If there's a saying that goes "it ain't over til the fat lady sings", why can't there be one that goes "it ain't over til the fat coach is fired". All kidding aside, the Philadelphia Eagles playoff hopes remain slim at best.
Many fans and experts look to point there fingers at Head coach Andy Reid becuase of his countless mistakes calling the offense and mismanaging in game situations, also rookie defensive coordinator Juan Castillo is a scapegoat for his lackluster defensive schemes and constantly putting players out of position. It was just this offseason when Castillo was named coordinator that he stated he wanted to simplify the defense, the end result? A defense that can't stop a nosebleed.
The Eagles stand at 4-7 through 12 weeks of action and there playoff hopes are all but gone. A team so hyped, so over confident in themselves they lost sight of the ultimate goal, winning games, but is there a glimmer of hope? It was believed that to make the playoffs in a crowded NFC the Eagles would need at least 10 wins to see January. That is an impossibilty at this point after getting blown out by the Patriots. The Eagles do remain alive, but in a coma if you will.
The Eagles are currently tied with the Redskins as the bottom feeders in the NFC East (both 4-7). Than come the New York football Giants at 6-5. The Giants remaining schedule is one of the toughest in the league having to face The Green Bay Packers, the Cowboys(twice), the Redskins, and the New York Jets. The Giants could easily come out of that stretch at 8-8 which would not be enough to take the division.
Next up, The Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are leading the way in the NFC East with a record of 7-4 and are playing like the team to beat. The Cowboys have a relatively easy remaining schedule facing off against the Arizona Cardinals, NY Giants(twice), Tampa Bay Buc's, and the Eagles of course. For the Eagles to have any hope of making the playoffs they would need Dallas to go 2-5(and lose to the Eagles) at best in that stretch finishing at 9-7, the same record the Eagles would need.
If all goes as presented, the Eagles would need to win all of there remaining games. There remaining schedule starts this Thursday flying out to Seattle to face the Seahawks, a true "must win". Than they face the Dolphins, Jets, Cowboys, and Redskins. All beatable match ups. The Eagles are currently 3-1 in the division which is tops in the division. This could come into play if there is a 3 way tie for 1st.
The Eagles are backed against a wall and are now out of the spotlight. With no expectations the Eagles need to find a spark, wether that's Vick returning from injury, Desean Jackson stepping up, the defense finally gelling, or all of the above.