Eagles Passing Game Stalls As They Fall To The Bears, 30-24BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
The Eagles offense came up short last night, literally. Andy Reid went back to his stubborn ways this evening even after he and everyone else saw a few brief flashes of brilliantly running the ball and throwing to Brent Celek in the short passing game. For some reason Andy Reid chose to go away from what was working with this offense and put them in situations that they could not overcome against a talented Chicago Bears defense.
Once again Reid has shown that he can’t stick with what’s working and he has to rear his stubborn play calling for all to see. Mike Vick was clearly being pressured all night and the Bears did a fantastic job of covering the wide receivers, yet he continued to call pass plays that weren’t working.
LeSean McCoy only had 16 carries this weekend down tremendously from the Dallas game. McCoy had the hot hand in this offense the past two games and to only have him carry the ball 16 times tonight should be considered a crime especially when running the ball with McCoy was effective. His 71 yards could have been a lot more if he was utilized more. Clearly the best showing on the offense tonight was when McCoy had the ball in his hands and Reid wouldn’t allow that to happen enough.
The wide receivers were pretty much invisible against the Bears. Jeremy Maclin had 4 receptions and was targeted 9 times. His 63 yards receiving led the way for the wideouts. At times though he seemed more concerned with the refs not throwing a flag as opposed to why he didn’t catch the ball. He looked frustrated and out of character all night.
Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson both came up with 2 receptions each. Avant was only targeted 3 times and that’s not enough for what the Bears gave you during this game. The short range passing was there and it showed when they threw to Brent Celek 9 times. Celek had 7 catches for 60 yards and Avant could have added to that action in the short passing game if Andy utilized him more in the game plan. I’m not sure if Jason went to coach Reid before the game and asked him to not get him the ball as much because he didn’t want to get booed by the bandwagon fans but he clearly should have been involved more because the Bears gave you the short passing game.
Jackson was downright awful all the way around. His inability to haul in a very important pass late in the game was inexcusable. If he wants to get the contract he wants, he needs to come up big in those spots. Clearly defenses are taking away the deep game from him so he needs to come up with catches other ways.
His fumble on the attempted punt return didn’t help his situation this evening but the fact is DeSean needs to step up. He’s in a funk right now in a major way and 2 receptions for 16 yards is not at all close to what a number one wide receiver should have in a huge Monday Night showdown with playoff implications. He was thrown to 10 times this evening and only caught 2 passes. Inexcusable for any number one on a team to only catch 20% of the passes thrown your way. Andy Reid clearly wanted DeSean part of this offense tonight and he forced it a little too much this evening because it wasn’t working.
The Chicago Bears had pressure on Vick all night long and Andy Reid should have recognized this because I sure did. Last week against Dallas they did a great job of allowing Vick to use the 3 step drop which worked effectively. Vick needed the 3 step drop tonight in a major way with the pressure he was getting from the Bears. To allow him to hang on to the ball for as long as he had to tonight was ridiculous.
We’re lucky Vick didn’t get a serious injury tonight because it was headed that way. With the receivers being shut down all night the other two relevant options were Celek /Avant in the short game and McCoy but Andy Reid didn’t utilize them enough. The two wins before this showed us that running McCoy 20-30 times a game will win you ball games. If something is working for you why change it.
The running game was working tonight and the offensive calls tonight kept moving away from that part of the attack. Clearly Andy Reid is accountable for the atrocious offensive showing in this game. Playoffs seem like a far cry right now and it will take a miracle as far as I’m concerned. This was a game that was in the grasp for the Eagles. The opportunities were there all night and the play calling just didn’t adjust to what the defense was giving you.
The Bears defense played a standard game for them they pressured the QB and shut down the big play which is what all defenses are doing against the Eagles offense. The trick to beating these schemes though is utilizing what is available to you. Andy Reid did that against Dallas but for some reason he once again has to be stubborn and get pass happy.
We all know how Andy will put the blame on himself for not putting the offense in good situation and at this point most of us tune it out because no matter what the situation that’s his line but after this game he’s absolutely correct. His ineffective play calling cost this offense against the Bears. The win was within grasp if you just used what was working for you. This offense has the talent to do great things but you need to play within what the defenses give you otherwise opportunities like this will continue to slip by.
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