Group Failure

Posted: November 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 277 Comments »

Don’t blame Bradley Fletcher. Or Mark Sanchez. Blame the Philadelphia Eagles. Sunday’s blowout loss was not on one player or even a few guys. That was a total team breakdown. The Eagles were outplayed on offense, defense and STs. When the bright spot for the game is that no one died, I think that gives you an idea just what an ugly day it was.

Look at how my goals shifted over time:

4pm – Win the game, constantly pressure Aaron Rodgers and make him regret ever taking the field against us.

430pm – Please don’t give up any more deep balls to Jordy Nelson

5pm – Let’s win with an exciting comeback

530pm – If we have to lose, let’s at least make it a shootout

6pm – Let’s score a TD

630pm – Keep them under 40

7pm – Keep them under 50

So I pretty much went 0 for the night. Ugh.

I really thought the Eagles would win or lose a close game. I didn’t anticipate a blowout at all. The Packers played their best game of the year and the Eagles simply had no answer. The Packers destroyed the Bears last week even worse, but it sure looked like Chicago gave up in that game. The Eagles played hard for 60 minutes. No matter what they tried, the Packers had an answer.

I’m not sure whether to be encouraged or bothered by the total team collapse. Think back to the Chargers game from last year. The Eagles lost 33-30. If the defense had just made one or two plays, the team would have won. Remember the first Dallas game. The Eagles lost that 17-3. The defense played well, but the offense was dreadful. With even a decent showing by them, the team could have won. Yesterday was a team failure.

Green Bay won every quarter. The Eagles “only” lost the 3rd quarter 9-7. That’s the bright spot. Ugh. The Packers had a TD of at least 27 yards in every quarter. Ugh.

Let’s talk about some of the mistakes.

* Mark Sanchez – Did not play well. He threw 2 INTs and was involved in 2 fumbles. Beyond those, he missed a wide open Riley Cooper for a long TD and Darren Sproles open in the flat for what might have turned into a TD. The pick that went to Julius Peppers and was returned for a TD was the low point for me. Sanchez is a veteran. He has to know better on that play. That was all on him. A lot of people are milking the bad snap play as some sort of new Butt Fumble moment. “This just proves he sucks!!!” No, it doesn’t. Let’s see him play for 6 weeks. Let’s judge a body of work, not his best or worst moments. Peyton Manning led the Broncos to 7 points yesterday. QBs can have bad moments and bad games.

* The OL – They had done a masterful job in pass pro for most of the year, but yesterday wasn’t pretty. Matt Tobin got beat early and that led to a sack that ended a promising drive. Jason Peters slipped and that freed up his man to blow up a play. Evan Mathis was called for holding on a run play (looked questionable to me). And so on.

* Jeremy Maclin – slipped on a comeback route and the pass was picked off.

* Josh Huff – dropped another pass. Failed to tackle PR Micah Hyde, who was right in front of him. Huff just whiffed and that turned into a 75-yd TD.

* Brad Smith – dropped a pass in the Red Zone. Might have set up a TD.

* Trent Cole – jumped offside on 3rd/23 which led to 3rd/18, which they converted. Ugh. Cole had a chance for a sack, but couldn’t get Rodgers down.

* Vinny Curry – failed to tackle Lacy after chasing him down yesterday on pass play. That was 7 points.

* Front seven in general – failed to win individual battles and get pressure on Rodgers. Forget sacks, they couldn’t get in his face or move him off the spot yesterday.

* Mychal Kendricks – missed tackle of someone over the middle.

* Bradley Fletcher – Got beaten repeatedly. Fell down while trying to cover Cobb on crossing route and he was wide open for easy catch and run. I think that was on a 3rd down. Cobb caught pass in front of him on 3rd down and Fletcher wasn’t able to make the tackle and force the punt. Drive kept going.

* Cary Williams – Had Cobb catch pass in front of him. Sat on his heels and Cobb moved upfield to get the 1st down. Infuriating to see that. Why wait? Go attack the ball.

* Nate Allen – got run over by Eddie Lacy on long TD play.

* STs – While Huff whiffed on what should have been a tackle, the other 10 guys on the field didn’t exactly help.

The sad thing about all of this is that I’m going off memory here. I know I’ve left some stuff out. That’s what an epic disaster Sunday was.

The funny thing about the beatdown is that it happened so quickly that it numbed me. I didn’t have time to get angry, the way I normally do when the Eagles lose, especially in a blowout. I sat here speechless, trying to figure out what was going on. I was furious when the Eagles lost to the Cardinals. That had me in a genuinely bad mood for a day or two. I’m not in a bad mood at all today. I will let go of this game very quickly.

Next week’s opponent is the Titans. They’re on Monday night football so be sure to watch so we can scout them for Sunday. Do anything you can to wipe away yesterday’s disaster from your memory.

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Dominated

Posted: November 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 202 Comments »

The Eagles simply got whipped on Sunday. Green Bay scored on offense, defense and STs. They controlled the LOS. They flat out dominated the Eagles and won 53-20.

Please don’t start ripping the team for playing with no heart or Chip Kelly not having the team ready to play. Those are generic criticisms sports fans use over and over without any real meaning or thought behind them. Green Bay won this game because of execution and talent, not effort. Aaron Rodgers made some sensational throws. Jordy Nelson made some impressive catches. Randall Cobb was able to elude tacklers after the catch on multiple plays. Their blockers did a great job of engaging defenders and sustaining blocks.

Domination.

This doesn’t mean the Eagles are suddenly a bad team or got exposed. Look around the NFL and just about every good has been blown out at some point this season. Green Bay lost at New Orleans 44-23.

The Eagles are still 7-3 and atop the NFC East. Dallas is also 7-3, but has a worse record within the division. This is still a good season and things are still wide open. The Eagles have to learn from the mistakes in today’s game and then quickly move on. All teams lose games. Good teams avoid losing streaks. Don’t ignore today’s problems, but also don’t obsess on today’s results. The Eagles weren’t the best team in the league after dominating the Panthers. They aren’t the worst team in the NFL after getting dominated by the Packers.

Green Bay was clearly the better team today. This was the best we’ve seen any opponent play all year. The Eagles can benefit from this. They know how well they need to play the next time they are in a big game. The Eagles have been sloppy all year, win or lose. That isn’t going to cut it in the postseason. You must be able to step your game up.

The Eagles saw what a real title contender looks like today. The Cardinals are 9-1,but I came away from that game frustrated that the Eagles didn’t win since Arizona didn’t really impress me. Today was different. I’m not even mad at the players for some of what happened today. When Rodgers plays like that, I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do.

The Eagles did make a ton of individual mistakes today and that is what turned this into a blowout. I’ll go more into that angle and talk about the play of Mark Sanchez later tonight or in the morning.

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GB 30, PHI 6 – 2nd Half

Posted: November 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 507 Comments »

I just didn’t see this coming. Green Bay has totally dominated the Eagles. Ugly, ugly game. Aaron Rodgers is playing brilliantly, both at making reads and throws. The Eagles have not been able to get pressure on him. The cover guys are simply not good enough to handle receivers when a guy like Rodgers has plenty of time. Ugh.

Let’s hope we can get this thing over without anyone getting hurt.

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PHI at GB – 1st Half

Posted: November 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 495 Comments »

Pressure Rodgers.

Hold onto the ball.

Don’t let Jordy Nelson run around uncovered.

Go Eagles!!!

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Gameday – at GB

Posted: November 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 25 Comments »

A few gameday items.

INACTIVES

QB Nick Foles
OL J Vandervelde
OL D Kelly
WR Jeff Maehl

DL Taylor Hart
S Earl Wolff
CB Jaylen Watkins

Wolff is the only interesting name on the list. He has been disappointing on D and STs and is now watching games while newbie Chris Prosinski takes his place on Sundays.

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There was an interesting report today about a CFL receiver that could be in high demand. Duron Carter, son of Cris Carter, was a major prep star but could not get things worked out in several attempts at college. He eventually ended up in the CFL and has emerged as a star. The report says 10 teams are heavily interested, with the Colts being seen as the favorites. Carter can negotiate with NFL teams in December, but wouldn’t officially sign until February.

The Eagles are not mentioned in the report. But after trying to make a deal for Vincent Jackson a few weeks back, you wonder if the Eagles are interested in trying to add another talented player to the mix. Carter is approximately 6-2, 190 and very talented. At the same time, he isn’t the kind of off-field player that the Eagles have seemed to want in recent years. The reason they could be interested is that he won’t cost a draft pick or a mega-deal.

I tend to think Carter is the kind of player the Eagles would pass on, but you never know.

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The Eagles worked out a couple of QBs this week. Terrelle Pryor and Thad Lewis were in town for a look.

If Foles injury hasn’t healed much in a couple of weeks, the team may put him on IR and add a QB to the mix. Sanchez and Barkley are fine at 1-2, but the team may want a third option in case someone else gets hurt.

Both Lewis and Pryor have starting experience. Pryor is a dynamic athlete while Lewis is more of a pocket passer.

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