Andy Reid puts foot down, “pathetic” and “undisciplined” Philadelphia Eagles need to change

10/16/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Philadelphia Eagles could almost taste victory with 5 minutes and 18 seconds left in the game against the Detroit Lions. The offense was putting up numbers at the right time and the defense looked so much better than last year. The Philadelphia Eagles were finally headed for redemption, with the badly-executed plays, breakdowns and huge turnovers form the past 16 game losses from last season and six games this season far behind them.
 
However, the end result was completely opposed to what was expected as the Philadelphia Eagles came in to a 26-23 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, a team that stole its first win this season.
 
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie clearly put it out at the beginning of this season that a repeat of last season’s 8-8 record just “isn’t good enough” anymore. But the way the Philadelphia Eagles have been going it’ll be astonishing if they even end the season on.500.
 
With his job on the line, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was in a somber mood at the post game press conference, and was determined to “look at everything” before the team take-off for their bye week ahead of the 28th October game against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.
 
Making changes in the mid of the week is no easy task by any means, but it is a necessity for the 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles who’ve got only 10 games  this season – with at least six more games t win.
 
Three key issues emerging out of the press conference were the Philadelphia Eagles’ lack of success with current defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, quarterback Michael Vick and even the offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg came under question.
 
And Reid was fueled by the passion of a man set on his goals as he called the Philadelphia Eagles’ league-leading 17 turnovers (with 13 from Michael Vick) “pathetic”  and the final two Detroit Lions’ interceptions (again courtesy of Michael Vick) “ridiculous.”
 
When talk came around to Juan Castillo and whether he will still make the next defensive calls, Andy Reid gave the least enthusiastic response.
 
“That’s the way I’m looking at it right now, as I stand here,” stated Andy Reid.
 
It was clear that Andy Reid wasn’t particularly enjoying the “six or seven” negative plays that were inculcated in the Philadelphia Eagles’ rushing game, or the fact that they failed to run out the clock at 3:32, instead losing a strong 23-20 lead, punting the ball and losing possession within a minute.
 
 “It’s just undisciplined. That’s the bottom line,” declared Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant. “It’s undisciplined football, an undisciplined team at this point. Six games in, it’s embarrassing. That’s the word.”
 
Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles could start rookie Nick Foles, who’s given a strong performance in the preseason. Michael Vick is 1-7-1 throwing 40 on or more attempts and is struggling to gel-in with the West Coast offense.
 
While Juan Castillo has good coaching qualities, the Andy Reid should probably leave the defensive play-making to Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach Todd Bowles or linebacker coach Mike Caldwell or Michael Zordich, who will bring a different element t o the scheme as former NFL players.
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