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12/1/11 11:36 PM
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A lot of people were buying into the Eagles hype at the start of the season (including myself).

Now that the Eagles have almost no chance of making the playoffs, some questions need to be answered:

1. Will HC Andy Reid be back or will he be fired?
2. Will DC Juan Castillo be fired?
3. What went wrong?
12/2/11 12:16 AM
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 1. Yes he will be back. 9 playoffs in 12 years. 5 NFC title game appearance. 5 division titles. He has done enough to warrant one more chance, which he will get.

2. Castillo will definitely be fired.

3. We lost five game where we had the lead in the fourth quarter. I posted on this forum at the start of the season that we had zero experience at linebacker and safety, giving the Eagles a soft underbelly. All year we have been woefully exposed at those positions.  Teams facing 3rd or 4th and short (1-2 yards) had converted via rushing every single instance this year until the giants game in week 11. We were the only team that had not stopped a 3rd/4th and short all season.

The Eagles defense were physically dominated late in games when it counted because of weakness at linebacker/safety.  It is great having all pro corners and stud rushing defensive ends. But teams found it too easy to rush on key downs. And it was too easy to isolate safeties and linebackers in coverage and abuse them all game, never bringing Asomugha and Samuel into play. Teams were too easily able to sustain drives when it counted because of this.




12/2/11 12:24 AM
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Despite the defensive shortcomings, the Eagles were still could have won alot of these games. The offense racked up alot of total yards, and were amongst the highest in yards per play. But points are the only thing that matters, and they left way too many on the board. Turnovers doomed them. This was epitomised by the 49ers loss, where they dominated in yardage, but with the game on the line Jeremy Maclin made a big play, getting a 1st down, moving us into range of a winning field goal, and then at the end of hte play was running with the ball out loose and it got stripped. Big plays were consistently followed by this kind of stupidity.

Season over :(
12/2/11 12:40 AM
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4. what do you expect next season in order to improve the team?

12/2/11 3:29 AM
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 4. Well I expect Andy Reid to fuck it up again in the offseason, just like he did last season.

Last year, our pass defense was terrible, and easily our biggest weakness. Upgrading our cornerbacks and our pass rush was the right thing to do. But what didn't get attention in the press, who were bedazzled by the signings, was who we lost. Ernie Sims, Stewart Bradley and Quentin Mikell.

Those three guys were not superstars, but they were the glue that held the middle of the defense together. Linebacker and Safety are the toughest positions to play on the defense. Pass rushers and cornerbacks need to be physically gifted, but don't have to make the kind of decisions the LB's and Safeties make on every play.

The Eagles have had ONE linebacker go to the pro bowl since Andy Reid took over. But what we had were consistenly experienced linebackers who didn't stuff up. Dhani Jones, Carlos Emmons, Mark Simoneau, Mike Caldwell. No pro bowls but consistently good play.  Jeremiah Trotter was the only pro bowler. We are too inexperienced at LB and safety. They make bad decisions, and are exposed every game. We don't need superstars here but we need a couple of veterans who can hold it together.

The other issue we have on defense is on leadership. Going back to 2000, when we started our long run, we were stacked with leaders. Hugh Douglas, Trotter, Brian Dawkins, Troy vincent.  Today we have no leaders. When the Eagles beat Dallas, you could see Demarcus Ware on the sideline, talking non stop to coaches and players. He was fired up, and badly wanting to make a difference. Guys like Asante Samuel, Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins and Trent Cole are stud players, but they are not leaders.

We need to find a couple of veteran LB's and someone has to step up on defense and lead.

On offense, let Desean Jackson walk. Preach ball security, and that is it. We have had no problem moving the football, just dumb plays at the wrong time.





12/2/11 4:58 AM
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1. It depends on what happens from here on: 4-12 and he's definitely out.  5-11 and he's probably out.  6-10 and he has a 50-50 chance at staying.  7-9 and he probably stays.  8-8 and he definitely stays.

2. Castillo is toast.

3. They're simply too small, and too soft - and that won't change so long as Fat Boy is still their HC.

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