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Eagles/Steelers - What they're saying

We get one more day to bask in the glow of Sunday's win before we turn our attention to Chicago. Let's have a look at what some of notables have had to say about Sunday's win.

Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward summed things up from a Steeler perspective

"I do not think we were picking up the blitz very well as a unit," Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said.  "They kept bringing a lot of guys up front. We had too many guys coming in free and even if we had a one-on-one matchup, we were not winning them. It really seemed to confuse us a little. I think today was a good, old-fashioned butt kicking."

On his radio show last night, Brian Westbrook was asked about his chances to play this weekend

"I'm going to do everything that it takes - if it takes me being [in rehab at NovaCare] from 7 in the morning until 7 at night, that's what I'll do," Westbrook said.

When co-host Brian Seltzer asked Westbrook what his "gut feeling" was about playing Sunday, Westbrook said: "My gut feeling is that I'm going to go to treatment every day, rehab my butt off every single day, morning to night, and then on Saturday or Sunday we're going to make a decision and see how I feel, go from there."

Andy Reid talked about how he tweaked his game plan after being hit with so many injuries to starters on offense

"There was just a point where we had five guys down," Reid said yesterday of the Pittsburgh game. "I didn't game-plan for that. I looked up and half the offense was out, so there were just certain things that we had to pull back on.

"I'll game-plan for that this week."

Jim Johnson talked about why the Eagles blitz was so effective

"It's a funny thing sometimes,'' Johnson said. "It comes down to protection. I might not [blitz] against a certain type of protection. Today, we thought there were some things we could take advantage of.

"And the coverage was good. Last week [against the Cowboys], the coverage wasn't good. You've got to have confidence when you blitz that the coverage is good. Last week it wasn't. This week, I decided I was going to challenge those guys [in the secondary] to cover and we did a better job.''

Finally, Todd Herremans was asked to sum up the mood of the team after their 2-1 start to the season

"Let me think of a good word," he said. "Optimistic. You know, you hit speed bumps along the way, and things don't go quite how you planned. But this team has stuck with it and rolled with the punches. Coming off a short week and such a tight loss in Dallas. . . . We're a family, and we hold together no matter what happens."

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