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News » Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-09-23

Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-09-23

Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-09-23
--Brian Dawkins is a prideful man. After spending the week listening to people suggest he was washed up, the soon-to-be 35-year-old free safety went out Sunday and turned in a stellar performance in the Eagles' 15-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He notched six tackles, including two for losses, and had a big, big fourth-quarter sack in which he literally flew over a blocker and hit quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

He knocked the ball out of Roethlisberger's hands then recovered the ball. "I don't know what a 34-year-old is supposed to feel like or play like," Dawkins said. "I just know I had to get to Ben. He was scrambling, and I had to make the play. As I got off the (initial) block, the back tried to block me. I pushed him back, saw Ben trying to step up. I knew I had to get to him. The next thing I knew, I was in the air."

Of the criticism he received after a poor performance in the Eagles' loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Dawkins said, "I told you guys, I understand how it works. You get a certain age, every play that I'm not making this year from here on out, it's going to be the same way - 'He's getting old.' I can't worry about that."

--Center Jamaal Jackson played with a heavy heart Sunday. His older brother Kamar was killed a week earlier in a hit-and-run accident. Kamar was the father or four children. Jackson missed the entire week of practice, attended his brother's funeral on Saturday in Florida, then flew back to Philadelphia for the game. "The last conversation I had with my brother, he said, 'I want to come up for the Pittsburgh game.' So, you know, fittingly enough. ... I played this game and will play the rest of my season and the rest of my career, for my brother." Two of Jackson's linemates, left tackle Tra Thomas and left guard Todd Herremans, attended the funeral on Saturday and accompanied him back to Philly. "I thought he did great," Thomas said. "We had been through all the crying. I don't know what I would have done. It just shows you his character."

--Punter Sav Rocca is off to a Pro Bowl-caliber start. He went into Sunday's game against the Steelers ranked second in the NFC in punting with a 48.7-yard average. Against the Steelers, he put three of his five punts inside the 10-yard line and also nailed a clutch 64-yarder in the fourth quarter to get the Eagles out of a hole. "You don't often talk about a punter being a weapon, but he sure was a weapon tonight," coach Andy Reid said. Rocca, a former Australian Rules Football player, was inconsistent last season as he got adjusted to the NFL ball. "Last year, at the start, I just thought it was kicking a ball," Rocca said. "But as you go along, you tend to learn you're better off having the ball on the 20 instead of the 30, or that it's better to have it deep inside (the 20) than a touchback. Those are things I've gotten a grip on in the last six months."

--Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson had his group blitz 85 percent of the time Sunday in a nine-sack effort. "It just happened to be one of those days where we kept coming," Johnson said.

--Quarterback Donovan McNabb opened the game with 15 straight completions. That broke his old game-opening mark of 14 set against the Green Bay Packers in 2004.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: September 23, 2008

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