On July 29th the Eagles traded for Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and signed DE Jason Babin, two very good moves. Then they shocked the world and signed the free agent diamond, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The signings did not end there; with the additions of former Pro Bowlers quarterback Vince Young and defensive end Cullen Jenkins (signed July 30th) the Eagles looked Super Bowl bound and they were not afraid to talk about it. With a little help from Vince Young, the Dream Team was born.
Too bad winning the offseason does not mean winning the championship. Too bad “on paper” does not mean on the field. Too bad talent does not mean points.
Too bad dreams do not always come true.
The offseason splash overshadowed some fundamental problems with the team. There are not any linebackers who can make plays in the running game (as evident by the run defense getting shredded week after week to the tune of 5.0 yards per carry allowed). The other major flaw in the team was making former offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, the new defensive coordinator. As both the defense and offensive line have struggled, this move makes less and less sense each week, which is really saying something cause it made no sense in the beginning.
The Eagles have been in every game this year, holding a 4th quarter lead in 4 of the 5 loses. But the team’s inability to get stops when it mattered has cost the most promising Eagles team since the T.O. era the chance to be great.
The toughest part of this season is that no one will remember the emergence of LeSean McCoy as a top three running back in the league. He is leading the league in rushing yards, second in yards per carry (of players with at least 100 carries) with 5.5, He has scored a TD in every game this season and has over 1000 total yards from scrimmage. Too bad no one will ever remember.
The season is only half way through, but it might as well already be over. Three games back of the Giants (who have already beat the Eagles) for the division lead and behind four more teams for the second wild card spot (two of them are the Falcons and Bears who have also beaten the Eagles). The season is lost, and the Eagles have no one to blame but themselves. Too bad all the hype did not translate on the field.
Sadly for the City of Brotherly Love there have been too many times when this team played with no heart. It is time to bury the 2011 Eagles for good. I bid a not so fond farewell to the Dream Team, thanks for crushing our dreams once again.