Eagles March to Another Loss Vs. Saints

After showing no signs of professionalism against the Saints, the Eagles might just not have what it takes this season.

The 2012 New Orleans Saints 2012 defense is statistically the WORST in the HISTORY of the NFL. Accordingly, the Eagles had more yards, more first downs and more time of possession than the dangerous Saints offense did. Their 447 yards translated to 13 points on the scoreboard against a defense that had surrendered an average of 30.9 points a game through their first 7 contests.

The offensive line is decimated and hence deplorable. Michael Vick compounds the shoddy offensive line play with indecision, poor ball security and the ever-present turnovers. He has no pocket awareness, is unable to feel pressure, frequently runs into pressure, often drops the ball and often throws it to the wrong team.

The Eagles scored 13 points and the Saints scored 7 with the Eagles' offense on the field, courtesy of a poorly thrown Vick pass that was returned 99 yards for the first points of the game. Yet another redzone turnover by Vick and the Eagles on the road against a potent offense. Deflating to say the least.

The Eagles reached the Saints' Red Zone 4 times and came away with 6 points. That is a major reason they lost the game. The defense held the Saints to 21 points, although they displayed atrociously bad tackling at times.

All the analysis in the world cannot explain a team that continuously amasses yardage, but cannot score points. When the Eagles do score points, their defense has breakdowns at inopportune times. When it makes the occassional big play, they commit an untimely turnover to negate it (see Riley Cooper’s kickoff return for a TD that was called back.)

Rather than assess the minutiae that produces loss after loss, it is easier and more accurate to just acknowledge this is a bad team. They have some talented players, but it does not translate to performance on the field.

When such a situation arises and a team has a coach who has been at the helm for 14 seasons without a Superbowl win, the finger has to be pointed at that coach. The culture of the team is poisonous right now.

I am as staunch an Andy Reid supporter as there is, but it has to be ackowledged that his reign seems to have come to an end. I still think he has been an excellent coach and has done a great deal for this organization. I think he will go to another team and be successful there.

Barring a miraculous turnaround that seems as likely as finding a Mormon on Bourbon Street, Eagles fans should thank Andy Reid as he is fired after this season.

That is not to say it is all his fault. These players should look in the mirror to find the culprits of this second disastrous season in a row. They are unable to perform the basic functions of an NFL players at times, i.e., tackling, blocking, catching, etc. No amount of coaching can teach pride, and when things are really embarrassing, players have to at least feel that shame and man up.

Nnamdi Asomugha is the poster child for the lack-of-pride syndrome that has infected this team. He is one of the biggest busts in the history of professional sports. He arrived with a sterling reputation as a player and a man. He might be the most charitable guy in the world, but he is horrendous as a player—not horrendous for a big-name free agent, horrendous for anyone. He cannot cover anyone, he cannot tackle anyone and he does not have the professional pride to do anything about it.

There are a number of players like that on this team. But all that being said, you cannot fire all the players and, for a coach that was already on the hot seat, their lack of pride and his inability to instill it in them thus far is what will cause this to be his last season if it does not change.

There is no indication it will get anything other than worse.

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Reed Rothchild November 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Beat it Phil! your Giants bias once again pollutes a good article that intelligently continues to document this season's demise. This game against the cowgirls will be the make or break game of the season. If the Eagles blow this one the Linc will surely resemble the Vet in attitude, vulgarity and blood alcohol content. It could get uglier than Eli Manning. Hopefully that's not the case. GO BIRDS!
Michael November 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I agree with most of the article, but strongly disagree about Andy Reid. I think he's a terrible coach and alsways has been. I have never seen a more inept coach when it comes to clock management, calling time outs when you don't have any, or holding his players and coaches accountable when they don't perform. Additionally, I have always viewed that any team, in any sport, that takes an inordinate amount of penaties does so due to poor coaching. How many penalties have the Eagles had this year? Turnovers are another sign of poor coaching. How many turnovers do the Eagles have? This is a coach that can't instill basics into his team. Over the years, it's been his assistant coaches that have held the team together, and now it's becoming apparent to everyone. Reid has got to go, and I for one will be there to wave goodbye when he leaves town.
Phil McConkey November 08, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Michael, saying Andy Reid is a "terrible coach" is irresponsible and just irrational. Has he run his course. Yes he has and the players need a new breath and a new message. But to say he's terrible when he's taken the Eagles to the playoffs 9 out of 13 years. 6 NFC East Titles. 1 SB appearance, 3 other NFC Championship games. Yeah he hasn't won a SB but strongly disagreeing and saying he's a terrible coach is irrational.
Michael November 09, 2012 at 08:01 PM
It's not irrational, the talent of the players around him elevated them to the SB and the NFC championship games. I would submit that the Eagles would have won a few more of those important games if they had better coaching. I think it's irrational to think that Andy Reid is any more than a mediocre Division AA coach.
Phil McConkey November 09, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I can't take you seriously. #1-"Eagles would have won a few more of those important games if they had better coaching" - I think you can say that about every coach, except maybe Vince Lombardi? #2- The Eagles were't always the most talented team #3-"any more than a mediocre Divisioan AA coach" - that just shows you must be board and delirous from being on hold all day trying to call WIP to tell them you want Jaws as head coach


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