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Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury Report: "(S) Nate Allen has a neck sprain and it looks like he's going to struggle to make it for this week, but we'll see how he progresses throughout the week. And then (G/T) Todd Herremans' ankle is bothering him a little bit. He had an ankle sprain before and it's just bugging him a little bit. But he'll be fine. (G) Max (Jean-Gilles) had a concussion in the game and we'll just see how he does. He was feeling a little bit better today, had a bit of a headache. We'll see how he does over the next few days. And then (CB) Ellis Hobbs is making improvement. He's going to see another doctor, (Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
at Thomas Jefferson University) Dr. (Alexander) Vaccaro, tomorrow, who's a back specialist and just see if that has anything to do with his hip area here. Other than that, everybody came out fairly healthy."

Opening Remarks: "It was a good team win against a good football team that I think is very well coached and has some exceptional players on their team. So all-in-all for the Eagles it was a good team win. I thought the coordinators had a good plan. I mentioned (defensive coordinator) Sean McDermott yesterday, I thought had a phenomenal plan for playing against (Colts QB) Peyton (Manning) and their offense. And likewise, (offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) and (special teams coordinator) Bobby (April) I thought had good plans. And then the players, most of all, I think the players executed, they believed in it and they executed it. And not only did they believe in it when things were going good, but they also trusted the plan, as did the coaches trust the players with the plan for four quarters of football. And against a team like this that's very important. We have lots of room to improve. Obviously, too many penalties, and not much production in the redzone; you get down in there, again, you need to score touchdowns and not field goals. But we'll continue to work on that. Defensively, I thought the pressure on the quarterback, number one, was the most important thing and I thought our (defensive line) was able to generate that. Our linebackers and secondary when they had opportunities to blitz, they worked like crazy to get home and get hits on the quarterback and pressure him. And then (CB) Asante's (Samuel) two interceptions were obviously big. And we had some good things happen at the beginning of the game which I also think was important, Asante's (interception) being one of them. Offensively, I thought (QB) Michael (Vick) did a nice job at the quarterback spot and made some nice plays. There were a few throws he'd like to have back, but for the most part I thought he played very well, managed the game well and so on. And (WR) DeSean (Jackson), I thought DeSean did a good job. It was good to get him back in there in the mix with our receivers and running around, he did a lot of good things. And (T) Jason Peters kind of gets overlooked here. I mean, Jason's coming off knee surgery and going against one of the best defensive ends in the National Football League. And I thought he did a very good job against (Colts DE Dwight) Freeney. And then (K David) Akers and (Punter) Sav (Rocca) I thought played well and were very productive there. And then the fans, I put that little challenge out there at the beginning (of the week) and I thought the fans were unbelievable. When you play a quarterback like Peyton where he's doing a lot of things at the line of scrimmage, noise becomes a factor and I think we saw that throughout the game. And the fans were strong in that fourth quarter and we needed that (because) that was an important time in the game and I thought they stepped up, too."

On whether Hobbs injury is related to the neck injury he sustained last year:"No. He has pain in the groin area. So it's in the hip flexor area. And there's a weakness there. I mean, he doesn't feel like he has his full strength there. So we're just taking every precautionary measure that we possibly can to get the thing answered. So we're having him see the back specialist, just to check him out. And so, you know, again, we just want to make sure he's right."

On whether Hobbs is ruled out of the game on Monday night: "I don't know that, we'll see."

On his thoughts about the play of CB Dimitri Patterson: "You know, I was proud of him because I thought he stepped up. I mentioned this last night, I was proud of him and (S) Kurt Coleman for stepping in and doing the job that they did. But Dimitri, I thought he had some big plays. They tried to go after him a little bit and I thought he did some good things there."

On whether there is anything Safeties Quintin Mikell and Kurt Coleman could have done differently on the hit on Colts WR Austin Collie: "Well, you know what, there's really nothing else (because) that was a bang-bang play. And it was two guys, there were three people involved, so by the time Kurt got there (Collie) was being hit back into Kurt. Listen, the league is trying like crazy to make this thing right. And so, I'm not sitting here to judge that. They're evaluating it more than anybody. And the officials are learning like we are on the go here, so I'm not going to sit up here and bash anybody. I just, for that particular one you asked me a question - what else could they have done different? I don't see what they could have done different because after looking at it on film and studying it, I don't see –if the player asked me this I'd have to tell them that - I just don't see what they could have done different. But again, I completely understand and I'm behind what the league's trying to do. I think for the players' sake down the road, we're kind of in a new territory here, and we're learning as we go with concussions and what happens when these guys are done playing football (because) you want to make sure that you do look at that. And some things will have to change."

On whether he thinks coaches will continue to support the rule changes if the officials keep making perceived judgment calls:"Well, listen, I'm not saying it's right or wrong. I'm not going back on that call and saying it's right or wrong. But I'm going to tell you that I think it's important that everybody grows with it and that there will be a consistency on judgment that comes to roost here as we look at this."

On whether there is a fear down the road that the National Football League wanting to protect players will change the way the game is played: "No, I don't think so. I think it will all get worked out. I don't think it's going to change the game a lick, as far as that part goes, the hard hitting and that. I just think that once it's all defined and we have enough data in the base here that we can go back and look at it and say this is what it is. So like I said, I think this is a learning period right now."

On asking the players to change the way they play midway through the season:"Well, this is what they're doing; they're enforcing the rule that was basically out there before. So that's what they're doing, they're re-reinforcing the rule. So it's not that it's necessarily a new rule, it just has a closer eye on it I guess. "

On whether it is difficult for the players to change their style of play:"Yeah, it's tough. There are some tough things in there and that's part of this learning thing. In the heat of the battle I can't sit here and tell you that I'm the calmest guy in the world when I see those things. I mean, I can't tell you that. But when you step back and you look at it – I understand the big picture of things – but when you're out there and you're competing, whether you're a player or a coach, sometimes it can be a little rough. But I think the end result is, I know the league's heading in the right direction with it, that I do know and it's just a matter of getting it all together here."

On whether he would be in favor of the referees having the ability to interpret the rules on judgment calls:"In some cases I'd say like, if I was looking at a commercial and one brother hit another brother in the back of the head harder than what he was hit in the game, I probably wouldn't call it."

On his thoughts about how Coleman handled the pressure of facing the Colts offense: "Yeah, listen, I thought he did a nice job. Now, you're talking about a kid that you go back and you kind of look at his history, you're talking about a four-year starter at Ohio State (University). So he's played in big games and you know he's smart and physical. And he did a great job. He did a very good job for being able to, without any practice, being able to step in there. The key now is, if you're a young guy, you have to continue to learn. And if Nate's not able to go this week, then you have to make sure that you know that there's a little film out there on you and teams are going to have time to try to exploit weaknesses and you have to make those adjustments and make sure that you strengthen your weakness."

On whether G Reggie Wells is cemented at LG:"Well, that's what we have him at. If you go back and think about what I said initially on that was I put him back so he could learn in this system. And so, I just don't think it's fair to move the guy all over the place when he came in late and he's learning."

On who would play at RG if Jean-Gilles couldn't play on Monday Night: "Yeah, if Max can't go Monday, then it would be Nick."

On whether he will bring in a veteran safety this week:"We'll see, Howie (Roseman) and I, you know we talked a little bit about it this morning and we're going to get together here again and just see exactly what we're going to do there. But we haven't made any decisions on it. We're just kind of looking at different people there."

On whether there is any interest in CB Al Harris: "We actually talked about Al a little bit. I don't know where Al is, necessarily physically, he's close to 36 years old and coming off of an injury similar to (Eagles fullback Leonard) Weaver's if you take out the bit of nerve damage (Weaver) had there. So it's a pretty significant injury he's coming off of and I'd just have to look at that a little bit more."

On the play of the offensive line in Sunday's game:"Listen, for (RB LeSean) McCoy to do what he did and for the passing game the way it went against that particular defensive line, which I think is very good, in particular rushing the passer, I thought the guys did a good job."

On whether he thought the ball was a completed pass on the play Collie was injured: "Listen, that's a loaded question. I'm sitting in the judge's seat, here, or I'm being judged I guess, so I would rather just tell you that they were okay there."

On whether he would have challenged the call if he had a timeout remaining: "I'm not going to go there. I'm not getting into all that."

On whether DT Brodrick Bunkley felt good during and after the game: "He was a little nervous going in. He said it felt good during practice, but practicing is different from playing. He got in the game, he said he felt great, and then when he was done he felt great. And then he did some good things in the game."

On whether there is anything they need to do going forward in practice to make sure players aren't being fined or suspended:"Well, we'll see, we'll just see how it all goes. But you've been out at our practices so you know. I mean, we practice blocking and tackling every day with all the positions on defense and with all the positions on offense with the exception of the quarterback. So we will continue to work on our tackling like we have been. That's where I'm at there."

On whether the team is where he wants it to be midway through the season:"Well, you know we had, I guess the advantage of having the bye last week so we were able to kind of go back and look at things we need to get better at. One of which we accomplished yesterday, just by finishing games by playing the four quarters of a game like we did, people stepping up and making plays. (We) did things schematically that we looked at in our evaluations from a coaching standpoint to try and put the players in better positions to help them out. And after this week I would probably tell you the same thing, are there certain areas we can get better at? Yeah. Are there certain things as coaches we can get better at? Yeah. We made a little improvement yesterday over some of the things I thought could win games for you."

On whether he is comfortable with the conversations of potential Super Bowl talk surrounding the team: "Listen, this is what I think. I think, and I say this always at the beginning of the year, but I think every coach and every player in this league is striving to get to the Super Bowl and to win it. So that's your primary goal in this business and it should be, as a team goal that's how it should be. And Michael (Vick), I think what he's saying there is that he believes in his teammates and he believes in this football team, believes in his coaches and his teammates. And I have to love that. First of all, he's very optimistic on things. He's that way during the game. He's that way before the game, during the week. I think that's one thing the players love about him and he loves to compete. So if he's thinking that way, heck, I'm all for it."

On the problems with the three drives on the goal line: "Well, listen, I always come back to myself. Could I have called some better things (and) put the guys in a better position? I could have. I could have. I thought they did a couple things down there that were good. I mean, they did a couple nice things, I'm talking about the Colts, you know, loading up the box on certain looks. And then, I think collectively as players and coaches we could have done a better job. So to get into specifics I'm not going to do that, but I would tell you yes, we've looked at (the film) and we could do better."

On whether LB Keenan Clayton presents a different skill set on defense: "Sean did a real nice job with Keenan. He had had this idea during the bye week of taking Keenan and using him as a linebacker and a safety, which he did both at (the University of) Oklahoma, so he did that. And he had different looks from different places with Keenan. (He) kind of moved him all around and started him back in the secondary, brought him down to the linebacker position, vice-versa, blitzed him from different spots. So, he had a nice little package in there for Keenan, then Keenan did some good things. You saw him come out of the middle on a couple of coverages there and make some plays. So, you know, he showed us a little something. It didn't seem to be too big for him. He came in and he was excited to play, did a good job on special teams, did a good job during the game."

On whether Clayton will be an option at safety:"Well, he gives you a little flexibility there (and) you have to look at that. But to say that's exactly what we're going to do, I can't tell you that right now. I'm kind of in that mulling process of going over exactly what to do with that and then we'll see."

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