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QB Michael Vick

QB Michael Vick

On when the team moved on from beating the Redskins and began focusing on the Giants game: "After the game was over. After the game, we just realized we had to go on to the next one. You can enjoy the win for a day or two but after that, you've got to refocus and you've got to understand what's most important and that's the next game."

On whether that is easier said than done: "No it's not. I think if you've got guys on the team who can be great leaders and know how to refocus and get the younger guys to focus, you know what? It's fairly easy. We all know in this league you can't dwell on the past. You've got to move forward and play for the present."

On whether he ever dreamt of playing as well as he is: "No, I always knew it was possible that I could come back and have success, but you never know when it's going to happen. You hope that it's going to happen. You hope you get that opportunity and I'm just thankful. I just have to thank God for the opportunities that I'm given. Without Him, none of this would be possible."

On how he now handles success: "I had success in Atlanta and I was fairly young, but now, it's like I've been there before. Success doesn't come over night. Once you achieve it, you've got to continue to work hard to attain it. You just have to understand what's gotten you to this point and never lose sight of how hard you have to work. The minute you get complacent, that's when things fall apart."

On whether he consciously thinks about not going down the road he has in the past: "I don't have to think about going back down the path that I've been down because it's not going to happen. I can live my life with a clear mind every day knowing that I'm moving forward. I'm doing things, not only for the best of myself but for my family. Everything is predicated towards them. That's how I live my life now."

On whether that makes success so much sweeter this time around: "Yes, it does. It makes it sweeter this time around."

On what he thinks about his performance against Washington and the attention it is receiving: "Once I went back and looked at the film and saw everything that transpired, the only thing I could think about was complimenting my teammates. The offensive line did a great job. The receivers caught the ball and made tough catches in the rain. Everybody was so focused, so it wasn't all me. I was just one of the guys who helped contribute. It just so happened that I'm the quarterback and I'm behind the center, and yeah, I do have a lot of responsibility, but if it wasn't for those guys, the offensive line, and if wasn't for the running backs, chipping in protection, and doing things we needed to do at critical moments in the game, then it would have never happened, so I take my hat off to those guys, they played a great game overall."

On whether head coach Andy Reid talked to the team about moving on from last week's win: "Yeah, that was the first thing he said in the team meeting. But Andy didn't have to say it, we all know what's most important. We know that the next game is the most important game. And we're looking forward to it. We know it's going to be exciting playing on Sunday night. We've got all week to prepare and get ready and be ready to go."

On how it appeared that the offense played with ease against the Redskins and how tough this Sunday's game against the Giants will be: "To you it looked like we played with ease, but this game is tough. Nothing comes easy. It's not going to be easy against New York. It wasn't easy against Washington. It may have looked easy, but it wasn't. Each and every play is critical, each and every down is critical. You just have to play with confidence, but you can't be too confident."

On the difficulty of changing his throwing platform after being in the league for so many years: "It's fairly easy. We're not changing mechanics, we're just changing things that help in accuracy, your balance, having your feet in the proper position. We're not trying to change the throwing motion or anything like that, so it's fairly easy."

On whether he ever wonders what he could have accomplished if he had been with the Eagles coaching staff his entire career: "Isn't that so funny, I thought about that just a couple of days ago. And you wonder why things happen. Things certainly happen for a reason, but I just thought about that three or four days ago. If I could've started my career here, where would I be? Would I have ended up in some of the things that I got involved in? You never know, but hey you can't say that, you can only think about it and wonder and just appreciate being in this position now."

On what he thinks would have happened if he had been in Philadelphia for his whole career:"I can't say what we would've accomplished, but I think as far as my growth in the passing game, it would've been expedited tremendously."

WR Jason Avant

On whether he feels the team has a mental edge on the Giants: "No, we don't. The mental edge is all about the field. You go out and play. I think that the coaches have been putting us in great positions to make plays, and I don't believe in the mental edge stuff. I think that if you don't keep your mind focused, I believe in this part, if you're not focused for the game, I think that you can get beat as bad as it gets in this league. And I think we have to do that this week."

S Quintin Mikell

On what the team can do for improvement after the win against the Redskins: "I think defensively, it's tough when you get in those games when you get up so quickly. Then the team, they kind of scrap their gameplan and basically scrap what you've studied for all week and then just start throwing the ball deep or just doing all kind of off-the-wall stuff. So, it's tougher for a defense, but I think that the thing you can take away from that game is that fourth quarter. Even when you've got a team down like that, you don't want to let up a little bit, and we've been dealing with that all year and it's kind of frustrating. So I guess that's the one thing we can learn from that game, and also realize it's not going to be like that every week."

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