PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick was defeated on the field, and looked beaten on the podium, all but resigned to the fact that his games as the Eagles quarterback are numbered.
LeSean McCoy, as dogged a player as any on the Eagles, stood at his locker and asked where the team left its pride, its heart.
And coach Andy Reid even tossed out embarrassing as the word of the day for Philadelphia's 30-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
Was it really eight years ago when Reid and the Eagles beat the Falcons in the NFC title game in front of a stadium stuffed with euphoric fans and not ones chanting Fire Andy during the worst loss of the season?
This latest loss was as bleak as it gets for the Eagles and Reid is running out of time to salvage the season — and his job. Owner Jeffrey Lurie put Reid on notice following an 8-8 season that he had to win big for a 15th season. Reid knows if the Eagles continue to spiral from a 3-4 start toward a double-digit loss total, Lurie is prepared to make sweeping changes from his coach down to his quarterback.
Reid might beat him to the punch with the quarterback.
Reid has every reason to give the turnover-prone Vick the hook and start preseason star Nick Foles when the Eagles play Monday night at New Orleans. That would be a hard swallow for Reid only a year after the Eagles gave Vick a $100 million, six-year deal (although only about $40 million was guaranteed). Reid refused to comment on Vick's status after the game and his normal Monday press conference was scrapped because Hurricane Sandy hit cities along the Northeast corridor.
Vick, who has eight interceptions this season, didn't put up much of a fight for his job after he was a pedestrian 21 of 35 for 191 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. He said only that he would support whatever decision Reid made.
I think there's a lot of things that I can do better, Vick said. I'm trying to do everything that I can to put the ball in the end zone to give my guys every opportunity.
Not even a new defensive coordinator and an off week could help the Eagles from turning the tide on Sunday. A home loss to the Falcons was Philadelphia's fourth in the last five games. The Eagles are 2.5 games behind the Giants in the NFC East after leading them by one game just one month ago.
The Eagles are loaded with offensive playmakers who have put up huge numbers in the past, from Vick to McCoy to wide receiver DeSean Jackson. For whatever reason, the offense has been as explosive as a wind blower, and each wasted drive only hastens the urge to dump salary and clean house.
McCoy said the Eagles showed no pride in a listless performance that included only 5 yards in the first quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles at
New Orleans Saints
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