Andy Reid’s Training Camp Day 1 Press Conference
By Lance Epstein
On the eve of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp, head coach Andy Reid held his introductory news conference p. Reid discussed a variety of topics varying from Michael Vick being cleared to play to unsigned rookies to injuries.
Here are his press conference quotes:
"We have a lot of new faces. It’s important we can come together as a football team. This is a great place to do at at Lehigh [University]. This camp will be similar to the ones we’ve done in the past. The most important thing is that learning takes places and we gel as a football team."
On the injury front:
"Nobody from this rookie crew [will start came on the physically unable to perform list] until we get with the veteran players. Jamaal Jackson, Victor Abiamiri and Todd Herremans (all starting on PUP –a confusing quote to understand). We’ll see how it goes. Doing a little bit more with Todd than the others."
On Herremans starting training camp on the PUP List (Physical unable to perform):
"I want to see how he's doing before we take him off the PUP. We'll gradually bring him back in. I don't want him to jump back in and hurt himself. I just want to take it nice and slow."
On Jackson’s chance of returning by week one:
"I want to see how he’s doing before we take him off the PUP. We’ll gradually bring him back in. I don’t want him to jump in and hurt himself again. Take it nice and slow. We’ve got a little bit of time. I would tell you he's in great shape and his leg is feeling good, but it's just that it happened not too long ago (said unlikely he will be ready by week 1). He’s had time off. He’s been working with Rick. I want to see myself. I want to take it nice and easy and make sure we go about doing this the right way."
On both unsigned rookies Nate Allen and Brandon Graham and their contract status:
"Joe (Banner) and Howie (Roseman) are in the process of working with both of them. We'll just see how things go there. We're closer with Nate than we are with Brandon. I think it’s important that they’re here. These three days are great training for the young players. Both these two are going to have a role on our defense. As many reps as they get is very important. You lose a day you lose opportunity to get better. I think it will get done."
On Urgency to get Graham and Allen into camp on time:
"Nobody around him has done anything. To me, it’s crunch time. I’m not sure that the urgency is there – not so much with Brandon, but with the agents that are involved. It’s a shame for these kids because every day they get is a good day for them."
On Eagles first camp with Kevin Kolb at the helm:
"This is where Donovan [McNabb] had been in his first couple of years, I think we’re back in that situation again where you have a new quarterback. There will be things he’ll learn as he goes through the process. He’s a little head of Donovan because he has been here, but as a starter, this will be a new experience. I’m looking forward to working with Kevin and see how he progresses. That is going to be a neat deal."
On whether Kolb will see more playing time in the preseason due to his lack of experience:
"I’m going how see things go. I’m going to play by it ear. See how he does in practices. I’ve got a lot of confidence in him. He has a little more experience than Donovan."
On what he expects from his new starting quarterback:
"He needs to keep doing what he needs to keep doing. We made these move with confidence that Kevin could step in and be the guy. He needs to continue to progress. Will there be a little blip here and there? Sure, he’s a young guy. We need to keep pushing."
On his traditional 30-and-over group in training camp:
"I think we (still) have a couple of players. Our kickers will get the day off (jokingly)."
On new expectations due to the amount of young players in camp and on the roster:
"It really doesn't. I don't feel that way. I'm expecting the new guys to step in and play and play well when they have an opportunity."
On his youthful roster:
"We drafted a lot of young defensive players. I can’t wait to see those guys here, hit and sustain. I want to see after the third, fourth, fifth day when body is sore and mind is tired and how they react here."
Now from the story of the day quotes from Reid on Vick:
On his backup Michael Vick:
"I’ve had the opportunity to talk to Michael and the commissioner. He’s ready to go and get on with things. He learned some important lessons here. It’s just very important that you put yourself in the proper situation. You’ve gotten to know Michael. Michael is a very nice guy. He tries to please everybody as best as he can. Those are great, redeeming qualities to have and have to be careful of situation you put yourself if. He’s very aware of that."
On the Eagles decision making process during the situation:
"No. 1, you listen to what exactly happened and the law enforcement part of it. They cleared Michael. He obviously didn’t break the law. That’s the No. 1 thing you look at. You just have to make sure he learns from it. I will tell you this. I talked to Michael right after the situation happened. He told me what happened. It was the same story all the way through. The story didn’t change. The law enforcement people proved that fact. I’m going to just leave it at that. I’m not going to get into all the details. I think Michael learned from it. He just has to make sure he’s a little bit more aware of the situations he puts himself in."
On Vick not being suspended by the league for his personal conduct and on Vick’s behavior:
"I talked with the commissioner. I knew where we were at with that. Both the league and the Eagles, we looked at what the law enforcement people tell us. Until the incident came up, I thought he did a phenomenal job trying to right himself."
On Vick being a distraction to the team:
"We have had other camps that have had sticky situations. I don’t see that as this type of thing."