After reading the previous segment, you can tell there's a trend in the NFC East. The two teams that were supposed to be battling it out for first in the division can't even close out a game. For the supposed "Dream Team," this nightmare has become a reality.
Before the season started, all the hype surrounded the Eagles and their plethora of talent. Honestly, how could anyone say the Eagles wouldn't be Super Bowl bound by just looking at their team on paper? The problem is, football isn't played on paper—especially defensive football.
In their past three games, the Eagles have given up fourth quarter leads in each. In these losses, the Eagles have been outscored 36-0 in the fourth quarter—not very "Dream Team" like.
However, this is a situation where you can't blame Michael Vick and the offense. This is especially true when it comes to Sunday's debacle against the 49ers.
On Sunday, Vick threw for 416 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the loss to the 49ers. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles defense allowed 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to throw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Frank Gore rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown.
It is known the Achilles heel for the Eagles is their run defense. If that's the case, why is this all-pro secondary featuring Nnamdi Asomugha and Asante Samuel getting burned for 291 yards passing? The reason is over commitment to the run.
The Eagles expended so much to shut down the pass, they forgot to get linebackers who can shut down the run. When a team can't stop the run game, they turn to loading the box just to have a chance to stop the ball carrier. By over compensating to stop the run, the secondary gets exposed against the pass. This is usually a lose-lose situation for the team.
Before pointing fingers at Vick or the offense, point fingers at Eagles general manager Howie Roseman for not acquiring any run stoppers for this defense. All of the Eagles losses start with their inability to stop the run. Until they get that fixed, it's an uphill battle for these once promising Super Bowl contenders.