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Game Vs. Bears: Head Coach Andy Reid

Opening Statement: "We have no injuries to report. Hats off to the Chicago Bears. They played better than we did and they coached better than we did in all phases. We're going to learn from it, and go back and get ready for the Texans on Thursday. We obviously have to do a better job in the red zone on both accounts. You can't have a team of that caliber with their back to the wall, and have an interception take place, have missed protection, and so on. You can't do that and expect to come out on top. That is my responsibility to get that right. Full responsibility lies right here."

On whether this game reminded him of the Tennessee game where they lost momentum as a result of a turnover: "We've got to do a better job there. First of all, we have to complete the ball. That's what we've got to do. There was a protection breakdown. Obviously, if I had to do it again, I wouldn't call that play, I would call something else. We've got to do a better job there. And then you've got to rebound from that. When you're down, you've got to bounce back."

On whether he can explain why the Eagles aren't rebounding: "No."

On the Bears four-man rush: "Yeah, until late in the first half, then they started bringing an extra guy. Every first and second down in the second half, they brought him."

On whether he was disappointed in the protection: "I think we need to obviously do a better job all the way around, it wasn't only protection."

On whether the Bears were doing anything special to stop DeSean Jackson: "No, they weren't."

On the play of Michael Vick: "Listen, we all can do better. He's part of that. All of us can do better."

On whether the loss of Asante Samuel resulted in Jay Cutler playing so well: "It doesn't matter. The next guy comes in and he's got to play. Listen, my hats off to him, but we have to play better."

On losing momentum after big plays by the opposing team: "Listen, there's a point where you have to put your foot down and stop it. As coaches and players, it has to be stopped. That starts with me. I've got to have that thing the right way, and I didn't get it done on my end today."

On why he kicked a field goal to make the score 31-19: "I thought that was the right thing to do at that time. Things weren't going right, and I wanted points. So I went with points. It came down to one possession and an onside kick, and there were other things there too. But to answer your question, I wanted points, and that's what I wanted. I didn't want to come out of there without points."

On the defense not causing turnovers today: "We've got to make sure we score when we are given an opportunity. That answers a lot of things there. There are going to be games where you don't have a turnover. You're going to keep battling and fighting and trying to get one, but there are games when that doesn't happen. When you're down in the red zone, you have to score touchdowns against a good team."

On whether this loss is a setback for the team: "It's not a setback. We have to learn from it. We have to get ourselves right in a short period of time, so that's what we're going to do. We have a Thursday game, and we have to learn from this quickly, get it out of our mind, and get rolling."

On the fact that they will have to be back at practice in 20 hours: "It doesn't matter. We've got to do it. We have to toughen up, and we have to roll. It's no different if we win or lose; we're going to be out there. We have to get ourselves in the right frame of mind, and here we go."

On whether he was surprised that the referees did not look at the onside kick in the replay booth: "No, because they said he gave it up. The rule is if he gave it up on the kick and gave himself up. I know he bounced up after giving it up, but that's what they ruled."

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