The Philadelphia Eagles are in what is one of the worst downward spirals of Andy Reid's tenure and the players are using an old tactic to try and right the sinking ship: a players-only meeting.
One player in that meeting, who did not want to be identified, described it in various ways without getting overly specific. Basically, the meeting can be summed up this way, according to the player: "Part motivational, part finger pointing but overall fairly positive."
"This team needed to do some soul searching and clearing the air," the player said, "and we did that. Some guys needed to be called out but we also needed to end it on a positive note and we did."
The player described the Eagles, post-meeting, as "totally fired up."
I've covered teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB and almost all major college sports and my experience is that these types of meetings are usually a sign that the end is near. Could easily be wrong about Philadelphia but, in general, a players meeting leads to more losing.
We'll see if this one is any different.