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QB Donovan McNabb

On the importance of this week's game to the offense from a confidence standpoint: "Confidence-wise, I think we definitely have it there. Our first two games we've been able to do some positive things, a lot of things that obviously you would love to get back but every offense in the league has that. I think we're excited about what we can do on the offensive side and I think this game right here is another way of getting that experience and getting guys an opportunity to catch balls and run and pick up blitzes and see different things that they will see during the year. I think it will be good for us to get some of our guys out there who are going to be out there during the year, but offensively, we're excited in what we've been able to do so far. But obviously (there are) some things that we need to clean up before the season. We're going to treat this game just like a regular season game."

On RB LeSean McCoy's progress so far: "It's hard to say. It's only been two games and he's been through a training camp where we kind of put him to the test where he pretty much had to take every rep because (RB) Brian (Westbrook) has been out. He's been doing a great job with it. Rookie or veteran, there are going to be some holes that are there where you are going to look great and some that are not, and you just have to get what you can get, get one or two yards and go to the next play. We all know that he was a guy coming out of college that can make you miss and pick up big yards after a move and you don't want him to change that. You want him to keep that same style and also understand that in some situations you have to put your shoulder down and run a guy over for an extra two yards. I think he's learning that right now. With Brian coming back he can get a chance to see that happening right in front of him instead of Brian continuously telling him about. He's going to play a major part in our offense and we are excited to have him."

On some of the things he has told QB Michael Vick about being a successful QB in the team's offense: "He's pretty much been in a West Coast offense. I think he's had about three coordinators who have all been similar in their style. There is nothing for me to tell him. He's obviously watched throughout my career and he's run the offense himself. He'll get a chance to kind of see it in action, move around in it, try to run it and try to execute the plays."

On whether Vick has to develop his ability to go through his progressions instead of running the ball the way he used to: "(Jokingly) But I got killed for that. You all got after me about that style. No, I'm just kidding. He'll learn eventually, he will learn. Right now he is just trying to get his feet up under him and get comfortable with what we are doing. When you get older in this game you have to adjust your game because you're not as fast as you used to be. Or you don't have to run as much because you're learning more about it. He will learn to go through his progressions and reads and be able to deliver the ball quicker instead of deciding to run a little bit faster than usual. But if it's just watching me and the rest of the quarterbacks, then that's what I'm sure he'll do."

On his assessment of Vick's progress and his ability to fit into the culture: "He's doing a good job. I think he's doing a really good job."

On how he's been able to remain with the same team and same coach for his entire career and how that is rare: "We've had a lot of success here and I think the comfort level of myself, as well as with (head coach) Andy (Reid) and the organization, of knowing that we have the best chance of winning when I'm out there. I try to get better every year to try and put us in a position to possibly win a Super Bowl. We've been very close and we've actually gotten to a Super Bowl, so the door is still there and open for us to continue to achieve that goal. I think that's probably part of the reason why (I'm) still keeping the tenure here with the same team. So many quarterbacks have started and ended their (careers) with the same team, a lot of them haven't. We just want to continue to do the right things here and hopefully be able to achieve that goal when the time comes."

On whether he would like to see Westbrook play a few series against Jacksonville: "It would be great, but if he doesn't we'll see him in week one when he'll be fully healthy and ready to roll."

On whether he is expecting the regular starters to return to the offensive line: "I'm kind of looking for the other guys to step in and we can get a chance to work together, but for the guys who are out there, with the experience that they've had through practice and also through these games, if something were to happen I know that they can fill in and do the job. These guys have really flourished in their opportunity to be able to play to the best of their ability, make the right reads, make the right blocks and do the job. The guys who will be coming in that are supposed to be the starters, they'll continue by doing their job as well."

On how far WR Kevin Curtis is from his 2007 form: "I think he's doing great. He looks healthy. He doesn't look like (he has) any lingering effects from the surgery and he's been doing a great job for us."

On whether Curtis has been quiet on the field since being injured: "I wouldn't say that. We haven't been able to do as much as we want to do and in this game we look forward to doing that, getting (WR) DeSean (Jackson) more involved, getting (WR Jeremy) Maclin more involved, getting (TE) Brent Celek more involved, get Kevin Curtis and (WR) Jason Avant more involved. But when you run about 20 plays in both games, you're not able to spread the ball around as much as you want to. We want to do that in this game and hopefully be ready when the time comes against Carolina."

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