Well wasn’t that an interesting game? I’m not sure how many more curveballs I could handle to the story line. For a game that seemed to have it all, it really was boring. McNabb was very pedestrian in his return, but the Redskins didn’t ask him to do a ton. In the end, the Redskins found a way to get it done and the Eagles didn’t.
But anyway, let’s take a look at the game:
What I liked…
-LeSean McCoy looks like a new running back. I said before that I wasn’t a huge fan of his last year. I’m changing my tune this season. He made some incredible cuts and showed some really nice burst. He still has things to work on, but he’s a weapon for sure.
-Owen Schmitt is a decent safety valve. He’s no Leonard Weaver, but not bad for an in-season find.
-The offensive line looked a little better today. Baby steps?
…and not so much…
-I can’t put Michael Vick into anything that I did or didn’t like because he wasn’t out there long enough. The offense didn’t get it done with him out there, but I can’t put that on Vick. The play calling was horrific. How about the called run for Vick up the middle? He didn’t get hurt on that play, but as soon as they ran that one, my buddy and I looked at each other and shook our heads. “He’s gonna get hurt.” If he’s your ultimate weapon right now, why on earth are you running college crap for him? He’s a phenomenal athlete, but he’s not big. Why would you be so careless with him?
-Yep, he got hurt. He needs to learn the art of the slide.
-Welcome to the Kevin Kolb Era pt. 2. What Donovan really learned today, was that this team is most definitely not better off without him. And at the very least, he knows the move to make Kolb the guy moving forward looks like a terrible idea right now. Kolb wasn’t an unmitigated disaster, but he was pretty bad. Some of his decision making is just pathetic. And he missed open guys towards the end with balls that should have been picked off. He did a decent job taking what the Redskins were giving him for a bit, but the strength of the outside receivers is their ability to get deep. Kolb wasn’t close to completing anything down field. That’s a problem. A big problem. I do need to see a little bit more of him, but the jury is reaching a verdict.
-The Redskins have been terrible running the ball this year. Welcome the Eagles defense! What was that? The run defense was putrid.
-Great special teams coverage again. This time, I’m going to put some blame on Sav Rocca for that line drive that got there way sooner than the coverage. Special teams is a big concern.
-Forget what I said about Trent Cole and the Eagles D-line having a ton of chances to tee off on Donovan. I was way off on that.
-That was vintage Andy Reid at the end of the first half. I don’t rag on Andy as much as other people, because overall he’s an excellent coach. However, one of his biggest flaws is in-game management. This was a perfect example. Goal line play is reviewed. Then, Andy said the officials re-spotted the ball in a different place so he was confused. So, they call timeout. Then, they get a delay of game penalty and have to kick the field goal. I’m not kidding. What an embarrassment.
-Quintin Mikell wasn’t impressive today.
-Speaking of not impressive, what was DeSean Jackson doing out there exactly? I’m not going to fault his lack of production so much because Kolb just didn’t do a good job of finding him when he was open (that’s what happens when you aren’t on a check-down route). However, what is with all the diving to the ground? I have no problem with a small receiver getting down and avoiding contact. Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce used to do it all the time. But, today he looked flat-out scared to get tackled. It reminded me of when I was 10-years old playing tackle football with the kids who were 14 and 15. I was half their size and wanted no parts of getting tackled. It’s ok to get down, DeSean, but that just looked terrible.
-I’m done with Jason Peters.
-While we’re on the topic, what is with all the penalties? So undisciplined. When you are a mediocre football team, penalties can swing you in the wrong direction and cost you a lot of football games. Sigh, so many holes in this team.
-Donovan did the Eagles a huge favor on that “game clinching” first-down run when he ran out of bounds. Dude, what are you doing? Of all people, I’d expect Donovan to know better. You just handed the Eagles a timeout.
-Stewart Bradley has to make that interception. He missed a tackle or two today as well. Not a good game for him.
-How bad is Devin Thomas that he can’t get on the field over Anthony Armstrong? Think the Redskins know they should have drafted DeSean instead?
What’s next for this football team? We’ll wait to find out how long Vick is out, but I don’t know that it matters all that much. He’s clearly the QB that should be starting for this team, that much we know. This defense was a disgrace today. How can you win games with a porous defense and a suspect (at best) offensive line. Not looking good this year.