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Eagles still trying new things over final 4 games

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012

The Eagles hoped Washburn's wide-nine would produce plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. It did at first. The scheme helped the Eagles tie for the league lead with 50 sacks last season, but has resulted in only 20 so far this year.

As such, Philadelphia meets Tampa Bay (6-6) on Sunday mired in an eight-game losing streak. It is the worst skid since 1968 and comes from a team that opened the season with Super Bowl aspirations.

Jenkins refused to say if defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was going to drastically alter their scheme the rest of the season.

"I'm not going to sit here and give away any new things that we might be doing," he said. "You'll just have to wait and see."

The Eagles are still waiting to see if McCoy or quarterback Michael Vick will return this season following serious head injuries. Both players have not yet passed their concussion tests. They will remain sidelined until they do.

With Foles starting, the Eagles are in no rush to bring back Vick for any reason. McCoy could still play over the final four games, if he's cleared, Reid said. Preparing for the franchise's future — as well as concerns with Vick's long-term health — played into Reid's decision to stick with Foles the rest of the way.

"I'm not going to put him in any jeopardy out there," Reid said of Vick.

Knowing that, the former Pro Bowl quarterback may have taken his last snap with the Eagles, less than two years removed from a breakout season in which he led the franchise to the NFC East title. Vick would likely have to accept a massive paycut to return to Philadelphia, to begin with, as well as a reduced role. Then again, those might be decisions fit for someone other than Reid this offseason.

Either way, Reid said Vick, 32, isn't finished, even as his numbers over the last two years have declined since that sensational 2010 season in which he finished with a quarterback rating of 100.2.

"Can he still play? Yeah, absolutely," Reid said. "He can still run, he can still throw. Smart kid."

And while Vick waits its out, his team will continue to grind it out knowing more changes are on the horizon. Lineup shuffling and transactions on the coaching staff are prices teams pay for losing in the NFL.

The Eagles have learned that this year ... the hard way.

"Whatever the reasons are, it's just something that happens," Jenkins said. "Especially when you're not winning."


NOTES: S Kurt Coleman (sternal contusion) did not practice. Coleman has 61 tackles and two interceptions this season. ... The Eagles are 0-2 vs. the NFC South.


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