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Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid

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Q: Do you have an update on Michael Vick?

A: He is not practicing today. He is going to take it day-by-day and see how he does.Q: If Michael Vick can't go, who will take the reps at quarterback?

A: I don't know. I haven't decided yet on how I am going to do the practice today. I will determine that after I get done here.  

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Q: How important is this game for your team's playoff chances?

A: Every game is a very important game when you are coaching in the National Football League or playing in the National Football League. It is no different this week. It is an important game.

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Q: Tom Coughlin said your team was better than it was in Week 3, do you think your team is a much better team than when you played the Giants in Week 3?

A: I appreciate him saying that. He and I are good friends so I appreciate him saying that. We are just trying to get better every week and we are playing a good football team this week.   

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Q: What are you seeing in Eli Manning's level of play?

A: I think Eli is playing very good football right now, not that he hasn't done so in the past. He is a pretty good quarterback and he is playing good football.  

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Q: Is he at a higher level than in the past?

A: He has played pretty good football and in the past as well. I think he is a heck of a player. I think he is doing the same thing now, he is playing good football.

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Q: You have not ruled Vick out for Sunday?

A: Right, yes.
: Will DeSean Jackson be back this week?

A: Yes.    

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Q: Has this season been more difficult than in years past?

A: Right now, all my energy is going into playing the New York Giants. That is how I approach each week. I don't get caught up in all the other stuff.  

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Q: Do you see a difference in Eli Manning's decision making this year?

A: First of all, his O-line is doing a nice job and his wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs are doing a nice job. Eli has a lot of trust in those guys and he is playing well. It is that simple. He is well coached. He is a good player and a very intelligent guy.

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Q: Is there any way the Eagles can find its way and make the playoffs?

A: I am going to tell you the same thing I told our media, I don't worry about all that. The only thing I would about is preparing our team to play the New York Giants. That is it. I don't worry about anything else past that.

Q: Is there something exceptional about Michael Vick being able to get on the field each week?

A: In this case, he didn't tell me. He is a very tough kid and very competitive.

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Q: Do you expect to battle with him this week to see if he will play?

A: I am taking it day-by-day. That is how I am approaching it.

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Q: Do you think the Giants defense is really different without Michael Boley?

A: He is a good football player. However I answer that can be taken the wrong way so I am just going to say he is a good football player. We will prepare like he is going to be there and go from there.

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Q: What do you think the Giants did against Michael Vick that worked in the first game?

A: They did a great job all the way around defensively against us that first game. They did a bunch of things that were effective. You can tell by the score. We have to do a better job.

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Q: Do players gain confidence after being able to win games in the fourth quarter or having fourth quarter success?

A: I have seen Eli do that throughout his career, he has had a couple against us, actually, in years past. I think they are confident and they do a good job with that, obviously. You have to have a certain mindset when you play the Giants that way. You have to respect them and know that they are going to play four quarters of football against you.

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