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Joe Gibbs Friday Press Conference

On the offense against Baltimore in the preseason finale on Aug. 31:

"Offensively we played a lot of guys as everybody knows. We had to make some decisions there and I think that helped with that. That will be a part of the process as we continue to look at this and see what the best way to make us as strong as we can be. There were some individual efforts in there that we thought were good. Todd (Collins, QB, #15) played extremely well. I thought he did a very good job with a lot of young people in there surrounding him. I thought T.J. (Duckett, RB, #36), with the few number of looks we gave him, did a very good job. Our pass protection problems there were individual things. A lot of them were young guys that got in trouble."

On the defense against Baltimore:

"Our front line guys played very stout and physical. They ran to the ball well. We gave up a couple of big plays. There were some guys in there that got a chance to play quite a bit and some of them like Warrick (Holdman, LB, #57) getting to a chance to play Warrick at middle linebacker for a while was good for us. Rocky (McIntosh, LB, #52) got to play a ton and we keep seeing real good things from him. We had some new people in there, Vernon Fox (S, #39) got a chance to play quite a bit, so it gave us a good chance to evaluate them."

On how they played on special teams against Baltimore:

"Derrick (Frost, P, #4) obviously stepped up and had a very good night. He averaged 47 yards punting with a 41 yard net. He did a very good job for us. Our punt coverage was good. They averaged three yards per return against us and our kickoff we felt like improved."

On the preseason:

"It was disappointing for us. What we are doing and what other teams are doing pretty much matches up. You don't get offense's and defense's putting everything out there, so it probably evened out. When we played our young guys chances are they were playing their young guys. What you don't like is losing four games. We felt like we were trying to make the best decisions as a coaching staff to get the most out of pre-season. Certainly we would like to win games. That portion of it is a concern for us. We are pointed to Monday night now. Everything we can do from here on out will be pointed towards Minnesota, which is going to be a supreme challenge for us. I think this is going to be one of the most important games I have ever coached in."

On if he believes in carry over good or bad from the preseason:

"I don't know that I have a strong feeling one way or the other. I know it was disappointing for us. Now what does that do for your football team? I don't know. Sometimes it is an individual thing and sometimes it is a team thing. You don't know whether they get mad about it and say 'Hey we are going to play our guts out.' Certainly for us when you get matched up against people like that you like to win football games."

On the process they go through to make the final cuts:

"First of all you are looking at the 53-man roster and what makes us the strongest. Then you turn back around and on both sides of the ball you are trying to see what the final roster would be to play the game, because you will have inactives in there. You are trying to do both of those things. Then you are also thinking about the practice squad. There are guys that you are trying to get through to the practice squad and sometimes they are guys that you are trying to get through the process and then re-sign them. We really don't know until we get through the whole process."

On what he wanted to see from Jason Campbell (QB, #17) in the preseason:

"I felt like it was going to be an extended growth period for Jason (Campbell, QB, #17). I think he had a great off-season. Every time he did anything it was a learning it was a learning experience. I thought it was great. The more plays he gets the better off he is. We saw a number of things. The week before this he fired some stuff down there that opened your eyes. He is extremely strong. He got out and ran some against New England and showed some of the potential he has there.

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