Published November 19, 2012
Seat gets warm under Eagles’ Reid after loss
The question put to Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid after his team’s 31-6 loss to the Washington Redskins – the Eagles’ sixth loss in a row – was rather pointed: Does he expect to remain in his job until the end of the season? The answer was evasive, yet telling, because basically all Reid offered was something about “got to get ready” for Philadelphia’s next game. Yes, the turnovers and the penalties and, most prominently, the defeats keep piling up for Reid’s Eagles, as do the doubts about his future with the club. The last-place Eagles (3-7) are mired in their longest single-season losing streak since dropping seven games in a row to end the 1994 season. Most of the attention is going to be on Reid, who is in his 14th season with Philadelphia, a tenure that includes five trips to the NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl appearance. Reid’s 139 wins are the most by a coach in Eagles history, but he’s 11-15 over the past two seasons. “I don’t sense a lack of focus. That’s not what I sense. I see them playing hard. I see them focusing in at practice,” Reid said. “At times, maybe we’re trying too hard. You can’t press and make plays.” As is his wont, Reid put the blame on himself, saying he takes “full responsibility.” Several players said it’s unfair to put the bulk of the blame on their coach. Various voices maintained there is plenty of talent on the roster, but they aren’t making the plays they need to win. CHARGES DISMISSED An Alabama judge has dismissed charges against Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain. Court documents show that Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson dismissed the charges this month after McClain’s accuser told prosecutors he no longer wanted to pursue the case. Decatur Municipal Judge Bill Cook convicted McClain in May of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits. Cook sentenced McClain to 180 days in jail for allegedly threatening to kill a man and firing a gun next to his head. McClain’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, appealed. McClain later apologized for bringing bad publicity to the team. McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft after helping lead Alabama to a national title. EXTRA POINTS Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert left the overtime loss to the Texans in the first quarter with a bruised right elbow. … Eagles running back LeSean McCoy left with a concussion late in the fourth quarter against the Redskins. … Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe left against the Bengals with a neck injury and left tackle Branden Albert left with a back injury. Also Cincinnati cornerback Terence Newman was sidelined with a concussion. … Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel injured his right shoulder in the first quarter against the Cardinals. Also, wide receiver Julio Jones left in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury. … Denver running back Willis McGahee hurt his right knee in the second quarter against the Chargers and did not return. … St. Louis linebacker Mario Haggan hurt his right elbow against the Jets and did not return.