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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

Blame Andy Reid

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What the heck happened? A couple weeks ago, I could swear the NFC was underrated and gaining steam, and now this? How did this happen so quickly? Not to be a typical Philadelphian, but I blame Andy Reid.

The Eagles' head coach claimed responsibility for Philly's inexplicable loss at Oakland last Sunday, and that result is the fulcrum upon which perception of the entire conference has turned.

Reid and Donovan McNabb destabilized the entire NFL with their inability to beat a bad team.

Without that game, and the Raiders' subsequent 38-0 loss to the Jets, all the rest of the NFC's recent failures can be reasoned into submission. The Vikings were caught looking ahead against the Super Bowl champs on the road. The Giants are dealing with a gimped Eli and an identity crisis on D. The Niners and Bears are something less than good teams, and bound to be inconsistent. The Bucs and Rams are bad, just like we thought they were, just like the Browns and the Chiefs. And so on.

Without the prism of that ridiculous Eagles loss in Week 6, everything looks the same as it did two weeks ago. Nothing has actually changed.

So now it's up to those same Eagles to make amends. Tonight at Washington, they ought to choose -- one way or the other -- what kind of team they're going to be, and then they need to stick with it so we know.

It almost doesn't matter if Philadelphia decides to be good or bad. As long as we get what we expect, order can be preserved.

By Sean McCann  |  October 26, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  | Category:  NFL , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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