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Eagles Reach Rock Bottom

When your cover cornerback is beaten to the endzone by a fullback on a stretch play, how much lower is there to sink?

Watching the Eagles now, one has to wonder how they started the season 3-1.

They were blown out by the lowly Washington Redskins yesterday. The Redskins defense had been struggling mightily this season. As is their wont, the Eagles provided the elixir for whatever is ailing their opponents, playing inept offensively and committing three more turnovers.

Fans have not seen a team as dismal as this one is since 1998. They are absolutely terrible. Worse than how bad they are is how little they care. These games are almost unwatchable.

In his first start, Foles did some good things and some bad things. It is difficult to judge him while he is playing with this supporting cast. They are just horrendous. The offensive line is one of the worst units to ever line up in an NFL game.

Andy Reid, charged with helping his rookie QB succeed, produced a horrific gameplan, heavily reliant on short passes. The running game was largely ignored as usual. When they did run—as much with Bryce Brown as with All-Pro Lesean McCoy—every single play was a draw for some unknown reason.

The inept offense was backed up by as toothless a defense as this city has ever had the displeasure of watching. It added up to annihilation at the hands of a very bad Redskins team.

Andy Reid will be fired at the end of the season, if not before. He deserves to be. At that point, however, it will then become evident that the problem goes much deeper.

The source of the insidious rot disintegrating the team is its roster. It will take at least a couple years to turn that over, and the Eagles will have no chance of being successful during that time. The last time things were this bleak was 1998.

Andy Reid turned that team around in just two years. He never did get a Super Bowl ring, but there was lot of good football in his first 12 seasons. That is all over now.

If the Eagles brass makes another shrewd coaching hire, this team could be horrendous for only another year and a half. If they don't, it could be a lot longer.

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Porterincollingswood November 21, 2012 at 01:02 PM
The last few drafts have been disasters, and they align with the ascent of Roseman and the decline of Banner. We have special teamers starting at key positions. And our special teams are devoid of any talent. This is the worst defense I have ever seen - at least the mercs that Kotite had (Millard, Townsend) could play.
Larry O'Doyle November 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I was taking my daily jog over the Ben Franklin yesterday ruminating about the immediate and long-term future of our beloved green franchise. I suddenly found myself hunched over the railing, staring deep into the murky brown waters of the Delaware in search of answers. After some time, I realized I had better chance of seeing the floating corpse of a dead prostitute than finding any cures for our infected football team in this reflective cesspool. First off, anyone who says "Andy should resign now" are the same guys who would turn around and bash him for quitting on his team. This season is over, but I would lose all respect I have left for Andy if he bailed now. True character is revealed by adversity and Andy's character is the only thing he can leave here with intact. He is a man with a heavy passing problem and he needs help. Howie Roseman should be relieved of his duties immediately following the season as well but then who would Jeffrey have to hide behind?
Porterincollingswood November 21, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Problem solved, they fired the VP of Communications this morning. Now the defense and play calling will improve. Unreal. My guess is that this guy mistakenly believed he worked for a real company / business owner and thought Lurie owed the paying customers some respect in the form of a statement. Or maybe he thought that, as the PR guy, he should be allowed to do his job and address the concerns of the fan base (who are in the process of spending money on Eagles jerseys, hats, and t-shirts for Christmas gifts). But no. This isn't a real business. It's a fantasy football team operated by a trust fund baby. And he owes no one anything. He has zero regard for those who have supported it all their lives. Remember that when you see that Eagles merchandise at the malls.
Mike Diviney November 22, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Your weekly drawn-out analogy/metaphor is insightful as usual, as well as entertaining. Gotta be cold on that bridge in the early-morning hours. Roseman is a big problem. He positioned himself as Andy's little brother so once Andy's gone, where does he stand. Andy will be fired, but the man has character and a great work ethic- those universal attributes work anywhere, at least for awhile.
Mike Diviney November 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Yeah, what was that firing all about. I'd like to know what caused that- chances are, we never will. Maybe he was the one who turned up the PA system and WOULDN'T TURN IT DOWN!!

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