Eagles coach Andy Reid declared his team “a work in progress” after a 26-10 win over the Dolphins.
“We’re getting better,” he said. “That’s’ what we’re trying to do, get better every week … I appreciate the effort from the guys.”
Asked whether he was looking for wins or effort over the last few games, Reid said, “both.”
“In order to win, you have to have the great effort,” he said. “You’re not going to beat a good football team without effort. Those of you who have been at practice, you have seen the effort and enthusiasm that the guys have … The win is important but you don’t get it without the effort.”
The Eagles’ defense forced nine sacks, 11 tackles for loss and allowed a total of 204 yards. The Eagles have not had nine sacks in a game since 2003.
“I know Juan told you this, they just focused on the fundamentals and working, working,” Reid said. “They did a nice job.”
The Eagles scored 17 points off three Miami turnovers.
“Turnovers are important. To be able to score off of them, that’s important also,” Reid said. “We were able to do that when we needed to. We could have used a couple of points in the second half.”
Michael Vick was back for the first time in three weeks and struggled early. Reid said Vick was rusty and said he had trouble getting his footing because he was hopping back instead of planting his big toe and throwing.
“As he progressed, the line settled in and protected him,” Reid said.
LeSean McCoy scored two touchdowns and had 27 carries but managed only 38 yards.
“He was getting frustrated because he had a few for losses,” Reid said. “He battled. He gets the hard yards for you. I’m proud of him.”
Reid also lauded the large contingent of Eagles fans who made the trip.
“At times, it almost felt like you were at home,” he said. “They were loud and aggressive from the get-go. I’m impressed.”