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What Happened to the Eagles?

After the loss to the Washington Redskins, the Eagles were left scratching their head. How could two teams going in such opposite directions play a game with this outcome? Here are three possible reasons for Washington upsetting the Philly.

The head coach and play caller, Andy Reid, strayed from what got him back in the playoff hunt. After benching the face of the franchise, Donovan McNabb, Reid seemed like he realized that a well-balanced diet of running and throwing were the key to success. This was exemplified the week following McNabb’s time on the pine.

On the Thanksgiving game against the Cardinals Reid called a 50/50 ratio of pass and run plays. The next week Reid split 42 runs between four rushers and called only 30 plays to the air. Against the Browns he called merely 7 more passes than runs. However, when things got ugly and the Eagles needed to pull out a victory, Reid reverted to his old ways, calling 48 passes and just 16 rushes.

The boisterous rookie receiver DeSean Jackson had two very good chances to pull his team within one point of Washington. The first time the speedy wide out had the cornerback beat by a few steps. He ran so fast that he had to adjust to the slightly under thrown ball. In his attempt to come back, Jackson let the ball bounce off of his chest and onto the ground leaving the Eagles with 2 and 10 on their own 20-yard line.

Jackson was handed another gift when McNabb throw a perfect corner route in the back of the endzone, but once again, Jackson let it slips away, literally.

Andy Reid said it could be his overall stamina.

“It could be the fact that he’s only used to playing nine or 10 games a year,” Reid said, “and here he is in the 15th game of the season.”

The head coach made it clear that he is not pointing the finger at any one person. However, it sounded like he did just that when talking about the last play of the game.

Reggie Brown

“Reggie was running a post-flag-post,” Reid said. “He was supposed to be in the back of the endzone.”

However, Reid defended Brown.

“He is normally on the right side, and on this play he would be running a post-flag,” Reid said, “so maybe he was slightly unsure.”

The coach continually stressed not throwing anyone under the bus, but it seemed like he did the exact opposite when he ended the interview.

“No matter what side you were on or what route you were running, everyone is supposed to be in the endzone.”

Blame can be placed in many more aspects of the game (lack of motivation, not pressuring Campbell, or even Pro Bowler Asante Samuel’s interception drop), but one thing is for sure: they will all be straightened out this Sunday when it is time to face the Dallas Cowboys.

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