Philadelphia Eagles Need to Clean House in Order to Become a Contender
The Philadelphia Eagles are amidst another disappointing season. Through 10 weeks of their 2012 campaign, the Eagles sit at 3-6, tied for last in the NFC East. It is so unfortunate considering the talent they possess.
The Eagles' woes stem from the play-calling. First off, LeSean McCoy is one of the most talented running backs in the NFL. His quick feet and ability to cut on a dime is reminiscent of Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders. It boggles my mind that McCoy only has 162 attempts rushing the ball through nine games. That's an average of only 18 carries per game.
As Reuben Frank of CSN Philadelphia points out, the Philadelphia Eagles are 3-0 when McCoy gets at least 20 carries in a game this year. When he gets less than 20 carries, the Eagles are 0-6.
On Sunday, at home against the Dallas Cowboys, McCoy received three carries on the opening drive, which resulted in a touchdown. On the final 13 drives, McCoy only received 13 carries.
One carry per drive for one of the top running backs in the league means the team is not calling the right plays.
In order for this team to be successful in the future, as their 2012 season is likely going to end without a spot in the playoffs, the Eagles are going to need to get new play-callers.
It starts with head coach Andy Reid. You have got to feel bad for the guy with all he has been through in the last year. He fought for his job last year but showed some promise for 2012 while winning the team's last four games of the 2011 season. Then his son Garrett died of an apparent drug overdose at Eagles training camp this offseason.
If Reid does indeed get cut loose, it won't be hard for him to find employment elsewhere if wants to coach again.
Then they have to get rid of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The Eagles have one of the most explosive offenses in the league with extremely fast receivers, and as I mentioned, an elite running back.
None of these explosive guys are able to showcase their talents under Mornhinweg's offensive scheme. He has got to go.
Andy Reid already made the decision to fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, but Todd Bowles has done a less than mediocre job filling Juan's shoes. Guys are missing tackles left and right, including overpaid cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
It is obviously not clear who will be directing the Eagles offense next year, but they better go out and find guys who can utilize the talent they already have.
Michael Vick is most likely out in Philadelphia, too. After leaving yesterday's game with a concussion, University of Arizona standout Nick Foles did a decent job taking over the offense. Sure, we saw some rookie mistakes, but the performance he was able to put on wasn't awful for a guy that has not seen action since the preseason.
Philadelphia Eagles fans have to be appalled with what they are dealing with this year. A team with this much talent should not have twice as many losses as they do wins. What's even scarier is that the Eagles' three wins have come by a total of four points combined. It is not a stretch to say the Eagles could be 0-9 at this point of the year.
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