Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reid "did not hear" 'Fire Andy' chants

Several big issues emerged from Andy Reid’s postgame news conference:

Reid "did not hear" 'Fire Andy' chants

Andy Reid said he did not hear the fans chanting "Fire Andy" at the Eagles-Patriots game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid said he did not hear the fans chanting "Fire Andy" at the Eagles-Patriots game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Several big issues emerged from Andy Reid’s postgame news conference:

First, Reid said he did not hear the “Fire, Andy Reid” chants at the Linc.

“I didn’t hear them,” he said. “I don’t hear much down there. The way we played I can understand it.”

Second, the issues surrounding DeSean Jackson seem to continue. A report from the sideline indicated that Jackson was benched for poor performance.

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“I just wanted to give the other guys an opportunity,” Reid said.

Asked if Jackson was benched, Reid said, “I wanted to give the other guys a chance to make a play.”

Asked later if he was satisfied with how Jackson played, Reid said, “I already answered that.”

Jackson, when speaking to reporters at his locker, said, "It was the decision that was made. As a player, I just have to live with it."

Jackson, on the two drops: "Things happen sometimes. It wasn’t one of my best games as far as a couple of plays I could have had ... At the end of the day, I didn’t come up with any … No excuses behind that."

Reid was again asked whether he stands by the decision to hire Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator.

“You didn’t ask me that last week. If we have bad game, I guess you feel comfortable asking. We have to do a better job all the way around.”

On why Michael Vick was not on the sideline: “He was in pain and I am not going to have him stand out there while he was in pain.”

On the Eagles continuing struggle on third down: “That’s on me. We have to figure it out. If I could answer that, I’d end it. We have to keep working on fundamentals and doing things that you know are right. That’s how you go about it.”

On why Michael Vick was not on the sideline: “He was in pain and I am not going to have him stand out there while he was in pain.”

On the Eagles continuing struggle on third down: “That’s on me. We have to figure it out. If I could answer that, I’d end it. We have to keep working on fundamentals and doing things that you know are right. That’s how you go about it.”

On why Nnamdi Asomugha was active for the game: “He felt like he could play a limited role and we could use him to cover the tight ends. We had a package in for him where he did that.”

Overall: “Obviously the Patriots were a better team than we were. You can’t have as many penalties and turnovers. That’s my responsibility. I have to make sure I take care of it.”

More: “I’m disappointed in a lot of things. That’s where I start with myself … Ask me any disappointment question you want, that’s where I am.”

On defending Brady: “Juan tried to mix it up. There wasn’t a lot of things working. He was getting the ball out fast. His receivers did a nice job.”

On passing the ball on fourth-and-1 at the goal line: “I thought that was the best thing to do. Obviously, it didn’t work.”

On why he remains confident that the problems can be fixed, “We have to take care of the penalties and turnovers and play a little tighter on the defensive side … None of us can predict the future. There are a lot of different variable. We have to keep fighting. That’s what you do right now.”

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