"Eagles Can Kiss Playoffs Goodbye" is the headline on the first post I read after the Birds' lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, 13-6. I wish I could say it is some bitter fan's opinion. It's from Eye On the Eagles, the Inquirer sports department site, where Marc Narducci writes the team off:
After each loss the Eagles have talked about what a great team they still are, but that conversation was missing after Sunday's 13-6 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now the Eagles are answering questions (and probably asking them among themselves) whether this season is over. ... The Eagles are in deep trouble.
Enrico "this game just disgusts me" Campitelli Jr., writes at AOL's Fanhouse in a post titled Eagles Lose Third Straight, Fans Nearing Ledge:
After what was previously thought to be the easier part of their season, the Birds are four and four. The road to the playoffs is going to be a tough one. To get to just 10 wins the Birds would have to go 6 and 2 in their final eight. I wouldn't be surprised if they fail to be a .500 team for the season.
Philadelphia Police detective/turned Eagles blogger Wyatt Earp composes an "everyone's a suspect" post. Rush Limbaugh was right about Donovan McNabb being over-rated, the blogging cop argues. And coach Andy Reid gets the trophy for being "the biggest fraud in the league." Earp's issues:
"Famous for clock mismanagement and questionable play calling. Today was his coup de grace. After his team failed to stop the run at all today" Reid held another press conference featuring one-word answers. ... "When you get completely outplayed in your own stadium before by BYE week, maybe, like Lucy Ricardo, you got some 'splaining to do! Will somebody please fire this man, post haste?
Even 17-year-old Eagles season-ticket holder Kate Wells is disheartened:
This team is in a position that I never would have imagined. I am so angry and disappointed with the players because the talent is here, just not the desire. The actual team we have is a very good team but no one can put anything together. I have no idea what the problem is, there is an obvious lack of urgency but I don't know how to fix that.
Bleeding Green Nation doesn't so much write as open a vein:
This was a team loss in every sense of the word. They were fully dominated on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. McNabb wasn't terrible, but he wasn't good either. The receivers dropped 5 balls, McNabb was sacked 4 times, and when he did have time no one was getting open. They were penalized 8 times for 50 yards and seemingly every penalty came at the worst possible time. They were held to a season low 227 yards total and gave up a whopping 209 yards on the ground.
A game like this calls for a visit to Negadelphia. Paulomon Grundy writes:
For the third week in a row, the Birds got manhandled by a horrible team...this time at home. You would think that coming off 2 games that they "shouldn't have lost", the entire Eagles organization would be pumped up to tear the Jags apart. Yes, that would be the case in other cities, but we're talking about the Philadelphia Eagles here, a team that has trouble staying motivated for NFC Championship Games.
It was evident from the kickoff that the Birds, especially the O and D lines, were more interested in getting to their Bye Week than playing today. They only have to play once a week - motivation shouldn't be a problem. In my opinion, this Bye Week is coming at the worst possible time.
Anyway, my conclusion is simple and a reiteration of what I've been saying for a while: ANDY REID'S TIME AS HEAD COACH IS OVER.
It's evident that Big Red's formula and coaching style don't produce championships. As I've been saying, he's a very good GM and game planner, but sucks as a leader, as a field general. He's never going to lead this team to a Super Bowl.
Feeling better already.