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Joe Gibbs Media Session

On the team's injuries:

"The guys that sat out of practice were Santana (Moss, WR, #89), hopefully he gets better towards the end of the week, and David Patten (WR, #80) sat out. David has a little bit of a high ham in the back so we just wanted to rest it."

On possibly having the starting 11 guys on defense back for the first time since the playoffs last season:

"Anytime you miss your starting group or the people out of that group it means a lot to you. To get them back healthy it would mean a lot to us. I sure would like to see that."

On Chris Cooley (TE, #47) and if he is getting more comfortable in the offense:

"I don't think it is so much that. We have talked about the passing game and how it goes sometimes. You can go three or four games and have just a few throws go to you because the quarterback is reading the coverage and different parts of different routes. Certainly Chris is a big part of what we do here. He has been for three years. We think he has been an exceptional player. It is good to get those guys the ball. Sometimes it is hard if you have a lot of playmakers to get them all the ball. Chris has been someone that is a producer. The quarterbacks have a good feel for him and count on him and we count on him."

On if he has talked to the team about how a win at home against a rival could jump start the second half of the season:

"Our team is a smart bunch of guys. They know that it is a divisional game against Dallas and at home. They figure things out normally before I talk to them. We all know that this is a big game because it is divisional and it is at home. I think the way they are playing right now it is going to take a great effort on our part and it is going to take everyone at FedEx helping us."

On if it helps to have very capable receivers in Antwaan Randle El (WR, #82), and Brandon Lloyd (WR, #85) backing up Santana Moss (WR, #89) so there is no rush to get him back from an injury:

"You really don't do that anyway. What we have done there is added depth. Getting Randle El and Brandon means a lot to us. Hopefully what is going to happen later in the week is that Santana is going to be ready to go. Obviously having depth at some of those key positions, particularly at receiver, is a big deal. We felt like it hurt us last year. That is why we did what we did in the off season."

On if he is frustrated with how the season is going right now:

"I don't think it is just me. It is everybody right now. We are 2-5 that is just where we are. We have two games where we did the things that we like to do and then we have had five games that were disappointing for us. That is really what it is. That is our record and that is how we are judged. It is not just me. There are a lot of people around here that get frustrated. The players and coaches are busting themselves."

On what the rivalry against the Cowboys means to him:

"Almost every place I have been, whether it is college or pro ball, there has been somebody that you develop a real rivalry for, particularly in the division where you play each other twice. I think everyone in this division has a good rivalry with everyone else. Certainly this is a big game for us. It always has been. Typically when people talk, they talk about the Redskins Cowboys game being a big deal. You realize how people feel. It is a big deal and a big game. We are just going to have to play at our absolute best."

On former Redskin offensive lineman Ray Brown helping out with the offensive line recently:

"It really wasn't specifically about coaching. We are not adding another coach. What we are doing is bringing someone in the organization that started out as a Redskin, played 20 years, has been through thick and thin and right now we are having a tough time. I talked to him about being around the players, being back, and just being someone that young players can go to and talk to. It is good for them. Many times they are still wide eyed and still trying to figure out what all of this is about. They go from college where it is pretty much a game and they are on scholarship to all of the sudden moving into pro ball where it is your profession. What Ray can do there, not from a coaching standpoint, is talk to young guys about how to become successful here. It is one thing for me to say something to them. They are not going to pay a lot of attention to me. They are going to pay a lot of attention to Ray Brown because he played 20 years. He has gone through thick and thin. I also think he knows how to help you get out of messes. He has played his way out of them and been a part of a team that has played their way out of them. He was here last year when we had tough times and he was a big part of the leadership role."

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