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In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:54 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:07 am
Philadelphia continues to play poorly for Andy Reid (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

All week long, radio hosts have wondered about the hot seat of Andy Reid, and each time they ask me, I say, “No, I think Reid is fine. He’ll have to fire some of his assistant coaches, but he’ll survive because of his resume. And besides, if Reid is fired, it won’t be long before Philly fans miss him.”

I’m beginning to think I might be wrong.

The Eagles looked horrendous for most of their 31-14 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night, and though I still believe Reid deserves another year (defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, I believe, does not), his team isn’t doing him any favors.

On the first play from scrimmage, Vince Young threw a disappointing interception (everybody on Twitter wrote at the same time: “Where in the hell was VY throwing?”), and Philadelphia struggled to get on track. Marshawn Lynch broke what seemed like a half-dozen Eagles tackles en route to his first touchdown run, and on his second, the gap vacated by Philadelphia’s defenders was immense.

The Eagles had a tough time stopping Lynch, the human Skittle-eating machine who rushed for 148 yards and two scores on 22 carries, and even quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (13 of 16, 190 yards, one touchdown) was efficient.

And then there’s DeSean Jackson. It’s hard to figure what’s running through his head lately. It’ll be tough, after all, to get paid a significant amount of money as a free agent when Riley Cooper is outplaying you. There’s been talk that the Eagles might simply franchise-tag him for next season and then trade him away, but at this point, Jackson isn’t giving his team much of anything. Including, it seems, much effort.

Though it was a touch unfair of the NFL Network to continue showing Jackson appear to ignore Young when the quarterback appeared to be trying to instruct Jackson -- we can’t really know if Jackson was truly ignoring him based on what we were shown -- but the fact he just sat there staring straight ahead while Young’s lips moved wasn’t the greatest PR move.

If it looks like you don’t care, it’s not the height of hyperbole to say that the people who could give him a ton of money also believe that he doesn’t care. That obviously doesn’t help his market value, especially when sideline reports said Jackson wasn’t talking to his teammates (he didn’t have a problem, though, talking to his old Cal buddy Lynch when Nnamdi Asomugha lay on the turf with an injury).

After the game, Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane asked one of the Eagles what was up with Jackson? Responded the player: "He's f------ around." When he talked to the media afterward, Jackson said he was frustrated with losing but not with his role on the team. He also didn't want to talk about any dissension on the team. After taking a few of those questions, Jackson turned back into his locker and stopped speaking with reporters.

But Jackson is only one problem, and as we’ve seen for most of the season, the blame for the Eagles season can’t be placed on only one player or one unit or even one side of the ball. You have to believe at this point that it’s an atmosphere problem. The person in charge of that, of course, is Reid. Who will continue to face immense heat after this loss.

He still has time to save his job -- and I still think he should keep it -- but he’s also beginning to change my mind.

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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:23 pm

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

There are just times when you admit nothing is working and you start over.  That time is now for the Eagles.  Clean house and include Reid when you use the broom.  There doesn't appear to be any heart in this team.  There isn't any fire, just smoldering ashes.  This type of thing leads good players to lose their ambition.  No more excuses, no more screwing around with plays and players that don't belong.  It's long past time to start over!

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:33 pm

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

I'm really starting to wonder about Andy Reid's "resume".  All but one of his teams that made it to the Conference Championship game, did so on the strength of Jim Johnson's defense.  The current offense (w/ Vick) is much better than the offensive teams Andy Reid built his "resume" with.  However, since the death of Jim Johnson, the defense has been horrble.  Until I see Andy Reid win a playoff game without Jim Johnson, I have to believe Reid gets WAY too much credit from the national media for his "resume".

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:13 pm

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

I forgot to mention that if you need proof of it being a raped ape Lynch, Look how the other Seahawks running backs have done. The dude is insane. Lynch is probably one of the better backs in the league but hasn't EVER had an even half way decent line. Buffalo? Seattle? Not exactly road grating lines over the past few seasons for him. I hope (As a Seahawks fan) the line continues to improve.

Eagles fans, as a 3rd party interpreture i'll tell you this about your team: Very Up and Down. That could be from being young (are you?), could be from Reid losing the locker room (has he?), or from gameplanning (defensive coordinator?) 

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:06 pm

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

7 eagles have lynch stopped on the 7 yd line, only to let him get by for a td

That is how lynch is though man.. Even to get out of the backfield he has to break about 3 tackles on most plays. It's not just the Eagles he does that to. You'd be surprised how bad the O line has been, Lynch gets a couple blocks and he'll roast that a$$  

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:36 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

dream team or dreaming team?

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:36 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:09 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

Best comments I have seen from a Dallas fan...thanks for your honesty, as I agree with you 100%,

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:03 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

I am sick of the national media saying we will miss Andy. Stop it and please come here for a few weeks and listen to his pressers. The same exact excuses every week for the past 10 years. But numbers do not lie:

1-5 at home this year

7 games over .500 since the Super Bowl year

No LB's or Safeties, but you play the Wide 9 which requires LB's and Safeties who can tackle

You play zone when you spent $60 million of one of the best press cover guys in Asomuagh (sp).

Nope, just too many things he has done wrong to just fix in 1 year. It's over, move on please. I will take 3 years of rebuilding with a new staff, because that is what it will take. Please Mr. Lurie...if you are serious about winning a Super Bowl, start over and end this part of the "gold standard". Regards, Eagles Fans.
;     &nbs

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:50 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

why play guys like jackson who will degrade the eagles performance ? how can the entire eagle defence go left and marshawn go right, untouched into the end zone ? how about 7 eagles have lynch stopped on the 7 yd line, only to let him get by for a td ? how does young throw a few passes directly to the seahawk defenders ? the eagle players do not want to win. Reid should clean house, starting with the defensive coordinator and everyone else on the team that does not try 100% on the field. get rid of the players that dont want to play for the eagles, they do not help the rest of the teams performance. it's not Reid's fault that there are too many "i am the greatest" players on the eagles. those guys are not team players. that game was one of this seasons worse perormance from any nfl team.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:45 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

Absolutely no way Jackson should be extended, he's a little b*tch that will pout no matter what team he is on. Let him go. Riley Cooper is the next Wes Welker. Reid has to go, his spiel is old and tired and its true, his arrogance led him to appoint an OL coach as defensive cooordinator, huh?  He should try for the San Diego job after Norv gets fired there, or maybe Jacksonville, expectation are not too high there. I

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