Reid Not Taking Latest Loss Lightly

Andy Reid isn't happy and he's not afraid to show it. The dismal showing in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay has the Eagles coach cracking the whip on his undisciplined team.

For the first time this season, Eagles coach Andy Reid made his team show up for work Monday.

Normally, Reid gives his players the day off after a game. But after Sunday's ugly 23-21 loss to Tampa Bay dropped the Eagles to 4-3, he decided they needed an up-close-and-personal view of how badly they played.

"I wanted them to have a chance to look at the film today," Reid said. "To get rid of (the loss). To move on."

Matt Bryant booted a 62-yard field goal with no time left to give the Bucs the win Sunday. But the Eagles had no one to blame but themselves for this costly loss. They committed four turnovers on the road, including three interceptions by quarterback Donovan McNabb, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber.

With a difficult second-half schedule that includes three consecutive road games against the rest of the NFC East, the Eagles face an uphill battle to make the playoffs. But Reid still is hopeful.

"I like this football team," he said. "I like the character on the football team. Yesterday, you could see throughout the league that people who were in the NFC got beat. Those things happen.

"I don't worry too much about what happens down the road as much as I do this next football game and getting that straight. That's where we're going to put our focus."

Besides his three interceptions, QB Donovan McNabb also cost the Eagles three points at the end of the first half.

The Eagles had the ball on the Tampa Bay 6-yard line with nine seconds left in the half. They were out of timeouts. The plan was to run one more play, a pass into the end zone. If they didn't score, they then would have David Akers kick an easy field goal. But Akers never got the chance. Instead of throwing it into the end zone or throwing it away, McNabb threw it to tight end L.J. Smith at the 2. Smith was immediately tackled by Bucs CB Ronde Barber, and the Eagles never were able to get off another play.

"The mind-set was to get the ball in the end zone or kick a field goal," McNabb said. "The coverage that I saw, L.J. cleared the 'backers and there was nobody else on the outside. I put it on his body. I thought he could just lean right in the end zone. But Ronde came and closed real fast. I was just trying to make a play."

Of course, it's hard to fault a guy who came into the game being mentioned as a potential MVP candidate. Plus, McNabb needed an IV after Sunday's loss to the Bucs, but is good to go for this week's game against Jacksonville. The hot, humid conditions in Tampa, plus all of the running he did (he rushed for 76 yards on six carries), caused him to vomit on the field at one point in the second half. But he continued to play.


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