Q: Will quarterback Donovan McNabb be ready for Sunday's game? Reid: We'll see. We're just going to take that day-by-day and see how he does. He's got a bruised chest, right in the sternum area and pec area. Q: McNabb says he'll be ready to play, but if he isn't, how does that change things at quarterback? Reid: We'll see. We're going to work both quarterbacks in practice. We'll see how they do, and I'll make a decision at the end of the week. Q: Is McNabb's injury something you could pain-block? Reid: If I say no, then you'll say, ‘(Tennessee QB Steve) McNair did it,' so I'm sure you could pain-block it. Q: Is that something that you would want to do? Reid: We'll cross that bridge when we get there. We're going to take this thing day-by-day and see how he does. Q: How much have you had a chance to talk to 49ers coach Mike Nolan, if at all? Reid: I've talked to him a few times. I think he's done a great job of getting that football team headed in the right direction. He did a heck of a job Sunday against the Rams. Q: What impressed you about the victory over the Rams? Reid: I think he's incorporated his systems quickly, and that means he's a great teacher. I think when you talk to people with the Ravens or Washington, they'd tell you the same thing: that he's a great communicator. Q: Who did you pattern the Eagles after when you took over? Reid: I came from Green Bay when Mike Holmgren was there. I was there the whole time Mike Holmgren was there and I brought a lot of that with me. Q: Where did you get your emphasis on statistical analysis? Reid: It's something I started doing at the college level. I did it for the offensive side at the college level and just continued it on when I became a head coach and looked at it for both sides of the ball. Brad Childress, when he was new on the staff, I put him charge of that. He took it to another level and now we've hired Mike Frazier, who does that for us in-house. He's our statistical analysis engineer, so he takes care of that. Q: Is that an untapped resource in the NFL? Reid: Actually, this guy's from California, but Bud Goody has been doing it for years. I know when Dick Vermeil was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, he used Bud Goody, and Bud has been doing it for a lot of years. He's done it for a lot of football teams. Q: How much do you depend on McNabb for leadership? Reid: He's our team leader. We're fortunate enough to have a couple of them – (safety) Brian Dawkins and (linebacker) Jeremiah Trotter. The list goes on, and we have some veteran players that do a nice job of leadership, but Donovan is a leader and he plays the position that you hope one of your leaders represents. Q: When you have a dominant receiver like Terrell Owens, do you walk a fine line between getting him the ball enough and trying to get him the ball too much? Reid: We try to run our offense, and if the read goes his way, then it goes his way. He's a talented guy. You guys know that first-hand. We don't mind getting him the football. What were your impressions of Bryant Young playing a new position in the 3-4 defense? Reid: I've always had a lot of respect for Bryant. He's a great football player and he's playing great football. He's really taken to that scheme and he looks very strong and aggressive. Q: Unlike your team, the 49ers don't have a dominant receiver, so is the first priority of any defense playing them to stop the run? Reid: I know they have a very good running back. They have receivers that run the offense and are very efficient. We know about the runner because he came in here a few years back and got after us a little bit. We'll keep an eye on Kevan (Barlow) and make sure that we take care of that. At the same time, you'd better respect (QB) Tim (Rattay) and the great job he does and the feel he has for the pass game. And for the receivers and the job that they've done. Q: Are the 49ers tough to prepare for because they don't have an identity or an established star that you have to stop? Reid: You'd better try the best you can to stop all of them. That's a tough chore, and we understand that. That's what you try to practice for. They've got good football players. Q: Does wide receiver Arnaz Battle concern you at all? Reid: I like Arnaz and I like the way he's playing football right now. He did a great job last week, and we know that. Q: Does the fact that the 49ers have so many trick plays make you put in some extra hours in practice? Reid: It keeps you on your toes. It's one thing to put in gadget plays and it's another thing to execute them. They did a good job, and so you've got to keep your eye on that. Q: Are you planning on talking to Terrell Owens about how he feels about playing the 49ers? Reid: Terrell has been in the league a couple of years, and he understands. He'll be excited I'm sure, because he has friends on that team and guys that he played for. He'll go out and play the way he normally plays. He gets juiced up for every game. Q: Has the team been distracted at all by the situation with Owens and McNabb? Reid: We really didn't get into that too much. We tried not to let anything be a distraction and concentrate on the things we can take care of. That's going out and practicing to become a good football team. Q: Since Owens has returned, has it been a better situation? Reid: He's been good. He works so hard and he's never been a problem on the practice field. He's very into that. Q: Has he sought out Donovan to amend the disagreement? Reid: They communicate and talk, so that's all I really care about. The main thing I care about is that they talk about football, and they're doing that. Q: Have you had any talks of letting Owens become a free agent after this season? Reid: Not that I know of.
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