• August 12, 2022

Eagles Defense Made Niners 32nd Ranked Offense Look Great

Going into this past Sunday’s matchup against the NFC West San Francisco 49ers, there wasn’t a worry in the world that the Eagles would come out on top. The Birds would finally figure out things on defense under defensive coordinator Juan Castillo which in turn would finally take him out of the hot seat for a week. But more importantly the Eagles would improve their disappointing record of 1-2 to 2-2, giving them the turnaround they needed for their frustrating season.

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, someway, somehow the men in midnight green took a 23-3 lead halfway through the third quarter against the 32nd ranked offense in the league, and laid a complete goose egg handing over yet again an absolutely confounding loss to the Niners.

It seemed as though reality did not set in until 7:52 remaining in the third quarter that the Eagles realized that they still had an atrocious defense. Up until then then the Birds were doing everything right. They were forcing turnovers. Their new acquisitions were racking up sacks. The Eagles looked like the team that fans were supposed to be seeing all season. But then the defense started looking like the team we’ve seen up to this point. They started making Alex Smith look like Joe Montana and made making fantasy football fans smack their foreheads for not starting Frank Gore this past week.

That is just a sample of the complete debacle that occurred in the Eagles second half meltdown against the 49ers. The game left critics wondering who was to blame now. Do we point the finger at Castillo for only making good play calls in the first half, or do we put the blame on the Eagles “Dream Team” defense that got their hearts ripped out of them as they saw a 23-3 lead turn into a 24-23 win for a team that had absolutely nothing to lose?
It got to the point where starting quarterback Michael Vick, who threw for an outstanding 400 plus yards in the contest, put the reason for the total collapse on his shoulders. I don’t care what anybody says, there is no reason why a defense full of superstars should give up 19 points in the second half versus the worst offensive team in football.

After last week’s loss to the Giants and putting most of the heat on the first-year defensive coordinator Castillo, I think you can now turn your attention to the players on the field who are starting to make their lucrative contracts look like lousy investments.

Head Coach Andy Reid defended his players this following the loss saying, “I don’t blame the loss on the complacency of the defense. The effort was there. There was no doubt about that.” Perhaps Coach Reid was coaching on the sidelines of another game because it was clear that complacency was at an all-time high when it only took 19 plays for the Niners to waltz all over this defense on their way to 234 combined yards and three touchdowns. It looked as though the Niners had put their offense on All-Madden while the Eagles D was left at Rookie setting. Yes, the 49ers trimmed what was a 20 point deficit as if it were a video game being played. It took the Eagles a combined 21 plays just to get a TD and two field goals in their second quarter scoring run.

You could attribute the change in play calls on the part of Niners offensive coordinator Jim Harbaugh as to how they found a way to figure out what the Eagles were trying to do on defense. Excuses are few and far between when you let a man who has a dismal 2.7 yards per carry average on the season entering the game come in and look like a Gore who is completely healthy and racking up 1,000 yard seasons one after the other.

The former Miami Hurricane entered the game with his longest rush being just 16 yards and in the game previous had 17 carries for 42 yards. In this matchup he ran for two less carries for 112 yards. The game permitted Gore to look as though he was turning around his season too bad the Eagles defense couldn’t have the same luck.

Last week Castillo talked about fundamentals and progressing over the weeks in this area. It showed that progression still needed to be made in this category when cornerback Asante Samuel failed to wrap up the running-ramped Gore from breaking the plain of the goal line for the Niners winning touchdown.

Cornerback Nhamdi Asomugha commented on the team’s performance down the stretch as well as that last play. “You can’t be up 23 to3 and then lose it. . .It’s fourth quarter and we’re still up 23 to 17 and we kept saying in the huddle its 23 to 17 and if they don’t score we win. They drove down and did a run to the right side and got in.” While this was the perspective of the players down to the last series, this could all have been avoided if giving the same effort the whole game.

The Eagles are running out of answers with four games in the books but still have yet to have a consistent starting defense put in place. The birds will continue to roll the dice trying to find a core that can both contain and cover, but more importantly a cast that can finish ball games. Reid has made it clear that he is sticking with the former offensive line coach at defensive coordinator, so at this point they are just trying to put the absolute mess that occurred in Sunday’s defeat behind them and move on to what is in store against the Bills this weekend.

Colin Washington

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  • I think if you examine all 32 defensive coordinators in the NFL you will see that a majority of then have extensive experience at the NFL level at various defensive coaching positions. But Juan Cheerleader has “0” experience in any defensive capacity before being given the job as DC. This to me is absolutely
    rediculous and anyone who can defend this move is a fool.

  • the blame rests all upon Reid. I dont think i want Juan fired unless he can be replaced by a serious D Cord. Its not tottaly his fault….. he’s an O-Line coach. HE shouldnt have been hired in the first place.

    Washburn was brought in to use the wide 9. thats y he”s here. Problem is…. Reid and co. never gave Juan any LB;s to plug the holes.

    With regard to the corners- asam STILL will not play tight on a man. Thats been going on LOOOONNNGGGG before Juan took over. I know its zone but how soft does it really need to be? The other 2 are also playing zone- something neither is best at.

    and then we talk about the O. what kind of play calling was that?

  • Summertime…Predicted that Detroit would make the play-offs.


    Swartz hired a former head coach as offensive coordinator.
    Swartz hired a former head coach as defensive coordinator.

    Top draft picks are playing.

    Honest. Admits mistakes at press conferences. Always positive.

    Beat playoff teams down the stretch last season…etc.

    No goofy gimmick stuff.

    Solid draft picks.

    No drafting a kicker to play defensive end.

    No coordinators whose only experience was coaching their son’s defense.

    It’s no coincidence that after Jimmy Johnson past, that Andy is floundering.

    That consistant defense and a QB that did not throw int’s kept his fat rear winning against weak teams and spliting against good teams.

    Andy is a 400lb flim flam man. His bone head selection of defensive coordinator should have been the last straw, in his “I’m smarter than everybody else in NFL history.”

    But no, he took it one step further drafting a fireman in the 1st round. No team in NFL history had every drafted a 1st rounder than old, and for good reason. But “Wile-E-Coyote super genious” just had to be the first.

    Now one of the worst francises in the recent NFL (detroit) is about to past the Eagles on Andy Reid’s watch, just like Tampa Bay did, and New Orleans.


  • BSM, with the exception of the ‘kicker at DE’ hyperbole and envy for their draft picks all playing – dude, they sucked for decades and had top ten first round picks year after year after year after year…. dont’ tell me that’s an excuse, its a MAJOR difference in access to top talent….

    with the exception of those 2 things, I can hear why you envy the lions coach now.

  • “400 pound flim flam man” lmfao

  • Didn’t the Lions Draft LB Ernie Sims with a High 1st Round Pick..(under their previous regime ….ha ha )
    Coach Schwartz has changed the mindset of building a roster and playing a philosophy of physical, sound fundamental football and has drafted and acquire players who play fast and with passion (M Suh, Van Boshmen, Steve Tulloch, Nick Fairley, Lou Delmas ) and CB pick-ups Eric Wright and Chris Houston flew under the radar but were nice pick-ups…

  • Paulman, at least they drafted him when he looked great in college. We got him even after looking like a bum in the pros.

    Andy needed an electrician and hired a plumber who want to be an electrician but has no training nor experience.

  • btw- putting the 49ers on “all madden” and us on “rookie” settings would have worked in our favor. just saying.

  • Paulman’s Rankings of the NFC Teams after Week # 4

    #1) Packers (4-0) when was the last game they lost…
    #2) Lions (4-0) some crazy comebacks, but guess what, they’re undefeated.
    #3) Saints (3-1) a close loss to the Packers to start, but are playing well
    #4) Giants (3-1) 2 back to back Comeback and Road Wins versus the Eagles & Cardinals get them back to feeling good about themselves.
    #5) 49ers (3-1) It goes to show, they don’t have to be pretty, but a win is a win..
    #6) TB Bucs (3-1) Winning ugly but winning and will be a playoff team
    #7) Redskins (2-2) If they get any QB play at all, will be there at the end
    #8) Bears (2-2) Won a wild one vs the upstart Panthers, but a desperately needed win at home versus an inferior opponent, they closed the deal
    #9) Falcons (2-2) slowly getting their act together, could be a strong tweam down the stretch
    #10) Cowboys (2-2) similar to the Eagles, need their QB to have a great game every week and when he doesn’t, they lose…Where is this Rob Ryan extroidinaire Defense, I am not seeing it yet… are you ???
    #11) Eagles (1-3) a waste of great talent at the skills positions, but no heart and no defense and an overmatch D/C and girly uniform #’s…
    #12) Panthers (1-3) Cam Newton conntinues to impress but a lot of hoeles on a overmatched Defense with LB Beason and T Davis lost for the year
    #13) Seahawks (1-3) another dissapointing team that made the Playoffs last year..(the Andrew Luck sweepstakes have begun)
    #14) Arizona (1-3) Another team that’s been in every game only to fold in the 4th Quarter, could easily be 3-1 by too many turnovers & mistakes
    #15) Vikings (0-4) Why the Vikings are still sticking with D McNabb at QB after an 0-4 Start is beyond me, You may as well start the QB C Ponder era and see what he can do…
    #16) SL Rams (0-4) Bad luck, Sophomore jinx for Bradford, Injuries or whatever you want to call it, the Rams are not a good team..

  • Pman- now do a top to bottom list of the posters on this site. Give detail about their commentss.

  • C’mon Colin. What? Are you gettin’ paid by the word? The blame lies solidly on the round ample shoulders of Reid and has for years. There’s no need to look any further.

  • slick – that’s an ignorant comment. Reid fumbled the ball out of Maclin’s hands? Reid cheated against the Eagles in the 04 superbowl? reid missed two kicks sunday? Reid threw the ball out Brown’s hands? Reid caused the lockout which gave the team no OTAs? Reid diabled the LBs’ hands on plays they were suppossed to tackle and not just brush the RB’s jersey?

    Don’t be so simple, life, and certainly football ar not.

  • Working on it Stevo… Will take a while to write…

  • Pman – if i am not in the top three – next time I am in your direction we are gonna throw down – and you have actually seen me in person to know I am not just ‘blogger’ big….

    eagles gonna win next 2 to go into Bye at 3-3 and then 8-2 to finsih 11-5 –

    just kidding – can’t wait to get out in that direction – the boy is starting (not bad for a freshman) this weekend for the fall scrimmages – I am gonna miss seeing him crack skulls –

    how your kids doing?

  • Good one Navy… Great to hear you Son is kicking ass so far.. My kids are doing well.. My Daughter has 2 more Meets left and has set 3 Personal Best times in her last 3 races and has gotten her 5-K time down from 27:30 to 24:45 over the last month or so which is excellent and especially for her 1st Season with the Cross Country.Team… She was invited to participate at the Rickhmond,Va Invitational Meet on Oct 14/15th and is one of 40 runners from our local High School to particiapte.. My son is kicking ass in Soccer so far.. His team is off to a great Start at 5-1-1 and he has scored in all 7 games and got 2 goals tonight which gives him 8 for the Season..They are both doing very well in school and has some nice mid-term grades(A’ & B’s) so far..
    As Far as the Eagles, If they can win Sunday and then get back to 3-3 by the BYE week, that would be very encouraging and with a week off could get some banged up players back (Peters,T Cole) and start their post bye schedule with some momentum and confidence.. These are make and break games for sure and it really doesn;t matter how they do it whether it’s ugly,lucky or what, but they need a win in the worst way this SUnday and what sucks is that the Bills bubble and big-heads were popped last week with their loss at Cincinnati so they won’t be over-confident or thinking that they are big-time yet… ( I was hoping they would have won last week to be 4-0 and a littlefull of themselves..) but their Offense may be the most dynamic one they will face all season (and yes, that includes the PAtriots too) they will use 4-5 WR’s TE and 2 RB’s all over the field in various formations and they really spread the ball and the Defense out and then they can have Rb Fred Jackson get the tough yards and RB CJ Spiller break the long ones.. Fred Jackons is one of the most versatile and underrated backs in the NFL, He can catch, block and run and really id the Bills inspirational leader very similar to what Brian Wesdtbrook was to the Eagles during his prime years.. This will be a shootout and probably the team who makes the least amount of Turnovers wins the game.. I am not so sure that either Defense will stop the other so it gets down to execution, getting the 7 pts instead of 3 and staying awy from the big negative plays, (Sacks,Penalties and Turnovers) for the Eagles.. with no Jason Peters, King Dunlap will play LT and go against OLB pass Rusher Shawn Merriman who is off to pretty good start for the Bills.. (they must give Dunlap help with TE Celek, or FB Schmitt )
    The leaves are just beginning to change here in the High Country and it’s been just absolutely beautiful out .. mid 60’s with a breeze and down in the 40’s at night ..
    The Eagles have too much talent and the Coaching Staff too much experience and winning tradition to not get this team back on track and if they can and play smart football and protect the ball, then they should be able to be in every game that they play, but they have to start it SUnday and bring home a W any way they can…
    Hope things are going well with you and I saw one of your other posts about your Daughters success’s with the Volleyball which is awesome.. so keep it going … thnx

  • Slick- I think you may be bias. Reid has been under so much scrutiny over his career, yet he has one of the most successful tenures (win percentage wise) in nfl history
    SteveO- very true observation about the madden settings haha I’ve been getting ripped lately playing that game so I had to make the reference.
    I’m calling a 10 point spread against Bills. 27-17 Buffalo. They’re playing at too high of a level right now.

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