What they're saying about the Eagles
Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week:
SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles 23rd in his power rankings:
There was one obvious team that sort of had a temporary need at quarterback when Donovan McNabb was waived, but nobody really mentioned as a possible landing spot. Wouldn't that have been another fun chapter in this fun-filled season in Philly? The return of No. 5. To go along with Vick and Vince and Mike Kafka. We can dream.
The Eagles are 24th in ESPN.com's power rankings:
The Eagles are one of the week's biggest fallers, and have dropped to their lowest point of the season. The loss in Seattle was apparently enough for the voters, who are sick of the league's most disappointing team continuing to disappoint every week. Mike Sando, who attended that game, has the Eagles at No. 26, behind the Panthers and Redskins. And at 4-8, it'd be tough for them to put up a real convincing argument against him.
Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com takes a look at what's gone wrong for the league's 10 worst teams, including the Eagles:
After 13 seasons under Reid without a Super Bowl victory, Eagles brass must decide whether it's time for a change. Should he get ousted, Reid's inability to effectively replace the late Jim Johnson at defensive coordinator will be a major factor. Juan Castillo — completely overmatched since Reid made the unwise move of switching him from offensive line coach during the offseason — is assuredly out regardless of Reid's employment status. One potential saving grace for Reid and the Eagles: Defensive wiz Steve Spagnuolo may be available to return if ousted as St. Louis head coach as expected. Whoever is the new coordinator must hope Philadelphia's front office does a much better job upgrading the linebacker position.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles 23rd:
OK, now it's really over for the Eagles. To think this team will probably go 6-10 is mind-boggling. More often than not, teams built through free agency suffer the worst letdown in the prognosticated-greatness-to-season-outcome department. The 2000 Redskins signed Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Mark Carrier, Andre Reed and Jeff George, and promptly fell flat on their face, going from a 10-6 playoff team in 1999 to 8-8 even with all those "great" additions. Make no mistake, draft and retain is the way to get it done.
Brian Billick of FoxSports.com also has the Eagles 23rd:
I believe that if he wants to, head coach Andy Reid will be back next season, and he deserves the chance to have an offseason with all the free agents he signed this year. Football is the ultimate team game, and if they can get all this individual talent to play together as one, they will be right back on top in the NFC next year.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com predicts a 28-20 Eagles victory against Miami:
I've been wrong on the Eagles all year. When I pick them to lose, they win. When I think they'll win, they lose. They gave zero effort and laid a massive egg in Seattle last Thursday night with their season on the line. Even with a long week to prepare, Andy Reid's job in jeopardy, and a healthy Michael Vick back in the lineup, it's hard to pick the Eagles with any sort of conviction. I think they find a way, here, but that's a lot like saying "I think I'm going to like 'The Office' this week". Everytime, I have this fleeting vision that they're suddenly going to pull it all together and be as good as they should be, but they never deliver. That includes you, Ed Helms. MAKE ME LAUGH THIS SEASON. JUST ONCE. PLEASE.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has already released a mock draft. He's got the Eagles taking Iowa tackle Riley Reiff with the sixth pick:
Ultimately the Eagles would likely rather trade out and target a big-bodied linebacker. However, adding a talented body like Reiff who is capable of giving them some much-needed versatility on the O-line is a nice consolation prize.
Khlaed Elsayed of Pro Football Focus ranks the Eagles' offensive line No. 1 in the NFL:
After all the money the Eagles spent, it's quite humorous that their best signing came at the veteran minimum in the form of Evan Mathis. Mathis has combined with our top ranked LT on the year to form the best left side of a line in the league, while after some early season shuffles, the rest of the line has come together (with the occasional dips).
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 21st:
Is this the end for Andy Reid? After what happened in Seattle, it's hard to make a case to keep him.
Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Birds 26th:
Based on his performance this season, is Nnamdi Asomugha the most overpaid player in football?
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles 25th:
Our friends in Philly continue to deserve more.