Head Coach Ben McAdoo
November 2, 2016
One o'clock home game in the division. Teamís excited to play a good Philadelphia team. Their defense is a hard charging unit, their front four leads them. They're deep and talented along the defensive line. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox and company are playing very well upfront for them. Athletically, their linebackers can run and they can hit. Their secondary had a lot of position flexibility. They have some guys that can play some different spots, with Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins. Offensively, they're a west coast ball control outfit. That's their foundation. They use personnel groups and creativity to try and create confusion for the defense. Carson Wentz is a big, strong, athletic quarterback who has acclimated well to the pro game. Theyíre deep in experience along the offensive line. Ryan Mathews is their feature ball carrier and he can carry the mail. They have a trio of play makers in the pass game, how they like to deal the ball, with Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz and Jordan Mathews; they feature those three guys inside. Special teams, they're one of the most consistent and disciplined units in the league, and have been that way for about three or four years. Sproles, Josh Huff and Wendell Smallwood all factor into the return game.
Q: They have about 12 different guys that have sacks. Will they do a little bit more blitzing than with most teams you've faced so far?
A: About one in three snaps they pressure. They're not a high pressure team per se, depends on the situation, but they do a nice job with their defensive line creating pressure, squeezing the edges, getting their front up the field, and they rotate a lot of different guys that way.
Q: As someone who's been around a lot of different offenses, what does Carson Wentz do different from other rookie quarterbacks that's helped him acclimate better?
A: You look at him and he has prototypical size. He moves well in the pocket already for a young quarterback. He keeps two hands on the ball which helps. He can slide, he can move, and he can come on out both ways, left and right, and makes throws both left and right. Plays with his eyes down the field even when the pocketís dirty.
Q: How much do you think your team needs to change coming out of the bye?
A: What do you mean change?
Q: Is it important for you to do things different or stick to the plan?
A: No, we're going to stick to the plan. We took a look at ourselves personnel wise. We took a look at ourselves schematically. We're going to make some adjustments to roles with players. Acclimate some more guys in, maybe de-acclimate some guys. Make some adjustments schematically and move on down the road.
Q: What gives you confidence that plan has you heading in the right direction?
A: Just seeing the guys respond. We're getting better each and every week in practice, and we anticipate that to continue on Sundays.
Q: You obviously didn't make a trade at the deadline. I'm assuming that means you have confidence in what you have here? Are you confident that this team can make a run to the playoffs?
A: I'm very confident in the team, in the locker room, in the coaching staff. You always explore options out there, but you value draft picks as well.
Q: Is it over-stated how much you can change in a bye week?
A: I would say. Your team and players are what they are. You staff is what it is. You take a look at what you do well, what you don't do well. You make some adjustments, you try to work on things you need to work on, but you can't fix everything over a bye week. You need to get healthy, and make sure you try to squeeze extra practice in, a couple extra workouts in, and take a look at as much film as you can.
Q: What kind of dimension does Zach Ertz bring to their offense?
A: He's an athletic guy. He's a big target for them. He plays the game fast. He's smart. He's played with a few different quarterbacks and has earned the trust of all those quarterbacks.
Q: How would you describe you interview with the Eagles? Was there a point that there was a good chance you might end up there?
A: It was good to go through the process. I went through a few of them. It was beneficial to go through it, learn through it. I think they have good people down there in Philadelphia. It worked out the way it worked out.
Q: You interviewed in Philadelphia?
Q: Was it weird? Were you actually in the building?
A: I wasn't in the building, but it wasn't weird, no.
Q: Have you thought about that at all this week? That you could have been there?
A: No. We're focused on preparation.
Q: How's Odell doing, health wise?
A: He was limited today but he got some work done.
Q: Is he moving well?
Q: Why has he (Odell) been able to be more productive in the second half of the season in the past two years?
A: I think offenses in general get more productive in the second half of seasons. I think they have a chance to work with each otherís defenses, usually start ahead of the game. Odell is a talented player and the more he practices, the more he gets underneath them rep wise, the better he seems to get.
Q: Are (Nat) Berhe and (Darian) Thompson on track to play this week?
A: They were both limited today.
Q: Odell had close to 500 yards out of the slot last year. He has had a much smaller contribution this year. Is that something that you would like to change in the second half of the season?
A: We will see. Each week you take into consideration your matchups, that plays a big part of it. What you like schematically versus what they do schematically, so you take everything into consideration.
Q: Is there anything specific that you want to see improved in the second half?
A: No, I think we need to, in all three phases, continue to work and get better in everything that we do, and it really starts in the practice field and it goes back to fundamentals. As the season goes long, if you spend too much time on schematics and you donít continue to work on the fundamentals, things get sloppier.
Q: Nat Berhe is still listed with a concussion. Is he all clear?
A: He is still in the protocol.
Q: It has been a long time. Was it a pretty severe concussion for him?
A: He is still in the protocol.
Q: So he is still not cleared to play?
Q: Where is he at?
A: He is able to practice, but no contact.
Q: Are you trying to make sure that you guys are more prepared coming out of the bye week than last year?
A: Yeah, I think that last year, like I said before, is in the rearview mirror.
Q: What can you do to make sure that you come out of the bye week strong?
A: We spent a lot of time looking at some things schematically and personnel wise. We looked at the schedule a little bit and the things we can do, as far as rest and recovery, to make an impact and we are confident that it will pay off.
Q: Do you foresee a bigger role for Perkins going forward?
A: Again, personnel, I am not going to talk about game plan up here, but he is a young guy that is coming along nicely.
Q: You mentioned the fundamentals. Based on what you have seen Monday and today, do you feel that they are making progress in that regard?
A: Yeah, it was nice to have an extra practice on Monday. We hit the field for about an hour, so we made some progress there. Tomorrow will be a big day for us getting the pads back on.
Q: Ryan was added to the injury report with an elbow. What is the deal with that?
A: He is sore.
Q: Doug (Pederson) is going through the same thing in Philadelphia as a first year head coach. Has there been anything in your first year that has been challenging or unexpected?
A: Yeah, about a handful of things. If you have been paying attention. But no, there have been some things that have been challenging, but again, you put the blinders on, you go to work, you support the locker room and you hold each other accountable.
Q: Is there any way to prepare for that?
A: You be the same guy that you always are. You have to be consistent.
Q: How has it exceeded your expectations, the outside stuff, the non-football stuff that you have kind of had to deal with?
A: You knew going in that there were going to be three dumpster fires every day and you deal with them as they come. A lot of things cross your desk that you donít want to deal with, but it is part of the job and you handle it and you move on. You stay consistent, you stay in the moment and you keep everyoneís best interest in mind.
Q: Do you know Doug in any way?
A: Somewhat. I have met him a few times.
Q: At some point do you have to change the running game to get it going, or do you just have to keep going with what you have?
A: What do you mean change?
Q: Put somebody else in, go with four wide outs and a single back or a new look?
A: Yeah, we have factored in a lot of different options. But again, we are not going to talk about game plan up here.
Q: Is the player that Olivier Vernon was in London, the player that you expect him to be in the 2nd half?
A: Yeah, I think he is going to get better as the season goes on, like a lot of the other guys on the roster.
Q: How much healthier is Vernon now?
A: He is still fighting through the wrist.
Q: Is that something that he is going to have to fight through for the duration of the season?
A: I am not a doctor.
Q: You talked about the dumpster fires. With the chance to kind of take a deep breath, do you feel a little bit more used to the chaos of the job?
A: No, I donít like the bye personally. I like to stay in a rhythm, stay in the grind. What we do is not normal, who we are is not normal. I embrace that, I enjoy that, so I donít like the bye, I like to make sure that I keep my focus.
Q: What do you mean by not normal?
A: Ask my wife and kids. I donít get to see them very often.