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Game Vs. Buccaneers: Eagles Offense

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews

On why he didn't get many touches today:

When they play cover-2 like that, you want to try to run the ball. I think that is what happened today."

On how he thinks QB Mark Sanchez played:

"I think Mark played fine. It's a full team effort. We have to put this one on all of us. It's on everybody. We just have to figure out a way to go fix it on this short week."

On not scoring at the end of the first half and whether that affects momentum:

"That is never good, especially when you know that they are getting the ball at the beginning of the second half. In those situations, you just want to go down and get points. It's never good when that happens, but you can't just point that one play out."

On the offense starting quick for the second week in a row and then slowing down:

"Yeah, it's really hard to say. I have to go back and look at the film. They were in their Cover 2 shell. On the first couple of drives I think that I might have seen Cover 1 or Cover 3 maybe once. Then it was Tampa 2, Tampa 2, Tampa 2. They play that to a 'T' to keep everything in front of them and then the second you make a mistake or get behind the sticks, they are going to capitalize. They have guys back there who play their zones very well. They have [defensive backs] who do their job. Then you have [DT Gerald] McCoy down there putting pressure on the quarterback, it's tough."

Eagles RB Darren Sproles

On whether it was frustrating to score early and then struggle after that offensively:

 "Of course. We work so hard during the week and then we get out there and we're not on the same page. It'll come, though. But it needs to come right now."* On whether he is concerned about the state of the team after a loss like this: "No. Not with these guys. We'll go back to work on Monday and we'll be fine." On his conversation with QB Mark Sanchez following the interception in the 4th quarter:*

"We're OK."* On what was the miscommunication? *"We're OK."

Eagles LT Lane Johnson

On whether he could sense the offense's frustration by the end of the game:

"Pretty much. Our offense came out with a bang. We got a touchdown on the first drive and then we kind of imploded after that. I really don't have any answers for you all. I have nothing."

On whether having a short week this week is a positive coming off a loss like this:

"We can't dwell. If we dwell we will keep getting kicked in the teeth. We are getting ready for Detroit. They are kind of like us. Their backs are against the wall and they are trying to get some momentum going. It is going to be a dog fight between us and them. Anything we do from this point on needs to be positive." 

On whether he was surprised to see the team frustrated at the end of the game:

"Yeah, sometimes it seems like the harder you try, the deeper the hole that you dig. There is a lot of frustrated guys in here. I am one of them. I think I speak for the team, I am just very frustrated right now."

On whether he would rather have a short week after a loss like this:

"I don't care. Whenever we have to play, I will play. You can't really look back that much. We have to start game planning tomorrow."

On what he is most frustrated about:

"Not being able to put up points, regardless if the defense plays well or not. They have been playing well all year. Today was a bit of a slip up, but we are still not putting up nearly the amount of points that we are used to. That is the most frustrating part." 

On starting off fast on offense then slowing down as the game progresses:

"I don't even know. We will get our run game going, then it dies down. Then we start throwing the ball and we become - they know what we are going to do."

Eagles LT Jason Peters

On removing himself from the lineup at the end of the game:

"We got down so far that there was nothing we could do at that point. The last couple of minutes of the game, I just took myself out because I didn't want to hurt myself worse."

On the miscommunication last week in terms of what he was physically able to do in practice:

"It doesn't have anything to do with that. It's how I feel. He might have told you [the media] that I felt good, but it was just miscommunication. It isn't anything major. It's no big deal."

On whether he is on the same page with head coach Chip Kelly:

"Yes, of course."

On the injury to his back:

"We lost and it doesn't have anything to do with my back. My back didn't cause us to lose today. We lost, so we just have to regroup for the Lions and get ready."

On whether he expects to be healthy for the final six games:

"I'm going to fight. I went out today and fought. I'm trying to win no matter what I have to do. I'm going to get out there and do what I can to help us."

On the morale of the team:

"We're trying to get a win and get back on track. We're going to go to work every day and just fight."

On whether the team still believes in head coach Chip Kelly:

"Of course. He's the head coach. There isn't any quit in us around here. We're going to fight until the end whether it's a win or a loss."

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