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Reviewing the Eagles-Cowboys coaches film

A lot of blame to go around, but who do we hate most?

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A lot has gone wrong for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, culminating in a crushing loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a must-win game on Sunday Night Football. With a couple of days removed from the emotion of the loss, Benjamin Solak and I took a look at the coaches film and tried to explain what went wrong and who is to blame.

You can start by looking at an offense that has been limited due to slow starts, sloppy errors, and inconsistent finishing. The Eagles didn’t convert on a money down until there was five minutes left in the third quarter. Even in this down year it’s uncharacteristic for this team. Is it offensive coordinator Mike Groh that’s to blame? Perhaps Doug Pederson? Are we missing Frank Reich that badly?

We try to provide some insight on that and we also pick apart some comments made by Jim Schwartz in his press conference on Tuesday. When asked about the “picket fence” sticks defense on long money downs, Schwartz claimed the Eagles have yet to concede a first down with that deployment. The thing is, he’s actually correct, but mostly due to technicality. We discuss that and the execution of a defense that once again failed to hold up its end of the bargain in the second half.

All that and a bunch of nerdy X & O talk on the newest Kist & Solak Show, including a peak ahead to the New Orleans Saints who will likely run a red zone concept that was successful for the Cowboys on Sunday. Stream it on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. FLY EAGLES FLY!

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