Andy Reid shares fans' frustration
Coach Andy Reid said his Philadelphia Eagles would evaluate everything during their bye this week after blowing a 10-point lead in the final five minutes against the Lions on Sunday before losing in overtime to fall to 3-3.
He also said second-year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo would remain the playcaller during games.
My job and responsibility is to get it better; not only for them but for this football team, to get it better. They have my word that I'm going to do that. I'm going to get it right.” -- Andy Reid, when asked about Eagles fans' frustration
"That's the way I'm looking at it right now, as I stand here, right here," he said of the former offensive line coach during his news conference Monday.
Reid repeatedly said during the news conference that he planned to look at "everything" about his team during the bye week.
A defense that held Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson in check for 3½ quarters collapsed at the end for the second straight week in the 26-23 loss, and the Eagles enter the bye with consecutive late losses. Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on a long drive that ended with a final-second field goal for a 16-14 win two Sundays ago.
Michael Vick threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, but he also had two interceptions and a botched snap led to another lost fumble. The Eagles now have 17 turnovers in six games, including 13 by Vick on eight picks and five fumbles.
Reid called the Eagles' NFL-worst 17 turnovers in six games "ridiculous" Monday.
"It's undisciplined football," wide receiver Jason Avant told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "An undisciplined team at this point. Six games in, it's embarrassing. That's the word -- embarrassing. For coaches, and veteran players.
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"With the mindset of, 'Me before the team,' in certain instances. And we need to address that."
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had questioned the Eagles' defensive strategy in the fourth quarter against the Lions on Sunday, specifically the emphasis on blitzing and mixing up coverages the Eagles' defense used in the final quarter.
Reid, however, refuted Asomugha's claims, saying the Eagles didn't change their defensive strategy in the fourth quarter.
"There wasn't a great change in scheme from what we did in the first three quarters," Reid said Monday. "It wasn't that we blitzed more, or had unsuccessful blitzes. We blitzed throughout the game. It wasn't that we played more zone, or less zone, or different zones. It wasn't that we didn't continue to double (Johnson) even though he made a couple of plays in the fourth quarter."
Reid said there's "a lot of season" left for the Eagles to fix their problems and that he understands if the team's fans are losing patience after a 3-3 start.
"I can understand their frustration, absolutely. I clearly understand that. I feel the frustration," Reid said. "I mean, I understand. I've got it. My job and responsibility is to get it better; not only for them but for this football team, to get it better. They have my word that I'm going to do that. I'm going to get it right."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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