I have always been the positive Eagles fan. I backed Donovan McNabb in good times and bad for his entire career as an Eagle and have backed Andy Reid for the last 12 seasons. We all know it's been a rough start to the season.
We can't tackle. We can't take care of the ball. We stink in the red zone and our run defense is beyond bad. Having said that I still feel like we will be okay this season. A few improvements and we can fix the problems that have cost us four straight losses.
I would chalk our season up so far to just really awful luck. If Jeremy Maclin doesn't drop that pass on our final drive against the Falcons in Week 2 we win. In Week 3 it was our one single touchdown in five red zone trips along with Vick being knocked out in the third quarter. In Week 4 it was two missed field goals in the red zone and that fumble by Jeremy Maclin. In Week 5, as reported earlier here on BGN it was Jason Avants first two fumbles since 2006 that cost us in a game where we had five turnovers.
So here we are at 1-4 in a loaded division that you probably have to win 12 games to come out on top...OH WAIT, everyone stinks in our division. The Redskins are 3-1 but does anyone really think they get past 9-7 or maybe 10-6. The Cowboys are horribly inconsistent and can't be counted on for much more than 8-8 or 9-7. Then theres the Giants. I pegged them as a 5-11 team before the season started and now they are 2-3 and I don't know how they'll finish, but they probably won't win more than 7 games unless their defense improves.
Our next two games are against the Skins and the Boys. We win both those games we are 3-4, the Skins are 4-2 or 3-3 and the Cowboys are 2-4 or 3-3. We would be right in the thick of things just two weeks after our season was completely lost.
We gotta start tackling better. We have to run the ball more. We have to convert in the red zone and we have to protect the football. These aren't the type of adjustments that take a couple big trades or free agent pickups to fix. Tackling is all about effort and technique. Playcalling is on Andy and Marty. We looked better in the red zone and turnovers I would chalk up to bad luck and too many passes.
The offense is actually better than last season and will get even better as the season goes along. Our defensive line has 16 sacks through the first five games. We have our weaknesses but so do the Green Bay Packers. No team is perfect, it's all about improving each week.
Hope is not lost. Reid has two games to prove it to the rest of the Eagles Nation.