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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Andy Reid still staying hopeful

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PHILADELPHIA -- Coach Andy Reid says he still believes the Philadelphia Eagles can turn their season around.

The Eagles (3-5) have given him little reason to truly think that, though. They were sloppy and battered in a 28-13 loss to New Orleans on Monday night. They failed to score a touchdown in five trips inside the red zone, and Michael Vick was sacked seven times.

Vick was sacked, under duress or hit while throwing on 18 of his 53 dropbacks (34.0 percent) Monday against New Orleans, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Entering Monday, he was under such pressure on 32.5 percent of his dropbacks, the highest rate in the NFL. When Vick was able to get off a pass under duress Monday he was 3 of 8 for 34 yards (4.3 yards per attempt) with an interception.

Reid says the Eagles are only "off a little bit" and it's just a matter of getting a "few things tightened up." Their problems go deeper than a few adjustments, however.

Reid also says he's not worried about owner Jeffrey Lurie's preseason decree that the Eagles need to win big this season to save the coach's job. The disappointing Eagles won the final four games of last season to finish 8-8, and gave Lurie a reason to grant Reid another season. At this rate, though, Reid may not return for year 15.

"There is no time to think about those things," Reid said. "The guys are worrying about getting themselves better to win football games. That's number one. That's where I sit."

The Eagles have now dropped four straight games, tying the longest losing streak under Reid. 

"Somewhere here, it's going to come together," Reid said. "In this league, you get a win and you hit on a couple of these things and you go from there. Now, it's going the opposite way. And we need to make sure we stop that, keep practicing our fundamentals, and doing the things that we know are right."

While Reid's situation appears tenuous, general manager Howie Roseman seems to be on stronger footing. Sources confirmed to ESPN that Roseman received an extension of at least four years when Joe Banner stepped down as team president earlier this year. Roseman's extension was earlier reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press was used in this report.