Big Red’s Finale – 1st Half

Posted: December 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 168 Comments »

Here is your game preview for today:  the Eagles are at the Giants.

How’s that for keeping it simple?

Part of me is praying for a win, so we can see if the players carry Andy Reid out on their shoulders.  Part of me is just ready for 4:30 to get here so we can officially declare the season over and move forward.

The big news…TE Evan Moore is inactive.  Who will be our primary Red Zone target???

Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks are out.

The Eagles and Giants rarely play a boring game.  What compelling/weird/wild thing will happen today?  My fantasy is a shutout, but more likely is Eli Manning running for a 99-yard TD.

Good luck, Big Red.

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  • BC1968

    If you put that way, I have to root for the Eagles to lose for fear of a lot of off season back injuries that linger into next year.

  • bdbd20

    “Who will be our primary Red Zone target???”

    I hope I’m wrong, but I’m thinking it will be Stevie Brown.

    • TommyLawlor

      Nicely done.

    • Crus57

      Red Zone started early today.

  • DarthBanner

    With Vick playing for next year’s contract and an Eagles win dropping them several draft positions and out of the Top 5, there is no way the Giants can win. It’s a lock.

    • TommyLawlor

      You could be right.

      • DarthBanner

        I may have underestimated how much the Eagles have already given up this season.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    When is the last time both the Eagles & Giants missed the playoffs?

    • TommyLawlor

      1999, I think.

  • T_S_O_P

    Loved Reid, but he was undone by bad coaching hires. I hope that file that he bought with him in ’99 is restocked before he gets back into it.

    Can you believe this game is being televised in the UK? Of course, this means I can’t watch it with my NFL Gamepass ticket. I have been able to watch as many games live this year as we have wins. SCREW YOU ROGER GOODHALL!!!! Wanker!

    • Crus57

      It’s working on gamepass for me so far

      • T_S_O_P

        For me too now. OOOOPs! However I won’t retract anything I said about Roger.

  • nopain23

    Food for thought as Black Monday approaches. Mike McCoy may be the next Sean Payton( they even both rock the visor!). Young accomplished guy with a brilliant offensive mind. Can the eagles really afford to pass on him( even if we have to wait on him after Denver’s playoff run). Would you pass up an opportunity to hire SP…..I think not.Foles has the physical tools get his mechanics and a, no doubt, he just needs someone to bugs(mechanics and awareness) fixed. McCoy made Tebow look like an NFL ready QB. Think of what he could do with foles.

    Eagles check list for the new year should be;

    1. New HC: McCoy ,McCoy,McCoy…..gotta say no to kelly( i know he’s the sexy pick right now).no NLF experience…no thank you.

    2. Top 5 pick(even if it means we lose today.,sorry if we win,we lose)not many blue chippers in this draft.I say we get Star(DT) or LUke(LT)

    3.Get a DAMN safety:free agency or high 2nd round pick.I don’t care.Just get it done.

    Also,please football deities.,No major injuries today!!

  • lilmc

    Bobby April!!!!

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

      Mike Vick!!! Turnover Machine.

  • TommyLawlor

    Great start…and then, ugh.

    • lilmc

      What an awful throw.

  • T_S_O_P

    Vick’s unrecognisable…..

  • lilmc

    The run defense has come to play.

  • bdbd20

    Vick doing his best to spot the G-men 28 pts. All part of his plan.

    • TommyLawlor

      Miracle, Pt 3?

      • T_S_O_P

        May require messing with the laws of physics starting with travelling back in time and fixing Foles’ hand.

        • Crus57

          also, we don’t have DJax, and more importantly, they don’t have Matt Dodge.

      • bdbd20

        Except this time Damaris Johnson takes a knee at the 1 to preserve the draft pick.

  • Davesbeard

    I can not see this being a good send-off for Reid..

    What team is going to want Vick? He is TERRIBLE.

  • Iskar36

    I hate to admit it, but I gave absolutely no desire seeing the Eagles win today. With the majority of our young guys out who I would normally want to see perform well at this time of the year, all I really care about is maintaining our draft pick.

    AR deserves recognition, but he should get it without the win. Winning today only hurts the franchise.

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

      You should get your wish.

  • bridgecoach

    Safety – Round 2 – that is all.

    • TommyLawlor

      We need help there.

    • http://twitter.com/sjampendk Patrick

      Free Agency, then a 2. round pick. We dont have a decent safety on the roster, I’m done with Allen and Coleman, they can battle for being the backup and the loser of that battle gets to battle Colt Anderson for ST ace.
      Heres to hoping the Bills think Jairus Byrd is overrated.

  • ceteris_paribus1776

    its still sad watching this team play. That’s the guy that they have in there over Allen. Wow, that really speaks volumes for Nate

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Season in a nutshell. Do something good (on-side kick), do 2 things bad (TO, give up soft TD).

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

      At least they are consistently disappointing.

  • ACViking

    Re: Miracle at the Meadowlands

    There have been 3:

    1. 1978 — Edwards runs back fumbled hand-off by Pisarcik/Csonka as G-men try to run out the clock.

    2. 1988 — 10 years to the Sunday after MM-I . . . Clyde Simmons runs a blocked Eagles FG attempt in for the winning TD (yes, an Eagles’ FG attempt).

    3. 2010 — Vick’s last great game

    • TommyLawlor

      I wasn’t counting Clyde’s play. I’ll adjust that for the future.

    • 47_Ronin

      Re: 1988 OT Win. That is a top 3 Eagles game for me. I vividly remember the Giant defenders surrounding the ref after he signaled TD (esp LT who looked so heated, maybe coked up as well) to protest the call. Generally the offense can’t advance a blocked FG, except in OT. Great game!

  • ceteris_paribus1776

    Vick looks terrible

    • TommyLawlor

      Very rusty.

      • Davesbeard

        Nah, pretty sure he’s just a terrible QB.

        • TommyLawlor

          I’m trying to cut the guy a little slack.

          • bridgecoach

            I’ve been trying to convince myself that its worth 3mil to have an extra piece to have as an option to entice our next head coach. Vick isn’t helping so far – pulling for him though.

          • http://twitter.com/sjampendk Patrick

            Maybe we could try him on defense. Hes involved in more tackles than any of our defensive players anyway.

    • bdbd20

      I believe the correct term is Vick-ish.

  • lilmc

    Reynolds cant even get him the ball

  • Felix

    Definitely not a great start

  • bridgecoach

    Nada from Nnamdi

    • Crus57

      That was hilariously awful.

    • bdbd20

      That play may have just locked up the #4 pick.

      No chance we score more than 13 pts today. Probably Nnamdi’s greatest contribution to his tenure here.

    • TommyLawlor

      Can’t play the ball to save his life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.gleklen Brandon Gleklen

    I am very happy this is our last game

  • ceteris_paribus1776

    Nnamdi is useless as well. Can’t make a play on the ball.

  • Felix

    I fear this one will be tough

    • TommyLawlor

      Yup.

  • Iskar36

    Wow. That was pathetic. Even with what should have been dpi, Nnamdi got beat for another deep td.

  • nopain23

    can we get a look at Marsh. plz bench nnamdi NOW

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Sigh…go Raiders.

    • TommyLawlor

      Sad that we’ve been reduced to this.

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Yep. There’s nothing else left.

        Wow, they look most putrescent today.

  • ACViking

    T-Law:

    I’m hoping you’ll do a post-season breakdown on, at least, a few of the key Eagles — maybe under the heading of “Surprises / Disappointments”.

    I just can’t believe how stiff Nnamdi’s been all year. Ball tracking a problem. But speed and hip turning’s been so disappointing.

    • Felix

      It seems to me as if he has no ball awareness at all

    • Iskar36

      So the surprise section would consist if who?

  • T_S_O_P

    Nnamdi, seriously you look so so awkward making a play on the ball in flight. If your agent suggests Dancing with the Stars when your career is over; don’t do it.

  • bridgecoach

    Foles is looking better and better…

    • bdbd20

      AR and MM not helping things one bit. Those plays don’t work with our crappy O-Line.

      • lilmc

        That 3rd down screen was a give up play.

  • xeynon

    God I hate Nnamdi Asomugha (sports hate, that is – he seems like a nice guy).

    I wouldn’t bring him back next year for the veteran minimum, never mind what he’s going to make even after a restructuring.

    • bridgecoach

      Great guy. Ready to vote for him now for office. But what happened to fall so far so fast?

      • xeynon

        He got old, fast. Happens to CBs and RBs particularly often.

        • 47_Ronin

          No Aso didn’t get old fast, he was never that good to begin with.

    • TommyLawlor

      Sports hate…I like that phrase.

    • eagles2zc

      But but..he knows big words!!

  • eagles2zc

    This mess so far is not going to convince any potential HCs to want to come here

    • Felix

      This performance will not even convince Billick :-)

  • ACViking

    Re: G-Men’s D-Line alignment

    Anyone not old enough to remember the Tom Landry “Doomsday Defenses” in Dallas back in the late ’60s and ’70s . . .

    Note on 1st down how the G-men have the DE’s and DTs staggered in their closeness to the LOS. (Ex: LDE close, LDT back slightly, RDT close, RDE back a bit).

    That’s the old “FLEX DEFENSE” used by the Cowboys. The point was to attack with a couple guys and read with a couple guys, and fee up the LBS.

    Interesting twist by Perry Fewell.

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

      Nice catch.

  • ceteris_paribus1776

    and Coleman with his obligatory whiff. I’m still a little in disbelief how much of a joke this team is

  • bridgecoach

    How is Coleman playing instead of Nate Allen?

  • Davesbeard

    The giants are gonna put up 40-50 points easily.

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_suraci Daniel

    All I want is one interception or forced fumble.

  • lilmc

    The giants scored a total of 14 the last 2 weeks. 21 so far today. The run defense is pathetic.

    • http://twitter.com/Khidr9 Khidr9

      This is stunning so far, even for this season.

  • shah8

    This team is not showing up to play. No-one to love…

    • Allen3000

      BG looks like the only guy hustling on D. Shady is trying too, but that’s about it. Just embarrassing and pathetic.

      • http://www.insidetheiggles.com/ CalSFro

        Was just gonna say the same thing. B-Graham and Shady want it. Dunno about everybody else.

  • Davesbeard

    Would seem we are missing Fletcher Cox.

  • ceteris_paribus1776

    Looks like the rest of my sunday just opened up.

  • bridgecoach

    Chaney on WIlson?

  • T_S_O_P

    At least we are making it difficult for them!

  • DamonL86

    Nice to see they came to play for the draft pick today.

  • Iskar36

    21 points in one quarter? I don’t want the eagles to win, but jeez. Where is the sense of pride?! We are getting embarrassed.

  • TommyLawlor

    Only 2 1/2 hours of this mess left.

    • Felix

      how many more for big red?

    • T_S_O_P

      Water torture maybe more preferable

    • http://twitter.com/Khidr9 Khidr9

      I was really hoping for some effort for reid out of this team, but it’s looking more like a lame duck performance.

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

      Time for Guinness… should put the flames out.

  • ACViking

    Re: Pass to McCoy

    Lots of RAC

    Classic WCO

  • Allen3000

    That’s 2 big plays on the same drive where our lbs got lost in coverage on a standard wheel route. Ugh! Does the D communicate at all???!

  • xeynon

    Let’s just think about how a creative coach who knows how to utilize the running game (Chip Kelly or the like) could do with McCoy and Brown.

    Of all Reid’s shortcomings, his ability to draft talented running backs and then habitually underutilize them because they don’t fit his pass wacky, scheme happy offense may be the most infuriating. Brown and McCoy are just the latest victims, but it goes all the way back to Correll Buckhalter.

  • ACViking

    Re: Bryce Brown

    Good to see the Eagles haven’t abandoned the run.

    Stick to the game plan.

    I’d think we’ll get maybe 4-5 more runs the rest of the day.

    • eagles2zc

      Ha. Reid’s master plan at work

  • eagles2zc

    Before the game: “I won’t restructure my contract” Vick

    After: “errr…let me rephrase that…”

    • TommyLawlor

      Yeah, really.

    • http://twitter.com/Khidr9 Khidr9

      One way or another he’s getting paid less next season if he still wants to be in the league.

      • xeynon

        Yep, but… I’d really prefer him to be getting paid less elsewhere. I hate him as a starter, and I don’t like him as a backup.

    • Crus57

      I’m guessing he’ll say he was misquoted.

  • xeynon

    Cmon Vick… we need you to get us down inside the 10 yard line so you can throw a soul-crushing 96 yard pick six.

    • TommyLawlor

      My soul has already been crushed…a lot.

  • Anirudh Jangalapalli

    I get the argument that losing helps our draft positioning but….do the players think that losing really, really badly moves us up even more?

    • http://twitter.com/Khidr9 Khidr9

      They may be confused about what “strength of schedule” means.
      “but the eagles were in every game we played this season, which means every other team was a much tougher opponent!”

    • TommyLawlor

      Fair question.

  • BreakinAnklez

    Can we fire Andy and cut Nnamdi mid game?

    • http://twitter.com/Khidr9 Khidr9

      Nick Foles as interim head coach? He did invent that one successful play a few games ago.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      and Bobby April, too, for good measure.

  • ACViking

    If the Eagles get a couple defensive turnovers (yes, that would be 15% of what they’ve done all season) and get points . . . they’re right back in it

  • ACViking

    a Bix DIx citing

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

      Only cause Cox is on the bench.

  • Crus57

    I think the Giants LT qualified for his brown belt in Judo with the hold he had on that run.

  • DamonL86

    How are we gonna fix this defense next year?

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

      Hire a real DC?

  • eagles2zc

    Nothing like playing against the Eagles to rejuvenate a team

  • ACViking

    Fletcher Cox seems to have been the sole reason for the Eagles inside run defense was effective. Jeez.

    • eagles2zc

      There are plenty of evidence that would suggest that, yes.

  • Iskar36

    I thought this was great:
    @Tim_McManus: Nnamdi would not be denied. He was going to get that flag.

  • lilmc

    Keep Asomugha on the bench

  • ACViking

    T-Law:

    Let’s go 3-4 next year. Can’t be worse than this.

    By the way, how bad is Casey Matthews . . . he cant’ get on the field.

  • TommyLawlor

    Nnamdi is not helping his future.

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

      That non call on the first play followed by the “oops” was classic. Not the guy I remember watching in Oakland.

  • xeynon

    Joe Buck: “Where’s this offense been for the Giants the last three weeks?”

    Answer: Playing teams with more than three NFL-starting caliber players on their defenses.

    • Crus57

      It’s not Buck. Not smug enough.

      • xeynon

        You’re right. Just Thom Brennaman imitating Buck’s annoying cadences.

  • Crus57

    To be fair to Nnamdi, we aren’t using him properly. We’re expecting him to defend passes, whereas in Oakland he just had to look fierce and the QB would throw at whichever clown was on the other side.

    • TommyLawlor

      So that’s the trick…

  • xeynon

    Vick apparently trying to sabotage next season’s passing attack as well by getting Maclin killed.

    • http://www.insidetheiggles.com/ CalSFro

      Two dangerous throws in a row. Maybe Maclin took Vick’s seat on the bus or something.

      I’d love to see Mac make those catches though.

  • bridgecoach

    perfect

  • ACViking

    Evan Moore cathes that wobbler for a TD!

    • TommyLawlor

      Exactly!

      • shah8

        unusual number of wobblers for vick…interesting

        • http://www.insidetheiggles.com/ CalSFro

          He’s pressing because he wants to do well and show off his talents for either the next coach or his future employer. If he settled down a little he’d probably have 2 TD’s at least.

  • xeynon

    It wouldn’t be a proper sendoff to this season without at least one epic screwup in each phase of the game.

    • TommyLawlor

      Yeah, really.

    • lilmc

      You can’t even make this stuff up. We are an unbelievably bad team.

  • ACViking

    Reid and Bobby April’s decision to keep McBriar made no sense about 6 weeks ago.

    Now a blown hold.

    NO MORE McBRIAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Crus57

      At least Chas Henry had the possibility of getting better.

  • bridgecoach

    can’t… look… away…

  • ACViking

    Re: McBriar

    I don’t care if I was wrong

    • NoDecaf

      Neither does Andy.

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_suraci Daniel

    I really wish we could exploit Corey Webster like every other team.

  • bridgecoach

    All or nothing? More like Small or Nothing…

  • phillychuck

    Just…wow. The 1/1000 of 1 % chance Reid had of keeping his job has evaporated this half.

  • DarthBanner

    I guess the Eagles weren’t quite done embarrassing themselves or us this season.

  • Davesbeard

    This is mind bogglingly bad.

  • ACViking

    Colt . . . c’mon.

    10 seconds and he’s playing the area in FRONT of the goal line.

    Not smart football.

    Emblematic of the past 2 years.

  • bridgecoach

    No where to go but throw-up…

  • shah8

    One thing I’m noticing today is that blitzes are working a bit too well. The OL isn’t really picking them up great, and the scheme is too predictable in the dump offs.

    This is making me think a bit more about read option.

    It also makes me think that Reid is simply too well known by the rest of the league with the talent that he has currently.

    • xeynon

      I think your last sentence is a very astute point. Reid’s been around forever and the rest of the league has adjusted to his bag of tricks. For example, is there ANY team that plays the Eagles that doesn’t know to watch for the shovel pass in goal line situations? He has not added enough new tricks to the bag, and the talent level on the O line and at quarterback isn’t what it once was… all of a sudden the offense doesn’t work anymore.

  • bridgecoach

    Whats going on on that great “Let’s talk about Chip Kelly” thread? —>

  • NoDecaf

    Hey look, halftime.

    • eagles2zc

      Only halftime? I don’t know if I can last the entire game

  • DarthBanner

    Can they just fire Reid at the half?

  • ACViking

    Before the 2nd half I just want to say . . .

    Michael Vick is not the answer. Rust or no rust.

    And with today’s wind (and the G-men’s dominance), I don’t know how Foles would be doing . . . .

    Let’s move on.

    • bridgecoach

      Well to start the “high” snap on the first drive would have been in his chest…

    • xeynon

      I think the skeptics are very fair in saying we don’t yet know the answer as to whether Foles can be the guy at quarterback.

      With Vick, on the other hand, I think the answer is pretty clearly “no”.

  • xeynon

    On the plus side… looks like Chicago’s going to beat Detroit, so this win won’t do the Giants any good.

    Hate to see Reid go out with the team putting out one of the worst performances of his entire tenure, but at least there will be no illusions about the coach being the only problem with this team. Way too many guys playing big roles who have no business playing regular downs from scrimmage in the NFL. And we’re going to get at worst the #4 pick.. maybe #3 if Oakland wins. Also, we have a very firm rejoinder if the national media tries the “dumb Philly fans don’t appreciate how good a coach Andy Reid is” angle after he’s fired.

    • Crus57

      I’m finding that the more I hear that angle the more I think they got the tense wrong. Reid *was* good, is now bad.

  • ACViking

    RE: Can the Eagles fire Reid at Halftime

    YES . . . Colts owner Jim Irsay fired Howard Schnellenberger at Halftime of a 1973 Colts Eagles game.

    CORRECTION: 1974

  • ACViking

    This was Eagles football from 1962 to 1976.

    The Kuharich – Williams – Khuyat – McCormack era.

    Who’s to say it’s not coming back.

    • xeynon

      We don’t need to go back that far… this team reminds me a lot of Ray Rhodes’ final one. That team was a train wreck.