Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 12/13/12

At 4-9 in year 2, it’s safe to say that the ‘Dream Team’ experiment has failed.  In two years, Eagles fans have seen big time acquisitions like Nnamdi and DRC be absolute failures, Juan Castillo’s inexperience and Jim Washburn’s ego plague the defense, Michael Vick’s inability to stay healthy and make smart decisions ruin the passing game, and Andy Reid’s play calling hold back the growth of All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy.  Going from 3-1 to 4-9 has been a miserable experience as an Eagles fan, but the silver lining in this whole mess is that change may finally be near. This past offseason, owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a press conference that 8-8 would not be good enough for Reid, well Jeff it’s time to keep your word.  When Jeremy Maclin scored the game-winning touchdown against the Bucs it was great seeing the joy in Andy’s face, a man that I respect and want the best for.  Reid has kept the Eagles competitive for the past 12 years, a feat that Reid has not gotten credit for since he has not won the big one.  Reid has dealt with a lot this year with the loss of his son, and you have to feel for the guy because he is giving it his all each week.  With that said, it’s time to move on.  It’s been 14 wild years with Reid, but the only hope for this team is to start over with a new coaching staff and a new environment.  The Eagles need a coach who will demand respect in the locker room and a guy that the players can trust.  When I think of replacements, Jon Gruden definitely comes to mind.  Gruden will come in and change the attitude of the team immediately.  Gruden has a lot of respect around the league and will bring an experienced coaching staff with him. via the700level.com The quarterback play has been very interesting this year.  It started with Vick sneaking by teams with bad decisions throughout the game, but clutch play down the stretch, and has ended with Nick Foles surprising everyone with how well he is playing.  Looking into the future for this team, one thing is for certain, Michael Vick will not be with this team next year.  The Eagles can get out of Vick’s contract if they release him in the upcoming offseason, and I fully expect the Eagles to do so.  Vick has thrown careless interceptions, held the ball for too long, and played terribly against the blitz.  Vick has had terrible offensive line play, but it’s still time to move forward with the new head coaching staff.  Foles has been one of the few bright spots this year, with his improving play each week.  He has a feel for the pocket, tremendous accuracy with the intermediate throw, and the ability to throw it deep.  Assuming Foles continues to impress in the last few games of the regular season, it’s a no brainer that he is your starter going into next year. In the offseason, the Eagles need to stay aggressive, but make much smarter decisions this time around.  You need to cut your losses with Nnamdi, Cullen Jenkins, Kurt Coleman, Vick, Demetress Bell, and Mike Patterson.  These players are ineffective and are getting paid way too much.  Rodgers-Cromartie has played pretty poorly this year, but has too much talent and should be the only returning starter in a secondary that has been a huge disappointment.  The safety position must be a high priority either through the draft or by signing a free agent like Jarius Byrd.  A tall wide receiver with talent has been sorely missed in Philadelphia ever since T.O. left, going after a guy like Dwayne Bowe or a tall receiver in the draft definitely should be considered by the front office, because the often injured short receivers on this team are just not getting it done.  The Eagles can’t afford another project player with their first round pick, which will be at least a top ten pick.  An immediate impact guy that hits a need like Luke Joeckel or DeMarcus Milliner is exactly what this team needs to get some momentum into training camp. It’s no question that this team has talent.  Bryce Brown and LeSean McCoy will make a great running back tandem, the injured offensive lineman (Peters, Kelce, and Herremans) will be a huge boost for Nick Foles, and the front seven has both experience and talent.  With an offseason under a new staff that makes the right decisions, this team can be back in there by next year, but then again, I’ve been telling myself that for the past 4 years. -Tadayon

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