REID: “Yeah, A.J. did the walk through and he’ll go out there unless there’s a setback. He’s scheduled to go today.”
REID: “Donnie was hurt last year. He’s recovered and coming off a really good camp. He’s a great kid, obviously, and he’s shown great toughness out here. He didn’t miss a day of practice, so he’s all in. Very good leader, and it’s good to have him on this football team. He can still run very fast, so we’re excited to have him healthy.”
Q: So it was a health issue, the ankle then the shoulder?
REID: “It was the shoulder primarily. The shoulder, for him to push through and play, that was something.”
Q: Obviously with
REID: “Just to be Donnie, that’s all he has to be. He doesn’t have to be anything other than that. Likewise, I’ll tell you the same thing about Frankie (Hammond Jr.). Go play and play your game. You don’t be anybody different or do anything different.”
Q: There’s a pattern of NFL teams when they make a big jump like your guys did last year, they fall back a little bit. In Philly you avoided that, is there anything in particular that allowed you to do that?
REID: “I don’t know that, other than good players and good coaches and working hard. I think that normally works. I’m not here to predict any future or anything else. The guys have worked their tails off and we’ve got good quality players. Now we need to just go play and that’s the part I get excited about. They’ve worked so stinking hard, now let’s go play and whatever happens, happens.”
Q: When you were in Philly was that on your mind at all?
REID: “Not at all. It hasn’t really been on my mind until you mentioned it. We do it one way and I think hard work is a part of that.”
Q: You’ve got three College Free Agents that made the team this year and 15 on the roster total, is there a common thread among those guys that have allowed them to overcome the odds?
REID: “There’s a variety of positions there, right? Starting with the kicker who had a tough battle against a good football player, Ryan (Succop), and ended up winning that out. I guess the common denominator is execution of what they were asked to do, doesn’t matter the position. I guess execution would be the primary thing.”
Q: You mentioned similarities between the Titans this year with Whisenhunt there and what you went through last year. Do you think you caught some people off guard last season? Is there any advantage at all to being a new coach in a new system? Do you study the tendencies at Arizona?
REID: “I mean, they are doing similar things. They aren’t going to change that much, it’s been successful for them at Arizona, the offensive side, and the defensive side when Ray was there. So I don’t see a huge difference in what they’ve done. Normally, you’re going to coach what you know best and present it to your players. It looks like that’s what they’ve done.”
Q: We haven’t seen
REID: “He had good practices the last couple days. I’m not worried about it. He knows what he needs to get done and he’ll do it. I’m not saying that he won’t have to get caught up on speed of the game but I think he’ll be fine.”
Q: Taking nothing away from the effort of
REID: “I think it was great for Sorensen to have the opportunity to show, especially working with the first group. I think it was absolutely positive for him, a lot of reps.”
Q: Talking about Whisenhunt, if you’re getting prepared for a Whisenhunt offense, first off is he from the Ron Erhardt kind of school? And what is his signature as an offensive mind?
REID: “Well, he’s always combined a solid run game with a good short intermediate game. And he’ll take his shots periodically. But he’s pretty well rounded there around the pass.”
Q: Got some young guys and some guys out of position on the offensive line. Not a ton of time playing together as a unit. What’s their readiness?
REID: “Well, I’m expecting them to play well. So I don’t really care about the position that you play, I just care that you go execute it. It doesn’t have to be pretty, I don’t care about that either. I just care that you get the job done and the guys here are wired that way. And I think they look forward to the challenge, this defensive line is a good defensive line that we are playing. It’ll be a good challenge for them.”