The Philadelphia Eagles literally cannot wait to scrap the 2012 season and reload for the future. Their personnel moves prove it. Even their personnel non-moves prove it—just ask head coach Andy Reid how many times he’s heard that he’s been placed on the proverbial coach's hot seat.
Ask offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg how many times he’s heard that he should be fired because LeSean McCoy doesn’t get the football enough. Ask defensive coordinator Juan Castillo how many times his atrocious defensive unit should cost him his job.
Wait—actually don’t ask him that.
Castillo’s already been fired after two seasons since making the switch from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator for Philadelphia. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who reportedly nicknamed one of his bosses “Juanita,” eventually followed Castillo out. The move further trickled down to the defensive players, as Philadelphia released current Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have not intercepted a single pass since Castillo was shown the door, and have failed to force a turnover in six of those eight games. Aside from one 21-point effort by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philly hasn’t stopped anyone from scoring 28.
The defense has been horrendous—but that hasn’t stopped the Eagles from turning their attention to offensive personnel moves. Michael Vick and McCoy practiced this week, but neither suited up for the team’s Week 15 Thursday Night Football matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).
They don’t want a player to be rushed back from a concussion, but we may not see Vick in an Eagles uniform again because of coaching decisions. The Michael Vick Experience has been replaced by the Nick Foles Experiment at the quarterback position. Foles has been named the starter at QB for the rest of this season.
Vick will likely be released around Super Bowl time, putting a bow on his four-year Eagles career.
The guys that Philadelphia rolls out onto the field (and the sidelines) look very different from the potential “dynasty” players that started in Week 1 of the 2012 season. The Eagles are wasting no time getting rid of players and coaches—even if their season’s failure isn’t entirely their fault.
Vick or no Vick, Philly be at the center of attention again in April. It should have, at worst, a top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
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