Monday night, McDougle's season hit a low; in what was perhaps the biggest game of the season for the Eagles, McDougle was a spectator. Meanwhile, players like Trent Cole and Darren Howard are playing and prospering well ahead of McDougle on the depth chart. Younger players, who weren't as highly touted coming out of college are seeing substantial playing time at other positions on the Eagles' defense.
If McDougle thought he had hit a low on Christmas night, wait until after the season when the Eagles will unceremoniously release McDougle.
McDougle started the season well, making a couple of key plays for the defense. Slowly though, his playing time has decreased and when he has gotten into games, he hasn't been very effective. Actually, more than his quality of play, McDougle's attitude has been his downfall. McDougle assumed that he was going to play. He assumed that his spot on the defense was solidified. Under Andy Reid, that's one thing that you don't want to do.
Odds are that McDougle will catch on elsewhere and possibly turn things around for himself. After all, there is talent there, but it's untapped, mostly because McDougle isn't allowing it to be tapped. This is a classic case of a guy both needing to hit rock bottom before working his way back up and then needing a change of scenery.
When it's all said and done, Jerome McDougle's career in Philadelphia will have been one of disappointment. He'll be considered a draft mistake. For now though, the Eagles will keep him around just in case he's needed. Unless McDougle is needed and responds in big fashion, the end of his Eagles' career will be coming.