We had a chance to talk to Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid, and Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb this morning. Here's some outtakes from both interviews.
Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid
On Mike Holmgren's retirement at the end of the season: "He's so good for the league. I hate seeing him go. I hope that somebody can talk him into coming back, whether it's coaching or being a president or whatever it is, just coming back and being a part of the league. I know he loves to ride that Harley, though. But somebody's got to talk him into doing both."
On working with Holmgren: "I said this when I worked for him in Green Bay, I hard time believing that anyone did it better than he did, and I still feel that way even now that I'm a head coach. He just had a great way about him. He knew when to pat you on the back and when to kick you in the butt. That's when he's been one of the most successful coaches ever."
On what Holmgren demands of his assistants: "He demands perfection, and that's important. He wants you to do things the right way, and he's going to give you an idea of what needs to be done, and then he wants it done. And everybody's got to pull their own weight."
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On playing in the beast that is the NFC East: "Since I've been in this is the most competitive it's been. You have to remember when I got in (1999) we weren't very good. The Giants were dominating the conference and we had to fight like crazy to get up to that point. I'm not sure all around if it's ever been as competitive as it is right now. This is great."
On the health of running back Brian Westbrook: "Well he feels pretty good. He had a pretty good day the other day (Westbrook finished with 167 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns), and I didn't think he was 100 percent there. But I think he came out feeling good, which I thought was important."
Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb said even though Seattle has played the Eagles many times over the past several years, because of injuries McNabb hasn't played against Seattle since 2002, when the Eagles beat the Seahawks 27-20.
Although he hasn't played against Seattle in six years, he is familiar with Julian Peterson, Patrick Kerney and Deon Grant from playing against them when they were other teams.
On staying healthy this season: "The gratification for us on the offensive side is that I've had the opportunity of working with these guys for a full year, through mini-camp, training camp as well as during the season. Obviously, you look at it and some of our receivers have been in and out due to injuries. Westbrook has been injured. But I've had the opportunity to work with the next tier of running backs and having our tight end. So it's truly helped on the offensive side to having the chemistry and being able to build something, a foundation here. So when we do get our guys back, like we got Westbrook back last week, we don't take a step back and we can kind of move forward from where we started."
On Seattle's defense: "They play hard and they come together. And the thing about them is they strive on turnovers. It's something that we obviously have to make sure we don't give them any chances for that. And just be real methodical when it comes to our play calling as well, of being able to move down field and being able to be very productive and score points (Philadelphia has struggled in short yardage situations this season. They rank 29th overall in third-and-one conversions.)
On similarities of Seattle's offense to Philadelphia's: To be honest with you it's not as similar as people think. I think sometimes when people hear West Coast offense they think it's so similar. Every coach likes to put their own wrinkle on things."
On what he remembers about the game against Seattle in 2002: "We won. I mean that's all you want to remember. It's not about stats. It's not about the way the game went. You just kind of remember the end result."