Another week has gone by and the Eagles have remained as the same disappointing team they were nine-weeks ago.
If anything, they’ve become more hopeless than ever, after losing by two scores to a two-win Giants team.

What’s worse is that all of the pieces of the puzzle are available; key players that were injured have all mostly made their way back onto the field, and still, the Eagles have been unable to put together any semblance of a complete game.

In fact, out of 22 projected starters, 16 played on Sunday (6 on offense, 10 on defense).

Why is it that the Eagles are not blowing past bad teams as they should be?

The simple answer is a lack of unity and discipline.

The team has no leadership and it is showing through all of the silly mistakes that have repeated themselves. But we’ve seen the Eagles show flashes of how well they can play once they play like a team; they took both the Steelers and Ravens down to the wire and could very well have completed comebacks in each game if not for a few heartbreaking plays. The talent is all there, but the team needs to start holding themselves and each other accountable for repetitive mistakes, and that starts in practice.

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Right now, one of the biggest forms of disconnect is Carson Wentz and his receivers not being on the same page.

It’s resulted in the team turning the ball over in all but one game for a total of 17 turnovers, equaling close to 1.9 turnovers a game. Turnovers are expected; they’re apart of the game, but the way the Eagles have turned over the ball is evidence of disconnect on the offense. Carson Wentz has had 23 turnover-worth plays this season, 10 more than any other quarterback in the league, and the most separation any Eagles receiver is averaging is 3.2 yards by Greg Ward. Add the two together and it’s clear that there is no harmony on the offense which is leading to forced balls from Wentz that turn into interceptions.

Defensively, it’s hard for Jim Schwartz’s group to consistently get stops if the offense can’t sustain drives. The Eagles have a 3rd down conversion percentage of 39.7%, which is the 9th worst in the league and the second-worst average time of possession per drive in the league at 2:31. In order to play like a unified team, both sides of the ball need to compliment each other. Right now, neither side is doing the other any favors.

Even with all of that considered, the Eagles have no shortage of talent to be able to compete with contenders. Out of 22 starters, 13 players have either been a 1st/2nd round selection or a pro bowler. However, talent is meaningless if it refuses to work together. Now, it’s time to finally come together and hold each other accountable for mistakes.

Practices must be more coherent if the team want results on the field.
And most of all, the team needs strong leadership to make sure the pieces stick to each other and don’t fall apart.

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