The Philadelphia Eagles are in quite a predicament heading into their Wild Card game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Once favorites to return to the Super Bowl, many expect Philly's season to end after next week's contest at Raymond James Stadium. In fact, they are counting on it.
Many are to blame for the Eagles' collapse. The defense was always flawed despite the club's 10-1 record entering December. Neither Sean Desai nor Matt Patricia are viewed as long-term answers at defensive coordinator.
The Eagles have fallen on hard times, and that's putting things mildly.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts has regressed from his impressive season a year ago. Some blame offensive coordinator Brian Johnson. Others, the offensive scheme of head coach Nick Sirianni. Others still blame the gunslinger himself. The Birds have collapsed over the last six weeks of the season.
Sirianni will ultimately be blamed during the fallout. Questions continue over his future. He isn't the sole reason for the club's collapse but he is arguably the most significant part of it.
Coaches and players are all frustrated. The losses are piling up, but should owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman consider firing Sirianni just one year after leading his team to the Super Bowl? Anything is possible. Here are cases for and against making that decision.