Andy Reid Press Conference: 9-13-05

Opening remarks: "There were some good things and some bad things in this game. We are going to take both, learn from them and get ready for the game this weekend when San Francisco comes here. I thought offensively, there was too much pressure on Donovan.

We didn't do well on 3rd and long situations and we can do better there. We had too many penalties at costly times during drives. I thought defensively, we did enough there to win the game. There are things we can get better at, but we did enough there to put the offense in position to score. The special teams were good on the coverage teams. I was concerned with [Falcons kick returner] Allen Rossum. I think he does a nice job with punt and kickoff returns. I thought our guys got down and played disciplined there and for the most part did a good job. I thought that [P] Dirk Johnson really stepped up. He has a little bit of pain in that area where he had the surgery and he worked his way through it. His last punt was probably his best punt. He did a nice job there. I thought the effort of our football team was very good. It was not a problem with effort, it was a problem with mistakes, starting with myself and putting our guys in the right position to be more effective on the offensive side of the ball. [Offensive coordinator] Brad Childress did a good job with the game plan. Again, I have to make sure I give the guys an opportunity against certain coverages, fronts and blitzes to be effective."

On whether he thought Donovan held the ball too long:

"I don't know if he does that. It's because people are covered. When I say I have to do my part of it, I have to get him into better situation. We have enough routes that you should be able to pull the routes out that will work against most coverages."

On whether he felt that Donovan should have run more:

"He was in a little bit of pain and I don't know if that effected the decision to run or to not run. It didn't look like there was a lot of room to run in the first place. But that other part might have entered into it a little bit."

On how much more they blitzed compared to the NFC Championship game:

"Yeah, they had a nice pressure package. We had been very effective against pressure before. We didn't do it as well as we should have and that is where I say I have a big part of that, calling the right routes against the pressure package of theirs to get our guys in the right position."

On whether Donovan will get an x-ray of his chest:

"He's had an MRI, a CT scan and he did have an x-ray after the game. He has a bruised chest and we just have to see how it works out in the next day or two."

On why there were additional tests done on his chest:

"When you deal with that area, you have to take all the precautionary measures."

On whether defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was forced to change strategy after LB Jeremiah Trotter was ejected:

"Not necessarily. The place that you have to work through is that he was also our nickel linebacker. So, you are looking at base personnel and nickel. [LB] Mike [Labinjo] came in and did a respectable job. We didn't have to change much because of that."

On the timeout that he called on the last offensive series:

"The reason I called the timeout was because I saw something in the secondary that I didn't like. I wanted to get a different play in."

On whether Jeremiah Trotter will be disciplined any further:

"I am not going to get into all of that. We keep that in house."

On why the offense threw so much:

"They gave us an eight man front and normally when teams do that we are very successful throwing the football. That is the mode we went in with."

On the play of DT Mike Patterson:

"I thought he had a heck of a game. He played very well."

On whether he was aware that Donovan was as hurt as he was:

"We knew he was hurt. It was not nearly as bad last night when he was playing as it was when he woke up this morning. It stiffened up on him. But he felt comfortable playing. He never said a word about it; he just went out and did his thing."

On whether the Falcons blitzed as much as the Patriots did in the Super Bowl:

"They might have done it a little bit more."

On K David Akers not being as automatic as he usually is:

"David is so consistent, he will work through this. He came back and hit one after missing two and I am not worried about David. We always want to punch it in whether David is kicking great or whether he is off by a couple of shots. It doesn't change our frame of mind; we always want to score touchdowns."

On who will start if Donovan can't go:

"We will worry about that if Donovan can't go. I am not going to talk about all of that."


"[FS] Brian Dawkins has a slightly sprained ankle. [QB] Donovan McNabb has a bruised chest. We will see how they do in the next day or two."

War Nest Top Stories