Eagles Have Huge Upside, But Must Correct Their MistakesBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Sunday, September 16th, 2012
The Eagles have a very talented football team with the potential of getting much better. There aren’t many teams in the National Football League who would have any chance of beating the Ravens while committing four turnovers.
The Birds have the same disease in 2012 which they had in 2011, “Red Zone Turnovers”.
They’ve got to correct that immediately.
Andy Reid’s ballclub could have one of the most explosive and highest scoring offenses in the league with one of the best defenses as well. The improved play of the linebackers gives the defense the potential of being outstanding on each level defensively.
Thankfully, most of the mistakes they made are correctable.
On his first interception, Michael Vick had no business trying to a pass across him body which was picked off in the end zone to stop a long drive. He’s got to resist taking those types of chances. We’ve talked about this too many times.
On the fumbled handoff, Vick and Bryce Brown were not focused on executing a handoff. This was an example of poor fundamentals. It was a sloppy handoff which resulted in a costly fumble. Vick has to put the fumble directly into Brown’s stomach and he’s got to be looking at his stomach while putting it in there. He can’t try to make a fake and turn his head away from the running back before he’s sure the ball is in his stomach.
On the second interception, Vick can’t throw the ball high to receivers across the middle. Every time a ball gets tipped over the middle, there’s a good chance the ball will be picked off. It’s much better to throw the football low on pass plays across the middle. Those low throws won’t be tipped into the air and picked off, plus your wide receivers are able to protect themselves and not get knocked out.
LeSean McCoy can’t be shocked by a blitzing safety coming off the corner. He knows there’s a chance of that happening, so he can’t be shocked by it. Once he realizes the safety is coming that direction, he must protect the football, by getting two hands around it.
Their nickel defense can be one of the best in the league. With the addition of rookie nickel back Brandon Boykin, the Birds have one of the best cover group in the league.
Nnamdi Asomugha made the mistake of looking back for the ball too early. Once he looked back he took his eye off the receiver, who continued to run. Asomugha should look back only when the receiver looks back, but must also continue to run when he looks back.
Asomugha got a holding penalty while running with receiver on a post route, which was totally unnecessary. He didn’t need to hold the guy, he was running with him.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made the same mistake versus a post-corner route. He looked back for the football much too early and the wide receiver went back outside after showing him a post route.
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