Which Eagles Will Play Crucial Roles for the Team Down the Homestretch?

Bernie Ollila@@bernieollilaContributor IIINovember 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks to the field before the start of the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It’s hard to say that anyone on this Eagles team could play any kind of a crucial role in anything related to football.

Be that as it may, perhaps we could look at a crucial role as being one of two things:

            a. Limiting embarrassment the rest of the way out for the team as a whole

            b. Looking to the future

For the sake of every Eagles fan’s sanity, let’s call it the latter of the two and take a look at who on this team is worth keeping around when the next regime takes the reins and starts the rebuilding process.

Now that we know LeSean McCoy is going to be out, and some have said he shouldn’t have been in on the play that got him hurt against the Redskins, his backup should see more reps. Although, if we know anything about Andy Reid, no running back will get that many reps.

Even if that’s the case, Bryce Brown’s touches in over the remaining six games all matter for his future, as well as the future of the team.

Think about it; great football teams are deep at skill positions. Every team needs a good backup running back, and it will be interesting to see what that position will look like in the future for the Birds.

Regarding Brandon Graham: He’s been pretty good this year. Can we still call him a bust? Regardless, it will be interesting to see how he is used the rest of the way out. After all, he’s still young enough to become a mainstay on an NFL defense, and where better to make a name for yourself than in Philadelphia?

Fletcher Cox is one of the only reasons fans should be excited about the Eagles. After all, No. 91 is a monster, freak athlete that would have any defensive coordinator salivating.

At this point, guys like Brandon Boykin, Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie and Cedric Thornton need to prove to everyone that they’re worth investing in.

I don’t care about how young a cornerback is; you usually have a pretty good idea about how good he is going to be during his rookie year. Don’t use Nnamdi Asomugha as a counter-argument, either. He was a safety in college, and he’s not good now. Period. It doesn’t matter if he’s not good because the safeties stink, or because the DC isn’t using him correctly or whatever. The fact is that he stinks and he’s overpaid and he needs to be let go.

I think I’m over Brent Celek, too. It might be time to move on at the TE position. All he does is take responsibility and say he needs to get better—he’s like Andy Reid with a jersey. Nothing gets better, and he overstates the obvious to the point that it’s insulting to a fan’s intelligence.

Does Nick Foles stink, too? Probably. I know it’s only been two games, but things need to be kept in perspective. What third-round picks, or even rookie quarterbacks, have been as bad as he has in their debuts (recently, post-1980) and gone on to be successful? I don’t have any faith in him, and as far as I’m concerned, Mr. Foles needs to prove to me that he’s worth keeping around. I think a good start might be scoring some points. At least Michael Vick scored points and made things interesting.

It’s not the coaching staff’s fault if a player isn’t good. It’s a coaching staff’s fault if a team isn’t good because they drafted a quarterback who isn’t good. Moreover, it’s a fan’s fault if he or she can’t see a player for what he is. Maybe Washington’s defense is just really, really good and we didn’t know about it. Maybe part of the game plan was to throw it to guys in red and yellow. Who knows?

A lot of people jumped the gun on Foles, and they’re probably regretting it now.  

What can you say about this offense other than “I can’t wait until the O-line is healthy next year” or “There are no big-time receivers” that would be true and not negative? Where are the bright spots?

This is hands-down the worst Philadelphia Eagles team I’ve ever seen. (I didn’t pay attention before 1997.)

You know who is going to play a crucial role for this team down the homestretch? The owner, Jeffrey Lurie. He could give his fans something by firing Reid. That would say “We see this is a disaster, we’re sorry about that and we’re not going to stand for it anymore. We’re embarrassed, too.”

If you think Andy Reid has earned the right to coach this team until the season is over, then you’re saying that he’s earned the right to ruin more young players, embarrass your city and waste your Sundays.

That said, we should all be grateful for the NFC titles, the years of competitive football and the great players we’ve seen come and go. But we also have to call it for what it is and realize it’s not working, and move on immediately. 


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