Reid: 'Our kicking game left a lot to be desired'

David Akers missed two field goals that proved to be costly against the Packers. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles season ended with a 21-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild card game.

Here are some highlights from coach Andy Reid’s postgame news conference:

“I told the team that I appreciated the fight that they gave. We have to do a better job as coaches and players all the way around, on third down in particular. Both sides of the ball didn’t do good enough … Our kicking game left a lot to be desired.”

On Starks: “He did a good job there. They have a good football team. They’re well coached. They did some good things.”

On Akers: “He missed both of them. You guys saw it.”

On the final play: “We had four verticals. Michael pumped inside, threw outside to Riley, the corner made a nice play on it.”

On getting DeSean Jackson involved: “They’re playing him a bit differently. We have to do a better job of giving him an opportunity. A little bit of both there.” Reid said Jackson injured his knee early in the game and had a “sore MCL.”

On the lack of a defenseless receiver penalty on the play that injured Brent Celek on the last drive: “We lost the game. We had a lot of opportunities there. I’m not going to cry overall that stuff. We have to do a better job.”

On the late injury to Michael Vick: “He was able to shake the thing off and get back in there and go. He kinda walked it off.”

On the Fox report that the Eagles tried to take Vick’s helmet to prevent him from going back out there: “It didn’t come through me. I didn’t know that. I didn’t hear anything about that.”

On the Packers’ blitzing: “They blitzed quite a bit. They started the game that way. They pulled off it. They came back to it. Down the stretch of the game, they pulled off.”

On the call on the 2-point play: “I thought that’s what it was from the start. I was told it wasn’t. I don’t know if it did or not [on getting the Packers extra time]. That had nothing to do with the play on the retry there.”

On three losses after the win over the Giants: “We did some good things tonight … we played some good teams. That’s how it works.”

On how the offense started: “I don’t think it was sluggish. We didn’t execute as well as we needed to. It wasn’t a matter of effort or any of that. That wasn’t what it was.”

The right thing to do was kick it. The guy is a Pro Bowl kicker. I was thinking he was going to make it.

On the change to King Dunlap from Winston Justice: “We had a couple of penalties. I thought maybe a little change might help.”

On the young players: We had a lot of guys who had an opportunity to play that don’t have a lot of years experience. That’s not an excuse for today. I told the guys I thought they played their hearts out … I appreciate their effort. There is some experience that can help us down the road.”

On the missed kicks: “We can all count. Those points would have helped.”

On whether he was surprised the Packers punted to Jackson: “A little bit.”


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