“We brought them in here this morning as if they had played a game yesterday, much like we’ll do September 10th,” said Philbin, who confirmed that the players already had done their weight lifting. “We’re going to have a team meeting at 12:30 p.m., where we’re going to begin the process of revisiting the Carolina game and making the corrections that we think are necessary. Then they’re going to watch the whole film with their coaches from A to Z and after we clean up from Carolina we’ll touch briefly on Atlanta. We’ll have kind of a walk through, jog through type practice, much like they would the day after a game.”
Tuesdays are typically an off day for the players, so Philbin plans to treat tomorrow and Tuesday like a typical Wednesday and Thursday, and then Wednesday will be like a Friday, with Thursday being handled like the day before a game. By this Thursday he’d like the players to feel like they just went through as close to a normal game week as possible and feel as if they are even better prepared for Atlanta.
Out of necessity, rookie defensive end
“I think OV (Vernon) did a really nice job,” Philbin said. “The kid did a good job on special teams. If you remember early in the game, the kid was really lathered up within about five minutes. He covered a kickoff, was on a punt team and was playing every snap on defense. He was playing hard. I think it was him on the opening kickoff (who made the tackle), if I’m not mistaken. I like the way he plays the game and I think he did a good job. Guyton and Trusnik stepped in and did some things at linebacker.”
Now today they’ll get a chance to experience what it’s like answering questions from the media in front of their lockers instead of out on the field on their way inside. That is also part of the regular-season routine, a 45-minute media availability session in the locker room.
By week’s end, Philbin’s hope as that all of his players will perform up to his regular-season expectations and he will get the type of performance against the Falcons that he can positively critique.