Eagles Offensive Grades For The Browns GameBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Monday, September 10th, 2012
The Eagles offense gained 456 yards, but scored only 17 points while giving up seven points to the Browns on an interception which was returned for a touchdown. Their defense bailed them out this week, but the offense must eliminate the turnovers and play much better against the Ravens.
Offensive Line – This group started out the game playing very poorly. The left side of the line was getting dominated, and the unit was called for too many penalties. Michael Vick was hit far too many times when he was trying to throw. They deserve a lot of credit for getting themselves together and doing a tremendous job of blocking for the running game with the game on the line.
Quarterback – Michael Vick started off the game playing well, but once he was forced to leave the pocket and the Browns started blitzing, he started adlibbing and making foolish throws. He was staring down receivers, throwing the ball across his into a crowd in the middle of the field. He threw four interceptions and could have easily thrown five or six. Vick completed 29 of 56 passes for 317 yards for only 51.8% completion percentage. He showed courage in the 91-yard touchdown drive. There’s no way I can give him anything but an F for this game.
Running Back – LeSean McCoy had a very good game, especially at the beginning of the 91-yard drive where he put the team on his back and ran them in position to win it. He was making tacklers miss and getting the most out of his blocking. Number 25 ran for 110 yards even though he had a few good runs called back because of penalties. Reid said McCoy missed a blitz pick up which got Vick hit and the fumble could have been very costly.
Tight Ends – The tight ends played very well with Clay Harbor catching the touchdown pass to win the game. Harbor also did a great job of blocking on that four down and one play with the game on the line. Brent Celek had a good day with four catches for 65 yards. Celek should have come back to Vick on the interception over the middle. It might not have made a difference, but you can’t sit and wait on the football. Both of the tight ends did a good job of coming to rescue of the offensive line and helping King Dunlap out.
Wide Receivers – The Eagles wide receivers put up big numbers yesterday with Jeremy Maclin getting very close to the 100-yard mark. He ran a great move on Joe Haden on the touchdown, when he turned him around. DeSean Jackson did a nice job of making some tough catches and he made sure a late pass wasn’t picked off by the Browns. Maclin should have caught the ball on a crossing route which wound up being an interception. Jason Avant made a great catch on an errant Vick throw. Andy Reid said the guys need to do a better job of getting off of jam techniques, and it may have been part of the reason Vick was holding onto the football so much.
Coaching – I think the coaches made a mistake by not getting the backup running backs into the game, so they could keep the ball on the ground more often and not have to give it to McCoy every down. I don’t think they want to give the ball to McCoy more than 20 times a game, so they needed to give it to somebody else because the passing game was hurting them with Vick’s interceptions. They threw the ball 56 times which is too much if your offensive line is struggling and your quarterback is throwing interceptions. You’ve got to take the ball out of his hands.
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