Whenever the Eagles lose a game, we always try to look to see who can be blamed for it. Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid are usually the likely culprits due to their positions in the organization. The head coach and quarterback are always the first two to get blamed. However, in this case I don’t think it’s fair to point the finger at any individual in this case. Let’s take a look at some of the places where we could easily point the finger.
- Jeremy Maclin let’s that ball slip through his hands and ends up being intercepted early in the game. This was not a poor throw by Donovan, rather a simple drop by Maclin.
- Donovan McNabb continually threw inaccurate passes last night. If he is more accurate with his passes, drives continue longer and more points are scored.
- LeSean McCoy was very indecisive in his running often times during the game. If he hits the holes full speed he may pick up more yardage rather than being tackled at the line.
- Moise Fokou on Ellis Hobbs’ run back. The Eagles ended up scoring this drive anyway, but a big play like that takes a lot of momentum out of a team. Fokou also had a penalty on Sheldon Browns interception return which resulted in them losing a lot of return yards.
- Injury to Jason Peters. When Peters went out of the game, sacks were let up by Todd Herremans and Stacy Andrews. The line seemed much more stable when Peters returned.
- Tight end coverage. The linebackers failed to shut down Jason Witten. He didn’t have a lot of yardage but he did have seven receptions and picked up multiple first downs for Dallas.
- Run stop at end of game. When the Cowboys needed to run out the end of the clock at the end of the game they were able to do so by just feeding Marion Barber. The Eagles were unable to stop him to get the ball back to the offense.
- The refs. We’ll throw this one in here for fun. I know a lot of people, including myself, feel this was a very poorly officiated game. However, I hate blaming referees for games no matter how bad the calls are.
- Offensive lack of converting short yardage. This has been a problem for years and still continues to be. I think part of it has to do with play calling but at the same time there has been poor execution as well.
- And then there’s Big Red. I don’t know if the play calling will ever be to the point where everyone’s happy but many times it is incredibly frustrating. They failed to establish a run game early and didn’t give much thought into it the rest of the game. More than once, they failed to convert on short yardage situations. The challenge calls are debatable but not having any timeouts at the end of the game is very frustrating. Especially when your defense can’t stop the run.
Where would you point the finger at most for last nights loss?