Under the Prime Time lights of MNF, the Philadelphia Eagles suffered their most embarrassing loss of the season 30-22 to the Carolina Panthers. Although there were some good things to come out of the game, the negatives far outweighed the positives. And with presumably the most easy game of the season out of the way it’s hard to imagine the Eagles can put together a win — especially since three of the remaining five games are on the road.
And with that begs the question. Will the Philadelphia Eagles, and Andy Reid, exit the 2012 season on the same horse the Eagles ended their 1998 campaign?
There are some similarities between the 1998 and 2012 Eagles football team. The starting quarterback at the time was Bobby Hoying who simply was unable to get anything going for the 1998 Eagles. Fans sent out the battle cry for the young Koy Detmer who arrived on the scene in 1997. He too failed to prove reliable as a starting QB in the NFL and the Eagles ended their season 3-13. Ray Rhodes, who coached from 1995-1998, was fired and the Eagles brought in an unknown Green Bay Packers assistant named Andy Reid.
Reid knew that the success of any team started with a franchise QB and his first order of business as a new head coach was to draft someone he saw as just that — insert Donovan McNabb.
Now, in 2012, the Eagles are on a seven-game losing streak and on pace for another 3-13 season. In the remaining five games the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys (5-6), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5), Cincinnati Bengals (6-5), Washington Redskins (5-6) and New York Giants (7-4). That’s a pretty tough schedule to look at and say the Eagles have the heart to win any of them, especially following of the meltdown on MNF against a (then) 2-8 football team.
And just like in 1998 the Eagles are left with a starting QB who has been out with a concussion, but failed to show any kind of leadership of this team, forcing fans to battle cry for a rookie. Michael Vick will be gone after the season as he is owed a large bonus check if the Eagles were to keep him on board. Nick Foles has five games to show he can be a starting caliber QB in this league, although he has a ways to go. Andy Reid will most likely be fired for a variety of reasons; poor play-calling and time management are his biggest foes, but it’s the players themselves and their lack of production for two consecutive seasons that will be the culprit to Reid’s firing.
The players should be ashamed of themselves. In a season they vowed to be playing for Garrett Reid, Andy’s son who died at training camp from a drug overdose, they failed miserably.
Prior to last nights game the question looming over the Eagles nest was if they had pride in themselves to go out, at home, and win a game for their fans. They didn’t do it. But the reality of the matter is with as much money as owner Jeffrey Lurie has dished out to bring in big name players, there is no excuse for back-to-back seasons of epic failures. The saying in any sport is that money can’t buy championships and the Eagles are living proof of that theory as they’ve become the laughing stock of the NFL.
So what’s left? Well, the only thing to do is watch the Eagles finish out the rest of the season. Keep in mind that there is no hope of a playoff berth, none. So the only thing the Eagles can do is to try and build some late season chemistry, as they did last season, and hope they can build off it. But with every loss moves them further away from a top five pick in the 2013 NFL Draft — a pick they desperately need — much like they did in 1999.
So as Eagles fans, we sit and wait while hoping for a much brighter Eagles future.
#CutKurtColemanNOW — that’s my battle cry!