Eagles v Falcons: What they're saying

Laywer Milloy doesn't feel that his hit on LJ Smith wasn't a dirty one...

"I didn't play 13 years in this league to get labeled as a dirty player," Milloy said.

"I'm not a dirty player," Milloy said. "I hope he's OK. But when the quarterback is looking that way and his eyes get wide and he throws the ball on a rope, I have to do my job."

Desean Jackson on the other hand, wasn't so sure.

"It was bad. It was a bad deal, man," Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. "It wasn't a good thing to see. The ball was past him [Smith] and he had no chance to catch it. Milloy, he knew he shouldn't have done that. He admitted it, so we just go from there."

Domowitch made a good point about the run defense yesterday. Is it back?

Run defense gets tough again: After giving up 334 rushing yards in the previous two games, the Eagles put the lid on the Falcons' No. 2-ranked ground game, holding Michael Turner and Co. to 3.2 yards per carry. Just two of the Falcons' 24 rushing attempts gained more than 6 yards.

McNabb talked about running the ball.

"On that scramble to get away from Abraham and pick up more yards, I think what that shows is, well, teams already know that I can get out of the pocket," McNabb said. "But this shows that things can happen as well.

"That scramble eventually led to a touchdown. There are opportunities to do that, but there are opportunities to hit the checkdowns, get the ball to receivers and let them work."

"[Running] is something you guys talk about," McNabb said. "For me as a quarterback, you just want to make plays. If it's a pass play called, you want to be able to execute the play.

"But if you have the ability [to run] then you use your ability. I've been doing that for years. I may not have been doing as much as you guys want me to, but we've been effective in our passing game.

I loved Andy's answer to the question about how he felt about the ridiculous roughing the passer call on Trent Cole.

"Go back and look at the tape, and if they have a close-up of me, you'll know how I felt," the coach said.

Lito Sheppard talked about his breakout game

"We were in a good defense for it," Sheppard said. "I saw it at the line of scrimmage. I was able to get a good press and get a good enough peek at the quarterback so that when he let it go and I saw it was a floater, I was able to put myself in position to go up and make a play on it.''

"I can't control [when I play]," Sheppard said. "That's not my decision. When I'm in there and have an opportunity to make a play, I need to make it. Today was one of those times. They tested me and it was either make the play or hurt the team."

The last word goes to Brian Westbrook who was his usual coy self.

"It feels good to be back," he said. "My ankle held up pretty well. My ribs held up pretty well. Things went well for me."

Yeah, I'd say things "went well."

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