Reid Acknowledges Need For Balance, But Will He On Sunday Night?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles Thursday, September 27th, 2012
There’s going to be a lot of pressure on Michael Vick and the Eagles this Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. They’ve got to find a way to get their offense going and avoid turnovers against a tough Giants defense. It could get really ugly over there if the Birds don’t play well.
The Eagles will need to start off strong in order to get the crowd on their side, but they won’t have a long time to get things going positively. One of the keys will be their balance. They will have no chance against the Giants if they come out, throw the ball every play and refuse to run the ball.
Yesterday I asked Vick about the Birds having balance with their offense.
“Obviously it’s important to balance everything out”, Vick said. “That’s something that we’re going to try to work on. It’s at the coaches’ discretion. We just have to continue to go out and do what we’re asked to do as a team and make the most out of our opportunities right now.”
Reid was also asked about the importance of having some balance.
“Listen, you’re seeing it with some of the good throwing teams in this league”, Reid said. “Balance, you’ve got to have some sort of balance, whether that’s 60-40, 70-30. You’ve got to be able to, obviously, keep defenses off balance and, at the same time, get yourself in a rhythm as an offense.”
It’s not enough to talk about balance, they must run the football on Sunday night or run the risk of getting blown out and losing the confidence of their fans. They’ve got some question marks on their offensive line and there’s no way the Birds will have a chance against New York’s defensive front, if they don’t make them stay honest. If the Eagles start throwing the ball every play, the Giants defensive line will start anticipating the snap count, exploding off the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball, getting into the backfield and pounding Vick.
Reid and Marty Mornhinweg must run the football even if they’re not having any success gaining many yards. It’s not just about gaining yards, it’s about keeping that defensive line honest. They should tell both LeSean McCoy and rookie Bryce Brown, to get ready to carry the football.
The Eagles had wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper were back on the practice field yesterday. The Birds could have used Maclin and his size in the game against the Arizona Cardinals. He could be a factor in the Giants game, but there are two big question marks for the Birds, one is the ability of Michael Vick to stay away from turning the ball over and the other concerns the offensive line.
I don’t know how Vick or any Eagles fans can be sleeping well this week when they think about the matchup of Demetress Bell versus Jason Pierre-Paul. Not only are the Eagles going to need to put tight end Brent Celek over their, they’re going to need a Marine battalion to stop the defensive end from going by Bell, who at times looks like he doesn’t belong in the league.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jamar Chaney and Brian Rolle will rotating in at the WILL position with Akeem Jordan sidelined.
Long snapper Jon Dorenbos has a high ankle sprain, so there’s a good chance that the recently signed long snapper Kyle Nelson will get the chance to play versus the Giants.
You can say good-bye to the NFL Replacement Refs and that’s a good thing. The NFL which is bringing in more than $9 billion dollars a year, should have never let replacement refs do regular season games. Thankfully that’s the last we’ll see of them.
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