Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles opened the season by going 1-4, eventually falling to 4-8. The team went on a run to finish the season at .500, but it was not enough for a playoff berth.
This year's Eagles team opened the season in a similar fashion. The fanbase should be very concerned right now, because another season like 2011 could signify big changes for the franchise.
Granted, this year's team enters the bye week at 3-3, but the Eagles have not looked like the dominating team that they want to be, and if New York Giant Ramses Barton doesn't commit offensive pass interference in the fourth quarter of their Week 3 matchup, the Eagles could easily have entered their bye week at 2-4.
Aside from the loss in Arizona, Philadelphia's losses have been close games. But that isn't much consolation to the team or its fans. That's because they know that when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter, the best teams step up and win.
So who do you blame?
The team fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo after their most recent fourth quarter collapse against the Detroit Lions. Obviously a winning team cannot allow long fourth quarter drives at the end of games. Todd Bowles, who sports an impressive resume, will try to change the culture of this defense, but the schedule is not going to get any easier.
And Castillo wasn't the only problem in Philly.
Michael Vick's play is very concerning right now. He had not completed a pass over 50 yards until last Sunday. He's thrown eight touchdowns, but has committed 11 turnovers. Furthermore, an elite NFL quarterback is supposed to be someone who can come in on the final drive and and carry the team down the field.
Michael Vick has not been able to do that.
The season is still young, and the Eagles are currently .500, but if they don't right the ship and begin to win consistently, Philadelphia will be in for another long winter.
But have they shown any indication that they will turn this season around?