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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: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:23 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

CBS is a joke. You guys let this idiot write cocksucker but you consistently have these little maggots who rate posts give me -121? This site is a joke and so is your network. As for the dope defending Desean Jackson? Get back in school idiot.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:18 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

is already better and by the looks of it, so is Riley Cooper
You are the dumbest cocksucker alive if you really think that. I pray you're a Gators fan.

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:14 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

What a mess!  Andy Reid may be the world's greatest coach (or not) but when your players quit on you, you are toast. 
See;  Francona, Terry.
What a bunch of losers;  with a 'national' (sort of) tv audience looking on, the Eagles showed themselves to be the worst
kind of sports;  quitters.  When the going gets tough, you are supposed to suck it up, be professional and play ball.  
Not this bunch.  That was one ugly display of sportsmanship, and inevitably, Andy Reid will be held accountable for
his charges.  Have they no shame?   

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:22 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

I don't see any way Jackson gets extended long-term in Philadelphia. Jeremy Maclin is already better and by the looks of it, so is Riley Cooper (and they've rediscovered Brent Celek). Jackson has always been a specialty player anyway and far more than his receiving abilities, his return skills would be missed. But losing out on that is a small price to pay compared to doling out a massive contract for a guy who thinks he's better than he is, pouts, and constantly draws stupid penalties.

Vince Young is next to go, though obviously this team was bad before him. You can't complain about the lack of effort and general obliviousness of Jackson and not mention Young. Remember, it was VY running his mouth and building up expectations in the pre-season. 

Ultimately though, this team needs defensive help. They need linebackers. They need a defensive coordinator that isn't a complete experiment -- that was Reid's arrogance that they had the talent to make up for Castillo's learning curve.  

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:18 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

The Eagles' performance made the entire organization look bad.  And the worst offender was Jackson.  If that guy doesn't want to play, then guess what, play him every down on offense and every return.  His laughing with Lynch while Asomugha was on the ground was horrible, and made 100 times worse by his ignoring his own teammates during the game (on and off the field).  His routes were often poor and the pouting on the bench doesn't fly in the NFL.  Play him every down, let him get to the end of the season brusied and battered, and then let him go.  Plenty of receivers where the Eagles will be drafting from this year.  And clearly, Castillo has to go.  His time as an OL coach was obviously well spent as he's tried to teach his defenders to block instead of hold/tackle.  The number of Eagles defenders who run into a player with their arms at their sides is a joke.  They aren't even playing two hand touch.  

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:04 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

the bad performace of the Eagles this year it's just the result of a bad coaching and terrible management decisions(A.Reid in the past was also manager too)
1)terrible to arrive to have JUST untested and unexpirienced LBs..and big gamble at Safeties too...
2)Castillo DC..terrible idea...but good the hiring of Washburn,Mudd
3)OC showed already in the past to be average...A.Reid was well-below average as play-caller..
4)A.Reid can not handle stars..
5)OL is always a mess under A.Reid...they came in the season very unsettled and without a clear short-term project..Mudd is fantastic but ..not a magician..Reid thought just put some talent inside the pot was enough

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:37 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

It's pretty sad in Philly...the Eagles have fallen so far in such a short period of time. Dream team, huh, you might want to call it a nightmare. The thing that gets me, is with Michael Vick injured, why don't the Eagles lean more on the shoulders of LeSean McCoy, their best player. You know why Riley Cooper is outplaying DeSean Jacson? It's simple, he's hungry, wants to pay and doesn't care about the money. Jackson is mailing it in.

The Seahawks looked like world beaters against Philly, and you know that's not a good thing. Plus, Marshawn Lynch gutted the Eagles, so called, defense, and they even made Tavaris Jackson look good with a 132 passer rating. It's easy to see the Eagles are not a good team...good player do not make a good team.

As a Cowboy fan, I'm not a great lover of the Eagles, but I am sad for the team and the players who are still playing their hearts out. It's sad to see the Eagles fall so far from grace...nobody wants to see this. Maybe it's time for a new coach...anyone???

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:02 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance


Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:41 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

good post

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:30 am

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

Are you always that moronic regor88, or is this just the night you wanted to display idiocy it to everyone here?    

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