The Eagles have plenty of talent. What they lack is discipline.
That quality manifested itself in various ways during Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Bills, whether through missed tackles or poor ball security or mismanagement of the clock late in the first half or four Mike Vick interceptions.
Ultimately, the undisciplined nature of the Eagles came through with the game on the line and the Bills lined up for a fourth down and short play near midfield. Everyone in the stadium — and everyone watching the game (and some who weren’t) — knew the Bills were simply trying to get the Eagles to jump offside. And, still, defensive lineman Juqua Parker did just that.
The loss (not to mention the career-worst four picks) overshadows 400-plus yards from Vick, including 90 rushing yards and the new all-time NFL rushing record for quarterbacks.
Bills linebacker Nick Barnett had two of the interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown and the other of which came late in the game with the Eagles threatening to tie.
The Eagles have lost four straight for the first since 2005, and it’s the worst start for the team since Andy Reid’s first year as head coach, way back in 1999.
Coincidentally, the worst start since his first year could be coming in his last.