Reid, Kolb Meet The Press
By Lance Epstein
On Sunday, Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins came into Lincoln Financial Field and handed the Eagles their second home loss of the season 17-12.
After the game, head coach Andy Reid had a lot of explaining to do. First, he had to give an update on his injured quarterback Michael Vick. Next he had to explain about the delay of game penalty called on his team before the end of the first half, which potentially cost the Eagles a touchdown.
However, Reid takes full responsibility for the “goof,” that happened right before the end of the first half. Additionally, explained that the game was a tale of two halves. The first half the Eagles came out flat on offense and defense. The second half saw the defense play much better, but the offense still struggled.
Reid is not the only one who met the media after the game, former starting quarterback Kevin Kolb did as well. Kolb discussed McNabb, his interpretation of what happened at the end of the first half and how hard it is to be precise when not taking all the reps in practice.
More importantly, he talked about his chance to start next week since Vick is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
The highly anticipated return of former Eagle quarterback Donovan has come and gone. Here are Reid and Kolb’s press conference quotes:
Head coach Andy Reid:
"(WR Riley) Cooper has a concussion, (CB) Asante Samuel has a concussion, and (QB) Michael Vick hurt his chest, so he will have an MRI in the morning."
On the loss to the Redskins:
"I take full responsibility, in particular for what happened at the end of the first half. I thought the play initially started out as 4th-and inches, but after the review, the play we had for inches ended up being a yard, and the clock was well into it when we were aware of that. That is my responsibility, and there are no excuses for it at all. Obviously we have to start off faster than we did both offensively, defensively and on special teams. Again, that is my responsibility."
On calling a timeout before the delay of game penalty before the end of the first half:
"I used one timeout."
On using a second timeout prior to the delay of game penalty:
"You can't call timeouts back-to-back."
On his thoughts on the game:
"It was two different games. In the first half, we didn't play very well. In the second half, we came out and did some good things defensively, but we were slow offensively. We put some drives there together towards the end. Washington did a better job than we did."
On being surprised that he play clock was running after official review:
"I wasn't surprised that the clock was moving, but I was surprised that it was moving as quickly as it was with the spot."
On normally paying attention to the play clock is started by the referee:
"The whole thing is my fault. I am trying to explain to the media the thought process. You have to be aware of when the play clock starts. The point is that we had a play called for 4th-and-inches, and the inches weren't inches when the play clock started."
On why there was uncertainty with the play call after the official review:
"I had all of the time during the official replay review to go over exactly what we wanted done, and then the position of the ball wasn't good. I can't question the officials or anybody else, and I'm not going to do that. I just know that where (the ball) originally was and where it ended up being were two different spots. Again, that's my responsibility. I'm not here to complain about the officials or anybody else. I goofed."
On ball being moved following the replay review:
"They shouldn't move the ball. It should stay in the same spot that it was. I either didn't see it properly or something happened in between there."
On changing the play call after learning that the ball was not in its original spot after the replay review:
"I was, but obviously there wasn't enough time. Normally when you get into those situations, they don't jump start the play clock as fast as they did. It was a bad situation there."
On the injury suffered by QB Michael Vick:
"I know he's sore. I can tell you that, or he would have been out there. I have to see."
On QB Kevin Kolb’s performance:
"He did some good things. There were some throws that he would probably like to have back, but he put us in a position where we had a chance to win the game. We just didn't get it done."
On what he said to Donovan McNabb after the game:
"I just said hello to him after the game and told him he did a nice job."
On the paying attention to the fans reaction to McNabb before the game:
"No, I didn't."
On Donovan McNabb scrambling in the fourth quarter to keep the drive going and kill the clock:
"He went out to his right, our left, and our defensive end squeezed, our linebacker went to scrape, and he kind of got chipped a little bit and he wasn't able to get into position to make the tackle. Donovan made a play when he needed to make a play."
On Washington’s offense being slowed down in the second half:
"Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott made a few adjustments, but the main thing was the running game. Donovan McNabb had a big hit on a deep ball, but early, they were running the football. That's what they were doing. We were able to slow down their run and get some pressure on McNabb."
On Washington playing a lot of soft cover-two in their first three games:
"They played a little bit of it, but not as much as they did today."
On penalties to the Eagles offensive line:
"There were way too many penalties period. You just start getting things rolling, you get off the field on third down, you have a big play offensively, and then you have penalties. We have to take care of that. We have to be way more disciplined than that. Normally we are, but again that falls on me and I have to take care of that."
On the specifics of Vick’s injury:
"I don't know yet. All I can tell you right now is that he has a sore chest."
On starting Max Jean-Gilles instead of Nick Cole:
"Max practiced all week, so I made the decision to play him."
On the Eagles slow starts this season:
"I have to do a better job of putting the guys in position to jump-start them here."
On how the Redskins contained the Eagles offense:
"Washington came out and played a lot of cover-two. Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett did a great job today. They played soft cover-two, they were deepening up the corners, and deepening up the linebackers and our check-downs were there all day. We just tried to be patient with it and took what they were giving us, and we ended up moving the ball down the field on that."
On which team was more physical:
"I thought in the first half, Washington was more physical than we were, and in the second half, we were more physical than they were. That's how I felt."
On WR DeSean Jackson not being more involved:
"A little bit of it was Washington's coverage, and they banged him around a little bit. Other times we had him and we didn't quite have enough time or whatever it might be."
On DeSean Jackson being injured at the end of the game:
"He was tired and banged up a little bit, but he should be alright.
Quarterback Kevin Kolb:
On the delay of game penalty:
"Obviously there was a challenge to see if he got in or not and they placed the ball. When they came back and said he didn't get in they placed the ball at a certain spot. We had a play call with that spot. And then they moved the ball back and we went to get our next play call in and by the time I got the play call and was coming back in -- I mean we were on the sideline and by the time we were coming back in -- I want to say when I was running out there, there were eight seconds left, somewhere around there, ten to eight seconds left, and obviously I didn't have time to call it and execute before the play clock went off."
On the playcall after the spot of the ball was changed was different:
On if it is common to a different play if the ball was moved a couple of inches:
"Sure. Yeah, especially on a fourth down. It was fourth down, right? Yeah, fourth down. In that critical of a situation at the end of the half, I told the guys early in the drive: "We have to have this one." I think everybody understood that and it was very critical -- that extra foot and a half there -- and it played a big part in our play call."
On his performance:
"The thing is, early is what got us. We've got to get going a little bit there early and of course the mistakes that we made when we got down there, that cost us. I think the whole ball game is a lot different then. I felt like the team battled and put ourselves in a position to do something there at the end, but we just can't make those mistakes early."
On his outing today being better than his two previous ones:
"I mean yeah, you always want to play. (QB) Mike Vick has been playing outstanding. The thing that I did today was: I didn't want to force anything. I didn't want to try to be overly aggressive and to learn from my mistakes that I made last time and take what the defense gave me. I feel like we did that as an offense. Again, I just feel like when a team is playing that style of defense, you can't make mistakes and the mistakes early costs us. I didn't feel like it was anything they did, I think we killed ourselves and the game would have been a lot different if we had done something earlier. "
On the deep pass to WR DeSean Jackson and the difficulties of having good timing not taking as many reps:
"There is some difficulty there, but I've got to execute that play. I saw him, I saw clear. I saw what everyone was doing. To be honest with you, when I let it go, I thought it was on the money. DeSean said the wind carried quite a bit there and it just kept pushing and kept pushing. But when you've got somebody like that, you've just got to dot him with it. That's a big play that we missed out on. That's another one of those mistakes that I'm talking about and of course the mistakes start with me and (I need to) get them fixed."
On the past two weeks being difficult:
"There have been some difficult times. I think if you know you're strong and you understand the situation, then you've got to just keep pressing on. That's what I've tried to do. I've been a back-up long enough to know that you're really just one play away and that's the way you have to approach it."
On any indication that he will start next week in San Francisco:
"I have not talked to anybody. Mike I talked with briefly before I got pulled away and that's it."
On wanting to start next week:
"You want to be up there as much as possible and I'm a competitor and I want to play. I want to win. It's vital for our season and for our team right now to go out and win next week and I hope I get the opportunity. But we'll see what happens with Mike's injury and what the situation is and then we'll go from there."
On it being fair for Michael Vick to lose his job because of injury:
"I don't even know the situation and we will see what happens when we get in there."
On his emotions as Michael Vick went down and going in:
"Well, we have all seen Mike take some hits and you've got to be ready at all times. Mike is a very tough guy, not a guy who plays around if he's not injured and I could tell that the contact on that hit was going to be pretty bruising and it was so I just said 'Here we go. Gotta go.' The good thing for me is that I'm ready to get on the field and I want to be out there so I try to prepare like a starter every single week and I'm going to try to do that this week as well."
On what Vick told him post-game:
"He just said he was in some pain and explained the injury just a little bit. It wasn't much, just a little chit-chatting back and forth about the game and he just said he was sore."
On the changes the defense made with him compared to Vick:
"They didn't change a whole lot. They ran a lot of coverage and forced us to nickel and dime them and be accurate with them."
On the adjustments he made in response to Jim Haslett's defensive changes in coverage:
"Well, we had a certain play in our game plan that was ready for that. Of course people play me and Mike Vick a little bit different and so once we saw what he was going to do with me…it's more a mindset than it is adjusting the total game plan. Like I said, we had stuff in there and I felt like Marty Mornhinweg called a great game. I thought there was stuff there to make the plays and a couple of times I could have done something a little bit quicker or hit DeSean (Jackson) on the deep pass there that could have been different."
On how he saw the play develop as the ball hit Jason Avant in the hands:
"I saw that they were getting on (WR) Jeremy Maclin pretty bad and so I knew I just had two guys there and, of course, as a quarterback, you just buy time until your guys get settled and I gave Jason a shot there and it looked like he got his hands on the ball but somebody knocked it out and they knocked him over. It sucks that he was real close to it as well and those guys had a good play there."
On the Redskins doing as good of a job on WR Jeremy Maclin and Jackson as any other teams:
"They did a good job. But we had some chances there. You all saw it. We all saw it. We have got to execute there a little better when we have the shots and then if not we've got to not make the mistakes whenever they do force us to check it down."
On trying to convince Coach Reid to go for it on 4th down and 5 on the 44 yard line with the score 17– 6:
"My view of that is that it is Andy's job is to make that decision and, even in the situations that I've been in, I always trust him in his decisions. I never question it. I know he gives all of those things a lot of thought so I don't question the decisions that he makes and I go with it."
On speaking with Donovan McNabb:
"I didn't get a chance to. (Joking) You guys were swarming me pretty good so I came in here."