Q: Given the struggles of some of the receivers and the way Hakeem Nicks played down the stretch, did he earn himself a move up the depth chart or maybe more playing time in the future with the first team?
A: Well certainly it was impressive and he is a guy that obviously is going to make a tough catch. He has really been doing that. That has not been discussed and certainly it puts him in a position where he will get prime consideration. Of course, the more guys you have that can contribute, the better off we are going to be.
Q: There are no issues with trusting a rookie in an important spot, a rookie receiver, right? You feel comfortable that he can do the job?
A: Well certainly. It's all, the thing about it is, that you have to understand, it is what's earned. It is exactly what is earned. He played well and he certainly has earned the right to be a factor.
Q: With your first defense on the whole, the Jets had some pretty good field position, and they didn't really give up too many sustained drives. Did that give you a better feeling, as opposed to what happened in Chicago?
A: The fact that the run defense was better is a big improvement. I think that our ability to get to the passer obviously wasn't as good as it should have been. Obviously they did a good job of mixing up their bubble screens and their ghost screens and some very quick release type throws. All of that is to their credit, we do the same thing. But we have come to expect better results from pressure. You certainly are going to have to pressure the quarterback with a four-man rush, but when you start to bring other people you do have to become more effective in terms of forcing things to happen that the offense doesn't want to happen. Whether it is just getting rid of the ball faster. Those things are all considered important tempo changes that the defense can create for the offense.
Q: How serious is Antonio Pierce's foot injury and do you expect him to play against New England?
A: I don't know that. He is constantly testing that. The doctors are making the call with regard to that. Hopefully if we do get the green light he can practice some this week. I think that would be a very good starting point if he could do that. I won't know that until we actually get into a position where we can make that call.
Q: Are they calling it a sprain or a fracture or something else?
A: It's a foot injury and we are being very cautious with it because there is soreness involved there.
Q: How about (Michael) Boley? Any chance he is on the field this week?
A: I don't know about that. He is progressing well and it would be a good time for us to have him do some things, seeing how he can't play in the opener.
Q: How is the condition of your running backs, (Brandon) Jacobs and (Danny) Ware?
A: I think those are just bumps and bruises. Brandon will be fine. Danny does have some soreness, so we are going to have to see where he is. It will be to be day-to-day and he is having all those tests, etc. for sore ribs.
Q: How did Rocky Bernard do in his snaps?
A: He did okay, he did okay. He was aggressive, he was good against the run, and he played low. He played hard. He made some plays out there for us. It was good to see him on the field and in action. To be able to realize how we can plan on him to contribute.
Q: David Carr seemed very impressed at the way Nicks read the blitz and reacted accordingly. Were you just as impressed?
A: Yes, just as much. The touchdown catch on the left side, in the left corner of the end zone, was a heck of a catch. That was impressive.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish with the no-huddle offense. Is that something you can use consistently or do you pick your spots for that?
A: Well, it depends on the strategy that we (employ) for that particular game. I think there are some real positives in it, especially when you have a broad spectrum of play-calling that you can utilize, then it gives you full utilization of your offense. The ability to maneuver personnel on and off the field is a plus, as well. We had been working this in practice; we wanted to take a look at it in a game. It became a game objective. We decided on it last week that this week would be a good time to do that. We did have a little extra practice time. We introduced that and hopefully it will be something that, from time to time, we can utilize.
Q: Is that particularly effective against a team like the Jets where they do a lot of shifting and audibles in that defense? Not allowing them to be as set as they would like to be?
A: Well, I don't know, it is not a hurry-up offense; I was listening to people comment on and that is not true. It is not a hurry-up offense. The whole thing that you are trying to do there is put the quarterback in position where he can react with a lot of time to make the adjustments he needs to make at the line of scrimmage.
Q: Do you have any update on whether Chris Canty or Aaron Ross can practice this week?
A: I heard they are both making progress, but I don't have any information for you about practice, no.
Q: How is Terrell Thomas?
A: He seemed to be fine.
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