Sunday, October 22, 2006

Playoffs are Far From a Lock For Eagles

TAMPA -- The Eagles are now 4-3 and all the players and fans feel they should be 7-0. They have let three winnable games get away, and had the lead in the fourth quarter of all three.
While they have all been lost in frustrating fashion, it's hard to believe a more disappointing loss than the 23-21 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Especially since the Eagles took a 21-20 lead with 33 seconds left on Brian Westbrook's 52-yard touchdown reception, only to allow the special teams and defense (which had played well to that point) let them down.
The players appeared to be in disbelief that they lost on a 62-yard field goal by Matt Bryant as time expired.
Each player kept insisting that the Eagles have a good, no make that great team, and that they have to iron out mistakes such as starting games slow and ending even slower.
When a team looses games in such a close manner, it tends to dent the collective confidence. The Eagles insist they are a confident team, but they had a deer-in-the-headlights look after this latest disaster.
And the Eagles will have to come through in clutch situations, or this season will be over by New Year's Eve with the regular season finale against Atlanta.


At 1:06 PM, Blogger DaGreenBeast said...

I for one am one of those fans that believe that the Eagles should be 7-0. They have proceeded to beat themselves in every loss they have had. They have lost each game within the last minute. Each loss seems to be a competition about which mental mistake, that no one has thought of yet, will the Eagles pull out of their bag of tricks. Be it, knocking over the punt returner, or kicking some one in the groin, or kicking the referees flag, or throwing the ball short of the end zone with no time left in the half and no timeouts, to allowing a 245 pound running back kick returner to gain 37 yards on the kickoff return!!! They are inventing ways to lose. Who could have imagined any of these things??? As I maintained last week, the silver lining is that I think the Eagles have shown that they are capable of playing with and defeating any team. They have not been blown out, in fact they have been leading going into the last minute in each of their losses. Is it possible to play mistake free football? No of course not. But it is possible to be more focused, prepared, and personally disciplined, and frankly these are the three things that I see missing, in the three losses. This is not an Andy Reid thing, or a Donovan McNabb thing, this is an entire team thing. However it IS time for the leaders of this team to step up in the tradition of Reggie White, and Ron Jaworski, and Eric Allen, and Jerome Brown, and Rally this team, to set the tone, that needs to be set so that concentration and focus is achieved and that they play 4 quarters of Eagles football!!!! Somebody has to step up in that locker room!!!!

At 2:52 PM, Blogger The Don said...

Utterly disgusting. However, the flip side of the whole issue is while it is easy to go back and point at the end of the first half, or the McDougle bone-headedness, once they took the lead with 33 ticks left, all of that gets erased. That being said, I think I need to find my Pepto.

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Phili Daphiphi said...

It is not as bad as we think it is. Surely things couldbe better but LUCK has not been on our else can you explain the 62yarder from someone who's never kicked from beyond 50 before? Thats luck. One day we are on the good side of luck(remember the blocked field goal against the charges in 2005) and one day we are not!. This is my take, we are going to see our good share of luck with these coming games. As much as we shouldnt rely on luck to win games, we need it for close games...we need it against the Colts and in the final 3 away games against division rivals. MARK MY WORDS: Things are going to be turn for the better...our share of bad luck ended with TB's improbable 62yarder. From now on, we can anticipate good things like Freddie's 4th&26 and the reception he had on the end zone when Chad Lewis had that reception tipped. Good things coming!

At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luck would be nice and it has it's role but this team needs to have its ass kicked.McDougle should have been on the waiver wire on Monday.Head on a stick to show the rest of the tribe.Too harsh?
No way.All the crap we've seen over the last few weeks point to one common root:a lack of discipline.
Parcells would have had someone's ass
after the Giants game.After this???The friggin' 1-4 Bucs???
Heads on a plate after a miserable loss like this to a 1-4 team are what historic comebacks are made of.
What would Dallas Green do?
The Birds need to get tough.Period.


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