Andy Reid said on his radio show tonight on WIP (610-AM) that he didn’t know where reports of Reid clashing with DeSean Jackson after Sunday's game were coming from. Jackson was visibly upset in the Eagles’ locker room after he had two catches for 26 yards in the 31-26 loss to the Bears. Reid upbraided the team after the loss, and reportedly he criticized Jackson's demeanor.
“I don’t know where that comes from,” Reid said. “This guy is one of the top players in the National Football League. When it’s clutch time, he wants the football.”
Reid then was asked if he had to get Jackson’s attention after the game: “If I have a problem with any players, we talk about it. I’m not agreeing with you at all here (about having to do that). If anything happens, I address it as a football team. He’s a phenomenal player and defensive coordinators pay attention to him. If they’re going to double him, it’s going to give Jeremy [Maclin] a chance to make plays, it’s going to give Brent Celek a chance to make plays.”
Reid was asked if he was angrier than normal after a loss. “I don’t get into all that,” he said. “It’s over. What happens in there stays in there and we move on. It’s an emotional game and what is said there has to stay there.”
Reid said he thought the Eagles had put the Bears loss behind them, which he said was a good thing with the game against the Houston Texans on Thursday. “You got to get over it fast,” Reid said. “You’ve got another good football team coming in here. I was proud of the guys. They got over it. I didn’t think it was a matter of being ready. I didn’t see anyone hanging their head, or the coaches hanging their head. By today, after their meetings and by the time they were on the practice field, they were upbeat and ready to go. With that youth, they have energy. As coaches and players, we have to learn from it.”
Reid addressed a number of issues, including:
* The problems the Eagles had in Chicago: “I think it you break it down. I always start with myself first, coaches then players. There are things we could have done. Red zone, we could have done better. We had the turnover and we didn’t score. Those are things we’re working through.”
* About his yelling at his team after the loss: “We’re all in this thing because we’re competitive guys. I’ve said that about this team. They are competitive guys. Whatever happens in the locker room, happens. We take care of it as a football team. I don’t like losing. None of the guys in that room do."
* About the poor field conditions at Soldier Field: “We saw the Bears slipping on their own field. No excuses there. You have to get your shoulders over your toes, get your knees in a bent position. They had a high school game there [on Friday night]. No excuses.”
* About whether injured cornerback Asante Samuel would return from his MCL sprain: “Well, we’ll see. He worked today and we’ll see after he sleeps on it.”
* About injured wide receiver Riley Cooper: “Riley was the only one [who was hurt in the Bears game]. He was sore. We’ll see. He has a sore knee. If he can’t go, Chad [Hall] will step in.”
* About whether Ellis Hobbs will have surgery: “We’ll see when the doctors get together what the deal is [if Hobbs will undergo surgery].”
* About the Texans: “They have two blue-chip players in defensive end [Mario Williams] and wide receiver [Andre Johnson]. They have a very good quarterback, very good running back and very good offensive line. They have a lot of good skill players. On defense, they show you a million different things. Our guys are going to have to be sharp.
Reid was asked if he verbally laid into his team again on Monday. “You’re reading into things,” Reid said. “Listen, I know I have a good football team and I know they’ll be ready to go on Thursday.”
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