Q: Rolle was out there today?
A: He was, yes. He moved around okay I think. He’s making progress.
Q: Are you okay with him for Sunday?
A: He made progress, yes.
Q: If Hosley is out, who would play the slot corner?
A: We’ll have to wait and see. We have a couple of guys who have practiced at it.
Q: What are your thoughts on the Eagles’ “Wide 9” style?
A: It’s a very effective scheme for them. They’ve done very well with it. As you know, they play nine guys, and they run them in and out and keep them fresh. They attack the quarterback. They play the run on the way to the ball.
Q: You’ve had disk issues in the past. How severe if Bradshaw’s disc injury, and is it something that could flare up?
A: Well, I suppose it could flare up. In his case, he’s been treated for a couple weeks so hopefully that’s not going to happen. It can flare up. We’ve gone through some back, we’ve gone through some necks, you do that in this game. Hopefully once you get it under control, and you know a little bit about it, so they don’t put themselves in that type of position. Sometimes you can’t help it, but it can be reoccurring.
Q: Thoughts on the documentary:
A: Quite frankly, I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve received some nice comments about ‘family.’ Judy, I told her, I’m sending her to California, to Hollywood. She told me she was sending me some place too (laughs). She didn’t quite finish the sentence.
Q: Will you get around to watching it?
A: Oh, I will. Definitely.
Q: Thoughts on Osi’s play the first three games?
A: Played well the other night.
Q: The sack numbers haven’t been quite up to usual:
A: They haven’t, but we’re playing hard, so hopefully we’re starting to get there.
Q: Have you seen teams scheming against your ends?
A: Oh sure. Sure they do.
Q: With all these quick throws?
A: There’s quite a bit of that. It wasn’t necessarily all quick throws last week, but it’s definitely a part of the plan.
Q: How do you counter these moves against your ends?
A: It’s not easy. What happens then is you go through this…When you chip, you don’t get as many people out, so you’re in a constant (dilemma) between the strategy of protection with the chipping, with the tight end, where you place the tight end, do you snap the ball with someone in front of the pass rusher vs. spreading them out and getting some people out in the pattern quicker? There are decisions that have to be made all along. You just keep coming. If you’re defensive linemen, you just keep coming. You recognize the chips, and when you study Philadelphia, you see that a lot of times those outstanding rushers from the outside, when they see the chips coming, they move back into a bull rush position. There are ways, there are strategies.
Q: With a QB like Vick, are you tempted to blitz more?
A: It’s calculated. If you miss, he comes out of there. I don’t know if he’s struggled against the blitz, there’s been some breakdowns in protection and things of that nature. Forced to hold the ball sometimes. They do a good job; they put him on the perimeter, which gives him a better opportunity to extend the play, which is what he really does well.
Q: Do you emphasize trying to strip the ball against a fumble-prone Vick?
A: We always emphasize. The number one thing we do at the beginning of the week is the turnover drill. Based on last week when we played, we put ourselves in a plus category in terms of takeaways-giveaways, and that’s where we want to stay.
Q: If Coe and Hosley cannot both go, does that put you in a tough position?
A: Well it certainly isn’t like having five. We’ll see how that goes. We may dress one of the people from the media.
Q: Based on Andy Reid’s comments about Vick last week, have you guys prepared for Foles at all?
A: No, I didn’t. I didn’t hear that comment.
Q: Have the expectations of placekickers risen in recent years?
A: Have the expectations for accuracy risen? I would say like everything else, yes. The expectations for every other part of the game have risen, so I’m sure in that regard they have as well.
Q: Any idea why the accuracy is so off the charts this year?
A: Stronger, bigger, obviously an area of emphasis for people who are inclined to have that kind of ability. A lot of these young men who are this skilled play for a long time.