Andy Reid is once again on the defensive. (Alex Brandon/AP)

A vastly-improved defense was supposed to bolster the Eagles’ hopes of making a Super Bowl run and validating their self-imposed “dream team” moniker. Instead the Eagles have spent the week following their 31-24 loss to Buffalo defending their tactics and 1-4 record.

On Monday ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Eagles coach Andy Reid discussed the idea of bringing in a defensive consultant during its upcoming bye week. On Tuesday the Eagles said that discussion never took place.

Oy gevalt.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported that the Eagles had contacted former Browns head coach Eric Mangini — now employed by ESPN — to fill the supposedly non-existent consultant position.

(Mangini, who is still making beaucoup bucks from his Cleveland buyout, declined the offer)

Reid continued the he said/he said cycle later in the day when he told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane that he “wasn’t in contact with anyone” about the job.

“That was all fabricated,” Reid said Wednesday after practice. “I wasn’t in touch with anybody. Nobody. Nothing. Zero.”

(Pro Football Talk pointed out that Reid’s track record of truth has a few cracks in it.)

Later Wednesday afternoon, News Journal reporter Geoff Mosher tweeted that an ESPN spokesperson said Mangini denied turning down a job offer from Reid or having any contact with the Eagles.

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The Eagles came into the year with what was expected to be one of the best defenses in the league. Star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was arguably the biggest-name free agent on the market and Philly also added defensive end Jason Babin and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

But through five weeks, that defense is coughing up 26.4 points per game — which explains why a rumor (true or not) about the Eagles looking for some defensive input is garnering attention.

There’s also that whole “dream team” thing. Unless they can turn things around, that’s a tag they’ll wear like a (Miami Heat) scarlet letter the rest of the season.

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