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ST Coordinator Ted Daisher

On penalties on special teams: "You always try to avoid penalties. (Head Coach) Andy (Reid) has made a big point to the whole team and we have to take heart of that. Usually what happens is that you make a decision in the middle of a play and we have to do everything we can to avoid that because it affects field position."

On whether RB Eldra Buckley will be less involved with special teams if RB Brian Westbrook is unable to play Sunday: "It could be depending upon whether or not Brian is able to play, we don't know for sure. (RB LeSean) McCoy will be (Brian's) backup obviously. If they get to Eldra we'll have to make some adjustments and we've worked on that during the week and we have some guys ready to go."

On whether preparation is different given that past games against the Giants have been decided by special teams touchdowns: "I don't think your preparation changes at all, but you are aware of who you're playing. We have a great deal of respect for the Giants, very good football team, great organization. Our players are aware that it is going to be a close, tough game and each play is going to play a big role in that. I think the players are more attentive a little bit in everything. They know what's at stake here and we're ready to go."

On whether he had seen referees switch a call before last week: "I can't say that I've seen that before, but I've learned in my time in the NFL you just never question the officials. Whatever they say you just nod your head and go along with it. If they were going to let us have that call against the Redskins I wasn't going to say anything about it, I was just going to go on."

On Giants P Jeff Feagles: "He's amazing. He really is. What he has accomplished in his career and how consistent he has been. To understand what he's trying to do, what he does extremely well is to directionally punt, which is hard to do in the first place and to be as effective over the years as he has is impressive. I know in the last game he had a couple that were not quite up to his standard, but you have a lot of respect for a guy like that."

On whether P Sav Rocca has improved at directional punting: "He really has. He's worked at it. He's improved. Everything that we are trying to do is create field position. As you know it's very difficult for a team to drive over 80 yards to score a touchdown and all of those kicks he was pooching down inside the 20, those are really helpful to our defense and to our team."

On how much better Rocca has gotten at directional punting: "I think significantly. I watched from last year, he's always had a strong leg, he's a talented guy. He's improved. He's gotten much better."

On S Sean Jones play on special teams: "I was with Sean the last couple of years in Cleveland so I know what kind of potential he has as a player. I think he's done a good job of just working hard and getting a little better each week and learning our system on defense. When he was given the opportunity on special teams he's stepped up, he's done a great job. Obviously that was a big play in the game last Monday night for him to be down there making a play for us. I just see him improving. He's getting better and I think he's going to help our defense a little bit this weekend and we plan on having him still play special teams also."

On whether CB Ellis Hobbs is still returning kickoffs: "Yes and he had an opportunity last Monday night, he almost got out—I don't know if you remember the one by our sideline, he was a step away from getting out in the open field and having a big play for us. Yeah, he'll be back there for us."

On K David Akers success kicking long field goals this season: "I think he's done a pretty good job. You'd like him to make all of them, but I thought he hit the two real solid on Monday night. It was good to see that. Whenever he's called upon we expect him to get the job done regardless of the length of the football. The last few we've had have been a little bit on the long side, over 40 yards, but he's done a good job."

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