Reid Offers ‘Simple Synopsis’ Of Loss

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid.Listening to Andy Reid after Monday night’s loss to the Saints, it seemed clear that he’s run out of answers.

“Pretty simple synopsis of the game. When you’re 0-for-5 in the red zone, give up seven sacks, and your tackling is terrible, then you’re going to struggle to win football games in this league,” Reid said.

From here on out, every loss will lead to increased discussion about Reid’s future as the team’s head coach. By now, everyone knows that Jeffrey Lurie said 8-8 wouldn’t be good enough. The Eagles have lost four in a row and five of their last six. They would have to go 5-3 the rest of the way just to get to 8-8; 6-2 to get to 9-7.

So how does Reid block out the conversations about his future?

“I coach,” Reid said. “That’s what I do. I coach. Make sure I’m teaching the fundamentals and coaching the players to achieve and to win football games.”

With the team falling apart, that seems easier said than done.

Reid fired Juan Castillo during the bye, and the defense has been a mess under Todd Bowles the past two weeks. Offensively, the Eagles went 0-for-5 in the red zone and managed just 13 points against a defense that had been allowing over 30 points per game. The offensive line was getting abused all game long, allowing seven sacks.

“The guys keep working at it and getting themselves better,” Reid said. “And some of the sacks, you can look at coverage, you can look at play-calls, you can do the whole thing, but the bottom line is we’ve got to block the guys and do a better job.”

In the third quarter, the Eagles got a special-teams turnover and had a chance to cut the deficit to four points. They called three straight passing plays and had to settle for a field goal.

“That’s what we chose to do, and I stick with that,” Reid said.

And finally, Reid left no doubts about who the starting quarterback would be next week against the Cowboys.

“Michael Vick will be the quarterback,” he said.

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  • Vick Sucks And Kills Puppies

    One game closer to Reid being fired and that dope Mohrningweg with him. He is the real idiot causing this team to lose. Andy Reid ois smart though, he picked Mudd and Washburn it of retirement so that it will be tough to replace Reid and these awful lines for years to come.

  • saunhi

    Maybe Mr Lurie can rehab the O-line for Thanksgiving?

    Currently, it cant move the D-line on runs, as well as, the obvious.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    LOL. Folk were saying Reid was crazy for not putting Foles in. I think he’s crazy to put him in. If that kid is the future you don’t want him getting killed behind that line. #DavidCarrSyndrome is real.

    • http://www.facebook.com/randy.dowling.5 Randy Dowling

      I can’t see how anyone would want to put a quarterback with “slow feet” (according to various scouting reports) behind that horrid offensive line. Vick is one of the few quarterbacks that even have a chance behind that mess.

      • morgan c

        but again, that doesn’t address the fact that there is something SCARILY WRONG WITH VICK when he sees 7-8 defenders coming at him on the line, with 5 blockers and an empty backfield in to block, and he doesn’t recognize that is a problem.

        • saunhi

          In professional sports, it is disrespectful to criticize in public. He will answer reporters with ‘I will try harder’, etc. It was acknowledged by the Espn commentators that the broken O-line makes playing offense, all but impossible.

          The QB focus now has to be watching for rushers before field reads.

          • The Guru

            Do you ever write anything that DOESN’T involve ESPN? Original thoughts are ok…..don’t have to buy into the nonsense that ESPN feeds you.

        • stormchaser1983

          well he did call the audibles and most of the times, its a wilful non-call as one man will be free in the blitz. vick has a very high qbr in the blitz. what happens is that the OL cannot get even a hand on a rushing DL. That extra second is all that is required honestly

    • The Guru

      The line is awful, but Vick is clueless. If a defense shows they’re
      blitzing 6-7 rushers, most QBs call an audible. Vick NEVER changes the
      play, never calls for a hot route, never adjusts his backs of receivers,
      and has no idea which rusher will be free. It’s as much Vick’s fault
      as Mudd or the o-line. Foles can see over the line, may actually check out of a play, and is probably a more accurate passer.

  • mr. magee

    “The guys keep working at it and getting themselves better” – Huh?

    Here’s another short synopsis – hard to win football games when both your offensive and defensive lines are dominated by the opposition.

  • http://twitter.com/elcameruno Gabriel H Nguimbus

    I am a eagle fan since 2004 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, this has to be the worst display of redzone offense ever that I have seen from this team. Why is Marty Morningweg still calling plays.