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Joe Gibbs Media Session

On Santana Moss (WR, #89):

"Today was encouraging. He took quite a bit of work. He ran and took some of the work. We will just have to see how the week progresses but today I think it was a good step up."

On trying to keep it going after such an emotional game:

"Anytime you play an emotional game like that it concerns you if you can get back and play at a high level. Obviously they have had a week off and to go to Philly it is an extremely tough place to play. When Donovan (McNabb) has been healthy, he has driven us crazy and probably plays the best against us. We have a lot of concerns there because their defense is well scheme. Everyone knows that we are going into a tough situation. We worked hard today but it always concerns you."

On if it is bad timing to go up against Philadelphia after they have just lost three straight games:

"I would think it is bad timing. Up here you have to deal with a lot of tough things. Certainly I would like to play in another division but I don't know which one that would be. I certainly do not want to be in this one. The cards have been dealt to us. Everyone that goes to Philadelphia has their hands full."

On if he has been able to do anything about not performing well in the third quarter:

"What we did with something like this is make everyone aware of it. Our team is very smart. We made a big emphasis on penalties last week and it seemed like we really took that to heart and stepped up. We played much better in that area. We talked about third quarter and we had a good kickoff coverage group and did a good job, but they took the ball down the field and scored. We had two three-and-outs on offense. Playing consistently across the board has been a concern for us. It is certainly nothing you can practice."

On being in a tough NFC East division:

"Everyone in this division does a good job. The coaching staffs and the front offices do good jobs. Everyone is well organized. Everyone recognizes that it is a tough division. What happens is that everyone beats each other up. That is part of the life we live. We are going to have to play great in there."

On if he feels that a win in this game keeps them in the playoff race while a loss knocks them out:

"I think this thing is so topsy-turvy that I don't look at it that way. I think it is super important and it is a division game at their place. I look at it as you have to play every single one of them out. I don't know where it is going to be at the end of the year. I know our division has a bunch of tough games left and a bunch of teams are matched up against each other. This will probably go down towards the end of the seasons before you can tell who is going to do what."

On the defense:

"I think it was a lot better performance on defense. I know we played better and looked better. I think getting our guys back healthy made a difference. Both teams battled each other about even in the rush department. They threw for a bunch of yards but we were able to keep them from getting something in the end zone rushing. I think there were a lot of pluses for the defense."

On what he has seen from Troy Vincent (S, #23):

"He is a real mature, classy guy. I always say your past drives your future and everyone knows he is a classy guy. He is very smart and has been around a long time. He takes good care of himself and is a great person and leader. He also has started at corner, nickelback and at safety. He can play almost anything back there. He is extremely well prepared. He puts a lot of extra time into it. I have walked by those rooms and he is the guy in there late at night."

On if Chris Cooley (TE, #47) is playing better because he is getting more comfortable or he is just getting more opportunities:

"We always think that if we don't get him a bunch of balls in a game and get him involved in the game then when we come out of there we really second guess ourselves. He is a big part of what we do. He is a playmaker. That first third down was huge. That was a small crack and he got that ball and sucked it in and made a great run down the sideline. Also the one in the corner of the end zone, that ball was hit and the average person would not have come down with that ball. If anything, our quarterbacks have so much confidence in him that our quarterbacks go to him when they shouldn't go to him. He is definitely a playmaker. He dropped that one ball and it was so uncharacteristic of him. He is one of our playmakers and one of the guys that we feel can make plays to win games for us."

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