The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles, who were heralded in the preseason as Super Bowl champs following a robust free agency period, died Thursday following a 3-month illness.
The cause of death was complications from injuries (Vick, Maclin, Rodgers-Cromartie, Cole, Peters), a propensity for turnovers (-12 ratio, worst in the NFL), the inability to play anything resembling defense (Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns) and team chemistry that could be described as moderately hostile (2:21).
The Eagles will be survived by owner Jeffrey Lurie, President Joe Banner, GM Howie Roseman and fragile $100 million QB Mike Vick, but probably not coach Andy Reid (unless he convinces the front office to let him hire
Jim Steve Spagnuolo – who might not survive a nightmare season in St. Louis – to coach his incompetent defense).
No more excuses for Eagles: They’re just bad [Inquirer]