The confidence, hubris, even arrogance Reid so often demonstrated wasn't there. This was a broken coach, one beaten down by the ineptitude of a personal worst seven-game losing streak.
This Andy Reid was lost.
"My responsibility is to get this team to play better and we have not done that here to this point," Reid said, parroting what he's said after every game since this nightmare sequence began with a loss in Week 5 at Pittsburgh. "I'm going to take full responsibility. There's a way to get through [to the players], and I'm not doing that right now."
But that's just it. As Allen Iverson used to say, things haven't always been "peaches and cream" during Reid's mostly successful tenure.
There have been down times and losing streaks, but Reid's reputation was that he always found a way to motivate his players back to some level of respectable play.
That's been tossed out the window over these last seven games, as Reid has appeared more and more buffoonish as he claims he just needs to put the players in better positions to make plays or catch a break to turn things around.
"There is a fine line between winning and losing in the National Football League," Reid said, convincing no one, probably least of all himself. "I know the only way you get better is to keep working hard, keep moving forward. You catch a couple of breaks and things turn around. Anyone can win on Sunday."
Well, as the previously 2-8 Carolina Panthers showed Monday night, any team can win when playing the Eagles.
This is reality these days at One NovaCare Way, or should we call it 1313 Mockingbird Lane or any address on Elm Street.
The Eagles' training facility can best be described as a place where reputations go to die.
Reid is just at the top of the pyramid.
In the span of 24 months, he's gone from one of the most respected coaches in the NFL to a guy walking around with the same dumbfounded, glassy-eyed look that his predecessor, Ray Rhodes, had in the final weeks of the 3-13 nightmare that ended his career in South Philadelphia.
Makes you wonder why everyone thinks Reid will be immediately snatched up if the Eagles fire him.
Asked why he's been unable to penetrate the thick craniums of this group of repeat-offending screw-ups, Reid replied: "Listen, if I had that answer for you, it would have already been done. Keep trying different ways and making sure your communication is right, your teaching process is right, and presentation is right and that you're repping it in practice, and that you've narrowed down for the players the things they need work on, and you give it to them again in a situation in practice that they can transfer that into the game."
In easier terms, "I don't know!"
It's almost comical to think of the reputations that have been put through the shredder by this season most foul.
A year ago when the Miami Dolphins fired Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles was promoted to head coach for the final three games of the regular season.
Although he didn't get the Miami job, Bowles was looked at as an up-and-comer soon destined for a head-coaching opportunity. He came to the Eagles as the secondary coach, but everyone knew he was the insurance policy in case novice defensive coordinator Juan Castillo continued to struggle as he did his first season. Bowles was named defensive coordinator when Castillo was fired on Oct. 16.
Instead of righting the ship, the defense has gone belly-up under Bowles.
The 30 points scored by Carolina marked the fifth time in Bowles' five games as defensive coordinator that the Eagles have surrendered at least 28 points.
Off this fiasco, I'm having a hard time seeing Bowles getting much consideration for one of the numerous head-coaching jobs expected to open up after this season.
Defensive line coach Jim Washburn had a stellar reputation as an NFL assistant, but the failure of his wide-nine scheme to pressure and/or sack opposing quarterbacks has been a source of disappointment all season.
The release Tuesday of defensive end Jason Babin, a Washburn favorite whom they guaranteed $5.5 million, shows how much Washburn's influence has waned.
Offensive line coach Howard Mudd has too much on his resumé for the Keystone Kops routine that is the Eagles' offensive line to damage his reputation too much, but it sure makes you wonder whether he should have bothered to come out of retirement last season.
Ironically, Castillo, who was clearly the scapegoat, is the only guy looking a little better now. As the last 5 weeks clearly has shown, the bulk of the Eagles' problems did not lie solely with him.