It was a tough pill to swallow. All week we were anticipating a great game and an eventual win by the Eagles. Neither of these happened. Instead we saw a lackluster performance from both teams for the majority of the game and a disappointing Eagles loss. What can we take from this game? We’ll start on offense.
• For starters, LeSean McCoy looked excellent in both running and receiving the ball. He is proving to be a fantastic draft pick and is making us forget about Westbrook. What’s more amazing is that he cracked his ribs in the first half and went on to still put together an excellent second half.
• Maybe I’m alone here but I liked some of what I saw out of Kolb. He made mistakes but he also made some very good throws. The last throw of the game should’ve been a game winner. He placed the ball directly into Jason Avant’s hands. If he holds on then we win.
• This offensive line is terrible. What happened to this unit? Just a few years ago the Eagles had one of the best lines in the league. Now they’re among the worst.
• The WRs do play differently when Kolb is in and it’s not in a good way. I don’t care if they’d rather have Vick throwing to them the fact remains that Kolb is likely the starter for the next few weeks now because of Vick’s injury. They need to play hard no matter what. DeSean Jackson just looked lazy out there running poor routes and looking timid.
• The Eagles play calling is becoming so easy to predict. Sitting in the stands I am able to figure out when we’ll run and when we’ll pass. If I can be right a good 70% of the time then an NFL defense will surely be able to figure it out 99% of the time.
• Four fumbles by this team. Four. One lost. That is unacceptable.
• First two drives were clearly terrible. The defense looked confused and out of place. No one was able to make a good tackle and it cost them dearly by spotting the Redskins 14 points before the first 15 minutes were done.
• After those two drives the defense looked completely different. For the rest of the game they let up a total of 3 points. They made McNabb look silly.
• That said, they did get gashed in the running game. They found a way to make the stops eventually but they let the Redskins eat up some play clock that we sure could’ve used towards the end of the game.
• Nate Allen is going to be a stud. He’s already making big time plays at crucial moments.
• Very disappointed in the lack of sacks that the defense got. Ernie Sims had one and that was it. There is no reason we shouldn’t have had at least four. The Redskins O-line is weak and we just didn’t execute.
• I’m still baffled that Asante Samuel got a concussion. The one time he tries to tackle….
• Awful punt coverage at the beginning of the game. A long return led to a short field for the Redskins and after a few plays they were up 7-0. Hope you didn’t blink.
• Kick coverage did a decent job of containing the Redskins. Akers looked good.
• Jorrick Calvin made a boneheaded decision to bring a ball out of the endzone. He hesitated and after that he should’ve kneeled down and taken the touch back. No, he decided to run it out and barely passed the 10 yard line. Small and stupid decisions like that add up.
• DeSean didn’t even get a chance to return until the second half. When he did he barely got anything. The Redskins did an excellent job of punting away from him and utilizing the wind.
• I’m beginning to think it’s not Bobby April’s fault our special teams are so bad. It’s the fact that we bring in guys who are supposed to be special teams “aces” and then we cut them. Seriously, a guy like Kelly Washington would be a welcome addition to the team right now.
• It’s being discussed to death and I’m going to just add to the fire. At the end of the first half the Eagles had an excellent chance to make a statement and gain some momentum. After a very lengthy (five minutes) review of a LeSean McCoy run on 3rd and goal the Eagles faced 4th and goal. Five minutes is more than enough time to draw up a play. Five minutes is enough time to figure out a play and work in some audibles based on what the defense gives you. And yet somehow we managed to get a delay of game. Instead of getting the chance to pound the ball in, we kick a field goal. Another 4 points would’ve been nice at the end of the game. We could’ve kicked a field goal with 4 seconds left in the game and come out on top. Reid’s clock management is astoundingly bad. Scientists should study this phenomena.
• I griped about DeSean Jackson earlier but I do have one question. Why on earth was he running so many over the middle crossing routes? He clearly wasn’t getting open and he’s not suited for that role full time. Utilize your players’ strengths Andy or Marty. No one really knows who’s calling the plays.
• I am not joining the witch hunt for Sean McDermott. Yes, the defense was awful the first two series but it’s not his fault that his men weren’t wrapping up and making good tackles. One the defense got it’s act together I felt he dialed up a very good scheme.