PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Andy Reid will not quit.
Despite the team's six-game losing streak and a series of pathetic performances, Reid said Monday that he has no intention of stepping down.
"I'm standing in front of the team and telling them, 'These are the things we need to do, one of which is to continue to battle,' " Reid said one day after a 31-6 loss at Washington. "And so I think (resigning) would be a cop-out.
"That's not how I see things. That's not the way I'm wired. We're going to keep battling and do it as a team. I'm not going to tell the guys to do one thing and then do the other."
The Eagles (3-7) did not put up much of a fight in Sunday's loss at Washington.
Rookie quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions in his first career start and the offense was held without a touchdown for the second game this season. The defense allowed Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to threw four touchdown passes and register a perfect 158.3 efficiency rating.
The Eagles have suffered six straight losses for the first time since 1994. Their 3-7 record marks their worst 10-game start to a season since they also went 3-7 in 1999, Reid's first year as coach.
That's not exactly how this season was supposed to go. Most NFL experts had them winning at least 10 games and challenging for the NFC East title. Instead, a disgruntled fan base will watch them try to avoid plummeting to last place in the NFC when the Eagles face Carolina (2-8) next Monday night.
"I know we are letting the fans down, we're letting the city down, and I completely understand that," Reid said. "There are no excuses. We're not winning football games and I take that responsibility. I'm in that leadership spot and right now my leadership isn't good enough."
Unless he can find a way to win the next seven games and somehow qualify for the playoffs, Reid's 14-year tenure will end at the end of the regular season.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear before the season began that the team would have to show significant improvement over last year's 8-8 record for Reid to stay on for a 15th season. Lurie has not commented since the season began, but he has made it clear to Reid that he isn't happy with the way the season has unfolded.
"Listen, he's a competive guy," Reid said. "No one wants to win more than Jeffrey. I would tell you that he is disappointed and rightly so. He feels the same way we do, that we're letting people down in this city and so on. That's what I can tell you."
The players have tried various tactics to stop the slump.
A few days after a 30-17 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 28, quarterback Michael Vick called a players-only meeting in an effort to boost morale. The Eagles then went to New Orleans and lost 38-13. They insisted that they were more determined to bounce back the following week but lost 38-23 to Dallas.
Sunday's loss to the Redskins was the worst of the defeats. Washington had lost three straight and seemingly had given up on the season. The Eagles committed untimely penalties, missed assignments and exhibited a general lack of focus.
"We're not playing well," tight end Brent Celek said Sunday after the game. "I don't know what else to say. This is a talented team, but we're not making plays. I don't get it. We're supposed to be doing our jobs and we're failing at it. It's frustrating. We just have to keep working hard. We have to put this stuff behind us and move on to next week."
Extra points: Reid took a lot of heat Sunday for leaving running back LeSean McCoy in the game late in the fourth quarter. McCoy suffered a concussion when he was hit by two Redskins with one minute, 45 seconds left and the Eagles trailing by 25 points.
"There are a few things you wish wouldn't happen," Reid said Monday. "(McCoy) getting hurt would be one of them. But I don't regret having him out there. These guys want to play."
Reid said Vick is still in Phase 1 in his recovery from his concussion, which makes him a longshot to play against the Panthers. McCoy is also in Phase 1 but was feeling better, Reid said. Wide receiver Riley Cooper (knee inflammation), Jenkins (sprained foot) should be able to play on Monday.
The Eagles re-signed guard Julian Vandervelde and added linebacker Nate Stupar to the practice squad. They released defensive lineman Frank Trotter and safety Phillip Thomas from the practice squad.
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