We’ve got a lot to talk about, don’t we? I’m not even sure where to start. You look at all the awful things that happened to the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday against the Green Bay Packers and then see that they somehow still had a chance to be a superior opponent. I don’t get it. But, let’s look at the game:
What I liked…
-I’m not a Michael Vick fan and I don’t think he’s the key to consistent, winning football. But, I give him credit. He went into a game that was tailored made for him (absolutely no protection and the team in need of a guy who can create his own plays on the fly), and did a decent job. His decision making and overall QB play leave something to be desired, but he’s really good at making chicken salad with whatever is on the table. Overall, he did a good job in bringing the Eagles back in the game.
-LeSean McCoy has some burst to him. He seems quicker this year. I still don’t like how he holds the ball, but he’s definitely a weapon that should be used more.
-Chad Clifton should not be trying to block Trent Cole. Cole was great yesterday in putting heat on Aaron Rodgers and defending the run.
-This defense looks like a pretty good one (Stewart Bradley injury aside). The biggest problem is the fact that they were out there the entire time. They were getting gassed. Notice how easily the Packers started to run on them. Missing Bradley had a lot to do with that, but still, they were out there a while.
-Sav Rocca has been good so far in the preseason and yesterday.
-Jason Avant makes sliding, on-the-ground catches as well as anyone in the NFL.
-I’m digging Nate Allen. It’s early, but the kid is around the ball.
-Good job of the defense for not letting Rodgers get too comfortable. They forced him in to several errant throws.
…and not so much…
-Ok, let’s start with the concussions. I’ll first say that I don’t think Andy Reid or the medical staff would intentionally put guys back out on the field with concussions. They claim they did the tests and I believe that. But not one person on the staff saw Stewart Bradley stumbling along like a rickety newborn water buffalo? Maybe the did whiff on Kolb’s symptoms, but Stevie Wonder could see that Bradley had something seriously wrong.
Don’t forget that the Eagles haven’t been stellar with concussions. Brian Westbrook came back too soon last year and quickly got another one. They said the two weren’t related, but I have a real tough time believing that.
And how has this quote not been re-hashed today? DeSean Jackson talking about last year:
“I can remember we went up to New York (Week 14) – that was a huge game for us,” Jackson said. “The week before, [the Giants had] beaten Dallas and I didn’t play (at Atlanta) because I had a concussion. It was iffy if I’d come back and play. Our offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, said some things, trying to question my toughness. I was like, ‘Coach, I just got a concussion. This [is] my brain. If it’s anything else, my shoulder, whatever, I’m going to play.’”
Has anyone ever heard someone from the Eagles address these comments? I’m not sure I have. If you have, please let me know. I’d be curious what their response was.
-The offensive line is putrid. I don’t know what else to say? The interior is a mess and teams are going to send heat all year. I know I would. And now Jamaal Jackson is out. Maybe Vick should be the starter because he can at least run from the bad guys and make something happen.
-Jason Peters annoys the ever-loving…..I can’t write what I’m thinking. He and Alex Barron should start a bowling team.
-So you have a young QB making his first ever start as the guy. So what do you do? Sub in your gadget guy every other play! I could not believe how much Michael Vick was in the game when Kolb was still healthy. Please explain to me how that makes a lick of sense. Shouldn’t you want Kolb to get comfortable? Get in a rhythm maybe? When was the last time someone one the Super Bowl with an offense even remotely resembling what they tried to do in that first half? Andy, you are smarter than this. Knock it off.
-While I’m on Andy, that was a brilliant 4th and 1 play call. Sure, it was a dumb call because it didn’t work. If it worked, it would have been brilliant. But, you ran an undersized guy directly into the middle of a line that’s beyond soft. They hadn’t moved anybody all day, but they were going to come through there? Okay. And I didn’t see anyone catching Vick to the edge yesterday. Maybe try using his speed? No? Just a suggestion.
-Back to Kolb: he doesn’t seem very good. G. cautioned us not to make any snap judgments, but I think it’s amazing how all these people knew how much better Kolb was than Donovan McNabb. This is why you don’t make assumptions based on two games from last year. This kid is making terrible decisions right now. I saw Donovan skip a few passes last night when he was under pressure. No one intercepted them. I miss the skips already. These floaters into triple coverage aren’t doing it for me.
-Anyone concerned that they couldn’t really get DeSean involved yesterday?
-Ellis Hobbs is not a starting corner. Still don’t understand why Sheldon Brown had to go. He’s not elite, but he’s markedly better than Hobbs. Greg Jennings tore him a new one just two plays after Hobbs should have been called for elbowing him in the face. Would have preferred the penalty. Jennings’ punishment was far more severe.
-How about that kick return coverage? Wow, that’s something else. So, our inferior offense is supposed to go 80 yards to start every drive, and their high-flying offense only has to go 50-60 yards each time. One could guess how that might work out.
It’s a good thing Matt Stafford won’t be playing for the Lions next week, maybe the Eagles will have a chance.