Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Andy Reid may no longer have the support of the Eagles' fan base, but after the loss to the New England Patriots and the "Fire Andy" chants from the crowd, the players have stood behind Reid and the coaching staff. In a season where nothing has gone according to plan, players turning against coaches is something that could easily happen. So far though, the Eagles' locker room has done nothing but support Andy Reid.
After the game, when asked about the chants from the stands, Reid said that he did not hear them as he was involved with the game.
“I didn’t hear it,” Reid said after the game. “The way we played, I can understand.”
Reid undoubtedly heard the chants as they were very audible, especially after a failed fourth-and-one on the Patriots' two-yard line. Reid and his coaching staff decided to rollout Vince Young who went on to throw the ball out of the back of the endzone for a turnover-on-downs. That is when the chants began and unlike Reid, some Eagles' players said they heard the chants but they defended their head coach.
“I definitely hear it, definitely aware of it,” Riley Cooper said. “Andy Reid’s not out there playing, he’s not suited up, he’s not out there making plays. We’re ultimately the people that are supposed to get the job done. It’s the players’ responsibility to make the plays and make the adjustments and win the ball game."
“It’s tough, you know, because coach Reid has taken a lot of heat for a team game, and there’s a lot of stuff we’re doing out there — effort, missed tackles, dropped balls, missed assignments — and those things are on us as players, so it’s that we’re not doing good enough,” Cullen Jenkins said.
Of all the players on the Eagles' roster, running back LeSean McCoy may have had the most reason to be upset with Andy Reid and his offensive game plan against the Patriots. McCoy came into the game leading the NFL in rushing yards, yet only carried the ball 10 times in the Eagles' 38-20 loss. McCoy, like the others, still had his head coach's back.
“Andy’s not going nowhere,” he said. “He’s a good coach. Everybody knows that. As players we need to fight for him a little more, a little harder. We just have to make plays. Coach can’t go out there and play. You know he’s not going anywhere. That’s just kind of fans talking.”
Despite Reid's tremendous overall success in Philadelphia, having the support of his players may not be enough anymore. The Eagles are now 4-7 on the 2011 season, one of which was supposed to be full of victories. This season will most likely, barring a stunning stretch to end the season, be Reid's third consecutive season without a playoff win. The act is beginning to get old.
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