June 25, 2024

On Monday night, Troy Aikman did not mince words when discussing the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles were defeated 32-9 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The setback was the Eagles’ sixth in their past seven games, which is somewhat unusual for a team that started the season 10-1.

As the Eagles trailed in the fourth quarter, Aikman, who called the game for ESPN, was frank about them.

“It’s a defeated team, and they were when they came in,” Aikman said of the Eagles. “And there’s been no life to this group, really throughout the entire ballgame.”

Aikman then highlighted the loss of both coordinators from last year’s Super Bowl squad as a major role in the Eagles’ troubles.

“It’s amazing that a team that started the season 10-1 couldn’t get to 12 wins.” I don’t think there’s any doubt about it: they miss Shane Steichen. “The coordinators’ departures have had an impact on this team,” Aikman remarked, stressing that competent coordinators are “hard to come by.”


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After 2016 season, the Eagles lost both offensive coordinator Shane Steichen (Colts) and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon (Cardinals).

After starting 10-1, the Eagles concluded the regular season 11-6. Then they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Aikman also predicted that the Eagles would make adjustments, including maybe parting ways with head coach Nick Sirianni.

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