Well heads are rolling all across the city of brotherly love after last night's underachieving performance again by the Eagles. That being said, with regard to the meltdown that is unfolding right before our very eyes and with most of the critics pointing the finger at players like Nnamdi Asomugha and DRC, I am taking a different road in stating what to me is the obvious: "Scheme malfunction." I have heard callers from Eagles fans as well as fans around the league who for the most part have been placing the blame on the high profile (and well paid) players instead of the coaches who are responsible for getting the most out of what they have at their disposal. For example: let's start with Asomugha. For those of you who are very familiar with his career will know that when he was with Oakland he was a "man" coverage corner, as was DRC. Both of these players were known for there outstanding "man" cvg skills. So why are they playing zone? Zone schemes are for corners who don't have the speed to cover fleet footed wrs. You don't put a CB like DRC or Asomugha in a defensive system that doesn't allow them to play to their strengths, yet this is exactly what the coaching staff has done and are paying dearly for it. When the Eagles began their wild spending spree this offseason, I was impressed with all of the moves they made....except the snafu to start rookie Casey Matthews at MLB. What were the Philly steak football gods in the front office thinking?
With all of the noise coming out of angry Philly fans over last nights debacle against the Bears on prime time tv and most of it geared towards the players I just mentioned, what's lost in translation is who the "real" blame belongs to. It doesn't take a master of quantum physics to figure out what's wrong with this picture. If the Eagles are to have any chance at all for the rest of this season, the coaching staff is going to have to make a change in defensive philosophy in order to see the kind of results they envisioned at the start of the season. Starting with keeping all three of their outstanding corners on the outside where they are most comfortable even if that means putting one of them on the bench and rotating them throughout the game. This would yield better production from the position than what they are getting out of any of them now. With the way the Eagles are playing now, it won't make much of a difference if they do make the playoffs. The defense is a train wreck waiting to happen that is on the verge of completely derailing no matter who they play. This offseason Asante Samuel is as good as gone and no matter who the Eagles get for him will be of any use to them if the "system" in place isn't built for the players they already have.