Nearly two months ago Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick tried to cast off the “dream team” moniker the team welcomed with open arms in August.
The Eagles were 1-3 at the time and Vick, seeing the season slipping away from a team many thought would contend for the NFC title, declared “the dream team thing is over.”
But even he could not have foreseen the utter disaster that has befallen a team loaded with talent and bolstered by a slew of high-profile offseason additions.
With Thursday’s 31-14 throttling at the hands of Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia fell to 4-8 — all but ending their slim postseason hopes and sparking a slew of questions for the future of the franchise.
“It’s ridiculous to have this much talent and be where we are,” Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis said.
Mind-boggling as it may be, the injuries that have devastated the offensive and the in-fighting that continues to overshadow the team’s disappointing play on the field have derailed Philadelphia’s season and put coach Andy Reid’s job in serious jeopardy.
Playing with relative unknown wide receiver Riley Cooper in place of starter Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, shoulder), backup quarterback Vince Young threw an interception on the first snap of the game — and then proceeded to throw three more. (For some perspective, his one-game total matched Aaron Rodgers’ mark for the season.)
Also on the sideline for Thursday’s game: Michael Vick (broken ribs), offseason trade acquisition Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle), and blockbuster free agent signing Nnamdi Asomugha who left with a neck injury late in the first half.
The latest target for post-game media speculation was perpetually disgruntled receiver DeSean Jackson whose production has fallen off considerably in his contract season.
But whether Jackson likes it or not, the questions will keep coming for the Eagles whose nightmare of a season has fans calling for Andy Reid to be fired. Since his 5-11 campaign in 1999, Reid has experienced only one losing season with the franchise, but critics are quick to note his lack of Super Bowl championships.
So on the same day Donovan McNabb — the quarterback who helped Reid turn the Eagles into a perennial division title contender — was released by the Minnesota Vikings, his former coach took one step closer to joining him in unemployment.