Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Brian Dawkins news conference

This comes from the Eagles:

FS Brian Dawkins Press Conference


On whether he will be meeting with Head Coach Andy Reid or any veterans about WR Terrell Owens:
“No. At this point, Andy has talked to Terrell and that’s what’s going to be done at this point right now.”

On whether he has talked to T.O.:
“I said, ‘What’s happening dawg,’ like I always do. There’s enough going on right now for me to pull him aside. I said, ‘What’s going on dawg? How’s everything?’ And then I went out to practice.”

On whether the chapter has closed on the T.O. situation now that Coach Reid met with him today:
“It’s not going to be a closed chapter because, let’s be honest, you’re going to always ask us questions about it. It’s never going to be a closed chapter as far as talking about it. But as far as me, and in-house, it’s a closed chapter. You can only deal with things as they come up. You can worry about things that have happened.”

On whether he saw an attitude change in T.O. today:
“Like I’ve always said, I can only go by what happens when I’m around him, or when I see him around myself or whoever else. He was laughing before. Every time you see him, he’s not going to be laughing, just like I’m not laughing. Well I take that back. I’m used to laughing all the time, but he’s not going to be laughing all the time, or joking all of the time. So, I don’t see any difference in that.”

On whether he and LB Jeremiah Trotter were behind the scenes trying to cool the situation with T.O.:
“No. It wasn’t like I was with Andy, meeting everyday with Andy, meeting with Terrell and trying to make them shake hands. That’s not the way it works. You have two grown men with differences of opinion and it’s something that happened. And they talked it out. That’s usually how things work when you have two willing parties to go out and talk. And that’s what they did when he got back.”

On whether Coach Reid is the only person T.O. needs to talk to:
“I can only control what I control. As far as two individuals and whether they are going to talk or not, that’s something that I can’t control right now.”

On whether this is as odd a situation he has come across:
“Oh yeah, just a tad bit. As far as talking to you guys, this is nothing new. I mean we went to the Super Bowl last year, so you can’t get any more odd than that as far as the coverage. To have the things that have happened this offseason and going into training camp, it has been a lot different than anything I’ve experienced.”

On whether today was a distraction:
“No. Like I’ve always said, it’s only a distraction if you let it be. When the cameras are outside, the people are outside with the signs or whatever, you drive through and you go to practice. You’ve got the airplanes up. It’s not something I haven’t seen before. I haven’t seen them in this type of situation, but these are things that have happened before. It’s nothing new. So you just take it for what it is and understand that this is a situation where you have a star receiver, one of the best at what he does, a lot of media attention. But none of that changes what we do on the field. And through all of this, what I think is kind of getting lost a little bit, is the fact that we’re trying to push for another Super Bowl. And that’s what we’re focused on. All of this stuff, it has to be talked about. It’s something that happened. But at the same time, we’re trying to focus on what we have to do to get back to the Super Bowl and win it. Everything else will be handled how it needs to be handled.”

On whether he has noticed the young guys who haven’t been through something like this act wide-eyed about the situation:
“Well, for the most part, when you think about rookies, and I can kind of remember when I was a rookie, you’re thinking about not making mistakes. You’re thinking about trying to make a play when a play comes your way. You’re thinking about not missing tackles defensively and catching the ball as receivers. So, when you have a young guy, he has enough to think about or worry about, if you will, than to think about what’s going on here. So all we have to do as veterans is go out and do what we do everyday. That’s take the practice field, practice hard, look at films, where you need to be, and be honest with yourself when you’re evaluating your practices. And that’s what we do.”

On whether too much is being made of the T.O. situation entirely:
“We’re in Philadelphia man. I mean, what is too much? Really, what is too much? It’s something to talk about. It’s coverage and you guys are going to do your job. As far as me, yeah. But to you guys, probably not.”

On whether he can honestly say that T.O. will not be a disruption to this football team this season:
“Like I said, I can only control what I control. And what I control is how I take the field and what I do as an individual. I can’t sit here and try to tell you what Terrell is going to do. Only Terrell knows what he is going to do. And all I can do is concentrate on what’s going ahead right now. They’ve already met. He’s come to practice. He’s practiced and when I spoke to him, he said, ‘What’s happening?’ So, all I can do is concentrate on that. I can’t sit here and look in the future and say, ‘Watch now. In game 5 I have an idea…’. No, that’s not how this thing works.”

On whether teammates will be cautious to approach T.O. now that he has alienated people on national television:
“Your guess is as good as mine how that’s going to go. Once again, that’s for guys to work out how they’re going to handle the situation. I can’t go individually to each guy and say, ‘Hey, you need to do this. You need to do that.’ That’s not the way this thing works. You have to just wait and see how this thing plays out. I’m hoping and praying that nothing else breaks out. I’m going to leave it at that. I’m not going to say, ‘but.’ I’m going to leave it at that.”


At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, here you have a team leader on the Eagles saying that there are all kinds of things the media reports that aren't true. He's too nice to say it, but you can tell he thinks the media coverage is insane, unwarranted and is also hurting the team.


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