On the expectations for Albert Haynesworth:
"Everybody has got to handle it the way they want. I have my own agenda, my own expectations for this football team. We got to take everyday one day at a time. We cannot get involved in the ups and downs. It is typical of people to get something and get all gaga over the new toy and forget about all of the things they have had all along. I try and stay away from that. I try to be respectful and prideful with the things that I had and be appreciative of the things we have added on. We are going to add these guys on and try to get better. I do not get into numbers. The only number I get into is points per game. If we get our points per game down, I am going to be thrilled because we will have more of an opportunity to win more ball games."
On the potential of the defense to be more disruptive:
"We have a chance and the potential to be better. We still have to go out and do it. So far, we have not played anybody. It is still speculation. If you go back and look at the draft picks over the years and the speculation behind them, a lot them did not pan out. I do not think that will be the scenario here but you have to wait and let them play."
On improvements in practice:
"I have some veteran players that have respect and passion for the game. They come to work everyday professionally. That makes it fun for me and the staff to come to work because they are mature and they understand the opportunity that is available to them. We have some young guys that still have to learn what it is to be a professional. Over the next few weeks, we got to let these young guys catch on and mature and try to get on the bus with the rest of us. It has been encouraging how the veteran guys work. The young guys are a long way off. As things pile up, it is starting to show they are starting to get to their breaking point mentally. It will be interesting to see how they respond when the lights go on and the speed picks up on Thursday night."
On defensive end Jeremy Jarmon:
"He has done a good job. He is a little more athletic than I anticipated. In special teams drills, I have seen him do some things out in space that are quite impressive. He is actually a little bit further along right now than I thought he would be. I thought being a junior coming out, he would be a little bit further behind on the learning curve. Honestly, some of the things that he can do athletically help bring him up. When his mind catches up with his athletic skills, I think he will possibly be on the field even a little sooner than we thought he would be on the field. He is a very smart young man but it is a game of speed and a game of big men. With Philip [Daniels] and Renaldo [Wynn] in front of him, he has time to learn and adjust but as I alluded to earlier, he is adjusting faster than I thought he would."
On defensive end Phillip Daniels and safety Reed Doughty coming back from injury:
"They have been good. They practice everyday. Reed is the best he has been since he has been here. Reed's back is better than it was when he came out as a rookie. He has had a good camp. He has always been a solid player and a guy you can count on. He has done really well. Phillip, if you didn't look at the birth certificate, you would never believe the guy was 36 years old. He has a body 21-year-olds would kill for. He could be on a magazine cover. He works and plays that way. Both of those guys have had good camps. Our big thing is try to get them healthy to the New York Giants game. We got to get them to that opener and see if we can make a run at winning this division."
On linebacker/defensive end Brian Orakpo:
"It's one thing to rush the passer at his weight, it's another thing to play the run for 50, 60 plays in the NFC East. There's a difference. The thing that happens is this, having a strong bull rush is one thing; it's another thing handling a guy blocking you in the run game for 60 minutes. And there's a huge difference there. In time we'll have to see how big he becomes. But he is a very strong person, he's a very athletic person who's got great speed, but he is more than just a speed rusher, there's no question about that."
"It'll be impressive to see him Thursday night. He had some plays Saturday that were good. He had some plays Saturday that we were very disappointed in. I could see him just getting better and better. It's still a lot easier for him to take on a 250-pound tight end, the same size he is, as opposed to a 330-pound tackle."
On linebacker/defensive end Chris Wilson:
"Chris' done a good job with all the assignments, he's done a good job in the coverage, and he's done a good job adjusting to checks and stuff. Practice is easy because if you mess up in practice, coach is going to get on you, in 30 seconds it's going to be over with. You mess up Thursday night the announcers going to talk about it for another 10-15 minutes, the fans are going to talk about it, they're going to talk about it at the barber shop the next day. It's a little bit different pressure in the game on Thursday night as opposed to practice during the day.
On the difficulty transferring from defensive end to linebacker as Brian Orakpo and Chris Wilson are doing:
"It's difficult, but it's not monumental. It can be done. People do it all the time. A lot of it depends on your athleticism, and both of them have the athleticism. They both have the innate intelligence to be able to do it. Sometimes it's just a matter of feel actually, I've seen Chris [Wilson] do some better things, and be a better player at Sam [strong-side linebacker] than I ever saw him in the last couple of years as a defensive end. There are some things that allow him to use his athleticism. Now, he's not at a deficiency as far as size is concerned. I think he's mentally more confident, and I also think he' been more competent because I think the matchups suit him better. I think he's done a good job with it and I think it's relatively easy to do if the Lord blesses you with the athletic ability he's given those guys."
On the difference in intensity with Thursday's preseason game on the horizon:
"There's guy starting to get a little nervous. We have some guys that are starting – some of the young guys – to have it sink in that they are actually going to line up in an NFL football game and their moms and grandmoms are going to watch them. I think the pressure is starting to close in on them, there's no doubt about it. Some worse than others, but it's a natural progression. If they don't let their fear or their nervousness handcuff them, they can use it and channel it to help them to prepare to play. But, yes, it's starting to build up."
On safety LaRon Landry:
"The thing about LaRon is he is here in training camp healthy. Last year he missed training camp and it hurt him early in the season. If you look at the second half of LaRon's season, LaRon was one of the best safeties in the NFL, if not the best, with his picks, with his hits and the big plays he was making for us. Being healthy right now, if we can keep him healthy, he is going to have the opportunity to play that way the entire season. I think he will finally get his just dues and the recognition and go to the Pro Bowl because he is that caliber of a football player. He has played in camp how he finished the season last year which was at a very high level."