Reid's Eagles lose 6th in row, 31-6 to Redskins

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles yells from the sidelines during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
The question put to Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid after his team's sixth consecutive loss was rather pointed: Does he expect to stay in his job until the end of the season? The answer was evasive, yet telling, because basically all Reid offered was something about ''got to get ready'' for Philadelphia's next game. Yes, the turnovers and the penalties and, most importantly, the defeats keep piling up for Reid's Eagles, as do the doubts about his future with the club. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles' first drive as a starter in the NFL ended with an interception. So did his second. The Eagles turned the ball over three times in all, committed nine penalties, allowed Washington rookie QB Robert Griffin III to complete 14 of 15 passes with four touchdowns and lost to the Redskins 31-6. ''I don't know how it can get much worse,'' Eagles tight end Brent Celek said, hands on hips. ''It makes me sick.'' The last-place Eagles (3-7) are mired in their longest single-season losing streak since dropping seven games in a row to end the 1994 season. Foles played because Michael Vick was sidelined with a concussion; leading rusher LeSean McCoy was carted off with a concussion after a run with less than 2 minutes left Sunday. Most of the attention is going to be on Reid, who is in his 14th season with Philadelphia, a tenure that includes five trips to the NFC championship game and one Super Bowl appearance. Reid's 139 wins are the most by a coach in Eagles history, but he's 11-15 over the last two seasons. ''I don't sense a lack of focus. That's not what I sense. I see them playing hard. I see them focusing in at practice,'' Reid said. ''At times, maybe we're trying too hard. You can't press and make plays.'' Well, that's certainly a novel explanation for what's happening with his team. As is his wont, Reid put the onus on himself, saying he takes ''full responsibility'' and that it's his ''fault that's the way it's going.'' Asked if the Eagles are getting worse, Reid said: ''Well, we didn't look better today. We didn't do a good job today.'' That's for sure. In the Redskins (4-6), the Eagles were facing an opponent that had lost four of its previous five games, nine of its past 10 at home, and eight in succession against rookie quarterbacks. Washington's beleaguered defense got four sacks of Foles, a third-round pick from Arizona, who completed 21 for 46 passes for 204 yards. ''I didn't play well at all,'' Foles said. ''I know that.'' Top receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson combined for two catches for 5 yards. ''That wouldn't be my choice,'' Jackson said. As for what went wrong with his club, Jackson summed it up this way: ''Too much of us killing ourselves. That's the only way I can really think of it. Every time something good happens, it's almost, we look up and it's a penalty or a turnover. The same things are continuing to happen.'' That includes, of course, Reid's refusal to point a finger at anyone but himself. Several players said it's unfair to put the bulk of the blame on their coach. Various voices maintained that there is plenty of talent on the roster, and they're put in position to succeed, but they aren't making the plays they need to win. The secondary gave up a 49-yard TD pass from Griffin to Aldrick Robinson, and a 61-yarder to Santana Moss. ''We're just not making the plays we're supposed to. We're NFL players. We're supposed to be the best of the best. Right now, we're not,'' defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. He chalked up the defensive breakdowns to a ''lack of accountability.'' Asked whether every player is giving 100 percent on every play, Cullen said: ''For the most part.'' Next for the Eagles is a nationally televised game Monday night against the Carolina Panthers. That's the game Reid vowed his team will be ready for. ''It feels terrible. Nobody likes to lose. And not only did we lose, we got our butts kicked,'' Maclin said. ''If you feel any type of way but terrible, then something's wrong with you. NOTES: Celek was checked for a head injury but was deemed OK. ... McCoy stayed down after a 7-yard run with 1:45 left in the game. Asked why the running back was still in the game even though Philadelphia trailed by 25 points, Reid said: ''Because we were trying to catch up and win the game.'' --- Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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