While much of the concern around the Eagles has centered on their porous defense, Andy Reid's focus today was something equally, if not more harmful to their season so far. Turnovers. At his Wednesday press conference, Reid stressed that turnovers were the major thing killing their chances of winning games. In fact, he's got percentages!
"Let me explain that to you real quick. When you have five turnovers you have a six percent chance of winning a football game. Simple. When you're gaining 500 yards of offense and the other team is not, you've got to take care of business. Now listen, both sides of the ball need to do better, absolutely do better. We've got to take care of little things, everybody's got to do their job a little bit better, we've got to put the players in a better position to make plays. That's what we have to do. We're all in it together doing this thing. Both sides of the ball and special teams. We need to block better on special teams. We've got two good returners, we need to make sure we put those guys in the right position to get their blocks. Simple."
He makes a fair point. No team generating the kind of yardage and points the Eagles are should be 1-4. It's literally unprecedented. However, it was only Monday when Reid was blaming those turnovers on more or less bad luck. In fact, he literally said "I don't see a problem with turnovers."
"I don't know if it's pressing." said Reid "Do they want to win a game? Yeah, absolutely, the players want to win a game. So do the coaches and everybody else. But there's a certain process you go through, and you go through it. I wouldn't say a tipped ball is pressing, I wouldn't say that. I don't see that as a problem with the turnovers, I see other things."
So... which is it?