Whenever the Eagles lose a tough game, experience some adversity, or make a questionable call, fans say it.
Hell, even when the Eagles win some fans say it.
Come on, you know what I mean.
“Fire Andy Reid.”
But for those educated in the way the Eagles work, the response to such a request is simple and terse.
No. Way. In. Hell.
Even through the dismal playoff losses, the inexplicably horrid clock management, the ridiculous play calling, and a half-decade of ineptitude in the red zone, I’ve never once thought Andy Reid was in danger of losing his job, nor did I believe he should.
This year was supposed to be different. This was supposed to be the year the Eagles were “all in”. And truthfully, even if the Eagles fell short in the postseason, there’s still no way it’d cost Reid his job. But this. This new mess has a different feel to me.
This isn’t 10-6, an NFC East title, and an early playoff exit.
This is a debacle. And it’s an embarrassment.
Not since the 2005 season have the Eagles played such miserable football. The difference that year was they had injuries to blame. Expectations aren’t at their apex when Mike McMahon is handing off to Ryan Moats.
The Eagles have an offense loaded with superstar talent, capable of putting up 500 yards and 30-plus points every time they take the field. They have a defense with a ferocious pass rush and three shut down corners.
And they have nothing to show for it.
There really aren’t any excuses. And yet, this team sits in dead last in the NFC East. What’s more, they’ve shown a startling inability to fix the deficiencies that ail them.
Poor red zone execution. Big plays allowed on defense at the worst times. Blown leads.
It’s the same thing over, over, and over again.
Prior to the season, Jeffrey Lurie scoffed at the notion his club was a dream team, but never could he have imagined this. This 1-3 start. These three embarrassing losses. His team being the butt of jokes around the league.
Throughout all of these playoffs losses, Lurie stood by Reid because he was a model of stability–a coach who can maintain the structure of a consistent contender, and, just as important, maintain the interest of fans.
But this just feels different. This feels like mayhem. Like a team with no direction. Like a problem with no solutions.
Except for one. Here’s wondering if the Eagles have the stones to do it.
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