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QB VIck, TE Celek, WR Maclin, S Mikell

QB Michael Vick

On whether he thinks he will return to Philadelphia next year: "I don't know. We'll have to wait and see, but I really do hope I am. I enjoyed this season, I enjoy the group of guys that I play with, I enjoyed the success and progress that we all made as a young team. I think the sky's the limit."

On where he is from a physical standpoint: "Physically, I feel fine. I feel like if we had to move on to next week, I'd be able to play and play at a high level. It's all about taking care of your body, and I know how to do that now, and I think I've done a great job of doing that all season."

On whether he wants a long-term contract or if he is okay with having the franchise tag placed on him: "It really doesn't matter as long as I can play football next year, regardless of what; it's all a blessing to me. I'm just thankful that I had the opportunity to come out and help this football team win games. Obviously, we wish we could've went further and I wish I could've taken some things back, but that's hindsight now, got to move on and got to figure out ways that I can get better."

On whether he feels he can get better going into training camp as the starter next season:"Yeah, I think going through a whole training camp and just being here, being with (head coach) Andy (Reid). He knows a lot of things that I need to work on, that'll make me a lot better as a quarterback. It'll pay huge dividends for me, so I'll be excited about that. I'll follow the same routine I had last year, keep the same attitude and the same work ethic."

On how he is a better quarterback today than when he played in Atlanta: "Now I know how to play the game. I've been taught how to play the game, how to go through my progressions, how to be patient, how to stay balanced, how to stay down when I throw, discipline. That's something I've been taught, it's something that I'm going to continue to improve on and it can't be taken away from me. I'm only going to get better."

On whether being in this system made him feel like a rookie again: "Yeah, it did feel like being a rookie again. Last night was only my 11th or 12th game being back after a two-year layoff, so the sky's the limit. And I know that. I just know how hard I've got to work. I know what I can accomplish. I know things that I didn't do so well this year that I'm going to practice this entire offseason on. So, I'm very thankful for the opportunity, I'm very thankful to be here."

On whether Reid has given him any indication what the team will do with him next year: "No, we haven't talked about it. We just talked about getting better, personal development, things of that nature. So I'm looking forward to that, too, because football is just one part of my life. There's another facet of my life that I have to take care of too, as well."

On how badly he wants to see all of the young talent on the Eagles' offense reach its potential:"You had two receivers that gained almost 1,000 yards. One had 1,000 yards, the other one was 36 yards short, so I don't know what more they could do, but just get better and develop. Each and every year you're always going to be a work in progress. There's always going to be things that you could get better at. They're young guys, and they just need time."

On whether the team relied too much on 4th-quarter comebacks and what they need to do to become more consistent:"I don't think we relied on the 4th-quarter comeback. You never go into a game relying on bringing your team back in the 4th quarter. You always want to get a kick-start on the game, jump out on the other team. We were just inconsistent. I think we just have to start fast and you have to finish. We don't go into a game, saying 'We're going to come back in the 4th quarter.'"

On whether carrying the success or failure of the organization became too much of a burden for him at any point this season:"The quarterback position, that's the nature of the position. Everything's going to be thrown on your shoulders as a quarterback. I accept it, I respect it. That's a responsibility that you take on, when you get up under the center. Like I say, I'm built to play the position and deal with everything that comes along with it, and I'll never shy away from it. I'll continue to do what I've done on the field: that's always stay aggressive. And I'll always accept the task."

TE Brent Celek

On whether he believes that there will be major changes made to the Eagles in the offseason: "You never know. You always know that your team's never going to be the same as it was this year, but you don't know what the changes are going to be. That's up to (head coach Andy Reid) and our GM. I love playing with this team—I think that's what hurts so bad. This is my favorite group of guys I've ever played with and the fact that it's going to be different next year, it stinks, but you've got to get over it."

On how the current labor situation affects the offseason for him: "Well you've got to approach it the same way you have in the previous years, just expect (a new collective bargaining agreement) is going to get done, and then if it doesn't get done, then you adjust from there. The fact that we might not have anything until August or we may not even have a season—you've got to take care of yourself. And I know all of the guys on this team are professionals, they understand that, so you've got to stay on top of yourself and make sure you're in shape and ready to go when this thing gets started."

WR Jeremy Maclin

On whether he views this season as a success or disappointment:"It was disappointing, because, obviously, we wanted to make it all the way, so it's disappointing in that aspect. A lot of different people achieved a lot of things this season, but as a whole, I feel like we didn't live up to our potential."

On whether he felt the team showed enough growth to feel positive moving forward:"Yeah, but that's the same thing we said last year, man. I'm tired of having this thing on repeat, so we really need to get back and refocus, get ready for the offseason, and hopefully come back even stronger next season."

On whether it feels like "Groundhog Day" because the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season:"Yeah, it's kind of déjà vu. The game was a little more competitive this year, but the end result was the same. And that's not what we were looking for. It's frustrating."

On how difficult the offseason will be with the possibility of a labor stoppage:"I really don't know, because I really don't know how that's all going to shape out. It is a little different. Last year, being a rookie, at this time I was completely drained out. But now, I'm not going to say I feel fresh, but I still could play—and that's the most frustrating thing. Now, I've got to sit back and watch all of these other guys go out there and compete for a Super Bowl."

On how the team had uncharacteristic games in their two playoff games the past two seasons: "I think that's just the playoffs. I think having that much time to prepare for somebody, being on that type of stage, those guys fighting for the same thing that we're fighting for. I think there's a different mindset. When I first came into the league, they said there's three different speeds. There's preseason speed, season speed and then postseason speed. Playoffs are just a different atmosphere and you take a different mindset going into it. Credit to them—they had a good scheme against us and they came up with the W."

S Quintin Mikell

On what the future may hold for him: "Just like everybody else here is, (I'm) cleaning out the locker and getting ready for the offseason. As far as next year, we have this whole CBA thing that's kind of putting a damper on things right now, so hopefully that gets worked out and then we'll know from there."

On whether he is feeling emotional today:"I kind of got it out last night. I went home and kind of thought about everything. It's tough, because it's all I've known since I've been in the league. It's been eight years. A lot of good memories, so hopefully I'm back, and just go from there."

On whether it is tougher because the season came to such a sudden end:"You know, it seems like it's always like that. We're always flying high and then it just stops, and that's really what it's like in the playoffs. That's the one thing that you try to get across to the young guys, and hopefully they'll learning. Everything can be so good and then it just stops, and that's it. You don't have a lot of time in this league, so you have to make the best of it. Hopefully, this was a learning experience for everyone. It doesn't get any better, it gets harder and harder every year."

On whether he feels that the team left anything on the table:"I think we had a lot of bad things happen this year, a lot of injuries. And I feel like we had a lot of guys who stepped up and fought and did as much as they could to give ourselves a chance to win. Now, were we perfect? No, we weren't perfect. We made a lot of mistakes, but everybody had heart, and they fought every week, every game, so I'm proud of that."

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