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Game Vs. Ravens: Head Coach Andy Reid

Opening Remarks: "(Jason) Kelce has a knee sprain, and he'll have an MRI in the morning. I can't tell you that that one looks real good, but he does have a knee sprain. (WR Jeremy) Maclin has a hip pointer, and he just kind of re-hurt the same area there. King (Dunlap) has a hamstring strain.

"This was a good win obviously. Like I've said, any win you can get in the National Football League is a good win. We're coming out of this one with some things we can work on, but again, (this was) against a very good football team. The crowd was unbelievable. They definitely were the 12th man out there. I thought our defense played very stout and aggressive, and they put a lot of pressure on the quarterback and the run game. The third down defense in particular did a nice job. Michael (Vick) along with the whole offense just continued to battle. Everything wasn't pretty, and like I said, there were plenty of things that we can go back and work on. This is a good football team that (Ravens head coach) John (Harbaugh) has got, and this is a good win for us. We also know that we're playing a good football team coming up in Arizona. The team knows that. (Arizona) is coming off of a big win up in New England, and we realize that, so we know we have a lot of work ahead of us this next week."

On whether he was concerned with the skirmishes that occurred during the game:"It was a physical game and both teams were getting after each other. You're going to have a few of those. You don't necessarily like those, especially when penalties are involved, but you're going to have games like this where you have two heavyweights going after each other. There's going to be a little bit of pushing and shoving, so you have to try to monitor it the best that you can."

On the offense having success despite nine turnovers in the first two games:"I'd like to see what it looks like when you don't have the turnovers. We can be a very explosive team if we just take care of those. But it is what it is. That's what it was today, it was important that we overcame it today, and we were able to do that."

On the play of the back-up offensive players late in the game following injuries to the starters: "One of them (C Dallas Reynolds) touched the ball every snap, so you have to give them credit. That's not an easy thing to do, and they battled through it. From what I could see, they did a pretty good job. The receivers that stepped in – (Jason) Avant we know about, and Damaris (Johnson) did a nice job of coming in and doing what he does."

On what he said to Vick following his first interception:"I told him to just keep playing. You just keep playing. He'll work through this. He has enough history to know what a great player he is, and that part hasn't changed. He just has to get through all of this and he'll be fine. He has to keep battling, and that's what he did."

On whether he was concerned with Vick's decision-making on the play during the final drive that was originally ruled a fumble before being overturned to an incomplete pass upon video review:"He was trying to throw it away. It's just that there wasn't quite enough room to get that thing out of there. He was trying to do the right thing. You saw that (Baltimore) overloaded that side, so he had to stop. It was a sprint out to that side, and he had to pull up. He had pressure right in his face, and he was trying to get it off and out of bounds. Things like that happen, and you have to overcome those things."

On being 2-0 despite turning the ball over nine times in two weeks:"The turnovers are the things that get you. We were lucky that we accumulated some (take-aways) on the defensive side. You can't do that. We all know that turnovers, penalties, and field position are crucial to winning football games. We have to eliminate that and get better."

On confusion with the officials' management of the clock prior to the two-minute warning:"It was under five minutes, and they ran the clock, which doesn't happen in that time. They ran the clock and came back, and as opposed to giving us the full two-minute timeout which you normally get, they cut it to 30 seconds because they had already given it to us. I got the explanation. The clock should not have run."

On whether the offensive game plan had to be adjusted because of injuries during the week to starting wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson: "It really didn't change. The other (receivers) worked out all week. One of the advantages that we had in that case was that if (our starters) went down, the other receivers had already had plenty of reps during the week because of Jeremy (Maclin) and DeSean (Jackson) not practicing."

On whether the balance in the Eagles play calling could be attributed to what the Baltimore defense was showing: "You want to get it as close as you can get to where you can keep the defense off balance. We were able to do a little hurry-up stuff and get it going there. (Offensive Coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) did a nice job of mixing the run and pass. (Defensive Coordinator) Juan (Castillo) did a nice job of keeping them honest."

On whether the use of no-huddle offense was the reason the media was not(allowed to attend practice:"It really wasn't, but it might have a little to do with it."

On the play of the Eagles defense: "I thought they played fast, and obviously you saw that they had good coverage. They kind of shored up the run part of it. The coaches worked it out with the linebackers and the defensive linemen, and they tightened that up a little bit. We were able to take care of the run and pressure the quarterback at the same time. There were some good adjustments made to the formations and personnel groups that (Baltimore) was giving us."

On the offense turning the ball over nine times in two games despite talk all offseason concerning the importance of ball security: "I did that to make sure that if we won the game, (the media) would have something to write about. We have to get better. There's nothing that I can tell you. I don't like turnovers, and I don't want turnovers. The players don't want turnovers, so we have to get better at it. You have to hang onto the football when you're given a chance to handle the football, and you have to make sure that you throw the ball to the right person. This isn't something that we planned on having."

On the impact of LB DeMeco Ryans in the first two games: "You can see his leadership out there. What more can you say about the guy? He made big plays when we needed big plays in the last couple of games here. He's been right there making them. He brings a good energy. He has a calming effect out there, yet he is intense."

On whether the delays by the officials disrupted the flow of the game: "We don't worry about all of that. I don't even care about all of that. They are trying to do their job to the best of their ability. They've been put into a tough situation, and they're trying to do the best that they can. They are getting better as the weeks go on. We have to play the game, and we can't worry about that. We have to take care of business and take care of what we can control."

On the play of Vick:"I don't know his numbers right off, but I thought he played a pretty good game. We need to get rid of a couple of turnovers in there, but I thought he did a pretty good job, and made some big throws down the stretch."

On the knee sprain suffered by Kelce: "We have to get the MRI. Right now it's a sprain, and I know that he's hurting. We've just got to see what the MRI shows. I'll let you know tomorrow."

On whether Vick did a better job of working through his progressions in the passing game: "He was better than he was last week. I thought he saw things, and he made some great decisions and some huge throws. He's still firing, and there's no hesitation. That's important. There's a confidence there that he has. Can you have the two turnovers that he had? No, you can't. But he saw things better this week than he did last week. I thought he played an overall good game."

On what he would have done if another offensive lineman would have suffered an injury with no back-up offensive linemen available: "I actually went over and talked to the defensive line about that. I was going to pick one of those guys. I would have started with the oldest and the heaviest one."

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