“The Dream Team” fails to live up to hype
Since Vince Young proclaimed his squad “The Dream Team” during the offseason, the losses are starting to pile up for the “Super Bowl or bust” Philadelphia Eagles. The New England Patriots came in to Lincoln Financial Field and beat up an already wounded Eagles team. Vince Young’s 2nd start in an Eagle’s uniform was unsuccessful, despite a 400 yard, 1 TD performance. The beginning of the game seemed promising for the Eagles after building a 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter. After being down early, the Patriots didn’t look back. Tom Brady’s no huddle offense scored 3 straight touchdowns on the confused Eagle defense to capture the lead for good. Once again this 2011 Eagles team has folded under pressure. LeSean McCoy, the Eagles leading rusher, really didn’t get involved. New England’s defense held McCoy to his 2nd lowest rushing total of the season (10 rushes, 41 yards). Meanwhile, DeSean Jackson continues to have an inconsistent 2011 campaign. Jackson dropped 2 sure touchdown passes in the 2nd half that left him on the bench in the 4th quarter. “DeSean has to do a better job. I wanted to give other guys a chance in fourth quarter,” Reid said after the game.
Offense hasn’t been the problem for Philly; they rank 2nd overall in rushing yards per game and top 10 in total offense. The Eagles defense however, has been horrendous at times this season. Including Sunday’s loss, the Eagles have lost 3 games in which they were ahead by 10 or more points this year. Penalties and injuries have also plagued Philly. The Eagles committed 10 penalties against the Patriots. A handful of key players were unable to play, including starting QB Michael Vick (who is still nursing 2 broken ribs), as well as free agent acquisitions Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
During the offseason, the Philly Eagles were very active in free agency. They acquired a boat load of talent in hopes of making a strong playoff push. Despite assembling a talented team, the new acquisitions have yet to translate to wins. After their 7th loss, the Eagles have little to no chance of making the playoffs. They are now sitting at the bottom of the NFC East tied with the Washington Redskins. With 5 games left on the schedule, Andy Reid’s job is on the hot seat. Philadelphia must remain competitive in these games in order for Reid to keep his job. Eagles’ fans are disgusted with their team’s performance and have grown impatient. Their demands for Reid’s firing will grow louder with each loss…