By Danny Cox
The Philadelphia Eagles are experiencing one of the most horrific seasons in the history of their franchise. Things have actually been spiraling downward for team since the season even began, but they’ve just gotten worse and even a tad big strange.
In the midst of a seven-game losing streak, the Eagles abruptly and shockingly cut defensive end Jason Babin on Tuesday.
While this may not seem like a huge surprise to everyone as the Philly defense has been struggling greatly, there is cause for concern here. Babin is coming off of a career-best 18-sack season in 2011. This year, he has 5.5 sacks and is one of the most consistent players on the entire season.
“In the game of football, you can never be too sure of anything,” Babin said Tuesday on ESPN’s “NFL Live.”
Babin referenced Peyton Manning’s release from the Indianapolis Colts last season in letting it be known that no one in the NFL is safe. Head coach Andy Reid, who is in serious jeopardy of being without a job soon as well, is the one that advised Babin of his release.
“Anytime your cell phone rings and it says Andy Reid, you know it’s not good,” he said.
The Eagles now also have to play the rest of the season without their star wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The injured starter was placed on injured reserve with fractured ribs and is done for the year.
Babin’s time in Philadelphia was appreciated by the organization, but the statement released by Andy Reid shows that the franchise is obviously admitting the time has come to rebuild.
“We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years. We wish him all the best as he continues his career,” Reid’s statement said. “By releasing him today, this gives us an opportunity to give more playing time to some of the younger guys in the defensive line rotation.”
Lots of other changes have already come upon the Eagles since last year’s “Dream Team” came together:
Vince Young was let go by the team, and is now out of the league.
Andy Reid’s oldest son was found dead due to a drug overdose during training camp.
Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired by the Eagles in mid-October.
Quarterback Michael Vick has missed time due to a concussion and various injuries.
The team’s defense has actually performed worse since Castillo’s firing. They have allowed more than 30 points in four of the five games since Castillo was let go, and 28 points were given up in the fifth. All five games ended up a loss for the Eagles.
Babin said that Andy Reid still is respected by the whole team, but the poor performance of the defense comes from execution issues.
“We were practiced hard, coached well and we just didn’t execute as a whole.”
Two offseasons ago, Babin signed with the Eagles as a free agent. He received a five-year, $28 million contract as a 32-year-old. With his releases, Babin is sure that he will find a new place to play in the NFL soon.
“I like to win, I like to compete and I like to sack the quarterback,” said Babin. “I imagine there’s a team out there looking for that.”
Oh, Mr. Babin, there are certainly teams out there looking for that and looking for you.
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