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Monday, December 22, 2008

Eagles Are What They Are

Watching the Eagles game yesterday felt like the epitome of being a fan of this team. Despite everything that has gone wrong this season, the Eagles had their fate in their own hands, and not only did they let it slip away it was brutally, cruelly obvious that they were going to lose.

I literally don’t know how sports reporters do it sometimes. To say the same thing over and over has to be mind numbing.

Despite the drops, which were horrendous, the fact is it’s the same old thing with this team.

After getting back into the playoff race with a balanced offensive attack, the Eagles passed the ball 46 times versus 16 called rushes. And the game ended with the Eagles one yard from a touchdown because . . . stop me if you heard this before . . . they were out of timeouts.

As I type, I’m hearing Jon Runyan spew that company line. If we make the catches, this, that, and the other doesn’t matter.

Well, it does matter. When the evidence slaps you in the face that running the ball consistently helps you win and it’s simply ignored, something needs to be done. Something needs to change.

Yes, it’s disappointing to see DeSean Jackson drop a touchdown on the final drive. I thought he was going to be stud, and maybe he still will be. But I just don’t think great wide receivers drop touchdowns in the final minutes of critical games.

It’s also hard to fathom how Reggie Brown isn’t in the end-zone on the final play of the game.

But would another tie have really made anybody feel any better?

The Eagles have now missed the playoffs three out of four times (barring a minor miracle) since going to the Super Bowl, which they lost. If anybody wants to buy that Andy Reid is some great coach because he did something only the beloved Dick Vermeil did, knock yourself out. The fact is this team is significantly better or worse based on how the coach decides he feels like calling plays.

Who was it that said, “You are what you are?”

The Eagles are a team that couldn’t beat Cincinnati.

The Eagles are a team that lost to Washington twice.

The Eagles are a team with a coach that simply does not have a Plan B.

The Eagles are a team that can’t run for a critical yard when needed.

The Eagles are a team with a coach that wants to pass constantly but doesn’t value receivers.

The Eagles are 8-6-1 and out of the playoffs.

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