The Philadelphia Eagles blew a big lead at home against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, dropping a game that lowered their 2012 record to 3-3. While blame will shared by many players involved, wide receiver Jason Avant says that he knows what the problem is in Philadelphia this season.
“It’s undisciplined football,” wide receiver Jason Avant told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “An undisciplined team at this point. Six games in, it’s embarrassing. That’s the word. Embarrassing. For coaches. And veteran players. With the mindset of, ‘Me before the team,’ in certain instances. And we need to address that.”
While Avant does not name any names, he insists that many players are placing themselves and their own numbers ahead of the overall welfare of the team.
After another slow start, this is simply not going to be tolerated by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie going forward. He said that 8-8 would not get it done, and that is the track on which this team once again seems to be headed. As it turns out, Avant is not the only player to call out his teammates and coaches.
“The interesting thing about it is, Coach Reid is such a disciplinarian,” Nnamdi Asomugha said after another disappointing performance on both sides of the ball. “And there are times in the game where that becomes an issue. It makes no sense.”
What may make sense is that the more the Eagles struggle, the more they cost themselves on and off the field. This is an undisciplined team. They commit far too many penalties and turn the ball over far too many times to win games on a consistent basis. It all starts with Michael Vick at quarterback and Andy Reid as head coach. If these struggles continue, it is widely expected that 2012 will be both of their final season’s with the Eagles, regardless of what their contracts may say.
Generally speaking, when one player comes out and calls out the team and challenges them to step up, it can turn out to be a game changer.
But why is it that the player speaking out is rarely the leader or captain or one of the best players? Why isn’t Vick saying all of this about the team? Why isn’t DeSean Jackson coming out and saying they all need to play better?
Maybe because they are not leaders.
Maybe because they are more a part of the problem, and less a part of the solution.