The Eagles lost a heartbreaker today. We’re all in a bad mood because of that. There is a lot to discuss with the Eagles. We’ll get to everything, but be patient. This is the bye week. There is no need to rush in and try to cover every issue tonight or Monday.
Here are some of the subjects we’ll cover:
* the offense/coaching
* state of the team, both long and short term
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One of the popular reactions today is that after a loss like this, heads must roll. Someone needs to get fired. Someone needs to get benched. Some kind of action is needed.
That is a fan’s reaction. It certainly would have been mine when I was younger and really went nuts when the team lost.
This isn’t the wise reaction.
Andy Reid must analyze the Lions game and the season to this point. He must identify specific problems. He then needs to figure out solutions to those problems. It is possible that will result in a significant action, but don’t count on it. Andy tends to trust his players and coaches. He’s not making changes for the heck of it.
I know plenty of you want Reid fired. Makes no sense for Lurie to do that. You need to let Big Red finish the season in order to judge where he’s at. The Eagles are 3-3. We’ve just lost a pair of heartbreakers, but don’t let that cloud your vision. When Dallas started 1-7 in 2010, Wade Phillips got fired. That team lost 35-17 and 45-7 to drop to 1-7. Something had to happen to that team.
Last year the Giants started 6-2 before hitting a 1-5 stretch to fall to 7-7. They were swept by the Skins and Rex Grossman. They lost to the Saints 49-24. There was talk of firing Tom Coughlin. The Giants decided to be patient and things worked out pretty well.
You don’t fire a 3-3 coach coming off 2 and 3-point losses. I know that many of you will say Reid deserved this based several years of mediocrity. That’s a long term discussion and you don’t make that argument until the season is over. You only get fired midseason if there is a need for drastic action. 3-3 isn’t that situation.
The goal is to right the ship and start winning games, not get vindictive with the staff/team. Seeing someone fired/cut/demoted might make you happy initially, but it only makes sense if it makes the team better. The 2012 season isn’t lost. Not even close.
I do certainly agree that something is off with the team. The Eagles have yet to play a complete game. The offense is erratic. The defense was stout, but struggled today. STs are improving, but hardly a strength.
I’m of the belief that most of the problems are self-inflicted. That means they can be solved from within. I wish I could promise you they will get solved. We have to wait and see, always the hardest part.
I know Mike Vick is a key subject for debate. I’ll try to cover him tomorrow.
One point I want to stress. I think a lot of the Eagles problems are solvable, but that doesn’t mean it will happen. This could be the year that the team falls apart after the bye and things do go in a bad way. History tells us Reid and his staff will get things fixed, but there are no guarantees. Every season and every team is a bit different.
Let’s end on a positive note from Reuben Frank and his never ending stats:
“Since 1970, Eagles have been 3-3 eight times. They went to the playoffs 7 of those years and went 10-6 the other year.”