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Breaking Down Rebuilding Process for Eagles After Embarrassing Loss to Bengals

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:   Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a catch against  Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2012

The 2012 NFL season has not gone the way that many Philadelphia Eagles players and fans thought it would. Actually, it hasn't even been within the realm of their imaginations when the season kicked off.

Yet, here we are.

After 15 weeks, the Eagles sit at 4-10, which is probably the opposite of what was originally envisioned. There is little doubt that Andy Reid's 14-year tenure as head coach will come to an end.

I would like to take a moment and say that Philly shouldn't just run him out of town. For the most part, Reid did a great job, and his teams were always competitive. 

However, it's time for something new. The best coach's message can go stale without a few breaks. So let's see what the Eagles should do once the dust settles.

 

 

Name a New Head Coach Quickly

But don't act too hastily. The decision regarding the next captain of the ship shouldn't be taken lightly; it just shouldn't be dragged out until the beginning of April.

The new head man must have time to get his operation up and running well ahead of the draft in April.

And if Jeff Laurie would like a little input, I'd take a look at the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator, Ray Horton. 

 

 

Address the Offensive Line

The next step is an easy one: Find some offensive linemen. 

Many outside the organization like what they have seen from Nick Foles. No one is proclaiming him the future, but he's earned a shot.

However, if he is ever going to succeed, he needs a chance to throw the ball from the pocket while standing on his feet. With the offensive line as it is currently constructed, that will never happen.

 

 

Determine the Cap Casualties

We all know where this conversation is headed. Michael Vick and his $100-million contract need to go.

There are probably a couple other areas that could use a financial shaving. Determine those spots quickly, rip off the Band-Aid, and use the new-found financial freedom to plug the holes.

Nobody said the process would be easy. You just have to hope it will be worth it.

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