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Mornhinweg Talks Goals and Offense

Mornhinweg Setting Goals
By Lance Epstein

After the final rookie and selected veteran practice, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg discussed his goals, outlook and offense for the upcoming 2010 season. Here are some of his press conference quotes:

On Kevin Kolb and his game:

"He's been outstanding up to date. The best qualities that Kevin has, and there are many of them, but the better ones are his quick decision making and his accuracy and his timing. He's got a good amount of skill and ability. I think he's got some guts and some gut instincts as well. ... He got into some regular-season games last year and played very well for the most part. There were 2 or 3 critical errors that he made and he learned from them. I can remember there was a play early in his career, there was a blitz and he just did the wrong thing. A year later in his second game last year, he was in the same spot. Similar play, similar situation. He did the perfect thing and we gained 16-18 yards. So he learns quick. He learns from his mistakes. ... I will say this. He’s still got a long way to go. There are so many things he has not seen quite yet. So we’ll see how he progresses here."

On the Eagles drafting Kolb back in 2007:

"The first thing you saw on film was that he made plays. He's a playmaker. His numbers were very good. He was sort of a dynamic in what they did. We went down to work him out and you could see almost immediately that his skill and ability was high."

On changing the playbook with 11-year veteran Donovan McNabb gone:

"We have a lot in our playbook. Literally thousands of plays. Within what we do, we’ll lean to his strengths. And he’s got many strengths."

On his own personal expectations for Kolb:

"I told him. I want a high completion percentage. And I want him to stay away from interceptions. If he does that, everything else will take care of itself."

On does he expect more interceptions and turnovers since McNabb has a league/NFL history best touchdown-to-interception ratio:

"Every quarterback’s a little bit different. Some don’t anticipate as well as others early in their career, and that could lead to a few more turnovers. I’m not sure Kevin’s that way. And he’s built up some time in the league, so he’s seen a lot. Maybe he hasn’t had quite the experience. But I think he’ll be just fine. We may go through some more ups and downs with him, especially early. So you can anticipate some of that. But he’s a quick learner who will learn from his mistakes and move on."

On if the offense will pass more or run more with Kolb at the helm:

"Every game is its own entity. Whatever it takes to win that game. There could be more passing that particular game. There could be more running that particular game. We could put men in different spots. So, I wouldn’t say that (throw more). We’ll do whatever it takes to put him in position to have success."

On if throwing the ball more means more interceptions:

"It’s just common sense to tell him not to throw interceptions. You want him to throw touchdowns, not interceptions."

On rookie Mike Kafka and what he has seen from him:

"He's the best rookie that way I've ever had in 15, 16, 17 years. He's really sharp. He's sharp book-wise, too, but he's also very intelligent athletically."

On Kafka responding to being asked to throw a ton of passes:

"I wanted to see how he could go back-to-back-to-back-to-back. You know he was going to make a mistake at some point in there and how he responds to that, and he did a terrific job today. It was a good experience for him."

On the second string tight end battle between Cornelius Ingram and Clayton Harbor:

"They’re both in that learning curve right now. They’ve both got a lot to learn. I would expect one or both to help us very quickly. But we’ve got a long way to go. This camp will be very important for both of them."

On rookie Charles Scott's role:

"He’s a big physical guy. He had a heckuva career in college. I’m gonna be excited to see him in preseason games."

On the running back situation and how he plans on utilizing it:

"The RB position in critical to our offense. LeSean [McCoy] has proven himself to some extent. He carried the load quite a bit last year as a rookie. That experience he built up will pay off this year. I would expect him to make a pretty good jump this year."

On free agent pick up Chad Hall:

"He’s doing an excellent job. Pretty sharp guy. He’s been playing all positions. He’s playing outside and inside. In the minicamps we even got him in at HB spot some. And we’ll do that more very quickly. He’s really catching the ball well. He’s very quick. He looks like he’ll be a very consistent player."

On if he rather DeSean Jackson stick to offense and not be on special teams:

"Oh no. He’s dynamite as a return man. Why wouldn’t you use him as a PR? We’ll see how it falls. But he’s one of the best at doing that. You want to utilize his strengths, and that certainly is one of his strengths."

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