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Transcript: Head Coach Brian Daboll

Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/3/2024 4:43 pm
Head Coach Brian Daboll

Q: What are you guys doing today? Anyone not going?

A: We're going to do similar to what we did last week, which will be more of a walkthrough but (safety Jason) Pinnock will not do the walkthrough and (center) John Michael (Schmitz Jr.) won't do the walkthrough.

Q: With Pinnock, is it a foot? Based off the game and how long do you expect him to be out?

A: It's more of his toe than it's his foot so we'll see how it goes this week.

Q: What's John Michael's injury?

A: Lower leg. Lower leg, ankle, kind of got leg-whipped a little bit in the game so we'll see where he's at. Sore today.

Q: And your plan is to continue with (quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor) as your quarterback, I assume?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you approach this game any differently, being the finale? Maybe given younger guys more of a look or anything like that.

A: What do you mean differently?

Q: Like do you play (cornerback) Tre Hawkins (III) or do you play guys who haven't got a lot of playing time lately? Young players, to get a look at them.

A: No, try to do what we can do to win.

Q: How much do you put into the fact about you could be a spoiler, right? This is a division, Eagles could win the division, possibly with a win. Does it mean anything to you?

A: No, I just try to do the best we can to prepare and play as good as we can to try to win a game. Try to be consistent with it.

Q: Do you call upon professionalism or pride or anything different when you go to a last game of the year?

A: No, because that's what those guys are, they're pros and we got to try to have a good week and do as we can to go out there and play well.

Q: What lessons do you want (quarterback) Tommy DeVito to take away from this whole season experience?

A: Yeah, I'd say that's for down the road. We're just focusing here on what we need to do this week.

Q: One of the goals this year obviously was to do better in the division, which didn't happen. Would beating the Eagles you think pump up a lot of people in this building? You, the players, everybody, going out to next season.

A: Anytime you win it's a good thing, so you know, have a chance to go 3-3 in the division, it's different than 1-4-1 but really, we're focused on trying to get a win.

Q: I should've said more about the Eagles and the Cowboys, as opposed to the division.

A: Yeah, we're just focused on the Eagles.

Q: Does (tackle) Matt Peart step into the right tackle?

A: Yeah, he'll play right tackle.

Q: You guys did this I think in the playoffs last year too, you gave (wide receiver) Dennis Houston an elevation, just what's the thinking behind that?

A: Well, he's done a great job for us all year, so brought him up because he earned that opportunity. He's been really a tough, competitive guy throughout practice. Gives a great look for the look teams, improved, not necessarily obviously playing but I thought that was a good thing to do for him.

Q: Do you feel any pressure to get a win in this game?

A: We try to win every week. That's what we try to do.

Q: It doesn't feel any different to you?

A: Each week in this league you try to do everything you can to get a win, so that's what we'll try to do.

Q: Do you appreciate what your guys have done over the last few weeks despite the fact that you've been out of the playoffs?

A: Sure. Yeah, I think they compete. They've had good competitive stamina. It's went down to a wire in a few of these games. Obviously haven't gotten the results we want, but yeah, appreciate how they're working in the building. They're pros; they're doing everything they can do to try to be as good as they can be.

Q: What do you mean when you say competitive stamina?

A: Compete regardless of the score, the situation, your record. Compete down in, down out, day in, day out.

Q: You talk about evaluating your players constantly. How do you evaluate your coaches? How does that process work?

A: That's something, again, that's down the road here. We're just focused on doing what we need to do this week.

Q: But how does the process itself work? Not necessarily what you think of them, but just the actual processes.

A: I'd say I'm not focused on that right now; I'm focused on trying to do good this week.

Q: Can I get a detailed answer on that next week?

A: Focused on today.

Q: (Eagles Head Coach) Nick (Sirianni) has mentioned that maybe he won't play everybody. They might get a bye next week or they might have to play next week. Do you expect to see all their frontline guys?

A: I'd say you'd have to ask Nick.

Q: You brought (inside linebacker Darrian) Beavers up the other day. What's his year been like? He's had sort of a journey coming back from the injury and then on practice squad.

A: Yeah, he's done a nice job. That's why we gave him that opportunity. We thought he could help us on special teams in the kicking game. He did some good things. We'll see how it goes this week.

Q: Are you optimistic for (cornerback) Deonte (Banks) this week?

A: We'll see. I'm hopeful, but it'll go all the way down to the wire, probably.

Q: This could be (wide receiver Sterling) Shep(ard)'s last game. Do you give him a little extra run, get him out there?

A: I've got a tremendous amount of respect for Shep, and if we have things in for Shep he'll be ready to go.
too sore for a walkthrough?  
D HOS : 1/3/2024 5:12 pm : link
Seriously? If you are going to be out, then sure, stay out of the walkthrough. But if you are questionable or probable and just too sore? Maybe this is not a big deal, but if the walkthrough is important, then this sounds kind of soft. I have to think this means those guys are not likely to go, because too sore for a walkthrough to me means, too sore to walk/jog at all. Is that normal, to be that sore mid-week, but able to play on sunday?

"if we have some things in for Shep". I guess I didn't realize that we are about specific player packages, and someone like Shep isn't there for next man up purposes.
This has been a really disappointing year for Daboll  
Chris684 : 1/3/2024 5:44 pm : link
In my opinion. Wouldn’t want to move on from him yet or anything but after year 1 I was convinced we had a top head coach. This year I think there’s been enough to really question that. If I’m fact Wink leaves because the relationship dissolved that’s another bad look for Daboll in a year with plenty of them.

We have to hope he is the coach we saw in year 1 and not the guy we’ve seen in year 2.
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