That's it, take it one game at time until we're actually eliminated.
I wasn't disappointed by that game, they lost but they fought hard, they didn't give up until the final play of the game. It was another great humbling experience for the Eagles. This team has talent as everyone knows but can they put it all together and save face before they are mathematically eliminated ? That's an unknown, all we can do is wait, week after week, just wait. At 3-5, can they get to 4-5 against the Cardinals at home ? On paper, of course they can, but will it actually happen ? That's yet to be seen. It depends on how these players and coaches respond to their toughest loss yet. Can they move past the loss and get ready for the Cardinals game ? I would think that the answer is a yes, the players on this team have too much pride to give up already and the Coaches have too much integrity and resolve to let their players quit on them and the fans.
You can bet that they're back in there figuring out how to fix the leaks in the Wide 9 and how to best use that prized secondary. That's as much on the coaches as the players. As much as Coach Reid likes to talk about putting the players in the right position to succeed, they really need to follow through on that. If they have problems on defense, then they're going to be exposed by the good teams. If you can't stop teams in the regular season, then how do you expect to stop the upper echelon teams in the playoffs ? So it's better that they fix the leaks now, and put together a sound and solid defense.
Same goes for the offense, you can't expect Shady to carry the weight for the rest of the season. If they can't get production from Desean Jackson, then they are going to struggle on offense. He has been an integral part of the offense for the last 3 years, and if teams are able to shut him down then we can't hope to succeed against the better defenses in the playoffs. This falls both on the coaches and the player himself. The coaches have to be more creative to get him involved in the game early and often. But no matter how much they try, if the player is not motivated to play, isn't going at his top speed, isn't mentally into the game, then no matter what plays they have for him, it won't help. I can see Desean saying "For Who, For What," and he is justified in saying that. We don't know what the actual situation is with the contract extension talks and how far apart they are, but if you're on the field, then you are expected to produce, otherwise just sit out and be a man about it. Without a productive Desean, the Eagles aren't as scary. Everyone else on the offense is at least into the game and focused, but Desean's dispirited play is apparent for anyone who is paying attention.
So without these problems being fixed, there is no hope. No hope to succeed and be at least back to respectability by season's end.
And a word on playoffs, the point of the playoffs is for the best teams during the season to duke it out for the final prize. And only the best teams during the season can get into the playoffs. Even if the Eagles somehow made it into the playoffs, if they don't fix their problems on both sides of the ball, then what is the point of getting there. Sooner or later, in the playoffs, they'll be exposed again. So the best thing to do right now is to fix their problems and go all out in each and every game. And while doing that, if somehow, miraculously they land in the playoffs, then they'll be better prepared to face the challenges that the better teams present.
This is an ideal situation for the Eagles to be under the radar and keep improving themselves. Take it one game at a time and ball out. The results are unknown, but at least they'll go out swinging. And there is no better time to start then this Sunday against the visiting Cardinals. One game at a time...