Eagles' Reid dismisses job concerns, stresses performance

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles have dropped consecutive games by more than two touchdowns in less than a week. They are mired in one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history and need to win their remaining four games to avoid only their second losing record since 2000.

So coach Andy Reid is focused on turning his team around, not his own job security or future.

"That's a logical question, but as a coach, you don't do that," Reid said Friday. "I'm being as honest as I can with you. I don't worry about that. I worry about getting better, and that's where I put all of my energy in. That's what I can control. Become a better football coach and make my assistants better while at the same time make my players better."

Philadelphia lost 31-14 at Seattle on Thursday night, five days after a 38-20 home loss to New England. It has lost four of five since its only two-game winning streak, and has won just four of their last 15 games since late last season.

Reid is in his 13th season and has two years remaining on his contract. The dean of NFL coaches was once called "Coach for Life" by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, but now that future is a bit murkier.

Philadelphia began the season with Super Bowl aspirations, and now the team has virtually been eliminated from playoff contention.

What went wrong?

"I said this during training camp -- there is a difference between expectations and reality," Reid said. "The reality is that every year you have to come together as a football team, coaches and players all working together and pulling the rope in the tug of war in the same direction.

"So I think we're all searching. These guys want to win as professional athletes. They want to win and be successful. Coaches want to win and be successful. Everybody is looking for that answer right now."

Reid said he expects quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to practice on Monday. Vick and Maclin were injured during a home loss to Arizona on Nov. 13 and missed the last three games, Vick with broken ribs and Maclin with hamstring and shoulder injuries.

Reid said barring setbacks, both are likely to play next Sunday in Miami. Vick is 3-8 in his last 11 starts with the Eagles. Maclin was on pace for his first 1,000-yard season when he got hurt.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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