5 Huge Positives To Take From the Game

Posted: September 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 61 Comments »

5.  Michael Vick didn’t throw an INT. This shows his progress as a passer. Or just proves that you can’t throw an INT when you’re on your back with 3 Cardinals on top of you.

4.  Shady didn’t fumble. Some might argue that you can’t fumble if you don’t get to actually ya know…run the ball.

3.  Alex Henery was 2 of 2 on FGs.  Hall of Fame material.

2.  We outscored them 6-3 in the 2nd half.  Winners show up in the 2nd half.  Cards are frauds.  We’re clearly legit.

1.  The team plane didn’t crash in the Andes, forcing the players to eat each other as they waited for help to find them.  I’m pretty sure Casey Matthews would be the first one eaten.  He’s young (tender) and has a medium build.  Casey would finally be part of an epic football meal.

(For those who don’t get #1…here. )

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I’m still in the process of re-watching the game.  This was the dumbest, goofiest attempt at humor I could come up with.

I’ll put up a serious post later on that discusses Andy Reid and what he wanted to do/was trying to do.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Buchanan/1557343118 Scott Buchanan

    46-17..the score? no how about the ratio of pass to run…pitiful

    • TheRogerPodacter

      and that is after they inexplicably started to run the ball MORE when down by like 18 points in the 4th quarter.

      • Mac

        But… Marty uses the pass to set up the run. Duh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kanin-Faan/100000790557328 Kanin Faan

    6. The Eagles were able to leave the game without any major injuries.

  • FrenchEagles

    A real positive? In week 6 we won’t have any turnover. 5 in Wk1, 4 in Wk2, 3 in Wk3… You can complete.

    Other than that, I’m going to take this game as it is. One (bad) defeat against an impressive and surprisingly good team. Niners lost against the Vikings, Saints are 0-3, Pats lost too against the Cards. I want to see the game next sunday before getting into conclusions…

  • porkrind188

    The Eagles made Kolb look great! That will help the Eagles refute the claim about stealing draft picks the next time they try to trade a backup QB to another team.

    • TommyLawlor

      Yes. Well done.

  • Steven Dileo

    Ha! I was right. I knew the Eagles couldn’t handle the Cardinals’ defense and Kolb would excel at managing the game. People took the Cardinals too lightly.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    Do the Harbaughs have any more brothers?

    • Steven Dileo

      Haven’t we lost enough conference championship games?

  • http://www.facebook.com/xbcsmith Brett Smith

    I had to turn the game off… I was in radio silence all day so I could watch the game with excitement not knowing the outcome.

    I won’t do that again… oh the pain of this offense. We are playing well enough on defense to win but the offense is offensive. I am left with a lot of questions…

    Where is the run game?

    Where are the short crossing routes?

    Where is the screen pass?

    Where was the seam route? < How come DBs can killshot Celek without a flag?

    How come it is ok to kill Vick as he throws but you can't even breath on Brady without a flag?

    How come Vick thinks 7 seconds is an ok time to hold the ball?

  • Steven Dileo

    ugh. If only we kicked a FG on 3rd and goal, Andy got too greedy with 6 seconds left in the game. It would have only been an 8 point deficit going into the 4th quarter.

    Why did the Eagles accept the penalty on 3rd down after the sack? Was 2 yards really worth it? I don’t get that decision, was it out of Andy’s hands? Accepting that penalty gave the Cardinals two chances at getting the 1st down and they almost got it. It put the Eagles in bad field position on the following drive which lead to Arizona’s 2nd TD. This is the 2nd time Andy got too greedy and accepted a penalty. Last week it almost hurt the Eagles, this week it did.

    I don’t like nitpicking these coaching mistakes because Andy’s game plan was fundamentally flawed.

    • TommyLawlor

      Reid taking the penalty didn’t really happen. The officials botched that and Reid has no explanation. Probably gets fined if he speaks his mind on the issue. In the end, it didn’t hurt us. Completely weird moment.

      • Steven Dileo

        Explains a lot. I can’t imagine an NFL coach accepting that penalty.

        It did hurt us.

        Kolb missed the 2nd down pass at his own 38 and then connected on a 3rd down pass to Ftizgerald for 22 yards which ended at the Eagles 40. The Eagles were pushed back to the 9 yard line after the punt and after a 3-n-out the Cardinals got the ball back at the 50, and scored a TD on a short field.

        The game plan was flawed but these little decisions could have made the game a lot closer and given the Eagles a chance to win the game in the end like they did vs. Cleveland.

    • TheRogerPodacter
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798348257 Carmen Angela Harris

      Agree with this. I don’t what the heck Andy was thinking, he usually likes to get some points on the board even if it is a FG. Game plan was obviously written in crayon. Terrible.

  • fran35

    On a serious note:
    Is anyone else a little shamed at the fact that they were hoping that Vick would get hurt so we could move on this season? Not a major injury, but just enough to keep him sidelined for a bit.
    With our luck as Eagles fans, this will be the season that Vick makes it through without injury.

    • TommyLawlor

      That is funny. With Foles ready to go in and fans eager to see him, Vick is proving indestructible.

      • fran35

        An injury would be ideal for a Foles entry. Give the kid a few weeks to see what he has while Vick mends. Maybe Foles continues his play from the preseason and we can move on from Vick. Maybe he stinks up the joint and we can bring Vick back to finish the mess and tell the world that Foles “needs a full offseason”. That seems to be the front office go-to excuse for personnel failures.

    • P_P_K

      With our luck as Eagles fans, Foles will be the one who gets hurt.

    • Steven Dileo

      During half time I was hoping that Vick would get ejected from the game so he could save himself from the hits he would take in the meaningless 2nd half.

    • TheRogerPodacter

      from all that we keep hearing about vick only playing a full 16 games once in his career….
      now that we are OK with him being hurt (not that we WANT him to get hurt… but we wouldnt really mind it too much), he will definitely get his second such season.

    • SteveH

      As messed up as it is to wish an injury on someone, I have too thought that the most ideal way to get Foles into the game without controversy would be if Vick came down with Tendonitis or something. I am a horrible person.

  • Steven Dileo

    I hope the Eagles can win 1 of their next 3: NYG (extra rest), Pittsburgh (coming off a bye), and Detroit (coming off a bye). I’ll be happy with a 3-2 record at the bye weekend

    • TommyLawlor

      That would be a huge improvement over last year’s 1-4.

      I just want to see the team play a really good, clean game. I liked a lot of what I saw vs BAL, but the turnovers were still a major problem.

      • Steven Dileo

        They were 2-4 after 4 games going into their bye last year. I hope this doesn’t happen again this year :(

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798348257 Carmen Angela Harris

          It won’t. I bet we have no more losses before the bye. But I’m OVERLY optimistic and I’ll hold on it :-)

  • Mac

    We thought we had some things there… in the passing game…

    Like what, an opportunity to have your QB broken in half?

    • P_P_K

      Reid says crap like this all the time. “In retrospect…” blah-blah-blah. He may be taking heat for his players not performing but I also think it’s a way of dodging legitimate questions and, god forbid, considering actual change.

      Have you ever had someone in your life who does the same damn thing all the time, even though it doesn’t work, and still refuses to change? I mean besides your wife.

      • A_T_G

        well played.

      • SteveH

        Better hope your wife doesn’t know you post here.

  • ACViking

    Re: The O-Line & Vick’s rise and fall

    T-Law:

    In the preseason and at the start of 2010, the Eagles’ O-line was not very good. And Kevin Kolb looked — and played — terribly.

    When Vick replaced Kolb in the opener against Green Bay, and then was given the QB job 2 weeks later, my recollection is . . . Vick was made the Eagles QB because the O-line had trouble pass blocking and Vick’s scrambling would compensate for the line’s shortcomings.

    So . . . what’s the plan this year?
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    By the way, Reid’s offense — for all his years here — was built around the presence of great bookend O-tackles: Tra Thomas and Jon Runyon.

    During those Thomas/Runyon years, I remember some games the Birds lost because of INSIDE pressure against the likes of Artis Hicks, Hank Fraley (abused by Vince Wolfork in the SB), Bobbie Williams (meant to be a run-blocker, not pass-blocker), and Alonzo Ephraim.

    Herremanns, Dunlap, and Bell are not in the class of Thomas and Runyon. And the loss of Peters clearly impacts the Eagles’ ability to double-team somewhere other than the left side all the time.
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    POINT: Andy Reid’s always called the same type of game, regardless of who’s playing. “Next guy up”.

    But in a passing-based offense — one that, in the 1st half of every game, now seems geared to an 80-20 pass/run ratio — good to substandard OTs requires some adjustment to the offensive philosophy. A lot of adjustment.

    More 3-man routes (which the Cards seemed to defense really well yesterday). More running plays. More 2-back formations so the backside blitz is protected.
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    Last year in Giants game #1 (the V-C game), Reid ran McCoy up and down the field. But the Birds lost. And that was that for running the ball . . . it was back to throwing the ball regardless.

    But last year, Jason Peters was here. And his play had a domino effect. The same is true this year with Dunlap and Bell. Domino effect.
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    Danny Watkins . . . I think he’s been taken to school the last two weeks, just from watching on the tube.

    He’s clearly no Shawn Andrews.

    I’m not sure he’s even as good as Artis Hicks. And that’s a scarey thought.

    • TommyLawlor

      Danny actually played fine yesterday. Dallas Reynolds was the problem inside.

      • iskar36

        I’m really curious to see what you write in your DGR for Watkins. I thought I saw him miss on a few blocks. Frankly, from a first round pick, I expect a lot more. To me, so far he has not lived up to his draft selection.

  • T_S_O_P

    “Is Marty a very British expression”, there’s a future post heading. The answer is ‘yes’, but I’m sure it could be filled out.

  • P_P_K

    I’m trying to laugh…

    After Fitz killed us last year, wasn’t there discussion that the best way to deal with him would be to shadow him with one of our two strong cbs? If that took place yesterday I wasn’t able to see it.

    • TheRogerPodacter

      no, i read an article where nnamdi was saying something like “we knew the cards were expecting us to shadow him 1 on 1 all day and were going to counter that. so we took a different approach to counter their move”
      turns out that they were right on the first point – they did move fitz around to get him matched up on different people.

      the problem (that i saw) is that no one on our defense knows how to play zone defense so it was easy for fitz to find the holes.

  • Julz

    Sitting here waiting for Madden 13 to arrive so I can see what it’s like when we run the ball.

  • MJ

    I can’t be the only one who about lost my damn mind when we called a timeout BEFORE THE FIRST PLAY OF THE 2nd QUARTER … and then to top if off we had a False Start right after the timeout. Literally unbelievable. Vick about panicked when he saw there was 4 seconds left on the play clock … how does this happen!?!?!?!

    One other thing that kills me is the reporting that we aborted our plan to have Nnamdi shadow Larry Fitz because that’s what the Cards thought would be coming. Well no shit, we have someone who is supposed to be a lock down corner (not that he’s proven it here) that might be matched up 1 on 1 all day against one of the best WR in the NFL. That’s a novel concept, but maybe the Cardinals are expecting it so abort abort abort. Why are we so insistent on trying to play Nnamdi places where he just doesn’t seem comfortable, and looks flat out bad half the time. Fitz is one of my favorite players in the NFL but he must salivate seeing us on the schedule every year knowing he’s good to pop off for at least 100 and a few TDs since we insist on letting him run free all day on us.

    Tommy, talk me off the ledge…

    • TommyLawlor

      The opening of the 2nd Qtr had me fired up as well. Worst thing is that we were actually moving well on that drive.

  • brza

    Wow, didn’t see this quote coming in Reid’s presser:
    On McCoy getting 13 carries: “We thought we had some opportunities down the field, thought we’d protect better.”
    Like a broken record. I can’t even get mad about it anymore. Its like living in the desert and being mad that its hot. No matter how bad the pass game is going we know Reid/Marty will think they have some “opportunities” and keep passing. So we either accept it and deal with the fact it will be hot or get out of the desert.

  • eagles2zc

    Watching that train wreck of a game takes courage. I was glad when the game finally ended. Tommy, can you note down whether it was the execution or the scheme or a little of both that was ultimately the demise of the Eagles secondary? I thought NA and DRC fared well. Coleman messed up on that Fitz TD and DRC and Meco collided on that other TD. I saw a lot of zone coverage look from NA and DRC on Cards short passing plays and don’t understand why Juan is still calling those

  • Kevin_aka_RC

    I can’t believe Reid opened the Foles Box. You can’t shut it once it’s open.

    • eagles2zc

      I think it’s warranted given how Vick had performed. The lack of pocket awareness is frustrating. Very little confidence in Vick right now.

  • ACViking

    Re: Danny Watkins – bad take

    T-Law:

    If there were some way to do a strike-through of what I wrote (Watkins having trouble yesterday), I would — so the readers could see that, per your review, DW actually had a pretty good game, and that D-Rey was the problem.

    Thanks for clearing that up.
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    Danny . . . if you’re reading this, sorry. I DO want you to succeed.

    • A_T_G

      Eh, it is Dallas who should be apologizing, not you.

      How do we sign a guy named Dallas anyway? You don’t see any Jets Mcintire on the Patriots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Buchanan/1557343118 Scott Buchanan

    How ironic would it be that Reid unknowingly drafts a franchise QB in his last year?….

  • Mac

    Let me preface this statement by saying yes, I realize Coleman was at fault for one of Larry’s TD catch and scampers.

    But I love the intensity he brings to the game and to the defense. I like that he was talking things out on the sidelines with Nnamdi afterward. I wish Vick would hang out with him and let some of that toughness and willingness to work out the kinks when things aren’t going well rub off on him.

    Am I the only one who is tired of watching Vick go sit by himself during games when he isn’t performing well? He should be talking with Andy and/or Marty and getting his stuff together for the next series.

  • A_T_G

    6. The pain will be short-lived. If we beat NY this week, we will be 3-1 and atop the East; no one wIll care about the AZ loss. If we lose to NY we will have so much fresh material with whichto work, no one will care about the AZ loss.

  • Anirudh Jangalapalli

    I have a feeling that “dumbest,” “goofiest,” and “attempt at humor” will all come into play when discussing what Andy was trying to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Buchanan/1557343118 Scott Buchanan

    Coach Reid Mr Luhries on line 1……

    • A_T_G

      I bet the receptionist at the Novacare Center knows how the boss’ name is spelled.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Buchanan/1557343118 Scott Buchanan

      Lurie Luhrie Loorey

  • myartz04

    Has anyone else noticed Vick has lost a step? He was getting chased down by LB and DE.

  • disqus_jB7dl5fzvO

    at least we found out damarus johnson isnt a bum

  • DarthBanner

    Wow nfl. Enough is enough. The end of the Packers game was an atrocity. You are losing all credibility.

  • SteveH

    Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooly cow, Green Bay just got jobbed in the worst possible way at the end of that game… I cannot believe that just happened.

    • A_T_G

      That was stunning. I imagine the owners feel their bargaining position dissolving each game. On the other hand, the seats are still full.

      • SteveH

        Stunning is the right word, I was having trouble finding a word that described what happened. I’m surprised the Packers actually came back out for the extra point, I know I wouldn’t have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798348257 Carmen Angela Harris

    Gees, people. We are 2-1. And we WILL beat the Giants on Sunday night. We got out-coached TERRIBLY. I’m over it. At least we aren’t 1-2. On to the next game! Go Eagles!