PHILADLEPHIA - Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had a simple solution Friday for the array of problems that have cropped up during the team's three-game losing streak.
The players just need an attitude adjustment.
"Excellence is all about attitude and a certain mentality," Mornhinweg said. "Those things are tough to explain, but it's a certain attitude that we are the baddest men on the field. The last ballgame (a 30-17 loss to Atlanta) we were just a little too careful with our mentality. We have to be loose and free and not afraid to make mistakes. We have to be aggressive, aggressive, aggressive."
As quarterback Michael Vick expressed Thursday, the lack of aggression was definitely a problem for the Eagles offense against the Falcons. Having committed 13 turnovers in the previous six games, Vick said he played very cautiously last Sunday. As a result, he did not throw an interception or lose a fumble, but he also failed to generate enough big plays to win. He threw for just 191 yards and one touchdown and his longest gain was a short pass that wide receiver DeSean Jackson turned into a 32-yard gain by twisting away from Falcons cornerback and ex-Eagle Asante Samuel.
"I think I was just trying to cater to certain things and trying to be what everybody wanted me to be," Vick said Thursday. "The most important thing now is I have to let it go. I have to get my swag back."
Getting off to a good start offensively would help. The Eagles (3-4) have been outscored by a combined 40-7 in the first quarter this season and 87-38 in the first half.
If they are ever going to end their offensive slump, Monday night's game at New Orleans would be the day. The Saints (2-5) have the worst-ranked overall defense in the NFL, allowing 304.6 yards per game. They also rank 30th in scoring defense with an average of 30.8 points per game. Every opponent has scored at least 24 points.
"First of all, we've got to do a better job tackling," Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said Thursday in a phone interview. "We've got to play better on defense or it's going to be a long year for us."