Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles blew yet another fourth quarter lead (their fifth this season) in their 21-17 Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Yes the Arizona Cardinals who were 2-5 coming into the game. Yes the Cardinals who were playing with their backup quarterback John Skelton. Yes the Cardinals who were 28th in the league allowing over 389 yards per game.
I'm sorry but this season has been downright pathetic for the Birds. What was once thought of a Super Bowl contending team, the Eagles will struggle to finish .500 this season. I can't say that I did not see all of this coming though.
The Eagles had a lot of questions coming into this season and while some of the questions were answered, even more sprouted up through the first half of the 2011 season. I predicted a shaky season for the Birds because of these questions, but I did not think it was going to be this bad.
To have the roster that they have, it is a disgrace to Eagles fans that Andy Reid has led this team to only a 3-6 record which has virtually knocked them out of the playoff hunt. I don't remember the Eagles being out of the playoff race this early since the days of Doug Pederson and Bobby Hoying.
Blame it on the players all you want, but it all starts with the coach. Fans can stand up for Reid saying it's the players that have to play on the field. With the talent they have, I just can't believe you can make that argument, unless it's a case where the players don't want to play under Reid.
Today, the Eagles came out totally unprepared and must have thought this game was going to be a walkthrough. Having a 3-5 record beforehand, I don't see where they would have gotten that attitude regardless.
I can go on and on on where Reid messed up today, and for that matter, the whole season, but I wanted to stress one point.
Where was Lesean McCoy today? Where was the league's leading rusher, and whom some consider to be the best all-purpose back in the entire league?
McCoy was held to just 14 carries and 17 touches today by Coach Reid, not by the Arizona defense. And may I ask what was not working with Shady to have him not get his carries?
McCoy was having another good game, averaging almost six yards per rush and Reid just forgot about him in the second half.
If I am Reid, and I see that Vick is struggling today, why not lean on Shady a little more? In the Eagles' wins this year, McCoy is averaging over 24 carries per game; in their losses, 16 carries per game.
The key to the Eagles is simple: For as many weapons that the Eagles might have, it all goes through one key player, and it is not Vick. Lesean McCoy is this offense and he should get the ball a minimum of 25 times a game.
It's finally time for a change in Philadelphia as it looks almost certain that Andy Reid will not lead this team to a Super Bowl. He has totally lost this team. He's lost confidence in himself and the players, although they stick up for him, may have lost confidence in him. In his own words, Andy Reid "times yours" to go.