PHILADELPHIA — Fans are calling for Andy Reid’s dismissal more vehemently than ever. Assistant coaches are arguing on the sideline. A disgruntled star player isn’t giving his best effort.
There’s no saving the Philadelphia Eagles this season.
The best team money can buy turned out to be a whole lot of wasted dollars. All those big-name acquisitions the Eagles made in the off-season couldn’t even get them back to where they were last year.
The defending NFC East champions are 4-7 following a 38-20 loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots that wasn’t as close as the 18-point margin. The Eagles aren’t mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but it’s just a matter of time at this point.
“These last five games? I think they’ll show the character,” rookie center Jason Kelce said Monday. “Whenever you’re facing adversity, or whenever you’re put in a situation where it’s tough, you don’t know what the outcome is going to be for the year and everything else. I think true character. Everybody can play when you’re up and when things are going well, but when you’re backed into a corner, when you’re down, that’s when true character shows.”
The Eagles don’t have a lot of time to dwell on their latest loss. They have to get ready for a cross-country trip to play at Seattle (4-7) on Thursday night.
It’s uncertain whether Vince Young or Michael Vick will start at quarterback against the Seahawks. Young played the past two games because Vick has broken ribs. Young threw for a career-best 400 yards against the Patriots, though his numbers were inflated a bit.
Road games will be more hospitable than playing at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles have lost eight of their past nine games.
Fans started chanting: “Fire Andy!” in the third quarter. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn exchanged words with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in the first half. DeSean Jackson dropped three passes, including two that should’ve been touchdowns, and the diminutive wideout clearly shied away from contact before getting benched.
“I just have to go out there and do my job. I have a job to do, which I get paid to do, I have to go out there and give my best effort,” said Jackson. “Regardless of what happens, the dropped balls and all, it’s not like it’s happening on purpose. Everybody has things that they have to go through in life. Right now this is what I am going through to better myself.”