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Game Vs. Rams: Head Coach Steve Linehan

On the overall performance of the team: "There's not a whole lot more you can say other than that I tip my hat to Coach (Andy) Reid and the Eagles. They dominated us in all three phases today. They played a great game and we did not. I give them all the credit in the world, and we've got a lot of things to correct and improve upon before we play the Giants next week."

On the impact of the several big plays executed by the Eagles offense: "Big plays were the difference, and they did it through the air - especially in the first half, and they got a couple more in the second half. Those kinds of chunks just really affect the game, obviously the scoreboard and the field position, and especially when you're in a position where you think you might have them stopped 3rd down, or whatever it is, and they come up with not only a conversion but a big play off the conversion. It pretty much devastates you once that happens."

On the coverage during the 90-yard touchdown pass to Eagles WR Hank Baskett: "They ran basically three verticals off of play action, and they ran a little double move on the outside, and I believe we were in a little bit more of a split-safety defense, our two-deep look, and (CB Ron Bartell) is really responsible for the flat, and then playing the vertical we've got our safety a little bit out of position as well, but I'll have to see it and I'll talk to (defensive coordinator Jim Haslett) a little more about it, but that's how I saw it. I believe (Bartell played it right). We'll look at it. Obviously, he can always recover for somebody else, but the way I looked at it is that they ran a double move and I think we played the inside vertical a little too much."

On the performance of the new offensive system: "I was expecting us to play a lot better. I fully expected us to play well today. We had great practices leading up to today, and it did not translate, obviously. Our guys worked harder this time, by far, this training camp than ever. We have to find that magic, whatever it is, that is going to get us on a momentum roll, so to speak. We have built, I think, very good chemistry as a group, but we've got to build chemistry as a team playing. I told them at halftime, 'Someone's got to make a play to create the confidence that you need to have.' It's about making plays in this league and Philadelphia made all the plays today. We didn't make any."

On the failure to convert any third-down opportunities: "You can't do that against this defense. It's one of the best defenses in the league, especially on third-and-long. We created that with penalties a number of times. And their ability to convert third downs, they were over 60% on third downs themselves. In a game when there are no turnovers, it's going to be about third downs and red zone scoring and field position, and that certainly was dominated by (the Eagles)."

On the regular season debut of DE Chris Long: "It's not where you start, it's where you finish. The learning curve is going to be there. Chris is going to be a heck of a player. There's no question. He's got the right makeup, he's got the right kind of pride and personality, to combine with his ability to be a heck of a player here. We all have seen a lot of Chris Long. We've got to step it up and really improve here in a hurry."

On whether he had ever had a game in which his team failed to convert a third down: "Probably - I'm sure if you did research, there probably is a couple. I don't put them on my mantle, though. There have been days when I've gone against pretty good defenses and I've been very successful, so I don't know that it's happened very often. I hope it never happens again."

On his outlook moving into week two: "Well, I'm disappointed. I think discouraged is not a very good word. I don't like to use it, and refuse to use it. I'm very disappointed, though. We've got to use it as motivation to not go back here. We expect to play a lot better next week. We've got to put this game to bed, but we've got to learn from it. You can't just forget about it. It's got to sting, it's got to hurt, it's got to light a fire in our belly."

On the injuries sustained during the game: "(DE Leonard Little) has a hamstring, and he felt it pull. I think it was on that touchdown play, right before the touchdown, right before the shovel pass. It was fairly significant for him, he's a pretty tough guy. For him to come out, he felt it. We tried to assess where he was, and he was unable to go in. (WR) Drew Bennett's x-rays were negative, but he does have a pretty good foot sprain at this point. Until I know the extent of that, I'll try to update you tomorrow. (OT Orlando Pace) really wasn't his shoulder, that's what I thought, he really got hit in the ribs. (He) got the wind knocked out of him pretty good. He took a pretty good pop there but it didn't have anything to do with the shoulder."

On the 15-yard penalty assessed on the opening drive for making contact with an official on the sideline: "I didn't see who it was. I can't even tell you. (The official) said he ran into one of our players on the sideline, backing up on the pass. I don't know if (the player) tripped him, it wasn't on purpose, I know that. (The official) might have run into somebody. Normally, you get a warning. I don't know if the kid was turned around or what. I don't even know who it was. It doesn't matter, who it was is not significant."

On the performance of QB Marc Bulger: "Until we watch it, I don't know. I don't think he made the kind of plays he's going to make to help us win, but to single him out wouldn't be fair. I don't think anybody played very good today. I think it'd be pretty fair to say they're all pretty sub-par."

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