These are the talking points surrounding the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles as they move into top-five draft pick territory:
From the Philly media:
Why isn’t there any sympathy for Andy Reid, CSNPhilly.com’s John Gonzalez asks:
“Nothing lasts forever. The end had to come eventually for Reid. But who could have imagined it going down like this? Who could have anticipated that he would not only get kicked while he’s down but also stomped flat? He makes a healthy salary. He’s a professional. But, at the moment, is there anyone in sports whom you’d rather be less than Andy Reid?”
Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy remain out for Sunday’s game, but Jason Avant will be back.
Reuben Frank says the Eagles should bench their entire secondary:
“The Eagles are in uncharted waters when it comes to pass coverage. Five weeks in a row now, a quarterback has done this against the Eagles: Complete at least 64 percent of his passes, throw two or more touchdowns, throw zero interceptions and pass for 200 yards. Five weeks in a row now, a quarterback has had a passer rating of 120 or higher against the Eagles. Only one other NFL team in history – the 1984 Vikings – can claim those nightmarish accomplishments.”
The Eagles must deal with their character issues, Eagles 24/7’s Tim McManus writes.
DeSean Jackson is just the latest Eagle to suffer a season-ending injury.
In this week’s Eagles Film Study, CSNPhilly.com Eagles Insider Ray Didinger writes that Bryce Brown showed both his potential (178 rushing yards) and inexperience (two lost fumbles) in Monday night’s loss to Carolina.
Coaching buzz concerning Jon Gruden and Bill O’Brien.
Evan Mathis could see his first career start at center against the Cowboys.
Found: An Eagle with a pulse.
Brent Celek says opposing teams are probably laughing at the Eagles. Probably?
Here are some unhappy Eagles fans.
From the national media:
The Eagles should let Reid finish out the season, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio writes:
“Is there anyone on the current staff who deserves a crack at coaching the team if Reid is relieved of his duties? The Eagles haven’t won a game since Todd Bowles became defensive coordinator. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is tied too closely to Reid. That leaves special-teams coordinator Bobby April.”
Peter King says Todd Bowles has no chance of becoming a head coach in 2013:
“Todd Bowles has assassinated his chances to be a head coach in 2013. His players haven't helped, and that's putting it mildly. But the Eagles have allowed 32 points a game in Bowles' four games orchestrating the D.”
The financing and subsequent collapse of the “Dream Team” has taught the Eagles plenty of lessons about the dangers of building through older free agents, ESPN’s John Clayton writes:
“If there is a lesson to be learned, it's that gambling that much money on 30-year-old players is risky. Older players have a shorter window to win. Andy Reid made a miscalculation by putting three older starters with first-time defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who had moved over from the offensive line.”
Troy Vincent is offended by the Eagles’ effort in recent weeks, as he told USA Today’s Jim Corbett:
“‘I'm offended,’ said the Trenton, N.J. native and the league's VP of Player Engagement. ‘I'm a former player, but I'm passionate about the Green. I want to see the franchise do well.
‘I see it from afar. I see a lack of leadership when you see things happening on the sideline. It's a want, a will, a desire. You have to hold each other accountable in the locker room.’”
Rick Reilly profiled long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, probably because interviewing a sports figure with a big contract who hasn’t produced anything of worth in years like Andy Reid would have hit a little too close to home.
Whenever he returns to the field, Michael Vick will reportedly wear something known as “The Dome” under his helmet in an attempt to prevent further head injuries.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano thinks Tony Romo could have a big game against the Eagles.
Graziano also says that history is not on Nick Foles’ side.
From the Cowboys:
The Eagles are obviously rebuilding, but they still have some weapons, writes the Star-Telegram’s Carlos Mendez, the most generous person in the world.
Miles Austin, who left the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving loss with a hip and back injury, should play Sunday night.
Morris Claiborne blames himself for his bad game against the Eagles in Week 10. Claiborne was penalized five times and allowed a touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ win.
The Cowboys didn’t claim Jason Babin off waivers because it would have been too perfect a fit.
This article from Blogging The Boys has a great picture of Jerry Jones wearing sunglasses and some quotes from his son, Stephen Jones.
On Jason Babin:
Babin laughed when Andy Reid called to tell him that he was being released.
From Boopstats: Babin had 61 tackles and 18 sacks through his first 14 games last season. Since then? 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 13 games.
And Babin was claimed on waivers by Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon. No word on if Reid laughed.
Guess who’s upset by Babin’s release?
Here's how low the Eagles are ranked this week: