Philadelphia Eagles Learning Fast Why They Were Wrong All Along

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIOctober 6, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The 49ers defeated the Eagles 24-23.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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What happens when the NFL's fifth-ranked rushing attack meets the league's 30th-ranked rushing defense?  It could mean the Buffalo Bills (3-1) dropping the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) to a 1-4 start in their "dream team" season.

So why is it that the Eagles are in such a position and currently dead last in the NFC East?  Well, their offense is fourth in total yards, so it must be their defense, which is giving up 25.2 points per game.  The same defense that added Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin (who still leads the NFL with seven sacks), Cullen Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is also one of the worst in the league.

Well, it all comes back to one thing.  While adding talented players in the offseason, they completely neglected their biggest issue: the weakness of their line backing corps.  Jamar Chaney, Moise Fokou and Casey Matthews were by no means a solid group going into the season, and if there were still some believers in this group, there aren't now.  They have flat out stunk.  Teams have been able to exploit the middle of the field so well that having guys like Nnamdi Asomugha doesn't even matter.

Their whole offseason approach was just wrong.  While they and many fans may have thought they were putting together as the most talented team in the NFL, it is clear that this was not the case.  Their neglect of crucial positions, and the belief that they had so much talent overall that it would overcome any of those other deficiencies (like line backer, safety, and O-line), was just the wrong approach.

I think the Eagles still have a chance to put it all together and maybe get back to on track, but they simply thought they could out-spend everyone else and make themselves the best team.  The fact of the matter is, they can't.