The modern-day Lincoln-Douglas Debates are currently taking place between Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore. Take a quick look at the polemical battle royale:
Frank Gore, on ESPN's First Take at Destroying Cognitive Brain Function: "I think playing that second half and the way we came out, the Eagles didn't want to play no more."
Michael Vick, to reporters Friday: "I don't think the team quit, I think we put up the effort for all four quarters."
A regular strife of the spoken word. A he-said-he-said for all ages to undertake. Someone is right, and someone is wrong. Gore says the Eagles gave up hope (despite, well, being in the lead), and Vick disputes the fact that the Eagles lifelessly gave up a 20-point lead.
Earlier this week, Vick determined the label "Dream Team" is now dead for the Eagles, as they are now 1-3 and looking up at everyone in the NFC East, including the Washington Redskins, who have a man named Rex Grossman "playing" quarterback (he is literally playing).
Michael Vick: "He can say that, but we can't dwell on last week. It's over."
Yes, Michael, last Sunday has come and gone. But those first few words—"He can say that"—is that an admission of guilt? An avowal of concession?
Only the Eagles technically know, and to a lesser extent, the 49ers, but a viewing of the game can lead one to believe that the Eagles at least "let up". That essentially means they took the foot of the gas pedal, turned on the hazard lights, and set up camp on the shoulder.
That is the problem with the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles. Lack of a, for lack of a better term, killer instinct. They allowed the 49ers, a team that is 3-1 despite being obviously lacking in areas that most experts would point to as being "necessary", to come back from a 20-point deficit, and a defeat at home.
A 13-point loss at home to the Giants, a team lacking in notable or actual defense players, was last week. A four-point loss on the road to the Falcons, in which the Eagles apparently turned off their "defense" function, and allowed Michael Vick to be smacked in the face various times.
The Eagles, for all their hype, don't seem to care about anything. This is almost refreshing, especially after our last dream team (remember the Miami Heat?) rubbed our faces in their regalia.
This is a breath of fresh air, to see a sports team with so much talent and hype, to just not give a s--t about anything. Of course, if I were an Eagles fan, this column would be a lot different. I would be ruing the day Andy Reid was born and asking the sun god to forsake our next game. I'd take up permanent residence in the Lincoln Financial Field jail.
Each week, the Eagles "move on". But to what? Another loss? Nothing ever seems to go right for this team, a team with exorbitant amounts of obvious talent and hype. Maybe they did give up in that second half against San Francisco. And who's to say they won't do it again Sunday against Buffalo?