Philadelphia Eagles Finally Cut Miles Austin


It only took them the entire season to do it, but the Philadelphia Eagles have finally cut the worst wide receiver on the planet, Miles Austin.

Ding dong, the witch is dead!

What an amazing past 24 hours, eh? First, the Eagles go out and beat the New England Patriots for the first time since 1999. But now the Eagles decided to finally make the decision they should have made months ago; the cut Miles Austin! This calls for a celebration!

Austin has done nothing but play like a semi-decent high school JV wide receiver since joining the Eagles last spring. In 11 games this season, Austin compiled 13 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown, which is nowhere near what the Eagles were expecting from him.

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His hands are made of stone, he’s useless on special teams and he was never on the same page with either Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez. But the Eagles finally realized that his presence was doing them no favors and ultimately chose not to play him in New England, where, by some miracle, the Eagles were able to walk away with a win. Coincidence? I think not.

Remember Week 10 when the Eagles embarrassingly allowed a last-minute comeback from the Miami Dolphins, subsequently sending Philadelphia on an appalling three-game skid? You can thank Austin for that loss.

Does it all fall solely on Austin’s shoulders? Maybe not. It doesn’t help that Caleb Sturgis decided to miss a typically easy field goal that probably would have been good enough to give the Eagles the win that day, but Austin had multiple botches and they were ugly.

In the fourth quarter of the game, Austin was targeted four times and recorded zero receptions. One of his targets came on a well-thrown ball from Sanchez to the back of the end zone that any average NFL receiver could have caught, but this is Miles Austin we’re talking about, so, naturally, he failed to get his second foot in bounds. That play would have given the Eagles the lead.

Oh, but that’s not all. There’s more!

Late in the fourth quarter, Sanchez threw another ball intended for Austin in the end zone, which, admittedly, wasn’t the best choice, but I can understand the decision. Of course, it was intercepted by Dolphins safety Reshad Jones.  It wasn’t a horribly-thrown ball by any means. It just flew right by Austin’s halfway extended, non-effort exerting hand and into the arms of Jones. Austin gave minimal to no effort at making a play for the ball or tackling Jones once he exited the end zone. It was an ugly play by Austin that Sanchez has took most of the heat for.

I could go on for days, but I think you understand just how awful Miles Austin is now. The Eagles will likely move forward with Jonathan Krause at wide receiver. It’s impossible to tell how effective he’ll be, but he was able to catch a ball against the Patriots and he didn’t drop anything, which Austin wouldn’t have been able to do.

Nonetheless, the Eagles were right to cut Austin. It’s a Christmas miracle, which, again, calls for a celebration.