There haven’t been a lot of answers out of the Eagles organization for why they’ve struggled so much these past six weeks, but now that the season is over and they’re headed to the playoffs, some possible explanations are being explored. Chad “OchoCinco” Johnson posted a video on Monday suggesting that the Eagles were actually playing possum with their terrible performances of late.
Eagles fans i haven’t been wrong all season, stay wit me nah pic.twitter.com/owDA2XUp0w— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) January 8, 2024
Johnson suggested that the Eagles were letting their minds and bodies reset heading into the postseason, and while that would be great, it doesn’t seem likely. We all know head coach Nick Sirianni will do anything he thinks is a competitive advantage, but even if they were keeping things as vanilla as possible, it’s hard to think that all of the incompetence was part of some grander plan. The team was playing undisciplined, sloppy football, and that doesn’t need to be the case even if they were playing possum.
Still, tight end Dallas Goedert offered one of the more honest answers for the issues following the ugly loss to the Giants, telling reporters that the team took their foot off the gas once they clinched a playoff berth. Whether it was intentional or not, the Eagles might have been looking ahead to the postseason and seemingly uninvested the last few weeks of the season.
“Ever since 4 or 5 weeks ago when we clinched the playoffs, I think everybody has just been waiting for the playoffs.
Not something that is a great thing, but I think everybody is going to be ready to go and I think we’re going to show the world what we’re capable of.”
Again, even if that were the case, that doesn’t exactly breed confidence that they’ll automatically become motivated and focused again now that they’re preparing for the wild card game. Plus, there were still several reasons to stay fighting the last few weeks, including winning the NFC East, and securing the No. 2 seed.
It would be quite the pleasant surprise if the Eagles come out against the Bucs on Monday night and look better than they have all season — the possum angle would’ve fooled even the most die-hard fans. But ... I don’t think anyone should be holding their breath that the long list of issues will be cleared up in one week.