|by Ryan Messick
After a surprising and disappointing 24-14 loss to the Vikings on Tuesday that took them out of contention for a first round bye, the Eagles are trying to figure out why their focus, energy and execution were lacking with so much on the line.
“That’s what bothers me,” said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
“Well that’s what we’re getting to the bottom of,” said defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
“That’s the disappointing part,” said special teams coordinator Bobby April.
When they expounded, the coordinators found different faults with their phases of the game. On defense, it seemed to be about intensity.
“We’re dealing with human nature here and so sometimes what happens in a game is there’s peaks and valleys in a game,” McDermott said. “From a defensive standpoint, and that’s all I can comment on, we’ve got to maintain that high all game long.”
On offense, Mornhinweg felt that the effort and energy were present, but the attention and focus may have been lacking.
“We left details on the field,” Mornhinweg noted. “We detail it up, we have a good ballgame. It’s that simple and that starts with me.”
From a special teams standpoint, April commented on the lack of energy he noticed during the game – something he didn’t think was an issue during the week of practice.
“From my perspective, I can only blame myself that I didn’t do a good enough job sending a message of what we needed to do and being energized myself in practice,” April said.
Perhaps the concerning part is that nobody can pinpoint the cause of the problem. Did the Eagles overlook the Vikings? Did the snow delay have an impact? Was Philadelphia overconfident?
The Eagles may not need to figure it out by Sunday, when they’ll play the Cowboys in a game that has no impact on playoff seeding. The next weekend though, they’ll face either the Packers, Giants or Buccaneers. If the intensity, excitement and focus aren’t present then, it will likely be a short postseason for the Birds.