The Philadelphia Eagles have done nothing this year but talk the talk, and the latest to do so is cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
After today’s 31-6 shellacking at the hands of the 3-6 Washington Redskins, DRC tweeted how he believes the Eagles are still an extremely talented team (h/t Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer). DRC said the Eagles aren’t getting beat by the other teams; they’re just making a handful of mental mistakes.
What’s interesting about the so-called mental mistakes to which DRC alluded is that the Redskins whipped the Eagles in every way imaginable.
They outgained them 361-257, averaging 7.1 yards per play to 3.6 for the Eagles. Washington converted a higher percentage of third downs, won the turnover battle 3-0 and ran the ball for 169 yards at five yards per rush.
A long Robert Griffin III touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson certainly appeared to be a busted coverage by Nate Allen, who took full responsibility afterwards (via Twitter) for the miscue. But other than that? The Redskins, coming off three straight losses, just outplayed the Eagles.
RGIII became the first rookie quarterback ever to complete 90 percent of his passes in one game, torching the Eagles for a 93.3 completion rate on 15 pass attempts. He threw for exactly 200 yards and four touchdowns, also becoming the first rookie to throw four touchdown passes in a single game against the Eagles.
Oh, and he added 84 yards on the ground.
The Eagles boast a secondary full of big-name corners in Rodgers-Cromartie and the highly-paid $60 million Nnamdi Asomugha, but the production hasn’t been there. The Eagles have allowed quarterbacks to complete 78 percent of their passes for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the four games under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
They were the first team in NFL history to allow opposing quarterbacks to complete 70 percent of their passes for at least two touchdowns and no picks in three straight games—now they’ve allowed it in four straight.
It’s not helping the defense when highly paid ends Trent Cole and Jason Babin aren’t getting to the quarterback or when fringe-level safeties Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman continue to miss tackles and give up big plays.
It also doesn't help when players like DRC pull off plays like this.
The Eagles haven’t gotten consistent production in the 10 games this year or the 16 games last year. They haven’t won a playoff game since 2008. There comes a point when it’s obvious the Eagles aren’t an extremely talented team just coming up short. They’re just not talented.
At this point, it’s time to shut up and put up, and it doesn’t seem that this team is capable of putting up.