Chris Steuber: Coming off of a difficult loss to the Packers last week, what are your thoughts about Monday night’s game against the Redskins?
Reggie Brown: The team is feeling good. We’re going to try to bounce back from last week’s loss. We’re going to try to put it together. We know it’s a long season. We would have liked to have gotten off to a better start, but we didn’t. We’re going to take it from here and get things going.
CS: What were the Packers doing defensively that took you out of the game?
Brown: They were getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback [Donovan McNabb], but we were still able to run the ball pretty well. The Packers are a good team, but we made a lot of crucial mistakes on offense that prevented us from moving the ball up and down the field. I think once we correct those [mistakes], and start to run our offense smoothly, we’ll be a lot better.
CS: Watching film this week on the Redskins, did you see anything that you may be able to exploit on Monday night?
Brown: We know they like to blitz and leave the receivers one-on-one [with their corners] on the outside. We’re going to take our chances and see if we can get a big play on them. Hopefully the opportunity presents itself and we can get a score out of it.
CS: Playing at home against the Redskins will be a huge home field advantage for the Eagles. How much do the fans affect the way you guys play on the field?
Brown: We have great fans. We know it’s going to be loud when they [Redskins] have the ball. They’re going to be rowdy. It’s always an advantage when you can play at home and you don’t have to go on plane trips and go through the whole traveling thing. You just like to play at home, because it’s home.
CS: Ever since you’ve entered the league, there has been a different receiver lining up with you. First there was Terrell Owens, then Donte’ Stallworth and now Kevin Curtis. What does Kevin bring to field that compliments your game?
Brown: Kevin is a great receiver. He’s going to take some pressure off of me. Defenses just can’t focus on one receiver, they have to play honest [defensively] because they can be hurt on either side. Kevin’s going to make big plays this year and allow me and the offense to get some of the other weapons involved.
CS: Did the coaching staff say anything to you regarding your performance against the Packers? If so, what was it and what are you looking to achieve on Monday night?
Brown: I just want to get a win, and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to contribute for us to get that win we need so badly. I’m still working on what I need to work on as a receiver and trying to sharpen up my route running.
CS: This is your third season in the league. What have you learned so far and what do you need to improve on as your career moves forward?
Brown: It’s a crazy league. It’s about business. You can’t allow that part to affect you. It’s one thing to go out there and play and not get caught up in it [the business side]. As long as I play relaxed and still have fun with this game, I’ll be alright. Coming in as a rookie having high expectations on yourself can tear you down. It can hurt your game. I just try to stay focused out there and have fun with it.
CS: How much fun are you having at this point in your career?
Brown: I’m having a lot of fun. I’m enjoying the game. I’m enjoying practices. I love going out there with my teammates and trying to win a Superbowl. I’m having a great time with it.
CS: What is the game plan offensively for the Eagles heading into Monday night?
Brown: Hopefully we’ll keep it balanced. That’s the idea of an offense to keep it balanced. But whatever we can exploit, whether it’s the pass or the run, we’ll stick to that. You really can’t control what the defense shows you – you just have to go out there and react to it and adjust.
Reggie Brown making an attempt to make a reception against the Redskins. (Getty Images/Jim McIsaac)
CS: The Redskins have one of the better secondaries in the NFL. What do they bring to the table against a passing offense like the Eagles?
Brown: They have very good corners. Carlos [Rogers] and I came into the league the same year. He’s a great talent. Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot have experience. I think I match up pretty good with them. I’m going to try to keep them on their toes and try to get enough separation from them to get the ball.
CS: How much fun are these games playing against one of your division rivals?
Brown: It’s unbelievable. The feeling you get when you go out on the field; a game that’s on Monday night, in the division, it’s so hype. The crowd is going crazy and everyone’s screaming; it just flows through you. You have to live for the moment, because you never know when it’s going to go. It’s hard to explain. You just have to be out there and experience it for yourself.
CS: With the special teams situation being what it is, and with J.R. Reed gone and Reno Mahe added to the roster, what are your thoughts on the return game?
Brown: It was just a couple of mistakes on special teams. I thought special teams as a whole played great. I don’t think anyone’s down about the situation. The mentality is to go out there and to beat anyone that’s in front of us. That’s the kind of team we have. We’re mentally strong here. I don’t think anyone is worried about it. It was Greg’s [Lewis] first time being back there and he was inexperienced. Reno’s a heck of a special teamer and I’m sure he’s going to do a great job.
CS: You talk about being mentally strong, but how big of a game is this for you guys?
Brown: It’s a big game. You don’t want to fall back 0 – 2, especially not 0 – 1 in our division. We’re going to take it pretty seriously, but we’re going to play loose like we always do, and hopefully we’ll come out with a win and get this thing started.
CS: It’s been reported that Coach Reid was at his angriest after last week’s loss to Green Bay. What has his message been this week as you prepare for the Redskins?
Brown: Pretty much that we need to step it up and stop making stupid mistakes. He felt that we beat ourselves in that game. I think everyone sees it the way that he does. We were all just as mad as he was. He knows that were going to bounce back, and he knows what kind of team he has, so he has high expectations for us.
CS: What are your expectations for Monday night, and do you have a prediction?
Brown: Hopefully we come out with a win. I don’t make predictions, but I think we’re going to have a great game.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber is the Editor in Chief of WarNest.com and an NFL Analyst for Scout.com. Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. If you have any questions for Chris, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.