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Eagles Locker Room - Defense

DE Juqua Parker

On how different both the Eagles and the Green Bay Packers are from the last time they played this season:"It's going to be a real hard-fought battle. It's going to be amazing. We got (Michael) Vick as the starting quarterback now, so it may be a different story."

On Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers and what makes it so special:"He studies the game. He's kind of like Peyton (Manning). We have to show him a different look when he comes in."

DT Brodrick Bunkley

On whether he took anything out of this game, despite the outcome:"Oh yeah, every game there's something that you can learn. You can learn from some of the mistakes that you made. They help you earn the playoffs. Every game you have a chance to learn something."

On if he thought it was a good approach to rest some of the regular starters:"That was the coach's call. I think he made a great call. You see the offense had a chance to win that game. When you get some fresh legs going into the playoffs, it's going to be awesome."

On how the experience will benefit those that don't play often or may have played for the first time: "It's going to benefit them a lot. The more you play, the better you get. That's one of the things that allowed them to get a little better."

LB Moise Fokou

On starting today: "With this kind of game, you can't take everybody off the field. You just can't do it, numbers-wise. You do have to keep some of your starters in just to keep the game manageable. With me starting, I was out there just trying to do my job and having fun."

On the difference between the regular season and the postseason: "You hear this all the time -- everything is faster, everything counts, everything is faster to get to that ultimate goal. You know the things that are at stake. Every week, if you don't win, you're going home. In your mind, you're (thinking), 'We've got to get it done,' and things are just flying around, because everyone is eager to get to that Super Bowl. It definitely is faster. There is a lot more attention to detail, and you've got to go out there and execute."

On the off-the-field approach with such a young team: "Yes, for a young team, I think we're probably going to jumpstart this tomorrow. Forget the off days, we can have all the time to rest if we don't make it to where we're going. You've got to win each week. We're probably going to start things up tomorrow, watch some film, and try to get a real good handle on what they like to do on base, especially."

On his status as a starter for next week and if that depends on LB Stewart Bradley: "I have no idea. I have no idea what Stew's health situation is, so you'd have to ask the coaches or the staff about that."

On his take on next week's matchup: "It's the playoffs. Everything counts right now. (QB Michael) Vick coming back healthy next week, a lot of the starters getting a little rest…it's going to be a good matchup. We're going to see what happens."

CB Dimitri Patterson

On how the team compares to where they were in the beginning of the season: "We have had some personnel changes, but that is part of the NFL. Injuries take place and you have to move forward. We have had guys come in and produce on a consistent basis. We are confident in what we have and our approach. As far as who we are, we are a quick, fast defense that is going to make plays on the ball for four quarters. That is what we have been."

On whether the team is ready for the playoffs:"Yeah, we are here. We have to be ready. There are no other options. It is a challenge. There is a good team coming in here, but we match up very well with them. We are going to work hard and push ourselves this week. We are up for the challenge."

On his role on the defense: "My role is, whenever my number is called, to be productive. That is really what my role has been in my whole career. I really don't know. I am just going to keep going out and prepare myself they way I have been doing. I will go from there."

CB Joselio Hanson

On whether there are differences between the Eagles now and in Week One: "Oh yeah, way different. At the beginning of the season, we were young, but I think a lot of guys have grown up. And (QB Michael) Vick only played a half last time, so we're a way different team now."

On Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: "Great player. Still up-and-coming. Still hasn't reached his full potential, but he's one of the good ones now, so it's going to be tough."

On whether the Packers will carry momentum with them after winning to get into the playoffs: "I think so. I think they can score with the best of them when they have to, and when you've got a quarterback like that and receivers like that, you should go into any game confident."

On his status as a starter for next week: "I'll see by Wednesday. We'll see what happens. If I am, it would be great. If I'm not, I'm just going to play my role."

On whether he had a preference of opponents for next week:"No, I wasn't hoping one way or the other. We beat (the Giants) six or seven times in a row, but they were getting closer and closer, it seemed like, every time. It might have been only a matter of time for them to figure it out. Either way, it would have been a tough battle. It's the playoffs, it's do-or-die."

S Quintin Mikell

On the difference between this year's team and last year's team going into the playoffs:"I think this team, even though we do have some injuries, you see it tonight -- we have a lot of young guys that can still play. That was a good Dallas team and they barely beat us. You can tell we're really deep and we've got guys that are hungry and ready to show what they've got."

On this year's defense compared to last year's defense:"What happened to us last year, that was last year. It was a different defense. There was a lot of stuff that happened this year that didn't happen last year. The stats can be misleading a little bit. A lot of those touchdown passes were coming in the red zone and areas like that where we need to step up and we've been having issues with all year. Now it's the time of year where we really have to nip those things in the bud."

On the advantage of the younger players getting reps and the veterans resting: "It depends on how we look at it. If we look at it as an opportunity from this game and the next couple days to get your body back and use that extra time to really focus in on the Packers, it can be very helpful. But if guys have the mindset that it was a bye week, and we're out partying and all that stuff, then it can be a problem. As long as we use it the right way, it will be fine."

On his approach entering the playoffs with such a young team: "All we can do is explain to the guys that it's a different speed. It's faster, it's more intense. Every mistake is magnified, and there's not any room for error. I think we can tell the guys all day, but you really just have to experience it."

On whether he wanted to get another shot at the Packers:"Absolutely. They're a very good team, and I feel like when we played them the first game of the year, we had a chance to win that game, especially at the end. We did some things defensively that we're trying not to do around here. We definitely want to get another shot at them and play better."

On whether he had a preference of opponents for next week: "There's all the scenarios, and everyone's always trying to figure out who we're going to play, and really I think I was excited to play the Packers. It's always tough when we play the Giants, so I'm glad we got the Packers. I was watching a little bit."

S Kurt Coleman

On facing Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in next week's playoff game:"Aaron Rodgers is a smart QB. He's very good. He's got a lot of weapons around him, so it's going to be a great matchup for us, especially because he's played us once, so he's already got an understanding of how we play a game and how we're going to attack him. It's going to be a great game."

On preparing for the Rodgers and the Packers: "You're going to have to look at how he played you, but also how they've been playing throughout the season, and what kind of things they've been doing lately. I think with the combination of how they played us and what they're doing late in the season, I think we'll be able to have a good read on it."

On the difference between the Eagles now and in Week One against Green Bay:"We've had to fight through adversities, a lot of injuries, and just people stepping up and making plays. I think both teams are doing very well toward the end of the season, and Aaron Rodgers has got a great thing going for him, especially with his wide receivers, so it's going to be a challenge for us."

On his desire to play today despite the outcome not affecting the postseason: "Well, of course everyone in this locker room wanted to play. But the big guy (Head Coach Andy Reid) said he didn't want us to play, and it's good for us. I think for some guys that were injured or nicked up and needed a couple extra days of rest, it's going to be great for them."

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