Thoughts From Eagles-SaintsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Just when you think this Eagles team can’t sink any lower, they do.
Through the first quarter, the Eagles were the dominate team. They were controlling the clock, moving the football, and kept Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense off of the field, and managed two trips to the redzone. And somehow the Saints led 7-3.
This offense continues to play sloppy, mistake-prone football, and it costs this team more and more every week. This team went to the redzone five times, and came away with touchdowns on any of their trips. Against a defense this bad, such a performance is flat out ridiculous and inexcusable.
On the first trip, Michael Vick and Brent Celek each made a mistake that allowed the Saints to intercept a pass and return it for a touchdown. Vick made a poor throw on the play, tossing the ball too high and away from his tight end, and Celek made a bad situation worse by tipping it into the arms of Patrick Robinson.
On the second trip, the Eagles got the ball down to the four, but couldn’t advance the ball another inch and had to settle for an Alex Henery field goal.
The third opportunity came in the third quarter after the Eagles had recovered a fumble on a kickoff. Michael Vick took the ball down to the eight, but the offense stalled again and they had to settle for another Henery field goal.
The fourth scoring chance came late in the fourth quarter. With the Eagles down by 15 and in desperate need of a touchdown, Brent Celek clumsily fumbled the ball away to kill another drive and end the game.
The Eagles received one more opportunity to score a touchdown for pride in the final moments of the game, but turned the ball over on downs.
It’s official. This offense, and the players it has been built around, is not good. It’s clear now that the talents of Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, and Brent Celek have been vastly overrated. These guys as individuals may have all the talent in the world, but their skills don’t mesh well together and don’t result in an efficient offense that can be counted on to come through and win football games.
There’s no excuse for this offense to put up just 13 points on a defense that had been trampled by even the worst offenses in football.
Yes, the offensive line is pure garbage right now, but the issues on the line didn’t stop the Eagles from moving the football tonight. They had their redzone opportunities, and this group of guys couldn’t get the job done and failed miserably. LeSean McCoy is the only offensive player I’d have any interest in building around in the future, the rest of them have shown me that they just aren’t winners.
- Congratulations to Brandon Graham on making his first impact play in the NFL, just three years after he was drafted in the first round. In all seriousness, Graham’s sack and forced fumble in the third quarter was a huge play that changed the flow of the game. It killed a redzone chance for the Saints, and helped the Eagles get back into the game.
- Demetress Bell is just the worst. He was called on to replace the injured Todd Herremans, and the former Buffalo Bill was just dreadful. He was beaten all night, and committed several penalties.
- Right guard Dennis Kelly was just as bad. Kelly struggled in pass protection, and missed a block on a shovel pass to LeSean McCoy in the redzone.
- David Sims got the start at safety for Nate Allen, and was picked on by Drew Brees throughout the game. Colt Anderson replaced him in the game’s final moments.
- Once again, we saw some atrocious tackling from the defense. It’s things like this that make this team unwatchable right now.
- Positives? Well, LeSean McCoy made the most of his 19 carries, picking up 119 yards. Bryce Brown was pretty strong in this game too, rushing for 49 yards.
- It’s a shame Brandon Boykin’s lateral was a forward pass. The Eagles reached deep into their bag of tricks on that play, and it would been an impressive feat had it not been called back.
This team is just awful.
They’ve got little sense of pride, and absolutely no urgency.
In the final eight minutes of the game, it was sickening to watch the offense drag their feet and let precious time slip off of the game clock while failing to come up with a score when they needed it most. On Monday night, the Eagles looked like a team that had accepted defeat and wasn’t interested in playing competitive football at a high level.
What happens next for this team?
At 3-5, the season theoretically still isn’t over. A team with heart and pride would still fight at 3-5 to get back into the playoff hunt, and with a schedule packed with teams with losing records, the chance is still there for this team to make a run.
But the reality is that this group doesn’t have the heart to do it. They couldn’t so much as score a garbage time touchdown for pride, let alone go on any kind of winning streak. We’ve only played eight games, and as bad as things have been to this point, there’s a very good chance that we haven’t seen the worst yet.
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