With the Philadelphia Eagles sitting at 1-3 and Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on their way to South Philly for a date with the Birds at Lincoln Financial Field, much is being made of the sad, sad state of the NFC East.
Despite the fact that the Eagles are 0-2 in the division and 0-3 in the conference, Las Vegas, Philly sports radio and practically any fan you talk to will tell you that the division is wide open. They will tell you how the Dallas Cowboys are without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the New York Giants can’t seem to figure things out and the Washington Redskins are… well, they’re the Washington Redskins. They will tell you that if the Birds can get hot and start to put things together and get some wins, they could still take the division. That once Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and the rest of the rebuilt Eagles roster that head coach Chip Kelly assembled starts to gel, the team could be right back in the thick of the playoff race.
To which I say, so what?
The way this team has played, does it really matter if they can come out as the winners of a once-proud division that is a shell of its former self?
I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t. Not a bit.
Let’s say the Eagles do somehow find a way to win the NFC East and head to the playoffs. Then what? Does anyone reading this seriously think that this Eagles team, from a division that is comprised of teams that, for lack of a better word, suck, would give a a decent playoff-caliber NFL team a run for their money?
Seriously, does anyone think for a second that this roster, hand-picked by Chip Kelly, would have a chance to beat the Green Bay Packers? The Carolina Panthers? The Arizona Cardinals? And that’s just the NFC. Add in some of the truly elite teams in the AFC, such as the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, and this Eagles team wouldn’t stand a chance.
I’ll put it simply: the Philadelphia Eagles, as they currently stand, are not a playoff team.
And that is not going to change if they miraculously win the NFC East.
There is no doubt in my mind they would out of the playoffs in the first-round. And I doubt it would even be close.
So far this season, Kelly has been adamant that he has the right players in place and that they just need to make plays to turn this thing around. Unless that mindset changes and soon, fans are going to be rooting for draft picks instead of playoff seeding. It’s part of the problem when your head coach is also the team’s GM; there is no one to tell you the truth and explain that maybe you need to change your thinking before it’s too late.
It’s almost funny; before the season started, all fans could talk about was the Super Bowl. How this season it was the Super Bowl or bust, that just making the postseason wasn’t going to be enough to satisfy them. Fans wanted to not only see a playoff win, but a trip to California for Super Bowl 50, nothing else.
Now, it seems fans will just be happy if the Eagles can somehow win the NFC East.
Funny how expectations can change once the games start to count.