Excerpt: "I was there for the 1987 Eagles, who managed the franchise’s sixth consecutive losing season, including three ridiculous losses played by replacement players, losses by a combined 94-35. That nightmarish stretch prompted coach Buddy Ryan to snidely present a “scab ring” to personnel guy George Azar, a move that nearly got Ryan fired 2˝ years before he actually did.
I was there for the 1994 Eagles, who got off to a 7-2 start before Rich Kotite, coaching without a contract for the next year, famously announced that he wanted “to be judged by my record.” The Eagles proceeded to lose their last seven games, Kotite got fired and went 4-28 in two years with the Jets, making him 4-35 in his last 2˝ years as an NFL head coach.
I was there for the 1998 Eagles, who scored 10 or fewer points eight times, got shut out three times and won just three games -- each one with a different quarterback.
I was there for the 2005 Eagles, who like this team got off to a 3-1 start before Terrell Owens unleashed his unique ability to tear apart a locker room through the sheer force of his will. That team went 3-9 the last 12 weeks, with Owens banished, Donovan McNabb hurt and Mike McMahon setting the quarterback position back 50 years.
I’ve seen all of it for the last quarter-century. And I’ve never seen an Eagles team like this.
Bad teams? Yes. Awful teams? Yes.
But never a team with so much talent, so much potential, so many accomplished players with gaudy resumes -- Pro Bowlers, high draft picks, consistent multi-year starters -- that just goes out there week after week and plays with no pride, no heart, no character.
Remember, this was a team picked by many experts to win 10 or 11 games, to make a deep playoff run, even to reach the Super Bowl by a handful of people.
And this? This is what we get? Seriously?
We’ve seen bad Eagles teams. Teams with terrible players, inept coaches, awful quarterbacks. Teams with zero chance.
This is worse. This is a team with huge expectations, a team that on paper should be very good, with a roster stocked with Pro Bowl players, that either doesn’t know how to win or just doesn’t care about winning.
Is it the coach? Is it the players? Is it the offense? Is it the defense? Is it special teams? Is it leadership? Is it intangibles? Is it heart? Is it guts? Is it character? Is it toughness? Is it talent? Is it the O-line? Is it the D-line? Is it the assistant coaches? Is it the game plan? Is it the play calling?
It’s all of that. It’s everything.
The Eagles have become the laughing stock of the NFL. They’re not just losing, they’re humiliating themselves. And they’re now doing it on a weekly basis.
They didn’t just lose 28-13 to the Saints on Monday night at the Superdome (see Instant Replay), they showed the entire country what we’ve been seeing for a while.
A team that just has no fight. None." Read more...