Philadelphia Eagles News

Head Coach Andy Reid

Opening Remarks:"Alright, we'll start off with the injuries here. [WR] Jason Avant has a wrist contusion. Sore today but in a couple of days should be all better. [S] Jaiquawn Jarrett has a shoulder strain, [WR] Jeremy Maclin has a hip flexor strain, hip pointer. It's pretty sore today [and] we'll see how he does as the week goes on. [CB] Curtis Marsh has a hamstring strain. Again we'll see how it works the next couple days here. Then [WR] Riley Cooper with his fractured collarbone.

"Good to get the win in. I thought defensively we came out and played very well. Really in all phases of the defense against the run and the pass. There were a couple of plays there we'll go back and work on and a couple of the routes. I thought the defense was at a great tempo, played fast and furious football, consistently tough football throughout the four quarters, and when you have the four interceptions that the defense had with [CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and [S Kurt] Coleman, those were game changers there that we needed to counter-offset what we were doing on offense. I thought [CB Nnamdi Asomugha] played well. DeMeco I thought really had a heck of a game which was good to see. He was able to play all three downs and really did a nice job. It was good to get [DE Jason] Babin back into the mix. I thought our d-line played well against the run and again against the pass. I could keep going. Overall, I thought the defense played well.

"Offensively, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. You just can't have those and I would say that we didn't play as disciplined offensively as we needed to all the way around. I know [QB] Michael [Vick] took the blame yesterday [but] it's not a one man show. That's not what it is. Everybody had a piece of this pie starting with me and the coaches. You can't play like that whether it was from play calling, execution, to the penalties there. But the bottom line is that it ended up in the 91 yard drive. That gives you an indication about what you can do offensively if you eliminate the penalties and eliminate the turnovers. You come out and you put that together and I think it was something that we needed from the standpoint that we've had a number of those games in the past where we weren't able to come back and that we lost. You start looking at 456 yards of total offense and then you're not putting it in the end zone. That's ridiculous there. You have 12 penalties for 110 yards. That's ridiculous and that's not good football. We just have to make sure we take care of that.

"Field position. This is a league where field position is very, very important. You can't start drives where we start our drives. You have to make sure on special teams that you take care of business there. Make sure on turnovers that those don't take place and you change the field position and then you had that back to your opposing team and make them work for what they're getting there. With that, time's yours."

On whether Maclin's injury got worse overnight:"He's got a little bit of a hip flexor strain in there too. That happened after the hip pointer. As you know with hip pointers those things hurt you a lot more the next couple of days than they do when they actually happen. But he battled through it. You have to give him credit for that. He battled through it and got himself through the game but he's awfully tender today."

On whether the team needs to make a move at wide receiver with Maclin and Cooper having injuries:"I'm just going to see here the next couple of days. See how he feels as we go. It won't be Riley, no. It will not be Riley."

On whether Cooper definitely will not play:"He won't be ready by Sunday."

On whether S Colt Anderson will be ready to play on Sunday:"I don't know, I'll talk to Colt and see how he does this week and just check with him. We'll just see how that works out."

On whether Vick was having trouble recognizing the defensive sets:"Like I said it's a combination of things. It starts with the plays that are dialed up. It starts with protection and then it comes back to decision making. All three of those things fit into what took place and you've got to add the route running in there too. If they're going to come up and bang you around then you've got to work like crazy to get yourself open and do the right thing. Everybody had a piece of that. It's always going to fall on the quarterback's shoulders and we have one that takes that responsibility and he takes it to heart. But in reality when you put on the tape everybody's got to do their job. You play an aggressive defense that's good against the pass, particularly last year, then you have to come and you've got to be ready to roll every snap and you've got to be aggressive every snap. We have to do a better job with that."

On whether the team took the Browns lightly going into week one:"One side is not going to do it and the other [doesn't]. No, that's not how that works. I would say no. I would give them credit, the Brows credit. I thought [Browns defensive coordinator] Dick Jauron called a great game. I thought his guys played hard [and] played well against the pass which they've shown in the past. I told you before when we went into this game our breakdown besides the preseason games, we had on there the Ravens, we had on there the Steelers, we had on there Arizona, and their defense played lights out in those games. Very, very aggressive. And so our offensive guys knew what they were getting into. Most of the guys were coming back for them so they knew what they were getting into. I think they were ready it's just you have to take the challenge to the opponent as opposed to the opponent taking it to you."

On whether he has seen anything on tape to suggest that Vick is over-thinking on the field:"I don't think it's over-thinking. There were so many good things that he did in the mix there. I mean, he accumulated a ton of yards and so there were some good things. There were just some things; like I said, there were breakdowns, whether it was him, whether it was the o-line, whether it was receivers, running backs not checking through quick enough and getting to their spots, the calls. We've all got to look at that and make sure that we get that right."

On Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron's game plan and whether he felt they were on to the pass plays:"Well, he did a good job of rolling his coverages. He did a nice job. Pretty smart guy. He did a good job."

On whether there was a general theme as to why Vick was taking so many hits:"I'll tell you, there were some breakdowns in protection and everybody had a little bit of that, whether it was the tight ends in there, o-line, running backs held a piece of that. There were a few where he could have gotten it to a secondary receiver quicker. So, everybody had a little bit of that. We've got to tighten that up. You can't go through and have the quarterback get hit that much."

On whether he saw the offensive line improve as the game went on:"Yeah, you did. You did. You saw it better the second half than the first half; in particular, the last drive. When you have penalties within a drive and I'm saying that because we had a few of the holding calls up front there. When you have penalties within the drives, your chances of scoring go way down and I mean way down in that particular drive. So, you've got to eliminate the mistakes. The things you can control and that's one of them, holding calls, you can eliminate those. You take care of business with that, then you're able to take that 456 yards and put some points on the board."

On whether he feels the team should have used the ground game more after watching the film:"I thought we started off with a good mix and it wasn't as bad as what I thought. We tried to maintain that mix throughout. We had a couple of holding calls on big runs, so you negate those. But it wasn't for the fact of calling them and attempting them, I would say."

On why it is that Vick gets hit more than other quarterbacks:"Listen, it could have been that game. It's not necessarily him. Then, you've got to bring [in] the numbers; you've got to study the numbers of the other quarterbacks getting hit. I mean, quarterbacks are getting hit in this league. We've just got an eye on that right now. I know, as a media, we've got an eye on that and so I've got that picture. I understand that. The things I've mentioned there, between the combination of people, for this particular game, we've got to do a better job there."

On whether he feels Vick gets hit more than other quarterbacks in the league:"Well, in the pocket, I wouldn't say he gets hit more than the other quarterbacks. Now, I'm not going around studying [the numbers]; I'm not sitting here with numbers for you on the other quarterbacks. Maybe you've got the numbers, but I know quarterbacks are taking hits within the pocket there."

On whether he has any concern regarding K Alex Henery's kicking:"We've got to get the whole mechanical part of that taken care of. We've had two holders that we've kind of bounced back and forth throughout training camp here and, this isn't to make excuses, but that's an important guy for that kicker. We've got [P] Chas [Henry] in there, Chas is doing it and we've got to make that thing more consistent than what it is. All three of those guys, the snapper, the holder and the kicker, all have a part of that and we've got to make sure we tighten that up and get it right."

On whether there was an issue on the hold that led to Henery's missed kick on Sunday:"I'm just saying that's what we need to do. We need to get all of that taken care of."

On how much of the success that the Browns had with their weakside corner blitzes can be attributed to lack of recognition on Vick's part or lack of blitz pickup by the backs:"The one you're talking about, it was the back. The back's got to come backside and just make sure he picks that up. You saw him bring it again and we ended up having a nice throw to [TE Brent] Celek on the same look. We missed on that one."

On why DE Brandon Graham saw only limited playing time on Sunday:"He's 100 percent. We had a lot of d-linemen up. We were trying to roll them the best we could. He actually had a couple of nice snaps in there, where he pressured the quarterback and did a good job."

On whether Vick is more comfortable with the running game is effective and balanced:"I didn't really see a discomfort in Michael. I didn't see that. I mean, you were kind of wording that in. I haven't said that he was not comfortable in there, so I would tell you, when you eliminate the problems, the mistakes, that's why that last drive looked a little better than the other ones. Again, that was our longest drive, obviously. But it's a potent offense if you eliminate the mistakes. There are a lot of good football players out on that field. You've got to make sure that you eliminate the turnovers, you eliminate the penalties and then good things happen."

On whether they had a good week of practice last week:"It was a good week, yeah." 

On whether it was surprising to have so many turnovers and penalties after a good week of practice:"I didn't go in thinking that we would have that many penalties and that many turnovers. As a coach, you're looking to not make mistakes and as players, you're looking to not make mistakes. You're going to have games like this, and the important thing is that you battle through and that you win the game. We were able to do both of those."

On whether Reid is concerned that his players are too wrapped up in the officiating:"I don't think that it necessarily affected the game. I would tell you that you see guys raising their hands and doing that – I saw that from both teams and throughout the league. You don't need to do that. You need to just play the game. Those guys are doing their job and doing it to the best of their ability, and you need to go do your job and do it to the best of your ability and let myself take care of the officials. You take care of playing."

On whether he thought that the holding calls were legitimate:"I thought they were good calls actually."

On holding the Browns without a touchdown in the red zone:"I thought we had great penetration, which helps you in the run game. I thought in the pass game that we had tight coverage obviously. [CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] had a chance for another pick down there, which he was in great position for. And execution – everything moves faster in the red zone and all of your strengths and weaknesses are exploited in the red zone either way. We were able to play fast and play on the other side of the ball."

On whether LB DeMeco Ryans will be a three-down linebacker in the future:"The thing I mentioned to you was that DeMeco was really a two-down player in the last year or so for the Texans. I thought that he could be a three-down player. Again, you get into a full game and you haven't done it for a while, so you want to make sure that you have all of your bases covered. We have some good, young guys that we have trust in that can go in and play. I want to make sure that they have the reps where if they needed to do that, that they'd be in a position to do that and play good football. So who knows as far as what goes on in the future, and we'll see how it works. I'll tell you that he did a good job and played well."

On the decision to hand off to RB Bryce Brown instead of RB LeSean McCoy at the goal line:"We actually have scored a lot of touchdowns on that particular play. I know you've studied that. We went back and did that same play where LeSean is more of a decoy on that particular play and we handed it to the off back. That's what we did."

On how RB Bryce Brown has progressed in his pass blocking:"He's given everybody the confidence that he can play. You saw him in for a few snaps during the game to give LeSean a blow. He's done a nice job and deserves an opportunity to play."

On whether RB Dion Lewis' hamstring is a continued concern:"We'll just see how he is. I think he's close."

On the status of S Jaiquawn Jarrett and WR Jason Avant:"They're sore. I think they'll be ready to roll."

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