Or maybe Admiral Interception. Very rough game for Mike Vick and the offense, but give them credit for coming up big in the key moments. Look back in Eagles history and you see plenty of games where we find a way to come up just short.
Just last year we had chances to win late vs ATL, SF, BUF, and others. Didn’t happen. After falling down 16-10, Vick and the offense finally got going. There was a missed FG and a TD drive after that. You don’t ignore the failures of the first 3 quarters, but you have to love the clutch plays late in the game. Think about the times when the situation was reversed. There have been a few games where the Eagles were great for 3 quarters and then fell apart late and lost. The refrain is always “Why can’t we be clutch?” Today, they were.
The defense was outstanding. The Browns had just 210 yards. Brandon Weeden was 12-35-118 with 4 INTs. The defense had 10 passes defensed (knockdowns or INTs). Those weren’t just errant throws. The coverage was tight.
Just yesterday I wrote about the run defense. It was even better than I hoped for. Trent Richardson was 19-39. If I had told you before the game to think about a Browns rookie and the numbers 19, 39…you’d have guessed I was writing about Weeden’s year of birth. The DL was very good and the LBs were even better. Great assignment football. Good tackling.
Back to Vick for a second…my hope is that he was rusty today. Andy Reid said that was the case. The problem with that idea is that rusty or not, you can’t make horrible decisions and force the ball into coverage. Rusty is generally more about erratic passing and sloppy fundamentals. We’ll know next week if today was an aberration due to the short preseason or if Vick is just going to be erratic the whole year.
The OL…for part of the game
This isn’t the way I wanted to start the season. Not even close. The good news is that we played well in the Red Zone. We came back to win a game. We played terrific team defense. The offense needs a lot of work, but lack of talent isn’t an issue. Mudd and the OL must clean up the blocking. Vick must pull his head from his butt and quit throwing to the other team.
Bad style points, good result. Rough start to 2012, but I’m encouraged in the sense that the team has lost a lot of these games in the past. Good teams find a way to win even on ugly days. Are we a good team? We were when it counted. For that, I’m thankful.