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Andy Reid, Donovan McNabb, Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook all had Press Conferences today to discuss the upcoming game against the Redskins. Here is a full transcript:

Head Coach Andy Reid


"[S] Sean Considine was put on [Injured Reserve] with his shoulder strain. It's the same shoulder that he's had repaired before. It just gave out on him again. We'll see what we do as far as whether he has another surgery. That hasn't been determined yet. Or, he just rehabs it and gets it back. With that, we brought up [S] Marcus [Paschal] from the practice squad to join the team in that position. He will be a backup in that position and [S Quintin Mikell] Q obviously will fill in as a starter."

Opening Remarks:

"Again, we look forward to playing the Washington Redskins. This is our second go-around with them. We came up a little short on the first one and we know what kind of football team they are, how good they are. They are a good football team, very solid in all phases. It's important that we take care of business and get ourselves prepared to go down there and play a good football game against a good team."

On whether Considine's injury could be a career-long injury:

"I don't know. He's going through the evaluation process right now. I think they are going to be able to either repair it or he'll be able to rehab it and be okay. We'll just have to see down the road how things go with this thing."

On whether it will be a hard transition for Mikell going from free safety to strong safety:

"I think he'll be okay. Really, the safeties in this league right now, and in most cases, are mostly interchangeable. You ask him to kind of do the same thing, whether it's on the weak side or the strong side. He'll play [against] the tight end a little bit more, and so on. But, I don't think it will be that big of a transition. It's not things he's never done before."

On how Considine's injury occurred:

"Actually, he landed on it. That's how it happened."

On whether this is complicated because of FS Brian Dawkins injury:

"I think we'll be alright. It's good that Dawk had a week in, got enough snaps there. He came out feeling good. He'll just build on that. I think we'll be okay there."

On whether Dawkins is completely ready to go:

"Yeah. Like I said, he came out feeling good. He'll practice all week and that's why he won't rotate, obviously, with anybody."

On whether he thinks Dawkins will improve from last week:

"He made a couple nice plays on the ball. Then, he had a couple that he missed on. He slipped on a big one that he could've had a nice interception on. But, he made the nice play against [Cowboys WR Terrell Owens] T.O. in the endzone there. Then, as far as hitting, he didn't have any problems with that, which was probably the biggest concern, that it didn't reoccur with the stinger."

On whether CB Lito Sheppard is okay:

"Yeah, Lito's okay. He'll practice today."

On whether they thought of keeping DE Marques Murrell and letting go of someone else:

"We looked at that. The Jets had guaranteed him an opportunity to play right away. So, we'll see how that all works out there."

On how close Murrell was to getting a spot on the roster after training camp:

"The thing he did was he improved all the way through. He started picking up on the scheme that was a little tough on him initially. But, he was a good player. A player who obviously we liked because we brought him here, and we tried to keep him here. They had a vacancy where he could step right in and go."

On how close S Marcus Paschal was to getting a spot on the roster after training camp:

"Well, he did a nice job, too. It'd be a little bit of the same answer. He's plays very well. He's very, very intelligent, and that showed up. You see it, even though he was on the practice squad, he's the first guy in the building and the last guy to leave. [He's] very diligent on knowing what was going on even though he wasn't on the roster then."

On whether they will make any changes at kickoff returner to get more explosive:

"We've looked at all sorts of things and we'll see what we can do to get better in certain spots. I'm not going to go into all that exactly. But, we'll look and see what we can do, whether it's schematically or if we have to try somebody else in there. We'll do that, too."

On whether we will see something different on Sunday regarding kickoff returns:

"Well, we'll see. We'll see how it goes this week. I'm not going to tell you anything right now, but I've got to see how things work out this week."

On whether the defense has been let off the hook from last week's game:

"I told you this, and I mean this, I think everybody has a piece of the pie here. Everybody has to pick their game up. I'm talking from the guy sitting right in this chair here. We've all got to pick our game up and get better. This is a team sport. It is not about one guy. We've all got to do better. When we do that we'll play better and win some football games."

On whether they will do what they've been doing with the offense or whether they will make changes to be more explosive:

"I've mentioned this before, so this isn't something new. When you go through tough times, that's where you need to go, is go back to basics. You make sure those are intact and you're doing things the right way. I can't sit here and tell you that's not what we're doing. We have looked at all that and we are concentrating on the basics."

On whether running the ball is more of an option:

"Scoring is the option right now, however it gets done. We're running the ball more now than we ever have. But, we don't have the points to show for production. I've told you that before, whatever it takes to score and win games that's what you need to do, whether it's running or throwing."

On whether he will change the playcalling at all:

"I've got one of the best in the business doing it. Our numbers are great, everywhere but the red zone. We've got to take care of business there and we'll get that done. We will. We're going to get that done."

On whether he looks back at last year after the Colts game when they went on a winning streak and tries to get that back:

"I know the one thing that changes, everybody picked their game up. I'm talking about coaches, all of us. We all picked our game up and we did a better job all the way around. I'm not taking anything away from [former Eagles QB] Jeff Garcia or anything else. I thought he did a nice job stepping in there. Everyone around him played better on both sides of the football and the coaches, they did a better job. That's what we all need to do right now."

On whether he's worried that the message he's sent the past eight seasons is not getting through this year:

"I'm not, but I want the answer. I want to make sure that we do the right thing. I want to make sure that I'm doing the right things and that everybody is right there with me doing the right things. We can all do better then you get those questions answered."

QB Donovan McNabb

On what has to change this week:

"We have to win. That's the only answer that you can give. We have to win. You have to do whatever it takes in order to get a win. It's a must-win situation, and that has to be the mindset all throughout the week- to get out on the field and make any play that's possible to win the game."

On whether he's concerned about his job status:

"No, I'm not. I guess it was just a story created for you guys [the media]. I can't overly exert my energy on trying to figure out if I'll be here or not, or whatever the situation may be. My job is to be ready for Washington, go out, have a great game, and week-in and week-out do the same."

On how he feels about people calling for QB Kevin Kolb to play:

"It doesn't bother me at all. A lot of people in the situation we're in, the guy who gets criticized the most, and the guy who may not get the most credit for what goes on, is the quarterback. Obviously, it doesn't help that we drafted one, now that it's easy to sit and say, ‘It's time for change.' But, my job is to make sure that I'm prepared at all times, and get ready to step out on that field and make plays. If people continue to talk about it, hey, if they feel it's helping them vent and get some stuff off of their chest, that's great. But, when I'm in this building, I'm prepared to be the guy and go out there and help us win games."

On whether he feels he takes too much of the blame when things are going bad:

"I do. Again, it's easy to blame a quarterback when the team loses, but I'm definitely not the whole reason why we lost these games. Can I help? Yes I can, but I'm not fully [to] blame for everything that goes on around here."

On whether he's a solution to the problem:

"I can help, but I'm not the main solution. I'm a piece of the puzzle, and when the puzzle's put together, then we'll have success."

On how he can be more helpful:

"Well, we all have to play well. We all have to do our jobs individually. If we all step up and do our job, then we wouldn't be sitting here right now [at 3-5]. But, I'm definitely not the single reason for what's going on right now."

On how he thinks he has played thus far:

"I'm not happy about the way I've played. I can't sit here and say that I am happy. I have to do my job; I have to do my job better, and everyone else has to, as well. If we all do that, then we'll be where we want to be at the end, hopefully."

On whether the team has to play perfect in order to win games:

"I don't know if we all have to be perfect, but we all have to do our jobs better. If that leads us to being perfect, then I guess so. If we all do our jobs a lot better than we have [been doing], then we can win the game."

On whether he expected to struggle coming off of his knee surgery:

"No, I try to stay positive in everything that I do, mentally and physically. No, I didn't see this coming; I didn't see this happening. Like I said, [there were] a lot of things that I thought I'd be in a position to do, but just wasn't able to do early. It's progressively getting better and coming back, but looking at what we've done so far, I'm definitely not excited about it. [I] look forward to making a change in a way that we can look back on it at the end of the season and say, ‘You know what, everybody changed, stepped up, and we made plays when we had to.'"

On whether it has been more difficult reading coverages due to the time he missed last year:

"Not at all."

On whether this team is not as good as he initially thought:

"We still feel we have a good team, and there's no reason for us to say this isn't a good team. This is a good team. We have a lot of young guys stepping in key roles, and veterans who have been playing in their position for years. Again, we all have to do our job. If we all do our job the way we're supposed to, things will work themselves out. We have to set the tone at some point, and it has to happen now. It's got to be a must-win situation in your mind to go out there and do the job right now."

On how he handles knowing that quarterbacks take more blame:

"You just let it roll off, and I've been doing that for years. You just let it roll off. You take the good, listen to the bad- whatever the bad may be- [and] learn from it and move on. That's the situation you go through. Playing the quarterback position, it happens. Everyone goes through it. You can't let it bother you because you have to have a short-term memory. You have to go through your situation, learn from it, and be able to move on."

On whether there is as much talent on this offense as there was several years ago:

"[That's] hard to say."

On whether he feels he is playing for his job:

"No, I don't."

On whether he would support a coach's decision to start QB Kevin Kolb:

"No, that's my job. Why would I just want to give my job up? Would you like to give your job up?"

On what he is specifically doing wrong right now:

"There are a lot of mistakes I've made. [Whether] it's throws I want back, [bad] decisions, whatever it may be, there are mistakes that I've made in every game- a lot of things that you're not used to doing, a lot of things that you know you can do better. Everybody makes mistakes. But, in this situation, there's no room for error, and that goes for each individual person. There's no room for error."

On whether he'd support the coach making changes at other positions:

"I think with the guys we have in the positions, we can get the job done."

On whether he has to play perfect in order for the team to win:

"I'm a piece of a puzzle. If I do my job, and everyone else does their job, then we'll win the game. If I go out and play a perfect game but we still lose, then it doesn't matter. This game is about wins and losses. I don't care if I go out and pass for 100-yards, we rush for 100-yards, but win by seven. The most important thing about it is that we win."

On whether he expected the team to ask less of him due to the fact that he was coming off of an injury:

"I just run the offense that's called. I prepare all through the week to know what I'm going to be seeing, the play that's called. If I feel that we can execute that play, I just run the play that's called. So, whatever offense they ran last year, I wasn't in it. Things have changed from last year, and I know that- everybody knows that. It's not for me to say ‘Well, if I ran that offense last year, we would have success now.' It's a different offense, it's a different personnel [group]- some of the same people, but it's a different year."

On what specifically has changed from last year:

"I wasn't playing in the last couple of games last year. They ran the ball more. [WR] Kevin [Curtis] was just brought over here, whatever it may be. It's a different team."

On whether he feels like he'll still be with the Eagles for years to come:

"I do. I'm sure you probably won't write that, but I do."

On why he feels like he'll still be here:

"Everyone goes through some ups and downs. All quarterbacks do. [Green Bay Packers QB] Brett Favre went through it; other quarterbacks have. This is a situation which, if you continue to build, do you start over? It's not my decision, but I expect to be here."

RB Brian Westbrook

On what changes need to be made for this team to succeed:

"I think probably the biggest thing is errors; mental errors, physical errors. We have to continue to play together as a team. I think everybody is fighting, but we're not a good enough team to overcome the mental and physical errors that we have."

On how much the team's current situation jeopardizes the team's ability to stay together:

"The way of the NFL is that when you lose, guys lose their jobs—coaches, players, and other things like that. They try to change the situation; that's the way of the NFL. I think we have a good nucleus here, a good group of guys here who can get the job done. Unfortunately, we haven't played up to our potential quite yet. We have to find a way to do that."

On whether QB Donovan McNabb takes an unfair amount of criticism:

"Yes. The tough part about being a quarterback is that a lot of times you're going to get a lot of the praise when the guys are doing well. A lot of the situation is that you did a great job and you're going to get a lot of praise, some undue, but you're still going to get a lot of praise. When things are going badly, you're going to get a lot of people talking badly about you as well. In Donovan's situation, everything that goes wrong on this team is not Donovan's fault. Everything from the fumbles, to the interceptions, to the sacks, those are not all Donovan's fault, not all of them, not totally. Because it's a team sport, one man can't make a football team. He has some blame on some of those things, running backs have some blame, tight ends, wide receivers, offensive line has some blame, as well. Because he's a marquee guy and he's almost the face of the organization, he takes a lot of the blame for things."

On how this team changed from last year to this year:

"Every year is different. Every year stands on its own merits. The unfortunate part is that we haven't played a full, good game in a while. We have to find a way to get better. Last season we had the offensive line playing great football all season long, healthy, things like that. Wide receivers were catching balls, running backs were running hard, quarterbacks were doing their job, as well. This season, we're having some mistakes in different areas. Really, it's across the board—running backs, quarterbacks, line, receivers, and tight ends. For us, we're not a good enough team to overcome those mistakes right now."

On how big of a step the team must take to get better:

"I think we have a little ways to go. I think that we can do a lot better at the things that we've been doing. I honestly do believe that, in that first half of the game, minus those two mistakes where they scored two touchdowns going into our endzone, they get the ball right there on our 20 or 30-yard line, it was a tight ballgame. It was 7-14, and they got that last pick at the end and it was 7-21 going into halftime. We had an opportunity, we were still in the game, even though we had two turnovers. At the same time, a good football team doesn't make those mistakes. For a team that's struggling like we are, playing against a good football team like Dallas is, we can't have those types of mistakes, because they're not going to make too many mistakes and let us back in the football game."

On whether speculation about a change at the QB position would be distracting:

"These guys on this team, and the way the NFL works is that there's going to be speculation almost every year. Whether the coach is going to be here, the running backs, the quarterbacks, and that's the way the NFL goes. I think the team that we have here focuses on trying to win ballgames. You want to go out and play hard every game, no matter who the quarterback is, who the coach is, who the running back is, you go out there and try to represent yourself well. You go out there and put your best foot forward every game, and that's what everybody is focused on doing."

On whether players rally behind McNabb when he is criticized:

"I think, as a player, you know the situation. You know that there are some situations where I didn't do a great job blocking, and I have to step up and do a better job blocking and stop a guy from blitzing and Donovan has to throw quickly. Or, different situations we have to run the ball a little better and take the pressure off of him. When you hear that criticism of him, and you're hearing it from different sources that may not know the total picture, it's disappointing. I tell Donovan all the time that everything the media and the papers are trying to say, that it's all your fault, is not true. I have Donovan's back, I've seen Donovan do great things, and I know he still has that in him. I believe in him, the same way that, if I went out and didn't have such a good game, he would believe in me. I believe in the things that Donovan can do, and I will continue to support him in his ups and downs."

On whether he expected the team would have to help McNabb out in the early stages of the season because of his injury:

"Going into the season, I felt as though we would have to help him. I think this team is more efficient when we do have a running game, when we do spread the ball out, when we do get a lot of people involved. That's no matter if he was healthy or not. When you're coming off of an injury, you're not expected to do all of the same things you were capable of doing before. I thought we would have to help him. I think we still need to do a better job of helping him back there."

On whether he feels now like he did after the game against Indianapolis last season:

"Coming back from Indy last year, we were disappointed. We actually played okay that game, but we just got outscored. This year is a little bit different, because we're not exactly in the same place we were with that team. Offensively and defensively, we're not where we want to be right now. We have to find a better way of producing on offense and stopping people on defense."

On how they were able to turn it around after the Indianapolis game last year:

"I would like to say guys pulled together, pulled a little bit more, gave a little bit more, and dedicated themselves a little bit more to try to make this team better. That's what we've been asking the guys to do this year; to give a little bit more of yourself, to try to pick up the slack where other people are falling short."

On whether the team is not as good as they originally thought it was in training camp:

"I believe wholeheartedly in this team. I believe in the guys that we have, that they can get the job done. It comes down to playmakers making plays in the game. If your playmakers do not make those plays, offense, defense and special teams, you can't win. As one of the playmakers, I have to step up and make more plays. The receivers have to step up and make more plays, the offensive line has to do a better job of blocking, the tight ends have to make more plays, and our quarterback has to play well also. So, all of us, across the board, offense and defense—and I talk primarily about the offense, because I play offense—everybody has to do a better job. It starts with your leaders and your playmakers."

On whether he thinks players have gotten too comfortable:

"When you go through a losing season like this, everything is open for change. Starting positions and everything, really. I hope guys aren't too comfortable. The thing is, if you're not putting a good product on that tape, then next year, next game, you might not be back out there. You have to try to go out every game and produce, no matter who you play or what your team record is."

On whether he feels like other teams are focusing on him when they run screen plays:

"We've had a lot of success in our passing game through the screen. Teams definitely have to pay attention to those plays. Now [teams are] starting to spy some linemen, play a little bit closer with the linebackers, so we have to try to find a different way to get our screen game going again. Really good teams score maybe two or three touchdowns per year on screens, and we have to get our numbers up a little bit in the screen game."

On whether he would be disappointed if the team went into a rebuilding mode next year:

"I don't really think about that too much right now. It's one of those things that, maybe in the offseason I will think about it. My main focus right now is to try to get this team back on track, try to get us back to .500, try to get us to 4-5 after this game, and try to help this team get back to where we need to be, where I feel comfortable with where we can be. I let all things that are going to happen next year, or in the offseason, I let those be until after the season."

FS Brian Dawkins

On how much of an adjustment it is to play with S Quintin Mikell:

"Not much at all. Q can get the job done; more than get the job done. Like I said, I've been a Q supporter ever since he got here, so I know he's going to be able to get the job done."

On whether the defense got a pass after last week's game:

"No, never. You'll never get yourself a pass when you give up points, period. I don't care if [the offense] turns the ball over six times on the one-[yard line]. We've got to find a way to get off the field and make them kick a field goal, period. That should be our mindset, and that is our mindset. We made too many mistakes as a defensive unit. Regardless of what happens on the other side of the ball, our offense, it is our job to give them back the ball, or keep the points down, and keep the game close. We didn't do a good job of that this past Sunday."

On whether this team can reverse things at this point:

"I believe so. The thing that you can't do, which we did a great job of last week, a great job for them, a bad job for us, is [make] mistakes. You can't do that in order to do what we're setting out to do. You can't have mental mistakes, which we had on defense and you can't turn the ball over. We have to do what we have to do. We have to control what we can control, and turnovers and mental mistakes are two of those things, and let the athletic ability that we have take over games. We haven't been able to do that, because we're making so many mistakes in most of the losses we've had."

On what causes these mistakes every week:

"The thing about it is, mistakes are going to happen in games. The thing that we have to do is, they are happening in big times in games for us. Those are the things that we can't have happen. You would like to go out and play a perfect game, but even when we win games, there are still mistakes made. So, for anybody to suggest that there is not talent on this team, it's very much far fetched. We just have to make sure we control what we can control and not try and do too much. Sometimes mistakes happen because you are trying to do too much."

On whether they are still not playing well enough regardless of mistakes:

"No, we're playing well enough besides those [mistakes]. The mistakes that we're making are giving up points and giving up huge chunks of yardage. So, [if] we don't make those mistakes, then the offenses have to go the whole length of the field. They are not going to be able to do that against us every time. A high percentage of the time, we're going to get off the field. So, we can't give offenses anything. Same thing with our offense; we can't turn the ball over and give their offenses a short field. But, even if we do that, defensively when we touch the field, three points."

On whether he's ready to go full-tilt again on Sunday:

"I'm ready to go full-tilt again. Obviously, I would love to be in midseason form right now. But, I know that there are things I'm going to have to get myself back in. Hopefully, last week was all I needed, to be who I need to be this week for this team."

On whether there is added pressure on him to get healthy now that SS Sean Considine is on injured reserve:

"No, I put pressure on myself anyway to play in this game to help this team out, regardless. That doesn't add anything else to my plate than is already on there, especially in the position we're in."

On why turnovers haven't come:

"I have no idea. There have been some opportunities to have been made. I slipped on my face on one of them in the game, and could've had an easy pick. Those are some of things that are happening to us right now. But, the thing that we have to do as a defense is continue to get after it. Hopefully, those things start turning around because we're definitely playing the ball, we're definitely being aggressive. Those mistakes that offenses usually make, we're not capitalizing on it. Or, sometimes for some odd reason, the ball's not bouncing our way right now."

On whether he talked to Considine about being placed on injured reserve:

"I'll talk to him. I haven't had the chance to talk to him as of yet, but I'll talk to him. This is nothing new for him; he's been there before. Having said that, it is a tough situation to go through, especially twice. Sometimes you get in your mind that, ‘Is this going be my career, always being on IR?' So, that's something I will definitely have a chance to talk to him about when I get the chance to talk to him."

On whether Considine has played better than people give him credit for:

"He's played better, a lot better. When things don't go well as a team, you're going to always have players that people lean towards, almost like a scapegoat. You lean towards this person more than the next. For whatever reason, Sean is one of those guys on the defensive side of the ball that people kind of get after. I think he's had a pretty good year. Obviously, there are going to be plays where he wishes he could have made a better read or a bigger hit, whatever the case may be, but I think he's had a good year."

On whether the defense might be trying too hard to make big plays:

"I kind of alluded to that, as far as the mistakes go. If you are trying to do something, instead of playing your technique and doing what the defense calls to do, then you try to go a little bit beyond and do something a little different. Those mistakes happen, and it could be that those turnovers are not coming because we are trying to make it happen instead of letting the game come to you. That's been a cliché since the beginning of sports, I guess. Let the game come to you; don't try to make anything happen. Sometimes we are trying to make things happen."

On the play against the Cowboys where TE Jason Witten got his helmet knocked off, but stayed on his feet:

"That's one of those plays that, for all intents and purposes, usually Q comes up and makes that hit on him. If not a break up, at least the guy goes down. Q hits him one way and then [CB] Will [James] stands him back up to help him run up the field. It was nothing intentional, it's just that those are some of the things that are happening to us right now. Hopefully those fortunes will change for us soon. Q came in and laid the lick, and Will wrapped up, he just wrapped his helmet up and his helmet came off. Those are the crazy plays that are happening to us right now. It's easy in that situation to kind of get discouraged, but you can't allow yourself to do that. You have to focus on those mistakes we made, and maybe one of the guys make sure you wrap up and make sure you get him down. I'll take that aggressiveness all day long. We have to continue to do that, and hopefully those big hits will begin to turn our way that the ball will pop out and we'll scoop that thing up."

On whether he can remember a defense coached by defensive coordinator Jim Johnson that struggled to force turnovers:

"I've been with Jim for a long time, it's kind of hard to remember every season, detail for detail. I can remember certain seasons that, for whatever reason, we didn't have a lot of turnovers. Then, all of a sudden they start coming, and they start coming in bunches. Maybe we need to make sure we're not trying too hard, and hopefully those things will start coming to us here soon."

On whether it bothers him to hear QB Donovan McNabb get criticized:

"You definitely don't like it, but being where we are and the position he plays, you know that's going to be a topic. Any time a team struggles, the quarterback is usually given the brunt of the criticism, whether it's deserved or whatever. He's going to be given that. As a team, you definitely rally behind him. That's what I'm talking about, as far as those turnovers go. We have to make sure we have his back, that if he does turn the ball over, whether it be an interception or whatever, we have to get off the field and just give up three points or hold them to no points. That's what rallying behind your quarterback means to me."

On whether it feels like it did after the Indianapolis game last year:

"I guess you could say that. To me, it's a little different in the Indy game. It was completely lopsided, absolutely. This game, we gave [Dallas] opportunities to make big plays by making a lot of mental mistakes. Against a good football team, you cannot do that. It's a little different, but the outcome was the same, as far as the score being lopsided."

On whether he is concerned about people losing their jobs if the team continues to struggle:

"You guys can speculate on that. I'm not going to put the ‘ifs' in my thoughts right now. I'm not going to think about the negatives of what could happen. Right now, I'm thinking probably that it's not going to be the case; that we're not going to have anybody lose their jobs because of ‘ifs.' Right now, we're going to concentrate on what we believe can happen, and make those things happen."

On whether he feels a sense of urgency at this point in the season:

"I don't know if I can be any more urgent than I already am when I play. I'm just being honest with you, I don't know if I can be any more urgent. I don't know if there's anything else I can do, personally, in a winning season or losing season, to make anything happen differently, besides make plays. I don't know if there's anything else I can say about that. I'm urgent regardless of the circumstances. I'm going to try to play the same way regardless, and hopefully that'll allow this team to have a leg up, as far as me making plays and helping this team win. That's what I anticipate trying to do this weekend."

On whether he hears the clock ticking for him:

"For me? No. Somebody has their hand over the clock, so it's muffled big time for me."


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