Panic Button: The Philadelphia Eagles Itching for Change
The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-3 and it is time to push the panic button. This team is flying nowhere fast and though the NFC East is winnable, the chances that this team will hold together long enough to not implode, let alone win, is doubtful. But there is nothing like the bye week in the City of Brotherly Love, and the first winds of change came down just two days after Sunday’s loss.
Juan Castillo is out. Temple graduate, Todd Bowles, has replaced the much-beleaguered defensive coordinator who should have been fired during the summer. The talent on the defense has been good enough to compete and a fresh start with the squad would have created enthusiasm. The defense has been good this year except for the Arizona game and two fourth quarters, yet someone’s head needed to be chopped to appease Eagles fans.
The offense is the problem. The Eagles lead the league in turnovers. The offense is confusing even for someone who watches every play. Philly is a passing team one week and a running team the next. There is no rhyme or reason to the game planning as the Eagles never game plan for the team they are facing.
Week after week, Reid chooses one of the multiple weapons and dedicates an entire game to them. The Eagles need to focus on the weaknesses of the opposing team and exploit them with a mixture that insures the best success. Philadelphia is too proud and too enamored by the offensive talent and defensive legacy.
This is why Reid should go. He has had the talent to win. He has had the players. Fans have blamed the offensive line and the defensive line for the past ten years, but it is the game planning that is sorely lacking.
Reid is arrogant in defeat and befuddled in victory. I do not know how long has it been since a journalist praised the Philadelphia Eagles for a game plan that actually worked. Oh, yea, it is when we had Jim Johnson as defensive coordinator.
What change should happen next?
The Eagles need to run Shady McCoy. They need to bench Michael Vick because he is not winning football games. His risks outweigh his benefit right now and I would like to see Nick Foles try to run a balanced offense.
It is six games into the season and for all purposes, the Eagles could be 0-6. Michael Vick has been given his chances, but this year he continues to be unpredictable and frustrating.
If the offensive line is not strong enough for a rookie quarterback or someone who cannot run out of trouble, then we are in bigger trouble than we think. That just might be the case and reason for the hesitation.
It is time to push the panic button, but Reid is historically excellent after the bye.
I am ready for new quarterback, a running game, and a fresh start on defense. None of this will make me happier than having a new head coach at the helm and if the Eagles hope to win the Super Bowl in Giants Stadium in 2014, we better get started in the next two weeks.
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