Andy Reid, the pass-happy, quarterbacks guru, actually dialed down his aggressive play-calling for once. Now, the coach is “kicking himself in the tail” for not putting his foot on the throttle.
When Mike Vick went down late in Sunday’s game, second-year pro Mike Kafka entered and made his NFL debut. Kafka inherited a goal-to-go situation and handed off to LeSean McCoy for a 2-yard TD that put the Eagles up, 31-21. However, Reid went conservative on Kafka’s first full series, calling two straight runs and two short passes before punting on 4th-and-1. The Eagles eventually lost the game, 35-31.
“When you have a lead, you get after it and stay aggressive, and I didn’t set the tempo for that,” Reid said. “I’ve got a young quarterback in Mike Kafka that I was way, way too conservative with, and I think that sent a message to our football team and not a positive one.”