Why Philadelphia Eagles Must Make Major Changes After Loss to Lions

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions runs after catching a pass against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lions won 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles lost an overtime game to the Detroit Lions Sunday 26-23 despite dominating most of the matchup and now need to make major changes to save the season.

The Eagles are now sitting at a 3-3 record, and in the NFC East that simply will not cut it long-term. Michael Vick continues to turn the ball over more often than not and the defense has issues stopping opposing offenses when it matters most. 

Things are looking bad for the Eagles after six games. Here are a few reasons the Eagles need to make wholesale changes—and fast. 


Inability to Win Big

The Eagles have had one game decided by more than three points this season, and that was on the wrong side of a 27-6 embarrassment against the Arizona Cardinals

Philadelphia simply cannot blow out opponents despite supposed elite offensive weapons like running back LeSean McCoy and receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. 

Three wins by a combined four points is not a way to survive and prosper in the NFL, despite what fans want to claim is tough football and the sign of a good team. Conversely, it's the sign of a team that fails to win big against opponents it should beat soundly. 

The Eagles have allowed lowly teams like the Browns hang around, but have then defeated the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants by two points. This inconsistency is the sign of a .500 team at best. 



Michael Vick is the main reason for the Eagles' struggles. He cannot orchestrate an offense that actually keeps his above-average defense off the field, which results in the unit becoming tired early and giving up points late in games. 

Vick sums up the Eagles' season so far pretty nicely, thanks to his ridiculous amount of turnovers. He has thrown eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in six games and is hardly completing 60 percent of his passes. 

Add in five fumbles and it is easy to see why Vick is getting blasted and there is speculation he could lose his job before the season ends. He's struggling right now as the face of the franchise. If this .500 play continues, Vick will be the one to pay.


Season in Jeopardy? 

The Eagles are sitting at 3-3 in a division with the defending Super Bowl champs and a Dallas Cowboys team that is just as erratic, but absolutely more talented. 

It is by no means time to throw the towel in on the season, but this last loss to Detroit shouldn't have come as a surprise. It's time for things to change in Philadelphia before the division pulls away and leaves Philadelphia in the dust. 

How head coach Andy Reid adjusts to improve his mediocre squad will ultimately decide whether he has a job this upcoming offseason. The Eagles are in trouble with big changes needed, because the current formula is clearly not working.