It wasn’t long ago that I was writing blogs calling for the end of the Michael Vick era, declaring him a major factor in the team’s struggles and demanding that rookie Nick Foles take over as the Birds’ signal caller. Only a couple of weeks, really. Yet as the season goes on and more and more of the Eagles’ problems are exposed, we the fans finally have the opportunity to take a gander behind the curtain at this 3-ring shit show Andy Reid has been living 24/7 since training camp. And after nine weeks of evidence it’s obvious: Marcus Vick is right. This team straight up sucks.
How can a team with this many potentially talented players play so poorly? It could be that they’re physically worn down from an unusually harsh and violent training camp. If you remember the defensive line was once getting tremendous pressure and now they aren’t — perhaps they’re just worn out. It could the coaching, which has proven time and again that no matter how often this club is shown that they must run the ball and tackle well to win games that they will do whatever it takes to defy common sense and win on their terms. It could be the players, many of which are journeymen who don’t share the same loyalty to a coach on the hot seat as they may admit. The reasons for this team’s failure are many.
Which brings me back to the shifting blame. As we’ve seen more of what this team has to offer (or lack thereof), it’s obvious that Mike genuinely isn’t the central problem. With no Todd Herremans, this team has one of the worst offensive lines in recent NFL memory. Demetress Bell’s talent, effort, and results are all the worst. The man was literally thrown to the ground on consecutive plays. The defense, which at times was the pride and rock of this team, now gives up large chunks of yards while lackadaisically chasing down ball carriers from behind. It’s all bad — not just Mike. And for the first time this year I believe that Nick Foles really would get murdered behind this line.
Maybe by this time next week the blame will shift to Howie Roseman for not closing better deals with offensive linemen as the trade deadline approached. At this pace everybody will get their fare share before December.