The vibes around the Philadelphia Eagles are the lowest they've been all season. This once-mighty team has now lost two straight games in embarrassing blowouts, raising serious questions about this squad's contender status.
A rough patch like this presents an opportunity to rally together, but it can also prompt things to get even worse if players can't get past their frustrations. Unfortunately, it appears the latter scenario has played out in Philadelphia during the recent losing skid.
In a story covering the Eagles' massive coaching staff shakeup on the defensive side of the ball, ESPN's Tim McManus reported there's been "'too much finger-pointing' among teammates" amid following their back-to-back losses, according to a source inside the building. McManus added a lack of "focus on the collective good of the team" has hurt this group as they look to get back on track.
The ESPN insider also noted "frustrations were mounting in particular among some players on defense," which likely led to Sunday's decision to replace Sean Desai with assistant Matt Patricia as play-caller of this unit.
Overall, this is very concerning news for Philly. It's clear unhappiness is running rampant throughout the locker room, which essentially cost a coach his job. But the fact players are also blaming each other instead of working out their issues right now paints an incredibly bleak picture.
The Eagles have prided themselves on their veteran leadership with franchise legends like Jason Kelce, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox and Lane Johnson setting the tone. Quarterback Jalen Hurts has been recognized as a great person to command any group as well.
Yet, this is collective failure from those experienced players and head coach Nick Sirianni to see how bad things have gotten in just two games.
Sirianni's bold move before Monday Night Football is one way to possibly get his squad's spark back, but if it doesn't pan out, he'll be on the hook for squandering a talented roster once again.
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