Once again Sunday the Eagles came out with thoughts of playing well and ending their losing streak, and just like in weeks past, they were well short of their goal of winning.
Now the big question for all involved – will Andy Reid make it to the end of the year after his team’s sixth consecutive loss?
Nick Foles first drive as a starter ended with a pick, and it was a sign of things to come as the Eagles were beaten badly by Robert Griffin III and the Redskins 31-6.
“I don’t know how it can get much worse,” Eagles tight end Brent Celek said, hands on hips. “It makes me sick.”
The Eagles turned it over 3 times, committed nine penalties, and watched RG III go 14-for-15 with four touchdowns.
For now, it’s the longest single-season losing streak for the Eagles since dropping seven games in a row to end the 1994 season.
Foles played because Michael Vick was sidelined with a concussion; leading rusher LeSean McCoy was carted off with a concussion after a run with less than 2 minutes left Sunday.
“I don’t sense a lack of focus. That’s not what I sense. I see them playing hard. I see them focusing in at practice,” Reid said. “At times, maybe we’re trying too hard. You can’t press and make plays.”
Reid does say that this teams lack of winning is on him, and that he takes “full responsibility” and that it’s his “fault that’s the way it’s going.”
Asked if the Eagles are getting worse, Reid said: “Well, we didn’t look better today. We didn’t do a good job today.”
Washington’s struggling D got four sacks of Foles, a third-round pick from Arizona, who completed 21 for 46 passes for 204 yards.
“I didn’t play well at all,” Foles said. “I know that.”
Top receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson combined for two catches for 5 yards.
“That wouldn’t be my choice,” Jackson said.
As for what went wrong with his club, Jackson summed it up this way: “Too much of us killing ourselves. That’s the only way I can really think of it. Every time something good happens, it’s almost, we look up and it’s a penalty or a turnover. The same things are continuing to happen.”
For now, there’s no end of it in sight, and it could mean the end is near for Reid and this underachieving team.