Reid getting Eagles ready with new QB

"I know the players have a lot of confidence in Koy (Detmer). It's not like it's a new player coming in there that they haven't seen perform. Koy started five games the year before I got here and he started a couple of games for me in my first year. Everybody has confidence in him."

Q: What are the challenges facing you guys, trying to make the transition from Donovan to Koy Detmer?

Reid: The players have a lot of confidence in Koy, as well as the coaches. You don't change the offense … that is something Koy's been practicing and we feel comfortable with him in the way he steps in and goes about business.

Q: What does he do? What is the thing that separates him that you hope to capitalize on to keep this team moving forward?

Reid: Koy is a smart football player and he makes quick decisions. I think those are his strengths.

Q: Do you guys have to get more production from different areas now to keep you guys rolling forward?

Reid: I think in this league, I think you need that no matter what or who or anything else. Everybody better pull their weight. It doesn't matter who is in there and who isn't. Everybody's got to do their share.

Q: How does losing the dimension of mobility that Donovan gives you, how does that play into the whole thing?

Reid: They are two different players. Again, it is the same offense. It is not any different. Obviously, you are talking about a guy that was the potential MVP of the National Football League not being in there. In his game, is a certain way and Koy's will be a certain way. We're confident that both of them can be successful.

Q: What is the official word on Donovan, as far as how long you expect him to be out?

Reid: We don't know yet, exactly. We think it is around 6-8 weeks, which is normal for a broken bone. Right now, he had gone down to Houston and met with a doctor down there and he is on his way back and we'll sit down with him and talk about his options.

Q: Was there any concern with how long he played in that game with that injury, that he may have done more damage to it than otherwise would have happened?

Reid: No, there was no further damage on it. It was a non-displaced fracture. There was no further damage on it.

Q: To lose a guy like this is never a good thing, but is there ever a dynamic with the other players on the team where it could maybe draw some better performances out of other guys?

Reid: Well, that is to be seen. I know the players have a lot of confidence in Koy. It's not like it's a new player coming in there that they haven't seen perform. Koy started five games the year before I got here and he started a couple of games for me in my first year. Everybody has confidence in him.

Q: Is he a lot like his brother?

Reid: Oil and water.

Q: How so?

Reid: Koy is wild. He is a free thinker and out of the box thinker, where Ty is very conservative and so on.

Q: Can you talk about the defense he's going to be looking at? What are your thoughts about the 49ers?

Reid: I think Coach Mora does a great job. That defense plays fast and aggressive and all of things that you want your defense to do. They are playing at a very high level right now. It will be a great challenge to our offense.

Q: Last year when you guys came out here and they had that goal line stand, how crucial was it to that game and how impressive was it?

Reid: That was a great stand. They did a very nice job against us. That was an important stand in that game. They came back and scored after that, making it the deciding factor in the game.

Q: Do you think your guys remember much about that? Or has so much transpired that it's not even talked about?

Reid: Well, they are going to see it. They are looking at the film of it as we speak. With this being a goal-line, short-yardage day coming up tomorrow. They will see that and it's important that we learn from it and move on.

 


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