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Game Vs. Redskins: Eagles Offense

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Eagles WR Jordan Matthews

On not making the playoffs:
"It's pretty disappointing. We had a chance to come out here and do something to turn our season around, but obviously we weren't able to do that. It is disheartening because it's kind of the same thing that happened last year. Playing in Philadelphia and playing for these fans, it's just a sick feeling what happened here. I can't sugarcoat that. Our fans came and showed out. The city of Philadelphia had our back. We hadn't put a great product on the field consistently throughout the season and the fans stuck with us. We have to thank the fans for that. They brought the noise, but at the same time we have to go out there and execute. We cannot be giving the ball away. It's definitely disappointing. If the next game didn't matter we wouldn't line up. We're going to see what guys are made out of this week, as far as who is going to come in and fight. We're going to see who we are. We'll go out and show some heart against the Giants. I know it's disappointing, but the last thing you want to do in Philadelphia is give up. We're not going to do that."

On whether the team is talented enough:
"I'm always going to be optimistic. The sun is going to come up tomorrow and you have to know that you have the guys in the locker room. After one more game the offseason is coming. There's going to be a lot of things happening in the offseason because those things are just going to happen. We have a bunch of young guys as far as the receivers. Most of our core is only two years in, even going down to the free agent guys we signed. Guys have to grow, guys have to grow up, and that starts with me. I have to be the leader of this offense and the receiver that our team and this city needs. I put a lot of that on my shoulders and I'm going to continue to keep these guys going and keep these guys motivated."

On the Redskins clinching the NFC East in Philadelphia:
"That's obviously the worst part. The longer you are here, the more you realize the passion that the city of Philadelphia has for the Eagles. You start to realize these people are die-hard and they love us. They are going to come and support, but we have to go out there and put a product on the field that they are able to be proud of. We weren't able to do that and that is why it is so disappointing. The worst part is [Eagles] Coach [Chip Kelly] is going to get a lot of heat, but he put us in a lot of good positions. We just didn't execute and we didn't finish drives. That's on us."

On his belief in head coach Chip Kelly:
"Coach Kelly gave me an opportunity to play in the NFL. He was one of the main guys focused on getting me here. Of course I have confidence in him. Coach Kelly can't go out there and catch passes. He can't go out there and tuck the ball. He can't go out there and play defense. He has to put guys in positions to make plays. We were out there on the field so we have to make it happen."

Eagles WR Riley Cooper

On whether his frustration on the sideline following a long pass attempt that was ruled incomplete was because he did not secure the catch, or because he felt the replay review was incorrect:
"It was that I didn't make the play. The ruling was good."

On the long pass attempt that was ruled incomplete:
"He threw it, I caught it, and I started running with it. When he was tackling me, my foot was kind of bent and he landed on it. It felt like I broke my foot, so I didn't concentrate. When I hit the ground, I guess the nose of the ball hit the ground and it caused it to be incomplete. I have to make that play. I just didn't concentrate all the way down because I thought I broke my foot."

On the disappointment of not making the playoffs:
"There are no words for it. We fell short, and it's no one's fault but the players. The players are out there playing and are supposed to make plays, and we didn't do it."

On why the team struggled at times this season:
"I don't know. I guess a lot of things. You can make excuses, but a lot of times we just didn't make plays when we needed to."   

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor

On dropped passes hurting the offense:
"You just have to work harder. If it happened, it happened for a reason and that's because you're not working hard enough. I'm talking about myself. I have to work harder and focus every time the ball comes my way – focus and catch it."

On why the team did not make the playoffs this season:
"As an individual, you have to play harder, prepare harder, and do what you have to do to win a football game. I feel like I didn't do that tonight."   

Eagles C Jason Kelce

On the play of the offense this season:
"It just sucks. It's been a rough year, obviously, the whole time. Offensively, just so many self-inflicted things. You cannot win in this league as an offense if you're doing that and it starts with the offensive line. False starts, bad snaps, those are problems that we've had all season long. Never got it corrected. Obviously, you had the dropped passes, turnovers, never able to really establish a solid running attack for most of the year. It's really a recipe for disaster. Obviously, [we're] very frustrated. This is not what any of us expected or wanted, but in this league, you will get exposed if you're not good enough and you don't play well."

On whether this feels like a 6-9 team:
"If you're 6-9, you're 6-9. I don't get into the whole, 'It feels like this.' Obviously, you look at the game out there, there were times where we were moving the ball great, and then obviously, the turnovers, penalties, things like that killed us. But that's been what it is all year, so that's why we're 6-9. I mean, it's not a glaring [thing]. Everybody knows what it is. You can see the mistakes out there and you can't win football games when you play like that."

On seeing Washington celebrate the division title on the Eagles home field:
"It's not about them. It's about us. We lost to an in-division team at home for a potential playoff berth. It's frustrating, but it's still about us. It's not about them."

Eagles T Lane Johnson

On whether he will consider this season a failure when he looks back on it:
"Yeah, absolutely. Especially I felt like we shot ourselves in the foot. That has been the mantra the whole year – beating ourselves. Not even letting the other team beat us, just beating ourselves – turnovers and penalties. It's been like that the whole year."

On whether there is any correlation between the mistakes and the team moving so fast:
"We can make excuses all day long, but we're paid to do a job. We haven't been doing it. We haven't been doing it all season. It starts up front and it's very frustrating especially when we had big expectations for the team this coming year."

Eagles TE Zach Ertz

On the issues with his play today:
"Lack of focus. I had a few drops today. A big fumble. I take a lot of responsibility for this game. Obviously, not my best game. I mean, it hurts. This is the deciding game in the division. I'm going to be taking this with me all offseason and thinking about this and it's going to motivate me a lot."

On whether he thought his knee was down on the fumble:
"I didn't know. I saw the replay. It was so bang-bang that I figured they would stick with the call on the field."

On the team's issues with drops this season and whether having a new quarterback plays into that:
"No, we've got to catch the ball. The receivers' job, the tight ends' job is to go out there and catch the ball. The running backs' job is to go out there and catch the ball if the ball is thrown to you. We take a lot of pride in going out there and making plays for [QB] Sam [Bradford]. The guy battled his butt off. I mean, he threw the ball 57 times. I had a few drops. That's inexcusable by me. It hurts. I mean, it really hurts. We've got to take this into the offseason. We had the whole division in our hands and we didn't get it done."

On WR Jordan Matthews' comments regarding the importance of re-signing Sam Bradford:
"I want to go into the offseason with the same quarterback. We had that with [former Eagles QB] Nick [Foles] one offseason. He got hurt the following year and it's hard. We want Sam back. Ultimately, it's not going to be our decision."

On whether he considers the season a failure after missing the playoffs:
"Yeah. Our goal every year is to go into the playoffs, win our division and make a run and get hot at the right time. Obviously, we didn't do that. I mean, we had so many opportunities this year. It shouldn't have come down to this game in the first place. We had so many opportunities throughout the season to end the division early. I mean, the Falcons, the Dolphins, there are so many games that I can pinpoint where we didn't make enough plays to win the game, and ultimately, the same thing happened tonight."

Eagles RB DeMarco Murray

On the fumbled pitch that led to a Washington defensive touchdown:
"I just took my eyes off of it. I was trying to get going too fast and I have to secure the ball. It was just a bad play by me."

On the pain of tonight's loss:
"It's a terrible loss. We put a lot of work in throughout the offseason and throughout the course of the season to give ourselves a chance, and now it's a very sour taste in our mouths."

On whether the Eagles are a 6-9 football team:
"I don't know. Obviously, we put ourselves in some terrible situations, but there are a lot of great players and great people in this locker room. It just didn't bounce our way."

On whether the fumbled pitch was especially frustrating after the Eagles had cut Washington's lead to just six points on the previous offensive series:
"It's always frustrating when you turn the ball over."

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