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Q: How bad does this loss sting the day after?A:  We just knew that there were opportunities from the second play of the game and there was a drop and the other chances where we had guys open. It wasn't one theme for why we didn't move the ball. It is just enough mistakes by one person here or there throughout the game and some of them me, some of them receivers and some of them offensive line. It was just a combination of never getting in great rhythm and in synch and therefore we didn't have enough plays and we never got the ball moving.

Q: How much does it hurt that you didn't take advantage of the opportunities?A: We knew we were going to have to fight hard, no matter what, the rest of the season. We knew they were a good team. They are talented; they had a lot of close games that they lost. They have gone out and beat Dallas bad a few weeks ago, so we knew they were a good team and we were going to have to play well and we did not do that. We know what the challenge is ahead of us going to New Orleans and playing a good team. We know the rest of our schedule but it starts with New Orleans and we have to figure out a way to play better football.

Q: How much does this team need a win to stop the comparison of meltdowns from years past?A: Obviously we have to go win. That is always going to be the case and we have a tough road ahead and we have a good team coming up this week and we just have to find ways to play more consistent football throughout the game. It seems like we always wait until the fourth quarter before we start playing our best football. In eight or nine games, that has been the case. We go in the fourth quarter and we are down or it is a close game and we have to fight back. Five of them we were able to win and three of them we got into the red zone basically and something happened. We were stopped, you get a fumble or a tipped ball or a guy slips. It is the little things. We still feel that in crunch time we move the ball and we make big plays. We just have to play with more urgency throughout the game.

Q: When the offensive line is struggling, what is something you can do as a quarterback to help the situation?A: I don't think those guys are struggling, I just think we have to play better football. There are still opportunities when things are blocked up well and I have to make better reads and we have to make better throws. When you are playing against a talented front four like Philadelphia, there is going to be some pressure sometimes. Guys have to get open on a timely basis and we just got into too many third and longs. When you are sitting in third and 12 and third and 13, the defensive linemen are going to be ready to rush the quarterback. They don't have to worry about anything else so it makes it tough. It is a little bit of not getting into bad situations that we kept getting ourselves in.

Q: What do you tell the young players about playing in New Orleans?A: It is going to be loud and our communication in the huddle, everybody has to hear our calls that we are making. We can't let that be a distraction and keeping it from letting us do our job.

Q: What do you see in the running game that has to be fixed?A: The offensive line and the backs and I have to get us out of some bad runs. It is different things and we just have to try to get into some things where we get three and four yards a carry. There is just too many times where we are losing two yards. When you are playing in second and 12 it makes for a long day.

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