PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles lost their eighth game of the season Monday night, which means the absolute best they can do for a final record -- if by some ridiculous miracle this team that failed to win a single game in the months of October or November managed to win its final five games -- is the same 8-8 they put up last year. Prior to the season, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said 8-8 wouldn't be acceptable this time. So, connecting all of those dots, you figure Andy Reid has to know he's done as the team's coach after 14 seasons, right?
"We haven't talked about that," Reid said late Monday night when asked about Lurie and his apparent preseason ultimatum. "He's been supportive. Obviously, he's as competitive as anybody. He wants to win games. That's why he's in this business. But we really haven't gone there."
There remains a sense in this town that Reid will get to finish the season, if only as a nod to the remarkable run of success he had during his first 12 years with the Eagles. But it's no sure thing, and so a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the locker room. The players don't deny it.
"I have the utmost respect for Andy, and I think Andy's one of the greatest coaches around," Eagles tight end Brent Celek said. "And I feel bad for him, because he's in a horrible situation in a town that's critical and rightly so. But I don't see Andy as the problem. I think it's us."
Can't fire all of the players, though, and when a team sinks this far from its expectations it's generally the coach who pays with his job. Nobody around the Eagles is kidding himself about the existence of that possibility. Reid's method for dealing with it, he says, is to focus on going to work every day and continuing to engage in the daily business of being the Eagles' coach.
"I'm going to control what I can control, and that's getting better as a football team," Reid said. "I'm not worried about all of the other things."
It's a good policy -- not to worry about things that aren't in your control. But even if the Eagles aren't worried, they're definitely feeling some very strong things about the situation in which their coach finds himself.
"We've been fighting for him the whole year, supporting him the whole year," cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said of the head coach who lost one of his sons during training camp. "It's tough now, and it's tough for all of us. This is a season we wanted to be a bright spot for him. And it's tough to be a part of this."
It appears as though the Eagles' penance for their disappointing season is to play and coach out the remainder of it under this very cloud.