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Andy Reid, Eagles try to right their ship in Tampa on Sunday

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The conventional wisdom is that Andy Reid is in his final month coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, who visit the Bucs Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in the midst of an eight-game losing streak.

But Reid, who spoke with Tampa Bay media today via conference call, maintains the perspective that’s made him a successful coach for 14 seasons. Simultaneously, he’s dealing with the emotions that accompany what are, for him, unprecedented struggles.

“I’ve definitely learned that losing eight straight games is not fun,” Reid said. “That’s a miserable thing. But I know that, through that, I still love every minute of the game. I still have a great passion for coaching. I still love coaching.

“It’s an honor to coach in the National Football League. It’s an honor to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. I try to enjoy and appreciate every minute of that. But I sure know that you sure don’t like losing. That’s not a fun thing.”

Reid has never lost like this before. The Eagles are 3-9 and haven’t won since September 30. Reid has been in desperation mode, firing multiple assistant coaches in a search for answers.

Can the Eagles find some this weekend against the Bucs? Reid, for his part, doesn’t think they’re as far away as it may appear.

“There’s a fine line between winning and losing in the National Football League,” he said. “It’s never as good as you think and it’s never as bad as you think. Guys are all phenomenal athletes and there are good coaches in this league. So, it’s just a matter of getting yourself on a roll and getting rolling.”

Reid expects his team to continue to fight, just as it did on Sunday at Dallas.

“When you’re two months without a win in Philadelphia, it seems like a long time,” he said. “And it is a long time. And so, what you try to do is focus on getting better as a football team. And I appreciate our guys’ attitude throughout this, working hard, and that includes practice and meetings and so on.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:37pm]

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