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Game Vs. Packers: QB Michael Vick

On his throw into the endzone on the Eagles' last play of the game: "The last play we had four verticals and I just took a shot at the endzone. I could have checked it down to the back and I feel like I got greedy and took a shot at the endzone and didn't throw the right ball I wanted to throw and then it got picked off. It's a bad way to go out, but, hey, I went out swinging."

On whether spiking the ball was an option on the last drive: "Spiking the ball is an option, but I mean you just got a first down and you want to keep attacking, keep them on their heels and clock it for what? Take a shot downfield. Or do the right thing with the ball. I felt like I could have checked it down to the back and I felt like I tried to do too much. I got greedy. I have to see it on film, but it's hindsight now and it's just something I have to learn from."

On why the offense took so long to find its groove: "I mean Green Bay has a good defense. They have a great scheme and have a lot of good players over there and they played fast. Sometimes you come out and you're not going to score points at a high rate. You're not going to execute at a high level and you just have to keep pushing, keep fighting and that's why there's four quarters in the game."

On why the team has struggled to find an offensive rhythm since the Giants' game: "I think we did some good things out there. I think in every game we played in since the New York game we did good things, we just set ourselves back. We had a lot of penalties, a lot of plays we didn't make and we still managed to make plays and do the right things. We just didn't put enough points on the board. Enough."

On how bad his ankle injury was: "It wasn't that bad. I mean I rolled it, but it was nothing that was going to stop me from going back out in the game."

On what offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has meant to his development as a quarterback: "(Offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg), he's been everything to me. Each and everyday we work hard. He's very stern. He stays on top of me and makes sure I'm doing everything that I need to do to progress as a quarterback. I know in this league guys get opportunities and he's one of the ones who will have an opportunity at a head coaching position I think and very deserving."

On whether the end of this year felt different than other seasons: "This one hurt more than any one, any of my previous seasons that I played a full season and had an opportunity to play in the playoffs and like I said I just think that I didn't finish."

On why the end of the season hurts more than other seasons: "Because I expected so much out of myself. I knew in coming back and having the opportunity to play the position this year I could play at a high level and in this offensive and it's just disappointing to myself and to my teammates that we didn't finish this year the way we wanted to and I certainly feel like I could have done a lot of things better and I didn't do it. I guess you just have to learn from it. That's life."

On how he would assess this season: "It was a great season but the ultimate goal is winning the Super Bowl and to do that, each and every week, everybody has to be on one accord, in tune with the game plan, flying around playing fast and we didn't do that tonight. It was a great season, but that's not enough."

On how much harder the end result was, knowing that they got so close to winning the game: "To be on the 27 yard line and for me to make the decision that I made and try to get the big play, that's something I definitely need to work on. I try to do everything I can to possibly protect the ball, keep the ball away from the opposing team and make positive plays and I failed to do that in that situation. It's something that I'll have to really work on in the off-season and it's something that we're going to have to work on so I've just got to deal with it on a personal level."

On whether he wants to sign a long-term contract with the Eagles:"As of right now, I'm not even thinking about a contract situation. I'm thinking about what just happened thirty minutes ago. It's unfortunate because you can't go out and correct it the next week. You just have to deal with it in your own way, keep believing in yourself, keep pushing. I guess the good thing about it is that there's always next year. You get another opportunity but it's going to hurt for right now."

On whether he expects to be back:"I hope so but in this business, you never know. We'll see. I'm going to stay optimistic and keep believing. I still feel like I can play at a high level for the next couple of years. Still have a lot of work to do, though, and I'm conscious of that."

On what he plans to do this off-season: "I'll probably be here, spend time with the family. Just have to take time off for myself and, I guess, watch a ton of film, try to get better."

On the offense's confidence level on the last drive, after the two big plays that preceded it: "We were very confident. We thought we were going to win the game. I thought we were going to win the game. I had an upbeat feeling about myself. I felt like I was in control. I felt like everything that had happened up until that point happened so that, in the end, we could be victorious. We would be having a different conversation right now but that didn't happen and I wish we had had a better outcome."

On whether he had felt that the season would have a different ending:"I thought it was going to have a different ending. You always expect it to. Just being a confident player, I visualized us going all the way but, hey, I guess that wasn't in God's plan. It didn't happen. I don't even know what's going to happen next year or where I'm going to be so I can't even say we're going to have the opportunity to do it next year but I enjoyed this season. I felt like I made a lot of improvements. I'm proud of my teammates. I'm proud of my coaches. It's just disappointing that we didn't finish."

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