Andy Reid spoke at great length to reporters Friday, but nothing he said changed the reality of the 4-10 Eagles' sad sack season.
Reid said it was "hindsight" to suggest that if he had jettisoned defefnsive line coach Jim Washburn (and maybe DE Jason Babin) a lot earlier, his defense wouldn't have looked so helpless for so long. He didn't say it was "wrong," he said it was "hindsight." He also said Tommy Brasher, who has produced eight sacks in two games as defensvie line coach, has "done a nice job."
Reid agreed that getting rid of Washburn's wide nine setup has dramatically helped the safeties, and he said that benefit also extends to the corners.
Reid said running back LeSean McCoy probably will see an independent neurologist for concussion game clearance on Tuesday. Michael Vick and Brent Celek are cleared, Reid said. He said he has not decided whether Vick will be active Dec. 23 vs. Washington; he said he would have to see what the activation picture looks like then at other positions.
Reid said that fumble-prone rookie running back Bryce Brown needs to play to develop, and that is why Reid has put up with four fumbles in four starts. Brown, 21, barely played college football.
Asked how tough this season has been for him, after losing his son Garrett to a drug overdose in training camp, Reid said his own tragedy has had nothing to do with the way the season has gone.
Reid listed the lethal sequence of turnovers that transformed a 13-10 Eagles lead into a 31-13 deficit within a span of three and a half minutes Thursday night.
Reid said corner Brandon Hughes spent the night in the hospital after suffering a lung contusion against the Bengals, but is home now.
He said guard Evan Mathis, who aggravated an ankle injury, should be OK by Washington. Ditto FB Stnaley Havili (hamstring).
"Turnovers destroy ya," Reid said. "If we didn't know that before this season, we know it now."