The time has come for me to downgrade my expectations for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. Otherwise I'll be miserable for the rest of the fall. In other words -- if I go on thinking that the Eagles are or should be a legitimate Super Bowl contender, I will be doomed to disappointment.
Now, the Eagles looked just this bad a couple years ago, even worse, actually, and managed to recover. In 2003, the Eagles got off to a 2-3 start in which they played like warmed over dog shit. Donovan McNabb, in particular, looked like he had forgotten how to play the game of football. Then Brian Westbrook saved the season with a last-minute punt return for a touchdown against the Giants at Giants Stadium and the Eagles squeaked out a win to go to 3-3, then won another eight games in a row. Of course, that team went down like Gerry Cooney in a cocktail dress to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC title game, so that dampens any hope to be derived from the season.
At any rate, I don't have it in me right now to explain my multifarious thoughts on the state of the Eagles. The bottom line is I'm downgrading my expectations to this -- the Eagles ought to be a playoff team, but the way Andy Reid has them playing, it's no guarantee. Once into the playoffs, anything can happen, because the NFC is incredibly weak. Only the Falcons, Seahawks, Cowboys, Giants and, shockingly, Redskins, can be considered contenders right now, and the only one of those teams that was a preseason contender is the Falcons.
Andy Reid was asked a question at the press conference after the game about whether he thinks defenses respect his play-action calls when he never runs. Good point, but Reid was indignant. The article is no longer up at philly.com. But reporters asked 13 of 25 questions about the run, so they're doing their job. Not sure whether he'll ever see the light.
Dang it. I wanted to write about more than this. But it's not going to happen.