Is It Time To Call The Philadelphia Eagles A Failure?
It’s way past time for the Philadelphia Eagles to hit the panic button because this year is in danger of being an failure of epic proportions.
After widespread claims that this year’s Eagles team were to be the “Dream Team,” Philly has stumbled out the gates with a pathetic 1-4 record. Since beating the lowly Rams in the season opener—only after star running back Steven Jackson went out with an injury in the first quarter—the lowly Eagles have dropped four games in a row to Atlanta, New York Giants, San Francisco and Buffalo. Currently sitting in last place of the NFC East, the Eagles are most certainly in need of a turnaround sooner than later. Coach Andy Reid has admitted he let the steering wheel go early on and the Eagles have soiled themselves at every opportunity. Five turnovers (four interceptions and one lost fumble) against the Buffalo Bills just won’t cut it. But even though the Eagles found themselves in the game with 1:23 left, a silly offside call buried them for good. It’s this kind of reckless play that has allowed the Eagles to find themselves constantly on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Mistakes have crippled them.
And now the whispers of the “Dream Team” being a massive flop are picking up steam. A loss next week to NFC East rival, the first place Washington Redskins, will make sure those whispers turn into a full blown howl. You can try to point the finger at Michael Vick or the wretched front line of defense, but the reality is that this entire team is falling apart. Something has to be done to reel in the team before its too late. They are too talented, too seasoned and there are too many good parts to simply give up.
There is a silver lining in this cloud, The four teams that the Eagle have lost to have a combined record of 13-7. The Eagles lost those four games by a combined score of 119-94. The only team to beat them by double digits was the Giants, which was after Michael Vick got knocked out of the game with an injury. The other three games were close and were decided by the Eagles’ bonehead mistakes rather than being outplayed. Michael Vick isn’t having a horrible season, but it definitely can be better. He’s 10th in the NFL in yards passing (1,336) and has rushed for 318 yards thus far; which is good for 16th and ahead of star running backs like Ray Rice, Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Johnson and Peyton Hillis. LeSean McCoy is fifth in the NFL in yards rushing (443) and tied for 2nd in TDs (5). The mistakes that were mentioned earlier are mental and not physical. These are the type of things that can be fixed with the right amount of hands-on coaching. If the Eagles can protect the ball, protect their quarterback and somehow manage to plug up the leaks on defense, they could find themselves back in the heat of the battle in no time.
But first they have to get past the Redskins. To call it a must-win game is an understatement. I’ll hold my “The Eagles Have Failed” post until after I see what they do against the ‘Skins. A 1-5 start will most definitely be cause for the Eagles to be verbally pelted by every critic, fan and journalist across the country.
It’s not too late to right this ship and salvage the season. But the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.