The City of Brotherly Love's citizens, everyone living in the Delaware Valley, and Philadelphia Eagles fans all over the country are experiencing similar emotions following Week 13's massacre. Confidence has seriously been shaken, probably for the first time all season.
You could watch football for the next five years, and you won't find a more deflating loss than the most recent. After forcing the San Francisco 49ers' offense to punt on their first two possessions, the Niners scored touchdowns on their next six. Here's the death nail. Deebo Samuel scored three of them.
Here we sit. The Eagles are still the owners of the NFC's best record, but San Francisco has gotten healthy and has caught fire. It wouldn't be Philly if there wasn't a little finger-pointing going on. Don't look now, but our favorite angry uncle is spiting flames. Seth Joyner had a lot to say after this one.
Seth Joyner criticizes the Eagles' linebackers and cornerbacks.
Many of you youngsters out there probably don't remember when Seth Joyner actually played football. Whether you love him or he gets on your nerves, you have to admit that he has reinvented himself as quite the media personality.
Seth is Philly. That you can't deny, and this long-time Bird didn't pull any of his punches following a lackluster performance by Philly's defense. First, he aimed at the linebackers.
Seth also had much to say about the Eagles cornerbacks as well. Darius Slay didn't appreciate one of his takes though. He reposted Joyner's stance with some theories of his own. Seth responded on 94-WIP-FM the following morning.
Frankly, that shouldn't shock anyone. We have all gotten to know Slay pretty well over the past few seasons. He's very active on social media and often claps back if he feels criticism is unwarranted.
Here's the question now though. Where do we go from here?
Philly's lack of conviction in addressing the needs of their linebacker corps is well-known. They haven't drafted one in the first round of any NFL Draft since Jerry Robinson was the choice in 1979. He played well and earned a PFWA All-Rookie Team nod that season before going on to notch a First-team All-Pro designation (1981), two Second-team All-Pro nominations (1980, 1981), and a Pro Bowl nod (1981).
Since then, we have seen a few stars at the position, Seth being one of them. Jeremiah Trotter being another, but if you're looking for Howie Roseman to change his philosophy in roster-building, we can promise you something. That probably isn't going to happen.
Get used to retreads like Zach Cunnigham (though he's played well). We probably shouldn't give up on Nakobe Dean yet, but let's not act like Shaquille Leonard is the savior.
Here's the thing. The Eagles made a massive mistake by letting T.J. Edwards get out of the door, especially if they gave someone like Shaq Leonard the $6 million that they could have given to him. Philly's linebackers aren't capable of the type of production we saw from the 1985 Chicago Bears, but they have played well this season and have done so quite often. It's tough to stop Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel though.
Let's settle something. Philly isn't going to find any available linebacker that would have cured what we saw yesterday. If that was possible, that linebacker wouldn't be available.
Week 13's loss was tough to watch, but this one doesn't fall squarely on the defense's second level and secondary. The offense didn't play well. The coaches didn't do their part. There's a lot to fix between now and Week 14's game in Arlington.