On whether the offensive line changes would have any effect on the Eagles' ability to play tempo on Monday night: Depends if anybody else gets hurt. But obviously if the guys plugged in are the guys that have been here for a while, they can handle it. It didn't affect us in the second half against Jacksonville because [C] David [Molk] and [T] Andrew [Gardner] handled it really well. [G/T] Dennis [Kelly] can handle it, David can handle it. If [G/T] Wade [Smith] were in there, I think we'd have to figure that out. But that's what these next four days of training [are for]. How much can he grasp in that short amount of time and obviously be conscious if he's playing what type of package are we going to run.
On how important it was, trading for Cody Parkey instead of waiting two days to through the waiver system: I don't know if I think about the two extra days. Our biggest concern wasn't the two extra days. It was if he went to the waiver wire we were 22 on the waiver wire, and we may not have gotten him. That was what really the impetus of what we did was. If he gets exposed, if somebody ahead of us was looking for a kicker, they may have claimed him before we claimed him, so that's what we were thinking about.
On whether Kelly got to evaluate Parkey before the third preseason game: Yeah, we did. We chart everything we do. Cody is an interesting kid. Cody has charted every kick he's ever kicked. He's got a notebook on all his kicks in college, a notebook on all of his kicks in Indianapolis, and he's got a notebook and charting everything we did here. So obviously two extra days gives you a better chance to evaluate him, so, yeah, it kind of helped.
On how important T Jason Peters is to the offensive line: Having a really good left tackle in this league is extremely important. I think that is probably the premier position because you're protecting the quarterback's blindside. I think when you look at the salaries in the league of who are the highest paid players on the offensive line, it's usually your left tackles. So Jason is huge in terms of what we're doing. Being able to put a guy in between Jason and [C Jason] Kelce I think is a plus because those two guys can help him out. But in terms of Jason's importance to us, it's a very, very important position for us.
On how helpful Peters is with young players and helping them along: He's awesome. I think that's one of the things you realize. I know you guys observed in training camp how much time he spends not only with our young offensive linemen, but the time he spends with our young defensive linemen and rush guys, kind of giving him his knowledge of what moves hurt him, what is better for him. I think he's that type of guy. I think sometimes it goes unnoticed. He's very quiet. He's not a boisterous-type player, but his ability to get across his point to our younger guys has been huge for us. I think you talk to the [T] Kevin Grafs and the guys we've had here in camp, [former Eagles T Michael] Bamiro, [OL Josh] Andrews, all those young guys that worked with him was really, really helpful to them.
On whether T Dennis Kelly and T Andrew Gardner would be starting: Today. Again, we're not being evasive. We have four more days of training, so I don't know. With the way things are going, what if someone rolls an ankle Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday? So to say what the starting lineup will be on Monday, I'm hoping we have everybody intact. The determining factor is how much does Wade pick up and what can he do to add to it, and how much can we get out of [G/T Matt] Tobin this week and where he is. Yesterday, Dennis was at left guard and Andrew was at right tackle, but it doesn't help anybody to say our starting lineup for Monday is this, and then someone comes back and says, 'Well you told us our starting lineup was this.' Well, as we've learned, that can change very quickly. I don't think we planned on David Molk playing guard, but you've got to be ready for it and those guys all know that. Everybody that's up and active has got to have a chance to get in the game. If they get in the game, they've got to perform. So right now Dennis is at left, and Andrew is at right. What's going to end up on Monday? I can't predict that right now.
On what he likes from Dennis Kelly at guard rather than tackle: I think he brings a physical presence in there. He's obviously a very large human being. A lot of times in this league when you're playing three techniques, the bigger players are your inside defensive players and not your outside guys. We feel like we got a better push with Dennis in there. I think he's more suited for that battle in there. He's a physical player. Last year we didn't see a full Dennis. He was coming off back surgery and was just kind of really toughing it out, so to speak. I think when we got the guy we had in camp this year, you saw a marked improvement in his ability to move, and his ability to adjust to things. Obviously created a lot of movement at the point of attack. So you're playing a defensive front that's pretty big. You have a 340 pound nose guard, 337 at one end, 318 at the other end. So you're going to play some big guys in there. From a size standpoint, he'll match up with those guys.
On whether Dennis Kelly can be as athletic as Kelly needs his guards to be in getting to the second level: Yeah, you can do that with Dennis. It's not that he can only do one thing and block people when they're on their heads. He can get to the second level and make linebackers at least move or get around them and once he gets his hands on them he can do that. It's not like he's a one dimensional player. He can do all those things. That's why he made the roster. I think he can do everything we're asking a guard to do.
On what stood out about Colts QB Andrew Luck when Kelly coached against him in college: Everything. Everything's good. He's 6'4, 235 pounds, he's the smartest guy you're going to go against, he can make every throw in the book and he also runs 4.65. So what separates Andrew from a lot of other great quarterbacks is he has the ability to extend plays, not only staying in the pocket, but he can hurt you running the football. I don't know the number, but you can look it up. He had a lot of 50 plus runs in college, and that's kind of a rare thing for any quarterback that size. Usually you get a smaller quarterback that can beat you with his feet and he's really nimble and can do all these other things. When you look at him, the first thing that strikes you is how big he is in person, and he's one of the most intelligent guys that we've faced and certainly that we'll face in this league. He's in that Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady [category] from a mental standpoint, he's always on. That's why in every game they have a shot. The comeback they had against the Chiefs when they're down. Even last Sunday night when you fall asleep at 24 7 and say Broncos got a victory, then all of a sudden you're finding out they're onside kicking it and they have a shot at winning it. He can do it all. I think the more experience he gets, I think he has the most comebacks for a quarterback in the first two years in the league in the fourth quarter. I don't think there is anything you can throw at him that is going to say he's never seen it. So he really has the whole package. It will be a really big challenge for us this Monday night.
On figuring out where OL Wade Smith is, progress-wise: We monitor him in practice, and obviously monitor our guys very closely in practice, so we'll get an idea and a feel for where he is. He's in good shape when he came in here. He demonstrated that to us when he was here on Tuesday. So he got a feel. I don't know if he's game ready in terms of being able to play 80 snaps. That may be hard pressed. But he was in a camp. It's not like he's been sitting home and not done anything. He's gone through a preseason camp.
On why RB Chris Polk is taking a while to recover from injury: I don't have that answer. I mean, I don't know why that is. I think it's longer than ones we've experienced, but I do know each player is different, and there is not a set thing with a person where it takes this amount of time. I think the human body for each individual is slightly different and how they heal. Some guys are fast recovery guys. Other guys are slow recovery guys. But I don't have a specific answer on why that is.
On simlarities he saw between Luck and QB Nick Foles during their college days: They're both really good sized quarterbacks. Really, the prototypical NFL quarterback that you're looking for from a size standpoint, and both were extremely tough. They both ran offenses that were quarterback centric. It all revolved around them. So Andrew, even though they were a power running team, he made every check at the line of scrimmage. Always got them into the right play and really took advantage of it. And obviously, Nick was more in the wide open, but they were throwing it every down with him. So really the key when you were playing Arizona was stopping Nick, and the key playing Stanford was trying to stop Andrew.
On whether he's spoken to the team about the Ray Rice incident: No, I have not spoken to the team specifically about that. I know our guys have had conversations with them in their individual position meetings, but I have not spoken to the team about it. But we have a policy in the league. So going to go off of that.
On the difficulty of playing tempo on the road: I think anytime you go on the road it's a little bit difficult. But I think we have a system that can handle where we are. We're not a vocal - we're not governed off of someone making a call. I think maybe that's a little bit different than how some other people run it. I think that can be difficult if everything is. You get it to the quarterback and he has to call everything out, they can make that difficult for him. But that's not how we're built.
On what stands out about the Colts: First, defensively, just how big they are up front. I mean, that is a really, really large front. You've got guys that are 330 plus, and then to have three of them in there like that. You have two really good inside linebackers, [LB] D'Qwell Jackson came over from Cleveland, and [Eagles offensive coordinator] Pat [Shurmur] coached him there, and [Eagles defensive coordinator Bill] Davis coached him there, so we have an understanding and feeling about them. They both raved about him as a player. They loved him when they had him in Cleveland. Their two outside guys can rush. The one thing about them from a coverage standpoint is no one's running clean against anybody. They're always extremely close in coverage. I think it tells you a little about the corners. They do a great job at the top of the routes in terms of always trying to be really, really close to the receivers. I think they've got a great kicking game. They have one of the all-time great kickers. Probably Hall of Famer [Adam] Vinatieri, their punter is also outstanding, so they're strong from a special teams standpoint. Obviously, the weapons they have on offense to go around Andrew when you have [WR] Reggie Wayne back, [WR T.Y.] Hilton's back. You have those guys, and they were fortunate enough to bring [RB] Trent Richardson over from Cleveland last year who was a first round pick at running back. [RB Ahmad] Bradshaw is another running back that is solid. So they've obviously got a lot of talent at every position.
On how satisfied he was with his receivers getting open against the Jaguars: We've always had confidence in our receivers here in terms of getting open. I think we face a little bit more zone, so obviously guys are going to run a little bit cleaner through zones than they are going to run through man coverage. So that will be a new challenge this week because we're going to play a little bit more man. But I think a lot of things with Nick from a fundamental standpoint, just not feet set in the proper position to make plays and to make the throws that he was necessary to make. I think we saw an improvement yesterday in him when we were out there, and we'll continue to see an improvement in him.
On what he likes about defensive coordinator Bill Davis on game day: I think Billy's just sharp. He's got a great feel for the game itself. He knows, just like any really, really good coach, he knows the strengths of what he's calling and he knows the weaknesses of what he's calling. So if he's getting beaten with any type of package that they're running offensively, he knows that it's because I'm in this coverage, I need to change it and get to this. Because even though I'm going to give up something else, you can't call something that's going to cover everything. But Billy, the one thing about him that's impressed me is he has an answer. He also knows if what you call, if they have the answer, hey, tip your hat to them and then let's go back. That becomes a chess match that goes on in the game. If you're running the ball and we can pack guys on the line of scrimmage and they hit you with the play-action pass, you kind of know you're vulnerable to that. But if you know in your film study that a play-action pass is coming, you put yourself in the right call for it. I think he does a great job of communicating that to our guys on the field. They feel comfortable going into the game and understanding the gameplan that he's put in.