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QB Vick, LB Gaither, C McGlynn, LB Sims

QB Michael Vick

On whether he is ready to play on Sunday if he gets the start:"I mean, if I'm the number one guy then of course I'm ready to try to put this team in a position to win and that's what I've been trying to do."

On his progress with this offense and where he is as a quarterback compared to last year: "Well, since the day I got here I've been working as hard as I can and as diligently as I can to just try to get better. You want to strive to be great and you want to be perfect. We all know that you can't be perfect, but you can strive for perfection. That's what we try to do as players and that's the ultimate goal. You give yourself the best chance to perform on a consistent basis when you do that."

On whether it feels good to feel like he's 25 again on the field:"It was gratifying to be able to go out and just have fun playing the game of football. And playing the way I like to play and the way the game is dictated and just have fun. Sometimes we have the tendency to make the game more serious than what it is and put a lot of pressure on ourselves, which is normal, which is good because you have to do that in order to bring the best out of yourself. But just to get out there and just throw the ball around and build that chemistry with the guys was great."

On whether getting reps this week will help the chemistry of the offense: "Ultimately, it's going to help getting all the reps and I can't see it doing anything but helping this team move forward. So, it's going to be good for me and beneficial for everybody on this offense. So, I just have to make the most of the opportunity and help this football team win until [QB] Kevin [Kolb] comes back and he's healthy."

On whether he is concerned because of the lack of cohesiveness with the first unit offense due to the injuries: "Well, when guys go down, other guys have to be ready to step up and sometimes that's how some guys make names for themselves in this league. You look at [New England Patriots QB] Tom Brady and a lot of other guys. So, it's tough to lose the guy that we count on and who are marquee players, but that's the game and we just have to continue to move forward and try to keep those guys up in their spirit and go out and win for them."

On how he has improved as a quarterback since his time with the Eagles: "Honestly, I don't know how I've changed as a quarterback. I think, as far as accuracy, I've gotten better in that department. I still have a lot of work to do. I still have the tendency sometimes stand too tall in the pocket and not bend my knees when I throw. So, as a quarterback, you're always a work in progress. There are always things you can get better on and you just have to have the attitude and the fortitude to want to get better."

On whether last week proved that he's ready to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League: "Well, I don't really go out to try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. If it's just doing the Wildcat offense, just trying to help this team move the chains and produce. That's the ultimate goal. You can't go out trying to prove yourself because that's adding more pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is."

On whether he is looking forward to the opportunity to start: "I mean, anytime you have an opportunity to play or to start, you know it's a challenge within itself and it's also exciting. So, like I said, you just have to make the most of it and you have to be ready and you have to be well prepared and you have to make sure you do all the things you can to put this team in a position to win."

On how the team views the importance of Sunday's game: "This is a big week for us and the ultimate goal is to come away with a win. We all know that Detroit [Lions] is no pushover. They're a tough football team. You watch them against Chicago [Bears] and they played them very well, they're very good up front. They're good all across the board. So, it's not a team that you can take lightly. We have to go down there and we have to be prepared and we have to be ready to play. So, getting that win is going to take a lot of hard work."

On whether he tends to stay in the pocket more with the Eagles than he did when he played for Atlanta: "Well, in this offense [Offensive Coordinator] Marty [Mornhinweg] allows you to get into a rhythm. Now, I have to say, play calling is everything and putting guys in the right positions and telling them what to do and they do exactly what you tell them to do, then you're going to excel, you're going to be successful. And I just think, just the coaching here, and I didn't say that the coaching wasn't great years back, but I think we were more running oriented back then. And now, we're a balanced offense and tend to throw the ball a little more. So, here you have no choice but to get better in the passing game, it's like a passing camp during the summer."

On whether it is ironic for him to go from the 'student' to the 'leader' in a short period of time and have to set the tone for the team: "Yeah, I'm definitely going to have to set the tone. But, I'm almost used to being in this position. It feels like the old days when I was preparing myself and knew if I ever had a great week of preparation and getting myself prepared to play, ultimately I know that I have to rally the guys and put them in a position where we feel like we can win. And you have to go into the game, not hoping that you win, but knowing that you're going to win. That's how I'm going to try to put it to them."

On whether he has butterflies heading into the game on Sunday: "You know, you're always going to have butterflies when you start. Like I said, this is a tough game. It's a great challenge and you find out a lot about yourself playing the game of football. And so, the butterflies are going to be there, but after the first snap everything tends to go away. You know you're in a battle and you know you're out there for four quarters and you just have to come away with a win, by any means necessary."

LB Omar Gaither

On what point in the offseason he felt 100 percent healthy: "I mean, it hasn't even been a year yet. So, speaking with the doctors they said it takes about a year before you're back 100 percent. I'm still in the high 90's [percentile] right now, but I think that's where everybody is right now, so I'm just playing, just working through it and eventually I'll be back."

On whether there is a challenge to step in at middle linebacker if LB Stewart Bradley can't play due to injury: "I think it's a challenge as far as playing again will be a challenge. But, I've done it before and I've done it for a long time before. So, that part of it just really comes natural for me, just going back out there, being in the middle and being the starting guy again."

On whether he looks forward to the opportunity to show the coaches his ability: "Yeah, whenever you play, you look forward to playing. Of course I'd rather be out there playing with those guys as opposed to watching, so yeah I'm looking forward to it, looking forward to the opportunity. Maybe if I play well enough I'll be able to get on the field in some other positions when Stew does come back."

On whether he feels he is as fast pre injury: "Yeah, I don't feel like it's hindered me in any way. It's not like it happened two or three years ago. Like I said before, it hasn't even been a year yet. So, I'm still working through some things like that, but it's fine, it's going to be fine."

LB Ernie Sims

On the perception about the Lions in the city of Detroit: "Detroit fans, they're good, they're real good. I've met a ton of genuine fans that have been behind Detroit since [former Lions RB] Barry Sanders and they've been good loyal fans. I believe that's how it's going to be, this is their home opener, so I believe there's going to be a lot of emotional fans. It's going to be a good game, I believe."

On whether it would feel weird to get his first regular season win in a long time against Detroit, his former team: "I'm just trying – my first day is preparation - to get better today, so come game time I'm ready."

On whether he has told his teammates about the Lions being a much improved football team: "I told them that they're good, that they're a good ball club; well-coached, eager players. And that's how I was, an eager player. When you have eager players their effort is through the roof. I think that's very important when you're playing football, effort. Effort goes a long way. Like I said before, we have to play real, real good and disciplined football and we have to dominate."

C Mike McGlynn

On whether he got a grade from the coaches after his performance on Sunday: "You know what, we don't really get actual A's, B's and C's, we just go over the things that we had problems with and stuff like that, and then get them corrected."

On whether he felt he did a good a job on Sunday: "I feel like I played well."

On whether he's excited to get the opportunity to start: "Yeah, like I said, you never want to see a guy go down to a season ending injury, but in the National Football League that happens a lot. So, to get the opportunity, that's exciting for me and I'm really eager to get out there. I feel like I have something to prove. You just want to show the coaches that I'm capable and I can excel at this."

On whether he feels comfortable making his first start at center: "Well, I played tackle in college and then I got here to play guard, and then it changed over to center. Center's always been a comfortable position for me, so I'm excited about it."

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