The Philadelphia Eagles needed everything it took to pick up a week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. They withstood four interceptions from Michael Vick, poor play-calling from Andy Reid and a defense playing against a rookie quarterback and rookie running back, which has only happened in the first week four times in the past 44 years.
The Eagles may have escaped with a 17-16 victory, but if this is a sign of things to come, it could be yet another long season in Philadelphia.
Or a short one, if you are Vick or Reid.
The Browns defense is not exactly the San Francisco 49ers. They are not known for shutting down opponents and creating five turnovers. But they confused Reid’s star pupil all day long on Sunday. Vick did throw for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times and fumbled the ball twice, although the team was able to recover both of them.
Still, if this is a sign of things to come, could the Eagles be all that far away from undergoing some major changes in 2012?
Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie has admitted that another season of mediocrity simply will not cut it in Philadelphia for Reid and the team. If he goes 8-8 again, he can consider himself more than just on the hot seat.
He can probably consider himself a goner as the Eagles’ head coach after failing to deliver for so many seasons with a team who has had Super Bowl aspirations for well over a decade now.
If Vick continues to struggle and the Eagles continue to barely scrape by against some of the teams predicted to be toward the bottom of their divisions, expect some massive overhauls on this coaching staff and roster.
You have to know at this point that if Reid is not safe, then his favorite endorsee in Vick may not be all that safe either. Just because he signed a $100 million contract does not mean that the Eagles could not cut Vick after this season. Especially if they fire Reid. Nick Foles definitely impressed many people throughout the league this past preseason, and you know he will see the field at some point this season, as Vick has not played a full season in quite some time.
Despite what many supporters of Reid and Vick may believe, neither is a lock to finish out the 2012 season in Philadelphia.
Not if things continue like they did yesterday going forward, especially in what is sure to be a much improved NFC East.