Facing a 1-4 record and a firestorm of criticism from local and national media, fans and -- most damagingly -- opposing players, Andy Reid had little new to offer today in the way of explaining how he plans to turn around a season nearly over after just five games.
Reid said Juan Castillo would remain the team's defensive coordinator, saying the defense improved in the second half Sunday. He said the "wide-nine" front that has been gashed all season will remain in place (even after the Bills boasted about how they knew they could exploit the system with runs and shovel passes). The system puts tremendous pressure on linebackers and safeties, the weakest part of this roster, but Reid again cited second half improvements Sunday, declining to say what changes were made other than to say that the defense tackled better.
He was asked about the defense, about correcting the team's turnovers and penalties, and answered all with the normal coach speak: fundamentals, hard work, keep plugging away.
"We’ve gotta keep working is what we need to do and make sure we're putting guys in the right position," Reid said.
"The players are listening. We've just got to continue to work our fundamentals and do the right things in practice," he said at another point.
"It’s my football team. I've got to get it right and we'll do this thing as a football team," he said later.
At one point Reid was asked about a criticism from Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King, who called the Eagles sloppy and dumb in his Monday Morning Quarterback column today. King has often praised Reid, so his analysis shows just how much standing the coach has lost in just the past four weeks.
"Everybody will have their opinion," Reid said. "Listen, it's America, everybody can do that."
Reid said he did not have any lineup changes to announce today -- but he specified "today," signaling that some shake up is likely on the way when the team gets back together Wednesday.
It doesn't sound like he will be getting help from either Trent Cole or Jason Peters this week. Reid said it would be "a stretch" for either of them to play Sunday against the Redskins.