|Reid isn't thinking about Lurie's comments, or the fact that his contract expires after the season. (Getty Images)|
First the good news: in the final preseason game of 2012, the Eagles somehow managed to beat a Jets team that was without Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. The bad news: Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear Thursday that "8-8 is unacceptable" and if this season looks anything like the last, there will be changes in the organization starting with coach Andy Reid.
To his credit, Reid, who seems to annually find himself in the middle of discussions about his job security, was unfazed by Lurie's remarks. Predictably, Reid was asked about them Thursday night during his postgame press conference.
"We surely would not be satisfied with 8-8," he said in comments distributed by the team. "We're striving for better than that. I think that's the important thing. I'm not sitting here telling you that's what I want to be or what this football team wants to be. We're striving for [more] and I'm not worried about all of that. I understand the business. I completely understand, and I have a great relationship with Jeffrey. We go play. I don't worry about all of that stuff. I worry about each game."
But the perceived urgency arises from the fact that Reid's in the last year of his contract. Naturally, this led to questions about -- you guessed it -- Reid's contract.
"I don't even think about it, he said. "I don't even care about that. I care about this football team and winning games now and playing well and working hard and that stuff, that's the last thing on my mind."
Winning begins with quarterback Michael Vick and finding ways to keep him upright. Guarantees of invincibility aside, the reality is this: Vick will have to change the way he plays if he's going to avoid injuries that force him to miss weeks at a time. According to a ProFootballFocus.com analysis, the Eagles offensive line isn't the issue. And Vick is no more susceptible to injury when he drops back in the pocket than the average NFL quarterback. The problem arises when Vick decides to run. This isn't groundbreaking stuff but it does reinforce the need for Vick to be a more judicious runner and think about, you know, sliding more often.
Whatever happens, Reid understands what's at stake more than anyone. He's also not troubled by Lurie's comments or their timing.
"I don't worry about it," he said. "That stuff, I don't care about that. I know I've got a great relationship with Jeffrey. Listen, his expectations are high. My expectations are high. Let's go play. Let's go, control what you can control and that's playing the game and let's go do it."
Fun starts Sunday when the Eagles face the Browns.
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