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Transcript Of Andy Reid’s Monday News Conference

Eagles head coach Andy Reid had his weekly session with the media today and as expected there were quite a few questions regarding his job security.  He was also asked about the willingness of his team to prepare and compete on a high level.  Here’s the transcript of the media conference.

Injury Report:

“[WR] Riley Cooper has a little bit of knee inflammation. He should be okay. [DT] Cullen Jenkins has a foot sprain. He should be okay. [RB] LeSean McCoy has a concussion, and he is in stage one. We’ll just take it day by day here so he has a bit of headache right now. Again, it’s a day by day situation. [WR] Jason Avant has a hamstring strain. [RB] Chris Polk has a toe sprain. [QB] Michael [Vick] is improving with a concussion. He took the impact test but he’s still not at baseline, so he would be considered in stage one.”

Opening Remarks:

“As far as the game goes, obviously that’s not good enough the way that we’re playing. I take full responsibility for that. I know we’re letting the fans down and the city down. I completely understand that. I completely understand how they feel on this. I feel it from the football team, our coaches and players. There are no excuses for it. We have to continue to get better, and that’s eliminating the mistakes, and as coaches making sure that we are putting guys in the right position, and when we’re in the right position, that we are making plays. Again, that’s my responsibility to get that done. Again, the turnovers hurt us yesterday, the early turnovers. The penalties keep adding up. You can’t play consistent football by taking one step forward and 10 steps back. You can’t do that. The big plays over the last few weeks. If you had to pinpoint one thing that’s different in the last few weeks on the defensive side, it’s the big plays. We have to eliminate those and we have to increase the big plays on the offensive side. Then, make the easy plays. The ones that are possession throws in the short and intermediate range. Again, we need to make sure that we’re putting guys in a position to do that.”

 

On how he keeps the team focused amidst all of the talk of his tenure coming to an end:

“You control what you can control. That’s getting better as a football team so that’s where my emphasis is. To become a better coach, making sure I’m putting guys in the right position to make plays, make sure that my staff is doing the right things there, and that’s where all of my emphasis is. I don’t look at anything past that.”

 

On whether the team’s situation is fixable:

“I believe it’s fixable. We’ve got to eliminate the mistakes. It’s not an effort or a want-to [situation]. I don’t see that. I’ve said before, sometimes I see guys are pressing a bit when they don’t need to press. Guys that have been very consistent players for us in the past, [those] guys are pressing just a bit. They want to do so well, they want to be that guy that makes the play, and you’ve just got to back up and do what you do the best. Relax, play the game and play the way you know how to play.”

 

On whether the coaching staff is also pressing to try to make things better:

“When things aren’t going well you have a tendency to try to find ways of making it better. You want to make sure you’re doing it the right way. There’s ways of doing things the right way so I look at all of that.”

 

On whether he now regrets leaving RB LeSean McCoy in the game when the score was seemingly out of reach:

“There are a few things that you wish wouldn’t happen. That obviously would be one of them. These kids want to play. There are two sides of this. There’s the side that you ask me, ‘Did you feel like they quit?’ Well no these guys want to play, they want to win the game, they want to get better, they want to show that they’re all in, and so there’s a fine line there that [you have to navigate]. And then as coaches you want to make sure the guys know that you’re all in too. With that, I don’t regret it. It happened. Do I wish he wouldn’t have been hurt? Yeah I do wish he wouldn’t have been hurt but I don’t regret that.”

 

On whether it is his job as the head coach to tell players sometimes it is better not to be in the game:

“It’s my job to weigh that out. If you want to put that on me [then] I fully take that. But I also have a pretty good feel of our football team.”

 

On whether he would classify McCoy’s concussion as significant:

“I don’t think it’s quite as [severe as Vick’s] but who I am to judge it? We’ll know over time here. It didn’t seem to be quite as bad just from where he was after the game and his response. He took a good lick there and we’ve got to make sure we go through the protocol. We’ll see how things go.”

 

On whether he still feels that the talent on this team is adequate enough to win games:

“I think we do [have the talent to win games]. Listen, we’re into some positions of depth but that’s not an excuse. That’s not how we go.”

 

On whether he believes the talent on this team is on par with the opposing teams each week:

“I do.”

 

On whether the offense is truly in the best position to succeed if WR Jeremy Maclin, WR DeSean Jackson, and McCoy are off of the field on third down like they were in the second quarter against Washington:

“We had a couple little personnel things. Somewhere in there you rest your players so we had a couple different personnel groups where we could do that. We weren’t successful on it but we had kids on there that we thought we had good matchups with and what we wanted to do with the play.”

 

On whether he sees the team getting worse since the margin of defeat seems to grow each week:

“I can’t sit here and tell you things are great when you come off a loss like that. I think everybody is searching right now and looking for answers. That can be a healthy thing. It’s the things that I mentioned to you, the turnovers, the penalties and the big plays. You just can’t give those things up and win football games. Things snowball on you at times and you just have to back up and fix the problems here and that’s what we have to do.”

 

On whether the coaches are over-thinking when creating the game plan by making so many offensive subsitutions:

“When they don’t work, yeah, that can be questioned, I’m sure. But we felt that was the right thing to do. I don’t think we were over-thinking it. It didn’t work out.”

 

On whether he feels his leadership is still effective and whether or not there is a point where he can deem himself ineffective:

“Listen, I look at everything. I’m not telling you I don’t look at that. I think we’re not winning football games, so I take that responsibility and since I’m in that leadership spot, then my leadership right now isn’t good enough. I’ve got to do a better job there and make sure that we play better.”

 

On whether it is possible that some of the leaders in the locker room haven’t been with the team long enough to be effective:

“I don’t think so. I think they’re trying their best to lead the best way they know how. I don’t think that. No, I don’t think that.”

 

On whether he believes they have enough leaders in the locker room:

“I think we do, yeah.”

 

On how the six-game losing streak has affected him:

“I can’t tell you I’m the happiest guy. I don’t like to lose and that’s an understatement. We’re in this thing to win football games, but at the same time, I’m going to make sure that I continue to teach the fundamentals and try to do the things the right way, that I think are the right way.”

 

On whether there is a scenario where he would consider stepping down:

“I’m standing in front of the team and telling them these are the things we need to do, one of which is to continue to battle. So, I think that’d be a cop-out. That’s not how I see things. That’s not the way I’m wired. We’re going to keep battling and do it as a team. I’m not going to tell the guys one thing and then do the other.”

 

On Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie’s reaction to the six-game losing streak:

“He’s a competitive guy and nobody wants to win more than Jeffrey. I would tell you he’s disappointed. I would tell you rightly so. He feels the same way we do that we’re letting people down in this city and so on. So, that’s what I can tell you.”

 

On whether coverage was blown by CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or CB Nnamdi Asomugha on the long touchdown pass to WR Aldrick Robinson:

“Well, that was one of the big plays and a couple of the guys you mentioned there are responsible for that. They know that. They stand up and take responsibility for that. They did that on the sideline when we tried to fix the problem and make sure that it didn’t happen again.”

On whether there was a lack of focus on the Robinson touchdown:

“I’ll tell you that it was a broken play.”

On whether QB Michael Vick is the starting quarterback when he returns to full health:

“Well, we’ll see how he does this week, but yes.”

On the play of QB Nick Foles on Sunday:

“I thought there were some good things that he did and then there are some things that he can definitely learn from. But he made a couple of nice throws, tight throws early that I thought were some pretty good plays. Again, there are some things that he can work on. He’s a young guy; a rookie, so there were a couple of rookie mistakes, but there were some positive things too.”

 

 

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12 Comments for “Transcript Of Andy Reid’s Monday News Conference”

  1. eagles0superbowls

    Now that we know Nick Foles isn’t any good and probably equal to Kolb and Gabbert in talent the only thing left entertaining wise this season is laughing at the misery about to engulf Andy Reid —————- he has to stand there all 3 remaining home games and listen to the fans chastise him with Fire Andy Chants.
    Coach Reid must stay and face the Boo-s——- and make him give his season ending press conference also

  2. Well isn’t that pleasant. Exactly what would be the point of chanting “fire Andy” when the inevitable conclusion of this mess is that he’s going to be fired anyway. Public humiliation is good for……..what exactly?

    And I’m glad we now “know” Foles isn’t any good after 6 quarters. Guess you would have benched Andrew Luck after he threw 3 ints in his first game too huh?

  3. I hear you Sis, in regards to public humiliation…but if that were the Eagles QB, you would be booing along with whoever else…

    Also, we all know that Foles is no Luck…but if the Eagles do move forward with him as the future QB, I hope he is close, for all of our sakes!

  4. eagles0superbowls

    I’m all for giving Foles a full season will a healthy line next year but my initial opinion is his arm isn’t cold weather strong enough. Time will tell. I don’t see a franchise QB in the draft most likely a Bradford, Carr, Tim Couch, or Alex Smith so best available since Fletcher Cox might be the only current player on the roster 5 years from now.

  5. No…I’m done boing….and that’s the real problem isn’t it? After about week 4 or 5 I couldn;t even muster up the energy to boo. Watching these Eagles games is like having your own time machine. You know what’s going to happen already.

    That’s why, more than anything, I liked the move to Foles…good or bad….at least it was different. ANd I could at least care while watching…….

    I still think he’s game action so far has been decent. Both games he started much stronger than he finished….and the last 2 quarters were bad, that’s for sure, but he is doing early things that are promising (nice audible to cooper, buying time, keeeping head up, making mostly good decisions). The results aren’t there….but those don’t start coming till a new starter is 10-12 games in…..

  6. Anybody notice how good Chad Henne looked yesterday. I live in Jacksonville I couldn’t help it, but the difference between him and Gabbert is ridiculous but if healthy he’s the starter unreal.

  7. You guys must be some real quarterback gurus it say after two less than full games a guy stinks but after eleven, for the most part, flawed play, mediocre seasons another guy is superior, real football people expect a rookie to make mistakes, but they look at other things and project how he may play when he gets comfortable, the eagles need to see if foles can live up to his considerable upside rather than ride out this debacle with Vicks demonstrated considerable
    downside

  8. Jake I wish Foles is the real deal I’m just afraid he gets shellshock from playing behind that o-line.

  9. We have to hope that Nick Foles is better than he played last week. I’m sure he will improve if he keeps playing, but it will take time to know if he is the answer for the future.

    I hope Jeff Lurie makes good decisions in the off season with regard to the head coach. And I hope the head coach makes good decisions with regard to the players.

    At this point I don’t know what I would do if I was in charge… I’m lost.

  10. From a pure humanitarian standpoint, Lurie should fire Reid this week. The guy will continue to “go down with the ship” and this team quit on him weeks ago. At the Linc it is going to be loud with the “Fire Andy” chants, and from watching the news conference today the guy clearly has nothing more to add.

  11. I too am worried about Foles. He throws a nice football but there is way more to being a quarterback then throwing a nice ball. At ASU he threw a nice ball as well but its he decisions that have never improved. He doesn’t know how to find low risk receivers when they are covered and make low risk throws. I hope he plays this week so we have more of a gauge.

  12. After reading Andy’s replies what is there left to say. While watching Sunday’s game I actually began to feel sorry for him. I believe the answers Andy gave to these questions he truly believes. Like his inability to make changes during the course of a game he cannot point his finger at each of these problems and say what is actually wrong. He will stay with the coach’s speak until the very end.This team currently constructed isn’t fixable.The team has quit or the players do not have high football IQ’s. The same mistakes happen week after week. Blown coverages, penalties, poor offensive schemes, poor defensive game plans. Tied into that is a lack of talent. Andy says he believes that they have the talent. He is in denial.Proof? The offensive line. Injuries are a part of the game. But you should be able to absorb SOME of that. Jason Peters? Hard to replace an All-Pro but the others? Bad drafting. You cannot continue to miss on the first 3 rounds of the draft in consecutive years and think you are going to be successful in the NFL. All teams miss from time to time in the draft but the successful ones do not miss in consecutive years.That is how depth is built. I also believe the brain trust has over valued some of there selections (Maclin, Watkins, Graham,Allen, Coleman) How about FA’s? Did anyone truly watch film on Bell? Maybe they were right about Babin the first time through here. Don’t the scouts/staff make decisions on whether some one is a product of the system or they actually an all around good football player. They do it with QB’s all the time,right? NNamdi? Someone did not do their due diligence. Did they look at how many teams attacked his side when he was in Oakland? Was it because the other CB’s during his stay were that bad? I truly believe there are not many core players on this team. Shady,Kendricks,Ryans,Cox, Boykin. I would hold onto Bryce Brown and Alex Henery too, I think we fans need to understand better days are ahead but we will have to deal with rebuilding for a few seasons.
    It’s time. The end of the season cannot come fast enough. First step, personnel director/GM. Any body available in the Giants, Steelers or Packers organizations?

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