By the Numbers: Why Even Try?

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After last night, it seems pretty clear that the Eagles have hit the low point of Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach. The only question now is whether you have any hope that he can turn things around. I assume many of those folks who have stubbornly supported Reid over the last few games are starting to change their minds, but we’ll find out.

7.9 = Vince Young’s interception percentage this season. For comparison, Mike McMahon had a 3.9 percent interception rate in 2005. I’ve never seen a team get four second half possessions, and give the ball away in three of them. If Michael Vick is out again, Mike Kafka will undoubtedly get his chance next week.

57.9 = Young’s completion percentage this season, worst season of his career. What happened to quarterback gurus Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg?

6 = Two game stretches when Reid has had a worse point differential than the last two games. It’s one thing to get blown out by New England, but Seattle?

1 = Torn ACL for Colt Anderson. It’s not fair that one of guys who consistently plays the hardest had such a career-threatening injury in a meaningless game.

137.0, 6.7 = Tarvaris Jackson’s QB rating and Marshawn Lynch’s yards per carry from last night. What was that about the Eagles defense improving?

133 = Total yards from scrimmage for LeSean McCoy. Bright spot!

0 = Emotional reaction to yet another embarrassing loss.

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Eagles Bravado Not Striking the Right Tone

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You play to win the game. Corollary: if you don’t win, show some humility.

On Monday, Trevor Laws talked to Reuben Frank about the upcoming game against Seattle. “Watching the film, I think it’s an easily winnable game,” he said. “If we play our game, we should blow these guys out. That’s just how I feel.”

One might dismiss Laws’s words as a single player speaking off the cuff, not to be taken too seriously. But that would be to ignore the many other quotes from players over the course of the season, who’ve made similarly confident assertions about this Eagles team. Even right after Sunday’s debacle, I watched Asante Samuel assert that they were still a “really good team.”

It’s unclear if the players are delusional, overly cocky, or both. Any team that’s closer to a top five draft pick then to the playoffs should realize and admit that they just aren’t as good as as they expected. These quotes flew when it was early in the season and we still thought the losses might be an aberration. Not anymore.

It’s time to fess up to the disappointment and display some humility. Rather than boast about how “easily winnable” the upcoming game appears, look in the mirror. Most Eagles fans I know can “easily” see another loss as the Eagles head west on Thursday.

You were just embarrassed at home, and the fans that weren’t calling for your coach to be fired were headed to the exits a quarter early.

Save the talk about blowing other teams out for another season.

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