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Tom Coughlin, 11.19.10

Q: Your guys seemed particularly chipper at the end of practice. Why so?
A: It's the end of practice, probably. They can now look forward to the game without having to practice anymore really, so... We'll have a jog thru tomorrow, but they're excited.

Q: Was Shawn Andrews any better today?
A: Yeah, he was. As a matter of fact, he was out here in the beginning just standing around until they sent him back inside, but he's made a little progress.

Q: What are you seeing from Will Beatty this week?
A: Well, he's had to come along fast because we need him, so he's had the full benefit of all the snaps this week and he's gotten a little bit better every day and he's done a good job. This is not an easy defense and he's had to be really sharp and some have been good and some have been not so good, but overall I think he's gained something every day.

Q: What is it about the versatility of their defense that makes your O-line injuries so challenging?
A: Well, because of the fact that they do maneuver around and their subpackage is good. You've got to be on your toes. It's not something that we've not seen, but they move people around and they stand people up and then try to disguise and get your attention one way and then come from the other way, so you've got to be sharp. You're on the road and you've got to be all on the same page and everyone has to zoom in on the quarterback's declaration and so it's a good test.

Q: You didn't put Beatty on IR after Week One. Have you seen the benefits of having him be able to be out here all this time?
A: Yes. There are definite benefits. We'll see. Obviously he's going to have to get out there and perform and play, but the idea of - as early as he was injured, putting him on IR when the thought that perhaps at this time of the year or even later, the need for the offensive lineman and the depth of the offensive lineman and the quality - where you're going to find the quality - that all went into the decisions and right now you'd have to say that it was a good one.

Q: How would you assess Derek Hagan in practice this week and what are your thoughts on using him on Sunday?
A: He's been good. He's really been sharp. He anticipated this for a long time, he's looked at all of our games, he came in pretty much knowing the signals and knowing all of that stuff and just being able to recall. He's had a few incidents out here where he wants to believe he's totally sharp, but there's been some issues, but he's worked his way through that and he's come in here with veteran presence and it's been demonstrated and he'll be ready to go.

Q: Would you feel comfortable playing Shawn Andrews after he's missed a full week of practice?
A: I don't know that I will be. The medical people are going to have to make a very serious call on that one, too. If the decision is that he can play, we'll have to decide then if we do want to have him available or do we want to put him right on the field. All of those things will probably be in the next few hours.

Q: That's when you'll decide?
A: Well, probably not until game time. If in fact he has made a little bit of progress tomorrow, that will be encouraging and we'll think perhaps he can make it and then we'll start to balance off our inactives based on that, but that's all going to be in the next couple of days.

Q: How much will the fact that you need him weigh into it?
A: That weighs a lot. Only if you get the medical call.

Q: So it's an option that he might be able to play but that you might start Will Beatty anyway?
A: There are all kinds of options.

Q: Did your medical people make it clear to you that this was going to be an ongoing issue going forward?
A: Well, they were well aware of what it was and what the issues were and yet, I think I told you that when he worked out for us he was outstanding - he was in outstanding shape, his weight was down, he moved very well, did not demonstrate any issues, so we're dealing with a veteran player that has had some injuries and had some corrective surgeries.

Q: How many different ways are the Eagles forcing offenses into mistakes?
A: In a lot of ways. Samuel has five, the young safety has three - they've got 16 interceptions. They've done a really good job of forcing a ball to be thrown in a certain area and then making a play and it's something you're very much concerned about, obviously, because that's all we preach here and we're minus-five. \