Redskins vs. Eagles: Time to Turn out the Lights in Philadelphia

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

Dec 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan meet on the field after the game at Lincoln Financial Field.  Th Redskins defeated the Eagles, 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Barring a major turn of expected events, Andy Reid has coached his final game for the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. His team can still go out with a tiny bang by playing spoiler next week in New York, but they've already ensured that this season will go down as one of the most disappointing in franchise history. 

Reid's decade-and-a-half-long tenure in Phillly should come to an end in just over a week's time.

Likely to join him in unemployment are Michael Vick, Marty Mornhinweg, Todd Bowles and maybe a few more veterans who have helped turn the dream team into a nightmare. 

I have a few thoughts on the Eagles' final home game of 2012.

Nick Foles played better: The Washington Redskins defense was buzzing and the Eagles line still wasn't offering him much support, but the rookie made some big throws and kept the Eagles in the game into the fourth quarter. Not bad, considering the circumstances. LeSean McCoy returned from a concussion but wasn't very effective on the ground, so Foles was forced to throw a ton.


Brandon Graham has become the best defensive player on this team: I'm looking forward to seeing what Pro Football Focus has to say about Graham's performance, but the third-year defensive end certainly seems to be getting better with each start. He didn't have a sack against Washington, but he still brought some good heat, had a very savvy shovel pass breakup and led the team in tackles. 

Colt Anderson has earned a spot on this team in 2013: He was beat for a touchdown in the third quarter, but the coverage wasn't horrible and Robert Griffin III made a perfect throw and Santana Moss made a perfect catch. Aside from that, he continued to be one of the only sparkplugs on this team. On Sunday, he recorded the Eagles first interception since, like, 2003. At this point, I'm beginning to believe that the fourth-year special-teams ace is simply a better safety than Nate Allen or Kurt Coleman. 

The defense has to get bigger: Size isn't everything in this league, but the undersized Eagles continue to get dominated by blockers and miss tackles at a high rate. The front seven was roughed up throughout this game.