Eagles coaches still showing fight

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (R) speaks to the Philadelphia Eagles head coach...

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (R) speaks to the Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid after the Patriots defeated the Eagles in their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 PM ET

About the only positive aspect to the Philadelphia Eagles season is that they haven’t had a televised Joe Kapp-Angela Mosca moment.

But with five games remaining on their schedule, including Thursday’s tilt against the Seahawks in Seattle, anything is possible.

The Eagles came close in their last game, a 38-20 loss to the Patriots, when defensive line coach Jim Washburn and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg got into a heated exchange on the sidelines.

It’s good that the coaches still show some fight because lord knows there has been little evidence of that from the players this season.

Even though the Indianapolis Colts are marching relentlessly towards an 0-16 season, it is the Eagles that have been the most disappointing and bewildering team.

Fans of the San Diego Chargers may want to lay claim to this tag but their team didn’t have the talent on both sides of the ball that the Eagles did, didn’t acquire the talent in the off-season that the Eagles did, didn’t arrive on the opening week of the season with more hype than even the all-hat, no-cattle New York Jets.

Given where they stood in the rankings of the pundits and where they no doubt stood in their own thinking, it is difficult to believe that they enter Thursday’s game with the same record as the Seahawks, both teams at 4-7. The Eagles, at this point, stand ahead of just three teams in the NFC — Minnesota, St. Louis and Carolina.

Even if they were to run the table and finish at 9-7 — and given their play to date how likely is that scenario? — they would likely fall short as they have too many teams to overcome.

Against the Seahawks the Eagles will once more be without the services of quarterback Michael Vick (broken ribs) and when you list the individual disappointments, Vick will be near the top of the list.

Vick was a tremendous story in 2010 but his play in the final three games of that season — all losses — was a portent of things to come.

Vick, 31, has taken an incredible pounding this season and given his age and his lack of durability you have to wonder if his 2010 renaissance will be the high point of his career.

The Eagles added a lot of talent but it never came together, never meshed especially on the defensive side where the installation of offensive line coach Juan Castillo as their defensive coordinator can only be viewed as a colossal blunder.

They also were perceived as a selfish team with too many me-first players such as the sulking duo of corner Asante Samuel and wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Perhaps the most damaging criticism is that on too many occasions they showed absolutely no heart and a lot of quit.

Finally, for whatever the reason, they couldn’t win at home as they are 1-5 at Lincoln Financial Field, their lone win in Philadelphia the high point of their sorry season, a 34-7 crush job of the Dallas Cowboys, Oct. 30, a game which falsely raised the final glimmer of hope that they could turn their season around.

Head coach Andy Reid has been at the helm for 13 seasons and there now are whispers that his lengthy run could be coming to an end even though that scenario seems remote and unlikely.

Quite simply, the Eagles season has been a complete mess.

Not quite the ‘Dream Team’ season once voiced by backup quarterback Vince Young.

GIANTS SWOON

December has arrived and the New York Giants annual swoon is in full swing.

Sort of like the swallows returning to Capistrano each spring.

The Giants are in full free-fall with their Monday night horror show — a 49-24 hammering by the New Orleans Saints — their third consecutive loss that dropped them to 6-5 on the season.

As for the post-season, they are moving in the opposite direction of the surging Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East and are in real danger of missing the playoffs as a wild-card team altogether.

The Giants season gets a whole lot tougher on Sunday when they play host to the unbeaten Green Bay Packers.

A loss on Sunday would mean they would have to win out over their final four and that includes a home-and-home series against the Cowboys, a home game against the Redskins and a game against the Jets on Dec. 24. Lots of luck.

The losing streak has been a soul-sucking repetition of past failures.

“We should be playing much better, much more consistently,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “We should know who we are. We should be performing much better.

The Giants’ woes of late have come from two problem areas — a lack of a running game and the lack of a pass rush.

Adding to the steepness of the climb they face is the loss of defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who could miss the next two weeks with a sprained ankle.

As far as fan discount concerning another season unraveling at the end, safety Antrel Rolle said he isn’t bothered in the least.

“You know what? Everyone might be off the Giants bandwagon, which is fine,” he told a radio station. “We’ve only had us to begin with. We only need us in order to get to where we need to get to. If the fans want to be there, then be there. We will love you. We will love to have you there. We will appreciate you. But if you’re not there, if you jump off the bandwagon, that’s fine, too. We’re going to play ball regardless.”

Just not in the post-season.


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