Week one in the NFL has ended, and the Birds did not exactly dazzle on the field. Along with a poor performance on Sunday, the injury bug has already bitten the Eagles.
The loss of Jamaal Jackson and Leonard Weaver for the year is a large blow to a very young and relatively inexperienced Eagles offense. Also, with Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley’s concussions, it leaves this weeks starting lineup in jeopardy for the game against the Lions. I attended the game and the atmosphere was electric. The parking lots were crowded, everyone excited for football to be back for real.
Then the game started and everything seemingly went downhill. The offense looked terrible in the first half. Kolb looked shaky and never really comfortable in the pocket. I’ll chalk this one up to nerves in his first game as the starter, but he definitely has to pick up his play.
The Michael Vick show that started the second half was a very surreal moment in my eyes. I listen to tons of sports radio and people trash Vick and say they can’t ever cheer for him or this team while he is a member. Well me and 65,000 of my closest Eagles friends were chanting his name and screaming on every successful play.
I guess when you win it doesn’t matter what your past is.
With Vick’s play and Kolb’s injury, it certainly is beginning to seem like we may have a somewhat of a quarterback controversy on our hands. Don’t get me wrong, Vick isn’t the future in Philly in my eyes, but he played very well and it puts that idea in the back of every fans head that maybe Kolb isn’t the answer. Kolb needs more time to mature into his starting role but with Vick’s play, fans may begin calling for Kolb’s head if his poor play continues.
Overall, the team looked bad against the Packers as many had expected. I think this team has a lot of work to do to get ready to play a Lions team that is not the 0-16 Lions of two years ago. If they don’t show up this Sunday, there could be major issues in Eagles Land.