Andy Reid, during his Monday press conference, struck a different note than he did Saturday following the Eagles' 20-7 win over the Cowboys when he focused on positives of the victory despite the team being eliminated from the playoffs.
Reid was asked if he viewed the Eagles not making the postseason as something explainable considering the NFL lockout and the many changes the team endured or if he viewed it as a serious shortcoming.
“I’ll never sit up here and make excuses; that’s not how I operate, so I’m not going to start now," Reid said. "I’ll take full responsibility for that. I think we all expected — players and coaches — to have a better record than we have today. So that’s my responsibility, and to say anything less I’d be wrong saying that.”
Reid did say that he preferred for his team look at the current three-game winning steak and the positives down the stretch and not the many blown opportunities from earlier in the season.
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“I would take it with a glass half full and say you want to build on the positives and take it into the offseason and take it into this week and continue to get better," Reid said.
The Eagles will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007. It will be the fourth time in Reid's 13 seasons that he failed to reach the postseason. He hasn't won a playoff game since 2008 and, of course, will go another year without getting the Eagles that elusive Super Bowl.
Reid, who has two years left on his contract, was asked if he sensed that the clock on his opportunities to win a title in Philadelphia may be ticking away.
“I really don’t look at that," Reid said with the Eagles still one game away from the offseason. "When you’re striving to win every game and to win a Super Bowl every year, I don’t look at all of that stuff. So you just focus in on what you can do and try to get better every week, so that’s my focus.”
Reid said he hasn't yet spoken to owner Jeffrey Lurie about his future, and he declined to answer questions about whether he thought he would be back or whether he wants to be back.
"I wouldn't know what to do without having these press conferences," he joked.
He also stayed away from endorsing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and wide receiver DeSean Jackson, two pieces that some believe won't return for 2012.
Of Castillo, Reid said, "You guys know what I think of Juan. I know you have to ask that question, but we are focused completely on the Washington Redskins."
And of Jackson, Reid said, "The last how many games he's done a heck of a job. He's playing very good football right now. I'm proud of him for that."
Reid said that he'll play his starters in Sunday's season finale against the Redskins.
"It’s an opportunity to play another game against a good football team and make yourself better as a team and as an individual and that’s what you do," Reid said.
-- Cornerback Asante Samuel missed Saturday's game with a hamstring strain and will be a stretch to play Sunday in the season finale, a team source said. With his future with the Eagles in doubt, Samuel may have played his last game with the team.
-- Safety Kurt Coleman has a bicep strain and will not have an MRI until Tuesday. If it's a muscle tear Coleman's season is over and Jaiquawn Jarrett will have another opportunity to start.
-- LeSean McCoy has a "slight ankle sprain, but he'll be fine," Reid said. There was a report speculating that the Eagles running back would be shut down for the season, but Reid said that wasn't true.
-- Linebacker Brian Rolle has a slight ankle sprain. Defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who sat out the Cowboys game, still has knee tendinitis.