It seems like a pipe dream now, like wishful thinking at best, or like a foolish thought at worst. Perhaps it may be hard to remember after the mental knockout delivered on Sunday, but there were actual reasons to believe that a Philly resurgence was not just coming, but imminent.
McCoy was running wild, the wide-nine was being used responsibly, there was ingenuity in the play calling, etc. etc. Of the many trends one could point to in order to justify the now foreign feeling of optimism, most would simply be branches attached to the tree of good coaching. Plain and simple, Andy Reid and co. were getting it right.
It was nothing special at all, just competent game planning, the type that would have the team playing like they should, God forbid they over-achieve. What has happened since however, is something so inconceivable, something so incredible, that words like “frustrating” may not even do for Eagles fans at the moment. The coaching has regressed, the reason for which could be anybody’s guess.
Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe that the coaching staff would continue with what they were doing, and try to keep the success going. Sadly though, little about this team has been conventional, and wise? That now seems to be certainly out the window.
If the Eagles’ were to lose with their improved tactics, fine. It would not be easy to take, few losses are, but it’d be understandable, most definitely more than what we’re seeing right now. Simply put, the Eagles have once again reverted to their square peg-round hole ways, confounding and confusing fans in the process.
Need an example? Look no further than the LeSean McCoy’s statistics against the Cardinals. On a day in which Michael Vick was having a bad game, and with the quarterback having hurt his ribs just two plays into the match, McCoy, who has shown on numerous occasions how massive of a threat he is, was given the ball just 14 times for a grand total of 81 yards. Compare that to the 30 carries that he’d received in the explosion against Dallas, and it becomes clear that the Eagles’ usage of McCoy, or lack thereof is in part the cause of their downfall.
It’s obvious the Eagles succeed when they give Shady the ball, yet they choose not to, but alas this is what we are now subject to watching, a coaching staff that inexplicably veers away from winning strategy. It is a notion that is quite mind boggling, and infinitely more disappointing, but the fact of the matter is that the Eagles have once found what is broke and fixed it, only to just break it again.