It wasn’t a dominating win for the Birds, but so what, “I’d like to win by more than one or two points, but I like winning.” – Andy Reid said. As for his football team, Reid feels good about this group, which has won three very close football games. “They’re tough”, Reid said. “There’s a toughness about them”.
Reid said Michael Vick did the right thing at the end of the game when he slid on the ground rather than put the ball in the air and run the risk of getting it picked off. Unfortunately the coach told us this afternoon that Vick hurt his knee on that play. The quarterback has a knee contusion, which shouldn’t stop him from playing next week.
RB LeSean McCoy has some swelling on his knee. Defensive tackle Derek Landri has knee inflammation, but will practice on Wednesday. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos went into the game with a high ankle sprain, but made it through fine and should be able to practice on Wednesday.
With regard to the defense, he started at the top by giving plenty of credit to Juan Castillo for his game plan. “Juan had a good game plan for the Giants”, Reid said. “If they weren’t the hottest offensive team in the league, surely they were among them.”
The head coach then singled out defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Cullen Jenkins for the job they did getting pressure on Eli Manning
Reid described the play in the secondary: “in the secondary i thought we challenged them. Made Eli throw into small windows. That’s a tough thing to do.”
Reid tried to give cornerback Nmandi Asomugha some cover at his news conference. He said the cornerback has things to work on, but he gave us the impression that he was supposed to have help in the coverage on the play. Asomugha had his eye scratched and will be reevaluated after having some eye drops.
Big Red says the offensive line is coming along with Demetress Bell at left tackle and Dallas Reynolds at center. The coached talked about Bell getting beaten around the corner a couple of times because he was expecting help. As for who’s going to be starting at left tackle going forward, your guess is as good as mine, Bell or King Dunlap. Reid said Dunlap will back at practice this week.
“There’s no reason to be playing the way we are”, Reid said when asked about the play of the special teams. “Special teams wise, we’ve got some work to do on kickoff coverage.”
The truth of the matter is that the Birds kickoff team was atrocious in their coverage against the Giants. The Special teams will greatly benefit from the return of Colt Anderson to the lineup.
Reid started out the news conference by sending out prayers to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia.