The Philadelphia Eagles are in even greater turmoil than they were days ago. At this time last week, Eagles fans like myself insisted that if they didn’t beat the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 5, Michael Vick, Andy Reid or both should go. Yet after Philadelphia lost quite decisively to New Orleans and dropped to 3-5, the cries for change seem to be muted.
It probably has to do with how Reid immediately named Vick as the starter against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 11, instead of waiting three days to do it. Since he made it clear right away that Vick is still the starter – and since the Eagles’ last two losses weren’t that much of his fault – this week hasn’t been plagued with calls for Nick Foles to come in. Or maybe it’s just that we don’t care anymore – or that it’s just too late.
After the loss to the Saints, a sense of resignation came over Eagles Nation. With the team at 3-5 and near the bottom of the entire NFC, there’s a realization that no matter what Philadelphia does, it is likely too late to save the season. As such, there’s no reason to really cry out for Vick’s benching, or Reid’s firing in midseason, because that won’t change things for 2012.
Even if Vick gets himself pulled against the Cowboys – or if Jeffrey Lurie sees the light and lets Reid get out while he can – there really wouldn’t be any reason to care by then. 2012 is all but a wash now, so why get passionate with calls for change that won’t do anything for this year? If they wanted to make a difference by benching Vick or firing Reid, the Eagles would have done it two weeks ago when they fired Juan Castillo.
Since replacing Castillo only made things worse, Philadelphia is probably gun shy about making any more big moves that could backfire. All the Eagles can do now is play out the string and hope Vick and Reid can make it to the end of the year, then get a dignified sendoff. But by that point, us fans will probably be hard pressed to care.
We’ve all been worn down by 14 years of near-misses, and now by five weeks of no wins at all. We can’t deny the writing on the wall anymore, since we see the futility of calling for Vick or Reid’s heads, as it won’t save this season now. Therefore, a lot of us have lost the passion to do even that – and since this is Cowboys week, we should have a lot of passion on reserve regardless.
But there’s no real firestorm around Vick and Reid right now, and no real hype yet for the latest Eagles-Cowboys showdown, because there’s little point left to any of it. Instead of passion in one way or another, the Eagles are beginning to inspire indifference – which should send as much of a disturbing message to Lurie as possible.
Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident who has followed the Eagles since he was eight years old.
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