HEAD COACH ANDY REID
OPENING STATEMENT: “Seems like the game was quite awhile ago, but we had some good things that we did, I thought defensively we played our hearts out, I thought (Harrison) Butker had a phenomenal day. Offensively, heck, we had a ton of yards, we just have to take care of business in the red zone and get rid of some of the penalties. Other than that, I thought all three phases contributed, there were some really good things you can take out of it and at the same time there was plenty of stuff we have to work on. With that, time’s yours.”
Q: Can you speak to what the defensive front has been through the first six games and what it will do to get Charles Omenihu back?
REID: “I think the front has done a real nice job with pressure and hitting the quarterback, they’ve done a pretty good job with the run game likewise. You add Charles (Omenihu) in there who is a good football player to the mix I’m kind of looking forward to seeing him get in there. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to just step right in and play the whole game, one of those things, I think we (will) just probably ease him back in and let him get going there, see how he does.”
Q: Do you expect Charles Omenihu to be active this week?
REID: “I think there’s a good chance of that. He’s been back here (and) is in good shape, it’s just a matter of getting him back in there. He went through all of camp and worked his tail off, like I said he’s kept himself in good shape (while) he was gone here. Just a matter of getting back in and getting in the swing of things again.”
Q: Former Chiefs DE Frank Clark is a free agent now, any interest in bringing him back in?
REID: “Like I mentioned before, we love (former Chiefs DE) Frank (Clark). We’re just talking through some things there. There are a few things you have to look at when you do that. That’s kind of where we’re at, we haven’t done anything to this point.”
Q: After playing a tough game against the Jets, will you make the Jets defeating the Eagles a talking point to the team?
REID: “I think probably (we’re) more focused on just getting better on what we’re doing. We have plenty of things to take care of without worrying too much about the other people. I’ll tell you what it does, it tells you the parity – I mean you sit back and watch these games; it tells you the parity that’s going on in the league right now, I mean it’s crazy. It’s great for all the cities in the league and everybody has a chance and that’s what the league was striving for. That’s where we’re at with the other part of that.”
Q: Are there areas on offense that have improved thus far? What areas need improvement?
REID: “I like the way the young receivers have come along. The offensive line, every rep they get, they’re getting better. I think we’re putting up a lot of yards, we’ve just got to eliminate some of the penalties during crucial situations, we’ve got to take care of the red zone, do our job there, but sure, I like the progress we’re making. We just have to tighten up a couple things there.”
Q: How have you seen defenses around the league catching on to some offenses?
REID: “Well a lot of the defenses are doing a great job, creative minds. We’re lucky we have (Defensive Coordinator Steve) Spags (Spagnuolo) here and the job that he does with it. He’s been a head coach, probably deserves to be a head coach again. To have a guy in that position that’s that qualified and understands the game like that, and you’re seeing that in different places throughout the league. Right now, defenses are doing well.