Q: It doesn't get any better than this does it, for a backup to start on Monday Night?
Detmer: Yeah, I guess it doesn't get much more attention than this.
Q: Do you have to do anything different with the offense with you in there as opposed to Donovan?
Detmer: We'll run the same offense. Obviously, every week you put in different things and change up things in order to try and attack the defense you're going against. We'll run the same offense and just try to execute.
Q: How do you think the team will react after losing a big guy like Donovan?
Detmer: It's hard to tell. We'll find out Monday night. I think everybody so far has been going about business as usual and working hard in order to prepare for the game.
Q: Is Donovan already at your side and helping you out, or is he busy getting opinions on his ankle?
Detmer: Right now, he's taking care of his medical situation. I'm sure that when he gets back, he will be here for team support.
Q: Do you think you will have to resist temptation to do too much in your first game?
Detmer: I think that is always an issue. When you haven't played for awhile and you are stepping on the field…you always want to go out there and make a good showing. I think it will important to stay calm and play football.
Q: It's been awhile since you started, what do you think the major issues will be that you are going to have to deal with being put in this position?
Detmer: Obviously, the adjustment of getting back in the action and getting back in there with live bullets. When you spend a lot of time practicing and things like that, it's different than being in the game. Obviously, the main thing is that initial adjustment of being in live action.
Q: Do you have something to prove. I know around the league, even before this injury, a lot of people said that one of the teams that can least afford to lose their starting quarterback is the Eagles. Do you have something to prove, as far as the Eagles continuing to move forward and do the things that you guys plan on doing, even without Donovan in there?
Detmer: I'm not necessarily taking that approach of going out there and trying to prove something. I'm just trying to go out there and do my job and help the team have success. Obviously, anytime a backup steps into this situation, people are going to analyze and critique and see how he does in that situation. I'm anticipating all those things. Basically, my approach is to go out there and try to execute the game plan.
Q: Has your brother Ty given you any advice coming into this game?
Detmer: Not really. We kind of laugh and joke about the whole situation…stepping into Monday night and having it be the first game back in awhile. We always laugh about these types of things. We had a fun conversation.
Q: Did you have any inclination that this might happen as you watched Sunday's game and saw Donovan hobble around for four quarters?
Detmer: You could definitely tell that he was in pain and there was definitely some form of serious injury. In watching that, I knew that at least I would have to help out and take over some of the practice reps and stuff like that. But, in the back of your mind as a backup, you are always thinking about having to go in a play. So, you prepare that way.
Q: What have been your observations of the 49ers defense?
Detmer: It's a great defense. They fly around. I think they have a lot of team speed on defense. They play with a lot of intensity and emotion. That is what I see in their defense… a lot of active guys that are flying around making plays.
Q: As a guy who is coming into the lineup, do you expect the 49ers to bring it at you and show more blitzes than they might ordinarily?
Detmer: Yeah. I think anytime a new guy steps into a lineup, the thing a lot of defenses try to do is blitz the new guy. That seems to be the theme around the league. I'm anticipating the blitz and we're doing our best to prepare for those sorts of things. Basically, we're just trying to cover all the bases and try to be prepared for whatever they give us.
Q: It's your sixth year in the league. You aren't overwhelmed by all of this?
Detmer: No, not at this point. Obviously, it's an important role and a very important game for the team and things like that. Like I said, we're just trying to approach it as another game and try to prepare to go out there and have success.
Q: Any chance we'll be able to see the touchdown flap celebration?
Detmer: I don't know. I hope we make some touchdowns where I can at least think about it.