In particular, the Eagles had a one-play drive - a Vince Young interception - after which the defense held for a 39-yard missed field goal. That was followed by an Eagles three-and-out, which led straight to a Patriots touchdown drive, and a 21-10 New England lead.
The Birds' best hope for derailing the imposing New England offense and quarterback Tom Brady was to get pressure on Brady, who isn't considered nimble, but Washburn's charges managed only one sack, early, from defensive tackle Mike Patterson. Brady scrambled five times for 28 yards, easily eluding rushers.
"Yeah, that's a rarity," Brady said. "There's just a few times there where I felt it opened up in the middle and I just took off. I'm not moving very fast, they're converging pretty quickly, so I just [slid down] as fast as I could."
Andy Reid said Michael Vick and his sore ribs were not on the sideline yesterday because "he couldn't play." In the past, Reid has sometimes kept an injured QB off the sideline so that TV cameras won't be recording the starter's reaction to every mishap that occurs on the backup's watch.
A head-scratcher, all right
Andy Reid took exception to being asked if he still stands behind his decision to hire offensive line coach Juan Castillo as his defensive coordinator, after the Birds' most lopsided loss of the season.
"Obviously, you didn't ask me that last week," when the Eagles beat the Giants and the defense played well, Reid said. "A bad game, I guess you feel comfortable asking that, but I think it's all the way around. We have to do a better job all the way around."
Reid talked about turnovers as a problem, but actually, the Eagles only turned the ball over once and the Pats got no points from that. A bigger problem was their 10 penalties, including a pair on third down on New England's first touchdown drive, which set the tone for a sloppy day.
Castillo's defense gave up four touchdowns in five red-zone situations, assuring it will remain last in the NFL there.
Eagles players said what you would expect about the "Fire Andy" chants at the Linc yesterday.
"I thought the plays were there to be made, whether we made them or not. You hear the fans say, 'Fire this person. Fire that person.' I believe that the game plan on offense was an excellent game plan. I believe we botched it up as players, with our execution," wideout Jason Avant said.
"I heard it. Am I happy about it? No. It's all us. All us players, not executing on the field," tight end Brent Celek said.
The Eagles' 1-5 record at home is their worst since they were 0-6 under Marion Campbell in 1983 . . . As expected, Michael Vick (ribs), Jeremy Maclin (hamstring), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle) and King Dunlap (concussion) were inactive, as were Brandon Graham (knee), Julian Vandervelde and Phillip Hunt . . . Moise Fokou suffered a sprained ankle . . . plucky Jason Avant caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown . . . Twenty-two of LeSean McCoy's 31 rushing yards came on one play. McCoy scored his 11th rushing touchdown of the season . . . Corner Asante Samuel, facing his former team for the first time in the regular season, called it "one of the worst losses I've ever dealt with."
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