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Eagles vs. Redskins: No Hope Left for Terrible Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles yells at an official during the first half against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

I thought long and hard about copying my reaction column from last week's Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Dallas Cowboys and pasting it here, finding and replacing every mention of "Cowboys" with "Redskins."

I'm not sure that's the best approach, though, so here's a fresh take on the multi-car pile-up that is the Eagles' 2012 season.

Scratch that. Let's call it a multi-Ferrari pile-up because there's something extra tragic about what's happening to this supposedly high-powered, flashy and expensive roster of players. 

I've been saying it for weeks. This is, flat-out, one of the worst teams in the NFL. No execution, no focus and—maybe most importantly—absolutely no heart. Andy Reid appears so resigned he might as well resign. No one's playing for him right now. No one.

If the Eagles are at least proactively assessing talent for 2013, things aren't any less depressing after that 31-6 debacle of a loss Sunday in Washington

The entire secondary has been tremendously disappointing, and it's beginning to look as though both safeties, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, can't be relied upon if this team is going to succeed. Since Todd Bowles took over for Juan Castillo four weeks ago, the defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a combined passer rating of 143.2. The D as a whole still can't tackle or cover with any sort of consistency, and the offense has no ability to block. 

That, along with how early it is in his career, is a key reason why it's tough to point a finger at Nick Foles and conclude that the third-round pick out of Arizona isn't the right man to lead this team in 2013 and beyond.

But Foles has failed test No. 1. He threw two pretty awful interceptions to start Sunday's game and looked shaky throughout, failing to take advantage of a bad pass defense. 

Adding injury to insult, LeSean McCoy is now concussed too, but—McCoy's health notwithstanding—that's almost immaterial now because the Eagles' season is over. No reason to rush McCoy or Michael Vick back. Now 3-7 and rocking a six-game losing streak (their longest since 1994), the goals from here on out should be to A) find out who belongs on this team long-term and B) avoid adding to the list of casualties as the pile-up continues.

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