Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- November 30, 2018
Opening Remarks: Evan Engram (hamstring) and B.J. Goodson (neck) have been ruled out.
Q: B.J. was a shoulder stinger?
Q: Did something happen in the last day or two where (B.J.ís) condition worsened?
A: No, weíve just been trying to progress it and it hadnít progressed far enough, thatís all. Nothingís worsened since the game on anything.
Q: Do you have special visitors today?
A: Yeah, we always do on Friday. For home games, we have special guests that come on Friday and Saturday. We try to embrace young people and itís a special weekend for them. They come, they embrace the team either on Friday or Saturday, and then theyíre at the game with us on Sunday.
Q: When a player like Khalil Mack is on the other side, do you have to adjust your offense as far as timing, getting the ball out, play calling, to account for that? Or do you say, no, weíre going to run what we know is most effective for us to make you stop?
A: Heís part of the defense, and on offense youíre always trying to do things necessary to attack their defense. When you have an outstanding rusher, you have to do things to pay special attention, so we will. It doesnít change what we do, weíve just got to do some things more and some things less.
Q: When you look at your own offensive identity, do you view it as a team now that is centered around the run and then work off that?
A: No, I donít think that. I think our team, weíre starting to develop an offensive line thatís playing better, which allows us to do more things. Couldnít say that was the case earlier in the year, and that stalls you out at times. Itís safe to say our last three games were our offensive lineís best three performances. I donít know what our identity is. I think itís always important to run the ball. Thereís a phase of your offense that involves play action, and then you have the drop back game, and then you do all the others things your quarterback can do.
Q: You donít think itís important to have an identity?
A: I think itís important to have an offense that can score points and I think you have to be able to score points in many ways.
Q: How do you feel like the transition to (nose tackle) has gone for Dalvin (Tomlinson)?
A: I think itís been good. Heís obviously playing more since Snacks is not here, but I think each week I see improvement.
Q: How big of an adjustment is that to switch him there?
A: Thatís part of what heís done. Itís a little bit of an adjustment when youíre playing from a three technique to a shade, but I think heís getting better each week.
Q: Have you seen a better Nate Solder in recent weeks?
A: I think the O line, in general, as a group. I think heís battled throughout the year and heís played well for us. Along the way, each player and you can always pick out a game and point to a play or two, but weíre really pleased with not only him as a player, but him as a person.
Q: What did you think of Grant Haley and his increased role?
A: I thought he did a good job. Heís going to benefit by playing more and more, made some plays, there were a couple plays where he was just close, almost. As you go along now, continue to make the plays you make and take those almost ones and make them happen.
Q: What more do you need out of (Olivier) Vernon?
A: Heís just like every player on our team. Just keep battling, keep playing to make a difference. He can be a disruptive force, we all know that. I mentioned this, that he got kind of a late start this year, he missed six games because of the injury. Heís been out there playing and battling and making plays, heís just got to keep continuing to play. Thatís the focus for all players. Heís a valued member of our team, and heís just got to keep playing.
Q: Mike Shula said yesterday, I think it was the first first-down you might have gotten in Philly where it was a check-down to (Rhett) Ellison and he fought through some tackles to get it. He said you guys were trying to stress the difference between getting that first down as kind of a way for your offense to take the next step. What was he talking about, extra effort?
A: No, converting on third down allows you to keep drives alive. We saw the negative effects of that in the third quarter. We only had 10 plays in the third quarter because we didnít keep drives alive, six of which were runs and then because of the penalties, we had some long third yardage situations. You see the effects of not converting on them. Iíd prefer to convert on a first or second down. I talk to our guys about playing Canadian ball. Letís convert on second down and eliminate the stress of what third down brings, and thereís absolutely nothing wrong with that. Thereís nothing against the rules in terms of converting on second down. Iím assuming thatís what heís referring to, it keeps drives alive. Then you get more plays and get to all the fun stuff you want to.