5 Reasons Why the Philadelphia Eagles Aren't Clicking

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIINovember 6, 2012

The embarrassing show the Philadelphia Eagles have put on against the New Orleans Saints is one of the most pathetic displays of professional football I have seen in recent years.

You have got to feel for Andy Reid with all the off-field issues he has dealt with, but at the same time, when the team isn't performing, it comes back to rest on the coach. 

Plenty of people keep talking about how the Eagles need to fire Reid and grab a new coach. In my opinion, that isn't the answer. There is no one out there that is available that can do a better job than Reid has. The chances of Bill Cowher, John Gruden or Brian Billick coming out of retirement to coach the Birds is less than unlikely.

With their season on the line against the Saints, the Eagles came out with a 14-play drive where there quarterback was sacked on three consecutive plays to bring a solid drive to an abrupt stop. When they were finally able to start bringing the ball up the field again, Michael Vick made poor decisions with the football which resulted in an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Here are five reasons why they Philadelphia Eagles are not clicking:

1. Four of their five offensive linemen are out with injuries. I do not care who you have under center, if you don't have pass protection, you are not going to win football games.

2. On the rare occasion Michael Vick actually does get pass protection from his line, he makes horrible decisions with the football. On multiple occasions, Vick threw the ball into double coverage and was lucky to come out of the first half without more than one turnover.

3. Vick is unable to audible his receivers at the right time. The Saints clearly had one game plan in the first half: Put pressure on Vick. Eventually Vick was able to catch on, but when the Saints bring seven guys up to the line, it should be simple for a quarterback to realize he has single coverage with his receivers. With Michael Vick, that's not the case. He enters panic mode immediately and winds up throwing low passes off his back foot.

4. The defense can't tackle. Saints running backs Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram are making the Eagles defense look like pee wee players. Nnamdi Asomugha failed to bring down Ivory on multiple occasions in the open field. Had he been able to bring them down, the results of the last two drives heading into the half would have potentially been different.

5. The offensive players who are supposed to be stars are walking around with their heads down. More than once I saw DeSean Jackson, Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy pouting around like they had already lost the game. That isn't the type of body language a team that is in sync should be portraying. 

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