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Another nightmare for Reid's 'Dream Team'

Former GCC players both deal with tough losses in NFL coaching ranks

Estrada on playoff roster.

October 04, 2011|From Staff Reports, News-Press

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

EAGLES SQUANDER

LEAD AGAINST 49ERS

Sports talk radio in and news media in Philadelphia generated plenty of negative buzz Monday, following the Philadelphia Eagles — considered a Super Bowl favorite after a whirlwind offseason of signing top free agents — dropping to 1-3 on the season after a disastrous 24-23 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

"We need to do a better job, I think I'm stating the obvious, all the way around. Again, I start with myself, coaches and players," said Eagles Coach Andy Reid, a former Glendale Community College offensive lineman, in his Monday morning press conference. "We saw some good things in the first half. What we've got to learn is how to carry that over into the second half, and in particular, through the fourth quarter where we've been terrible."

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The Eagles, once again ravaged by an opposing run game in a defeat, allowed 21 unanswered points in a borderline improbable San Francisco comeback. It was the Eagles' third consecutive loss and fifth over the last seven games dating back to last season, when they won the NFC East title, but lost in the opening round of the playoffs.

"I don't think that things won't turn around," Reid said. "I know we've got good enough players and good enough coaches to do it. I've seen enough glimpses of this thing to know what it can be when it's operating right and it's important that we get it there. We all have a responsibility there to do that."

The aftermath has seen players, such as quarterback Michael Vick admit in a postgame press conference, "I'm frustrated," and Reid taking on his share of abuse from radio callers and media.

When pressed about making coaching changes, player changes or scheme changes, he answered, "Listen, I look at everything, win or lose, I do it every week."

"There's some good things we're all doing," he added, "and there are a lot of things we need to work on, so that's what we're doing. I'm telling you, it's not any one person. It's all of us pulling this thing together and doing our jobs a little bit better."

The Eagles, coined the "Dream Team" in the preseason, will look to right their ship on Sunday on the road against Buffalo.

"I have zero excuses," Reid said. "We're gonna get it right and we're gonna continue to work hard and that's what we're gonna do."

RAIDERS CAN'T KEEP

UP WITH PATS

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