The Philadelphia Eagles' 53-20 blow out loss suffered to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday was a complete team defeat. The Eagles failed in every phase and not one specific unit cost the team the game. The offense turned the ball over four times. The defense couldn't stop Aaron Rodgers. The special teams unit allowed a punt return touchdown. Head coach Chip Kelly didn't have his best game plan. And so on. When assigning blame for the loss, there is plenty to go around.
Following the game, Eagles players took accountability for the loss, while giving much-deserved credit to their opponent. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was quick to admit that the team's performance was just unacceptable. "It's the National Football League man," Maclin said. "The way we played today, it wouldn't matter if we played Oakland, who hasn't won a game yet — they would have beat the hell out of us too. We just didn't play well. No disrespect to Green Bay. Great football team. They played great today. But the way we played today, we wouldn't have beaten anybody."
Contrast this dynamic with that of a struggling Washington team down in D.C. The Redskins are now 3-7 after having lost a home game to the lowly 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 27-7. After the game, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III had the following to say:
"It takes 11 men. It doesn’t take one guy. That’s proven. The great QBs — the Peytons and Aaron Rodgers. They don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room. And I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing."
And here's what Washington wide receiver, who was unceremoniously dumped by Philadelphia in the offseason, had to say via his Instagram/Twitter on Monday morning. Photo captioned "Top of the Week !! & this how I'm feeling !! "
Hmm... see the difference?