Aug 082010

August 8 Philadelphia Inquirer

“After a morning practice marked by incomplete passes and two Kevin Kolb interceptions, Eagles coach Andy Reid said the team’s offense needs to improve.

“From the offensive standpoint, we’ve got to do a better job,” Reid said after Saturday’s morning session. “We’re going to keep doing that, keep getting better as we go.”

He had just come from a practice in which defenders frequently barged into the backfield and the passing game was so disrupted that at one point a fan shouted, “Let’s see a completion!”

The showing came shortly after the offense filled Thursday’s Flight Night practice with missed throws and drops.

Quintin Mikell and Dimitri Patterson each picked off Kolb on Saturday morning, and the defense also got the better of several red-zone drills, though Kolb did have a touchdown pass to Jason Avant. Reid touched on an area of concern throughout camp: the offensive line’s pass protection.

“You can’t have the interceptions, you can’t have the sacks, the quarterback’s running around way too much with the pressure he’s getting right there, so we’ve got to take care of that,” Reid said. “When they’re running the football, they’re getting big yards there, so we’ve just got to get the throwing part of it down.”

Reid said credit also has to go to the Eagles’ defense.

“The positive, I think, is the defense is playing well,” Reid said. “That’s a positive. Everyone on the offensive side, we need to get better.”

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