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Injury Report: "(WR) Kevin Curtis had a concussion in the game and we'll just see here. We're not going to practice again until Thursday, so we'll see how he recovers here by that time. (RB) Correll (Buckhalter) is doing better and he should be able to go this week. (CB) Asante Samuel has an ankle sprain. It doesn't look like it's too bad but he does have some soreness there. (TE) L.J. Smith with a knee contusion. And (G) Shawn Andrews with the lower back there. Everybody is making progress. Obviously, it was a physical football game. The guys are sore, but again, we gain an extra day with the Monday night game."

Opening Remarks: "I thought that it was a great job by the coordinators and the coaches and by the players. The coordinators putting the gameplan together and calling the game and the players executing really in all three phases. I thought that the offensive and defensive lines, they were a standout and really made the whole thing go on both sides of the ball. Third down situations were big on both sides of the football, 12-18 on the offensive side and 3-11 on the defensive side. Then, the fourth downs that the Giants attempted, our defense was 3-0 on those.

"Defensively, I thought it was a joint effort at stopping the run game (against), obviously, the best run offense in the National Football League right now (in the Giants). I thought everybody pulled it together, very gap responsible. The defensive line played on the other side of the ball. (LB) Chris Gocong came in and he had a couple of nice plays setting the edge. Both safeties, (FS Brian) Dawk(ins) and (S) Q(uintin Mikell) were involved, and I just thought everybody from the linebackers to the secondary just really worked in there well with the defensive line. I thought (CB) Sheldon (Brown) had a nice game, as did Dawk back there in the pass game part of it.

"Offensively, it was good to be able to get the run game going, especially in the weather conditions. It was pretty windy down on the field, kind of a cross-wind at times. And so, to have an effective offense in those kind of conditions, you had to be able to run the football against what I think is a pretty good defense. Again, I mentioned it starts up front, but I thought (RB) Brian (Westbrook) ran exceptionally well. I thought L.J., both in the pass and the run game, I thought he played very well. The wide receivers, we asked (WR) Hank Baskett, who didn't get a whole lot of credit on things, but we asked him to be a big part of the run game sealing the edge. Both he and (WR) Jason Avant, sealing the edge against big defensive ends, and I thought both of those two did very well with that. And I thought (QB) Donovan (McNabb) managed the game very well, and I thought he had a good game throwing the football again in those conditions. And I thought he threw exceptional to the left, which is obviously a little tougher for a right-handed quarterback, and then you add the wind conditions in there, I thought he did a nice job with all of that.

"Special teams, (K) David (Akers), obviously with a 51-yarder. Again with the wind, I thought he did a nice job. He drilled that thing right down the middle. We had a couple of problems with a couple of the other ones where they were blocked or deflected. I thought the coverage units were good. Special teams, again, all three phases, I thought did a decent job with the exception of the two blocks there."

On how Westbrook is physically today: "He's a little sore, but we'll probably know more tomorrow. Tomorrow is the day that you get a better read on things, on the swelling, and there still is a little bit of swelling in that knee, so we'll see how he did. It didn't look like his ankle bothered him during the game, which I thought it did the week before. He had a tweak in his ankle the week before, but it didn't look like he had one this game here."

On how many touches is too many touches for a running back:"I thought it was important for this game that he touch the ball a lot. I thought that the matchups were good. I thought it was important that we get the run game going, and there were a couple of times that we tried to get him out of there but he wasn't in for that. He wanted to keep playing and he felt good and so that's what we went with."

On why he was willing to use the run game as much as he did yesterday when he previously stated last week that he wouldn't beat his head against the wall trying to get the run game going: "The weather conditions were probably the biggest factor. I wouldn't say that I was 'beating my head against the wall.' I thought we ran pretty well. 'Beating your head against the wall' is when you're gaining one yard per carry. You're gaining like we were yesterday, I'm good with that."

On whether fans who want to see the Eagles run the ball more should hope for high winds the rest of the season:"I think the fans really just want to win. They don't really care if we throw it or run it. They want to see W's."

On what the mood was in the complex today as opposed to two weeks ago:"(Jokingly) Now that we are winning no one is showing up for this press conference. The room was packed a few weeks ago. It's always better to win obviously, but you've got three more games here that you have to take care of business with. The Cleveland Browns come in here, they have four wins and three of those have been on the road, so it's not a time to sit back and relax. The coaches were in early. The players that needed treatment got in early. Guys were in lifting. It's always better to win, but the guys know that they have to continue to push forward here."

On how he gets the message to the team that the Browns can be a dangerous football team: "They have to get in and see the film and watch it, and boy, that tells you the story. They have a lot of talent on their team. Their quarterbacks have been banged up a little bit, but again you give the kid a couple of starts there and anything can happen there."

On whether he sees them continuing to use the run game as much as they did yesterday: "I don't know. We'll see what happens."

On whether he sees something different in the run game: "We're going to do what it takes to win the game."

On what he saw in the offensive line yesterday that encouraged him to continue using the run game:"Again, some of it was dictated by the weather conditions. You weren't going to be very successful throwing the football in that weather. That was one of the factors."

On whether the Eagles run defense was more successful yesterday because they didn't have to prepare for Giants WR Plaxico Burress: "I don't think that. I don't think that was the case. Plaxico is a great player, but I don't think that was the case. I thought we did a better job of, and this is fairly simple at least by explaining it here, we did a better job of playing on their side of the line of scrimmage with our defensive line and it really starts with your two defensive tackles. I thought they did a tremendous job in there of just penetrating and disrupting, and then we were able to set the edge. I thought Chris Gocong did a tremendous job of filtering things back inside to linebackers and safeties when we were under the weak side. I thought the safety, when we rolled them up with a corner, when we crashed them, did a nice job of filtering back to the middle of the field."

On whether it was important for the run defense to have had a good game against a division rival: "I would say that, yeah. I don't think it hurts. I think that confidence-wise, you know that you can run and the pass going forward, I think that's very important. Now, you have to keep working on it. Coaches have to keep scheming it right, and the players have to keep executing right."

On whether he was doing any scoreboard watching yesterday: "No. I don't do that, and I don't honestly even go there. I'm sure people do, but I don't go there."

On whether he saw the final scores yesterday: "Yeah. I found out after."

On how they have turned things around in the last two weeks:"Long season. And anything can happen in the National Football League, so you just have to make sure that you take care of your business and you can't worry about really anything else."

On how they are virtually at a point in which they can control their own destiny again: "If you get to Thanksgiving and you're within striking distance, that's a good thing. And we were within striking distance, so hopefully we'll just keep pushing and do a good job there."

On LB Akeem Jordan: "I didn't mention Akeem, but Akeem did a tremendous job yesterday. You saw him, he had a couple of tackles behind the line of scrimmage there. I just thought he played very well."

On what Jordan has contributed to the Eagles defense the past few games:"He's so instinctive, and he's a good downhill player, but if I had to pick one thing, he's just a very, very instinctive player."

On WR Reggie Brown saying that he might not be able to work his way back into the wide receiver rotation and whether he agrees with that: "No, (I don't agree with that). We'll just take one week at a time. Reggie is a good football player."

On whether DE Trent Cole has gotten better throughout the season:"Yeah, I thought he had a very good game, I really did. I said this before, he's a unique player. You don't find guys that play every snap the way he does. As coaches you preach 110 percent and that whole deal, the kid does it every snap. He never, never lets up. He had a great block there on the field goal. That was unbelievable."

On what Cole has done throughout his career to be able to give it everything on every snap: "I don't know. I just know that he keeps doing it."

On whether there are problems at the A gap on special teams:"That one yesterday that happened we had new people in there, so there was a little mix up."

On whether he has changed anything is his game approach:"Not really. No."

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