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Game Vs. Packers: HC Andy Reid

On the loss: "I told the team that I appreciated the fight that they gave. We just have to do a better job as coaches and players all the way around, and on third down in particular. That summed this game up on both sides of the ball. We just didn't do good enough, in particular on third down and in our kicking game. We have a lot of things to evaluate."

On the player of Packers rookie RB James Starks:"He did a good job. They have a good football team and they're well-coached. He did some good things."

On what he was thinking as the offense was marching down the field on its final drive: "I was thinking about the next play. You're trying to put your players in a position to make a play, and we didn't do a good enough job of that."

On the reason for the two missed field goals by K David Akers: "He missed both of them. You guys (the media) saw it. He missed those."

On the Eagles final offensive play which resulted in a Tramon Williams interception: "We used four verticals there, and (QB) Michael (Vick) pumped inside and threw outside to (WR) Riley (Cooper), and the corner just made a nice play on it."

On whether defenses have played WR DeSean Jackson differently late in the season:"They're playing him a little bit different, but we also have to do a better job of giving him an opportunity."

On whether he is surprised that Green Bay orchestrated three long touchdown drives against the Eagles defense: "I expect us to do a better job there. But it's a tribute to (Green Bay)."

On how injured QB Michael Vick was at the end of the game:"He was able to shake the thing off and get back in and go. He was pretty sore, but he was able to walk it off."

On the injury suffered by WR DeSean Jackson: "He hurt his knee."

On whether he felt a defenseless receiver penalty should have been called on the pass intended for TE Brent Celek on the final drive:"We lost the game. We had a lot of opportunities. I'm not going to complain about all of that stuff. We have to do a better job."

On whether Green Bay blitzed as much as he expected: "They blitzed quite a little bit. They started off the game that way and they kept it going. Then they played off, and they came back to it. Down the stretch, they kind of pulled off it a little bit."

On whether the Packers blitz created problems for QB Michael Vick: "It did on the first play, but then we were able to adjust and make some things happen. We were able to make some plays, but not enough."

On the officials' confusion with the illegal touching penalty on the two-point conversion attempt and whether the delay prior to the re-try benefitted Green Bay's defense: "I thought that's what it was from the start. We were told (that there would not be a re-try) so we had to get the kickoff team ready. That (delay) had nothing to do with the play that we tried."

On why the Eagles offense was not able to maintain the level of play that it exhibited in the comeback win against the New York Giants: "We did some good things tonight. You probably wouldn't be asking me that question if we didn't throw the interception (at the end of the game). We played some good teams, and that's how it works."

On whether he was surprised that the Eagles offense was sluggish tonight: "I don't think it was sluggish. We didn't execute as well as we need to, but it wasn't a matter of effort. That's not what it was."

On choosing to attempt a field goal instead of going for a 4th-and-1 early in the fourth quarter trailing by 11 points: "You kick it and it's an eight point game. The right thing to do is to kick it. The guy (David Akers) is a Pro Bowl kicker, so I'm thinking he's going to make it."

On why Green Bay rookie RB James Starks was effective: "I would give credit to (Green Bay's) offensive line. I thought they did a nice job. Starks did a nice job of hitting the hole. It looked like he was patient. He's a big, strong kid and he hit it hard."

On the decision to replace Winston Justice with King Dunlap at the RT position late in the game: "We had a couple of penalties on that drive, and I felt maybe a little change might help."

On the youth of the team and whether it reached its full potential: "There were a lot of guys that had an opportunity to play that don't have a lot of years of experience. That's not an excuse for today at all. I told the team that I thought they played their hearts out and we just have to eliminate some of the mistakes that we made. We all need to do better, starting with me. I appreciate their effort, and there were some experiences this year that will help us down the road."

On a FOX network report that Eagles coaches and trainers did not want QB Michael Vick to go back in the game after being injured: "It didn't come from me. I didn't know that. I didn't hear anything about that."

On whether he is surprised that Green Bay punted to DeSean Jackson at the end of the game: "A little bit."

On why the Eagles struggled all season with red zone defense:"I'm not going to point to anything right now. That will be one of our offseason projects, obviously."

On how important the two missed field goals were to the outcome of the game: "We can all count. Those points would have helped."

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