Category: Eagles

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.


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)