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    Helmet Skins/Eagles Notes & Quotes (Post-Game)

    Oct. 16, 2011
    FedExField


    Game Notes: Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles

    • The Redskins fell to 3-2 on the season with a 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on Sunday.

    • Attendance for the game was 80,447. The game was the Redskins’ 363rd consecutive sellout, including preseason, regular season and playoffs. All 143 regular season, postseason and preseason games at FedExField have been sellouts.

    • The loss was the team’s first at FedExField this season. The Redskins are 2-1 at home.

    • The Redskins held the Eagles scoreless in the second half. The last time the Redskins held an opponent scoreless in the second half was Oct. 24, 2010, when the Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears, 17-14, in Week 7.

    • Cornerback DeAngelo Hall recorded his 100th career game and posted six tackles (two solo), one pass defensed and one interception.

    • Hall’s interception was his first of the 2011 season and the 33rd of his career. The interception ties him for seventh-most among active players with Cincinnati’s Nate Clements.

    • The Redskins recorded multiple interceptions in a game for the first time since Dec. 26, 2010 in a 20-17 win at Jacksonville.

    • The Redskins intercepted two different quarterbacks – Michael Vick and Vince Young. Sunday marked the first time the Redskins have intercepted multiple quarterbacks in a game since a 31-20 win at Philadelphia on Jan. 1, 2006, a span of 84 regular season games.

    • With a first-quarter catch, tight end Chris Cooley passed Mike Ditka (427) for sole possession of 18th all-time in career catches by a tight end.

    • Defensive tackle Barry Cofield’s third-down sack of Michael Vick in the second quarter was Cofield’s first sack as a member of the Redskins.

    • Tight end Fred Davis finished the game with six receptions for 95 yards. He has 293 career receiving yards in seven games against Philadelphia, his highest total against any team in the NFL.

    • Davis’ longest catch of the game went for 31 yards, giving him eight receptions of 20 yards or longer through five games in 2011. Davis had four receptions of 20-plus yards in 16 games a season ago.

    • Quarterback Rex Grossman completed 9-of-22 passes for 143 yards and four interceptions. His four interceptions were his most since throwing four in a 24-23 win at Arizona on Oct. 16, 2006 game.

    • Quarterback John Beck appeared in a game for the first time as a member of the Redskins and saw his first regular season action since Dec. 30, 2007 against Cincinnati when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins.

    • In one quarter of play, Beck completed 8-of-15 passes for 117 yards, including a career-long 32-yard completion to Terrence Austin. He also rushed twice for 14 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw, the second touchdown run of his career and his first touchdown as a member of the Redskins.

    • Punter Sav Rocca placed two punts inside the 20, giving him 14 for the season. Rocca leads the NFL in punts inside 20 following Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET games.

    • Rocca averaged 42.5 yards per punt and allowed zero return yards. The last time the Redskins allowed zero or fewer return yards was Jan. 3, 2010 at San Diego.

    • Rocca’s net punting average for the season is now 41.2 net yards per punt. The Redskins’ single-season record is 39.2 net yards per punt, set by Matt Turk in both 1996 and 1997.

    • Rocca has zero touchbacks through five games. His 25 punts are the second-most among punters with zero touchbacks Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET games (Atlanta’s Matt Bosher – 27).

    • Kicker Graham Gano’s 50-yard field goal in the second quarter tied his career long, set earlier this season at Dallas. Gano went 2-for-2 to improve to 9-of-12 for the season, including hitting all three attempts from 40-plus yards.

    • Brandon Banks’ 47-yard kick return to open the second half was his longest of the season, besting his previous long of 31, set against Arizona in Week 2. As of the completion of Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET games, Banks leads the NFL in kickoff returns (18) and kickoff return yards (437).

    • On the first play of the Redskins’ ensuing drive, Grossman completed a pass on a flea flicker to Jabar Gaffney for 45 yards. The completion and the reception were season longs for Grossman and Gaffney, respectively.

    • Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe registered the 23rd interception of his career and his first as a member of the Redskins when he picked off Michael Vick in the third quarter. His 23 interceptions are now tied with Jacksonville’s Rashean Mathis and Chicago’s Charles Tillman for sixth-most amongst active players since Atogwe entered the league in 2005.

    • Atogwe’s interception came on a pass deflection by Cofield. The pass defensed was his fifth of the season, surpassing his career high set last season (four).

    • The interception held Philadelphia without points on the first drive of the second half. The Redskins are the only team in the NFL that has not surrendered any points on opponents’ first drive of the season half this season.

    • Atogwe’s half-sack of Michael Vick in the third quarter was his first as a member of the Redskins and gives him 5.5 for his career.

    • The Redskins forced a three-and-out on the Eagles’ first possession. The Redskins entered the game fifth in the NFL in three-and-outs forced (40.8 percent).

    Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan

    On the decision to pull quarterback Rex Grossman:
    “Well number one—we needed a spark. John has been practicing very well the past couple of weeks and with four turnovers there we thought it was time to make a change and give John an opportunity to show us what he could do.”

    On if John Beck would permanently be replacing Rex Grossman:
    “I would never announce that right after a game. I would announce that later on in the week. We’ll make a decision after looking at the film.”

    On if the quarterback position is open going into the week:
    “I said what I said. We’ll make a decision Wednesday. I wouldn’t say anything today…at every position. We had [left tackle] Trent Williams go down with a high ankle sprain. [Tight end] Chris Cooley fractured the index finger on his left hand and he is going to have to have that operated on. [Left guard] Kory Lichtensteiger [injured his] ACL/MCL…we’re not really sure right now but he’s quite sore and it doesn’t look good. Those are injury situations thus far. So I have to take a look at the film in a little bit more detail and figure out what direction we’re going to go in a lot of different positions. That won’t occur until Wednesday.”

    On John Beck’s play:
    “John’s been doing well and I thought he did well today. We put him in passing situations, down by 14 points, and I thought he handled himself well.”

    On if he spoke with Rex after the game:
    “No. We don’t talk [after the game]. I talk to the football team, I get a chance to look at the film. I know one thing, things weren’t as precise as we’d like to be on a couple different routes. We’ve got to get better in a lot of different areas. Anytime you lose the turnover battle the chances of winning aren’t very good.”

    On if there was a reason quarterback Rex Grossman was forcing the football:
    “Bottom line is you have a good day or you don’t. We’ll take a look at the film and try and talk about where the mistakes were in the reads and those types of things. Right now everybody knows that if you have four picks in a game good things aren’t going to happen.”

    On if the Eagles offense created any specific difficulties for the Redskins defense:
    “I thought [the Eagles offense] did a good job during the first half. I thought our defense came back in the second half and did a great job. We shut them out in the second half and gave our offense many opportunities to score. We didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. We had the ball inside the 50-yard line a couple of times and we couldn’t get any points. That’s the difference in winning and losing.”

    On losing left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger:
    “It’s hard to lose starters. We’ve talked about that before. Erik Cook hurt his calf before the game and couldn’t even go through warm-ups. He gutted it out, came out there and lasted the whole game as a guy that was not supposed to play. I was pleased with him, just the way he handled himself and was able to play.”


    On if Trent Williams would be out for a while:
    “I’ll tell you later on during the week. High ankle sprains usually aren’t very good.”

    On how left guard Kory Lichtensteiger was injured:
    “Hopefully I can see it on film. I can’t tell you for sure.”

    On the Redskins execution of the running game:
    “Anytime you have 21 plays in the first half you couldn’t get anything going. They were 0-for-4 on third downs and we didn’t execute the way we normally execute. Credit to them—disappointment for us.”

    On the delay of game penalty that pushed the Redskins out of field goal range:
    “It could’ve went either way. I wasn’t even sure if I should kick the field goal at that time—I was going back and forth. It was a two-score game at that time. Should we pin them back, should we go for the field goal… It made it easy when we did have the delay of game. We had them backed up and it gave us an opportunity to win the game. Two minutes and 44 seconds [remaining] and you’ve got some timeouts and you’ve got the two minute [warning]. [The Eagles] did a good job of getting two first downs running the football. I was disappointed in that—that was one of the most disappointing things there was. I felt in the second half, with our defense, we knew they were going to run at least two downs and we couldn’t stop them either time.”

    On if he felt this was a game that had almost been lost early but the team fought their way back in:
    “I was pleased our defense came back and shut them out in the second half. They’re a very explosive offensive football team and we played much better [in the second half]. We had our opportunities in the second half to put the game away and score, especially early in that third quarter—first drive, second opportunity, third opportunity—we need to take advantage of it. When you don’t take advantage of it you lose those games, especially when you don’t win the turnover battle.”

    On if running back Tim Hightower didn’t receive any carries because he’s still injured:
    “As I told Tim before the game, if I had someone go down he was going to play, but that was the only situation he was going to play in. He’s a little banged up still and we want to get him healthy. We want him to be able to play at 100 percent. That was the real reason why I kept him out.”

    On if quarterback Rex Grossman’s turnover from the 18-yard line was the most frustrating of the game:
    “There were two or three situations [that were frustrating]. Every one of those opportunities you get the chance to put the ball in the end zone and make it a one touchdown game. If it’s a one touchdown game with two or three of those opportunities obviously the game’s a lot different. Obviously we didn’t get it done.”

    QB Rex Grossman

    On problems in the game:
    “There were a lot of things that were problems today. First of all we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that were given to us on offense. We didn’t execute. I didn’t execute. I’m sure most of the questions are going to be about the interceptions so I might as well just go through them with you. The first one was on third and long just out of field goal range. I wanted to try to complete a pass to get into field goal range. I saw [tight end] Fred [Davis] beating his guy, or at least in the coverage they were running together. I didn’t like my underneath coverage. I had to make a quick decision. I wanted to try to put a ball up so Fred could go and just get it. It was intercepted and the ball should have been on the two [yard line]. I didn’t think that was a big deal. When you start off the game getting great field position like that, we didn’t take advantage of it. That was the first one. The second one was a play that I just didn’t throw far enough. I had it. Put it in on the sidelines, put the play in on the sidelines. I just didn’t get it out there enough. That’s normally something that I can hit in my sleep. The third one, some of these you have to trust people to make a cut to cross a safety’s face. I haven’t seen it on tape, I’m not saying that Fred didn’t do that. Things are tight and you have to make quick decisions. I trusted that he was going to be able to cross the safety’s face on his route. I’m not sure what happened but he wasn’t able to and the safety stepped up in front of it. The fourth one was a scramble play. I though [wide receiver] Jabbar [Gaffney] was coming back for the ball and the defender was. It is what it is. It was a bad game. [I have to] forget about it and move on and keep getting better.”

    On if he is worried he will not be the starter next week:
    “I’m worried about getting better. I’m worried about my job and if I’m out there I want to play extremely well.”

    On if he feels he will take the blame because he is a quarterback:
    “Yeah. Ultimately I’m responsible for the football.”

    On if there were breakdowns that were not his fault:
    “No, there are just some mistakes and some bad situations piled up there. I’m not saying it was Fred’s fault, but that’s what I saw.”

    On how he will handle the situation:
    “You’ve just got to flush it. There are so many times in this league that you face adversity for one reason or another that you’ve got to go back to your core beliefs. I believe in myself no matter if the whole stadium doesn’t or the coaching staff doesn’t. Whatever the situation is, I believe in myself that every single play I’m going to get it done. So, I fall back on that.”

    On if the offense had a confident mentality going into the game:
    “Yeah, we did. We put a lot of work into this. We put a lot of hours, a lot of effort, a lot of practice, a lot of late nights watching tape studying and creating a great game plan. Then it’s just about executing. We didn’t execute. We weren’t able to get into a flow at all on offense running the ball, passing the ball, anything. We still had somewhat of a shot near the end. If we had had any kind of positivity at any point in the whole game we could have been right there in the middle to win it.”

    On how important it was to lose two linemen early in the game:
    “When you’re playing an explosive offense on the other side of the board, you have to make sure that if nothing else you get drives and keep drives alive. We had too many three-and-outs. The guys that came in there for the injured linemen, I thought they played well.”

    On if the running game was slowed by the Eagles defense:
    “I’m not sure. I’m not exactly a running game guru. I don’t understand that as well. The situation of the game called for us to pass more.”

    On if he thought being removed from the game was justified:
    “Obviously I would have liked to have finished what I started. There’s a lot of times where you’re not, I don’t care what it is that you’re doing, when things aren’t going well and then all of a sudden things go into place and everything starts to get better. You start to click and all of a sudden you get into a rhythm. I wasn’t able to do that and they thought that the best answer was to replace me for that specific kind of spark.”

    On the conversation he had with coaches to replace him:
    “It was just a brief, informative speech. ‘We are going to go with Beck.’”

    QB John Beck

    On being thrown into the game:
    “Well there are obviously some plays that I wish I could’ve made. For me, I tried to go in and do something offensively, try to find a way to score.”

    On what Kyle said on being in the game:
    “You’re in. He just turned to me and told me ‘let’s go you’re in.’ So I just said ok let me go ahead and get warmed up and get snaps from the center and get situated.”

    On doing enough to get starting job:
    “When I came in we had the whole fourth quarter and that was enough time to potentially win the game and that was the number one thing on my mind. We were a couple scores away from tying this thing up, potentially sending it into overtime and right now I’m thinking about those plays and what I could’ve done that so that way whatever happens next, the next time I get on the field, I want to be fully ready and do the best I can.”

    On settling into a rhythm:
    “I don’t know if I felt like a great rhythm because of the way the game had gone, we were just trying to claw for what we could. There were a couple second down plays where it didn’t go the way we wanted and we were really fortunate to make a couple of key third down plays and I think we had a fourth down play, but I don’t think there was a real rhythm.”

    On where he is now compared to the end of camp:
    “You know a hand full of weeks of being in on meetings being out of practice I try to visually get as much as I could from practice standing in positions so where my eyes could get reps just trying to do what I could for if this did happen you know who knows what will happen next?”

    On whether he sensed that today was going to be the day he was going to play:
    “I think as the back up you always have to have the mindset that it could happen at any time. It could be because of injury, who knows, concussion or something like that. I try to be a fully prepared on the sidelines, always have my head into the game so where Kyle [Shanahan] give the play call to Rex [Grossman], I am repeating it to myself, that way I mentally focus so that if something does happen I can step right in.” “There were some things that showed a little rust here and there, being in and out of the huddle, some things with some more opportunities… There’s plays like in the Giants game our quarterback will take a shot and if he doesn’t get up I am in. That has been the same thing throughout the whole thing and today is the same. Right after the last interception was called, he turned to me and was like let’s go.”

    On satisfaction on getting in the game:
    “It was good to play to be honest, but I have this sick feeling after a loss because when I went in my initial mindset was a couple of scores. If we could put together a couple of scores we could be in this game and I firmly believe that we are going to, and when we did score, the first thing on my mind was, are we going to onside kick it to them, what’s the plan. I just have that sick feeling, I feel like I played the whole game, and in the end we didn’t win.”

    On his thoughts of the offense before getting in the game:
    The toughest thing is when you are on the sidelines, you don’t get the same picture that the starter gets and that’s the case. The Quarterback is the only one that knows the view that he has. So it’s kind of tricky because I may see something on the sidelines but the view could be totally different out there… I try to put myself in the shoes of the starter and think what I would have done here.”

    On which play could have been big if he had been in rhythm:
    The one with the Jabar [Gaffney], the one at his ankle, I knew we had it, I threw the ball and right at the last little bit of the ball flight I could tell that that one was not right on. But that’s the job of back up, you have be ready and try to nail those ones when they are there.”

    TE Fred Davis

    On the two interceptions on which he was targeted:
    “I definitely should have had those balls, I want to be the best but you have to make those plays, even if it’s in a bad situation. The first one I couldn’t tell if the ball was behind me, I had my man beat but you just have to make that play. The second one I feel definitely was my fault, it wasn’t Rex’s [Grossman] fault, I should have caught that one.”

    WR Jabar Gaffney

    On the interception on a pass intended for him:
    “It was kind of like it was a post route and it was just a little over thrown.”

    On Rex Grossman being pulled from the game:
    “I don’t have any say so with that, Rex [Grossman] will be okay, no-body has lost confidence in Rex, I have not lost confidence in Rex, we’re behind both of them.”

    NT Barry Cofield

    On the roughing the passer penalty:
    “I didn’t like the call, but I don’t like a lot of calls that go against my team. It’s a tough situation he scrambles with ball, he’s a small guy, it’s like a pitcher pitching to a small strike zone, there isn’t a lot of places you can hit him where it’s going to be okay… I think it was a turning point in the game, it’s tough.”
    On his overall feeling about this loss:
    “Any loss at least halts your progress, the way we come out next week will determine if this was a step back or not, this is a tough league… They don’t pay us to respond when things are going good, they pay us to respond in tough situations. That’s why we’re pros.”

    S LaRon Landry

    On the defense giving up 400-plus yards:
    “In the first half we struggled a lot. We came in during halftime, made some corrections, defense came out and tried to do what we do but we just didn’t finish.”

    On the switching of quarterbacks during the game:
    “That’s all on the coach – whatever happens on the offensive side – we just take care of the defensive side.”

    On his view of what went wrong:
    “We just weren’t executing, we were playing real lackadaisical and we needed to buckle down. Like I said, we came into halftime and made our corrections, tried to fight during the second half, but we just didn’t finish.”

    On trying not to give up the big play:
    “They have a lot of weapons with DeSean Jackson and [Michael] Vick’s arm, so of course we didn’t want to give them the deep ball. We gave up a lot of deep stuff, we weren’t that sound in coverage, but we did okay the second half.”

    OL Will Montgomery

    On trying to establish the run game:
    “Some of our runs weren’t working early, it just seemed like we couldn’t get in that rhythm one way or another. I don’t know why, we are going to have to go back and watch the film and see exactly what the problem was.”

    On the offensive line’s rhythm when having to switch linemen during the game:
    “It’s a little bit off –but you can go back last year to the Tennessee [Titans] game, guys were going down like flies, so we’re not going to use that as an excuse. We will give the Eagles credit for this one. We will regroup. We still lead the division and control our destiny.”

    LB Brian Orakpo

    On what the Eagles’ offense moving the ball:
    “The short and medium stuff that kept adding up to [LeSean] McCoy every time, or the slants. It gets a little frustrating because they have such big time receivers, and when you watch film they usually throw it down field; all of a sudden you are getting hit with 5-yard [passes] 7-yard [passes], it just kept adding up and it kind of took a toll on use in the first half. It could have gotten way out of hand but we hung in there. We kept fighting.”

    On the big picture:
    “We’re fine. We’re not concerned with the record. We got a lot of football left. This is one [game] we dropped in our conference and we got plenty more left.”

    On the Eagles’ final drive:
    “He’s a great cutback runner. He was able to steal third and two and then they were able to pick up another yard or so, and then they quarterback sneaked it. It was a great job on their part.”

    Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid

    On winning the game:
    “Hats off to the Washington Redskins, they are a good football team and it was a good game. I’m proud of my guys, coaches and players in what they did, I thought they sucked it up and played. Particularly at the end I thought our defense rallied to the ball the whole game. They did a nice job, a couple of big plays but they fought like crazy and really did a nice job. We have to do a better job second half offensively getting to the ball and special teams did some good things as well.”

    On changes made on the defensive front:
    “Listen, it’s just a matter of guys getting used to a couple of things we do, they work so hard at it that somewhere it had to click for them. I think we did the second half of the last game against Buffalo. We built upon that and they did a good job.”

    On how the three-step drop helped Michael Vick:
    “He did a good job of that. They showed some zero blitz, where they walk everybody up on the ball and then bail or they bring them. So the three steps came in hand there.”

    On shuffling of the offensive line:
    We really didn’t get to that. We tried it the second play of the game, but it wasn’t successful. We came back with some drag slants, and slant plays and they worked okay but they were just keeping everyone in and trying to bail them out so it was hard for them to get to their spots.”

    On LeSean McCoy’s performance:
    “I appreciate the effort he gave. I thought he had that first down there at the end but he was a hair short.”

    On the offensive line’s overall performance:
    “I had Winston [Justice] break the team down I was proud of him just how the team played, some of them haven’t played all season. Those two defensive ends are really good players Todd [Herremans] moving over and having to do that on the left side, that’s not an easy thing to do, so again I am just proud of how they all rallied and they really didn’t care who went in and played, they just played.”

    On the reduced turnovers from the previous games:
    “Well, we need to reduce them more, that’s still too many. Now they had a few which helped the cause there but we need to keep working at that. That’s the desire and focus and all those things that you’re talking about.”
    On having Kurt Coleman back in the starting lineup:
    “He did a nice job. What was it, three picks? Yeah, he had a pretty good day.”
    On Vick running the offense:
    “Yeah Vick, he did some good things. We had a couple balls tipped but we had the one to Celek that went through Celek’s hands that would have been a touchdown, then another one to Celek which was tipped and intercepted. We just need to make sure out in front they keep their hands down.”
    On receiving a lot of criticism in the past few weeks:
    “I don’t care about all of that, I understand, it was rightfully done. I’ve always said that about Philly fans, when you stink they’re going to let you know you stink and they have all kinds of rights to do that. I’m OK with that.”

    On whether this was a must-win:
    “Listen, in the National Football League they’re all must-wins. I’ve told you that before, I can’t sit there and pick games and say we’re going to win this one, we’re going to lose this one—I can’t do that. We prepare for every game and do the best we can every game.”

    On going into the bye week off a win:
    “Well this is a tough place to play. That’s when I say my hats off to the guys for battling, they came in with the right attitude and they battled like crazy and now they have a week to rest and get back for the Cowboys.”

    On giving the team the whole week off:
    “Well, I’ll meet with them tomorrow then we’ll see.”

    On giving an interview after a win:
    “Well, it beats the other way around.”

    On utilizing Brent Celek:
    “Well I mean listen, he’s a good receiver and we were able to utilize him. We had a nice touchdown and a chance for a couple more. He made some big catches. He bobbled around and on the deep cross it was a nice play so we did utilize him more today and probably continue to need him.”
    On the importance of the team’s mentality to finish the game with a win:
    “It’s big when the momentum switches, you know how that goes, and to pull up and shut it down, that’s an important thing to do. Again, hats off to Juan and Marty for the jobs that they did and the rest of the coaches. They put together a hell of a game plan and they players executed it and played like crazy and we saw how they worked their tail off.”

    Eagles QB Michael Vick

    On if there is a pattern of coming to Washington and getting a win, and if it was expected:
    “First off, I would like to thank God, for the opportunity to come out and play. I also want to give the Redskins a lot of credit; they are a good football team and a very tough defense. To answer your question, we didn’t think it was going to be easy. We didn’t think it was going to be an opportunity to come in and do the things we did last year, that wasn’t going to be the case. We just wanted to come in and put a complete game together, all three phases of the game. I think our offense line played well, I think our defense played very well. And I am very proud of our guys for sticking it in and fighting and obviously we thought of some things to do better and put more points on the board. And as I said before, the Redskins have a great defense. I’m glad to just come out with a victory.”

    On what happened to him on the play he was shook up:
    “I got hit and I had some dirt in my eyes and I really couldn’t see. For some reason it got through the shield, I guess it came up under my helmet. But it was really no big deal, just wanted to get myself together for the second half.”

    On how he cut down on the turnovers:
    “Well I think the turnovers have really ended us in the last couple of weeks. I told the guys to focus in the moment in protecting the ball. I saw every guy make a conscious effort to do so. When you turn the ball over, you don’t win games. When you protect the ball and take care of it, you usually give yourself a better chance of winning and your percentages are higher. We turned it over once off a tipped ball, but for the most part, we did a great job.”

    On if he anticipated the three-step drop being a big part of the game:
    “We got a little bit of everything, three step drop, five step drop, seven step drop and we try to incorporate that into the game depending on the flow and what is going on. To answer your question, I didn’t think it was going to be that much, but it’s good to use it when you know it’s going to work.”

    On how they utilized Brent Celek and his blocking:
    “We wanted to do that for a couple of weeks, and each guy knows they will have his day to come out and be productive and you never know who it is going to be, just stay alert. Keep pounding away and stay with the game plan and never lose sight of what you are out there to do, and that is to accomplish one goal and that is to get the win at the end of the day, and I think Brent understands that.”

    On if he thought a loss would mean the end of their season:
    “We have been hearing that all week and I wasn’t worried about that. We wanted to control what we can control. We love our Coach to death, we will go to bat for him each and every week. We believe in what he says. We could be 1-13 and everything that he tells us, we are going to go out and do it. We didn’t focus on that. We focused on the win today.”

    On how this win feels going into the bye week:
    “It’s always good to win, you go back and look at all the games, right now we should be in this position, I think we all know that. But hey, we are just going to take it one game at a time.”

    On the 15 yard personal foul call he got this game, as opposed to previous games:
    “I still get hit just as much as I did back then. I am not going to complain about getting hit late or anything like that. That’s the referee’s job to make that decision. If he thinks that, then he will make that call, and if not, I will just keep moving. I will not complain about that anymore and Coach Reid got on me about that.”

    On low number of points this game:
    “We got a win today. I don’t even want to answer that question, but to answer that question – this is the NFL. This game is not easy. And you know like I know the Redskins have a good defense. And we put ourselves in the red zone twice. One time was an interception and the other time we did not score. It’s going to be games like that. We put up 20 points early, it did the job. This is a tough game; it’s not as easy as it looks from the sideline.”

    On the roughing the passer play in the endzone:
    “It started out as a disaster. I didn’t think it would turn out to be a 15-yard penalty on them. I think the ref made the call because he knew I was trying to get the ball out of my hands and out of bounds – a play where I was trying to salvage the ball. When you have [Brian] Orakpo coming down your barrel you know you’re about to take one.”

    On hope of division title still being in sight for the Eagles:
    “Absolutely. We just have to start from today. We just have to have the confidence each and every day – play one game at a time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We have to focus on the next game, that’s what’s most important. We’re going to enjoy this victory and this bye week – and start the season all over again.”

    On the game going Vick’s way:
    “It was just one win. I think if we get the next one we’ll get that confidence. But we definitely feel good about where we are right now. Obviously there’s a lot of work to be done. We’re committed to getting that done. I’m excited for the guys. I’m proud of defense, offense, special teams, my offensive line guys – the receivers made great plays when they needed to. I felt like I made the plays that I needed to make minus a couple.”

    Eagles S Kurt Coleman

    On his big game:
    “I like that we keep winning, and that is the most important thing but it is something special to have my career interception and now three in a game, so it’s been a blessing to come down to Washington.”

    On his interceptions of Rex Grossman:
    “On the first one they just tried to stretch us out, I was reading Rex, and I had a feeling that he would try to hit the tight end Fred Davis because he is such a talented tight end. And so I was sort of cheating in that way and once I saw that, I had to go up and make the play. The other ones were just instincts. I just felt like Rex was going to throw and I just continued breaking on the ball.”

    On if he was surprised by decisions made by Grossman:
    “No, it’s just one of those things as defensive back, you hope the quarterback throws your direction, you never know if he’s going to.”

    On taking a big step as a defense:
    “This isn’t just me standing here as a defense, this is on behalf of the team defense. I really felt like everyone was doing their job. We stop the run, which we hadn’t been able to do all year. I think that’s what really pushed them to throw the ball. This allowed me, Nate Allen and the defensive line to get sacks. That’s what really makes the biggest difference, stopping the run.”

    On if he was surprised the Redskins took so many shots downfield:
    “No, because I think they love to throw deep passes on play action and they like to make mismatches. The first one they thought they had a mismatch with Fred Davis, but like I said I was cheating that way and started to read the quarterback on the throw.”

    On how tough was it being taken out the starting lineup and how good it felt to be back in:
    “It is tough, I’m a competitor and I know what I am capable of doing out there but the first three games I wasn’t getting it done and that was apparent. And I think it was a humbling experience. God taught me a lesson and I just worked my butt of the last couple, so now I have the opportunity to make the best of it.”

    On playing well after being pulled from starting lineup:
    “No, I was playing my game but I just felt like I wasn’t doing enough. So I stopped the run today along with the defensive line and I was able to get back a make the plays that I have been in my whole career.”

    On tightening up the run defense a little bit:
    “Our emphasis this whole week was to stop the run. We realized that we were thirtieth in the national league in stopping the run. And everybody put an emphasis on doing their part, stopping the run and making plays. I thought we tackled very well today and limited the runs. I don’t think the Redskins had any big runs today.”

    On the heat Juan Castillo took:
    “Juan is a great coach, he really is, and he puts his heart and soul into the game every single week. I wish you guys could see what he does in the background. He really cares about us and he wants nothing but the best. He really tries to put us in the best position. It’s unfortunate that the first couple weeks it hasn’t gone our way. But now as you can see, when things start to click, we start to roll and in check.”

    On if his three interceptions have set in:
    “I really don’t get into that. I just go out there and have fun. I thank the Lord that I was able to make the plays. But my goal is to have three interceptions every game. I want to continue to build on that. This team needs to build on this and continue to get better and better. We will take this one game at a time. We know we have a long road to go but if we continue to play like we did today, things will start rolling our way.”

    On safety combinations:
    “We want a consistent flow, but when you have a new defense, we have to try to find the right fits for our safeties and right schemes on how we want to play things. Hopefully, Nate Allen and I are the right combination. We have a very good relationship on and off the field.”

    On if the cornerbacks played a little more man coverage today:
    “Not really, we just ran a lot of things we have been running all week; we actually played a tighter coverage. We expected our cornerbacks to just have regular coverage on deep balls.”

    On if extra film helped him discover his interception opportunities:
    “I did spend more time in the film room because it needed to be right. And we needed to put in the extra work.”

    Eagles DT Cullen Jenkins

    On performing well as a defense:
    “It is matter of believing in ourselves and knowing that we are still learning and still getting better every week. We just have to keep that attitude up. We are going to keep improving.”


    On run defense:
    “From that cohesiveness everyone is getting used to each other and everyone is gelling. There are a lot of new guys and a lot of young guys. Everybody keep believing. We have been doing a great job even through all of this adversity of everybody staying together and trusting in the system, trusting in the coaches.

    Eagles G Danny Watkins

    On the offensive line:
    “I think the line did a good job. There will still be some mistakes by me. We just need to clean it up and fire on all cylinders.
    On short preparation:
    “It was kind of a last minute thing and I started building chemistry with Winston and I started getting comfortable with him. It was a good week of practice I felt. Today there were some communication issues, but we have to iron them out over the bye week and work hard.”
    Eagles C Jason Kelce

    On tension at end of the game:
    “We never felt like the game was out of our control today, but towards the end we would have liked to have been in more control. The second half, the offense did get a little banged up and then we had some adversity on offense, you always want to be consistent and that is what we are striving for on offense.”
    On the previous games:
    “The last four games I think we have been having some things go the other teams’ way, batted balls going into their hands and stuff like that. Today, we have gotten that luck shifting back to us.”
    On their shot at winning the division:
    “No question. I still think we can win this division. I don’t think the division is out of reach by any stretch of the imagination. We have been getting better each and every week and more consistent each and every week and striving to be consistent. You can wish we could have punched that one in there on the inch line and not throwing interception and putting our defense in a bad position. It is still striving for consistency on offense.”

    On the player meeting earlier this week:
    “I think everybody is doing a better job of learning their role. I think as a rookie I am getting more comfortable playing with the guys each and every week. I am trying to actively be a better player. I think that Jason Avant and Michael Vick are really doing a good job of taking a hold of this offense. We were sitting at 1-4 and I think there was an extra pep in everybody’s step.”

    Eagles FB Owen Schmitt

    On the Eagles’ all-around effort:
    “We put together a complete, solid game of football. We have playmakers. A solid game, that’s what we kind of preach and we finally got us a decent game.”

    On the Eagles’ play in the first half vs. the second half:
    “[The Redskins] defense stepped up, and so did ours. The second-half was a big defensive battle between both teams. And then it kind of just went back and forth, with a couple turnovers. It kind of went back and forth a little bit. I presume that’s why the second-half seemed as slow as it did.”

    Eagles WR DeSean Jackson

    On the play of the Eagles’ offense:
    “Every game we’ve lost so far has always been because of us. We’re stopping ourselves. As long as we can come out here and not give the ball away, not have turnovers. Sometimes things happen. As long as we can stop doing that part of the game, and just try to stick with what we do best; go out there and bomb and make big plays and just take advantage of what the defense gives us.”

    On the Eagles’ strong play in the second-half:
    “You know that’s something that we’ve been talking about a lot. In the second-half, coming out, and putting on the pedal and things like that. I say it’s such a long season, and we’re two and four. So we’re not quite where we want to be yet. We’ve got to go after the bye week, especially with this win before the bye week, so we’ll come back on a roll.”



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    This Orakpo quote irritated the hell out of me:

    On the big picture:
    “We’re fine. We’re not concerned with the record. We got a lot of football left. This is one [game] we dropped in our conference and we got plenty more left.”

    Uh. No. It was a huge game we could and should have won - and you only get so many of them. You're 'not concerned with the record'???? Uh - Mr. Orakpo sir....it's 'the record' that decides whether you're a playoff team or watching it on TV.

    I don't like the casual attitude Orakpo.
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