Barring an unforeseen miracle, the Philadelphia Eagles will not be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy this season.
They will not reach the postseason. They will not finish with a winning record.
The Eagles are done. Finished. Completely finished.
Their season ended with an embarrassing 31-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills, their fourth consecutive loss, three of which have been decided by offensive blunders in the final two minutes.
This team entered the season with “Super Bowl or Bust” expectations. And they were loud and arrogant about it.
They signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the best available free agent in the league. They traded for Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. They signed pass-rushing defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and brought back defensive end Jason Babin, now a Pro Bowler.
They also signed quarterback Vince Young, who went as far as to announce that the 2011 Eagles as like a “Dream Team”.
A dream team doesn’t turn the ball over three or four times a week. A dream team has an offensive line, big strong men who can successfully stop other big, strong men from getting to the quarterback.
A dream team can tackle. It has real linebackers and real safeties. Kickers who can kick and punters who can punt.
Dream teams don’t blow 20-point leads to the worst offense in the NFL. They don’t make three or four or five costly mental mistakes every week. They can prevent other teams from scoring a touchdown every time they enter the end zone.
A dream team doesn’t win a Super Bowl on paper. They win it on the field. They give it their all. Every down, every play. That’s their motto.
That’s not the Eagles. The Eagles are a nightmare team. They have one win in five games this season (one win in their last eight games, dating back to last season), and unless a miracle happens, they will be the single most disappointing team in Philadelphia Eagles history.
And that miracle? It’s not going to happen.
R.I.P. 2011 Philadelphia Eagles. We hardly knew ya.