I was glad to see Vince Young come out in the second half as the Eagles quarterback. It was good to know that Michael Vick would finish the game in one piece. You just can’t have Vick getting beaten up like he did in the first half. Nearly every time he let the football go, he was hit and hit hard.
I would like to see Young take a shot downfield on a 3rd and long rather than checking the ball down to Ronnie Brown. Brown is getting comfortable in the offense and you can see his power and speed.
The Browns special teams are terrible. The Eagles special teams haven’t caused either of these fumbles. The Browns have been able to make the miscue without any help from the Birds.
Young scored on a scramble in much the same way that Vick scored in the first half. You can’t make the mistake of blitzing Vick or Young then not keeping contain. Both Vick and Young can outrun most of the other players on the field whether they are linebackers or defensive backs.
Casey Matthews is still on the field, but he’s not doing much. it looked for a moment like he was scraping in the hole for an easy stop, but the back was through the hole and gone by the time he got there. He’s got to learn how to play with the defensive linemen getting so far upfield. The linebacker has a lot more ground to cover.
Derrick Landri gets another sack by coming off a block with the quarterback trying to step up in the pocket. He’s really been a surprise and he could beat out Trevor Laws, since Laws has been hurt all camp. He’s got an ugly sack celebration of crawling on the ground.
Andy Reid made a bad move of throwing the red flag after a touchdown was scored and it cost them a replay review. The refs were going to review the touchdown catch by Alex Smith, but Reid threw the red flag and it cost them. Reid’s critics will be all over him for throwing that red flag. It was no big deal, but Reid’s got to know the rules and he made a bad mistake.
Tight end Donald Lee did a nice job of carrying a linebacker on his back in order to get the first down.
Dion Lewis looks impressive every time he puts his hands on the ball. He’s got that lateral explosiveness, which is something you see with very good backs. The little fella can change direction at full speed and that will allow him to avoid tacklers by making them miss.
Curtis Marsh did a poor job of tackling after giving up a catch near the sidelines. He’s got to make that tackle or he can’t play in the NFL. It’s a good thing the Birds don’t need these rookies in the secondary right now, because they’re not ready.