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Week 9 - INJURY REPORT
Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Wednesday – November 2, 2005
POS. PLAYER INJURY STATUS PRACTICED
DL Cornelius Griffin Hip Questionable NO
DL Joe Salave'a Heel Questionable NO
DL Phillip Daniels Ankle Probable NO
OL Chris Samuels Knee Probable NO
S Omar Stoutmire Hamstring Questionable NO
RB Ladell Betts Shoulder Probable Yes
HB Chris Cooley Hip Probable Yes
TE Robert Royal Calf Questionable NO
WR Santana Moss Illness Probable NO
POS. PLAYER INJURY STATUS PRACTICED
P Dirk Johnson Groin OUT NO
WR Terrell Owens Ankle Doubtful NO
DE Jevon Kearse Shoulder Questionable NO
QB Donovan McNabb Rib/Sports Hernia Probable NO
LB Jeremiah Trotter Knee Probable NO
K David Akers Hamstring (right) Questionable Yes
DE Ndukwe Kalu Shoulder Questionable Yes
DT Sam Rayburn Stinger Questionable NO
S Michael Lewis Quad Probable Yes
LB Zeke Moreno Groin Probable Yes
CB Lito Sheppard Knee Probable Yes
LB Jason Short Ankle Probable Yes
DT Darwin Walker Thigh Probable Yes
NOTE: All Clubs are required to provide the NFL office and issue to local media the names of injured players who missed any portion of 11-on-11 team drills. A "no" designation in the "practiced" column above indicates that the player missed all or part of 11-on-11 team drills for that day.
Out Player definitely will not play
Doubtful At least 75% chance the player will not play
Questionable A 50-50 chance the player will not play
Probable Virtual certainty that the player will be available for normal duty
NOVEMBER 2, 2005
On whether the Redskins' growing injury list frustrates him:
"Yes, but we've been fortunate this year to avoid the serious [injuries]. Last year, we had a lot of serious things where the guys were gone [for many games]. That part of it has been good. In [the Giants] game, we wound up with quite a few guys that were hurt some. We'll just have to see toward the end of the week [whether they can play on Sunday night]."
On why WR, #89 Santana Moss did not practice:
"[He's] sick. He came in, went to all of the meetings, and went through the walk-through, but he was sick. I think the [trainers] sent him home."
On whether he has considered signing a defensive lineman off waivers:
"We have not talked about that. [Defensive coordinator – defensive line] Coach [Greg] Blache feels that we're going to be getting some [injured] guys back. At this point in the year, you're scrambling sometimes because you have a few guys nicked [up]. We're expecting a couple of those guys to come back on defense. We'll see. I think [DL, #93] Phillip [Daniels] will practice later in the week. That's our hope, anyway."
On DL, #95 Joe Salave'a's injured foot:
"[The athletic trainers] feel like he is going to be able to play. He didn't take work today and wasn't out there [at practice], so we'll just have to see."
On whether scrambling around to replace injured players catches up with a team:
"You're blessed if you go through [a season] with everyone healthy. It's just not going to happen. It's a physical contact thing. What you don't like to have is a number of things in one week. For other guys, that's their opportunity [to display their abilities]. I told the team today, ‘There are going to be some guys who get a chance to play in this one [against the Eagles], really help the football team, and make a statement about what they can do.' Some [backups] have worked and practiced extremely hard, but haven't had a chance to show what they can do in a game. From that standpoint, there will be some guys who have a real opportunity."
On whether he expects LB, #56 LaVar Arrington's playing time to increase against the Eagles:
"He had a good day today. He practiced extremely well. He's in a lot of the stuff that we're doing. It's up to the defensive coaches, when the packages [he's in] come up, and where they think he can help the team the most. Gradually, he has been doing more and more each week."
On QB, #8 Mark Brunell's role in mentally preparing the team for Sunday's game:
"A quarterback is a key person. [But] I believe they get more attention than they should because they're so dependent on everyone around them. Certainly, Mark is one of ourleaders. In general, everyone across the board [needs to lead]. We have some [mentally] strong people in the locker room. We're going to need every person on this team to stand up and do their part as a leader. Last week was extremely disappointing for us. We're playing someone [Philadelphia] who for four straight years has been the dominant team in this division. I'm sure they're saying to themselves right now that if they win this game, they're back at a point where they're talking championship. They have a high-quality group of guys over there with the coaching staff [and players]. They've proven that they can do it. We haven't. If you're going anywhere in this division, Philadelphia has been the one that runs it. They're the boss. Last year, we couldn't do anything about it."
On whether winning home games against NFC East opponents is necessary for a successful season:
"We would certainly like to be a dominant team at home. Our fans give us a lot. If you think about where we have been – we've been in Kansas City, Denver, Dallas, and New York – those are some of the best football towns with some of the best football fans in the NFL. [Yet] I always think that our group is the best. Our place is hopefully going to be hard for other people to play in. Hopefully, Sunday night, that is going to be the case. We certainly need them this week. Say a prayer. We need good health and [players] that will come out fighting."
On whether he expects Eagles WR, #81 Terrell Owens to play on Sunday night:
"Yes. I don't think there is any question. You always hear things like [he's doubtful]. I've learned over the years that they always play. They always play great – that's the other bad thing. That's the approach we always take with it. You take all of that with a grain of salt."
On whether Eagles WR, #85 Darnerien McCants, in the event he replaces WR, #81 Terrell Owens, will be especially motivated to face his former team:
"I sure think he would. We had a long time here with Darnerien. We wish him the best, except against us. We don't want him to play well against us on Sunday night. I'm sure anyone that has played somewhere else has a chip on [his shoulder]. They're going to play the best they can."
On whether injuries to the defensive line will force the Redskins to employ a 3-4 defensive scheme more often than usual against the Eagles:
"The packages are up to the [defensive] coaches, [but] we don't think [injuries] are going to dramatically alter what we're doing. [DL, #93] Phillip [Daniels] and some of the others guys [should be] back. [DL, #91] Cedric [Killings] practiced today. [DL, #94] Aki [Jones] practiced today. I don't think it will change our philosophy and force us into something we don't want to play."
On whether he expects the Eagles to run the ball more often against the Redskins than in previous games this season:
"If I had their quarterback, I would probably have a tough time [committing to the run]. They also have good running backs. They have a tough assignment in trying to decidewho to give the ball to. We've had trouble with [Eagles QB, #5 Donovan McNabb] getting out of the pocket and making something happen. The guy is phenomenal. He makes great plays against us. They also want to give the ball to [RB, #36 Brian] Westbrook and others. It probably [depends on] how they look at us, how they look at themselves, and what they think they need to be doing to win football games. It's always hard to tell. I never try to guess."
On whether game film suggests that Eagles QB, #5 Donovan McNabb's sports hernia has limited his ability:
"We don't see it. I think they're throwing it more than they've ever thrown. He's capable of making a lot of plays that most guys [can't make]. He's big and strong. You can't [easily] get him down. His deep throws against us last year brought rain. They dropped right on top of his receivers. When he got [the ball] up, I said, ‘There's no way he's going to hit someone with that.' It was right on target when it came down. He's an unusual guy. He's a big deal. That's the reason why they've had four straight years like they've had."
On when he will decide who will kick against the Eagles:
"It will probably go until the end of the week. We're trying to make a decision about what we're going to do. I don't think there is any reason to do it early."
On how the coaches determined that LB, #56 LaVar Arrington was ready to play more frequently:
"It's been a long, hard process with him. He missed so much – all of last year and a big chunk of this [year]. I don't care if you're in the meeting rooms. You have to be out [on the practice field] working [too]. He was behind. He's closing the gap. He's getting a lot more work. As you get more work in the [defensive] packages, you get in football shape and mentally [ready]. It's a work in progress. He'll continue to work and get better."
On the importance of using the running game on Sunday to dictate the tempo:
"Anytime you play in a game [such as against the Giants last week] where you rush the ball 13 times, the next week, you always look back on it and say, ‘There's no balance there.' When you get imbalanced, you get sacked. Bad things happen. You turn the ball over. [In the NFL, teams] have to be balanced. You may win a game every now and then throwing it a bunch, but that's not the way to go. Statistics say that you can throw for a bunch of yards and make a bunch of yards, but you're not going to win ballgames. It takes balance. Week in and week out, you have to rush the football. We know that. Sometimes, when you get in a situation where you're trying to make something happen in a hurry, it's hard to hand it off."
On whether the 2005 Eagles defense compares unfavorably to units in recent team history:
"They've had a couple of games where they gave up points. [But] can they [shut down teams]? [San Diego Chargers RB LaDanian Tomlinson] is one of the best running backs I've seen. He couldn't make an inch [against the Eagles]. They stoned him. It was impressive. Can they do it? Yes. They've had a few games like we did. Against theGiants, you [wonder,] ‘Could we have done it?' Maybe, but we didn't. I think that's what has happened to them. Even at the end of the [San Diego] game, they were hustling. They were trying to get to the ball and hit people. They're a talented group. Both [defensive] ends [LDE, #93 Jevon Kearse and RDE, #94 N.D. Kalu] are extremely good. The middle linebacker [#54 Jeremiah Trotter] goes hard in there. They're well coached. They don't get discouraged. They're going to pressure things and come after you. They're not backing off an inch. That's what we see and that's what we're getting ready for."
NOVEMBER 2, 2005
QB, #8 MARK BRUNELL...
On how the Redskins will learn from Sunday's loss to the Giants:
"What you do is you look at the film. You look at what you could have done better and the mistakes that you made. Then you just work to fix those. The hard part is that [we] can't do anything until Sunday night. You can [only] work hard and practice [until then]. Our attitude is that we're going to stay positive. We're going to keep working. If we do that, we're going to be okay."
On how the Redskins will avoid a loss similar to that suffered in New York on Sunday:
"You don't go into a game saying, ‘Okay, if they shut us down, we're going to do this.' You don't plan for that at all. That's not football. You play hard and realize that [the Eagles] are going to have good plays. Hopefully, we'll cut down on the turnovers. Hopefully, we'll run the football the way we want to. Our game plan is to be balanced. When we throw, [we want] to be efficient, on time, accurate, and complete some passes. When we run, [we want] to get blocks and make some big plays. You don't go into anything in any business wondering, ‘What's going to happen? If this goes bad, what do we do now?' You don't go into a game with that type of mindset."
On how the team will adjust to opponents who seek to neutralize WR, #89 Santana Moss:
"We're going out with every intention of getting the ball to Santana, [RB, #26] Clinton [Portis], and [WR, #80] David [Patten]. [We want] to run the football. We're going to go in confident, thinking that we can do some things. So is Philly. You don't go into a game having a Plan B. You go in there trying to hit on all cylinders, understanding full well that they have a great defense. We're very mindful and respectful of them. Last week was rough, but it's not going to take anything away from our confidence. We're going to see what we can do. Hopefully, we'll have some big plays."
On whether losing to the Giants will alter the team's attitude going forward:
"We've been [on the winning sideline] before. We've done some very good things. We've scored points. We've moved the ball. We've had big plays. We've done those things. We're a good football team that had a real bad day [against the Giants]. That's just the way I'm going to look at it. I'm going to be positive about this thing. We all need to be. We're not going to start to worry, ‘What if? If we don't do this, then what?' You can't play football like that. We're going to try to stay positive. At the same time, we understand what we're going against."
On whether ending a losing streak to the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the season will factor into how the team prepares for ending a losing streak to the Eagles:
"I don't know if we're thinking about Dallas at all. I don't put much stock into what happened last year or the year before. It really doesn't matter when it comes to this game."
On the significance of this Sunday's game against the Eagles:
"These are the games that you hopefully can get. [Being] 5-3 is a lot different than [being] 4-4. This is a big game for us."
On how the Eagles' offensive success may alter the Redskins' offensive game plan:
"We're not concerned with what the other offense does. Our concern is to start fast, which we didn't do last week and really hurt us. Hopefully, we'll get some momentum early. Hopefully,we'll establish some things with the run and the pass early. We go into every game trying to do that, understanding that a good start is huge when it comes to the outcome of the game."
On how the Redskins plan to exploit the Eagles defense:
"Very few teams have [exploited the Eagles defense]. We're not looking to exploit anyone. We just want to try to get a win. We know that, for us to win, it will take defense, offense, and special teams. It's going to take the entire team for us to have a chance at this one. It's going to be a really tough game for us."
On how Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs approaches the game following a loss:
"Coach Gibbs is very consistent. He is always positive and he expects us to work. What's good is that he'll ask us to do whatever it takes to turn this thing around. He's not asking us [to do] anything that he's not committed to himself. He'll put in the time. The best thing about Coach Gibbs is that we're always in it together – coaches and players. That's the way it should be."
On playing against the Eagles at night in a nationally-televised game:
"It's big. You know that everyone is watching. But once the game starts, you kind of forget that everyone is watching. It turns into another game. It just happens to be at night. We know it's big. After the first kickoff, it's just like any other game. You just play hard. You do know that, in the back of your mind, a few people are watching."
On whether he believes the Redskins offense needs to be aware of any particular Eagles defender:
"[FS, #20 Brian Dawkins and LB, #54 Jeremiah Trotter] are key guys. [The Eagles] do have some stars over there. The overall defense is just very aggressive. They have a lot of speed. They're very physical. You can't say enough about them. They have a very good defense – one of the best, if not the best, we'll face all year."
LB, #56 LAVAR ARRINGTON...
On the significance of this Sunday's game against the Eagles:
"I don't think it's time to panic. We're tied for last [in the NFC East], but it's a 4-3 tied for last. It's not like we're a bad 4-3 [team]. We're just 4-3. We have a fight this weekend. [The Eagles] are a tough team. They've been the team on top for quite a while now. We're going to have to be ready and not get ambushed like we did last weekend [against the Giants]."
On whether the Redskins' return to winning ways depends on improving their fundamentals:
"You can't wrong go doing the fundamentals. When you do the fundamentals, good things should happen. More so than anything, we just have to get healthy. We're fighting so many injuries right now. If we can get on the field this weekend with our warriors healthy, I think we'll be alright."
On why he believes the Redskins have had trouble stopping the run:
"I don't think we have trouble stopping the run. We've had two games where we gave up a big play or two. We've given up two big plays. We're still ranked sixth [in overall defense]. That would be pretty doggone high if we weren't able to stop the run. We'll tighten down and get better at the things we need to get better at. We'll reemerge and reassert ourselves and be where we need to be."
On whether he attributes the Redskins' defensive struggles to over-pursuit:
"I just play ball. I don't want to get caught up in all of this other stuff. I'm focused on trying to be the best I can be to help this team. This is a huge game for us. All of this other stuff comes when you lose games. If we had won the game [against the Giants], then no one would really [be] talking about [defensive struggles]. They would talk about other things [surrounding] why we won the game. I'm not going to get caught up in it if we win and I'm not going to get caught up in it if we lose. For every week that we play, we have to keep raising our game up to the level of being able to win that game. That starts within each and every individual. We all have to individually get ourselves prepared to be a team."
On whether he thinks he will start against the Eagles:
"I don't know. I take it day-by-day. Whatever happens, [happens]. If [the coaches] call my name, I'll be ready."
On whether he believes he deserves to start against the Eagles:
"I just prepare myself every day. If I get the opportunity to go out there and show what I'm capable of doing, then that's what I'll do."
On whether he has changed his game to earn more playing time:
"No. If I change who I am, then I won't be who I am."
On the importance of shutting down the Eagles offense early in the game, especially given QB, #5 Donovan McNabb's sports hernia:
"I think it's important to jump on [McNabb] whether he has a sports hernia or he is 100 percent healthy. [The Eagles capabilities are very well known around the league. If we can get them down and keep them down, then that's what we need to do. It's pretty cut and dry. Slow start or not, if Donovan gets his rhythm and confidence, it's going to be a long day. Then, that means he's getting everyone in rhythm and [giving them] confidence. It'll be a long day if we don't make a statement about what type of game they're going to be [playing] in."
On whether Eagles WR, #81 Terrell Owens' injury status will affect the Redskins' defensive game plan:
"I don't care. We're prepared to play the Eagles. We're not playing one person. Things happen. I couldn't care less. We have a game to win against a team, not a person."
DL, #95 JOE SALAVE'A...
On how the Giants game affected his injured foot:
"It didn't get any worse. The pain is still there. I just have to get more treatment. Hopefully, [I will have] a better outing on Sunday. We're [playing] on natural grass, so maybe that will help, too."
On the extent to which he expects to practice this week:
"Today is the first day [of practice]. Hopefully, I'll get to do something today. We'll see what the coaches and the trainers have in store [for me]."
On how the Redskins defensive line is coping with his and DT, #96 Cornelius Griffin's simultaneous injuries:
"When you take that guy into consideration, those are big shoes to fill. This a great opportunity for the young guys. We have guys here that will pick up the slack and go with it. Cornelius is going to be there to help us out in other areas. It's a great opportunity for all of us to take on the challenge. We'll have guys out there ready to play."
On how injuries are affecting the Redskins' psyche:
"We believe that things happen for a reason. Maybe there is a reason why it's been like this. Maybe [the injuries] will be a character or reality check for all of us. It just goes to show that whether you're a backup or a third-string guy, you can't take a day off as far as your preparation. This is when we need them [most]."
On whether injuries or opponents are more responsible for the Redskins defense's struggles to stop the run:
"[It's] a combination of both. We pride ourselves on stopping the run and executing. We haven't executed yet. Until we get that done, it doesn't matter whether we're injury[-prone] or injury-free."
On the team's reaction to the outcome of the Giants game:
"We're really disappointed because, through preparation, practicing, and watching film, we thought that we had a great game plan. To go out there and not execute it is unacceptable. The Giants are a good team. The good thing about it is that we have another big challenge this week [against the Eagles in which] we can correct it. What a great place to play, in our own backyard [at FedEx Field]. We have our work cut out [for us], but we're excited. Hopefully, we can get the 12th man out there to help us out, too."
NOVEMBER 2, 2005
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES QB, #5 DONOVAN MCNABB…
On whether his sports hernia has improved:
"The particular injury that I have can't get much better or worse. [The pain] is pretty much what I've been battling through [since the injury occurred]. But that's not something to use as an excuse for what's going on."
On whether his sports hernia has limited his ability:
"In some ways, it has, but in some ways, it hasn't. I've just been playing my game and not really focusing on that particular injury. I'm just trying to make as many plays as possible."
On whether the Giants last Sunday established a blueprint for beating the Redskins:
"What the Giants did last week was establish the run game. They were also able to establish the play-action game. They hit some key passes in the course of the game, which led to points on the board. What the Giants also did that was pretty good was defend the ball. They protected the ball, sustained drives, and kept the [Redskins] offense off the field. When the [Giants] defense was on the field, they played effectively. They pretty much kept the Washington offense shut down. They had full control of the whole game."
On whether the Eagles may run more often on Sunday given the Giants' success in that facet last week against the Redskins:
"You can say yes or you can say no. I really don't know. Last week, we opened up the run a little bit more. It doesn't stand out as much because of the result of the game [49-21 loss to Denver]. It's something that we've been focusing on. It's nothing to the point where we may run 30, 40, or 50 times. I think it's important that [we] be able to mix that in there and pick up some big yards, which can open up other avenues during the course of the game."
On how he approaches the game following a loss:
"The way I handle it when [we] come off of a loss is to get back to the basics. I try to get back to my own self. In our case, we have to play Eagles football. We have to take advantage of our opportunities. We have to realize and know what we're seeing. We have to be able to execute on all cylinders. We were sort of in the [Redskins] situation before as well. This is a copy-cat league. One week, you may look like you're the best thing ever. The next week, it just doesn't go as well as you want it to. You have to bounce back. You have to be able to put that [loss] behind you, learn from your mistakes, and move on."
On whether he has changed as a leader since his rookie season:
"I'm a more experienced guy. I'm a veteran who has been in tough situations. The situation that we're in right now, being 4-3, we've been in that situation before. I reflect on the way we handled [that predicament] a couple of years ago. The best way of [rebounding] is me being a leader of the team. I make sure that I'm able to rally the guys, that their personalities are there, and that they're bouncing around and are motivated to get back on the field to make a change."
On Eagles head coach Andy Reid's leadership style following a loss:
"His approach has always been to make sure the guys understand that we're in a great position here. [His approach is to make sure that guys] understand their mistakes and are able to correct them throughout the week. Another part of his philosophy is not to yell, but to get his pointacross. As a team, we understand and realize that. We're men and professionals here. We understand the mistakes that we made. It's important that we're able to go out and correct them."
On whether a second consecutive loss will put the Eagles in a "big hole":
"The attitude you have to have is that you need this game. Both sides need this. [A win] could jumpstart a lot of different things that we want to do. It also provides confidence for you going into the next week [against Dallas]. We have three straight NFC East opponents. It's important that we're able to approach each game the same and understand the situation. We're very excited for the opportunity. It's time to strap it up and play football."
On the Redskins defense:
"They're a fiery bunch. They're a team that takes on the image of their coach. Their defensive coordinator [assistant head coach – defense Gregg Williams] is a blitzing guy. He gets them fired up. They play with a lot of intensity. Despite what happened last week [in New York], they're ranked in the top five in defense as far as defending the pass. They make plays. Having [LB, #56] LaVar [Arrington] back out there, flying around and playing with so much emotion, does a lot for them. They have some key young guys making plays. Now, everyone [on the defense] knows their positions and roles. They can just go out and play football."
On whether he relishes the opportunities that opponents' blitzes provide:
"When you're able to understand what they're doing and get the ball out [to a receiver], there are opportunities for big plays. The thing that we've been trying to focus on over here is patience. Teams are going to come out and blitz. Teams are going to bring their ‘A' game. Teams are going to try to attack the passing game. When they do that, we have to have the answer. We have to be able to get the ball out to the guys, create one-on-one match-ups, and try to come out on top in those."
On Eagles RB, #36 Brian Westbrook:
"Westbrook is very important to this offense. We feel that we have a four-headed monster [on offense]. Without one of us, it can be tough. Westbrook is a major part in the run, pass, and blitz-pick-up game. He's a very effective weapon that we're happy to have. He has risen to the occasion every week."
On how he plays with pain:
"I don't know. I've handled it by understanding what I'm able to do. If [a quarterback is] not able to do 50, 60, or 70 percent of the things that you're used to [doing], then there is no reason to be out there. If you're able to establish a tempo for the offense, be the big leader that everyone expects you to be, and make plays, then it's important to be out there."
On whether his broken ankle in 2002 was more difficult to tolerate than his current sports hernia:
"Definitely. When you have a broken ankle, you can't do much at all. It's hard [to play] my position any time you break anything."
On whether opponents have blitzed the Eagles more often this season than in past seasons:
"That's true. People feel that the best way to stop our offense is to blitz and get to me. Our way of answering that is, if they want to blitz, we'll get the ball out to our guys and let them work. We've done that in previous games. There have been times when the defense was able to get to me. It's a work in progress. Every week is a work in progress. As this season continues on, we look forward to turning this negative into something positive. Hopefully, we'll have smiles on our faces [at the end of the season]."
On why the Eagles have faced early deficits in several games this season:
"I can only speak for the offensive side. I think it's important that we be able to establish tempo early, connect on passes, pick up some runs, get first downs, move the chains, eat up some clock, and come out with points. When we started the season, for us to drive down and put points on the board was big for us. It was big for our team. Now, the adrenaline starts to pump a little bit higher. With that, you're able to do more things."
On Redskins LB, #56 LaVar Arrington:
"When you see a guy like LaVar out there, [you see that] he plays with so much emotion. You want to have your best players out on the field. There's a reason why he's an all-pro or Pro Bowl player. He makes big plays. I don't know what the situation was when he wasn't playing early on, but I know he was banged up. [Redskins coaches are] trying to find ways to get him back on the field."
On the pressure associated with being a quarterback drafted early in the first round:
"There's a lot of pressure, but the way to handle that is to put [pick location] behind you and focus on your job. It doesn't matter if you were drafted in the first or seventh round. You have a job to do. You're a leader of the team. You're [required] to be prepared at all times and make effective plays for your team. Just because you're drafted in the first round doesn't mean that the same situation can't happen for you if you're drafted in the fourth, fifth, or sixth round. It doesn't matter."
NOVEMBER 2, 2005
EAGLES HEAD COACH/EXECUTIVE VP OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS ANDY REID…
On WR, #81 Terrell Owens' injury status:
"Doubtful. He [injured his ankle against Denver]."
On P, #8 Dirk Johnson's injury status:
"I put him on [Injured Reserve]. He's out. [We signed P, #0] Reggie Hodges from Ball State. He's a rookie that the Rams drafted in the sixth round."
On how he approaches the game following a loss:
"We're teachers, so we try to teach our players. As coaches, we work hard to get it right. We learn from our mistakes and move on. We have a great opportunity this week playing against a very good football team. We're very fortunate that the NFC East is as powerful as it is right now. It's a great challenge for all of us. We have to right our wrongs and do better. We understand that, so we're going to focus in on what we need to do and really nothing else. We'll take care of what we need to do."
On whether WR, #81 Terrell Owens' absence would significantly affect the Eagles offense:
"He's a great player, but the next guy [on the depth chart] has always stepped in and done his job. That's how we've always gone about business. If T.O. can be there – it's a day-to-day thing – then great. If not, then the next guy has to step in and do a heck of a job."
On whether he will use RB, #36 Brian Westbrook more often against the Redskins:
"We'll see. We use him a lot anyway. I don't know how much more increased he'll be than that. He's been doing quite a bit as is."
On whether he expects the quarterback to exert more leadership after a loss than after a win:
"Win or lose, that guy, in the offense that we run, is put in a leadership position and has to do his thing. We're fortunate to have a guy [QB, #5 Donovan McNabb] that is very good at that."
On how the Redskins' defensive weaknesses will influence his offensive game plan:
"We just run our offense. That's what we do. We don't get into all of the numbers and that other stuff. We do what we do. That's how we go about business."
On RB, #36 Brian Westbrook:
"He's a really smart kid. He's quick and fast. He enjoys playing the game. He's an explosive player."
On why the Eagles have faced early deficits in several games this season:
"We need to do a better job in all phases, starting with me. We're all in this thing together. We all have to pick it up an inch. That's what we're going to do and concentrate on."
On current Eagles and former Redskins WR, #85 Darnerien McCants:
"He hasn't had that much time [to play]. I've always liked him. I know things didn't work out [in Washington] for him, but he had some good games against us. I want to give him anopportunity here, but our numbers are up [at his position]. We haven't had a lot of injuries. If T.O. can't go, then he'll have an opportunity to get in there and be active. We'll see how it all works out."
On which Eagles wide receiver would replace an injured WR, #81 Terrell Owens:
"It depends. [WR, #86] Reggie [Brown] can step in. [WR, #80] Billy McMullen can step in there. [WR, #85] Darnerien [McCants] has worked in there a little bit. I have a bunch of guys that can go in there and do what we need done."
On the implications of selecting a quarterback early in the NFL Draft's first round:
"It has worked out okay for us. In some cases, it hasn't and teams have still been very successful. It's an individual thing. That's a tough position, though, to get right. You're fortunate if you hit it right. There's no real art to it. It's just a tough, tough deal."