He's got to get back into the swing. But, at the same time, I can't tell you that things wouldn't be added to a package here and there."

On whether his feelings regarding the Wildcat grew during the offseason:"I don't know. I wouldn't say that. I think there are some things you can do with it. Then again, I kind of like our offense and what we do with the offense we have now. But I think it's a good wrinkle and there are some other things you can do too with Michael and Donovan and [WR] DeSean [Jackson]. We have a couple guys that can run pretty fast and run the ball pretty good. So, you add all those up and you can have some fun."

On whether this has been a distraction for the team: "I can only tell you what I've read and then how I've communicated with the players and asked them that same question, 'how are you?' The guys have been so upbeat and positive with it and I haven't really felt a distraction, there's almost a little bit of energy. I think they're all pulling for Michael. We're just kind of a microcosm of the city and really the world with the little football team there. I think people deep down are pulling for him. Now, it's important he does the right thing. He's got to continue doing what he's been doing, and right now he's very focused on that."

On whether Westbrook's rehab is all ankle or also involves his knee: "The knee is pretty good actually. It's just you keep the hard cutting on the knee that he's got to get trust in. And, Rick will tell you it's almost motor response there, it's not that the ankle hurts or that it's not stable, it's just you have to do it. Today will be good for Brian and then tomorrow you put the pads on and he'll have that additional bit of weight there with the pads on and we'll see how it feels from there."

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