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Hot seat gets hotter for Reid

Football: Former Glendale Community College football player sees Philadelphia lose second straight game.

December 03, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

With defeats piling up and questions about his job security, Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid had another commotion to handle Friday after Philadelphia suffered a 31-14 road loss against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.

Reid, a former offensive lineman at Glendale Community College, spent Friday addressing questions regarding standout wide receiver DeSean Jackson. During the Seattle game, Jackson was shown sitting on the team bench away from his teammates, seemingly disenchanted with the game and was also seen during a play seemingly avoiding a block. Jackson finished with four catches for 34 yards, as the Eagles lost their second game in a row to fall to 4-8 with four games remaining.

"You can take a camera and make it look any way you want to make it look," Reid told the Philadelphia Daily News on Friday. "I am telling you, that kid was all in last night and wanted to win that game as much as anybody."

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Moments after Thursday's game, Jackson was bombarded with questions regarding a situation on the sidelines when quarterback Vince Young, who threw four interceptions, was seemingly trying to talk to Jackson and was getting nothing in return.

Reid, whose team was considered one of the prohibitive favorites to contend for the Super Bowl this season, defended Jackson on Friday.

"There was nothing on the sidelines, no commotion with him and Vince," Reid said. "There is nothing there. Nothing.

"I am not sure they know who's talking to who and so on and what the conversation is about. Not knowing the language, I don't know how you are able to go into that stuff. ...This is petty stuff."

Jackson, a pending free agent, has encountered a stretch of tough games. He was removed from Sunday's home game against the New England Patriots after dropping several passes. The former Pro Bowler had been benched a few contests earlier for missing a team meeting.

Philadelphia brought in several high-priced free agents shortly before the season began, leading to championship aspirations. Instead, the Eagles are in last place in the National Football Conference's East Division.

The Eagles have played their last three games without starting quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Philadelphia opened its season with a win against the St. Louis Rams, but then nose dived, losing four straight games while never recovering and are on the cusp of their second losing season since 2000.

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