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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 2:30 pm | Updated: 4:58 pm, Mon Oct 15, 2012.

PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Andy Reid isn't going anywhere this week.

He plans to spend the team's open week ensconced in his office at the NovaCare Complex, searching for solutions to the problems that contributed to Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit and left them with a 3-3 record in the first six games.

"We need to rip this thing apart and and find out how we can get better," Reid said Monday during his weekly press conference. "I'm going to go back, evaluate everything, tear things apart and make things better."

When Reid is analyzing and reviewing the offense, he can start with the starts. Sunday's game against the Lions marked the fifth time the Eagles have been shut out in the first quarter. Their only early touchdown came on running back LeSean McCoy's 1-yard run against Baltimore the second week of the season.

There is a possibility that Reid will take over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after the break, or at least assume a bigger role.

"We started poor," Reid said. "I mean poor. We lead the league with 17 turnovers, which is ridiculous. I'm going to look at everything and every aspect of what we have (on offense)."

Defensively, Reid wants to examine the finishes. Sunday marked the second straight game in which the Eagles took the lead in the fourth quarter and then promptly gave it away.

Reid indicated that defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will retain his playcalling duties for now, but that could also change if the defense can't figure out a way to get off the field in clutch situations.

Reid has a reputation for using the open week to his advantage. They will enter their next game, against undefeated Atlanta on Oct. 28, with a 13-0 record under Reid in games played after a regular-season bye. They usually get on a roll afterward. Since Reid took over in 1999, the Eagles are a combined 84-39-1 after their bye and have had winning records afterward in every season but 2005, when they went 3-8 after the open week.

"Obviously, this was a tough loss," Reid said. "But there is still a lot of season ahead and I still believe we have a good football team. There are 10 games left and anything is possible in the National Football League."

EXTRA POINTS: Reid said Monday that defensive tackle Mike Patterson (offseason brain surgery) and tackle Jason Peters (ruptured Achilles' tendon) have not yet been medically cleared to start practicing.

As members of the reserve/non-football injury list, Patterson and Peters were required to sit out the first six regular-season games. The Eagles now have a three-week window in which to allow them to start practicing, then would have another three weeks to decide if they would be able to play.

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