Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 11/14/11

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 11: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles works on the sideline against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 11, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)


It seems like years ago, but it has only been a little under a month since LeSean McCoy and Asante Samuel playfully gut punched their head coach as the Eagles sealed a win over the Washington Redskins.

What was a nice moment between coach and players in a season saving win (at the time) has been followed by a blow up by Samuel, losses in 2 of 3 games, and a team that looks like they may have finally given up on Andy Reid.

While fans have long since given up on Reid, it could never be said that the players in his locker room did. The team defended him, even up until a few weeks ago, saying they need to improve and the coaches were not to blame.

But after today's embarrassing 21-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, players openly questioned the coaching staff, including Reid for benching DeSean Jackson.

"You game plan for having one of the most explosive deep threats in the game, it was an absolute shock to hear he wasn’t going to be playing" said LeSean McCoy.

"I haven’t been here too many times where a guy is eligible to play that didn’t play," said Jason Avant.

It did not stop there, as Michael Vick was asked after the game if he thought the team should run the ball more to even out the pass/run ratio.

"It’s always helpful when you balance out the run and the pass," said Vick, who did go on to say that he believes his coaches have done a good job.

The statements were not the only way the players have shown they might not be buying anymore what Reid is selling. Two weeks in a row the Eagles have come out looking unprepared and disinterested, committing the same penalties and mental errors that got them in this mess to begin with. But the possible discontent with the coaching staff does not stop there. Eagles players have been openly putting their own interests before the team, from Jackson sleeping in to Steve Smith shying away from contact on a critical play late in the game. 

Players starting to tune out Reid may have started back when he named Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator. With the seasoned veterans the Eagles have on defense- from Asante Samuel to Nnamdi Asomugha- you have to think  they looked at Reid with skepticism as he stood there and told his players Castillo would run the defense. Now that the team is losing and the defense is coughing up leads, it's safe to say the players could be growing even more critical of the decision.

Reid said after the game that he is not worried about the team checking out mentally, and said any disconnect between himself and the team is his fault.

“It’s my responsibility to make sure that everybody is on the same page," said Reid. "Obviously by this performance, that didn’t look very good. That’s my responsibility. I don’t know about disconnects and those types of things, but I have to do a better job along with my guys.”

Could the team cost Reid his job? It's hard to imagine that the players would ever get to the point where they would openly disobey the coach, although multiple reports say players being late for meetings is not uncommon. Reid might be able to survive a losing season, but he more than likely could not survive a losing season combined with a locker room that management thinks does not want him back.

No doubt Reid is loved by many of his players, but as you look around the locker room, those players may no longer be around. Vick has spoken openly on what Reid means to him, but other than him, who in that locker room owes anything to Reid? The days of Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Tra Thomas are gone.

The Eagles locker room is filled with a group of individuals, who right now appear to be putting themselves before the coach, whether it is for money (Jackson) or to save themselves (Smith). Don't get it twisted: these players are concerned about winning and getting paid. If they do not feel Reid is the man to get them there, they will have no problem moving on. 

Which could soon lead to the firing of the greatest coach in Eagles history.

Follow Buzz on Broad Eagles Beat Writer Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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