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Head Coach Andy Reid

Opening Comments: "Alright, injuries here – (DE) Trent Cole has a calf strain and we will just see how he does. It's fairly significant, we'll take it day by day, the next couple days are very important so we'll see how it works out for him. (DT) Antonio Dixon tore his triceps and he'll have surgery on that within the next couple days. Most likely he'll be out for the year. (T) Jason Peters has a hamstring strain, and again, I'll tell you the same thing that I said with Trent's is it's fairly significant there, so we'll just have to see how that does. Again, the next couple days will be very important there. (DE Juqua Parker) and his high ankle sprain, that's getting better, and we'll see if he can't get out and practice this week. (DE) Darryl Tapp has made quite a little bit of progress and we'll see how he does come Wednesday. Other than that, the rest of the guys are basically okay. Again, we need to do a better job, I think I'm stating the obvious, all the way around, and again, I start with myself, and coaches, and players. We saw some good things in the first half. What we've got to learn is how to carry that over into the second half and in particular through the fourth quarter where we've been terrible. The red zone continues to be a problem, both sides of the ball, and we need to make sure we take care of that and eliminate the turnovers down there for one, offensively. In this game in particular, the three drives in the second half, you obviously can't do that. Two 77-yard drives and an 80-yard drive in a very limited number of plays so we've got to make sure that we fix that, so that's what we're going to do, as coaches and players, when we reconvene on Wednesday we'll get moving on to Buffalo."

On why he passed the football instead of ran with the lead: "I've sat up here before and told you that I was way too passive in second halves, so that's not my M.O., that's not what I wanted to do. You saw what I wanted to do, right? That's what I wanted to do."

On whether he feels a need to do something dramatic to get the players attention: "Well first of all I don't think that things won't turn around. I'm not in the business of doing that. I'm in the business of finding the problems and solving the problems. I know we've got good enough players and good enough coaches to do it. I've seen enough glimpses of this thing to know what it can be when it's operating right, and it's important that we get it there. We've all got a responsibility to do that."

On how worrisome it is that many of the same problems from last year are occurring this year: "Well we've got to make sure we fix it. I obviously don't like what I'm seeing, and I'm a part of that problem so we've got to try to fix it."

On whether he feels that there is some complacency on the team that needs to be wiped out: "I mentioned this after the game, each guy needs to take a close look at himself and I've got to make sure I'm looking at it even closer, because we're not finishing games the way we're supposed to finish games, that's the bottom line."

On what changes he sees himself making on defense with the personnel, scheme, or coaching staff: "We'll see how everything goes. I'm evaluating everything."


On whether it is true that some players on the defense were not giving their full effort and if so, is it a concern: "No, I didn't think guys weren't giving the effort, that's not what I thought. I thought there were other things involved, but I didn't think it was the effort part."

On whether everything is on the table for possible changes: "You asked about three different things. The coaches are going to stay intact. We go through and we evaluate everything. We look at, and I look at and evaluate everything, but the coaches will stay intact and then we go from there."

On whether there could be changes to players or the scheme: "Listen, I look at everything. I do it every week, win or lose, I do it every week."

On his evaluation of Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo through the first four weeks: "I think Juan is doing some good things. If you asked me the same question about myself or the other coaches and players, there are some good things we're all doing. There are a lot of things we need to work on, so that's what we're doing, but I'm telling you, it's not one person. It's all of us pulling this thing together and doing our jobs a little bit better."

On whether there is any chance that Cole or Peters plays this weekend: "They're both very sore today. It's going to be a rough road for them this week."


On how big of a loss Cole and Peters are: "I expect other guys to step up and play. When somebody goes down, the next guy steps in and let's go."

On whether T King Dunlap will play in place of Peters: "We'll see, probably, but we'll see."


On how close Tapp is to returning: "I think he's very close to getting back."

On the criticism that the linebackers may not fit the scheme that the defense is running: "I'm going to tell you, if I could point to one thing, and it's a tough thing to do, we've all got to do our jobs better. That's what we need to do. I think we have the players here, we have the coaches here to do that. Now we've got to do it."

On whether he feels that the defense has the proper scheme for the personnel and that they mesh: "Yeah."

On why there weren't any throws into the end zone in the red zone: "Most of our routes are looking toward the end zone and then if teams are taking that away, then you check it down and the players make a play from there off of the check down, and get what they can get. It's normally a touchdown to check down mentality there. You can always have something that's in the end zone, but again, if a team is playing soft coverage or you have to get rid of it fast on a blitz, then you have to do that."

On his evaluation of why the team cannot score in the redzone: "It's a variety of things."

On what the variety of things are: "Well, I mentioned the turnovers, I know you were listening close to that. And penalties.

On being more specific: "I'll give you what I want to give you. Penalties and turnovers, we've got to eliminate those, and we all have to do our jobs a little bit better in there."

On why the pass/run option play run by RB Ronnie Brown is a good play if he's trying to put players in better positions: "Well, you know what, I didn't do a very good job on that one, Michael. I probably should have done a different play right there. And he did have a run pass option."

On whether that play is more of a desperation play than a regular red zone play: "No. No, I don't see it that way, a desperation play."

On how many times they practiced that play: "Quite a little bit, actually. If you came out to practice you might know that, but that's alright. I'm just saying. You're very bold, and so I'm going to just tell you, you come out to practice you'd see those things, but that's alright."

On the play coming out of nowhere: "Well, yeah, if you're not watching practice it does come out of nowhere, that's alright."

On the play coming out of nowhere in a game: "Well, there are a lot of new plays that we run."

On whether Castillo continue to make the defensive calls: "Yes."

On whether all of the coaches will remain in their current positions: "Yes."

On whether it is fair to say that he is considering changes in the scheme overall and how the players match up with the scheme, or changes in the lineup: "We look at everything every week, and that's what we do, and so it's no different this week."

On whether it was possible there was too much change and it's taking too long for it to jel: "We have zero excuses, I have zero excuses on that. We're going to get it right, we're going to continue to work hard, and that's what we're going to do."

On whether he still has confidence in K Alex Henery: "Yes, I do."

On whether he anticipated a slow start: "I go into every game thinking we're going to win the game, so it would not be fair for me to say that, no."

On his message for the fans that are frustrated and calling for an overhaul: "After watching the last three games I would understand that, but we're going to keep working hard and getting better."

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