Sunday's 30-17 loss to Atlanta was as bleak as it gets for the Philadelphia Eagles and coach Andy Reid is running out of time to salvage the season.
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick was defeated on the field, and looked beaten on the podium, seemingly all but resigned to the fact his games as the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback are numbered.
Running back LeSean McCoy, as dogged a player as any on the Eagles, stood at his locker and asked where the team left its pride, its heart.
And coach Andy Reid made “embarrassing” the word of the day for Philadelphia’s 30-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
Was it really eight years ago when Reid and the Eagles beat the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game in front of a stadium stuffed with euphoric fans and not ones chanting “Fire Andy” during the game before leaving early?
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“I understand fans leaving today, the way I coached,” Reid said.
The latest loss was as bleak as it gets for the Eagles and Reid is running out of time to salvage the season — and perhaps his job. Owner Jeffrey Lurie put Reid on notice after an 8-8 season he had to win big this season. Reid knows if the Eagles continue to spiral from a 3-4 start toward a double-digit loss total, Lurie is prepared to make sweeping changes, from his coach to his quarterback.
Reid has the option to give turnover-prone Vick the hook and start exhibition-season standout Nick Foles, a rookie from Arizona.
But three sources familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Vick will start when the Eagles play Monday night at New Orleans. Vick got a $100 million, six-year contract last year, with about $40 million guaranteed.
“Obviously he’s thinking about making a change at the quarterback position,” Vick said Sunday. “The thing I do know — and I’ll go and watch the film and I’ll evaluate myself — is that I’m giving us every opportunity to win.
“I’m trying my hardest. Some things don’t go right when I want them to. Some things do.”
After the loss to the 7-0 Falcons, McCoy said the Eagles showed neither pride nor heart.
“This is the whole team, myself included,” he said. “We didn’t get it done today.”
• The league moved its trade deadline back two days, to Thursday, because of potential complications from Hurricane Sandy.
• Coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets, who lost 30-9 to visiting Miami on Sunday, said Mark Sanchez remains the team’s starting quarterback. During the game, fans were chanting for Tim Tebow to replace Sanchez.
The Jets (3-5) have a bye week before playing the host Seahawks on Nov. 11.
“We have no wiggle room,” Ryan said. “We need to start playing a ton better.”
• The Indianapolis Colts waived running back Mewelde Moore, 30, and nose tackle Antonio Dixon, 27.
|Player, position||Team||Injury, prognosis|
|Joe Mays, LB||Broncos||Leg fracture, out for season|
|Richard Goodman, WR||Chargers||Hamstring, out for season|
|Maurice Jones-Drew, RB||Jaguars||Foot, out at least another week|
|Mario Williams, DE||Bills||Wrist, says he will play|
|Brady Quinn, QB||Chiefs||Concussion, uncertain|
|Ryan Tannehill, QB||Dolphins||Knee, thigh; uncertain|
|Peyton Manning, QB||Broncos||Thumb, likely to play Sunday|
|Louis Delmas, S||Lions||Knee, day to day|