Nothing has changed. And why was anyone expecting that? This is the Eagles of today.
Things don't change overnight just because you make the playoffs.
They're not a team that went 10-1. They are not the team that beat the Bucks, Chiefs, Dolphins, Bills, and Cowboys. They're not the team that was within striking distance of the No. 1 seed just a few weeks ago. They haven't been a team like that in a long time, and it didn't really matter who they played in the postseason, they would lose.
they can't run They can't be thrown. they cannot be blocked. They can't apply pressure. They can't tackle. they can't cover. They can't be coached.
Everything else is fine.
The Eagles ended their epic collapse with a 32-9 loss to the underdog Buccaneers on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
They finished the season with six losses in their last seven games, but those losses were by an average of 15 points, their only win since Week 12 when they nearly blew a 17-point deficit against the Giants.
The 23-point loss was the second-largest in franchise history and the first since a 24-point loss to the Cowboys in the 1992 conference semifinals at Texas Stadium.
It was a fitting end to a lost season.
It's embarrassing. poor. Unforgivable.
Here are some observations from the Eagles' second wild-card loss in Tampa in the past three years.
1. I still think there's a good chance Nick Sirianni will be back, but what do you think after seeing what the past two months have been like? After what we saw on Monday night? Everything Jeff Lurie does makes perfect sense. However, major changes are needed on this coaching staff, starting with the coordinator. The Eagles went from having two of the best in Shane Steichen and Jonathan Gannon to having two horribly underpowered coordinators (actually three), but they're struggling to get the right people at those positions. You can see how important it is. I don't think all of the offense's problems are with Johnson, but it's enough that the Eagles need to move forward. To be honest, I'd be willing to fire everyone except O-line coach Jeff Stoutland and special teams coordinator Michael Clay. No one on this team has gotten better. All have regressed. It's up to the coach. This team wasn't ready until the end. It's up to the coach. This team has lost its fundamentals. It's up to the coach. This team kept falling behind early on. It's up to the coach. They continued to open up a big lead. It all depends on the coach. And most of them have to go.
2. This defense's recent performance has been nothing short of terrifying. This is a Buccaneers team that struggled to score nine points in a must-win game last weekend against a 2-15 Panthers team. The Eagles held them to 174 yards and 11 points in September. They had surpassed that number by midway through the second quarter Monday night. Obviously, the coordinator change was a disaster. At least the Eagles had some impressive wins when Sean Desai was defensive coordinator. And they were embarrassed by the 49ers and Cowboys. All under Patricia. People running around with no idea where to go, what their mission is, or what their teammates are up to. Missed tackles were rampant in the second half of the season. Coverage breaks down. A blown away issue. And on Monday, it wasn't Mike Evans or Chris Godwin. It was Cade Otton. It was David Moore. It was Trey Palmer. The Eagles couldn't stop anyone. Howie Roseman has a lot of work to do this offseason, as the Eagles need speed, physicality and playmaking at every level of their defense. James Bradbury has to go. Nick Morrow has to go. Kevin Byard, Shaq Leonard, Bradley Roby, Zach Cunningham, they all have to go. This was just unconscionable on Monday night from a bottom-10 offense and a journeyman quarterback. The Bucs finished with 426 yards, 23 first downs and 46 percent third down, and Baker Mayfield threw for 337 yards and 3 TDs. Of course, the Eagles didn't force any turnovers. Worst defensive end in Eagles history? That's saying a lot. There were really terrible times in 1967, 2012 and 2015. And the defense of 1937, hey. But this was worse than all of them. Never in Eagles history has a defense fallen to pieces week after week like this group's past two months.
3. The Bucks outscored the Eagles 174-38 and led 16-3 until Hurts hit a deep ball to DeVonta Smith with four minutes left in the second quarter, but it was essentially a ball game. The Buccaneers, who are ranked in the bottom 10 in both offense and defense in the NFL this year, took control of the game by the middle of the second quarter. The Eagles got within one possession at one point, but this football team wasn't ready. they weren't ready. The coaching staff had eight days to get them ready for the game. There is no other way to look at it. When both sides of the ball went flat, and he went 174-38 almost flat, that's a direct reflection of the attitude of his staff coaching. The same thing happened last week against the Giants, who were 24-0 at halftime.
Four. This is almost unbelievable, but we just saw a 37 point and 449 yard turnaround in two games for Tampa. In Week 3, the Eagles defeated the Bucks 25-11, winning by 298 yards (472-174). On Monday night, the Bucs won by 23 points and outscored the Eagles by 151 yards (426-275). That says it all. Absolutely terrible.
Five. If there was one play that symbolized the Eagles' late-season collapse, it was Baker Mayfield's 44-yard touchdown pass to David Moore that gave the Bucs a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. First of all, there's no pressure on Mayfield. Eli Ricks then ran into Avonte Maddox around 40 and fell to the ground. No Eagles defender was within 15 yards when Moore caught the ball on the 36. Darius Slay extended his left arm in a heartbreaking attempt to tackle Moore on the 17th. Maddox and Kevin Byard struck out inside the 10. Bradley Roby took a shot at him at No. 6, but Moore went right through him. For comparison, Moore caught five passes all year. However, the Eagles managed to expose their defense's weaknesses, including players out of position, lack of pressure, poor coverage, and terrible tackling, all on his one play. In a word, defense.
6. This game really made the Eagles need more weapons on offense. Quez Watkins is not good enough. Olamide Zacchais is not a factor. Julio Jones, who left the game with a concussion, turns 35 next month. With AJ Brown out, the Eagles' only offensive playmaker was DeVonta Smith, who gained 148 yards. Everyone else combined for 102, most of which was garbage time. Brown is an incredible talent, but he can't put himself in a position where he doesn't have a viable No. 3 wideout who can step up to No. 2 if Brown or Smith are unavailable. Maybe some of this is down to the coach, but it's also down to Howie Roseman. We've talked all year about how thin the Eagles are at WR, and nothing has changed. Practice squad members Devon Allen, Greg Ward, Joseph Ngata and Griffin Hebert are not the answer. AJ Brown will always be missed. But they need someone other than Smith to play.
7. We know that most of the blame for this loss lies with the defense, and they certainly deserve some of the blame. But the attacks were just as bad. They're all just as bad. How can you go 9-0 on third down? How can you average 2.8 yards per carry? How can you go scoreless in the second half? How can he hit seven drives of 20 yards or less? How can you be so ignorant about blitzkrieg? How do you have one 25-yard receiver? How do you go from 201 rushing yards in September to 42 on Monday night? Why are there two 20-yard plays and none in the second half? Even without Brown, this offense is too good to give up nine points to anyone.
8. Jalen Hurts' passing numbers were fine, completing 25 of 35 for 250 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. His passer rating was a decent 100.9. But his inability to handle pressure, and it's not just him, but the offensive coaches, the offensive line, and even the receivers, is a really obvious problem. The Eagles knew exactly what Todd Bowles was going to do, but he still couldn't handle it. He couldn't make a play against it. He couldn't cope at all. 9 points. They scored 9 points. I don't care what the numbers are or what his passer rating is, Hurts has to be better.
9. If only cleaning the house was as easy as getting rid of all the old people. But Fletcher Cox was the Eagles' best defensive lineman this year. Brandon Graham was effective as a situational edge rusher. Jason Kelce is the best center in the NFL. Imagine if the Eagles had to trade all three. Life without people like that is scary. It's not because they're legends around here. But that's because they are still three of the Eagles' better players. Who will take their place?
Ten. Gotta give props to DeVonta Smith. The Eagles have two No. 1 receivers, and this is exactly why. With AJ Brown sidelined, the Eagles needed greatness from a third-year wideout, and Smith delivered. He was just as good on Monday night, even though the Bucs knew he was the only one Hurts would throw to. Smith had eight catches for a postseason record 148 yards, becoming the first wide receiver in franchise history to reach two career 100-yard games. He also scored 100 RBIs in the Super Bowl. Smith currently has 405 total postseason receiving yards, just 60 yards shy of Harold Carmichael's franchise record. On a night when nothing else was going right for the offense, Smith was one of the few players on the team who did his job. Probably the only one.
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