Eagles coach Andy Reid was not willing to call today’s victory over the Washington Redskins a “must-win,” but he sure seemed relieved after his team snapped its four-game losing streak.
“In the National Football League, they are all must-wins,” Reid said in his postgame news conference. “I can’t sit here and say we’re going to win this one and not this one. We prepare for every game and do the best we can every game.”
The win sends the Eagles into the bye at 2-4 and might calm some of the criticism that Reid has taken over the last few weeks.
“I don’t care about all that. I understand that,” Reid of the reaction. “I have said that all along about the Philly fans, when you stink they are going to let you know you stink. I am all right with that.”
The Eagles will have a meeting tomorrow and Reid said he was unsure whether he would give the team the entire week off, although that has typically been his pattern during the bye week.
“This is a tough place to play. They came in with the right attitude and battled like crazy,” Reid said. “Now they have a week to rest and get themselves ready for the Cowboys.”
Some other items …
On what was different today from the past games: “Guys are getting used to a couple of things we do. It clicked for them in the second half in our last game against Buffalo and they built on that. They did a good job.”
On LeSean McCoy’s swipe at Reid late in the game: “He knocked the wind out of me. I don’t really care. He can do anything he wants today. Handshake, chest bump.”
On the shuffled offensive line: “I had Winston break the team down. I was proud of him for the way he played today … I was proud of how they all rallied. They didn’t care who went in and played. They all just played.”
On King Dunlap being inactive: “[His back] locked up there. He just couldn’t do it.”
On Kurt Coleman: “He did a nice job. He had three interceptions. That’s a pretty good day.”
On late in the game “They sucked it up and played. Particularly at the end, I thought the defense rallied … We have to do a better job in the second half and getting the ball in.”