Are the Philadelphia Eagles the Most-Flawed Team in the NFL?

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIDecember 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field at halftime against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 13, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After another embarrassing loss on Thursday night—this time to the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 34-13—the disorder surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles' 2012 season will only continue to swell until the offseason, when changes within the organization should be made.

While not in an ideal fashion, the Eagles began the season with a 3-1 record, beating the upstart Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants.

Philadelphia's only blemish at that point came in the form of a 27-6 blowout defeat to the Arizona Cardinals, a loss that would quickly become the rule instead of the exception for Michael Vick and Co.

The Eagles have since lost nine of their last 10 games. A home tilt with the Washington Redskins next week followed by a road contest to close the season with the Giants could secure a 4-12 record for this team in 2012.

With so much talent—with players like Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, DeMeco Ryans, Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie and Jason Babin—one has to wonder how this happened in Philadelphia.

A complete lack of leadership is the culprit.

Head coach Andy Reid was once considered one of the best in the NFL. Since letting go of defense coaches Juan Castillo and Jim Washburn, his own job is now on the line, and he, too, could find himself in the unemployment line come the offseason.

While Reid may not have control of his team at this point, it certainly doesn't help when most of the so-called on-field leaders ooze entitlement rather than understanding that hard work is what produces success in the NFL.

It all trickles down to the stat sheet and the win-loss column—ultimately, the only thing that matters at the end of the day.

After five turnovers against the Bengals on Thursday night, the Eagles are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs with a league-worst minus-22 turnover differential.

If one area bears most of the blame for Philly's abysmal season, it is their lack of protecting the football and subsequent inability to force turnovers from their opposition.

The failure to capitalize on their cast of characters comprises the NFL's most-flawed team in 2012. All that can change come 2013, assuming owner Jeffrey Lurie cleans house.

Until then, this train wreck has two more stops.


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