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?

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