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Game Vs. Redskins: Eagles Locker Room Defense

DE Brandon Graham

On the defense's performance today: "We've just got to start fast. We've got to stop coming out and starting slow -- that's why they kind of got an edge on us. I believe we're a team that keeps fighting and that's all you can ask for. The possession we had on the last drive of the game…we've just got to come through with it."

On the problems with tackling in the first half: "You'll always be disappointed, but you know you can work on those things. We haven't really had too many problems up (until) now, but now we've got to turn it up a little bit more."

On the frustration with allowing yards after contact: "Yes, that was tough. The extra-effort yards -- you don't want that as a defense. We're just going to get it corrected. It's tough we lost today, but it's not the end."

On what adjustments were made to contain QB Donovan McNabb in the second half: "(We) just keep coming, keep on pushing. We know (when) he gets to dancing back there, he's trying to run most of the time. We've just got to get better."

LB Stewart Bradley

On the overall performance of the defense: "We've got to play better. That's what it comes down to. We had a tough start. (We allowed) way too many yards, too (many) easy drives those first few times. You've got to be ready for teams to do different things when they come out there. Nobody is going to run the stuff they've shown the first couple weeks, and that's part of playing in the NFL and part of adjusting to NFC East opponents. We didn't do a good job of that."

On whether it's possible that the team came out with too much adrenaline: "You don't want to make excuses. Trying to make plays and forcing stuff sometimes, you miss reads, and normally things that you play into and you see, you miss. I think that was the case. Tough field position that first (drive). They had some runs out of personnel groupings they usually don't do. We were able to do a good job of adjusting and playing them."

On what adjustments they made at halftime: "I think we just went back to guys reading their keys. We had a better idea of the runs they were going to do. We knew they were going to run a lot of play-action, but some of the counters had personnel we weren't expecting. That's part of the game. Once we did see everything, we did a better job of stopping it in the second half, but we dug too deep of a hole."

On facing McNabb: "I think he definitely hurt us with his legs a couple times. That's what he brings to the table. He's an elusive guy. (He) obviously has a strong arm, and he hurt us with one deep pass. You live and learn."

CB Ellis Hobbs

On the ability of the defense to shut down WR Santana Moss: "That's just one aspect of the game, though. That's one dimension to the game. You've got to be stronger everywhere else. I can't really comment on everything, I haven't seen the film, obviously. I just know we've got to tighten down as a whole."

On what the defense can learn from this moving forward: "Anything you don't tighten down on that exposes itself early in the season, you're going to continually see. You've got to take it upon yourself as an individual, as a player, and then as a defense, to say that this is a weak spot of ours, and we've got to strengthen up."

S Nate Allen

On the defensive outlook for the rest of the year: "We've just got to keep our foot on the pedal and bring energy all four quarters, for 60 minutes."

On whether they made any adjustments to the gameplan at halftime: "Not really. We just started tackling better, started wrapping up. (We) just executed better."

On his interception: "I was playing over the top of Ellis (Hobbs). I saw McNabb was going to throw it to the guy I was playing over top of, and I just went up and made a play on it."

On what impressed him about McNabb: "His arm strength. His play-making abilities. A couple times, he got out of the pocket (and) got a first down with his legs. He's a great quarterback. Everybody knows that. He had a good game tonight. He was playing well. He's got a great arm."

On the difference emotionally between this week and the last two weeks: "That's how a season is going to be. There are going to be ups and downs. You've got to push through it. You have to recover from it, and just keep pushing on and win."

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