Saturday, January 9, 2010
Eagles face a long offseason
By Dan Graziano
ARLINGTON, Texas -- I'll be focused on the Cowboys for the rest of the postseason, but let's have a quick discussion about the Eagles. First of all, it's amazing they were blown off the field in consecutive games by the Cowboys. I really thought that Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg would have come up with a solid offensive game plan.
But with the two fumbles and a fierce Cowboys rush, the Eagles never had a chance. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will have to go back to the drawing board in the offseason. It will help to get Stewart Bradley back at middle linebacker next season, but the Eagles have a lot of work to do elsewhere.
This secondary was exposed in the final two games of the season. And the Eagles have to find a way to generate more pressure. Trent Cole is an excellent pass rusher but Juqua Parker and Victor Abiamiri don't scare anyone on the other side. The Eagles have become a finesse team on both sides of the ball. It's OK to give up big plays on defense as long as your offense is racing up and down the field. But the Cowboys took DeSean Jackson away from the Eagles.
The Eagles have to find a way to become a more physical team. This team is not built to succeed in the postseason -- and I think that became pretty obvious tonight. You also have to figure out what to do at quarterback. Is it time for Kevin Kolb to become the starter?
Those are the questions the Eagles are asking themselves as I watch McNabb get sacked again.