Reporters encountered an expansive, avuncular Andy Reid at today's news conference.
Here is some of what the coach of the 3-4 Eagles had to say:
“I’m proud of our coaches, coordinators and players for the effort they put into this game, the way they detailed their work, way they went out and executed on the field. Always tell you it starts with the o line and d-line. I thought they did well played good football and it worked its way around from there. All in all, it was a good day.”
On the offensive line, and the young guys in the middle: “I think it’s just a matter of time, spending time and playing together. They did some good things yesterday, those two kids in particular. The rookies, they’re going against one of the best defensive lines in the National Football League. I count the outside backers as part of the defensive line. All in all, I thought they did a good job.”
On Howard Mudd: “Juan and I were kinda both understudies to Howard when we were college coaches. I know what I was getting when Howard came here. I wasn’t surprised. He's one of the best offensive line coaches to coach this game.”
On a change in philosophy to run more: “We haven’t changed. Whatever works we’re going to do. The better you can mix it, the better off you’re going to be. If you get a lead, you’re going to end up running the ball a little more. Just how it ended up working out. Philosophy hasn’t changed.”
On LeSean McCoy: “He’s got a smile on his face when he works to work. He loves to play the game. He wants to be the best. This particular week, you were going to see a lot of different looks. It was important that you came in and he wanted to stay up on that. That was a compliment to LeSean.” McCoy dropped in on the weekly blitz-protect meeting with the quarterback and the center last Tuesday; offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said that was the first time he had ever seen a back do that.
On the improvement: “The obvious is we didn’t have the turnovers on the offensive side. Turnovers kill and so do penalties ... Hard to win when you have the number of turnovers we had … you’ve got to make sure you put the player in the right position [to avoid that]. “
On Michael Vick: “Two of the touchdowns were plays that he changed or got rid one of them or we had two of them called in the huddle and he could switch it over. I thought he played a fine football game. You’ve got the numbers, the QB ratings shows that. The little things, switching protections from play to play, he’s becoming very comfortable. There were a couple of runs that he made calls on. Those were ones that he would have done last year. The others probably not.”
On McCoy working with the o-line: “A couple of runs are new that we’re doing this year. He’s picked up the concept well. He was a pretty good running back last year too .. He’s maturing and going through that maturing process that you go through. The more you’re in the league the more you have opportunities.”
On eliminating turnovers: “Some of those turnovers were crazy. They normally don’t happen. You try not to dwell on them too much. You have to have a short memory. As players, you learn from it and move on. You can’t play hesitant football. “
On fewer blitzes: “That’s what people perceive. If you’re going to be a coordinator in this league and are going to use the blitz, you have to make sure you use them at opportune time. I know people thought Jim Johnson blitzed every play. Jim Johnson was phenomenon at knowing when to do it. That was the key with the great ones.”
On Vick not forcing it deep. ”I think he’s doing a good job on that. There’s a time and a place for that.” As Vick noted after the game, the Cowboys played their safeties "500 yards deep" to take away the home run. Vick then ran the kind of methodical, efficient offense Marty Mornhinweg has been talking about all season, with mixed results until Sunday.
On Jamar Chaney, who seems to be settling in at middle linebacker: “Chaney has done a good job on the leadership part, the studying part and the playing part. He’s doing a good job there.”
On using Brent Celek as a decoy. “Yes. People honor his ability and speed. It’s one thing to just have a speed but it’s another to be as good a receiver as he is and have speed.”
On moving Nnamdi Asomugha around. The Eagles scaled back on that a few weeks ago, but didn't give up on the idea: “For the new guys coming in, it was tough. For Nnamdi, he wants to do well. He studies like crazy and he’s a highly intelligent guy. We probably gave him too much to soon. We backed off and then we’ve given him a little bit more. He’s very honest with what he feels comfortable with. That’s very important from a coach’s standpoint. There is a trust factor there … The player gets to know the coach and the coach gets to know the player.”
On Brandon Graham: “We’re going to practice him again, work him in the rotation and we’ll see how it goes … I thought he got better as the week went on. He got back in the pads and was a little tired. He was better Thursday and I thought he was a little fresher Friday.”
On McCoy benefiting from Vick: “I look back when we played Michael in Atlanta and how Jim felt. There was a concern about Michael and the running backs. I think that is a concern for defenses.”
On lack of deflected passes: “I thought he worked the pocket well. I thought the offensive line did a good job. You really don’t throw over people, you throw through people. I thought Marty did a good job of putting him in position.”
Injury report: Akeem Jordan has a concussion. “He’s feeling better today. He still has symptoms. He’ll go through that process.” Dion Lewis had a minor car accident on his way to the stadium and had a slight wrist injury. “Dion Lewis is feeling OK. He’ll be ready to go on Thursday when we start back up.”
On McCoy’s touches: “He wants to play. I take him out and he runs back on. He makes me mad. He’s the type of guy that wants to play. As we go on, I’m going to put him in situations we need … I try to look for signs. He’s very young, but he’s the one doing all the jumping around in the locker room … He’s got this phenomenal energy, but he loves to play. When he gets pulled out of the game, he’s not a real happy camper. He wants to play.”