The Philadelphia Eagles loss Monday night was an embarrassment on the biggest regular season stage in football. The Eagles displayed an uncanny level of incompetence everywhere from missing tackles and being out of position defensively to not being able to block for their quarterback, and even calling a draw play on 3rd and 34 from about the 50 yard line and essentially forfeiting any opportunity to come away with any points on a critical drive.
When you consider what the team did on Monday, the team’s need to even their record and gain some traction in the NFC East, and the situation of their head coach, this loss is arguably the most disappointing since the team’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals in their last NFC Championship Game appearance.
We know the coaching staff has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny, and rightfully so. We also know that the team’s ownership and management have done nothing to reach out to their fanbase, which is the most passionate and deserving of attention of any in the NFL. And, we know that the Eagles have proven, and may continue to prove to be an underachieving group of misfits. They're a group of big names and underachievers.
Calling out the coaching staff is too easy. I’d hate to be the one to break it to you, but even Bill Walsh couldn’t come on to this team and lead them to a Super Bowl.
A change in coaching is more than likely on the horizon, which is great for fans. However, the players themselves need to be held accountable.
The Eagles’ lack of success is undoubtedly directly the fault of their coaching staff. But, the players have appeared to be disconnected and uninterested. And at the end of the day, they are the ones who are on the field performing. They are the ones who miss hits, don’t block, drop passes, and lazily run routes and cover zones.
This article will highlight which players are most to blame for the Eagles’ current 3-5 record.
Be warned, though: Michael Vick will not be on this list because he has given the team a lead that the defense has blown at least twice (against the Steelers and the Lions), he gets no time to make decisions, and despite all of that he’s managed to put up the numbers he has.
Sure, he could have scored more. But, “could have” doesn’t matter—what matters is what actually happened, and what actually happened is Vick has literally given his team at least two chances to win via a lead on the scoreboard going into his opponents’ final drives, only to see those leads blown.