As the Philadelphia Eagles spin in a seemingly unstoppable downward spiral, observers debate who deserves the blame for this disastrous season.
No one argues about the facts.
The Eagles are eight games down. Two coaches have been fired. The starting quarterback is out with a concussion, perhaps for the rest of the season, perhaps for the duration of his contract.
Not since 1968 has Philadelphia lost eight consecutive games. The Eagles' 2012 season will go down in the history books of Philadelphia sports as one of the worst on record. Few disagree on its meaning—the end of an era has come to the City of Brotherly Love.
While the era may be nearly over, the arguments about what went wrong are just beginning. Experts are destined to dispute how the preseason media shower of accolades turned into such a muddy mess of losses.
At the heart of the dispute is a single question that analysts strive to answer and Eagles fans shout to the open sky over The Linc: Who killed the Eagles' chances for a championship year?