There were numerous things I found maddening about Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, but maybe that says what a good team the Eagles have. As many stupid mistakes that occurred, they still found a way to gut it out and get a road win over a divisional opponent. Lesser teams probably collapse in that situation. Still, there is still a lot that can be corrected moving forward if they want to make a deep run. But, let’s look at the game:
What I liked…
-I think it’s safe to say DeSean Jackson has to be mentioned first. He set an NFL record for most yards on four catches. 210 yards on four catches. Think about that for a second. He knocks off Gary Clark for the top spot and joins him and Choo Choo Roberts in the top three. Oh, and he was visibly banged up. No way Orlando Scandrick sniffs him under normal circumstances. You don’t need to give him a brand-new contract right now. But you can move some bonus money in his direction. Not sure what you are waiting for.
-Game ball to Todd Herremans? This was his best game in a while. I think we all dig LeSean McCoy, but we can agree that he isn’t a runner that can plow through and create his own space. He needs someone to give him a little room, and then he can be lethal. Herremans did a brilliant job giving McCoy a bit of breathing space. Oh, and he scored a touchdown.
-We’ve seen a ton of other NFL teams do it, but we really never (rarely at least) see the Eagles do it. They had the ball with 4:22 seconds on the clock in the 4th quarter (thanks to Jorrick Calvin doing his impression of Tanner Boyle from “The Bad News Bears” in the end zone that ran exactly no time off the clock because he doesn’t know the rules). They had the lead. There was no way this team could run out the clock…could they? And it wasn’t just four-yard chunks here and there to barely get first downs. McCoy was gashing the Cowboys on 12-yard clips. Even if the Cowboys buckled down and eventually got a stop, the clock was damaged and their field position would have been poor thanks to the big runs. This is how a champion plays when it counts.
-I like that Vick doesn’t have to be Superman every week for this team to win. Asking him to pull rabbits out of his hat every week and be a super stud just isn’t realistic. The man can only do so much. That said, he still had a decent night. Few plays he’d like to have back, but this is life in the NFL.
-Dimitri Patterson: DeSean owes you a beer. Your INT negated what could have been a very costly and essentially idiotic celebration penalty.
-I remarked to my buddy last night about Jason Avant. Whether it was Donovan or Kolb or Vick….anyone else notice that quarterbacks just love to throw him the ball either in the dirt or way too high? And he still comes up with it. Imagine if he was actually fast? He’s be in the elite WR category.
-Think McNabb misses David Akers? I know, I know. I say it every week. But, remember to be thankful for Akers. The guy is a machine. And how about his kickoffs this year? We won’t realize how much he’s truly appreciated until he’s gone. If I had to watch Graham Gano kick every week, I might get back into tennis.
-Jamar Chaney didn’t do a bad job considering the position he was thrust into.
-I saw a lot of people saying on Facebook that the roughing the passer call on Vick was ticky tack and not really a penalty. The heck it wasn’t. If you want to say that it shouldn’t be a penalty, then fine. But under the current rules, it most certainly was. Spencer got his helmet into Vick’s facemask. That’s 15. And Igor Olshansky might want to check his locker for a FedEx envelope this week too. He got a little helmet-to-helmet action going in there too, although he’ll most likely escape punishment.
-I thought the Birds did a pretty good job once again bottling up the run, although I think the Cowboys bailed on it early.
-How about Colt Anderson? Good for him. You usually don’t see kick returners get stopped at the eight-yard line unless something went horribly wrong when they tried to field the ball. Brilliant job tripping up Kevin Ogletree.
-He may not be a physical specimen, but I’m okay with Kurt Coleman.
-I think I really like Jon Kitna as a backup QB. I think if someone pays him starter money at some point, they’ll be disappointed. But as a backup, I’ll take him all day, every day, and twice on Tuesday. The Cowboys continued to lose after Tony Romo went down, but it’s not on Kitna. He’s played well enough for them to win games.
…and not so much…
-I’m a bit torn on the Jackson celebration penalty. Technically, he was not in the end zone and you are allowed to dive into the end zone to score. I know it’s illegal to go to the ground during a celebration unless it’s for prayer (whatever. Adrian Peterson goes to the ground all the time and it ain’t to pray), but what DeSean did was not really a penalty.
That said, what are you thinking? It was such over-the-top jerkish (that is probably not a word) behavior that it just looked like a penalty. Right or wrong, there is absolutely no reason for DeSean to risk it there. Seriously, dude. Are you ever going to learn not to act like this? I’m guessing no. What is the upside of doing that? Okay…now what is the downside? The risk/reward is not worth it.
-I’m not upset because an Eagles QB got pasted on the sidelines and there was no call, as much as I’m upset about the hypocrisy in the NFL. “We want to protect QB’s.” Okay….perfect time to do it right there. Vick was clearly stepping out of bounds to end the play. As to whether or not he was actually out of bounds when Anthony Spencer made contact is open to debate. But, it was extremely close, and if you are erring on the side of protecting quarterbacks, then you throw the flag no questions asked. Trent Cole got 15 yards for helping Peyton Manning fix the part in his hair. Vick got air mailed into the visitors bench. Be consistent. Are you trying to protect quarterbacks? Or are you trying to protect Manning and Brady? Andy Reid doesn’t blow gaskets like that over nothing.
-Vick threw one interception last night. Jeremy Maclin has to catch that other ball. He’s such a nice player, but I wonder about his focus on occasion.
-This defense is a problem. How long can this team go on with the offense shouldering the entire load? As long as they can get some turnovers, they seem to be fine. But, turnovers don’t always come. Some of the tackling and the poor angles taken are troubling. Maybe I’m being rough on them because they have so many rookies and backups in there, but the next guy has to step up.
-I had been a fan of Jorrick Calvin. He came in and did a nice job initially, but he is not the answer at kick returner. I could go back there and take a knee in the end zone and get the team to the 20-yard line. His returns consistently get the team started between the 18- and 25-yard lines. That is way too far to go every time.
-I’m hit or miss with Cris Collinsworth. Last night was a miss. “Oh man, look at that torque on Vick’s elbow.” Ok, we get it. Vick throws hard.
-It was third and a few towards the end of the game and you are sending Michael Vick on a designed run. It was great to see DeMarcus Ware drive him into the turf short of the first down. I’m not sure I get it. Is the first down worth it if your MVP candidate goes to injured reserve? I just don’t get it. Yes, he’s extremely talented. But yes, he’s also mortal. I’m tired of this stupid stuff. You have tons of weapons and a myriad of play calls to try to get a few yards. Why would you risk Vick’s health? Brainless.
-I don’t have a huge problem with Tashard Choice getting Vick’s autograph after the game. But dude….could you at least visit him in the locker room or something? It just looks bad.
-I said before that I like Kitna as a backup. The main reason I don’t like him as a starter? Did you see anything vertical from him last night? You have some major weapons to utilize and they don’t take any shots deep. Did he miss the film review session on Joselio Hanson? Plays are to be had, Jon.
-I’m pretty much done with Ernie Sims. This guy has all the physical ability in the world, but absolutely no football instincts whatsoever. Want a new drinking game? Do a shot every time you see a replay where Sims is frantically trying to change direction because he was woefully out of position on any given play. You’ll be hammered half way into the first quarter. The misdirection play that had Kitna throwing back across the field to Martellus Bennett in the second half really irritated me. Sims just follows the action and assumes that offenses won’t do things to try to fake out the defense.
-While I’m on the subject of linebackers, something needs to be done. Even before Stewart Bradley got hurt last night, he’s had a down year. In fairness to him, he needs a full year to recover from his ACL injury. But what about the rest of the crew? Moises Fokou is just okay. Akeem Jordan is just a guy. I know the Eagles don’t value the position (they haven’t taken a linebacker in the first round since Jerry Robinson in 1979, even though that doesn’t fall completely on the current administration), but at some point, the dearth of talent at this position will kill this defense. Maybe they are simply bad at identifying good players here. After all, they were excited about Ernie Sims. Matt McCoy? Quinton Caver? Chris Gocong?
-I’m seriously going to reach out to Carlos Emmons. I want to know why exactly this team hasn’t been able to cover a tight end since he left. What did he know that hasn’t been shared with anyone on defense since his departure? If I were the Cowboys, I would have just hammered Witten all night. Why not?
-No, I think it’s a great idea to have Owen Schmitt take a shot at blocking DeMarcus Ware. That makes sense.
-King Dunlap did some maddening things, but I can’t get on him too much. As it is, he was a guy that we (most of us) said couldn’t even play earlier in the year. Then he gets thrown in on the opposite side of the line and is expected to handle Ware and Spencer. It’s a bigger transition than one would think.
-I stuck up for him for a while, but something has to be done with Chad Hall. He’s just too little and too slow to have an impact. He’s a poor man’s Julien Edelman. And Edelman is a poor man’s Wes Welker. At some point….he’s just too poor.
-Dear television replay people at all networks, please stop showing the Stewart Bradley injury. I literally cannot watch.
Alright, that’s enough bloviating. The bottom line is that the Eagles went into Big D and came out with a win. There is no room on the scorecard for pictures. They have things that need to be tightened up moving forward, but luckily, just about everyone in the NFL not named the Patriots can say that too. Take the win, enjoy it and get ready for the Giants.
lmao tanner from bad news bears
the autograph after the game was unreal
Im gunna get that pic framed. we were so good the cowboys want our autograph. We will be talking about that FOREVER!!!! If fred barnett ever asked for Troys they would have cut him on the spot.
About the DJACK thing….. who cares?? Its dallas. We spit on the star!! i have no issue with that. If it were the panthers or something id maybe care… but its not… its Dallas!!
Warren…. i thought the D played pretty good. I get on them but i thought we played well.
I love that we ran it. you hit it right on the head when you said “thats what champs do”. YES YES YES!!
Ive said we need to focus on only this week all season long. Today i say…… enjoy this one. Because you know the coached wanted it for a YEAR. Rest today…. feel good. and tomorrow… we talk Giants.
think about it…… those 2 clips (autograph and d jack falling in the endzone) will be played everytime before these 2 teams play for YEARS!!!! They will loop it like they do the cheesteak clips on monday nights!!!
they should cut choice for that
u just lost to a team and u ask 1 of their players for an autograph for all to see (not to mention a rival)
like go in the lockerroom better yet get his number call him and have him send u an autographed whatever
but to have a sharpie handy and ask vick for an autograph on the field warrants a ban from the nfl
Sims sucks so bad. He was pissing me off. On almost every play that his man caught the ball he was going in the wrong direction.
Yeah Avant makes circles grabs in the field of play but drops easy touchdowns, WTH is that? He’s still my man though.
Chad Hall should have been put to rest… a while ago.
I did like how our defense played against the run.
This kinds of reminds me of the Saints D from last year. Not shut down and nothing spectacular and will give up some points but also get a couple of turnovers to give your high powered offense more chances than the other team. I hope they become more stout over the next few weeks but I do think they don’t have to be a shutdown defense to be successful. Just keep getting turnovers because the offense will score. Our biggest problem last night was we still cannot cover TEs. We held their receivers in check for the most part and stopped the rushing game (Welcome back Parker). Good division win on road and next week I hope Asante is back because he gives Manning fits and we’ll need him since their WRs are getting healthy.
They said Choice was getting the autograph for his nephew. Even if that’s true, you do not do it that soon after the game. Walk on over to the visitors locker room and get it. If an Eagle would have done that to a Cowboy we’d be killing him for years and want him out of town asap. You just can’t do that.
food for thought…… we turn a guy like Gregg Lewis into the butttt of all our jokes yet… same guy… same talent puts on a Hall jersey and we try and make it a feel good story like Rudy. Ill never understand this town. GO EAGLES!!!!!!!!!
but im wondering the same thing about graham
any other yr our num 1 pick does squat he gets killed
y no mention of this guy doing nothing
he is so bad he is just going completely unnoticed
doesnt even get criticized
he better improve and i mean fast
honestly….. i think we expect little out of the DE on that side. We never have 2 dominant guys. We r used to this. But your right.
Im gitty today., Seriously….. i know that sounds uh…… whatever. Im gitty. Cant stop smiling. Im not talking playoffs…..im not thinking down the line. But we just kicked them in the teeth. …. in their house!!
Rev….I am with ya on Hall…nice story….small guy from a service academy.. but it seems like Big Red has a bet that they guy will score a TD or something this year, why do we keep wasting downs in the red-zone giving him some razzel-dazzel play?? I want it to stop, we have better options.
PW, I agree but most would expect more from your number 1 pick than a guy who shouldn’t be on the roster. Having said that, making an impact as a DE in this league isn’t easy in your rookie year. Just a lot to learn. But when you jump that many spots to get that guy in the draft, you indirectly place expectations on him that may or may not be realistic.
green, I was thinking the same thing. It’s like Andy is trying to get the kid a touchdown before he gets cut or something. He’s like Rudy out there and the coach is throwing him a bone because he knows he’s not good enough to really be on the team. He does 0 returning either so I really don’t see the benefit of having him.
But greenfan…. i agree with you…. BUT…. it did fake them out last night with him in the backfield. Vick sold the play action to him and they just stopped. Or something like that…. cant remember the details.
Stevo, I would think that McCoy would get much more attention. Everything you are doing with him, Shady could be doing much better.
I mean who’s a more dangerous tandem in the backfield, Vick and Hall or Vick and McCoy?
scorp…I think Hall had one punt return last night in place of DJax
scorp i agree with what ur saying but its not like im asking the guy to be dwight freeney rook season or even ever for that matter
but all we heard “was high motor
he definitely can get to the passer” blah blah
im just saying show something
he really hasnt done a thing all yr
make a play hell make a mistake do anything for me to see u
i wouldnt know if he played or not after the game is over if i werent specifically looking for him
green, yeah I know and it’s maddening to see him out there. He’s too slow to really do anything with a punt. Like Reno Mahe out there, only smaller.
My Likes for the Game
The Left side of the OL (Herremans and Peters were dominating in the 2nd half and especially in the 4th Quarter)
QB M Vick showed real leadership and grit for he took a pounding in the 1st Half, in which he had some shaky throws and reads.. but once they fell behind mid-late 3rd Quarter, he kept his cool, his poise and picked up his game.. I also noticed that the play calling called for more 3 step drops and Vick getting rid of the ball quicker which seemed to work pretty good (maybe they can use this a little earlier in games so Vick doesn’t have to take the pounding)
L McCoy really stepped up in the 2nd Half and had some terriffic runs behind some great blocking..
He looked more decisive and made the 1 cut and go which is when he’s at his best..
D-Jax ( 4 Catches for 210 Yards) – Enough said, the most dynamic player in the NFL when he has the ball in his hands..I could do without the showboating, but he’s a personality that likes to express his emotions and as long as he makes plays and keeps his emotions to the positive, then I am ok with it for we all have been waiting for him to explode and make some big plays and he came thru..
J Avant – is there a more Professional type of WR in the NFL, he catches the tough routes, he blocks, has excellent field awareness and is a great mentor for the younger WR’s on the team..
Players with quiet games
TE B Celek and WR J Maclin did not have many touches last evening, though both made some good blocks on TD plays and were blocking well for most of the evening..Maclin’s missed catch led to an
INT and allowed the Cowboys to take the lead…
WR/RB C Hall, We all love the story of Chad Hall, but there is no reason to keep calling plays for him and taking snaps/plays away from other players from the backfield like McCoy/Harrison)
RT K Dunlap – Overall, I thought he played pretty well and kept his own,. I like the way that he’s agressive and is not going to back down from anyone, and that he’ll go downfield and still make blocks until the whistle blows..
The entire OL has really been aggressive lately and attacks the Defenders and wears them down
(when they call enough running plays for them to get into a rhythm)
But when you look at how Peters,Herremans and McGlyn have been playing, they are pretty nasty and really get after it, that I think it’s rubbed off on the other players,
I know many of us have complained about OL Coach Castillo and the Eagles O/Line in general,
but tell me which team has more depth and better coaching at OL than the Eagles do
(maybe the Patriots)
I really think if the EAgles would run the ball more often and earlier in games, than take some shots down the field and then go back to pounding the rock, they would be very difficult to beat
PW, I’m with you. I didn’t say the criticism was warranted or the expectations were realistic. That is what happens when you play in Philly. Hopefully he improves and we will see over the next couple seasons if he’s a starters, rotational guy or someone that doesn’t belong on the team.
yes… hall needs to get out of the backfied. Where was our back up RB last night?? I recall 1 play to him… thats it. am i wrong??
PW, I totally agree. Of all the picks in the draft this was the one that baffled many people. So I do expect him to go out there and so something. All the talk we heard in the offseason about his motor and even had people on this site talking about he could be rookie of the year. They didn’t see him play 1 down and already had him rookie of the year. And then Graham talking about all the sacks he was going to get. So those things definitely didn’t help. I always thought that he would just be a rotational guy for at least this year because the position isn’t easy in the NFL and by 2011 and 2012 we’ll know if we really have someone to play every down on the other side of Cole.
Stevo, I think Harrison got 1 carry. I don’t know what’s that about. You get 1st and goal from the 3, why not let him run the ball. He’s a runner that can go between the tackles. All the shotgun formations and gimmicks sometimes just wears me out.
PW…it makes a fan mad when they see Pierre-Paul up with the Giants making plays, and he was drafted after Bryant…..big disappoint from a first round pick that we traded up to get….big disappointment…I agree with everything you are saying PW
if any eagle player gets an autograph from the opposing team after a defeat i found that their is a statute here in philadelphia that governs this madness and the sentencing calls for death by stoning.
so let this be ur warning fellas
like imagine lindley getting an auto from romo after they beat us at the linc for all of us to see.
come on PW….the best thing from the whole autograph signing was the way that Vick patted his head after he finished…it was like saying, “now you be a good boy, eat your vegetables and say your prayers and one day you can grow up to be a real football player”…it was classic
I understand that the guy grew up near ATL, so he probably had Vicks poster on his wall growing up…but he needed to be smarter and see that the camera was there and ask near the locker room or something…hilarious though, sure the cowgirl fans loved it !!
The Bears “Are who we thought the were”, (Dennis Green Voice) LMAO!!!!! I just thank GOD that we didnt get rid of Juqua Parker when we drafted Graham…… He’s Solid and he is a real difference maker at the LE……..
Why we didnt run the ball earlier IDK…… VIck was almost killed on some of those hits……… I hate Dallas they are the ultimate D*** Bagz of the NFL……. I hate what jerry jones stands 4…… No class for him to be an owner……… He paid those refs to do there best Stevie Wonder impression’s…….. Miles Austin was shut down and Roy Williams was a non-factor pretty much in the game…….. Its just guys like Ogeltree who piss me off to get B.S. in the game…… 2 catches all season long and he’s a factor against us……. I’m glad we hurt him…….. Overall good game by the secondary……… Lb’s need to improve especially Sims……… He bites off of everything in his direction…….. Other than that the defense did well against the run……..
I agree Greenfan. Im hoping grahm shows up at some point but so far not so good.
Colt 45 Anderson is my kinda Guy…….. He’s a real bullet on special teams……… Making plays that were most needed at times especially after the Jackson penalty……..
I enjoyed the Deshawn Celebration………. It was needed because he got the monkey off his back after last years beat down……… IDK about how you guys felt……… But I went crazy…….. LMAO
JROC-I ran 2 laps around my house and then did that Djax TD celebration on the sofa….nearly killing my pug dog. not kidding either!!
i had no prob with the djax celebration it was just that i think he started it to early
u can clearly see him jogging at like the 30 yard line
then when the defender closed in on him he threw the jets on but he was almost tripped up
i have no problem with falling in the endzone backwards but run full speed to the endzone 1st djax
LMAO Stevo!!!!!!! I feel you…….. I knocked my drink on the floor…… Man it was needed……. Deshawn really stepped up this game……… Now this was a game that will help his resume with contract negotiations!!! I HATE DALLAS……… They deserved every bit of that celebration……….. LOL
stevo i bet u ran full speed all the way thru tho lol
@Phillywill……. I feel you on that bro……. You can tell tho he was not running full speed…… Is ankle seem to be bothering him…… But you know those West Coast Cats…… They are real cocky…….. He has the right to be……. But you have guys like freddie Mitchell with the same attitude but less production…… LMAO……. He is a beast with the YAC………. I knew he was gone when he split the middle……
yep he was clearly coasting for about 20 yards while the defense was after him full force lol
in hindsight its funny but if he gets tripped up on the 8 yardline its a problem especially with our redzone issues
im sure andy will see this on film and this will be cleared up tho
shouldnt be an issue
So do yall think we make Mcglynn the starter for next season and release or 2nd string Jamal Jackson if he is able to play after a biceps injury……. I think he played great…….. And is improving every game just about…….. He made some key blocks…… And you know those Pitt. offensive lineman…… They play physical!!!! He’s gaining confidence every game……. you can see it……..
green “eat ur vegetables and say ur prayers” lol
i know it was like almost pitiful
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Watched the Jerry Jones Interview on 60 minutes before the game.
……I kind of like the old dude now…LOL
give ’em a show. Better yet, make it a spectacle. … CLASSIC
@ PW I feel you………. Avant is a beast,…….. I love that guy…… Very spiritual…….. and is a real go to guy when needed……. Aint afraid to take a hit……. Just all around complete receiver…….
I’d stick up for Hall if he had gone to a real service academy, but he is a grad of the country club in Colorado Springs. Had he been a mid, I would like him more. C Anderson is going to attract a cult following if he keeps making strong Special teams plays like that. He must make his college coach proud as h&%l, like a chip off the old block.
anyone notice that McGlynn’s shotgun snaps were making Vick jump before each snap??
I hate Jerry Jones………. He’s like the Sarah Palin of sports……. A guy with no morales who thinks money can buy victories…… Who puts a Projection/800ft. flat screen television on top of there stadium…….. And if you punt the ball and it hits it…… Its a re-kick……… The nerve of this d*** bag…….. So if that were to happen…… Its a re-kick and a waist of our time as viewers to wait on Jerry Jones work of Art……… It’s just funny!!!!! I’m glad we get to play in his home field 3 times this season lmao!!!!
Im sorry 2 times my bad!!!
@green fan….. Yea I noticed it…… Jay ratliff was getting cheap shots off his jumps…….. He had alot of hands to the facemasks they were not called…… It was like Dallas was playing for a cause last night…. Like they were the 8-4 team and we were 4-8….. The refs were terrible……..
Did it appear to anyone else that WR’s Austin and Williams were a little gun shy in going for passes,
It appears that both CB’s Patterson,Lindley and the over the top presence of Mickell or Allen made thise guys play pretty smalll (I think Austin was a 1 year wonder for he seems to lost his focus and explosion he showed last year)
He is a one year wonder……… Paulman……… HE played for his new contract…. Thats it…. Last year he played great against teams with no talent on defense…… We shut him down last year but he had that on catch on Sheldon Brown last year that killed us…… Good defenses he struggles against…… Roy Williams is a real bum………. He doesn’t run full stride on his routes….. He’s not that good as well……. The Cowboys have a bunch of Madonna’s…… I cant stand them!!!
(I think Austin was a 1 year wonder for he seems to lost his focus and explosion he showed last year)
Kim Kardashian can do that a brother….LOL
When you eliminate the run…. They aren’t a good team……. the defense’s secondary is very suspect…. And we exposed that…… I think that Dallas will be a team with real issues for years to come!!