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Reid still in Philly, DE Babin released


February 19. 2013 7:27PM
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PHILADELPHIA — A seven-game losing streak won't get Andy Reid to change his ways.


As usual, Reid accepted blame and pointed the finger directly at himself following the Philadelphia Eagles' latest loss, 30-22 to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.


I take full responsibility. There's a way to get through and I'm not doing it right now, Reid said Tuesday. Coaches have told you they gotta do a better job. Players have told you they gotta do a better job. End result is you have to do a better job.


That's about as far as Reid will go in his criticism of his players or coaching staff. Anyone who wants to see Reid call players out for missing assignments, making mistakes or underperforming will have to wait for a coaching change. That's just not part of Reid's philosophy.


Still, the clock is ticking on Reid's tenure in Philadelphia after 14 seasons. Disgusted fans who've been calling for his ouster for years almost certainly will get their wish. Owner Jeffrey Lurie already made it clear the Eagles needed to make substantial improvement after going 8-8 in 2011.


They'll need to finish 5-0 just to be 8-8 again. That's unacceptable to Lurie, and to fans who haven't celebrated an NFL championship since 1960.


The Eagles (3-8) visit Dallas (5-6) Sunday night, and will again play in front of a national television audience. At least it won't be at the Linc.


There were thousands of empty seats Monday night and those who showed up lacked their typical luster. The frustrated crowd didn't even boo as heartily as expected. In sports, apathy is worse than anger.


Changes already have started. The Eagles released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin hours after Reid spoke to reporters. Babin had 5.5 sacks, down from 18 last year. He signed a $28 million, five-year contract with Philadelphia after going to his first Pro Bowl for Tennessee in 2010.


We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years, Reid said. We wish him all the best as he continues his career. This gives us an opportunity to give more playing time to some of younger guys in the defensive line rotation.


Things aren't going to get any easier. Injuries are piling up, especially on the offensive side.


Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after sustaining multiple rib fractures on a running play against Carolina. Jackson led the team with 45 catches and 700 yards receiving, but only had two touchdowns.


Michael Vick missed his second straight game because of a concussion and still hasn't passed the final test to be cleared to practice. Rookie Nick Foles hasn't shown much in 2 1/2 games to prove he can be the quarterback of the future. But he'll likely have another opportunity against the Cowboys.


LeSean McCoy remains in Phase 1 of his concussion recovery, so he's a longshot to play at Dallas.


UP NEXT

Philadelphia Eagles


at


Dallas Cowboys


8:20 p.m


Sunday, NBC



 


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