Philadelphia Eagles News

QB Michael Vick


On volunteering with the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Atlantic City yesterday:** "It was great to just step away for a while and just to put everything in perspective. (There are) some responsibilities that we don't see that we have to tend to, but it was something that I felt like I needed to do, from the heart. Even though the body was a little sore, I still wanted to go down there, just pay homage and show them that we are thinking about them."

On the mood of the team right now: "Our mood, as of right now, is we've got to find a way to win a football game. We miss that feeling of winning and it's been a long time since we've had one, so it's important to come out this week, have a great week of practice, a great week of preparation and get ready to play a good football game."

On the offense's issues in the red zone: "It was just one of those nights. It's not like we're not trying to score in the red zone. Sometimes, you've just got to put it all together and you've just got to give the defense some credit sometimes. We should be better. We've been good in the red zone all year when we've gotten down there. It was just one of those nights."

On what the team can do to move forward: "As of right now, you just keep pressing forward. You put your head down, you keep fighting, keep preparing. Preparation is very important and don't let up. Don't let up. We're going to catch a break sooner or later. This week has to be the week. So, (you've) just got to have a never-give-up attitude and keep pressing forward. The minute you stop doing that is the minute you can pack it up."

On how he can adjust to the new pieces on the offensive line: "I've just got to believe in the guys in front of me and do whatever it takes to get the ball out, whether I've got to slide, I've got to move, break contain. Regardless of what (happens), just continue to maintain trust in them. That's part of my job as a quarterback and (I've) just got to keep believing. Keep believing, stay optimistic, just keep playing the game and try to block out everything else."

On how the offense can keep its big-play identity while getting the ball out quicker: "I don't know. We've got to figure it out. We've got to find a way to come up with some big plays and I think our coaches will do that. We have to do it when we're out there on the field. As professionals, all across the board, we've got to be able to block. We've got to be able to block up front and if we can do that, then that'll give (WR) Jeremy (Maclin) and (WR) DeSean (Jackson) some time to make some moves downfield and get open. But I believe in those guys. The thing I've got to do is continue to lead them."

On how frustrating it is for him to take as many hits as he has taken during games: "It's not the (most fun) thing in the world to get hit over and over and over again, but I just keep getting up. I keep getting up and I think God that he has blessed me with the ability to keep getting up and the will to keep fighting and keep battling for this football team. That's why I continue to go as hard as I can and continue to try to make each and every play that I can, even though sometimes I can find myself trying to do too much and overcompensating. The thing that I have to do as my job and the way I've always played is just to keep going, keep playing, keep fighting."

On whether there is a point where the players begin to lose faith in the coaches' messages: "As of right now, we understand as players that it's us out there on the field. We have to go out and get it done. Coach (Andy Reid) can say all he wants; we've got to go out there and put it all together. I've said over and over again and I continue to say it: it's all three phases of the game and we've got to make plays in all three phases of the game. I can't say more than that."

On facing a Dallas defense that he had success against last season: "Dallas has an even better defense now. We've got to study film, we've got to prepare. We've got to make sure that we put our time into defeating them in whatever way we can. It's not going to be on three downs, it's not going to be on five downs: it has to be repeatedly throughout the game. I'm excited about our opportunity to rehab this weekend. Everybody else has to feel that way as well."

On whether he has ever played behind an offensive line with as many injuries as this one: "No, I never have played behind a line that's had to shuffle so many guys in and out. But it's part of the game. It's one of those seasons where you're nicked up and guys have got to step up. Guys have to step up; they've got to step up and play. We watched the film, we prepare. Coaches can't do but so much. We've all got to put it all together."

On the magnitude of this game in terms of their outlook for the remainder of the season: "It's a big game. We're still 1-0 in the division and we've still got a shot. We've still got a shot. It's time to figure out what needs to be done to win this game and we're going to need everybody's participation; everybody's participation in this one. It's going to be big."

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