Q: Since you’ve seen them last, looking at what they do on defense and how they scheme their personnel, what’s different about Philly?
A: As you say, they have changed some. Most notable, they’ve received a lot of attention with those wide-nine ends and they’ve moved them inside. The last four games, they’ve been less likely to blitz. What they’ve done, they really relied heavily on their front four to generate power and put some pass-rush and they’ve been very effective doing that. I think they’ve shied away from that, in terms of what they do coverage wise, that’s pretty much stayed the same. The way they handle certain formations, that’s pretty much been the same. You would have thought that because Todd Bowles was their secondary coach. So, he had a lot of influence on what they’ve been doing coverage wise already. I would say, generally, just the tightening of the defensive ends. The fact that they’ve probably reduced the amount of pressure that they’ve needed to use, because they’ve been getting after people pretty well with the front four.
Q: Anything you could put your finger as to what’s been happening the last two weeks offensively?
A: If I could, I would’ve solved it and put it on it a long time ago. I think some of the things you just… We’re just not making plays that we’ve had some opportunities to make, and they’re there to be had. Whether it’s a misfire of a throw, or pressure on the quarterback, you got two big plays last week. It was 17-7, we’re driving down again, and we get a holding on a bob that was a nice first down that was a big gain. Then, the one to Domenik that gets called for offensive (pass) interference, so it’s been one thing after another. It’s just, there’s no consistency. We’ve got a drive going last week, we put it in the end zone, we drove down to score. But, there are too many threes and outs, and there are too many failed opportunities to get the drive going, get the momentum started.
Q: How do you sum up the confidence in them this week?
A: I hope it’s good. You never know what’s pretense, or what’s superficial. What’s beneath the surface, I would hope that we’ve been good for long enough that there will be determination, a reserve of confidence, and there’s a determination to come back and finish the season off the right way. You never know until the game starts.
Q: Do you have the same confidence as a play-caller?
A: Again, it’s the same challenge. You look at why things failed, and you say, ‘Did I call it at the wrong time? Was this the wrong play for that situation? Did they have a coverage or a blitz that I wasn’t expecting?’ As always, you’re never perfect. There are always going to be a couple of those in a game. Did we have some chances? Yeah, we did. Hopefully, we’ll capitalize on them this week.
Q: You seem to have fallen behind early in the last couple of games. Is there a thought of staring a two-minute offense to jump start it?
A: Yeah, we’ve done it. That’s what we did in Cincinnati, and you saw how that turned out. So, we have tried that.
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