Category: NFL


Should the Eagles Bench Vick?

I have not written a football entry since the Super Bowl last year, but enough is enough.  Being at the Eagles’ game this past weekend I can’t help but feel we’ve been here before.  I’ll refrain from putting all the blame on Vick this time, but he’s definitely not off the hook.  First, it’s clear the defense needs to do something to get better, and at this point, I don’t know what (maybe get Juan Castillo back, or not).  There’s no passion on that side of the ball.  I realize there isn’t a ton of talent their either (don’t try to say Jason Babin is good, he’s been next to useless this season), just look at Nnamdi Asomugha.  Even so, it’s like none of them really care, or rather they’re hired guns who now have their paychecks.  Yes, we have players who seem like they care (I’d site Nate Allen as an example) but they just can’t seem to mesh.  Granted, it doesn’t help with the wide nine continually being ineffective against the run and apparently against the screen.  More worrying right now is our offense.

Take a quick look and it’s not hard to notice the issues with our offensive line, after all, people are glad King Dunlap is back.  Though, is it all the fault of the line?  For run plays yes, they deserve a good amount of blame when it goes wrong, as a good line is needed to make a hole, and without a hole there is nowhere to go.  I’m going to address Vick now.  Ever since his first start in Philadelphia all I’ve hear is how he’s an elite quarterback.  It never made sense, as the Eagles beat, or rather dominated him and the Falcons during the Championship Game.  Now that he’s older he can’t run, or at least everyone else can catch up with him.  He may be able to zip the ball in there, but all too often there’s the fear of an interception, and the other day against the Falcons he nearly had a pick six.  But what’s troubling is how unorganized he and the offense look.

Stick With Vick?

I’m not a football analyst/expert nor do I pretend to be, but I do call it as I see it (had to get a sports cliche in there).  I don’t know if the disorganization is everyone’s fault or if Vick doesn’t know what audibles to call when or if receivers can’t run routes, but something is seriously off.  It also appeared the Eagles’ coaching staff (Reid and Mornhinweg mainly) did not trust Vick to throw the deep ball.  Yes, it was raining, but that didn’t happen until the second half.  I can’t account for how windy it was on the field, but I was very surprised to see barely any (if any really) shots down field in the first half.  Of course, they barely had the ball in the first quarter (without looking it up, I believe they had it for around 1:40 the entire first quarter).  He sometimes had a decent control of the short throws, but as a whole, he really seemed flat.  And as previously mentioned, he almost threw a pick six and continues to have balls batted down (maybe this happens to other QBs a lot, but it seems to happen very often with Vick).

I believe him when he says he’s trying his best, but maybe that’s just it, maybe he isn’t that good.  I never was on the Vick bandwagon, as he never did anything (other than the one Washington game) to impress me.  Now with both his and Reid’s job on the line, what will Reid and the Eagles organization do?  McNabb was benched before and the team got fired up.  When McNabb was hurt and Garcia came in we saw an offense instantly come to life.  Is there an issue of leadership?  Would the team rally around a new QB in Nick Foles?  More importantly, could Reid say he’s starting new and work something out with management to keep him on another year?  After all, like him or not, Reid is a very good quarterback coach (just look at what Kolb is doing now compared to how good he looked in Philly), and Foles has already shown promise.  Look at all the other rookie QBs, it’s time for a change in Philly.

This week the Eagles are going against the Saints on Monday night prime time.  If Foles starts and looks good on prime time then Reid will have the support of Philly again, as people are fed up with Vick (come on, we booed the commercial at The Linc because Vick was in it).  At this point there’s not much to lose by putting in Foles, and it’s not like the Saints have an intimidating defense.  If there’s ever been a good time to put Foles in this season it’s this week.

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I actually thought the halftime show was a lot better than others in recent years (remember there was Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, and the not so well performed Black Eyed Peas last year).  Even though she’s from the 80s, her music did not sound dated (this could be due to the recent trend of new pop songs copying older ones).  The production was top notch of considering the stage had to be put together in what couldn’t be longer than ten minutes (if that).  I quite liked the screen on the field, which had some pretty cool animations on it.  Madonna herself was very good and put on a very entertaining performance.  Granted, Nicki Minaj didn’t really contribute much, and apparently M.I.A. gave the crowd the finger (which is why the screen blurred for a second, real classy move on her part).  Though, LMFAO and Cee Lo Green were a nice addition and both are always fun to watch.  Now to what people really care about, the commercials.

Well there were commercials, and the majority of them were nothing special.  I liked the M&M one, but the problem is it simply isn’t new.  Those characters have been around for a long time now, so I can’t really praise it for being anything special (even though it was quite funny).  The Jerry Seinfeld one was amongst my favorites, especially adding the Soup Nazi (never gets old).

One ad I just did not like at all was the Chrysler one with Clint Eastwood.  First of all, I can’t stand the whole “Imported From Detroit” thing, mainly because Detroit is in America so I don’t know what type of importing is going on.    The ad itself was kind of against everything the current trends for cars are going towards.  None of the vehicles in the ad were even close to being good on gas mileage.   They were all giant trucks and SUVs, I think the car in the ad was a Challenger, which at best may get 27 MPG.  Why not have a car there that can get around 35 MPG?  Maybe they don’t have one, I don’t know (the Chrysler 200 only gets around 30 at best, and that’s substantially smaller, so I guess a Challenger isn’t overly out of the question).  Still, it was far too over dramatic just to sell cars.  Yeah, there was a good message underneath it all, and I have nothing against that, but when you break it down to what is actually being sold, it’s basically them trying too hard to connect with the average person rather than show what their cars are all about.

That leads me to another ad, the Chevy one for their trucks that can survive the end of the world.  Sure, it’s over-the-top but that’s not the problem, as that’s apparently what Super Bowl ads turned into.  It’s the fact that they made a point to say how someone with a Ford truck would end up being killed by the end of the world.  Why not showcase some features of the Chevy truck?  I guess it’s just easier to make ridiculous statements about their competition (I say ridiculous because the Chevy would also not survive the situation a Ford couldn’t when it’s in relation to the end of the world).

Back to an ad I did like, the one with the dog (I think for Volkswagen) that couldn’t fit through the dog door.  This was a cute little ad with a dog.  Not much more you can ask for.  It kind of fell apart at the end with the Star Wars thing, but I guess they felt compelled to reference their ad from last year.

Car ads weren’t all bad, the Fiat 500 Abarth ad was great.  They knew their target audience and hit it perfectly.  Simple ingredients, get a very attractive woman, make sure she has a sexy accent, and have her be provocative.  I’m not sure if having an Abarth will make this happen to someone in real life, but one can hope.  Basically, very good commercial.

Though, not all car ads can be as good, just look at the Chevy Sonic ad.  First of all, this car just looks like a cheap econobox.  I don’t understand why they tried to make a sort of music video for it while it did stupid stunts.  Again, I guess the car just isn’t that good so they figured it would be easier to hide it behind a flashy commercial (which was more annoying than flash).

However, the Hyundai ad with the Rocky theme was cool, but I may have liked it because they start every Eagles game with a montage of clips set to the same theme.  Also, it may be a Philly thing, as I’m not sure if it’s as great of a way to start a game for people outside of the city.  Still, it was cool to have it start like an Eagles game.

Following the lead of the Fiat ad, the Toyota Camry ad was kind of neat to have some bikini girls pose as a couch.  The rest of the ad was actually not bad, but sex sells and it’s also kind of cheap.  However, there were a lot of random Toyota ads, both new and old.  They probably had the most car ads throughout the Super Bowl, which kind of leads me to believe they are having troubles with sales.  Just look at Ford, I don’t think there was a single ad for them.  You never see a Mustang ad, and that’s because they don’t need ads, they just sell.

The biggest thing missing from all the ads were cell phone and tablet ads.  There were only one or two (I recall one around halftime for a Samsung Tablet, at least I think that’s what it was, it had a pen which was neat).

Oh, almost forgot, five movie ads.

1.  The Dictator.  I saw this ad and honestly, this is my most anticipated comedy of the year.  It looks great.

2.  John Carter.  I’ve been waiting for this for a year now, and am glad it’s finally here.

3.  Battleship.  Basically, the worst movie of the year, but it looks so bad that I’ll have to see it.

4.  New GI Joe movie.  Yeah, I don’t know, it’s just there and coming this summer.

5.  The Avengers.  Looks bad but Joss Whedon is involved, so I’ll give it a go.

There you have it, my recap of the ads and entertainment.  The commercials were kind of boring, but Madonna made up for it.  There’s nothing notable to say about the pregame singers for the national anthem, but at least they remembered the words.  It would have been nice to have Lea Michele or Kristin Chenoweth instead of Kelly Clarkson, but she wasn’t that bad.  I don’t look forward to seeing this ads over and over for the next month, but oh well.

If you have any favorite ads or disagree with my thoughts please weigh in, as I’m interested in seeing if I missed anything with the ads.

Here we are, another season over.  This Super Bowl has been nothing short of brilliant.  I’m not a Patriots fan (though I do like Brady) so I was all for the Giants (even though I’m a hardcore Eagles fan I like the Giants more than I despise the Patriots).  There were times during the game that I was sure the Patriots were going to take the lead and finish off the Giants.  However, at the same time I had faith in Eli and his reputation for fourth quarter victories.  I’m not going to give a recap of the game, as I’m sure everyone reading this watched it, so I’ll keep this very brief (and talk about the commercials more).

I realized just how bad my Eagles are, and at the same time saw a good amount of their mediocrity on the field.  For instance, the Giants let the Patriots walk all over them at the end of the first half, which did not inspire much confidence going into the half.  Even the beginning of the second half wasn’t overly impressive, but then the Giants got back in the game.  Tom Brady was rushed, hurried, hit, and sacked enough to throw off his game somewhat.  Though, none of that matters when his receivers dropped balls with under a minute left in the game.  That’s not to say they played a bad game, but in the end Eli continued to prove just how good he is (definitely amongst the elite quarterbacks in the league right now).

So yeah, there we have it, Giants over the Patriots, 21 to 17.

I’ll leave with some predictions for the NFC East next season:

Giants: 10-6 or 11-5

Cowboys: 9-7

Eagles: 8-8 (if lucky)

Redskins: 6-10

 

Well then, I really don’t have much to say.  This NFL season’s playoffs have pretty much disappointed me with every game.  The only good was watching Tebow go down and the 49ers beating the Saints.  Other than that every game has turned out rather bad.

Let’s start with the Ravens game.  I don’t want to blame Billy Cundiff for the loss.  After all, he wasn’t the only player in the game.  Granted, he should have made the kick, but that’s not the point.  Would it have killed Lee Evans to have caught a touchdown and trip to the Super Bowl?  It’s his job to catch those passes.  Likewise, where was the defense?  Ed Reed, Mr. Tough Guy decides to put down Joe Flacco during the week leading up to the game.  I don’t see where the Ravens defense is so intimidating, letting the Patriots score 23 points.  Reed had one nice play at the end of the game and that was basically it.  Switching back to offense, where was the offensive line?  More importantly, receivers were dropping easy catches or at least catches that should have been made.  This seems to be an ongoing problem with the team as I watch them each year.  I have been a Flacco supporter ever since he came into the NFL, and he always seems to be stuck without a strong receiving core (sort of like McNabb with the Eagles all those years).  Now, I expect the Ravens to have another run for the Super Bowl next year, but it would have been nice to see them take down the Patriots.  I rather despise the Patriots.  Mainly because they cheated, yes they cheated, remember Spygate?  Fun stuff that was.

Now the Giants win.  Actually, I’m not annoyed that they won, I just wanted the 49ers to win more.  I’m a fan of their defense, which is something many teams had trouble maintaining this season.  Plus, first year coach, that would be rather awesome.  Bringing back Alex Smith, also rather awesome.  While I have not followed him that much I’m glad they stuck with him after all the coaches and offensive coordinators he had to go through, plus injury it was nearly impossible for him or probably any other quarterback to succeed.  Honestly, being an Eagles fan I can’t really say I despise the Giants.  Perhaps it’s because they’re right up the road and it’s more of a “friendly rivalry” since Philly and NY fans are always arguing about their teams.  That and the fact Eli Manning is a great quarterback who I wish the Eagles had.  To me the Giants are that team that everyone seems to forget about.  In recent years they haven’t really done anything flashy or shocking.  They go through ups and downs and when they hit an up it seems to lead to a good playoff run or the Super Bowl.  Were the Giants a better team than the 49ers or do the 49ers desperately need a new punt returner?  I think it’s the latter, but that doesn’t take anything away from the Giants.  They’re the team I’ll be supporting on February 5th.  Hopefully we’ll get Cris Collinsworth as an announcer, as the game is going to be on NBC.

There we have it.  Another year nearly over, with one game left to go. Giants and the Patriots going at it again.  Will Big Blue, the New York Football Giants, the G-Men pull it out again?  I sure hope so.  While the title of the post isn’t exactly optimistic I’ll be an optimistic right now.  Sure, things didn’t go as I had hoped, but there’s no point in living in the past.  What’s done is done.  It’s a time to look forward, a time to hope the Eagles get McNabb back as a backup, but until we get to that there’s hope.  Hope that the Giants will win the Super Bowl.  I’m all Giants all the way!

Here we are, the end of division weekend.  What a weekend it was.  Saturday was great and Sunday, well wasn’t nearly as exciting.

First, the Ravens vs. Texans.  Truth be told, I was out for most of the game, so I didn’t get to see it.  However, what I did see wasn’t overly impressive.  Though, to say the team’s played poorly isn’t fair.  After all, the Texans had a rookie, and a rather good one at that.  It seems what he really needs to do is get a better understanding of the deep ball, as that’s where he seemed to struggle.  Other than that, against a tough Ravens defense he looked better than playing in what I believe was only his 6th start in the NFL.  What I’m worried about is the Ravens next week.  They only put up 20 points, and I know the Texans have a solid defense, but they’re going to have to somehow figure out how to get more points on the board if they want to compete against Tom Brady’s lethal passing attack.  Well, either way, good job Ravens, who do continue to impress me and I wish them the best of luck next week.  You know what, for their first playoff appearance and without a starting Quarterback, the Texans really show a lot of promise for next year, and I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them.  I say the Ravens sneak by mainly because they let the Texans hang on, or rather the Texans wouldn’t let the game get out of hand.

Ravens: 20

Texans: 13

What’s there to say about the Packers vs. Giants game, it took forever to get remotely exciting.  The Packers looked incredibly unorganized for most of the game, and their receivers were about as useless as could be most of the time.  Neither defense was impressive, and they did that fake tackling.  What I mean by that is they didn’t wrap people up, but rather tried to push them or trip them up.  I can’t stand that, it never works and it hurt the Packers a few times as Giants were able to just push them off and keep running.  Honestly, the Packers looked as bad as the Eagles on defense and not much better on offense (granted, Rodgers is a lot better than Vick, but that’s a given).  Still, the Giants put on an impressive show.  Now, it’s really not hard to put up a lot of points, as the Giants proved in their last meeting, the hard part is stopping the Packers offense.  Sure, the Packers didn’t play well, but the Giants did, and their defense got it going more and more as the game went on.  While I didn’t like the referees ruling the fumble in the beginning of the game as not a fumble, it proved to barely bother the Giants.  Eli Manning continues to be a big time Quarterback, which you would never guess by listening to Philadelphia media that find the need to constantly lie and say he’s not good.  I’m kind of glad the two offensive powerhouses have been eliminated, this way the NFC Championship game will be more balanced across the board, forcing each team to play their best at every position.  That’s next week, right now congratulations to the Giants, who were often forgotten in the NFC East that had all the hype go to the Eagles and Cowboys.

Giants: 37

Packers: 20

Now, for next week.  Oh my, next week is going to be a fun one.  Championship weekend.

For the AFC Championship game I’m very interested to see how the Ravens defense faces the Patriots offense.  Assuming they are able to keep it close the focus switches to the Ravens offense and Patriots defense.  Now, it was impossible to judge the Patriots defense against the Broncos since Tebow just isn’t good.  I’ve always been a fan of Joe Flacco, and want him to have a good game.  The problem is, the Patriots just look like a team on a mission they aren’t willing to let get away from them.  The few times I was able to watch the Ravens in the past two years it seems like while Flacco gets his job done, the receivers drop what seem to be sure catches.  Even watching some recap of the game today it looks like that still is a lingering issue.  Though, with their defense I see the Ravens making it a close game that should go down to the last minute.

Then there’s the NFC Championship game, the one I’m more interested in (mainly because I want to see Alex Smith continue proving he’s not a “game manager”).  Granted, it would be rather awesome to see the Giants and Patriots back in the Super Bowl together, but two Harbaughs would also be great since they both have teams that are somewhat similar, especially in terms of strong defenses.  Now, the Giants and 49ers are on a role right now, there’s no denying that.  Each look like they really want to win, and I have to give the edge to the 49ers.  Unlike the Giants, their defense actually hits, and hard.  They don’t try to trip people up or push them down.  No, they grab them and wrap them up.  Their hits are hard.  After watching the final touchdown of their game it was shown to me what a team that wants nothing more than to win and get to the Super Bowl looks like (much like the Patriots in the AFC).  The Giants do have a lethal offense, but a slightly better than serviceable defense (there were quite a few opportunities for the Packers to come back, their receivers just weren’t catching anything).  I’m looking forward to the 49ers beating the Giants.  Though, if it’s the other way around I won’t really care that much, as the Giants really aren’t a hated rival for me, that honor goes to the Cowboys.

Oh what a great day of football it has been today.  First, the NFC game.  I liked both teams going into it, but was tired of the Alex Smith hate so I was hoping they’d win.  Truthfully, I didn’t think the 49ers would win.  I thought they had a really good chance, but I fell for the Saints hype, which is usually deserved.  Looking at it as an Eagles fan, I was kind of surprised to watch a hard hitting defense, and it was really nice to see.  Sure, we all kind of knew how great their defense would be, but I still had faith in Quarterback Alex Smith.  Yes, Quarterback, not “game manager.”  Really?  Game manager?  What is that, especially when Tebow has to wait for the second half of a game to reach over 30 passing yards?  That’s just degrading, and Smith proved today to the haters that he is a true Quarterback.  Though, I was really in shock to see that he can run, and you know what, he looked a lot faster than Tebow did today.  But that last drive, all I can say is they truly deserve to be in the playoffs.  So who won the game?  The 49ers.  Not their defense, not their running game, not their passing game, the team as a whole won the game.  They looked like they wanted to win, and that’s what they did all right.

49ers: 36

Saints: 32

Then there was Brady, Tom Brady.  Or as I like to call him, the best Quarterback in the NFL (sorry Rodgers, you’re a very close 2nd).  For those who know me they’ll know I do not like Tebow.  Rather, I don’t like the hype around Tebow.  I’m sure as a person he’s probably a really nice guy, sort of like I assume Tony Romo isn’t a bad person, it’s just the unearned hype they get.  Anyway, to the game.  Tom Brady was simply brilliant (well, there was one pick, but it didn’t really matter) tonight, and went up and down the field picking apart a visibly broken defense.  Brady looked like a man on a mission, to snap his playoff losing streak and to take down Tebow and the hype (of course the 2nd part is speculation but I wouldn’t be surprised if Brady’s tired of hearing about Tebow all week).  Not just that, but the team was very well disciplined.  That is in contrast to the Broncos, who are rather sore losers and ended up drawing 2 penalty flags for attacking Patriot’s players.  Now for the fun part, Tim Tebow.  The man who has proven he can take down injured, broken down teams but still can’t beat a real team.  Come on, just 9 completed passes?  Now, some of them weren’t his fault since the receivers didn’t look like they were fully in the game.  Which leads to my next point, the play calling was one of a team that had given up in the first half.  When they were down 21 to 7 he still wasn’t allowed to pass.  What does that say about the coach’s faith in him?  Not much at all, and I wonder if he has any faith in him (honestly, no pun intended).  So there we have it, the truth that is Tebow.  An over-hyped “game manager.”  Though, I was surprised to see that he didn’t really seem to care in his postgame press conference that they lost.  Really, there was barely any passion in his voice.  I would have loved if Brian Dawkins had played just to have heard him after the game.  I was also annoyed at the end of the game when the entire press camera crew went over to Tebow rather than Brady, who I don’t know, won the game.  I still like how Bill Belichick said there are things to improve on.  That just shows how much he wants to win, and I imagine Brady is thinking the same thing.

Patriots: 45

Broncos: 10

As for tomorrow’s games, I shall give my predictions.

Packers vs. Giants:

It will be a close game, but with the way the Giants have been going I favor them.  By no means will it be a blowout or a shootout, but rather a game much like the Saints vs. 49ers one.  The Giants defense is coming  alive, as is there offense.  We all know of the Packers explosiveness, and it will be interesting to see how their defense handles Eli Manning and his offense.  I hate giving scores, but it would be interesting to have it be the same as their last meeting but reversed.

Ravens vs. Texans:

As much as I want the Texans to win, I don’t see it happening.  Again, it won’t be a blowout or a shootout.  I see it being a rather low scoring game, with two strong defenses (with the Ravens having the better of the two).  This is alright since I do rather like the Ravens.  I see the score being somewhere around the territory of 21 to 17, with the Ravens pulling out the victory.

Is There… YES! There’s Hope!

Right then, I may have previously posted about the death of the Eagles’ season.  Well, that was postgame frustration coming through.  After two wins in a row (yes, I know the Dolphins aren’t that good, but the Jets needed theEagles win to help them with their playoff situation) the Eagles look like they may be coming together, and possibly not to late.  I’m not about to say I’m on board with keeping Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator, but I’m thinking the lack of training camp and the like may have actually been a problem for a defense introducing a new coordinator and line coach (speaking of which, the wide 9 still isn’t doing much for me).  Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Castillo went against simplifying the defense these past two weeks, and instead watched and studied what the great Jim Johnson did with the Eagles.  By this I mean it seems like Castillo has been more comfortable running the blitz, and at least against the Jets and Dolphins it has definitely worked.  I can only imagine going against Tony Romo it won’t be much different (especially with Romo’s talent for losing games in the 4th quarter).  So without referring to stats, I’m liking what I’ve been seeing on defense, mostly that is.  with two games left in the season I’m tired of giving Nnamdi Asamugha excuses.  It seems nearly every game he has one or two penalties, and he hasn’t really done much to impress this season.  Could it be that he was just a good player on a really average team last season?  At least he’s not as bad as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who I recall a few weeks ago had a player wrapped up and decided to simply let go of him.  Oh well, as a whole the defense was looking rather good, and it was nice to see Casey Matthews get a few good hits in (for those of you who don’t know, he was put down a lot in the beginning of the season for not being that good, but you also have to consider he’s a rookie, had not defensive leader, and no training camp, so let’s give him a break and see how he is next season).

Let’s not forget the offense, which looked rather great.  Yet again,  Lesean McCoy had a superb game, and broke all sorts of records.  Of course Brent Celek was running through defenders again, and continues to impress as a blocker and receiver.  Though, Michael Vick needs to calm down.  Yes, he had that rather awesome touchdown run, and I like seeing him do stuff like that since it shows he wants to win.  However, too often he does stuff like that and risks injury, which is a problem when he is already playing with injured ribs.  This was a problem on his last drive when he scrambled backwards for a ton of yards and took a shot that left him on the ground, in what looked like pain, for quite a bit of time.  I understand wanting to win, but you also have to be smart about it, and if you’re hurt 3 or so games a year can you be considered an elite quarterback?  I don’t think so, especially since that could mean being out for the playoffs (and with Vince Young as a backup there isn’t much hope if Vick goes down).  Oh well, I won’t go into my Vick issues, especially since he didn’t have a bad game against the Jets.  Overall, the offense was just as solid as the defense (come on, 45 points, that’s rather awesome).

However, what was so great is that the Eagles were able to shut up the horrible Philly media.  All you would hear when turning on the radio is how bad the Eagles are and how they’d be lucky to win 1 of their last 4 games.  Here we are, 2 games in and 2 wins.  I’m tired of hearing how Andy Reid has to go.  Really?  Last year was supposed to be the rebuilding year and we expected an average season, so why not just make that this season?  He’s only had 3 or 4 bad seasons, so I don’t understand all the hate.  Why not put some blame on the QB?  After all, he runs around so much and ended up getting hurt and out for a few weeks.  Can you really blame that on a coach, especially when Vick basically said last week how he has no desire to play any other way?  No matter, the point is Reid will most likely be here to stay next year.

I spoke of hope in the title, and yes there is hope.  Actually, it could happen, but will be a long shot.  The Eagles have a decent change of winning this week, but the Redskins may be ready to deliver an upset.  However, both games are winnable, and I’m not overly worrying about them.  Though, I am a bit worried about the Jets/Giants game this week.  Yes, the Jets will be playing tough, but the Giants are a rather good football team, which is why I think they can sweep the Cowboys this season.

Basically, come on Jets (this week) and come on Giants (next week), pull through for the Eagles.  We all know what the Eagles have to do, and I’m saying playoffs!

DeSean, DeSeason, DeGone

Well, I think we all realize that the Eagles are pretty much out of the playoffs.  However, today’s game against the Patriots did help clear some things up, or at it did for me.  Vince Young looked rather good today, especially for his second start of the season.  I like how he plays QB by mainly playing QB.  What do I mean by this?  Rather than running around like some other QBs (Vick), Young stays in the pocket and stays calm.  Sure, he had some bad moments, but they weren’t overbearingly bad.  Now, what has Vick done lately?  Well, he won 1-8 of the last home games since Decemeber 3rd, and has only beaten a broken down Rams team and two division teams (one of them being the Redskins).  I’d also like to note that one of his last year December loses came at the hands of a Vikings team that had Joe Webb as the starting QB and looked better than Vick.

What am I getting at with all this?  Vick isn’t looking like the answer as starter.  Am I saying Young is the answer?  What I’ll say is he’s shown to be a lot more stable in the pocket.  He seems to wait for receivers to get open, and by staying in the pocket he’s allowing the offensive line to help him rather than struggle as they do with Vick running around.

So, after beating only one decent team this year (Cowboys), Vick has been everything but impressive.  I realize it’s not all on him, as the defense is rather lacking all around, but at some point he has to be able to put together a game winning drive.

As of right now I’d rather have Young as starter.  He’s proven he can throw the deep ball and with starter receivers he has potential to be very good.  Plus, the season is done so why not see what other options are available?  After all, I look at it that Vick beat one decent team and Young beat one decent team so they’re basically in the same position.

Now, there’s DeSean Jackson.  I’m not going to lie, I am not a fan of him.  Every time I watch him it seems like he’s getting a penalty, showboating, or deciding not to catch passes.  Today he managed to drop two sure touchdowns.  Granted, the Eagles defense probably would have allowed the Patriots to win, but at least it would have brought them back into the game.  The second drop may have been the worst since it was where only he could have gotten it and it was the type of play that would have gotten the fans back into the game (I’ll discuss the fans in a moment).  Does dropping two touchdown catches and taunting coaches (last week vs. the Giants) really warrant a big contract like he wants?  Simply put, I think not.  Not to mention it seems like there are a lot more problems with him in regards to missing meetings and being benched twice this season.  Personally, I’d be fine without him.  Bring in a bigger receiver without a giant ego (this smaller/faster strategy isn’t impressing me much) and get back on track.

OK, the fans were basically horrible today.  First of all, frontrunner Patriots’ fans were everywhere.  I’d like to see where they go when Brady isn’t the QB and the team starts to do bad.  Even the Eagles’ fans were annoying today.  This is something I’ve noticed all season.  It seems like they’re concerned with everything but the game.  Most of them leave as soon as the Eagles get behind and/or are on their phones the whole game for fantasy football.  Don’t even get me started on the constant standing up and down because people need to get food or beer.  Now, I’m not against that, but they’re so out of the game that they walk in front of people while a drive is going on.  Overall, the fans were rather poor today, with many of them leaving at the end of the third quarter and even the parking lot, an hour before the game, wasn’t even close to full.  I guess that’s what separates the true fans from the frontrunners.

I would like to make a note of one thing, and that is Andy Reid.  The “fans” were chanting for him to be fired.  Come on, he’s only had 2 or 3 losing seasons throughout his time here, and do you really want to risk getting new players in the off season and a new coach?  I’m giving him another year or two to see what he’ll do.  However, I (and probably many people) think the defensive coordinator (if you can call him that) has to go, along with Jackson, and I’m tempted to put Vick in that group.

Overall, it was a very disappointing day from the game to the fans.

Oh, and Jackson, how about proving you need to be paid the big money?

(On the plus side, Young and Avant looked like they wanted to win)