Brent Celek has been around the block during his five seasons with the Eagles, but this year’s horror show is new ground for the tight end. “We’ve got a lot of talent, and we’re just not living up to it. I’m embarrassed about it. I’m sick about it,” Celek told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the team’s nationally televised meltdown against the Seahawks.
“We’ve got four games left to prove that we’re a legitimate team, because right now the world’s laughing at us.”
Read full story after the jumpNo question they’re laughing in East Rutherford, New Jersey. But that’s not the case on the streets of Philly, where criticism of the franchise has reached radioactive levels.
It’s safe to say Andy Reid’s not bopping around town kissing babies and sampling the nightlife. Last we heard, he’s huddled away at Eagles headquarters 20-plus hours a day in an effort to solve the mysteries of a team refusing to emerge from its mega-funk.
“I could just imagine from a fan’s standpoint what it looks like watching the games,” said defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins, one season removed from a Super Bowl win with the Packers. “It probably looks like lack of effort, lack of fundamentals, lack of everything.”
Outside of perhaps the DOA Colts, it’s near impossible to pinpoint a team that has fallen from grace with as much blunt force as Eagles have in three short months. If Indy has a Peyton Manning-sized excuse for its woes, the Eagles do not, something that is not lost on a pitchfork-carrying fan base looking for heads to roll.