The Eagles are now 3-6-1 after losing 22-17 to the Cleveland Browns. But instead of recapping this game (partly because it’s been the same story for most of the season), I’m going to take a look at the big picture.
In 2017, the Eagles climbed the proverbial mountain and accomplished a goal each of the NFL’s 32 franchises set out to achieve at the beginning of every season.
Doug Pederson proclaimed, “This is our new norm.”
Carson Wentz declared to fans, “I hope y’all can get used to this.”
But what has ensued since that incredible year has been nothing short of a subsequent relapse back into what the Eagles were near the end of both the Andy Reid regime and the Chip Kelly regime. marred with sloppy on field play, reported bad practice habits, and an all around bad vibe within the organization.
Since that 13-3 2017 campaign, the Eagles have gone a combined 22-22-1 over the past 3 seasons (including the current campaign).
Regardless of where you look within the organization since 2017, there is evidence of an organizational regression.
The roster management (drafting and free agent signing) has become deficient.
The coaching has become monotonous and predictable.
And the on-field play has become a tedious watch for fans week in and week out.
It’s a regression that has left fans searching for answers as to how an organization that appeared poised to be on the brink of the NFL’s next great dynasty with one of the leagues brightest General Manager-Head Coach-Quarterback trio’s could get this bad, this fast.
And the answer isn’t a simple one. That’s because there is no one person to blame.
You can look at Howie Roseman and say he hasn’t done enough because he didn’t give his coach and QB the big wide receiver names like a DeAndre Hopkins or a Stefon Diggs instead opting to draft younger talent, as well as, how he choose to draft a quarterback in the second round of this past year’s draft.
You can look at Doug Pederson and how since Frank Reich and John DeFilippo left the organization, Pederson has looked like a deer in headlights as an offensive play caller and play designer.
Lastly, you can look at the Quarterback who’s seemed to regress in every aspect of his game since 2017.
But even with just those 3, it isn’t as cut and dry as it seems.
There’s Jim Schwartz, who’s reported to have personnel say on the defensive side of the ball. Schwartz refuses to adjust his defense in any in-game situation or disguise anything he wants to do on the defensive side of the ball.
There was also Joe Douglas, who’s scouting philosophy, which leaned in the direction of college production, likely cost the Eagles some really talented players over the past few drafts.
And so much more has gone into the determining the Philadelphia Eagles current state.
Sure, you can choose to wear the rose tinted glasses and look at the fact that this team is still in first place of the putrid NFC East, however, what will that really accomplish in the long run? Another first round playoff exit that gives the organization false hope that their superbowl window is still open or that they can still compete for a championship?
Everyone involved within the organization needs to take a hard and long look in the mirror and realize what this team is and understand the role they’ve had in determining the current state of this team. That is a reversion into a subsequent middle of the road, barely playoff caliber mediocre football team.
Bottom line, there’s no one person to blame for the product that’s being put onto the field each week. There also isn’t one easy fix.