Coleman, Harris and Vick Discuss Preseason Finale
By Lance Epstein
On Thursday night, the Philadelphia Eagles completed their preseason schedule as they lost to the New York Jets 21-17. The Eagles finished the preseason at 2-2.
One of the players that capped off the preseason style was a player that began training camp with a bang in rookie safety Kurt Coleman. Coleman, who dropped all the way to the seventh-round in this year’s draft, returned two fumbles (64 and 8 yards) for touchdowns. Not only did he guarantee himself a spot on the roster, but he might have even earned some playing time as well.
A player that Coleman might take playing time away from is versatile safety/cornerback Macho Harris. Harris has been injured throughout much of training camp and the preseason. However, he played in the team’s last preseason game, but did not make much of an impact. The impressive play of Coleman might have put last year’s starting free safety square on the bubble to make the Eagles 53-man roster.
Another player that solidified a roster spot tonight was SAM LB Moise Fokou. Fokou was flying all over the field, making plays and even putting pressure on the quarterback. By the end of the night, Fokou made his presence known as he registered 11 tackles (9 solo).
Unfortunately, the Eagles offense was nowhere to be found. The offense mustard up just three total points and only had 22 minutes in time of possession. However, backup quarterback Michael Vick only played two series all night and finished the game 3-for-5 for 56 yards. While he was on the field, the Eagles moved the ball down the field and even capped off a drive with a David Akers field goal.
After the game Coleman, Harris, Fokou and Vick talked about their performances, roster cuts and what they expect heading into the season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 12th.
Here are some of their quotes:
S Kurt Coleman:
On his performance helping him obtain a roster spot:
"I'm just blessed and fortunate to be in a position to make those plays."
On returning two fumbles for touchdowns:
"That has never happened. Those were just two beautiful balls to pick up and run for the touchdown."
On the first touchdown where he scooped the ball up and ran:
“ The funny thing about it is (Laughing), we just worked on scooping and scoring two days before, so I just got a little scoop high-end and just ran."
On Jets QB Mark Brunell chasing him down the field as he scored:
"As soon as I saw it was him, I kind of just coasted off and relaxed a little bit. If he had gotten close, I would have turned it on."
FS Macho Harris:
On how hard it is to play in a live game and get back into the rhythm of the game after missing most of training camp and the first three preseason games:
"It's something difficult, because after not being out there and other people are out there picking up their speed with running and stuff like that. When you take time off and come back it's like a shot. This is our line of duty. We get paid for this, we're doing our job and just have fun with it."
On waiting to hear if he made the final roster or if he was cut:
"You have to wait and hear for what's next from the coaches. You can't put it into words. You can't control it at all and you can't get stressed out about the stuff you can't control. You just leave it in God's hands and keep it clear."
On being on the bubble to make the team and if he thought he needed a huge performance:
"I don't know. In wasn't sure of that at all. You're job is always up for grabs. Every day you can't feel content. You always have to go out there and prove yourself and earn the job. You can never feel content on this level of football."
On Coleman scoring two touchdowns on two fumbles:
"He played a heck of a game. Young guys are stepping in. His technique on the scoop and score was on point. He deserved that, he played ball and he did what he was coached to do."
LB Moise Fokou:
On proving himself tonight to the coaches:
"I think the coaches always knew I had it in me. Today they just put me out there and let me loose. I think they always knew what I had, and at the same time I hadn't played too much in the earlier games so, it was 'go out there, do your thing Moise'."
On playing better after getting significant playing time:
"Definitely. It's a lot easier instead of coming in, coming out every couple downs. The longer you're put there, the better acclimated you get to the game."
On fitting into the Eagles defensive scheme:
"I think I fit in this system. Still at the same linebacker position and wherever they need me to be. I think I fit in this system pretty well though."
QB Michael Vick:
On his brief performance tonight:
"I feel like I'm back. I felt good out there. I wish we could have put the ball into the end zone. I probably could have made a better throw to (WR) Riley Cooper. There were some other things that needed to happen within the play, but I felt good."
On getting enough reps versus the Jets:
"I felt like I got done what I needed to get done. I played with confidence, threw the ball strong and was going all the right places. I was letting my vision work for me. I was confident in my play. I felt like I did enough. I would have probably continued to do the same thing I did when I was out there."
On what he wanted strived for the most against the Jets:
"I just wanted to come out and redeem myself from the Cincinnati game. I know that was a tough game for the entire second team. We wanted to get off to a fast start and at least put seven points on the board and get two or three good drives in before we were taken out."
On being prepared to play if Kevin Kolb goes down with an injury or if coach Reid asks him to come in and replace Kolb:
"That is why I am the backup. That is why I am here. If something happens, I feel like I can step in. I have played this game for a long time and I have started a lot of games in this league. So, I know how to prepare, study and get myself ready to play good football games. It's easy. It's only hard if you make it."
On having a full training camp to prepare whereas he came in late in 2009:
"It's phenomenal to have a full camp under my belt. Like I said, I was able to go through the entire camp and get an assessment of where I felt physically and mentally. I felt like I was 25-years old again, even though that's not the case. I feel good."
On his legs and how they feel so far this season compared to last year:
"They feel great and the coaches see the difference too. Last year my legs were heavy and everybody knows the situation and circumstances. I was just getting up off the couch and coming to the football field. That is hard to do, even as the athlete I thought I was last year. In the past, I still couldn't do it. That's hard for anybody to do."