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Reid Vows Change After Second Straight Loss

Head coach Andy Reid dropped a bit of a bombshell at his Monday press conference.

Running back Brian Westbrook, who has already been nursing a bad ankle, suffered two fractured ribs on the Eagles' eighth offensive play on Sunday against the Redskins.

"We'll see how that works out for him over the next couple of days," Reid said.

Apparently, Westbrook is having discomfort and is listed as day-to-day.

"I try to fight through everything, every pain that I had I try to fight through, my ankle, my rib things like that," Westbrook said on Sunday. "Of course when you're not 100 percent, you're limited in some way but I continue to try to fight through it and try to make the most of it."

Westbrook finished with 12 carries for 33 yards and six catches for 51 yards. After the game he said that the injury didn't limit him physically and he didn't need to wear any protective gear to insulate the area.

For the third week in a row, however, Westbrook's status for Sunday's game at San Francisco is in very much in doubt.

"We've just got to see," Reid said. "We have to see how it all works out with him, exactly the pain level there. Right now he's very sore. We'll see how things go here in the next few days."

Reid didn't just focus on Westbrook's injury. He was also upset at the amount of time the defense spent on the field, citing that the defense took 28 more snaps than the Eagles' offense did against the Redskins.

"The obvious is that we need to be more consistent as a football team (on) both sides of the ball," Reid said. "The effort is there, but anytime you end a game with 47 offensive plays and 75 defensive plays, there's a problem.

"You go back and analyze that; we had too many three-and-outs on the offensive side, in particular, starting the second half with four three-and-outs. Within that, you have to be consistent catching the football and blocking and making sure that I put the guys in position to do that."

Reid was also disappointed with his offense's output.

"You come out of an offensive game where you have no turnovers and no sacks, surely you should be able to score more than one touchdown," Reid said. "And that situation in the red zone, we need to get that taken care of. That's completely a coaching error on my part. You're at the one-foot line the last two weeks, that's unacceptable. I've got to make sure I get that taken care of."

In fact, since scoring a second half touchdown against Dallas in Week 2, the Eagles have mustered a combined four field goals and a safety after halftime in their last three games.

"The effort is there," Reid said. "We have to do a better job in football games. You're going to have some highs and lows, and you have to do a better job working through some of the lows. That directly comes back to me, making sure that that happens. We just have to do a better job."

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