Philadelphia Eagles: The 'Dynasty' Limps into the Bye Week
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Trent Cole and Jason Babin believe the Eagles front defensive four is the best in the league, and Kurt Coleman has stated this Eagles defense could be the greatest in Philadelphia Eagles history.
Take that, Reggie White.
The Eagles are 3-3 after playing six mediocre-to-weak opponents, and they are lucky their record is that good. They have a series of ridiculous, missed, blown, fabricated and incorrect calls by the replacement officials in the second game of the season against the Ravens to thank for not being 2-4.
For anyone who believes Brent Celek's offensive pass interference call today against Detroit was questionable, just look back at the Baltimore Ravens game and the totally bogus offensive pass interference call against Jacoby Jones that negated a touchdown that would've sealed the game for the Ravens with 2:15 left and at the incorrectly called "defensive holding" calls against Nnamdi Asomugha that should've been pass interference calls. The Eagles owe one victory to the scab officials.
The Eagles quarterback is dreadful and delusional. Michael Vick is responsible for 14 turnovers—14 in only six games. He's on pace to shatter the record high for a season.
But he doesn't think anything is wrong—nor do the rest of the Eagles. From the owner down to the towel boy, they think that their 3-3 record this year and their 11-11 record the past two seasons is an illusion, some sort of cosmic mistake.
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This is the "dynasty" after all.
They assembled so many weapons on offense around Vick you'd think they'd lead the league in scoring. They made aggressive free-agent signings and trades to build up the defense and have such an aggressive defensive philosophy—the infamous "Wide 9"—you'd think they'd lead the league in sacks.
However, the Eagles in the Michael Vick era are finding out that a great team on paper does not always mean a great team on the field.
Vick has kept them competitive in these games for sure. Every game except the Arizona game—in which Kevin Kolb, the quarterback the Eagles rejected in favor of Vick, destroyed them all game—has come down to the wire.
The Eagles like to talk (Good Lord, do they like to talk) about how, if a few different things went their way, they'd have won a game they lost. But for Vick, it's hard to ignore the fact that turning the ball over an average of 2.3 times per game doesn't necessarily help put your team in position to win.
As the bye week approaches, the Eagles, who—don't forget—are the dynasty in the NFL today despite never winning a Super Bowl, not winning a playoff game since 2009 and having gone 8-8 last season, are 3-3 after blowing a 10-point lead with 3:38 remaining in the game against Detroit—Detroit, who had all of one win coming into the game.
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The Eagles are tied for second place in the NFC East with the Washington Redskins, whose starting quarterback is a rookie the Eagles had the opportunity to trade up in the draft to try to get. No need, though—the Eagles have Michael Vick, human highlight reel.
Their offense, the potent offense with big-play weapons at wide receiver and the so-called greatest running back in the NFL, is 31st out of 32 teams in points scored per game.
Their quarterback is a turnover machine.
The defense that boasted that it expected to record 60 sacks this season hasn't had one in the last three games and has had seven sacks all season, which is good for 29th in the league—29th out of 32 teams.
Maybe the Eagles should spend more time properly evaluating their talent, more time studying game film and more time executing plays rather than shooting their collective mouths off about dynasties and greatest defenses of all time.
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