2012 Redskins vs. Eagles Game 1 Q&A and prediction with Kevin McGuire

Once again, Kevin McGuire has returned to answer some questions about a Philadelphia team: the Eagles are in town to take on the Washington Redskins. This season, McGuire is a local football blogger for CBS Philly.

WFY: What in the name of Marion Campbell is going on in the City of Brotherly Love?! How hot is the seat that Andy Reid is sitting on? Does he just have to prepare the team better?

KMc: Andy Reid’s seat has never been hotter after dropping five straight games for the first time in his lengthy career. Usually I would be wiling to give a coach an excuse when his offensive line has been decimated by injuries and the starting quarterback has been banged up as much as he has, but ultimately what it all comes back to is Reid has failed to do what he always says he has to do, which is put the team in a better position to win.

WFY: Reid’s failures have stretched beyond preparing the team with X’s and O’s. The problem extends to player management with poor talent evaluation in the draft and free agent signings either running out of steam or just not bringing back the return expected. It also has to do with a struggle to fill the coaching staff with coaches capable of helping out with the management of the team.

KMc: Reid is quickly running out of excuses and scapegoats, which has me seriously thinking anything short of a miraculous Super Bowl run will lead to a coaching change in Philadelphia this off-season.

WFY: Is Michael Vick still expected to be out on Sunday? How much of a factor has he been in the Eagles decline from a “dream team” to the current situation? Is Nick Foles ready or will it not even matter since rookie QBs always beat the Skins?

KMc: All signs point to rookie Nick Foles getting his first start this weekend. Vick was held out of practice on Tuesday and the team continues to monitor his status while preparing Foles to lead the offense with first team reps in practice. Vick has done himself no favors with turnovers, but I also point the blame on an offensive line that has given him no protection all year long. Vick does hold on to the football too long, but that could be because he has to run for his life as well. As far as I am concerned, it does not matter if Joe Montana, John Elway or Sonny Jurgensen is under center because there is no protection from the offensive line. Until that is fixed, it does not matter who is the quarterback.

WFY: I understand from a previous Q&A that the owner’s now-ex wife was a proponent of the midnight green look. Is there any talk that a return to the true Eagles look of kelly green and silver happening? Seems like the end of the Reid era would be a great time to go back.

KMc: That has always been the story I have heard when it comes to the change to midnight green, of course it had plenty of marketing and financial influences driving the change as well. Unfortunately there has not been any talk about a return to the Kelly green despite the wishes of many fans in the area (myself included). Personally I agree, a change in color scheme with a return to a more traditional look would be great to see as a new era gets underway.

WFY: Sports radio is bad everywhere, but from what i understand, it is really bad in Philly, so I like to think that the callers are arguing over which of Buddy Ryan’s sons needs to be hired. Am I on to something there?

KMc: You still get a knucklehead from time to time who wants nothing more than a head coach like a Ryan brother to fire up the team the way Reid does not, but I think fans have finally come to grips with the reality that the Ryans just are not great coaches. Instead we are hearing names like Jon Gruden and Chip Kelly starting to be mentioned more and more from fans. Bill Cowher has his name mentioned occasionally as well. I have even heard the name Bill O’Brien – yes, THAT Bill O’Brien – mentioned couple times by fans this week. Oh boy…

WFY: Best part of being an Eagles fan? The worst?

KMc: The best part is, when the team is winning, the passion and glee shared by fans who may not even know each other. The season that saw the Eagles head to Jacksonville for the Super Bowl was a blissful time for the region. If and when the Eagles finally bring home a Super Bowl, this city will erupt in euphoric fashion. The Phillies estimated 1 million people attended the 2008 World Series parade. I think despite being in February, an Eagles Super Bowl parade would match it.

The worst is obvious. Having to deal with negative fan stories, one after the other. Eagles fans will never be able to hear the end of the Santa Claus story or the booing of Donovan McNabb at the draft or the Michael Irvin injury. In fairness, some stories have been exaggerated but all have cast a rightfully dark image of the fan base as a whole.

WFY: What concerns you about the Eagles playing the Redskins?

KMc: Robert Griffin III. The Eagles have a weak secondary and struggle to bring pressure to the quarterback. Against a mobile quarterback with an arm and footwork like RG3 should be very scary for Eagles fans this weekend.

WFY: Which team do you think has a brighter future, the Eagles or Redskins?

KMc: Right at this moment the Redskins have a brighter future just based on having a player who may be the franchise quarterback for years to come (I am a huge RGIII fan). That said, depending on who the Eagles end up hiring as head coach, I think that could sway me back to the Eagles just because I find it difficult to buy in to Dan Snyder’s management of the Redskins.

WFY: Who is the #1 team in Philly right now, Eagles, Phillies, Flyer or 76ers?

KMc: Things are rough right now. The Eagles stink. The Sixers are awaiting the eventual debut of injury-riddled Andrew Bynum and fans are losing patience with them in the meantime. The Phillies ended the season on a disappointing note (congrats to your Nationals of course) but could be back in 2013 with a healthier core. The Flyers would be the best team right now, if only they were playing hockey.

For the time being I would suggest the Phillies are still on top, only because the Eagles have squandered an opportunity to take over the top spot in the meantime.

WFY: Prediction for Sunday’s game?

KMc: I think the Eagles have to win a game at some point but I see nothing to instill any confidence in picking them to win on the road this week. Everything I would bet against is found on the Eagles. An imploding offensive line, a non-threatening defense that lacks the ability to tackle and a rookie quarterback making his first start, and doing so on the road.

I’m not exactly big on what the Redskins bring to the game either, but until the Eagles win a game to snap this losing streak I just cannot say they should win any game they play until something changes.

KMc: Redskins 20, Eagles 17

WFY: Redskins 24 Eagles 16

In keeping with the spirit of Philly native & Phillies minor leaguer Glenn Brenner’s original Guest Prognosticator series, I’m going to ask you to pick a winner of each NFL game this week (please just bold the winner).

KMc’s picks:

Dolphins vs Bills (posted before the game)

Browns vs Cowboys

Buccaneers vs Panthers

Bengals vs Chiefs

Packers vs Lions

Jaguars vs Texans

Jets vs Rams

Cardinals vs Falcons

Saints vs Raiders

Chargers vs Broncos

Colts vs Patriots

Ravens vs Steelers

Bears vs 49ers

WFY’s picks

Dolphins vs Bills

Browns vs Cowboys

Buccaneers vs Panthers

Bengals vs Chiefs

Packers vs Lions

Jaguars vs Texans

Jets vs Rams

Cardinals vs Falcons

Saints vs Raiders

Chargers vs Broncos

Colts vs Patriots

Ravens vs Steelers

Bears vs 49ers

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