The Bears own the Eagles and this time it was not the coaching that did this Eagles team in. It seems like the last time the Eagles beat
the Bears, they were underdogs in the playoffs as Donovan McNabb went back to his hometown of Chicago to lead the Eagles to a 33-19 playoff victory in 2002.
Andy Reid didn’t fumble a punt return before halftime. He didn’t drop wide open passes or fall after catching a pass before gaining a first down on the last chance to win the game. Andy also didn’t throw the most wussified football throw I’ve seen in the NFL in years during a fake punt attempt.
Nope, not this time, folks. Last night’s debacle in South Philadelphia, another yet embarrassing performance against an insanely
mediocre team in the Chicago Bears, should be blamed on the Eagles players for failing to show up. The coaching decisions had nothing to do with this loss against the Bears. The players failed Andy Reid, Juan Castillo, the rest of the coaching staff, and us, the fans.
LeSean McCoy had a few good runs. For the most part, the Bears defense stuffed Shady, limiting him to 71 yards on the ground. That’s not going to get it done against this Bears defense. McCoy is having a great season, and he’s one of the best running backs in the NFL when it comes to receiving and rushing. But last night McCoy didn’t have it. He broke one long run that went for a touchdown and then was fairly quiet at every other point of the game.
Not sticking with LeSean McCoy and running the ball in the 4th quarter isn’t what cost the Eagles this game. Yes, Michael Vick had a terrible game, probably one of his worst as an Eagle. But he is our franchise quarterback. The best chance to come back and win laid in Mike Vick’s hands. And that’s where Andy Reid left his trust. But Vick failed.
Let’s look at the fake punt attempt. I don’t care what Mike Quick says on the radio, but Henry had a wide open Colt Anderson and crashed and burned. It was obvious they had the Bears on their heels and a trick play would certainly have shifted the momentum. And the opportunity was there. This time, Andy Reid had his players in the perfect position. The players failed.
I firmly believe the Eagles were not outcoached last night. Reid adjusted fairly well to what the Bears were doing, which allowed him
to come back and go ahead in the game 24-17. The players simply didn’t show up to play. Jeremy Maclin failed in this game. DeSean
Jackson certainly failed in this game. Our two big play receivers left their coach out to dry. When that happens, the coaches scramble
to look for answers, and they simply could not come up with answers last night.
But it wasn’t for lack of effort or Reid’s stubbornness. You can’t tell me Andy Reid doesn’t care about winning football games. His reaction to the win in the Meadowlands last year proves that. He defeated the Cowboys with an amazing game plan. His game plan didn’t lose the game last night. He adjusted to what the Bears were doing to McCoy by going to the pass with his franchise quarterback. That’s not refusing to make an adjustment. That’s making an adjustment that his players did not come through on.
What cost the Eagles the game last night was their soft defense. Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha, and the Eagles defensive line were all terrible last night. Not getting one sack against a terrible Bears offensive line and a quarterback that hasn’t played exceptionally well in over a year, it was atrocious. Jay Cutler made seams in the Eagles defense that made him look like Peyton Manning.
The Eagles have squandered four 4th quarter leads this season. The offense was not good last night, but it should have been enough to beat the Bears. This defense is the softest defense I’ve seen in recent memory not only in Eagle history, but NFL history. They still
are terrible in the red zone, and it almost seems like it’s a certainty that the opposing team will score a touchdown once they get
into the red zone. It’s downright embarrassing. You can criticize Reid for putting Castillo in that position as defensive
coordinator. That is one move that nobody, even respected NFL reporters, agreed with.
Castillo has done a terrible job with this defense that has studs. But once Castillo gets the players in the right position, it’s up to the players to make the coaches proud. And last night, when the players were in the right position, they let their coaches down. They let me down. They let you down. The players get the blame for this one, not the coaches.