Still enjoying the win over the Cowboys. The sun is brighter. The air cleaner. Food tastes better. The women of Modern Knitting magazine are even sexier. Life is good.
I am not done with the DGR, obviously. Sunday night games are brutal. I do have some more thoughts to share, so here goes:
* I wonder what team will decide that Shady McCoy must be shut down and will play 8-man fronts, daring us to throw deep on them? Playing the Safeties deep and focusing on DJax and Mac didn’t look so great last night.
* Jason Kelce played a heck of a game. He was called for holding on Jay Ratliff, but that was a bad call. Ratliff finished with 1 tackle and was largely a non-factor. Remember the 2009 game when Ratliff dominated us? He had 5 solo tackles, 2 sacks, and was a disruptive force all game. We didn’t see anything like that last night. Kelce has the potential to be a special player.
* I would rank Shady as the #2 RB in the NFL right now, behind only Adrian Peterson. One thing that bothers a lot of people is the way he swings the ball when he runs. That is an issue, but he’s not as careless as you might think. When he gets in traffic, Shady does bring the ball in tight. He’s vulnerable to someone catching him from behind and knocking it loose, but he has shown a lot of improvement from the first couple of years when he swung it wildy all the time.
* Quick note on the pass to Owen Schmitt in the Red Zone. I have no problems with that play. FBs are a very good weapon in the RZ, especially on play-action passes. The problem is that Dallas had the right coverage. Schmitt, like all FBs, are dangerous in the RZ because so much attention is focused on the QB, RB, and primary skill players.
* I’ve been hard on Asante at times recently, but he seemed to have a good game. He played more press coverage than I can ever recall and he also got some jams on receivers as they tried to release off the line. If Asante is willing to do that stuff, then he is a valuable guy to have on the field.
* Stat from Dave Spadaro: Eagles are 3-0 with 2 or fewer turnovers. 0-4 with more than 2.
* I wrote the other day about the lack of chemistry between Vick and Brent Celek. Those two clicked on Sunday night and I hope we see more of that. TEs are critical to an offense like ours. Plus, they are huge in the RZ. Ironically, it was Witten and Romo who showed no chemistry. There were a couple of plays where they didn’t seem to be on the same page.
* The Eagles put Jim Johnson and Eric Allen in the team’s Honor Roll at halftime. I was a little worried about this. Back in 2005 we had Reggie White Night and the team was beaten 42-0 by Seattle. Seth Joyner was an honorary game captain for the Giants game earlier this year and we got beat 29-16. I was very pleased to see the current team play well on the day that we honored part of the past.
* Merril Hoge said some nice things about the Eagles on SportsCenter this morning. Miracles never cease. Then he started talking about some adjustments in our run game. I don’t think he’s right. He showed the play where we pull the TE to the backside and have him take on the LB. That’s a designed cutback run. Great play, but we did that last year. Hoge made it sound like it is something from the last 3 weeks. Hoge annoys me and I’ll be glad when he goes away.
* For those who didn’t watch Eagles Live on Monday…there is some must see TV. Andy Reid had his normal noon PC. After that he sat down with Dave Spadaro for a short interview. Since it is Halloween, Spads was wearing a wig (I think he looked like Juan Epstein). Reid donned Sheldon Brown’s old Jason/hockey mask. Here are the pics…
I’m sure PE.com will have the interview available on the site pretty soon. Reid kept the mask on the whole time. Bizarre.