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By: Adam Dandrea
If you would have told me before the season that the Eagles would be 1-3 going into week 5 I probably would have punched you straight in the jaw. Now, if you would have told me that the Eagles would be 1 game back going into week 5 I probably would have kissed you on the cheek. Well, we have both of those scenarios upon us now and I am more confused than ever. During that second half I was as mad as anyone watching that disgrace of a defense get beat like a drum. Michael Vick did everything he could Sunday. Tom Brady couldn't have done much more with the amount of time Vick had. The offense line just really can't seem to put together a complete game so far. After seeing missed tackles and breakdown in coverage I started to question their heart, effort, talent and will to win. I was blowing everyone out from Chip Kelly to Billy Davis to Howie Roseman, I think I even took some shots at the equipment manager. One minute I wanted to cry, the next I wanted to punch a hole in the wall(which my roommate actually did). Somebody was going to be the recipient of my anger I didn't care if it was Jimmy the delivery man or a little snot nosed kid who looked at me the wrong way in line at Target. Then, I took a breath. Then, another one. I realized that I was doing the same thing I did last year after our games. I would be devastated all week leading up to the next game and for some reason it always felt like it carried over to the performance on the field. That was just my feeling. [caption id="attachment_63" align="alignright" width="300"] Michael Vick(above) did all he could Sunday but got no support[/caption]
Last year there you could just sense that the team knew they were gonna lose and that's how they played. What last years team couldn't seem to correct was how they responded to adversity. It seemed as if they would just mope around feeling sorry for themselves and saying the same old ******** every interview. That just drove me nuts. If the team last year got punched in the mouth they would go down and cry for their momma and that was a big factor that lead to the 4-12 disgrace of a season we had to sit through. This year though I have a new feeling. I didn't see any laughing on that sideline while they were getting steamrolled towards the end. Some of which we saw the last couple of years. I saw guys who were disappointed and I think a little bit angry. That's the combination you need if you want get this thing turned around. You let that disappointment sit for a little then by the time you get back home that should all turn into anger. Sitting there feeling sorry for yourself doesn't work. Like Chip Kelly said in his press conference "90 percent of people don't care about your problems and the other 10 percent are glad you have them". [caption id="attachment_64" align="alignright" width="300"] This is the real test to see what head coach Chip Kelly is made of[/caption]
It's now up to this Eagles team to really sit down, look at themselves and decide that they wanna fight back. They have to decide that losing isn't going to be something that this years team is going to settle with. That all starts with self-reflection and asking yourself what more can I do for this team to help us win? Chip Kelly and the coaching staff play a role in this as well. They need to continue to bring the energy to the nova care complex each and every day for practice. These are the moments that can really make or break a team. Chip has to make sure that these guys know he is sticking with them and has each and everyone of their backs and so does the guy in the locker next to you. After evaluating the team last year and also the year before, this was a problem that they just couldn't overcome and which ultimately led to their demise and the firing of Andy Reid. When looking at it from a fans perspective we have to have the mentality that this team is what it is. We know they're weaknesses, which likes almost everything but we also have seen them operate at a high level like on that season opener in Washington. There is still hope in Philadelphia, that I'm sure of. People can talk stats and say how bad the defense is and how inefficient the offense is in the redzone but I'm over that. That has nothing to do with what is going to happen on Sunday once that ball is kick in the Meadowlands. What this season comes down to is this teams will to fight back, not accept what has become commonplace the last couple of years and that's losing. That's not only losing games but losing the battle mentally. It's not going to be easy but if they straighten out any problems they have within their ears I believe they can get this thing moving in the right direction and possibly put some wins together. This is isn't the same team as last year with all the different coaching personalities to go along with the new the players personality. We have to look at every week as a fresh start. This team needs that killer instinct and I think they have the guys who can bring that back to Philly. This week against the New York Giants is the best way to show that not only for us the fans, but for themselves.
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