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Game Vs. Giants: Head Coach Andy Reid

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Injury Report: Casey Mathews has a concussion, Ryan Rau has a high ankle sprain.

Opening remarks: Obviously not a good enough performance today against the Giants. The guys, I thought, played hard and they gave it their best shot. Too many things happened early and we were never able to recover from it. Time is yours…

On QB Michael Vick's interception: Well listen, he got hit and the ball went high and sailed on him and he threw an interception so that’s what happened.

On this potentially being his last game as head coach of the Eagles: I don’t know. I’ll meet with Jeffery (Lurie) and we’ll talk it out.

On when he'll meet with Lurie: Probably tomorrow.

On their being local reports saying he has been fired: No, I have not talked to him about any of that.

On his emotions if he is let go: Well, we’re not there yet. But I’ve loved the Philadelphia Eagles, that’s all I have to say. And I’ve loved every minute that I’ve had the chance to coach them.

On whether he wants to come back: Listen, I’m all in.

On whether this is his toughest year as a coach: By record it’s obviously the toughest. You know, we weren’t very good. Coaching, that’s my responsibility, and playing, which is my responsibility, so I take complete blame for the year. That’s what I get paid to do and we weren’t good enough.

On what went wrong: Listen, you guys have written about it, go check your notes so you know. We didn’t win enough games. Each game had its own identity and we weren’t good enough.

On whether the team played hard enough: Well, we don’t play to lose by that much. And to have the other team score that many points and us not score enough. So that’s not what anybody wanted.

On whether CB Nnamdi Asomugha is injured: He’s okay.

On the reason for him being benched: Just felt it was the right time to pull him out.

On going for it on fourth down: Well, listen, it’s a situation. We wanted to take full advantage of every play that we had a chance to take within reason and that’s what we did. So that’s what we did, we tried to exhaust every play.

On whether he thinks the team needs a new voice: I’m not that philosophical and I haven’t been in that area. We just finished our last game and I told you before I put all of my energy into that and I’m sure there will be time for all that. I haven’t gone there. I tried to put something together to beat the Giants but they were the better team.

On whether he talked to players before the game about his future: No. Before the game we were trying to get ready for it and after the game the guys gave what they had so there’s nothing to say.

On whether he normally meets with Lurie at the end of the season: Yes, we normally talk. We normally talk a few times a week as well.

On what he said to the team after the game: Just that there will be better days ahead.

On whether he thinks Vick took a step back this season: Listen, I’m proud of him for going out and getting in there and competing. I thought he did some good things. He was a little rusty, I thought, in the beginning but I thought he did some good things.

On whether he thinks Vick is as good as he was in 2010: No, listen he’ll have better days ahead of him.

On how he would like to be remembered in Philadelphia: I don’t know. I’m not that sentimental and I can tell you I love Philadelphia. So I love the fans and I love everybody but you.

On what would have made this year different: Well you start off 3 and 1 and you have to build on that. We had a couple of tough losses in there before the bye week and things seemed to go south from there and that’s how it works. So I’ll let you guys put that all together and figure that out. I’m not going to go back and go through all the games.

On his feelings going into his meeting tomorrow with Lurie: I’ve been doing this a long time. I have a lot of respect for Jeff Lurie. So I go in eyes wide open. I understand. Either way, I understand. So that’s how it is, this is the business that I’ve chosen. I’ve been very fortunate to have been here as long as I have and if I’m here again, I’ll love every minute of it. If I’m not, I’ll understand that, too.

On why this year was different: Well things didn’t bounce the way that we needed them to bounce. Again, I’ll take that. That’s my responsibility to make sure we get to that point. I didn’t get the troops rallied like we needed to, so that’s how it works.

On what will factor into Lurie's decision: Oh, I don’t know. But whatever he chooses will be the right thing. He’s always done things for the best interest of the Eagles and I completely understand either way.

On whether he was surprised by the bar being set at 8-8: No. Listen, our bar was higher than 8 and 8 for all of us, Jeffery (Lurie) included, so we didn’t reach the goal we wanted to. When it drops down into the area that we’re at, that’s not good enough so we’ve got to be a better team than that.

On if this year knocked him down as far as your ability as a coach: No. Listen, I’ve got the same energy I’ve had. I’m disappointed in the season, very disappointed in the season. But I understand this business and I know how it works. Every once in a while you’re going to have a year like this and you’ve got to fight through it and you’ve got to be tough enough to do that as players and coaches and learn from your mistakes and get better, so that’s how I go about my business.

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