Why the Philadelphia Eagles Must Make a Complete Regime Change

Jeremy SickelContributor IIINovember 27, 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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Entering Monday Night Football's home contest with the Carolina Panthers (2-8), the Philadelphia Eagles had a decent chance to put their six-game losing streak to a halt. Instead, a 30-22 loss extends the winless stretch to seven and compounds this team's woes in 2012.

With virtually nothing positive to hang their hat on, the Eagles are in a tough position and must begin the process of figuring out the future of this franchise right now.

Instead of wasting time trying to decide who must go or who deserves to stick around, Philadelphia would be better off making wholesale changes; the types of moves that could alter the face and direction of the entire organization.

While the fanbase may be split on how to proceed after this season, the NFL isn't a popularity contest—at the least the business side of it as it relates to results on the field.

After last year's 8-8 campaign, owner Jeffrey Lurie prefaced the 2012 season with an ultimatum that a repeat would not be tolerated. With that now the team's ceiling—sitting at 3-8 through 12 weeks—changes should be on the horizon, assuming Lurie sticks to his word.

With general manager Howie Roseman presumably safe (via ESPN) from Lurie's wide sweep of expected organizational shuffling, he could actually emerge with more control of the player personnel side of the daily operations.

Assuming that the players are largely responsible for how this season is shaking out, major changes on the field should take place too.

From head coach Andy Reid to starting quarterback Michael Vick, the predominant faces of the Eagles franchise will more than likely not be in place in 2013—and for good reason.

To prevent Philly's slump from tainting seasons beyond 2012, Lurie would do well to start cleaning house now. The longer he waits, the uglier the immediate future of this franchise becomes.


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