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Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury Report: "On the injury list there's nothing to really talk about. Everybody practiced and they looked ready to play."

Opening Remarks: "We look forward to the challenge of playing the Cowboys again. We've gone back and we've analyzed the mistakes we made and the players have worked hard on correcting them as have the coaches. Like I said before, we all had a piece of that, of the problems, and we're going to go from there."

On how the players have responded this week to the loss: "They've been upbeat. These are competitive guys. They don't like what took place last week and so they get back to business and try to right the wrong. That's how they approach it."

On whether the loss was a result of a poor scheme or poor execution: "I want to make this very clear. It starts with the head coach. I had plenty of problems, the coaches had problems and so did the players. It's not one more than the other. We're all in this thing together. There are no excuses for what took place and we've tried to go back and make sure we worked on the things we didn't do very well."

On whether the Eagles have to play flawlessly just to keep up with the Cowboys: "They're a good football team and any time you're in the playoffs you have to play good football. I don't get into any comparisons. I can get into making sure we do our job the best we possibly can. That's what we're going to do."

On whether it is crucial that they keep the Cowboys offense off the field: "You have to do what you think is best to score. You try any way you possibly can after you've done the studying on that. It's not basketball where you can go into a four-corner stall or that type of thing. That doesn't work in football. That's what we're about. We're going to be who we are and do what we do and the same way on both sides of the ball and special teams."

On how Dallas got off to a good start last week and whether the Eagles have been working hard this week to ensure getting off to a better start on Saturday: "(Jokingly) Well, we've worked real hard at not getting off to a good start."

On whether there is more urgency this week to get off to a better start on Saturday: "Listen, that's important for every game, so we put a lot of time and effort into that. Nobody wants to start like we did the past time."

On having shorter practices this week and what they are doing to get fresh legs under the players: "I think that's important that you give the players every opportunity, physically and mentally, that you can to be strong in the game. So we've cut back in certain areas and added some time in other areas. We'll see how that works."

On whether he likes that some of the players use personal trainers outside of the organization throughout the offseason to get ready for the season: "I've never really been too big on keeping everybody here. I don't care if they go home or stay here in the offseason. Sometimes I think it's good to get away, freshen up, and come back ready to go, so I don't worry too much about that."

On how WR DeSean Jackson looked during practice this week after his groin injury: "He really hasn't had any problems with it, so he feels pretty good."

On how RB Brian Westbrook is doing and whether he thinks Westbrook can carry a full workload in the next game: "Right now I wouldn't ask him to do that. We have three good backs and you just spread that around and they all have an opportunity."

On whether he still sees a burst from Westbrook: "I think he's back to where he feels good and he's moving around good."

On whether QB Michael Vick will be the team's second quarterback on Saturday: "I told you last week he might be, so I don't want to tell you again that he might be. We'll just see when we get there."

On whether S Quintin Demps will be available to return kickoffs on Saturday: "He's getting better. Is he all the way back? He's not all the way back, but he's working on getting there. We'll see how that goes."

On how much of a chess game between the coaches a third meeting between teams becomes: "There is that part of it and they outsmarted us the last time. They did a better job than we did. That's our challenge, from a coaching standpoint, to do a better job and we're working on that."

On some of the players saying they weren't ready to play last week and how he keeps the team focused on the game and ready to play this week: "I thought they were ready to go. I can't tell you who said that. I don't know who said that. We should be ready this game."

On his thoughts on Dave Spadaro spitting on the midfield star at Cowboys Stadium: "I don't know. I didn't even know about it until I walked in this door. I'm focused in on the Cowboys right now."

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