It's been awhile since I've done anything on here or really gauged the feelings of everyone on BGN, but with that said, I have to share my thoughts. The Eagles are 3-3 heading into the bye, losers of two straight, and one game behind the Giants. They've beaten the Ravens, Browns, and Giants by 4 points combined, had an ugly loss to the Cardinals, and lost to the Steelers by 2 and the Lions by 3. I can't tell which team is harder to understand, the 2012 or 2011 Eagles. At this point in the season last year the Eagles were 2-4 playing well until the final minutes, this year they are playing horribly but keeping the games close and squeezing some victories out somehow.
I said before the season started that this was a win-win type of season. If the Eagles are successful, then great we're in the playoffs, but if they are not, we are getting a compete overhaul of the franchise. Reid is certainly gone and I'd imagine Marty would be gone as well. The Eagles would also cut ties with Vick, saving them from the rest of his monster contract. Cleaning house would obviously be exciting after 2 abysmal seasons, and who knows what could happen.
Which outcome do we want? The way I see it, there's 3 outcomes:
- The Eagles miss out on the playoffs as they aren't able to fix their mistakes, and Reid, Vick, and a few other important pieces of the Eagles organization are gone. That leaves the Eagles in need of a new coach, possibly a young up and coming guy, or an experienced, Super Bowl winning coach. Would they hand the keys to the offense over to Foles? Would they try and draft a QB? Would they pursue some sort of free agent deal/trade? Lot of questions stem from another failure this year.
- The Eagles make the playoffs and either lose their first game, or win one and then get eliminated. I personally see this as the worst thing that could happen. It would give Lurie enough reason to not let go of his man, despite what the fans are calling for. If this happens, I'd be hoping they were able to resolve some problems, but not 100% obviously. This would give Andy and Vick a few more years in Philly, where we would be teased with flashes of success for years to come, but never witness the ultimate goal, as there was just something holding them back.
- The third option is obviously what we all want, and have always wanted, which is a Super Bowl. This would obviously suggest the Eagles were able to fix everything that has been going wrong, and be crowned the best team in the NFL. This scenario obviously doesn't need much explaining.
I mind as well highlight the biggest issues of the year, if somehow you haven't noticed we have a few of those.
- D-Line Pressure: Where are the sacks? Three straight games now without a sack is astounding, considering the wide-9 is built for the defensive line to get to the quarterback with only 4 rushers. We had 50 sacks last year and now our great defensive line unit has produced nothing. You have to wonder if Washburn will remain for another year if he can't fix this problem.
- The Offensive Line: I have been one of the strongest supporters for the Eagles O-Line for a long time. Misinformed ESPN analysts would always point the finger to the Eagles o-line last year as the problem, when in reality they were a great unit. The losses of Peters and Kelce hurt a lot more than I think people realize, especially in the national media. Vick is getting hurt more than quarterback in the league, and that is not all on him as a passer. Poor LeSean McCoy can't get any room to run because defenders are getting by the line so fast. He tries his best to make something out of nothing, but he's not Superman.
- Special teams: Bobby April has to be on the hot seat as well after the start of this season. A good return has been a rarity thus far, and the punt returners especially have been underwhelming. Not to mention the coverage units have been so poor, putting so much pressure on the defense with great field position for the opposition.