Eagles coach Andy Reid talked Monday at his day-after news conference about trying to spread the ball around among his sudden plethora of weapons, a tough task in a game such as Sunday's, when the Birds ran just 19 plays in the first half, 48 in the game, including garbage-time snaps.
Asked about DeSean Jackson, whose only catch was a 1-yarder from Michael Vick, Reid said: "He's a competitive little guy, man ... you're going to run into games like that every once in a while. You work through it. We'll get back at it on Wednesday, and keep trying to design ways to get him the football."
Reid and Donovan McNabb said after Sunday's 33-14 victory over Tampa that the Bucs rolled their coverage to Jackson, a big part of why rookie Jeremy Maclin always seemed open, to the tune of 6 catches for 142 yards and his first 2 NFL TDs.
"Those things happen," said Reid, who quoted slot receiver Jason Avant's assertion that "when one of the receivers makes a catch, they all make a catch -- it's all for one there."
Musketeer allusions aside, Jackson left the locker room Sunday before reporters were allowed in. Brian Westbrook made it clear in his postgame news conference that BWest expects more than 8 touches a game going forward, now that his ankle is healthy.
This is not a problem Reid has had to worry about very often in the past. In 2004, there were some games when Freddie Mitchell was grumbly over being ignored for Terrell Owens, but most observers just rolled their eyes at that. Freddie had no platform for complaint. Westbrook and Jackson kinda do.
The Eagles might want to add a fulltime ego masseuse to their training staff.
Speaking of injuries, Reid said cornerback Sheldon Brown suffered an abdominal strain in Sunday's game and was day-to-day. Brown said afterward he expects to be fine for this week's game at Oakland. CB and special teams gunner Dimitri Patterson (quad) probably won't play, Reid said.
For now, wideout Kevin Curtis remains sidelined with a kneee problem. Reid said LG Todd Herremans is "making progress" with his repaired foot. It will be interesting to see if Herremans practices this week.
Asante Samuel's calf problem apparently is no big deal, which is what Samuel said after the game.