This football team must get out of the habit of getting behind every week, then making this mad dash to catch up. They took too long to adjust to the Green Bay game plans on both sides of the football.
Michael Vick was walking off the field blaming himself for getting greedy on the pass to Riley Cooper that was intercepted. He said he could have checked it down to LeSean McCoy or looked elsewhere for an open receiver.
It had looked like it was going to be a storybook ending until that interception. The Birds were only 27 yards away from another comeback victory. They had plenty of time, but Vick put one up in Cooper direction and Green Bay cornerback Tramone Williams went up and picked off.
Vick said he didn’t get it up high enough and he’s right. If he had thrown it higher, Cooper might have had a chance at it or it would have gone out of bounds.
This wasn’t the way they wanted it to end. You could see the pain on the faces in the locker room. When they had the ball with a little less than a minute to play on the Green Bay 27 yard-line, they were almost sure they were going to score.
This offense has to adjust quicker to what teams are giving them. The Packers had decided defensively that they weren’t going to give them the opportunity to hit the big one, but the Eagles didn’t figure it out until the second half when they started taking the short stuff.
The Eagles had a similar defensive game plan against the Packers, but Aaron Rodgers and the Pack recognized it and started running the ball and taking the short passes in the first quarter.
Eagles Pro Bowl kicker David Akers killed them today. He missed two makeable field goals and the team lost by five points. It should have been 23-21 if Akers had made those field goals. Reid didn’t point the finger at Akers after the game but he did tell reports, you can count when asked about whether the Akers misses hurt them.
The defense did make some big plays in the second half in order to give the offense a chance to win the game, but they struggled again in the red zone. When teams get inside the red zone versus the Eagles they know they’re getting ready to score a touchdown.
I’d like to know who you blame the most for this loss. Do you put it mostly at Vick’s feet? Do you put it mostly at Aker’s feet? Do you put it mostly at Andy Reid’s feet? Or Marty Mornhinweg? Or Sean McDermott? I know everybody bears some of the responsibility, but who do you blame most?
I’ll be jumping in the conversation throughout the night.