Ah, the Philadelphia Eagles. This was another team that got off to a hot start this season by winning ugly games, but that soon caught up to them.
For many people, the Eagles were a Super Bowl contender coming into the 2012 season, but their production waned drastically after their 4-0 start. Philly has since posted a 1-10 record, and is on pace to have a top-five draft pick when April rolls around.
In my mind, there are many reasons why the birds have been so miserable this season. Between the quarterback situation, the coaching staff, the defense and the injuries, there are many places to put the blame. Personally, I believe it’s the coaching staff.
If I were Andy Reid, I would’ve centered the offense around LeSean McCoy when Michael Vick started to struggle, and even more so when Vick got injured. Not only because he is one of the best runners in the league, but it would have provided some cushion for rookie Nick Foles to make some mistakes without vastly hurting the team.
However, after McCoy got injured, Reid did feature rookie running back Bryce Brown much more, and for good reason. Brown has been extremely effective at times for Philly, and I think he’s got a good future in the NFL.
Odds are Reid will be fired when the season ends, and the Eagles will have to start all over again this offseason. For a team that was expected by many to be a Super Bowl favorite, they sure have been hard to watch.
That being said, they have the talent on both offense and defense to bounce back in a new regime in 2013. I have a hard time believing the Eagles will look this bad for much longer.