Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Economy

Rebuilding mode

For National Football League fans, Week 17 has always been hotly anticipated. It’s when playoff seedings are decided, when the scrambling for continued relevance becomes most pronounced, when the run-up comes to a head. And, all things considered, the current season’s iteration didn’t disappoint. Yet, as much as the flurry of activity invariably brought celebration to some quarters and disappointment to others, the spotlight most shone on a development engineered by protagonists whose immediate fate wasn’t affected.

Indeed, the Eagles, already beleaguered throughout their campaign by issue after issue, found themselves courting even more controversy after appearing to lose on purpose against the Washington Football Team over the weekend. They had cause to do so, to be sure; their 4-11 slate ensured that they would get to pick sixth overall in the upcoming draft, three spots higher than their position had they prevailed in the contest. And even as the “victors” rightly focused on the result, they insisted that they went about the contest with the goal of winning. Never mind the absence of otherwise-fit-to-play Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery. Forget their decision to put in third-string Nate Sudfeld under center while down just three early in the fourth quarter.

No doubt, there is ample reason to laud Washington’s extremely unlikely postseason showing with a losing record, and starring quarterback Alex Smith — he of the broken leg, the life-and-death situation, and the complications that required 17 surgeries to overcome. The Wild Card set-to against the favored Buccaneers is just reward for their resiliency under pressure. Nonetheless, they got plenty of help from the Eagles, who wound up needing to answer allegations on the lack of professionalism and respect for the game. Count the Giants, who would have qualified for the playoffs had the outcome been different, among those continuing to seethe.

In any case, the Eagles have more pressing problems to address. Whether or not the Commissioner’s Office steps in as a result of their seemingly wanting effort, they’re definitely in for a long offseason. Wentz is bent on leaving after having been demoted, thus making the $128-million contract he signed in 2019 a decided albatross. Meanwhile, the rest of their roster needs retooling, as do their slate of officials in the sidelines. Suffice to say their decision to go through 2020 without an offensive coordinator was a spectacular fail. At the same time, they’ll be on the lookout for a defensive coordinator, what with Jim Schwartz electing to go on a sabbatical while pondering career options.

That the Eagles are in rebuild mode is painfully obvious. It’s just too bad that they figure to get worse before getting better. They’re way over the salary cap, embroiled in a battle for the sport’s most important position, and struggling to overcome a leadership vacuum. Three years ago, they upset the vaunted Patriots in the Super Bowl. Now, they’re dead last in the hapless National Football Conference East and with no evident route to respectability.

 

Anthony L. Cuaycong has been writing Courtside since BusinessWorld introduced a Sports section in 1994. He is a consultant on strategic planning, operations and Human Resources management, corporate communications, and business development.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Economy

Federal Land, Inc. celebrates five decades of solid commitment to property development By Adrian Paul B. Conoza Philippine business visionary Dr. George S.K. Ty’s...

Economy

APPROVED foreign investment pledges more than doubled in the second quarter from a year ago, as the Philippine economy continued to reopen amid looser...

Economy

By Abigail Marie P. Yraola, Researcher APPROVED foreign investment pledges more than doubled in the second quarter from a year ago, as the Philippine...

Economy

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. is looking into the possibility of allowing food manufacturers to directly import sugar amid tight domestic supply and high...

Economy

By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, Reporter A SENATOR raised the possibility of legalizing the commercial importation of secondhand garments amid the proliferation of stores...

Economy

DESPITE the president’s protectionist pronouncements, the Marcos administration will likely continue to pursue economic liberalization, analysts said. This, despite concerns over local firms’ competitiveness...

You May Also Like

Investing

Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...

Economy

Ivermectin, an existing drug against parasites including head lice, has had a checkered history when it comes to treating COVID-19. The bulk of studies...

Investing

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the global population. Therefore, it is a problem that many people suffer or have suffered throughout...

Investing

Instagram still holds the top spot for social media in terms of building brand reputation and expanding business potential. Every day, more and more...

Disclaimer: SmartRetirementReport.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.