Vick, Kolb, Jackson Discuss Their Nights
By Lance Epstein
On Friday night, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-27 to kickoff their 2010 season. New starting QB Kevin Kolb looked comfortable in his first start as he found WR DeSean Jackson early and often, but struggled in the red zone.
As for Michael Vick, he had an up and down game. He turned the ball over, but looked very comfortable in the offense and made big plays with his legs.
Here is what the three had to say after the game:
QB Kevin Kolb:
On thoughts about his performance and the game:
"I thought that there was a lot of energy. I think that it is just the way that we carry ourselves as a team. You see it in practice, you feel it in the locker room, and you obviously felt it tonight. That is what you need, you need guys that will come out and play fast with energy. It was exciting tonight with those first couple of drives."
On settling for field goals and not touchdowns:
"Yeah, I thought that was the only setback. And, of course we had a couple of easy plays slip away from us. But, overall, it was a positive night. The thing that I like about the red zone is that is was self-inflicted. There were a couple of things that we did on our own. We had the holding call, and then we had to execute there on the first drive. It is stuff we can easily fix. We obviously want touchdowns, but I thought sustaining those two drives was a good start."
On still having to prove himself:
"I think it's the first step. Or it's the next step, I should say. The first step was mini camps then training camp. I'm just taking it one step at a time. I don't want to look too far forward. I wanted to have a positive outing today. I thought we did that. It wasn't great, nothing spectacular, but we did well. It's a good place to start and we'll just keep building and that's our mentality. Just keep getting better. We're a young group and the sky's the limit, we just want to keep getting better every day."
On if he has been working on throwing to a receiver after looking off the first defender:
"Yeah, absolutely. You get a feel for the game time atmosphere. You go. A couple times tonight, the primary guy was there. A couple of times you had to move around the pocket to make stuff happen. There were a few times that I think, three in particular, which I could have progressed throughout the rest of the read and probably had an easier throw."
On challenging himself mentally with certain plays:
"There were a few run situations. You know, preseason is a little bit bland, so we didn't do a whole lot of preparation for it. We wanted to see talent-wise where we're at. But there were a few run situations that we got out of and got some other things that ended up being good for us and the backup quarterbacks did the same type of stuff. I think as much as we prepared, I thought we did a good job as far as getting us the right play."
On using his legs to create:
"It all starts with the offensive line. The thing that I always preach to them is to stay with your blocks. That's what they did tonight. If they continue to finish, then it allows us to make plays on the field. And, our receivers do a great job on scramble drills. So, it's a team effort when that kind of thing happens. Obviously, it is something that we want to continue to work on, and it can be another asset to our offense."
On Mike McGlynn being his center:
"I thought he did great. He is very vocal, he is intelligent obviously, and he does a nice job in the huddle. That's where it starts for the offense and for all of us. It starts in the huddle. And, he did a good job stepping in there and will hopefully do a good job in the future."
On win will affect him and the team as they go back to Leigh:
"It's exciting. You can hold your head up a little bit walking out of here. It was just good to see a different color for a while. We've been seeing ourselves for so long and to get out there and be able to test it against somebody else was nice. And now we know what we can work on, where we need to detail up our work a little bit and again, it gives us a starting place. It's obviously not where we want to finish, but it gives us a starting place."
On the biggest weakness and strengths coming from the game:
"I think there were a few times where if I just would have pressed the play a little bit more, meaning that I could have just scrambled a little bit longer or done some things, I think I could have made a little bit better play than just throwing it in there. Of course, the one to (TE) Brent Celek, the little stick route, that's something we should compete all the time. Brent and I are always on the same page with that and we weren't on the same page. So there were a few there. I think overall just the way we moved the ball. I mean I think we had, of course this was the two's as well, I think we had 300-and something yards of offense at halftime. So we're moving the ball well, we just need to stick in it the end zone when we get down there in the red zone."
On asking to stay in the game longer:
"Yeah, you want to finish those drives obviously and want to put one in the end zone. But look, the one thing I've learned about (Head Coach) Andy (Reid) is that you never question him. He always has a plan and he always knows what he's doing and he puts a lot of thought into his decisions, so I never question the big man."
Backup QB Michael Vick:
On his performance tonight:
"I felt great to be out there under center. This time last year, under center, I was 15 pounds heavier and two weeks being off home-confinement. I was blessed to have the opportunity to take a year and re-hone my skills and get myself back to playing shape."
On being comfortable out there:
"I am in a system that helps you in certain ways. It helps me be comfortable, make good decisions and get the ball to the guys who can make plays. This is a great opportunity for me right now to be able to sit back and learn from these great coaches."
On his bomb to rookie WR Riley Cooper:
"It was my first play action and to be able to complete a pass 40-yards downfield was a confidence booster. It was also great for Riley. It just gave me a sense of my love for the game, being involved and having a sense of purpose."
On hard work he put in this offseason has paid off:
"I felt it paying off. (Offensive coordinator) Marty Mornhinweg does a great job of helping a quarterback get into a rhythm and is a great play caller. We did things that I was comfortable with. I think that is very important for a coach to know what his player likes. That is why all three quarterbacks had success tonight and that is why all of us had fun playing the game tonight."
On scoring a touchdown but fumbling and throwing an interception:
"It was up and down, but the offense was clicking. We were moving the ball up and down the field. The interception I was just trying to do too much and the fumble, the guy hit me and I was supposed to protect the ball. Regardless of whether it was my fault, I have to protect the football. I have to understand that I can't do everything. I kind of got into that mode where, as when I was younger, I started going crazy. Coach Marty pulled me aside, told me I had to play smart and I understood. The next drive I was pretty poised."
WR DeSean Jackson:
On playing tonight at the Linc:
"It felt great. We have been practicing so hard against each other. It was a good feeling to go out there and go against another team. It was great flying around."
On the first team offenses performance:
"I think we did real good. The intensity was there and (QB Kevin) Kolb was confident every time he came to the huddle. He let us know what we need to do and we left the huddle and went out there to execute. That is all that matters. We had fun doing what we love to do."
On the potential of the offense:
"I think we can be awesome. We are all young and we have been working hard together. I think we will be here a long time and have a lot of things to look forward to. I think we are starting off right. That is what I was saying before the game, it's a new era for us and we need to get started off right. I think we did that tonight."
On QB Kevin Kolb’s calm demeanor on the field:
"The biggest thing with Kevin is that he is very calm and intelligent at the same time. There is no panic and no rush. He is back there making great decisions. He is not back there making foolish mistakes and throwing the ball in the wrong place. He makes the right reads and does the right things. As long as we have a quarterback that is doing those things, we will be alright."
On the juke move after his first quarter reception:"I am just out there having fun and doing