After a 4-8 record and multiple injuries, the young and less-than-energetic Philadelphia Eagles team seems to be spiraling downward, heading toward a long and depressing offseason.
The 2011 Eagles have blown multiple fourth-quarter leads in big games, some in games where they were favored to win by more than 10 points. Head coach Andy Reid has had more calls for him to be fired than I have ever seen in recent history—last Sunday, there were "Fire Andy" chants from the crowd that could be heard on television.
The Philadelphia fans are looking for answers, and with a “by any means necessary” attitude, the fans want someone to pay.
As a former collegiate IAA running back, my expertise lies within the offensive side of the ball. What I see is an offense that has gotten away from what made it special.
We have all seen what Tim Tebow has done this year with the Denver Broncos. Even with a pathetic passing percentage, he has found ways to win games with his legs, his heart and in some cases, his arm.
Watching the Broncos play last Sunday reminded me of the old Michael Vick.
The old Vick would take over a game, not because of selfishness, but because of the lack of talent around him. The Falcons had subpar wideouts and an aging running back in Warrick Dunn, yet Vick found ways to win.
Under Andy Reid’s system, it's “throw, throw, throw...okay, wait a minute now...throw some more.”
Even with the league's leading rusher in LeSean McCoy and the most prolific quarterback in the NFL in Vick on the same team, the Eagles still choose to air it out.
I get frustrated with Andy Reid for being so stubborn with his play-calling and not playing to his team's strengths. By running the ball first, running play action second and giving Vick run pass options third, it's that simple.
It creates ball control, it will generate points, and it's almost impossible for teams to defend.
Michael Vick this year has gotten injured more in the pocket than he has outside of the pocket. Every time he's been hurt, except for once, he has been hurt in the pocket, with concussions and broken ribs.
The Eagles will line up for a 3rd-and-2 and, for some reason, will throw a 40-yard bomb versus converting the first down and keeping the drive alive.
This is what frustrates Eagles fans, and this is why they call for Andy Reid’s head, at least on the offensive side of the ball.
So, if Vick can take anything away from what Tebow has been able to do so far this year, I would say he should find a way to win by any means necessary.
Until Vick decides to get his mindset back to where it was—aggressive, win by any means necessary—he will continue down the same path and risks eventually becoming the next Donovan McNabb.