The Eagles are 4-1 (and should really at least be 3-2), and no one is relieved. No one is counting their blessings. No one is thinking the shaky-yet-successful start will turn into something more solid. Everyone is freaking the hell out.
No one is calling for the coach’s job — though with some more questionable playcalling on Sunday Night Football we’ll probably get that too, even if they come out at 5-1 — but there are calls for changes in the secondary (correct)… and at the quarterback and running back positions (incorrect). The panic is understandable. The Eagles, for large portions of their four wins, have looked like a team destined to lose. But they keep pulling it off. How? Doesn’t matter. What can we complain about?
One reader forwarded along a trend he had noticed over on Pro Football Talk, where they keep mentioning McCoy’s production vs. the value of his contract, subtly (and sometimes not so) hinting Chip Kelly may decide that if this doesn’t turn around, he’s not worth the cost. Here’s a sampling of PFT thoughts on McCoy:
– “McCoy knows that, given what he’s getting paid, a 21-yard run and 58 yards on 23 others won’t cut it. Especially when the guys coach Chip Kelly is specifically acquiring to run his offense are looking better than they ever have at any point in their careers.”
– “This year, McCoy has gained 2.9 yards per carry. Last year, he gained 6.3 … the trend is troubling.”
– “With McCoy carrying a huge cap number, he’ll need to have huge production to justify it. Otherwise, LeSean eventually could end up going the way of DeSean.”
– “Come 2015, Sproles and/or others could be good enough in what the Eagles do to justify not keeping McCoy and his $11.95 million cap number.”
– “So which team in the NFC East will sign LeSean McCoy after he’s cut in the offseason?”
Meanwhile, there are people out there who are more concerned with Nick Foles. One of those people, is the always jovial Buzz Bissinger, who is still super salty about Nick not wanting to be interviewed for Buzz’s profile on him. On Monday morning, Buzz told WIP that he deserves an apology from he entire city — which no one has gotten or ever will get — and then continued, stroking his own ego and probably some other things:
“I got pride. Now? You think I want to interview him now? I would rather interview the Eagle mascot. Forget it. You know, the guy had his chance and he blew it. He had his chance to be interviewed by one of the greatest journalists of the country.”
Well it’s a good thing for Buzz then that Nick Foles will never call him back to do that interview.