We led 24-17.
Shady McCoy had just run for a 33-yard TD. The offense was clicking. The defense was coming up with turnovers. I’m not sure what happened after that. There was no lack of effort. There wasn’t horrible coaching. There was just something not working.
The Bears made timely play after timely play. They scored the final 13 points of the game and made precious few mistakes.
This game was very much what we saw from the Eagles earlier in the season:
* Inconsistent run defense. Forte was red hot early on, but had a stretch where we held him to 8 yards on 7 carries. We got a couple of fumbles from him. We just couldn’t make enough critical stops. You can’t be off and on vs the run. Not good enough.
* Dumb mistakes. Celek doesn’t get out of bounds late in the half. Maclin drops a key pass late in the half. DeSean has the worst PR in the history of football. He runs backward and fumbles, leading to 7 easy points for the Bears. There were missed blocks…a lot. Asante plays off and tries to bait Cutler into throwing his way in the endzone. Jay did…for a TD. I don’t know how Asante could have that mindset.
* Costly turnovers. DeSean’s fumble set up a TD. Vick threw an INT that cost us at least a FG. RZ turnovers have hurt us almost all year long. Those turned out to be huge, huge mistakes. If either of those is different, we have a shot to tie or win the game late with a FG.
* Poor Red Zone defense. The Bears were 3 for 4. Gotta get some kind of stop. There was bad luck on the Babin penalty, but Jason still has to find a way to miss Cutler.
We’re now 3-5. A lot of people are going to jump right back onto “the season is over” kick. We’re halfway through the 2011 season. We had a crappy first 8 games. This team could go 3-5 the rest of the way, or 6-2 or 7-1. If they play like last week, we can beat anyone in the league. If they play like tonight, they can lose to anyone in the league.
I’m not throwing the towel in on the season. Too much time left. Don’t get into all the playoff scenarios and trying to figure things out. Take it one game at a time and let’s see what happens. If the Eagles are still 2 games under .500 in a month, we’ll start talking about the draft. If they’re at .500, we’ll start worrying about schedules and playoff scenarios.
I know you don’t want to hear it, but you have to see how the next few weeks play out. 3-5 means we’re in a bad situation, but it isn’t the end of things. Much easier to get all gloom and doom and start firing guys and cutting players. I just don’t think like that at the halfway point of a season. And I sure wouldn’t want players and coaches who think like that.
Arizona is up next. Eagles need to get this game behind them quickly and focus on the next one. That’s the only way to dig out of a hole. Gotta stay focused.
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Right now I’m not real fond of DeSean, DRC, or Asante. Those guys were way too soft tonight. Can’t have that in critical situations.
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The OL needs to forget about their damn mustaches and go block someone. The guys had a bad night. Todd Herremans ain’t going to any Pro Bowls if people saw him tonight. Bears OL badly outplayed our guys. Wasn’t even close. The DL didn’t have a good game either. No sacks? On Cutler? Ugh.
Jay was a freakin’ witch doctor tonight. He moved around the pocket and made some great improvisational plays. I can’t stand playing that guy.
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I’ll write more later. Too pissed to say much worth reading right now. Miserable night.