Q: What is the injury status of Zach Thomas and Vonnie Holliday?
A: "Same as yesterday. Neither one of them practiced, but we'll, obviously, with Zach continue the day-to-day process and Vonnie is making progress, which is good."
Q: How is Jesse Chatman recovering from his injury?
A: "Jesse practiced. It was good."
Q: Will it take multiple practices to prepare Zach Thomas for a game?
A: "That would be logical. But this is a veteran player you're talking about. Here is a guy who knows how to play football. I think I've always said, all of these situations can be different. You take them one day at a time because we've all been in a situation where everything was fine and you are ready to go and you move on. You turn around tomorrow and the guy is out, so we try not to get too far ahead of ourselves."
Q: How has Quentin Moses contributed to the team?
A: "Quentin has been a nice addition. When he's had opportunities to play, he's played well. One thing that was kind of funny the other night, Quentin kept running in there and then he kept coming right off because we can't get Jason (Taylor) to come out, which is a good thing. It's fun to see guys who are excited to play and continue to play with that kind of enthusiasm. Quentin is a guy who gives us a lot in practice and really has improved a lot probably the last three or four weeks, maybe as much as anybody."
Q: What do you like most about Quentin Moses?
A: "He's a young talent, and I like his approach. I like his effort. That's the first thing. He's given great effort in practice, and his preparation in meetings has been outstanding. I think sitting next to Jason Taylor in meetings can't do anything but help. I know that rubs off. If you watch Jason in meetings, he's very detailed and very attentive, as you would think he would be. I have seen guys at that stage in their career that figure, 'I've got all of this,' but he's not. He's a note-taker, and Quentin doesn't know any different. He comes in and he says, 'If that guy is doing it, maybe I ought to do that.' For the guys that have kind of been forced to play this year a little bit quicker, there is a lot of that going on, so they're getting a lot of good veteran leadership."
Q: Do you thinking playing in front of a home crowd will help John Beck?
A: "You never know. Obviously, your goal is to win at home and to play well at home, and you want to work in that direction. I'm looking forward to seeing how he plays at home, how he responds and how the crowd responds to him. I think it will be a plus."
Q: Has Beck made smart decisions as a quarterback thus far?
A: "He is growing each and every play. That's the one thing in the last game, and the conditions contributed to it a little bit, when this system is really oiled up and going the way we want it we really don't repeat a lot of plays. In this case, last week on some plays that we were repeating you could just see the growth and the vision. Those are things that I'm seeing that I think are important."
Q: How do you feel about finally seeing Beck start in dry weather?
A:"There have been times when I've reminded Coach (Bob) Knight that we happen to play outdoors, and we have to deal with the elements. You learn to play in those elements, especially in this division."
Q: How close do you feel the team is to winning?
A: "With the way we played the last few weeks, we're close every week. We go into every game feeling like we can win. I think that's the important thing. I know to some people that seems impossible. How do you go into a game feeling like you can win when you haven't won? You watch guys prepare. You can tell if people are preparing to win or not, or whether they're just getting by. Are they getting better or are they just getting by? This team is trying to get better. Teams that I've seen, the teams that get better, continue to believe. You've got to tip your hat to a lot of these guys who refuse to give in and they haven't lost belief in themselves and/or each other. We all know that's a lot easier said than done. If you continue to do that, you'll be close, and then when you're close, then you've got to do the things when the opportunity presents itself to win the game, and that's where they're at."
Q: Do you think there is more urgency to win now than there was at the beginning of the season?
A: "In our situation, there has been a sense of urgency since the beginning. But again, our approach is consistent, and then it comes down to executing and making plays. That's the bottom line. Working hard, preparation, all those things guarantee you a chance, because the other teams is working pretty hard too and preparing pretty well too, so it just gives you a chance. Now, when you show up on Sundays, it's a matter of executing and making the plays and eliminating mistakes. That becomes the difference in the game. Because you know the other teams are going to prepare, you know the other teams are going to play hard. What we've got to do is we've got to execute, we've got to take advantage of our opportunities, and we've got to make the plays, especially at the end of the games when they're there to be made. When we do that, we all know what's going to happen. We're going to win."
Q: Do you think Will Allen has been playing well?
A: "He is. He's played solid all year, and Will will tell you a play here, a play there early on, but then over the last four, maybe five, weeks - and we've expanded his role. We've expanded his role into our sub-package and asked him to do more and he's really responded well to the challenge. And his leadership, I was talking to him about that today and I have been a lot, we need his veteran leadership. He's got two guys behind him who haven't played a lot. We've got some guys on the outside that we need his leadership and he's given it to us."
Q: Why have you been blitzing Allen more recently?
A: "(Defensive coordinator) Dom (Capers) will tell you the same thing, just calling a blitz - guys have a knack and timing and that for sacking a quarterback, and he's got a knack. As you know, the play in Philly, that's a game-changing play. Then he had a couple last week. He's got a knack for it. Obviously, you've got to be careful where we're using it, but it's more about the guy. Does the guy have a knack for it more than it is scheme."
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