Irritated Reid Leaves His Options Open

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid.Andy Reid used the word “pathetic” to describe the last two offensive drives against the Lions Sunday. Deemed the league-high 17 turnovers his team has committed “ridiculous.”

The ever-even Reid rarely takes his criticisms to that level. This loss is clearly causing the head coach some extra irritation. Now starts a bye week where he will go back and evaluate and “tear things apart.”  What changes will come of it? Reid left his options open.

Asked specifically if Juan Castillo will continue to call the plays on defense, Reid said, ““That’s the way I’m looking at it right now. That’s the way I’m looking at it as I stand right here.”

And on offense: How much time will be spent evaluating the offensive play-calling?

“Listen, like I told you, I’m going to look at everything. I’m going to look at every aspect of it that we have. This covers it. I’m going to look at everything.”

Including his quarterback situation, as he told Birds 24/7 afterwards.

Reid’s comments about the final two offensive drives suggest that he was not overly-enamored with Marty Mornhinweg‘s play selection.

“The last two drives offensively were pathetic,” he said, “They were pathetic from a coaching standpoint and they were pathetic from a players’ standpoint. When you’re in a tight game and have an opportunity to score, you go down and you put it together. When it’s needed, when your back’s to the wall, and when it’s the fourth quarter or overtime, you put that together and you go take care of business. Both sides of the ball, we failed in that area.”

Reid acknowledged the offensive line didn’t do a good enough job, and implied that his team is too undisciplined.

It is as far as Reid will go in terms of public criticism. It will be interesting to see if any moves will follow.

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  • BlindChow

    Howard Mudd on the hot seat?

    • All the coaches should be on that seat. Mudd, Washburn, Castillo and especially April

      • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

        This year, there’s only one hot seat, reserved for one Andrew Walter Reid.

      • April should have long ago been fired, he mush be Andy’s brother in law that can’t keep a job any place and to prevent him and Andy’s sister from living in the Reid basement, Andy keeps him employed.

  • Shane

    How hard is it to give the ball to Shady? And Asumgua (however you spell it) is right, the coaching on D in the 4th was just plain stupid.

    • Just give the ball to Shady who had maybe one of his worst games I can remember with an average of 1.6 yards. Not going to eat up much offense with those numbers

  • Kimbafuzz

    So Andy blames the offense…. but the defense that squandered a 10 pt lead is fine, and JC gets to keep his job. Mmmmkay. Talk about doubling down.

  • Myke Lowery

    Undisciplined and lack of details..usually a reflection from the coaches.

  • I don’t see why most Philly Writers are bringing up Vick’s name to associate with the collapse of the defense over the last two weeks loosing leads.

    With a Offensive Line this ineffective it’s best the offense uses 3 to 4 yard completions and depend on Yards after the catch. Vick or no other Quarterback can wait for 15 to 20 yard routes to develop behind this rice paper offensive line.

    The Game planning under these circumstances is ridiculous. Who throws against Detroit 40 plus times?

    • When you turn the ball over 17 times in 6 games, the defense can only do so much. This team has leaned heavily on that defense to keep them in games, which they have. Short intermediate passes is a staple of the West Coast Offense, just Vick is always looking for the homerun and takes forever to get the ball out. His on field decision making has been lost at best. Vick had 1 good year in Philly and coincidentally that was what he needed for that contract to get out of Bankruptcy. That Vick is history

      • Bull, Brady is now having the same problems behind the New England Line. There is no time behind the Eagles line to do much of anything, the Eagles had difficulties finding time to hand the ball to a running back of late, so any amount of time waiting for any receiver to get open or complete even a simple pattern in the flat does not exist behind this line.

        It was fools logic to ask Vick to stay in the pocket. Maclin and Jackson are good receivers, but they are not effective over the middle on 5 yd crossing routes, and Celek is not reliable……. He drops to many balls.

    • Did you watch the running game? Shady had 16 carries for 30 yds. They HAD to throw 40 times

      • Behind this Line it’s a fools logic to throw down field. The Offensive Line is having their heads handed to them every week. It’s not that Vick isn’t handling the Blitz, it’s the Line isn’t picking up the blitzes.

        • It’s not fools logic to throw 3 step….but your boy doesn’t get rid of the ball and when he does, he turns it over.

          • poetx99

            what are you talking about? you have to CALL a 3 step route to THROW a 3 step route. if everyone is running routes that break at 12-15 yds there IS no one to throw to at 3 steps.

            in the OT series, eagles ran the play action that has run so well. there are no hot reads or 3 step throws possible off of PA. that’s a playcalling / play design issue. now, if marty has guys running slants and hitches and quick outs all over the place, fire away with the criticism. but he doesn’t. the 70 yd TD was a slant. but they don’t run them that often.

          • I believe on that touchdown Maclin cross the entire formation. With the play of the Line, the Eagles have to depend on short routes and yards after the catch, which they are not doing.

          • It’s routes the receivers are running. What good is a three step drop if the receivers are going 10 yards or more and there are no hot reads? Vick is actually handling the blitz very well, but we can’t say the line under any circumstance is picking up those blitzes.

  • saunhi

    Turnovers SOLEY because of the O-line injuries with no backup depth. The QB is literally getting killed. Vick was the leading rusher with 60 yards??!!