By now, you have probably digested the Saints’ steamrolling of the Eagles on Monday Night Football. You watched them look uninspired and over matched (sound familiar?) in a game against a 2-5 team that happened to sport one of the worst defenses in the history of football. For the fourth-straight week, you watched the Eagles come out on the wrong side of the score and their players offer sound bites about needing to be professionals, take it personally, and step up. You woke up this morning and read the papers, heard the talk radio chatter, and it’s all pretty clear–these guys are completely screwed.
If you tortured yourself into watching ESPN programming today, you surely noticed that the bulk of it was dedicated to performing a dissection– an autopsy of sorts–of this dead football team. Andy Reid and Michael Vick, and a botched trick play were the hot topics, but we know it extends far beyond them.
This is an unmitigated disaster. The quarterback’s brother is tweeting, no, begging for a trade out of Philadelphia, the offensive line is in shambles, and newly minted defensive Todd Bowles has seemingly made a poor defensive unit even worse. Team meetings haven’t worked, impassioned pleas from the coaching staff haven’t worked, and highly-paid and theoretically talented players are underachieving.
This is a team that doesn’t want to win. It’s an offense that lacks discipline in scheme and execution and it’s a defense that doesn’t appear willing to stick their hats on ball carriers to make it hurt. To send a message. To do anything.
Truthfully, last night was probably the Eagles’ last chance to make something of this season. But there will still be a few fans (and hopefully the Eagles locker room) that still believe this thing can be saved. And on Sunday, they will get one last chance to prove it. Andy Reid has had his back up against the wall before–and he’s usually responded–but the feeling this time is that come Sunday we are going to see the same horror show one more time. And then the autopsy will be complete.