Philadelphia Eagles: Five Observations vs. Cardinals

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Oct 26, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; A Philadelphia Eagles fan reacts in the grandstands during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles gave away another win Sunday in what is beginning to look like a failed experiment. Birds Head coach Chip Kelly and his high-octane offense is starting to look like an old in-line six cylinder engine with major loss of compression. To overuse a metaphor, yesterday’s roller coaster of a game was difficult to watch at times but was laced with moments of brilliance.

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After last year’s magical season where Chip Kelly took essentially the same personnel that went 4 and 12 in 2012 and led them to the playoffs there was optimism about this season. Then free agency and the draft gave hope to multitudes of Eagles fans. There was a level of optimism that had not been there in a while. And maybe there wasn’t any reservation either like in years past.

In recent seasons former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick could put on a show and make one think the game was won. The very next play he would do something that would have you yelling at the TV so loudly it would wake your kids. He was unpredictable. So the anticipation of a winning season always had that nagging little thought in the back of one’s mind; will Vick shine or crash and burn again? As a fan, it was all quite maddening to me.

Here are five sobering truths about the Philadelphia Eagles that are hard to see and face. What started off as a season of Hope and Dreams has become yet another season of cautious optimism.