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Andy Reid: I was trying to win game when McCoy got hurt

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The Eagles lost their sixth straight game on Sunday and they also lost LeSean McCoy to a concussion.

McCoy was injured on a carry on the first play after the two minute warning in the fourth quarter of a game the Eagles were losing 31-6. That raised the question of why your best offensive player was in the game and it was asked of coach Andy Reid when he met the media after the game.

According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Reid answered that McCoy was in the game because the Eagles were trying to catch up and win. If we’re to take Reid at his word, then the Eagles thought the best way to mount this comeback was to call a running play with less than two minutes to play in a game you’re losing by 25 points. It’s a heckuva time to decide to commit to the running game.

While the play until the final whistle theory of football is one we’re well familiar with, it’s hard to see how the Eagles were really trying to make up a four-score deficit at that point in the game by running the ball. It’s hard to see how they thought they were scoring three times, getting three extra points and recovering three onside kicks before scoring a fourth time as well, but there’s no law against dreaming impossible dreams.

There are no prizes for it either, unless you consider a pink slip that seems more inevitable than ever a prize.

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41 Responses to “Andy Reid: I was trying to win game when McCoy got hurt”
  1. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Nov 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    I would laugh but the cardinals got 6 turnovers and lost

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    There is no strategy to justify this injury. Reid should resign after that. That’s a classic bad football mistake.

  3. jayquintana says: Nov 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    After he gets fired, Reid needs to take a year off from football — at least.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    Well, I really don’t know what to say about this one. I have little love for anything Eagles, but have always respected Reids teams for being consistent playoff contenders. At this point, looks like he has seen the writing on the wall and is just going through the motions. Maybe a fresh start away from Philly (and Vick) will be good for him.

  5. kevo126 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    wow.

  6. larryboodry says: Nov 18, 2012 5:33 PM

    Reid=Delusional.

  7. pike573 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:40 PM

    If McCoy wasn’t in people would have said that Reid gave up. No win situation.

  8. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 18, 2012 5:41 PM

    Reid shouldn’t feel too bad. RGIII is that good. He’ll be delivering big time headaches to the other 31 NFL teams for years to come. This is Robert Griffin’s era and either you respect it or prepare to be humbled by him and the Redskins.

  9. blackngold4life says: Nov 18, 2012 5:45 PM

    LOL that response made absolutely no sence what so ever..Hmmmz 31-6 and Vick had no turnovers…surprising ain’t it?

  10. malvaren18 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:47 PM

    It’s time for a new coach.

  11. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    That’s weird cause for the previous 58 minutes the Eagles played like they had no interest in winning the game.

  12. fdugrad says: Nov 18, 2012 5:54 PM

    If EVER a coach needed a year ( at least ) completely away from being a coach in The NFL, Mr. Reid is certainly the one. His answer reveals a disconnect not simply from the game, but possibly from what others would deem reality. Letting coach go ( SOON ) would be a merciful decision.

  13. bigmikeskinsfan says: Nov 18, 2012 5:55 PM

    As a Skins fan I know our defense is horrible. We knocked the dog snot out of the rookie QB and their RB.

    If we are getting that kind of pressure I feel sorry for anyone behind the center on that team. Foles got hit so much I started feeling bad for him.

  14. ahmiller21 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:58 PM

    Die hard Redskins fan here. I feel terrible for this guy. As a human being he has gone through more this year than any of us could imagine. His head just isn’t in football right now, I think a year away would really help him. I pray he gets through all of this.

  15. tomdrec42 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:03 PM

    So everybody got what they want and saw the rookie. Do y’all still think he better then Vick?

  16. bamasleeper13 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:07 PM

    I feel bad for Reid. He needs time away and a new start if he wants one with a new team in a new city. Best of luck Andy, whatever you decide!

  17. flavordave says: Nov 18, 2012 6:13 PM

    tomdrec- can you please tell me how you compare a rookies first start to vicks entire career? Guys like you are blind with love for vick and i cant figure out why. vick is probably the most overrated player of his playing era. At least most people know Tebow cant play NFL football but you vick people, theres just no getting through to you. Hes the 28th ranked QB in football this year. 28. He has 10 FUMBLES. 10. Hows that even possible in a half season? Hes God awful and the fans would rather see what Foles can or cant be. Go hug your vick fathead. Or whatever it is that you do with it…

  18. tennesseeoilers says: Nov 18, 2012 6:18 PM

    Yikes … With just one sentence out of Reid’s mouth, his coaching stock with the Titans and Panthers just took a hit.

  19. PriorKnowledge says: Nov 18, 2012 6:20 PM

    a year off? ask jimmy johnson how only a year off works out. he has never got back in.

  20. fuglyflorio says: Nov 18, 2012 6:23 PM

    I thought the problem with the Eagles was that they didn’t give McCoy the ball enough ???

  21. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    PFT is right, Reid is just grasping at straws. He knows his time is up.

  22. offthelows says: Nov 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    Shady only had 15 carries. At that point the post season hopes were over, so basically every touch he has going forward is an injury risk, so you bench him for the rest of the season? Obviously not, so if you don’t bench him for meaningless games, then you don’t bench him for meaningless snaps when he hasn’t gotten touches that would make him happy in the stats dept.

  23. dolphins4 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:39 PM

    Winners never quit and quitters never win.Andy is a winner but it’s too bad his team isn’t.

  24. eaglesfan29 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    if you call for 21/46 for 200 yards and 2 INT and 3 fumbles that luckly the team recovered was a decent day then you dont know football. Foles is garbage we all know it, And yeah i am a vick fan we all know that line has been garbage all year and you guys continue to come up here and bashed vick yeah he got ten fumbles cause he is running for his life. Vick has been a warrior this year. I hope vick don’t play this more this year behind that line let foles take that beating since everyone wants to see him do decent. I like the guy said in one of the earlier post philly fans do suck you got what you wanted and someway you still trying to blame vick.

  25. jam11163 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    reid has lost his mind. he needs to go now. its a dam shame the birds are playing like this.

  26. bluewinger says: Nov 18, 2012 6:42 PM

    The philly fans want blood, and it would be best if Reid would step down after McCoys injury and another loss.

  27. newkirk850 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:47 PM

    That just proves he needs to resign NOW and get away from football for at least a year. That made no sense at all. That game was WAY over by then and they had already QUIT on him.

  28. tfoz5150 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:50 PM

    Reid made the comment toungue in cheek. He was just giving Coach speak. That’s his trademark. I agree however, that his time here is probably over, especially since Foles didn’t offer as much hope today as I thought he would. Good luck Andy, where ever you land! It’s been a great ride.

  29. tory707 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:01 PM

    logicalvoicesays…rg3 = Michael Vick, Cordell Stewart, Cam Newton. Donavan McNabb, Randall Cunningham. That kind of player will NEVER succeed in the NFL…EVER!!! Somebody needs to explain to me what a great athlete is? Can they play football??? FIRE ANDY!!!

  30. computojon says: Nov 18, 2012 7:05 PM

    Eagles’ fans don’t have the foggiest clue what frustration is. Try rooting for the Rams, guys. Meanwhile, go away.

  31. drbob117 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:15 PM

    Andy, you ARE the weakest link. Goodbye.

  32. drbob117 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:18 PM

    computojon: The Rams have a better record than the Eagles, and their O line and QB situations aren’t total jokes. And your coach isn’t a complete idiot. I have more faith in the future of your team than the future of mine.

  33. gcsuk says: Nov 18, 2012 7:19 PM

    eaglesfan29 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 6:41 PM
    if you call for 21/46 for 200 yards and 2 INT and 3 fumbles that luckly the team recovered was a decent day then you dont know football. Foles is garbage we all know it, And yeah i am a vick fan we all know that line has been garbage all year and you guys continue to come up here and bashed vick yeah he got ten fumbles cause he is running for his life. Vick has been a warrior this year. I hope vick don’t play this more this year behind that line let foles take that beating since everyone wants to see him do decent. I like the guy said in one of the earlier post philly fans do suck you got what you wanted and someway you still trying to blame vick.
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    What a waste of technology. This guy owns a computer?!?!?!

  34. billymc75 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:19 PM

    He was in cause he’s a football player and he’s paid to be in there

  35. giants56 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:33 PM

    Hey… The Rams have won a Super Bowl…The Eagles only talk about winning a Super Bowl….LMAO,

  36. defscottyb says: Nov 18, 2012 7:36 PM

    logicalvoicesays…rg3 = Michael Vick, Cordell Stewart, Cam Newton. Donavan McNabb, Randall Cunningham. That kind of player will NEVER succeed in the NFL…EVER!!! Somebody needs to explain to me what a great athlete is? Can they play football??? FIRE ANDY!!!
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    RG3 is better than all those qb’s you mentioned. Not only is he “athletic” but also super smart and very accurate. C’mon man…

  37. yojoemama says: Nov 18, 2012 7:39 PM

    Asomugh looks like he spends more time on his hair dew than preparing for his opponent.

  38. shlort says: Nov 18, 2012 7:40 PM

    billymc75 says:Nov 18, 2012 7:19 PM

    He was in cause he’s a football player and he’s paid to be in there
    _________________________________

    Precisely what I was thinking.

    What was Reid supposed to do? Should he start sitting starters so they dont get hurt? For what? Are the Eagles going to make the playoffs and will need people healthy?

    It isnt all on Reid. These players gave up weeks ago. They dont play the game with any heart.

  39. msjjap says: Nov 18, 2012 7:48 PM

    What I want to know is why Bryce Brown was getting carries in the 1st quarter and why McCoy was getting carries in garbage time.

  40. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:01 PM

    @Priorknowledge says: a year off? ask jimmy johnson how a year off works out. he has never got back in.

    I say: ask dick vermeil how a decade off worked. He got back, and then some.

  41. lakermetskins says: Nov 20, 2012 2:16 AM

    My question is: How would Tom Brady or Drew Breeze operate under the same conditions Vick has operated for two years now?

    Game after game of relentless pressure will kill your QB’s career- no matter who is taking snaps. Archie Manning and Danny White were two good (but never great QB’s) because their O-lines were historically terrible. They could never win close games and would always seem to throw a pick at the wrong time because of the pressure. Why do you think Archie refused to let Eli go to a San Diego, a notoriously cheap and ineffective franchise. Archie knew what is happening to Phillip Rivers now would happen to his son.

    No Qb is immune to bad O-line play. They all will succumb to bad decisions and turners once they realize they not going to get protected 90% of the time. The best thing the Eagles can do is not play Nick Foles the rest of the year: only to save his career.

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