Philadelphia—The Eagles break a four-game losing streak on Sunday with a 20-13 victory over the Washington Redskins. Here's the transcript for Andy Reid's press conference the day after the Birds stop the skid.
Head Coach Andy Reid Press Conference 10.17.11
King Dunlap is getting better. He'll have some time to recuperate from lower back spasms. [DE] Brandon Graham most likely, unless there is some kind of setback, will start practicing when we get back. [DE] Trent Cole and [T] Jason Peters have made some progress and the rest and rehab will help them for the next week or two. [Offensive line coach] Howard Mudd, adding him to the injury report here, had hip replacement surgery and it went well according to the doctors. He should be back and ready to go when we get back. It was a good win, a good team win, against a good football team. Mike Shanahan has put together a good football team along with Bruce Allen. All in all, I was happy for the players and coaches, and I thought they did a very nice job of preparation and they showed a lot of emotion throughout the game. They played good, physical football, which I thought was important."
On whether Peters and Cole will practice when they get back: "I think they have a chance to, yeah. We'll just see how it goes. They made good strides here. The thing I've done with the players is we met today and went over the tape, and I have them out of here until next Monday. The injured guys will remain up here and continue to rehab. We'll just take it day by day here with those guys and see how they do."
On Graham returning to practice: "He's worked so hard, and you can't help but be pulling for him. He spent so much time rehabbing and getting out there running around and doing the things that he does coming off tough surgery. We'll see how he does."
On how much he wants his team to think about football going into the bye week: "I want them to get away, and you can't help it. You're in the season and there are games going on around you. You're not going to forget about that, and I'm not even sure you can do that in the offseason. I want them to get away and take a deep breath, and get their bodies and minds back where they're able to relax. Then, get them back here and get them to work again. I think the bye comes at a good time. It's close enough to the middle of the season where I think it's a good thing."
On when a decision will come on Graham's activation from PUP: "We'll see this next week, and you have a three-week period there where you make the decision."
On whether he allows himself to get away during the bye week: "I was probably speaking for myself when I said the players, too, and the coaches. We're going to try and step away for at least a couple days. I think your mind is always churning on things, I find that with myself at least."
On whether the lockout makes it difficult for everyone to take time off: "No, it doesn't. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a step forward. I think you guys will see it and feel it. You'll take some time and you won't have those hand cramps and stuff."
On the changes and challenges concerning the offensive line: "We've had some injuries but I think the mindset of the team is that with the guys that are hurt, the next guys step in and we really don't look back. That's the mindset of the group, and that's a tribute to [general manager] Howie [Roseman] and the job that he's done with the personnel. It's a tribute to the players and coaches as to how they approach it. Here [T] Winston [Justice] has an opportunity to play, and he steps in and does a nice job. Todd Herremans goes over and plays left tackle and does a nice job. With our defensive line, [d-line coach Jim] Wash[burn] and [defensive coordinator] Juan [Castillo] have done a nice job moving people around and doing different things. That's a tribute to him being a veteran in this league and having trust in his guys. Also, with the secondary moving things around there."
On whether QB Michael Vick was checked for a concussion on the sidelines: "Yeah, he was. He came off saying that, their #59 (London Fletcher) is a smart guy. He tried to bring a little attention to it, and I love the way he plays, he tried bring attention to things. Mike was trying to pull away from him and he made sure he held on to him and tried to get him out of there. Mike was okay, and right when he came to the sideline he said he was fine."
On whether Fletcher made more out of it than what the situation actually was: "Yeah, I think so. Like I said, he's pretty smart."
On what worked to make the run defense more effective: "Juan and Wash worked some things out up front, and I thought that the linebackers played well. I thought we tackled better as a unit. Wash and Juan gave them some different looks up front, and that was pretty productive there."
On what the win meant for Castillo personally and whether he felt relieved: "I think everybody was. Nobody works harder than Juan, and there's not a better football guy in our building than Juan Castillo. He knows the game in and out. He is proud of those guys most of all, and he's very close with the players and they respect him for that and for his abilities."
On why he went for it on fourth-down: "Listen, we had a little momentum going there and I wanted to just continue on. We needed points, and you get, on average, three series in a quarter. We go interception, interception, and then, I'm going, 'Let's get it going and knock this thing out, let's get a touchdown. I want a touchdown now.' It had nothing to do with the lead or having trust in the kicker, he was bombing them there from the 35 in pregame so I wasn't worried about that. I wanted to get a touchdown in that second half, especially coming off the two negatives."
On whether safeties Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman will start now going forward: "With Kurt Coleman, that's a career day right there. That's a very nice job. That doesn't happen very often. I'm proud of him for rebounding, and he sat back and played strong. It takes a special person to be able to do that. With Nate, he had one and was definitely in a position to make another one and even a third one. Listen, they're young guys that are improving. As long as they keep working hard and have the right mindset, that's a good thing. They really focus in on the game plan. The one interception he had was a special one, when he went up and over. Pretty nice play right there."
On what type of progress S Jaiquawn Jarrett is making: "You saw that we dressed him and he got to work on special teams. Sometimes what that does is that it allows him to get caught up with the speed of the game. Gameday is a little different than practice. He missed some time in training camp that hurt there a bit. So, we're just getting him caught up and getting him going. He's a great kid, smart, hard worker. We'll just see how he does. He makes improvements every week."
On whether gameday strategy revolves around K Alex Henery's range: "No, I feel good that he can do that [make long field goals]. He's had two great weeks in practice, and I'm not sure if he's missed one the past few weeks of practice. I've got trust in him and that's not the issue. We wanted to get a touchdown, that's all. We had been moving the ball pretty well and we needed a break. We still had a pretty good play in hand that I was very confident with. I had a pretty good idea what they were going to do, and we just wanted to get it.
On whether defensive line coach Jim Washburn giving different looks included not using the wide nine formation as much: "Yeah, he mixed that up, and listen, my hat's off to both he and Juan for working that out. That was a good deal. As much as you can give different looks, I think that's good against certain teams."