OTAs End, Reid Talks Jackson, What He Saw On The Field and Injuries
By Lance Epstein
Many Eagles fans are thrilled by the fact that OTAs are over considering the team lost a potential starter and multiple players left the practice field with injuries.
On Thursday, Reid addressed the media as the OTAs ended and the Eagles do not reconvene until July 29 at training camp at Leigh University.
Here is what Reid had to say about his team and OTAs:
"Victor Abiamiri did not practice at this camp and will most likely not be ready by the beginning of training camp. But we will see how he does over the next 46 days and 12 hours. Stewart Bradley did not practice today and he has a calf strain and will be back for training camp. Riley Cooper has a hamstring spasm, but he will be back for training camp . Todd Herremanns has the soreness in his foot and again he will be ready for training camp. Jamaal Jackson had knee surgery and will most likely will not be ready for training camp. Marlin Jackson will not be ready for training camp since he is out with an Achilles tendon. Quintin Mikell has a sprained MCL, which is a minor thing so he should be back for training camp as will Fenuki with the pectoral sprain. Mike McGlynn was not here today for personal reasons. And the same with Sean McDermott."
On OTAs in general:
"This was a productive session of OTAs. I appreciate the guys attendance and the effort they gave through the three-day mini-camp and the OTAs. It is a good lead in for training camp. The players know, like you do now [media members] that they have 46 days and 12 hours to get themselves ready to go for training camp, through the preseason and then the opening against the Packers. We got to make sure we are ready to go. The things I saw from this camp were great effort and energy. We got a lot of work ahead of us, but I don't think with this crew that it will be an issue as far as the work goes. "
On DeSean Jackson's absences and talking to him:
"I did talk to him. It was personal reasons and I did talk to him. Both he and Asante [Samuel]."
On expectations of players that show up for the voluntary camps:
"I expect the guys that are here to work hard and the coaches to coach those guys that are here. I am always big on doing whatever it is possible to get yourself better. So this just fits into my philosophy. If you are here then you are going to get better. If you have personal problems and it is a voluntary mini-camp then you have to do what you have to do. I think more about the guys that are here and concentrate on making our efforts on them. And make sure the people that are not here get settle whatever it is they need to get settled and then move on. I don't spend a lot of time on that part. I try to really focus on the guys that are here and get them better."
On players showing the staff something while other players do not show up:
"Well the great thing about this league is that there is so much competition. I say this about injuries too, I don't want anyone to be injured, but one man's misery might be another man's opportunity. That is how this game goes. If you are one of those backup guys you want to take advantage of the situations where people aren't there."
On center Jackson's return date:
"His rehab is going very well right now, but sometimes the plateau for awhile. He hasn't reached that point. He has been on a good incline up. We just hope that he continues progress like that way. I can't tell you much more then that right now because it is too early. I will have more when we get back and up at Leigh.... I think that would be a stretch for him [returning on opening day], but I haven't ruled it out. No, but I think that would be quite a feat."
On Cole taking more snaps at center over the last two weeks than McGlynn:
" That's not on McGlynn. This is what I wanted to do. I wanted to take McGlynn and at the time Reynolds who was working at the center spot and make sure that I got them as many reps as I could. I knew what Nick [Cole] could do at center. I wanted to make sure I got those two guys as many reps as I could there just to see what I have. I came out of it feeling very good about those two along with [A.Q.] Shipley. I think we are okay at that position, so I put Nick back in there so he could get some reps during the OTAs."
On LeSean McCoy's ankle and practicing today:
"I thought that it was important that he got out there and moved around. As long as he felt good. It is important that you get out there and move around a little bit."
In his opinion will the youth heading into training camp change the way Reid coaches:
"I probably won't do anything that I didn't do out here for these camps. I do not know how to judge whether I am more hands on or not. I just try to make sure that I get my points across to the coaches or the players. If I see something I am going to make sure I voice an opinion and get it right. Thank goodness opinions are about 51 percent. So does that classify an opinion?"
On transitioning a young veteran like Kevin Kolb into the quarterback position at this time compared to when they transitioned Donovan McNabb:
"Well it is a little bit different. We spotted Donovan into games. We really focused in on the blitz game with Donovan. At that time when Donovan came out, the college blitz system and the looks that he had seen were not as sophisticated as what you saw at the NFL level. And now that has transitioned into the college level and people are blitzing like crazy. The guys coming out in the last five year have had more exposure to the blitz game. With Kevin I do not feel like that is the case, so that is one thing. I think he was caught up and was a little bit ahead of what Donovan was as far as blitzing. Then two, he hasn't been forced in there. With Donovan it was a rush, rush thing. Kevin has been able to sit back and learn. He was gradually put into games where he has had a little bit of experience. He has been exposed a little bit to the offense before the games. So it is a little bit different of a situation. It is a different thing to answer your question."
On Kolb handling being the guy under center and in the huddle:
"I think he has done a good job. He has a good command of the huddle and I think the players respect him. It is different. He makes more throws. I mean this is a throwing camp. We don't work much on the running game and we don't do any of it in teams [organized activities]. It is a passing camp. He has had a lot of throws. More than he would have in previous camps. I think he has handled that well. He seems to have a pretty good grasp of the offense and the defensive schemes that he was throwing these routes against."
On if he plans to talk to Kolb about playing in McNabb's shadows:
" Listen, I actually think Donovan explained it best. Donovan is going through the same thing that Kevin is going through down there. Donovan is sitting there and he is moving on. And that is the important thing when you are in situations that Kevin and Donovan are in. He is moving on and Donovan is focused on making the Washington Redskins a better football team and winning games for them. So you scratch out what you have done in the past and you put that aside. Nobody wants to hear that down in Washington. They want to hear about you as a Washington Redskin. Kevin is doing that same thing now. He had a tremendous teacher with Donovan, but Donovan is gone. Now he has to put his stamp on this thing. He has to forget all about that stuff except for the great things that he learned there and move on. And not compare himself to Donovan and any of those things there. Be Kevin and go play. I think he has taken the first step in that. He has done a nice job in that... He has got his blinders on. A little cotton in the ears and you just can't listen to all that.Anything that takes away from you being the best you put it aside. He'll do that. I think he's got a pretty good feel on those type of things."
On Ellis Hobbs practicing more during the start of training camp:
"I do, yes. You will see him in the training camp."
On the rest of the quarterbacks and the position coming out of OTAs:
"I was very happy with what I saw with Michael [Vick]. We actually worked him in with the ones a little bit and some of the 'Wildcat' things we do. His overall game, understanding the offense and all that [being back in shape, his arm being in shape and his legs], he is right there man. I was very excited about him this camp. Kafka likewise. I thought Kafka did a very nice job of picking things up and not being hesitant. You see that when he is in the red zone. You saw that in the first mini-camp that he had all those red zone reps and you saw him doing a scout team thing this week. We were working on the NFC East and the Packers. He is not afraid to shoot the ball or cut the ball loose in the red zone and put it through small windows. You have to be able to do that. For young guys that is not always an easy thing to do, but he seems to have a good feel for it."
On going back to the basic when training camp starts with so many new guys:
"I think we have enough guys coming back to where we don't have to do that [back to basics]. Although as coaches and teachers, you got to make sure you don't skip over anything and you're hitting them on the details and covering those. Whether it is the offense and you are coaching on the defensive side that you pull your guy back and to the side to work with him a little bit. And vice versa. You have to catch it on the run. We are not going to slow down, it is going to be a tough training camp. I told the guys that. We are going to come in, it is a long one. We are up at Leigh for an extra week like 08, so we are going to crank it."
On the reason for the extra week:
"It is based on when they [Leigh football] comes back for football. When the team comes back and it needs the facilities. that is why when it is a week shorter it because they need the dorms."
On facing more of a challenge then in previous years due to youth:
"You got a lot of new faces, so you want to make sure you keep tight. There is an unknown there, you don't know with certain guys. You want to make sure that you find out and don't leave any base uncovered. Not that you did before, but you are more focused on that. That will be more important. It has been important to this point. I thought the coaches did a nice job and the players did a nice job at detailing their work. A lot of times it is hard for young guys to raise their hands and ask a question. But these guys were not afraid to do that. They did a good job taking notes, studying and watching tape then going out and executing. For as many new faces around here, it was a smooth process out there. So when I was asked about rebuilding, I don't look at it as rebuilding. I look at it as retooling. We put guys in and here we go man. And we roll."
On working Vick in with the ones:
"Yeah we will work him in. We are going to work him in and he is going to have his role in the regular season. And we will just incorporate that as part of the offense."
On fear that Vick could get injured as Wildcat QB now that he is the main backup:
"I am not worried about that."
On Nate Allen being the starter now that Marlin Jackson is on IR:
"Nate Allen is the starter going in. Yes. He did a nice job. I think you guys have met him now and have gotten the chance to talk to him. So you know he is a smart kid and has a nice football mind. Kind of easy to teach, so fast learner."
On going to the Middle East on tour:
"Brad [Childress] and I normally go to Alaska. So he asked me if I wanted to go to the Middle East. So I said 'sure'. Brad and I are going and a couple of other coaches are going. It is a USO tour to the Middle East. I am very excited about it."
On the places he is stopping at:
"That is a very good question. They don't privy all that right now. You say yes, you want to go to the Middle East and you're not quite sure where you are going. I know i am going."
On the medical staff thinking Jackson's previous ACL injuries caused the ruptured Achilles:
"I asked that exact question. What the doctor told me was there was an issue in the there and it was going to go in here. And that there had been damage in there prior to it. Listen you are not going to find a tougher, more dedicated guy. These things all the sudden change and we went through a little bit of this with [Derrick] Burgess. Banged up, banged up, banged up and then he got himself healthy and went to a couple of Pro Bowls. And that's that. Marlin is a positive guy, an upbeat guy, a smart guy and a tough guy. So he will work through this and these crazy things will stop. He will have a nice career ahead of him."
On Jackson's previous Achilles problems:
"No it didn't show up [on our physicals]."
On having Omar Gaither and Joe Mays at middle linebacker and if he likes the depth:
"We also worked in [Jamar] Chaney in there too. I think we are okay at that spot. Akeem has played in there a little bit too. He actually played there in college [Chaney]. I think he gives you a little flexibility in there and he picked it up easy."