The Eagles played one of the most uninspired football games I’ve ever seen against the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. This team look uninterested from the get go and that feeling lasted throughout. Maybe they were looking ahead to the showdown with the Giants next week on Sunday night but the fact is that game has little meaning at this point with this loss to Arizona.
The offense got off to a bad start against Arizona even before they took the field when it was announced that DeSean Jackson would be sitting out because of missing a special teams meeting on Saturday because of sleeping through his alarm. Jackson clearly has checked out for the season with an effort like that and it just shows how much he really cares about the team. He’s showing signs of being a typical Drew Rosenhaus client and it’s clear how unhappy he is.
The decision to bench DeSean had an effect on this offense right out of the gate and throughout the game this offense was quite offensive. Mike Vick had an awful performance showing no urgency at any part of the game. He looked uninterested and almost looked as if he was just going through the motions which is something I would have never expected from number 7.
He says all the right things off the field but it hasn’t translated on the field this season. Vick hasn’t been the same since the miracle at the Medowlands last year. Vick had 34 pass attempts for just 128 yards and was picked off twice. He missed out on numerous opportunities to connect with open receivers.
This performance is not at all what you expect from a $100 million dollar NFL quarterback. Vick had a 32.5 passer rating which is the worst by an Eagles QB since Donovan McNabb’s 13.2 rating in 2008 against the Ravens. The question going forward is which Mike Vick is the real Mike Vick, the one that had a fantastic start to last season and earned him the $100 million contract or the Mike Vick from this season.
If this season’s Mike Vick is the real deal then we’re in trouble going forward and a QB will without a doubt need to be drafted in the spring. Cue the “suck for luck” chants from here on out because this team needs a fresh start with a young QB hungry to prove himself.
The wide receivers were nowhere to be found for a second straight week. With DeSean deactivated and Maclin going down and not being the same throughout the afternoon opportunities were present for the other guys to step up and prove they belonged on the field. Turns out they folded under the pressure.
Brent Celek once again led the way with 53 yards receiving on 4 receptions. Steve Smith had 5 receptions for 47 yards leading the way for the wide-outs. He was thrown to 10 times during the afternoon of disgust. The bottom line is these guys weren’t getting open against a defense that isn’t exactly setting the world on fire.
If you can’t get it done against the Cardinals then I’m not sure you have a great chance at any domination against other teams. It possibly could have been different with DeSean and a healthy Maclin out there but the guys who were out there showed no heart. When the wide-outs were finding open spaces they dropped passes that Vick didn’t overthrow to them. It was a gutless effort all the way around and almost seemed like they couldn’t wait to get off the field and home for the evening.
LeSean McCoy had 14 carries for 81 yards with a touchdown and 5.8 yards per carry average. Again McCoy was clearly under used by Andy Reid. McCoy needs the ball in his hands as much as possible. The offensive line let the standard pressure on Mike Vick but they had flashes of brilliance on some of the LeSean runs.
The fact is McCoy needs the ball and only giving it to him 14 times is outrageous and for that Andy Reid is at fault. This was the Arizona Cardinals not the Baltimore Ravens defense. The strength of this offense is LeSean McCoy and when Mike Vick is having the awful, uninspired day he’s having McCoy needs to be the man.
Shady had only 6 carries in the second half which is downright offensive. They were never out of this game and had no reason to overlook the running game against Arizona. It’s one thing to throw the ball when you’re behind but with the score where it was Andy should have been pounding the ball a lot more.
This is the 5th time this season the Eagles have blown a 4th quarter lead. The playoffs are pretty much not going to happen in Philly this season when many expected not only the playoffs but a possible Superbowl appearance. Andy Reid needs to be the fall man in all of this because too much talent exists on this team to be in this position.
The offense played uninspired football all day. The effort was disgusting and they looked like they were more concerned with getting off the field as fast as possible so they can get home. Whatever Andy Reid has been telling these guys it isn’t working and with the record it is now I expect to see a lot more guys missing meetings.
Mike Vick should be ashamed of his performance today and the receivers should just sit home the rest of the year. At this point bring in a few guys off the practice squad who are hungry and looking to take advantage of an opportunity.
The current WR core seems to have a mindset where they think they can just step on the field and do great things. This offense lost its work ethic at some point this season and at this point it’s too late to get any of it back. The bottom line is it’s time for a change with this franchise and a fresh new voice.
The Andy Reid era needs to come to a close after this season because this offense isn’t buying it any more. At the end of the day Reid isn’t the one out there on the field but the lack of interest from these players clearly stems from the message being delivered by the coach. When I look back at this game I see this as the beginning to the end of the Reid era.
Chances are that won’t be true though because let’s face it the front office will allow Reid another shot because he didn’t have enough of an off-season to prepare this team. By the way every other coach in the NFL also didn’t have enough time to prepare their teams in the off-season.