Philadelphia Eagles uninspired, undisciplined in critical loss to Washington Redskins

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Sanchez Inaction Figure, via @RobTornoe of the Inquirer

There are few times when I am rendered speechless, but the Philadelphia Eagles’ 27-24 loss to the lowly Washington Redskins–with absolutely everything on the line–has left me as such. As RG3 , DeSean Jackson and Jay Gruden yuk it up, celebrate the win and agree to let bygones be bygones, Philadelphia has some serious soul-searching to do. The lack of discipline has cost the team its third-straight game and revealed an uncomfortable reality: this is not a very good team. While we shake our heads at the frustration of being Philadelphia sports fans, this is a team that is very lucky to have a winning record. But, the luck seems to have finally worn out.

But don’t cry for the Eagles. They’ve done this entirely to themselves. Perhaps the Cowboys will lose to the Colts tomorrow. But it likely won’t do much for the Birds. To win the NFC East now, Philadelphia needs for Dallas to then lose to the Redskins in their final game. Then, the Eagles need to win against the Giants. Say what you will about Eli Manning, but his passing attack can be potent. And he has a receiver that you may have heard a little something about–one Odell Beckham, Jr. Do you trust this secondary to diffuse that potentially deadly combination? Didn’t think so.

You know who is thrilled with his Sanchez inaction figure under the tree? Nick Foles. Controversy? What quarterback controversy? But while we make fun of Sanchez, this Eagles defense is a real problem. Billy Davis’ inability to react to the limitations of his secondary is an indictment of the coaching staff as well as the players.

My one-year old son kept walking up to the television and turning it off. While frustrating at first, it turns out that he wasn’t being bad. He was trying to spare his mother and father the pain and humiliation of a loss to Washington. The kid already knows what it’s like being an Eagles fan.

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5 Responses to “Philadelphia Eagles uninspired, undisciplined in critical loss to Washington Redskins”


  • Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers….giftwrapping and Christmas Day come 5 days early for the Skins. Defense wins in football….see the Seatle Seahawks for a winning football pedigree.

  • I don’t think you can blame this game on Sanchez, I think first all, you have to question how the coaching staff prepared this team for the past 3 games, also the inability to either recognize adjustments needed to be made or not having the fortitude to make the changes. Our secondary is one of the worst in football. Dez Bryant caught 3 touchdowns on Fletcher, and we stayed in man-to-man. The lack of inspiration and defense caused us a place in the post season, but really we don’t deserve it. Starting to question Chip’s decisions, he made some questionable decisions all season on offense that may have cost us one or two games, also hand packaging Desean Jackson out of Philly was a horrible decision. With all that, I am still an Eagles Die Hard fan and will wait to see what moves we make in the off season, we need to draft defensive backs and a quarterback, Nick Foles is even worst than Sanchez without Desean Jackson to spread the field.

    • You’re completely right, Gino, this wasn’t all Sanchez. It was a total team effort…of failure. This December collapse has exposed the team’s many issues, from coaching on down to the players. They can’t survive another season without seriously addressing the failures of the secondary…and Lord, Lord we’ll see what happens on the playoff front.

  • Sounds like your son truly gets what being an Eagles fan is all about. RGIII tried to give the win to an Eagles team that truly didn’t deserve to get one…but one Sanchez INT too many and that was that. So many penalties, several dropped passes and a couple missed kicks. Mark didn’t lose this one on his own but he does own the fact he’s not the answer at QB for the future. Hard to believe how far our hopes have fallen in the last three weeks…home field advantage in the playoffs…to likely being out entirely. Nonetheless, Happy Holidays to you and yours Brandyn!

    • You’re right, the game was a train wreck on so many fronts. The Eagles were sitting pretty 3 weeks ago and have just let everything fall apart. No one to blame for this but themselves. Very simply, they didn’t deserve to make the playoffs (but BOY do I hate to see the Cowboys make it in).

      Yes, Matthew is wise beyond his years. He’s got a rough road of Philadelphia sports ahead of him. Truly a Philadelphian!

      Happy Holidays to you and your family, Bruce! I hope you can find the balance between enchanting and relaxing :).

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