EAGLES QUOTES VS. RAVENS 8/20/05

QB DONOVAN MCNABB On the performance of the offense in the first half: "I think things went pretty smooth. I think in the preseason you try to be aggressive and try to put balls into holes. Anticipate throws, which kind of caught up with me on the interception. But again, we bounced back strong, we were able to get some first downs, move the ball and put the ball in the end zone. That's always a positive."

On the 51-yard touchdown pass to RB Brian Westbrook on 3rd and short:
"I thought it was a great play. Any time the coach has confidence for us to put the ball in the air on 3rd and short, or possibly on 3rd and long. For us to be able to execute says a lot about this offense and the trust in this offense. What you are seeing right now is just kind of a sign of what's to come. We don't have all of our guys, obviously, here but for the guys that are here they are doing an excellent job catching the ball, getting a first downs and moving the ball downfield."

On spreading the ball around on the offense and showing confidence in rookie TE Stephen Spach:
 "With Reggie [Brown] having a great game last week and next week it will be somebody different. There's a new name on the radar and it's Stephen Spach. He did a great job catching the ball and getting up the field."

SS MICHAEL LEWIS

On tonight's defensive performance:
"You have great defensive teams out here tonight and we wanted to come out here and show them that we are one of the best defensive teams in the league."

On whether show your skills against a defense like the Ravens is a matter of pride:
"You said it right there. Those guys are getting all the hype, the media hype and it's well-deserved but we've got some playmakers on our side of the ball as well."

On his sack of Kyle Boller and forced fumble:
"We're going to blitz. We know it and they know it. It's just a matter of whether they can block it or not."

RB BRIAN WESTBROOK

On his 51-yard touchdown reception from Donovan McNabb:
"I was just trying to make a big play. Donovan did a great job of getting me the ball. It was man-to-man [coverage] and I was against one of the safeties. Any time we get man-to-man we have to take advantage of it."

MLB JEREMIAH TROTTER

On whether he feels like the defense looked like they were in regular season form:
"I wouldn't say regular season form, but we went out, took control of the game, we planned to. We had some guys that were winded out there, but we just want to play ourselves into shape. The more we play we'll be ready by the first game."

On forcing three takeaways in five defensive series:
"I said it at the beginning of the season. That was our main goal. We know we are a nasty defense. We know we are a good defense but last year we didn't have enough takeaways. That's a focus for us this year, getting the ball."

On the defense's performance against the run:
"That's how we play. We want to win the battle up front. Stop the run and force those guys to throw the ball."

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