PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick was defeated on the field, and looked beaten on the podium, all but resigned to the fact that his games as the Eagles quarterback are numbered.
LeSean McCoy, as dogged a player as any on the Eagles, stood at his locker and asked where the team left its pride, its heart.
And coach Andy Reid even tossed out "embarrassing" as the word of the day for Philadelphia's 30-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
Was it really eight years ago when Reid and the Eagles beat the Falcons in the NFC title game in front of a stadium stuffed with euphoric fans and not ones chanting "Fire Andy" during the worst loss of the season?
This latest loss was as bleak as it gets for the Eagles, and Reid is running out of time to salvage the season -- and his job. Owner Jeffrey Lurie put Reid on notice following an 8-8 season that he had to win big for a 15th season. Reid knows if the Eagles continue to spiral from a 3-4 start toward a double-digit loss total, Lurie is prepared to make sweeping changes from his coach down to his quarterback.
Reid might beat him to the punch with the quarterback.
Reid has every reason to give the turnover-prone Vick the hook and start preseason star Nick Foles when the Eagles play Monday night at New Orleans. That would be a hard swallow for Reid only a year after the Eagles gave Vick a $100 million, six-year deal (although only about $40 million was guaranteed). Reid refused to comment on Vick's status after the game, and his normal Monday news conference was scrapped because Hurricane Sandy hit cities along the Northeast corridor.
Vick, who has eight interceptions this season, didn't put up much of a fight for his job after he was a pedestrian 21 of 35 for 191 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. He said only that he would support whatever decision Reid made.
"I think there's a lot of things that I can do better," Vick said.
Broncos LB Mays likely out for remainder of the season
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays likely is out for the season after injuring his lower left leg in the Denver Broncos' 34-14 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Coach John Fox hadn't yet addressed the media Monday, but a source close to the situation said Mays suffered a fractured fibula just above his left ankle.
Around the league
CHIEFS: Kansas City quarterback Brady Quinn is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his status for Thursday night's game at San Diego remains uncertain. Coach Romeo Crennel said that Quinn will start if he's cleared to play. Otherwise, Matt Cassel will be back under center.