Thankfully I was not able to watch the latest debacle today, but I would like to point out that the Howie "Silver Spoons" Roseman Era is off to a dreadful start in the drafting department. The Danny Watkins pick in Round 1 was clearly ridiculous (and indeed Watkins has yet to be active this season, which is simply inexcusable for a healthy first round pick). 2nd round pick Jaiqwuan Jarrett similarly has not cracked the starting lineup, 3rd rounder Curtis Marsh is a 3rd team cornerback (and also inactive, hence not even helping on special teams), and 4th rounder Casey Matthews has proven to be both overhyped (by the Eagles coaching staff) and overmatched.
Yet among a draft laden with questionable choices, perhaps the most egregious was the Eagles burning a 4th rounder on Alex Henery, despite David Akers still having plenty in the tank at age 36. Yes, Akers missed a couple of key field goals in the playoff loss to Green Bay, but he was also 32 for 38 for the season last year. Akers was also a beloved teammate in the locker room and oh yeah, was also the all-time scoring leader for the Birds. Kicker was clearly not a position of need, much less in the 4th round....so the irony of seeing Henery miss two short 4th quarter field goals is painfully apparent today, given that Akers late extra point was the deciding difference in the box score.
It's clear that the Eagles are paying dearly for an insipid offseason that a) saw Andy Reid hire a defensive coordinator who has never coached defense in the pros and b) produced an increasingly horrific looking draft, run by a GM with no discernible personnel evaluation skills (Roseman was a salary cap expert before being handed the GM position).
Yes, the blame for Philly's horrible start ultimately falls at Andy Reid's feet--he made the idiotic decision to hire Castillo, and I see that McCoy had only 8 carries today despite Philly having a 20 point lead. (For f*cks sake Andy...really?) However, it bears mentioning that wunderkind Howie's inflated sense of self importance (see this article for details) does not mean that he has any clue how to run a draft.