Skins Social: Is the Redskins' D better or are the Eagles just that bad?
What they’re saying in Philly:
--Ryan Messick of ESPN 97.3 in Atlantic City tweeted the following late in the game:
Cole did end up getting a tackle to match Rocca and Jenkins got one more. Still . . .
--From Geoff Mosher, CSNPhilly.com:
The Eagles are the first team this year to fall short of 300 offensive yards and not score at least two touchdowns against a Redskins defense ranked third-worst in the league.
Meanwhile, the Redskins are the fourth straight team to have a quarterback complete 70 percent of his passes and register a passer rating of over 120.0 against the Eagles’ defense.
--Mark Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News columnist:
The Eagles are seven points from being the only winless team in the NFL.
There is a very good argument that, on this day, they are the worst team in the NFL.
It got stronger Sunday.
Now 3-7, having lost six in a row, the Eagles have one neighbor in the NFC: the Panthers and Rams.
After they visit next Monday night, Cam and family might be movin' on up.
The Panthers, like the similarly hapless Jaguars, Browns and Chiefs, appear to be progressing.
Not so the Birds.
--Paul Domowitch of the Daily News completes his report card with this:
OVERALL: I never thought I'd see a football team quit on Andy Reid, but that appears to be the case with this team. What's happened to the Eagles' defense since Reid fired Juan Castillo and promoted Todd Bowles is unfathomable. The offense at least can use injuries as an excuse for their inept play. But Bowles' defense, which has given up 11 touchdown passes in the last four games and has just one interception in the last six games, is perfectly healthy.
--Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote his version of the Up-Down analysis. Of the 13 individuals he rated, only one got an “up” arrow and that was Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. He starts at the top:
↓ His off-season decisions to retain Andy Reid and give Howie Roseman more authority have backfired on him. Lurie will have to fire Reid now to pacify an angry fan base. It’ll be the right move, but can the owner be trusted to hire a replacement?
↓ We were about done picking on Big Red at this point, but then he had LeSean McCoy carrying the football down 25 points with less than two minutes left in the game. Lurie won’t likely fire Reid during the season, but he can’t be happy with his franchise running back getting a concussion during garbage time.
--Inquirer columnist Bob Ford says that the Redskins “are a pretty awful football team” but he empties both barrels at the team he covers:
While Andy Reid talks about fixing the problems and going forward, the team is going backward with a foot on the gas. The Eagles would have to run the table, winning their final six games of the season, to surpass owner Jeff Lurie's mandate to improve last season's 8-8 record. After Sunday, however, all that splitting of hairs seems pointless. Reid appears to have lost the team and there is never any turning back from that.