Question: What was the workout like today?
Coach Billick: Good, a little disappointed, at first, at the tempo. I think they kind of had their eyes a little too far forward at the game, which is natural. But they snapped it back into shape and it was a good practice.
Q: Marques Douglas, is he ok?
Billick: I have no idea, I've been signing autographs and talking to you all.
Q: Brian, how frustrating is it when you get out to watch the special teams practice and you see Lamont [Brightful] struggling so much with the drops?
Billick: There's only so much you can do to help someone with confidence he either has to believe what he's doing and snap out of it or he wont. Lamont's a good young man, he's been there and he'll fight his way out of it.
Q: When you see someone have that kind of trouble, obviously you're not his position coach, but as the head coach, what can you say?
Billick: There's only so much you can really say. Confidence is a personal thing, he's got to know that we have confidence in him. We've done that, we've been down the road with Lamont before, but he's got to find that confidence to do what we know he can do there's only so much you can do as a coach.
Q: Could you find outside help in that position?
Billick: Sure, we're always looking, you can't bet on it. But we're always looking.
Q: Any idea of what the starters numbers will be on Saturday?
Billick: We'll try to get 25 snaps, or so, which is maybe a half.
Q: Is it going to be the same rotation at quarterback?
Billick: Yeah, again, we'll just see how far that 25 snaps takes us, we'll get it hopefully early and get them out of there.
Q: How nice is it knowing that you're going to Philly this weekend with a new stadium and field you don't have to worry about?
Billick: Well, I'll check it, but I'm sure it's fine and I know they're excited about that stadium and it sounds like it's a beautiful venue.
Q: I'm sure you've heard the latest reports about Deion [Sanders].
Billick: Our profile hasn't changed, he's obviously doing his due diligence to see if this is something he really wants to do. Certainly we'd love to have him in and when we get to that point, he'll be in.
Q: When you say, "you'd love to have him in," meaning what to have him workout or to sign him?
Billick:n Deion's a professional, he doesn't want to come in here unless he's ready to go and we'll give him that kind of space and when he feels like he's physically at the right spot then we'd love to have him in.
Q: He's not young, as we all know, but he's done so much in his career. At his age, what do you think he could bring?
Billick: He's a special individual with special talents and he is not too old, I can promise you that. Now we'll find out what that is and obviously it'll be a work-in-progress, to a degree, but he's not old.
Q: Is there a time frame, Brian, that you just want this whole thing over and done with, one way or another?
Billick: Yeah, the sooner the better, but we're going to respect the time frame he's on.
Q: What about Deion's health?
Billick: Well, he's been out of it for three years which means he's very fresh right now, which is good. To my knowledge, he's fine.
Q: How much is this words of battle between the Ravens and Eagles just getting outrageous?
Billick: It's not for you all it is. A guy the other day asked why we thought we could absorb a T.O. [Terrell Owens]. I simply said I thought we had character on this team. Andy [Reid] will handle it beautifully, the question was how would my team handle T.O. and my point was that we have enough veteran experience and leadership I think we would've handled it well. That's it. Sometimes you guys are like petulant second graders going from one end of the school-yard to the other that's all that I said. I think my team has the veteran experience and leadership to absorb a guy like T.O. I'm sure they are. I don't know that team and I can't imagine that they don't have good leadership but for some reason they've decided that means that I said they didn't that's for their purposes. That writer had it in for Andy, he had it in for T.O., and he had it in for that team and to extrapolate it beyond that is his business.
Q: Coach, you stopped practice in the middle, focus issue?
Billick: Yeah, I didn't want it to progress beyond that and they snapped it back in. They knew that was not acceptable and it was good that they snapped it back in the way that they did.
Q: I don't know how much it helps in preparing a preseason game, but to have Jim Fassel on this team in a year you play the NFC East...
Billick: Very helpful. There are some changes obviously, Washington's totally different and his own [team] with regards to outside his personnel. In terms of Philadelphia and Dallas, he's going to bring an experience having played those guys that's certainly going to be helpful.
Q: Is there a time frame on B.J. Sams?
Billick: Hopefully we'll get him out working around next week. I don't know that he'll be able to use his hand to do anything but we should be able to get him out and put him through his paces we hope.
Q: What about Fred Weary, what's his injury and do you expect him back soon?
Billick: Hopefully. He's got a deep, deep bruise that's kind of moving its way around right now.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times