(Opening…) Well, it was a tough one. The Philadelphia Eagles are a good football team. As has been the case the last few weeks, we had to play a near perfect offensive football game to take some of the pressure off our defense, and we dropped a couple of balls I felt we should have had. I don't think I'm going to like the protection too much, when I look at the film. I am anticipating that, maybe that's not the case. And our defense played very, very hard. They kept them out of the end zone for the most part. Again, the thing that has been our Achilles Heel a little bit this season, for them, is the one on one pass matchups. They got a couple of those, and we can't score enough points to help them enough. They are trying hard, it breaks my heart. It breaks my heart, but we are not getting enough to show for it.
(On what went right on the 90 yard touchdown reception on the first offensive play… ) They are aggressive, and we don't usually start off early in the game with a double move. We tried it, and they bit, and it worked out well. Koren made a nice run after the catch. Then, the game was a close game for a while, but we dropped a couple of third down situation throws. I don't know the stats, but I think field position hurt us a little bit. But, that was a beautiful play; it worked the way it was supposed to.
(On the play of the defense…) I thought they did a nice job. The only thing I would have liked a little bit more, is that we were victimized a little bit when we blitzed and were singled up. You give Donovan credit for staying alive, he made some nice throws and they have a couple of pretty good guys. All in all, I thought they gave great effort. Again, I don't know the stats, but there were a couple of third downs where they converted, when we were kind of going after them. They got us.
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(On continuing to lose key players due to injury…) It becomes a little more difficult. Weaver dressed, but I wasn't going to use him unless I had to. He was a little tender. I thought Lofa was going to be able to play, but they worked him out this morning, and it was felt that he could have played, but he really ran the risk of hurting it more, his groin, and so he was inactive. And then, you know about Kerney. In our current state, it hurts when you lose a couple of those guys.
(On the play of Seneca Wallace…) Again, I would reserve judgment until I see the film. I didn't like our protection. I feel that he was under duress a good portion of the time. He can't do anything about the balls he throws that are not caught. We had a key penalty when we jumped on a protection call, and that wasn't him. I would like more productivity out of that position, but I have to look at the film first.
(On the play calling just before halftime…) I called the draw and it was a bad call, looking back on it. I thought they were really going to play soft there, and I thought we could pop one and get the first down, and spike it. I said that "we'll get the first down, and you spike it." We didn't get the first down, and he spiked it, and so that was mine. I'll take that one.
(On not challenging the pass in the end zone to Keary Colbert…) They called it incomplete, so I have to rely on the monitors and what they are seeing upstairs to challenge that, otherwise I lose a timeout. They couldn't tell me anything they saw where that would be ruled a touchdown. The rule is that if you are diving for a catch, or even stretching for a catch, but your continuation makes you hit the ground, even if you have caught the ball, when you hit the ground, if the ground causes you to drop the ball, it is incomplete. That's the rule. I think that's what happened on that play.
(On not challenging the spot on the quarterback sneak…) My contention was that it was an ongoing play and that he never was down, and then he fumbled the ball. They ruled that his forward progress was stopped. I don't even know if the whistle blew, but that is what their explanation was. That is a judgement, that is not a reviewable play.
(On potentially going for it on 4th and 10….) Bruce gave me a limit on where we could kick the field goal from, and we were beyond that. So, I didn't want to punt, and then we got the penalty, so I had to punt. It looked bad. Even when you are a little short-handed, I wanted things to work right. I want to do things correctly. That was as big a frustration to me, as anything, today. There were a couple of times where we looked sloppy, and that I can't tolerate. I can tolerate a young man maybe not winning because he is going against another pretty good player, but let's play smart, let's do what we are supposed to do—coaches and players. Everyone has responsibilities. There were a couple of instances today, where it looked like, heck if I was sitting in the stands I would ask what the heck are they doing. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
(On challenges with substitution…) We had a problem a couple of times with substitution. That is what I am talking about.
(On the Eagles making big plays…) On a couple of times, he got in single coverage situations and won, on big plays. Then, there were a couple of times where, I have to look at the film, we had to have made some sort of error, because he is wide open. On those situations, someone got picked, or there was a mistake of some kind.
(On what he told the team…) We hit kind of a little bit of a wall, it appears. I give this team credit, they are a good defensive football team. There are some things we thought we could do, and we wound up not being able to do them. That's hard. So, I told the team in there: it just breaks my heart. They are trying real hard, but we are not getting rewarded for much. And you don't get points for trying hard. But, we have half the season left, and I assured them that I will be here for them, to do what I can do until the last play of the last game this year. I asked everyone to go along with me on that, and the players and coaches, they are a good group of fellows, they really are, and hopefully we get some of the injured guys back, and have a little more fun than we have had so far.
(On the frustration with the ongoing injuries… ) I will say this, too. I really try to be honest with you guys about injuries and what is happening, but it must appear to you like I am crazy, because I think guys are going to play, and then they can't play. I think we better slow play this whole injury thing for a while. I won't not tell you what I know, but so far what I have been telling you hasn't happened, and that's a frustration as well.
(On the ability of Donovan McNabb to make plays… ) I think our guys did a nice job, and he's a strong man. We had him a couple of times, and he shrugged people off and made throws in the second half. He did that. They are good coaches over there, they have a good team, they make adjustments. What has to happen for us is that if we commit to the blitz and we take a free safety out of the hole and we are singled up, then we have to get home. Otherwise we put our defensive backs in a very vulnerable position, and then they are taken advantage of.
(On whether the dropped pass by John Carlson was a momentum turner…) We were going to have to play a certain game the whole game to win this one. Let's be honest, so we couldn't have any of those drops. I agree with you, that was a big play. We would have had pretty good field position, and all of those plays are good for us, they keep us going. That was one, and there were a couple of long plays on defense that kind of took the wind out of our sails. It is tough to play the game that way, because no one is perfect, and you are counting on the group to try to be as perfect as they can be, and football usually doesn't work that way.
(On the injury today to Red Bryant…) He already has an ankle injury, let me just say that. David Hawthorne has a calf injury. And that was the extent of it. There were some bumps and bruises, but I think everyone will be ready to go.