Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 75 Comments »
This is so disappointing to find out.
The Arizona Cardinals have sent tapes containing about 15 plays from Sunday’s game to the league office for review.
“There were obviously problems in the ballgame,” said head coach Bruce Arians. “There are protocol to follow. We followed the protocol. We sent the tapes into the league office. [Vice President of Officiating] Dean Blandino does a great job as far as being honest on the calls, and we’ll follow up more…on what will be done and can be done later, but that’s all I’ll say about the officiating in that ballgame. The proper channels have been followed, and there were obviously very many problems.”
Arians noted that the Cards submitted about 15 plays for review.
“That’s pretty high,” he said. “I think that’s considered a problem.”
Arians did at least follow up with this.
“As long as everybody owns up to it, you move on. It’s part of the game,” Arians said. “We’re here working our tails off this week, those guys are back at their other jobs.”
The officials made calls that hurt and helped both teams yesterday. Complaining about 15 of them? That sounds nuts to me. This comes off as whining. I don’t like it one bit and I’ll be pulling for the Cards to lose from here on out.
They got beat by a better team on Sunday. Own up to it.
I can see going nuts over one huge call in a game, but sending tape of 15 just doesn’t sit well with me. Really feels like sour grapes. I hope the Rams whip their ass next week and Bruce Arians is forced to send off a tape with 16 or 17 questionable calls.
What a bunch of crap.
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 176 Comments »
Nick Foles had a QB rating of 112 yesterday and that actually lowered his QB rating for the season. Think about that for a second. Foles was up at 128. He’s now all the way down at 125.2.
We keep waiting for something to change. But it hasn’t.
On Sunday Foles faced a defense that was Top 10 in yards, points and opposing passer rating. Football Outsiders had the Cardinals defense 2nd in DVOA. The Cards had a takeaway in all 11 games this year. This was a good defense.
Foles shredded the Cardinals for almost 3 quarters. He threw 3 TD passes and made it look easy at times. The Eagles had 24 points early in the 3rd quarter. To put that in perspective, the Cardinals had given up 25 points in the previous 8 quarters combined.
People are really starting to believe.
Peter King did an interview with Foles and made him the headline at MMQB. About the non-INT…
“Man, horrible throw, horrible decision,” Foles said from Philadelphia an hour after the game. “When I saw the flag and heard the call, I said, ‘Thank you God.’ I learned my lesson there. But that’s what I try to do: I build a database with decisions like that, and I learn from them. If I get that same look the next time, I’ll make a different throw, or I’ll throw it away. The good thing about it is, Coach has confidence in my decision-making.”
Those are beautiful words to my ears. Nick got lucky and he knows it. Learn from the mistake. Don’t repeat it.
Here are some interesting comments from someone at Football Outsiders.
Vince Verhei: This was the first time I paid any real attention to Nick Foles on his hot streak. And for three quarters, he looked just as good as his ridiculous numbers. It seemed like he never made a bad decision or throw. It’s not just that he wasn’t throwing interceptions, he wasn’t throwing anything that even had a reasonable chance of being intercepted. The fourth quarter was another story. He threw his first interception of the season, right to Patrick Peterson, but it was wiped out by a penalty. He threw another two or three balls that could have been picked but were broken up by his receivers, and had another pass tipped at the line and up into the air. I don’t know if Arizona was doing anything different on defense at the end of the game, but Foles looked like a different guy.
That’s fair criticism.
And here are some interesting thoughts from Sigmund Bloom, a football writer and analyst. He had a good discussion on Twitter with some other football guys. None of them are Eagles fans so that’s what makes this so interesting.
thats where foles is hitting imo. has mindmeld w chip flow chart of options for QB on any given play
he’s making correct read and executing. very little improv, just taking plays from chalkboard to field
plays set up matchups they think they can win (TEs today) and foles executes
i think chip has the effect of turning calculus into addition/subtraction.
None of us has any idea what to truly make of 19 TDs and no INTs. This is mind-blowing stuff for such a young QB. How much of this is Chip Kelly’s offense? How much is luck? How much is circumstances? These are all fair questions.
Kelly’s system is pretty darn good. Michael Vick posted big numbers in the first 2 games. He had QB ratings of 112.6 and 123.4. The difference between him and Foles is that Mike couldn’t stay healthy. He got hurt late in the SD game or early vs the Chiefs and his play dipped. Vick also posted those numbers against 2 of the worst defenses in the league.
Foles played the Bucs, Raiders and Cardinals when those teams were rated highly. Foles threw 13 TD passes in those games and the Eagles won all 3. You can no longer use the “who did he play” question with Foles. He’s done well against against a variety of teams and schemes.
Defenses have seen the Eagles and Foles now long enough to know what’s coming. This is no longer teams studying Oregon tape to prepare. They know what the Eagles do. They know what Foles can do. This isn’t voodoo. This isn’t luck.
I get that some of you still have doubts about Foles. That’s fine. Just don’t be unreasonable as you judge him. This is enough of a sample size that you can’t dismiss it to just being a couple of good games or anything like that.
Deion Sanders brought up the question on the NFL Network of whether Foles should be in MVP consideration if he continues to play like this. And Michael Irvin praised him left and right. Those guys are huge Vick fans, but they can see that Foles is the better player right now.
Foles is playing at a consistent level. He’s making smart decisions and accurate throws. That is QB 101. The fact he isn’t making highlight throws and great runs should be encouraging to you. Those things are tough to sustain. Being smart and accurate? That can last for a decade.
Foles is the QB of the present and every week he looks more like the QB of the future as well. Jeff McLane posted a quote from Kelly on WIP this morning.
Chip Kelly gave Nick Foles the closest thing to a long-term endorsement when he was asked by Angelo Cataldi during his regularly-scheduled Monday appearance on 94-WIP if the second-year player had the makings to be the Eagles’ quarterback of the future.
“Yeah, you hope so,” Kelly said. “And I don’t mean to be coy. I always say this … you can say that whomever is your player of the future and then the next week they get hurt. I hope that Nick’s here for a long time. I’m a big supporter of him. I think he does a fantastic job. But we also know that injuries occur in this game and that’s why I always qualify what I say. But I love the kid and I think he’s playing outstanding.”
I think the ultimate compliment I can pay to Foles is that I now expect him to play well. There used to be hoping and wishing. Now there are expectations.
Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 181 Comments »
The Eagles are 7-5. They are 6-2 in the last 8 games. The defense hasn’t let anyone score more than 21 points in that stretch. The QB has the highest rating in the NFL. Life is pretty good.
There are still concerns.
But that’s okay. We knew all along this was a flawed football team. Chip Kelly wasn’t going to come in here and solve everything all at once. And let’s consider the problem right now…the Eagles are able to build big leads, but not sustain them. All in all, that’s a good problem for a first year coach.
The funny thing here is that part of what got Andy Reid fired is that his team was building leads and then losing them altogether. Kelly is still winning games. He’s just not making it very pretty at the end.
The Eagles had some chances to put today’s game away. There was a PR for TD that a penalty negated. There was a long run that got the team into FG range that a penalty negated. Dumb mistakes. You can bet that Kelly and the staff will be working to clean them up.
Part of being a good team is finding a way to win. Last week Brandon Boykin had the pick in the end zone. This week the D got the Cardinals to go 4 and out and then the offense did just enough to run out the clock. It wasn’t pretty, but it was winning football.
I’m curious to see what the ceiling is for this team. They had a 24-0 lead last week. They were up 24-7 on Sunday. The Eagles look pretty darn good in building up those leads. If this team can somehow start to play complete games, they’ll look pretty good. I don’t know if that will happen this year, but I’ll certainly keep my fingers crossed.
One thing that is encouraging is the play of the front seven. They had 5 sacks today and got regular pressure on Carson Palmer. I wrote on Saturday about Trent Cole and the LBs being on the rise. Cole had 2 sacks and a FF. Brandon Graham had 2 sacks. DeMeco Ryans had a sack and played the run well.
We know the DL is good. If the LBs start to turn it on, that will be another big piece to the puzzle. Cole now has 5 sacks in the last 4 games. He told Chris McPherson that he’d figured something out about playing in the 3-4. I had my doubts about that, but he was a force off the edge today. It would be great if Cole really did figure something out and he can play at a high level for the last month.
I need to watch the tape before saying too much about the OL giving up 5 sacks. That’s not good, but it helps to see why things happened to understand them. I know Lane Johnson gave up one sack to Abraham due to over-setting to the outside and leaving himself vulnerable to an inside move. I do know that Foles had good enough blocking to throw 3 TDs and finish with a rating of 112.o.
The one upside to all of this is that the Eagles can’t get complacent. Everybody will stay a bit on edge due to the tight finishes. That could serve Kelly well as he tries to keep his team focused and hungry down the stretch.
Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 162 Comments »
Great game…until about the 9-minute mark of the 3rd quarter. The offense fell apart after building a 24-7 lead. The defense remained stingy, but did give up 14 points in the 2nd half. There wasn’t anything pretty about the win, but I’ve been a part of some ugly losses to the Cardinals so I’m going to enjoy this result.
The D has now kept 8 straight opponents to 21 points or less. They sacked Carson Palmer 5 times today and got lots of pressure on him. They had 3 takeaways.
Obviously the hot topic will be the offense shutting down in the 2nd half…again.
Here’s the most simplistic explanation I can give you. Late in games, defenses are daring the Eagles to throw. Kelly will spread them out, but defenses will keep 7 in the box. With only 5 blockers, that’s not a winning formula. Defenses are single-covering on the outside and daring the Eagles to throw the ball.
Kelly has 2 choices. He can go to a more conventional set and load up on TEs and use Casey as a FB and then pound the ball. Or he can throw it. Spreading them out and running against a 7-man box isn’t working.
It would help if the Eagles had more of a downhill runner that packed some pop. Shady looks for big plays and loves to move laterally. Late in games you want a N-S runner that will attack the LOS, whether there is a hole there or not.
Nick Foles looked sloppy at times today. He got bailed out in a major way when a flag wiped out an incredibly dumb throw that was picked off. Nick was sharp for a while, but had some off-target throws. Gotta check the tape and see if the Cards were playing good defense or if this was him proving to be human.
The Eagles advance to 7-5 and keep pace with Dallas. The win also helps the Eagles in the Wild Card standings since the Cardinals are one of the teams the Eagles are battling with.
Oh…and the Eagles have won 2 home games in a row. The Linc is basically the new Lambeau.
Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 569 Comments »
Good start. The Eagles were a bit sloppy at times, but mostly played well. The Cards were also sloppy at times.
Big difference, aside from turnovers, seems to be the Eagles get chunk plays and the Cards having to drive the field. The one TD for them came when an intermediate play turned into a long TD. Thanks for nothing, Mr Chung.
Eagles get the ball to open the 2nd half. Let’s get some points and make the Cards one-dimensional.
Go Eagles !