Avant Calls Players-Only Meeting, Team Rallies Around Reid?

It was reported yesterday that wide receiver Jason Avant called a players-only meeting yesterday after their beleaguered head coach left team facilities. The theme of the conversation centered upon the reality that it’s been the players who have created this mess, not Reid.

Avant's message will ring hollow if the Eagles don't figure it out Sunday.

That’s all fine and good. I’d rather hear a story about players rallying around their coach than one where they trash their coach. Still, should it really have taken a players-only meeting to create a sense of urgency amongst the players on this roster? Did they not realize their tackling is a league-wide joke, their sloppy play disgraceful?

Don’t think merely because Avant called a players-only meeting that this is going to turn a timid defense into one full of head-hunters. It’s not happening.

The Eagles might go on a run here–particularly if the offense can hold onto the football, but don’t expect this team pull a complete 180 and rattle off seven straight wins. It’s not happening. They are 1-4 for a reason–they lack players at key positions.

In reality, the Eagles should be no worse than 3-2 right now, but they are a team that has shown a propensity to make critical self-inflicted errors–that tendency isn’t likely to simply disappear after Jason Avant gathers up the troops and tells them their play hasn’t been good enough.

“Oh, wait? We shouldn’t have turned the ball over 15 times in 5 games? That’s bad?”

Come on.

The Eagles have one last chance to stay alive in Washington on Sunday. Whether they live or die, Wednesday’s pow-wow will have nothing to do with it.

Topics: Andy Reid, Jason Avant

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