What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Here’s the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:

SI.com’s Don Banks offers his thoughts on the state of the Eagles:

This is a team in full-blown meltdown, and its performances are getting progressively more embarrassing as the season unfolds, with a Reid-era worst six losses in a row looking like a good bet to become a 12-game collapse by year’s end. The last time the Eagles were this outclassed came at the end of the Rich Kotite coaching era, when his 1994 team dropped its final seven games, paving the way for Ray Rhodes’ hiring in 1995. Rhodes lasted four seasons in Philly, before he was replaced by Reid in early 1999.

SI.com’s Peter King wrote Monday that he believes Chip Kelly will be a candidate to replace Andy Reid. On The Dan Patrick Show, he explained that he hears the Eagles “like him a lot.”

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 28th in his power rankings:

Even if they aren’t going to compete for Andy Reid, the players can’t afford to just lay down now. Other teams are watching and they need to prove they are good teammates for the future, in Philly or elsewhere.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 25th:

The end is near for Andy Reid. What a horrible season. The Eagles are the league’s biggest disappointment.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com chimes in on who the Eagles could look at to replace Reid:

Young GM Howie Roseman will likely want a young, up-and-coming coach. Jay Gruden strikes me as young Andy Reid, perhaps, with his brother’s pedigree as well. Jon Gruden is a former Eagles assistant, and his brother will be very much in demand, as will he. While I figure the elder Gruden ends up in college, if he in fact leaves the broadcast booth, I can’t see the younger Gruden staying as the Bengals offensive coordinator. Also worth noting: Lurie is a big fan of Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, a former head coach in St. Louis.

Adam Rank of NFL.com looks at the league’s six worst teams. He’s got the Eagles fourth from the bottom:

Eagles coach Andy Reid said it would be a “cop-out” to quit as coach of the team. And why should he consider a move out of town when he has his team closest to No. 1 as they have ever been during his reign? Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie still contends the Eagles have the most talent in the league. Which can only mean he does not practice against DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. But also shows Reid might be doing his best coaching to date to take this talented team all the way to No. 4 in our rankings.

Nick Foles turned in the worst performance of any quarterback in the league in Week 11, according to Football Outsiders’ numbers:

Two interceptions, three fumbles, and four sacks will get you at the bottom of this list pretty much every time. Inside the Washington 40, he went 2-of-6 with a sack fumble, and those two completions were a 3-yard loss on second-and-5 and a 12-yard gain on second-and-16. The Eagles gave him plenty of chances to throw on first down, and he proceeded to go 4-of-14 for 22 yards with one sack, one botched snap, and no first downs. In one stretch over the third and fourth quarters, he went 3-of-10 for 22 yards and no first downs with a botched snap and three sacks. You get the idea.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles 27th:

So when does DeSean Jackson ask to be traded?

Follow Sheil Kapadia on Twitter and e-mail him at skapadia@phillymag.com.
Become a fan of Birds 24/7 on Facebook.

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • defroe81

    oh someone onther than me mentioning JAY GRUDEN good to know i think he is a good candidate but what the hell do i know…

  • knighn

    Is it weird that I would rather have Jay Gruden than Jon Gruden? I know it was in the Arena League but the guy had sustained success as a Head Coach. Jon got lucky one year to inherit Tony Dungy’s team, played against his previous team in the Super Bowl, and then proceeded to NEVER win another playoff game in the following six years (only making it to the playoffs twice).
    Jay is a guy that has play-calling (and QB) experience and has worked his way up. He paid his dues. That is one thing that I definitely had against the Andy Reid pick: he was never a play-caller at any level. 14 years later and it STILL shows (can you say “time management” and “questionable play-calling”?)
    It’s dreaming anyway. Jeff Lurie probably figures that he had some success picking an unknown (Andy Reid) and he might just try to give it another shot. It’s big competition for the decent guys, too.

    • FMWarner

      I agree. I would investigate Jay Gruden. I don’t want any part of Jon though.

      • JohnGiam

        I would strongly consider jay burden. He is doing a great job with the bengals offense. It’s one of the hottest offenses in the league right now..lot to mention Jay has a first hand look at what a young franchise qb/RECIEVER looks like, coaching up FA green and dalton into the brink of superstardom.
        jay is probably number one on my wish list. Chip Kelly has only proven that he can run a sophisticated gimmicky offense. Too much gimmicky crap in Philly got us to she we are now, the wide 9, switching the role of the WIL and Sam, Howard muddy fast oil midget blocking scheme…get me a coach that plays real football, respects all the positions without devaluing any, and will be committed to linking up on every snap and punch someone in the mouth….call me crazy…my ideal scenario is Jay grudges as the head coach, Todd bowles as the Dcoordinator, bringing in his scheme and his assistant coaches. You can’t judgbowles n this crap. he is a bill parcels guy running a Juan Castillo defense. You can’t implement a new defensive scheme mid season.mhe had to continue running Juan’s defense. He could tweak a few things, call differ coverages at different times, but this was NEVER his defense…would def be comfortable giving Bowles the reigns to D, as long as he doesn’t switch us to a 3-4 rendering the amazing Dameco Ryan’s useless

  • JofreyRice

    Interesting to note that the Steelers chose Brian Hoyer over Mike Kafka. Another personnel misstep by the organization. The birds drafted that guy in the 4th round, Hoyer went undrafted. If Foles hadn’t completed a few long passes in the preseason, Kafka would be our starting QB right now.

    Think about that; the guy is only 25 years old, and can’t even make another NFL squad as a 3rd stringer, and he would be the Eagles starter right now, if Damaris Johnson hadn’t made a nice double move or Mardy Gilyard had dropped the ball in the Steelers preseason game.

    The problems in this organization go a lot further than just Andy Reid.

  • daveH

    wrong Jay .. JAY PATERNO !!

  • Guest

    Anyone more annoying in football than Florio? Guy is an Eskin-wannabe.

  • casehop

    Very scary that HR would pick the next HC. We could be entering an extended phase of horrendous football. Time to find another hobby for Sundays in the fall as Eagles regress into the unwatchable. Let’s hope HR does not use a high draft pick on the second coming of Leroy Keys. Maybe JB will snag him to come to Cleveland … (I can dream, can’t I …)