Andy Reid Press Conference: Philadelphia Eagles Coach Defends DeSean Jackson

Andy Reid held a press conference Friday following Thursday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, discussing his job security, his team's effort and claims that receiver DeSean Jackson did not play his hardest on Thursday.

When asked if he was worried about his job security, Reid said he couldn't because he needs to be focused on other things.

"That's a logical question, but as a coach, you don't do that. I'm being as honest as I can with you. I don't worry about that. I worry about getting better, and that's where I put all of my energy in. That's what I can control and become a better football coach, and make my assistants better while at the same time, make my players better," Reid said.

The coach said he felt Philadelphia's energy and effort was good Thursday night but a lack of execution doomed them. He put a lot of the blame on himself, and said he wasn't sure whether the team put too much weight into preseason expectations.

"I don't know about that. I said this during training camp, there is a difference between expectations and reality. The reality is that every year you have to come together as a football team, coaches and players all working together and pulling the rope in the tug of war in the same direction. So, I think we're all searching," said Reid.

"The players, these guys want to win as professional athletes. They want to win and be successful. Coaches want to win and be successful. Everybody is looking for that answer right now, and you're going to get a variety of answers from different individuals and I'm not worried about that. What I am worried about is what do we need to do to get better and get those answers out there, then work on those in practice."

The NFL Network, which aired the game, repeatedly discussed how DeSean Jackson seemed disgruntled, questioning his will to win. But Reid was vehement in support of Jackson, who has been suspended this season for missing a team meeting.

"Let me tell you something. I've a chance to go over that with [Director of Football Media Services] Derek [Boyko], and I'm disappointed with a lot of things. I'm disappointed with the NFL Network, very disappointed in the way they portrayed that. I'm going to tell you now that DeSean was all-in in that game, and he had a great attitude during that game. You can take a camera and make some things look any way you want to make it look, but that kid was all-in last night. I was proud of him for that," Reid said. 

Reid also said there was no truth to the report that Jackson was sitting by himself and not interacting with teammates on the sidelines.

"Not at all. Absolutely nothing there. You can take...I'm not sure they know who is talking to who and so on, and what the conversation is about. Not knowing the language, I don't know how you're able to go into that. This is all petty stuff I know, but I'm telling you the kid was all-in. He had a great attitude and that's what I can tell you. There wasn't anything on the sideline or anything with him and Vince. There is nothing there. Nothing," he said.

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