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RB Brian Westbrook

On what the Dallas defense is doing to achieve success against the Eagles offense: "The defense is playing well. The cornerbacks are playing tight, physical man-to-man type of defenses. They're getting a little bit of pressure and their linebackers are doing a good job as well. For us, especially this past game, we missed some blocks; we missed some protections here and there. We didn't catch the ball very well. We have to give (QB) Donovan (McNabb) some time so that he can be accurate as a quarterback. There are some things that we did not do this past game that we have to correct in order for us to have a chance."

On whether he feels the team went away from the run too early in the game: "They jumped on us early. I think, to be an effective offense we have to continue to run the ball. In those past weeks even before I came back, we were running the ball effectively with (FB) Leonard (Weaver) and (RB) LeSean (McCoy) and we have to get back to that some way."

On what his message was to the team after the game and why he decided to say something: "I'm one of the older guys on the team and it needed to be said that we didn't play our football game this past week. We didn't do what we set out to do, to come in there and play hard and play physical and play strong for the whole game. We didn't do that. At some point your leaders have to step up and say things. It doesn't have to be every week. It doesn't have to be rah-rah this, that and the other, but at some point, some parts of the season you have to step up and say things. I just wanted to make sure that we had the team's attention and let them know how important this game was coming up."

On whether he thinks the loss was more about what the offense wasn't doing than it was about what the Dallas defense was doing: "I think they did a good job. You really can't take away from what they did, but we really missed some opportunities there."

On the difficulty of running against Dallas: "They're tough. They have big guys upfront. They're very physical upfront. Their linebackers do a good job; of course they bring their safeties down as well. For us, we have to be very efficient. We have to be smart with what we do and we have to do our assignments. There were some holes there, but we have to take advantage of them."

On how many he carries he thinks he gets per game: "I don't know. I don't have a number. Whatever plays coach calls, whatever opportunities I have, I'm going to try to take advantage of them."

On how he thinks he's played in the past two games: "I feel okay as far as my body goes. I think as an offense, and that includes me, we never really got into a rhythm this past game. We never really got into what we do. Three and outs and penalties and dropped balls and missed assignments, that's what we did this past game and that's not how we play football."

On whether he thinks the coaches efforts to get him in has affected McCoy and Weaver's play: "It's hard to say. I think it's important for me to get some opportunities in the game, but what has been winning us football games is running the ball with LeSean and Leonard and spreading the ball to our different receivers. We still have to continue to do that, hopefully I can help out here and there, whatever situations coach gives me. We still need to be able to run the ball and catch the ball with everybody as well."

On his blocking: "I know a couple situations I didn't block the way that I normally do. I have to do a better job of blocking and hopefully this game won't be a reflection of my ability to block at all. I just have to do a better job. I know the protections; I just have to execute those blocks a little bit better."

On whether he thinks his blocking is one of the reasons he is kept on the field: "I don't know that that's just the reason. That I know the protections, I don't know that that's the reason. I think LeSean and Leonard have done a great job in my absence of blocking and picking up the blitzes. They did a good job this game as well. I wouldn't say that that was a contributing factor."

On whether he thinks it helps to play two games in a row at the same stadium: "We'll be familiar with it of course. Having the opportunity to go right back there, bottom line is the field is still 100 yards long, 53 yards wide, we have to go out there and play some football and we didn't do that this week."

On whether he think the environment played any role in the game: "I don't think so, no."

On whether the second game in a row against the same team is more about coaching or execution: "I think when it all boils down, it's down to execution. Can you execute your game plan? Can you stop them from doing what they want to do and can they stop you? We know each other very well. We play each other twice a year, of course, so we have to go down there and try to impose our will on them."

On McNabb's comments after the game that the team "showed its youth": "To be honest with you I didn't hear his comments. I don't think Donovan is the type of guy to blame the game on any group of players or any one play in particular. It's hard for me to comment because I didn't hear what he said, but I've been around Donovan long enough, I know he wouldn't just blame it on one person or one group of players."

On whether McCoy keeps his mindset when Westbrook is in the game: "I think he does. I think it's just the same with me, when you're not in there as much you have to try to get your rhythm in a lot fewer plays. Instead of playing fifty plays like he's been playing, he's down to maybe 25 or 30 plays or whatever it is. You have to try to find your rhythm a lot faster and keep it going even when you're not on the field. That's the same thing that I struggle with, the same thing that Leonard struggles with. We just have to find a way to make all of that work."

On winning on the road during the playoffs versus during the regular season: "In the regular season you're always going to have next week. Now, we don't have next week. We don't have anything to lean on. We have to lay everything on the field this week. We can't depend on anybody else helping us. We need to depend on those guys in the locker room, of course those coaches, and for us to go out there and fight and have a good game."

On the importance of momentum going into the playoffs: "I think it's important. You want to have momentum. That doesn't (mean) that you can't have momentum and go in and win some football games and get to your ultimate goal. We still know what type of football team we are. We still have very talented guys on this team that can make plays. Obviously, we all didn't make plays last week. Now we have to go back and we're going to go back to work this week. We're going to do a little bit more, practice a little bit harder, and find a way to win a football game this weekend."

On the lack of screen passes last Sunday: "When you have those opportunities and you don't capitalize on them, especially early in the game, it's harder for (offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) to get back to them. A lot of teams have played our screens pretty tough this season. They're using their interior lineman to play the screens a little bit and it's a little bit tougher for us to get out on those screens. We have to do a better job of that. We also have to be consistent and continue to call those plays even if they take away those plays early in the game."

On the importance of getting off to a fast start Sunday: "It's important in every game. Of course you want to go out there and start fast. Everybody says start fast, finish strong. But, there are going to be ebbs and flows to every game. Even if you start fast you have to try to continue that throughout the whole game. For us, we want to start fast, but even if we don't start fast we have to find a way to pick it up throughout the game. Their offense is probably going to score some points, they've done that all season long. It's our job as an offensive group to continue to score points. If they score 40 we have to score 41, whatever the situation is. As a team, our defense is going to step up and play a lot better than they did. Offensively, we're going to step up and play a lot better than we did and special teams is going to do the same."

On whether he has to say things at the start of Sunday's game to the young players: "I think it's important for us at all points of the game to reiterate that this is our game to win. We have to go out there and do everything we can. We shouldn't allow them to take the game away from us. We need to go out there and take the game away from them. If it takes the veterans to step up and say that, then we have the guys on this team that can do that."

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