Birds As Ready As They'll Ever Be

Andy Reid said the Eagles will be ready for Saturday's contest against Dallas. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

The Eagles wrapped up formal preparations for Saturday's Wild Card round playoff visit to Dallas, a short week in which the challenges were obvious, after Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Cowboys.

"We've gone back and we've analyzed the mistakes we made, and the players have worked hard on correcting them, as have the coaches," Andy Reid said Thursday. "They've been upbeat. These are competitive guys. They don't like what took place last week and so they get back to business and try to right the wrong. That's how they approach it."

Reid got a little testy when a questioner implied that running the ball might keep the Cowboys' offense off the field (and give the Eagles' offense some rhythm).

"You have to do what you think is best to score," he said. "You try any way you possibly can after you've done the studying on that. It's not basketball where you can go into a four-corner stall or that type of thing. That doesn't work in football ... We're going to be who we are and do what we do, and the same (will be true) on both sides of the ball, and special teams."

DeSean Jackson again practiced; Reid said he should not be bothered by the groin tweak he suffered Sunday.

Of course, Reid was asked about Spitgate, the controversy started by Eagles Web site czar Dave Spadaro, who posted a video of himself spitting on the Cowboys star in the middle of the Cowboys Stadium field. The organization apparently plans no comment beyond the apology Spadaro posted last night.

"I don't know," Reid said "I didn't even know about it until I walked in this door. I'm focused on the Cowboys right now."


Word from Cleveland was that Eagles general manager Tom Heckert had canceled his planned interview in Seattle. Not sure what that means; you'd think it might mean Heckert is close to a deal with new Browns president Mike Holmgren. Heckert initerviewed with Holmgren on Wednesday.

Heckert's contract is up after next season and he could be motivated to find another job this offseason, before becoming a lame duck. Speculation holds that player personnel VP Howie Roseman will be his successor.