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Andy Reid, where did it all go wrong?
"Eagles Defense Lacking in Upstairs Game," is a headline that Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Les Bowen ran this morning.
In his column, Bowen suggests that the Eagles' defenders simply aren't smart, and that the blown coverages against Cam Newton last weekend are a testament to that.
He even goes as far as to suggest a possible former player, potentially a former Eagle, simply says the players are "dumb."
Regardless of their football acumen, the Eagles raised a more serious concern postgame.
According to Bowen, Andy Reid implicated that rookie corner Brandon Boykin blitzed on the Panthers' second touchdown pass when he wasn't supposed to. Boykin told a Daily News reporter after the game the he was supposed to.
This is very simple and very disturbing for Eagles fans. Either Reid is lying or the rookie is lying. That, or neither of them know what they're doing on the field or on the sideline—or after the game for that matter.
If the plays aren't being run the way they're called, or if the coaches are calling terrible plays and then lying about them postgame, that is definitely something the Cowboys can take advantage of.
That's probably something every team has taken advantage of already this season, whether they know it or not.
The more confusing looks the Cowboy offense can show the Eagles, the more likely they may be to misread what's going on.
Things aren't looking too great for the Eagles right now, nor for the Cowboys for that matter. It's another week and another 100 yards of turf for the better 53 men to make a stand.
Winning solves everything in this league, and Jerry's World has hardly proven to lend any sort of home-field advantage thus far. Both teams are preparing for what they know will be the usual divisional slugfest.