Another week, and another tough loss for the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia fans are growing more and more antsy each week. First, the Phillies were the favorite to win the World Series and seemingly collapsed against the Cardinals. Now a team deemed the “Dream Team” because of their preseason acquisitions sits at 3-6. The Eagles, once a favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, the Eagles hit an absolute low point this weekend.
It began with news that DeSean Jackson would not play this Sunday against the Cardinals after he missed a team meeting on Saturday because he slept in. Jackson, who will be a free agent at the end of the season has been looking for a deal since the preseason. The deal has definitely been a distraction to Jackson, who is clearly frustrated. Jackson has been underperforming most of the season, with only 2 touchdowns on 29 receptions through eight weeks. Jackson is clearly looking toward next season, a season that may have him playing for a different team.
The dream does not only end with Jackson, though. Michael Vick has been anything but spectacular this season. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Peyton Manning may receive more MVP votes this season than Vick. How could this be? Well I can guarantee that at least one sports writer, with tongue in cheek, will vote for Manning who clearly has an impact on the 0-10 Colts. I do not think there is a sportswriter out there willing to give a vote to the preseason favorite Vick, who has failed to get it done in Philly this season. Vick’s worst game came this weekend against the Cardinals. In the game Vick threw two interceptions and only completed 16 of his 34 attempts for 128 yards. You can point to Vick being without DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin getting injured in the game, or even point at Vick’s broken ribs. The fact is the Eagles are 3-6, and before the season, many analysts were anointing Vick as being “elite”. My argument is that with Peyton Manning, the Colts would be at least 5-5 right now. Without him, they are 0-10. With Vick, the Eagles are 3-6 and have far superior talent on paper than the Colts. What’s my point? Elite players find ways to make the players around them successful.
No doubt Maclin has been effective and LeSean McCoy is one of the best backs in the league. But it has amounted to a three-games-below .500 record and seemingly being out of the race for a NFC East division title. What is the point of having “elite” players if they cannot play together as an elite cohesive unit? The Giants, on the other hand, who lead the NFC East may not have the “names” that the Eagles have, but they play together.