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Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury report: "Really the only one to mention is (T) Winston Justice had what looks now to be a hyper-extended knee and had an MRI on it. So structurally it's okay. If we had to practice today, he wouldn't be able to practice. And then, (DE Juqua Parker) and (CB) Asante (Samuel) are making progress and when we resume practice they should be available to go."

On whether the injured players will stay around the facilities during the time off: "Yeah."

Opening remarks: "Good team win I think all the way around. I have a lot of respect for the Texans. I think (Texans head coach) Gary (Kubiak) does a great job with that team as their head coach. And I know a lot of the coaches on that staff. They're a solid staff. And coming off the Titans win and a couple of those close losses that they had, I thought they were playing good football. And you're dealing with the highest scoring team in the fourth quarter. So it's a team that's come back from a lot of games in the fourth quarter and presented teams with quite a challenge. So I felt like they would probably make a run in there somewhere and they did the second half and we were able to, and this is one of the positives, we were able to squash that and score some points and win the game, which we needed to do as a football team, a young football team. (There are) plenty of things that we can work on, obviously, the penalties. We just have to keep working on those to eliminate them; too many offsides and illegal procedures and that whole bit. And that's focus and concentration and making sure that you're watching the football from a defensive standpoint and listening to the snap count from an offensive standpoint. I thought (RB LeSean) McCoy did a nice job both catching the football and running the football. We had a few screens set up for him and he did an excellent job. The offensive line that pulled out for him did a nice job. And then he did a great job of seeing, cutting back, utilizing the whole field. And then he did a nice job blocking. We asked him to block (Texans DE Mario Williams) number 90 a couple of times and that guy's a great player and he was able to get him down to the ground with cut blocks and did a good job there. And then our offensive line I thought did a good job against, what I consider a very good defensive line. They have three defensive linemen that, and really more, but three that I think are just stand out players. And linebackers that they rush and can rush that are quality rushers. So I just thought they did a good job. And obviously, (QB) Michael (Vick) put together another great game, a 103.0 quarterback rating. There were a couple drops in there, but he had a good game I thought working the offense, controlling it, keeping the momentum or regaining the momentum and establishing it and motivating people around him. All those things, the intangible things he did well. And our wide receivers did well. They were very aggressive to the ball, as was (TE Brent) Celek. And Celek came back and made a big play for us. Defensively, what a great fourth quarter. The third quarter they were able to maintain the football and had some long drives, there, and the fourth quarter our guys just buckled down and really took a very hard approach towards things. (Defensive Coordinator) Sean made the adjustments that he needed to make and the players executed like crazy and were very, very aggressive. And it always starts up front with that defensive line. I think anytime you can hold a running back of that caliber to what we did and still pressure the quarterback that's a good combination to have there against a good, solid offensive line. And then special teams. I thought special teams were solid. (S) Colt (Anderson) continues to make plays at important times. He's been a great addition (and) my hat's off to (general manager) Howie (Roseman) for bringing Colt in here and giving him an opportunity to play here. And then (K) David Akers, again, that's a lot of games and you could say you have the most regular season games of any Philadelphia Eagle. That's quite a compliment to him. And the guys presented him a game ball after the game, so well-deserving. So all-in-all, I think collectively offensively, defensively and special teams I thought it was a productive day. Again, plenty of things to work on that we need to get better at if we're going to be as good as we want to be, and so we'll do that. We'll go back as coaches – we gave the players a few days off here – and study some things up and be able to present it to the players when they get back here. I thought the coordinators also did a nice job, along with the coaches."

On how they can decrease the penalties called against them: "You know, I've said this before, you have to be as disciplined as you can in practice, and then practice as fast as you possibly can. And work those techniques that you're going to work in the game. And from a coaching standpoint we have to continue to teach the look team, the scout team, the techniques that the opponent is using so that our guys can work those techniques at a high speed."

On whether there was something Texans QB Matt Schaub was doing that caused so many defensive offsides penalties: "Well, it was the center actually. They went with a silent count and the center was very dramatic with his movements, his head movement. And when he did that at times, the ball would move up. And so it was loud. I mentioned that the fans were phenomenal last night and with that we had a little bit of an over-exaggerated silent count going there. And normally the officials kind of warn those guys on that. But our guys are trained to go on the ball. So when the ball moves they're going to take off. But it's hard for the officials to see that from where they're standing."

On whether he believes the Eagles can accomplish their goals this season without reducing penalties: "Well, you make it tough on yourself. It's going to be tough anyway, but it doesn't have to be that tough. Against good football teams like we played here, you can't sit there and shoot yourself in the foot. I mean, that's just not a good thing, it's not productive."

On the benefit of having a "mini-bye" after playing on Thursday night:"I think we needed that. We played a lot of games here in a short period of time, and we played some teams that had had extended time to get ready for us and were fresh. And it looked like it helped some of the other teams, so I welcome it right now. I can't tell you I was thinking that before we played a Thursday game, because those are a little bit rough to get ready for, but now it's done and everything worked out okay, it's good to have this year."

On how Celek has handled his reduced role as a receiver: "He's not a selfish guy, number one; he's all about the team. You always see him here. He's always around the building. He hasn't complained about not getting the ball or any of that. And he takes pride in his blocking. He worked very hard to get himself to where he can do it as effectively as he can."

On where he believes WR DeSean Jackson's head is: "Well, I've seen it between his right and left shoulder, the whole time. So, he's okay. He loves to play the game. I appreciate that. I appreciate that."

On the in-season additions of S Colt Anderson, FB Owen Schmitt, and RB Jerome Harrison: "And Owen had a nice touchdown yesterday, I forgot to mention him. Owen's done a heck of a job. Now, one advantage Owen had was he was in Coach (Mike) Holmgren's system in Seattle, so the terminology wasn't completely foreign to him. But at the same time, you've got to come in and you've got to establish yourself and get the respect of the players. And he did that, right from the first week. He had some big catches in the first week, and big blocks in the first week. So, he's been able to maintain and done a nice job. But I'd say that about all of these guys. I think it's a great tribute to (general manager) Howie (Roseman) and the work that he and his staff have done of giving the coaches an opportunity to coach good football players, and that's not an easy thing to do on his end."

On Harrison's strong play and whether he is looking to get him more involved in the offense: "We try to find spots to work him in. We're switching personnel groups so much and he's definitely worthy of playing more. It's not anything from his effort or ability. It's just hard at times to take McCoy off the field when he's in the swing of things and doing as well as he's doing. But it seems like every time Harrison gets in, he does a good job. And we need him. We need him to spot McCoy."

On the team's defense struggling in the red zone: "It's too much. We've got to do a better job there. (Defensive coordinator) Sean (McDermott) is beating himself up over that. So, he's looking at it, been looking at it. We've got to just continue to put guys in the right position and guys, when they have opportunity to make plays, they have to make plays. It's really that simple, so we'll keep on working on it, so that we get better there."

On whether McCoy has exceeded expectations: "Again, I would tell you that he started right after this last season and the number one thing was getting stronger physically and he worked on that very hard, came back stronger, didn't lose any of his speed or flexibility. And then he studied. There's more than just getting the ball and running to a spot. Knowing how defenses are set up and if you have a three technique, what his responsibility is according to a linebacker that's either stacked or in an outside shade, or inside shade—those are all important things to know on your pre-snap (read). And then, to be able to trust your offensive lineman and to feed those guys, especially in zone blocking schemes, where you can't cut back too quick or you're not going to give your uncovered man an opportunity to secure level one and then, at the same time, get to level two, the linebacker level."

On whether McCoy is at former Eagle and current 49ers RB Brian Westbrook's level in the screen game:"Well, listen, he had a great one to learn from, I'll tell you that, with Brian. By the way, he looked pretty good the other night. He looked real good. Great game. I would say that if (McCoy's) not (on Westbrook's level), then he's surely getting there. He's doing a nice job with it. I think they're both pretty good at it."

On whether Vick brings a sense of calmness to the huddle: "I mentioned that in the press conference last night. I thought on the sideline and in the huddle he did a great job. It's a calmness, but it's also a confidence that he brings. And he's not afraid to challenge people, and people aren't offended by him challenging them and the way he presents it. And there's a fine line there. He's doing a good job of that."

On McCoy's toughness: "He's very tough and he comes across like he's your little brother. He's a happy, happy guy. Always smiling, always teasing people. Underneath all that is a tough, competitive, very skilled player. You can overlook that if you're just hanging around with him. He's kind of a fun guy."

On whether he has a message to the players in regards to the next five days off:"Well, everybody's a little different. There are certain guys that we want here that need to continue to rehab and conditioning and all that stuff. I want them to get their mind off of football for a little bit which won't happen. They're going to think about it somewhere during the day, it just won't be quite as condensed as if they're in the building. We'll have the weight room open so they can come in and make sure that they stay in their routine and lift when needed. If they need to get out of town for a little bit, get out of town and make sure you check the weather so that you can get back into town on time."

On how much time he plans on taking off: "Well, we don't take much time off."

On how the four games in 18 days has been for him: "I will tell you that it's tough going from an away Sunday afternoon game, getting back here very early Monday and then getting ready for a Thursday game. That's a little bit of a grind and it was on all the coaches, it was on the players. (There's) a little time here to maybe get a normal night's sleep and so on. That's a healthy thing."

On paying attention to the games this weekend and the playoff positioning: "Well, I don't know about the playoff positioning and all that, but I always watch games if they're on. I'm going to watch it. I enjoy watching the games; I enjoy watching the NFC East teams and seeing how they do. We have a couple of them coming up here, so I'll have my eye on those."

On T King Dunlap's knee: "He's fine, he's good. He actually did a pretty good job last night. He had one holding call that I thought could go either way. It looked like there was a facemask on that play, too, so that was a confusing play to me. I thought he did a pretty good job especially on that deep route when he was singled up, no help, right down there for that last touchdown. That was a huge, huge play and he was going against (Texans DE Mario Williams) and his arms were longer than (Williams') on that particular play."

On whether Akers has been doing anything differently with his routine lately: "Listen, he's been doing it a long time. Probably a little bit like a golfer, you get a little out of whack, you kind of study yourself, you listen to the coaching points that (special teams coordinator) Bobby (April) gives you, (P) Sav (Rocca) is another set of eyes that has seen him do it a million times. He just trusted it and went back and started stroking it like he always does."

On whether he's concerned that personal fouls are not being called on the opposition when Vick gets hit:"Yeah, it bothers me to be honest with you. That bothers me. I see the same thing you're seeing and it bothers me. He does run, but he's still the quarterback and you can't treat him like he's a running back there. That's not what the rules state."

On whether he has taken a more aggressive approach with this young team: "I don't know that. I don't think I am. I think I handle it the same way, but I might be wrong there. I haven't analyzed that part. I'm not doing it on purpose if that's what's happening. I'm coaching and teaching and that's what I'm here to do."

On the team never seeing him as mad as he was last Sunday: "I don't know. I'm happy today. I'm happy to see you guys."

On whether he can voice his concern to anyone in the NFL about Vick getting hit: "I'm not going to get into all that. I'll deal with the people I need to deal with on it, but I'm not going to get into all that. I was asked a question and it concerns me."

On whether he's going to stick with Max Jean-Gilles at RG or turn to Nick Cole: "I thought Max did a good job, but we've got a good thing there and Nick got in for a play. I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do there, but I have full confidence in both of them."

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