Thoughts From Eagles-RedskinsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Sunday, November 18th, 2012
It’s incredible to watch this team operate week to week. They’re just so poorly organized, poorly coached, and on top of everything else they just aren’t very good.
Its amazing to me how this team just repeats the theme of turnovers and defeating themselves. The Eagles held the ball for the majority of the first quarter, and yet the Redskins managed to come away with a 7-0 lead. Once again, this offense continued their sloppy play, and turned the ball over three times in the first half alone. The first two Eagle drives were killed by a pair of Nick Foles interceptions, and LeSean McCoy fumbled the ball away right before the end of the half to set Washington up for an easy field goal.
As the game went on, we saw the Eagles collapse and quit once again. The offense stopped playing with emotion and intensity at the end of the first half, and allowed the Redskins defense to bottle them up for the rest of the day.
Defensively, the Eagles allowed star rookie Robert Griffin III to make them look foolish. Every time the Redskins needed a play to be made, Griffin delivered with the defense offering no resistance of any kind.
Once again, the vaunted defensive line couldn’t get a thing done. The Washington offensive line dominated at the point of attack, and gave Griffin worlds of time to find his receivers.
Shutdown cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha got burned again for a touchdown this week. Asomugha gave up a 49-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the second quarter. And as the Fox broadcast team was so kind to point out, it wasn’t his fault! As usual, Nnamdi was supposedly expecting help over the top. I’m so tired of hearing Nnamdi make that same tired excuse time and time again.
The Eagles hit rock bottom in the third quarter. The season can be epitomized with the Redskins’ first touchdown of the second half. The Eagles pass rush failed to generate a rush on RG III and gave him all day to throw. Griffin then launched a pass down the middle of the field into double coverage. Neither Brandon Boykin or Kurt Coleman were able to knock it down, and then both Eagles let Santana Moss slip out of their grasp and into the endzone for a touchdown.
As good as Robert Griffin has been this year, he had only thrown eight touchdowns coming into this game. He threw four in 60 minutes against the lifeless, disinterested Philadelphia Eagles.
Rough Outing For Foles
Nick Foles didn’t do much to impress in his first start.
The rookie didn’t have many good moments, and had a lot of bad ones.
Foles threw a terrible interception on the team’s second drive. The third-round pick panicked in the face of a pass rush, and threw a ball up for grabs that was intercepted by Brandon Meriweather.
As the game went on, Foles slowly began to lose his confidence and his quality of play only decreased.
His worst moment came in the fourth quarter when he made a bizarre decision to throw a backwards pass to LeSean McCoy. McCoy missed the pass, and it was ruled a lateral and a live ball. Foles did do a nice job to hustle over to the ball and recover it, but it was a play that never should have happened.
For all the talk about how poor the Washington secondary was, Foles was unable to get the ball in the hands of Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. Entering the fourth quarter, the two wideouts combined for just two catches for five yards.
He just wasn’t sharp, and didn’t do anything to inspire confidence.
- Is anyone else sick of watching Brent Celek tip passes to opposing defenders? I’m not sure what to make of it, but Celek has been involved on many of the offense’s turnovers this season. Although the defender covered him well on the opening drive, it was still a pass that should have been caught by Celek. Instead, the result was a tipped pass that the Redskins converted into a quick 7-0 lead.
- Decent playcalling on the second drive. Th Eagles eacted well to blitz coming from Washington, and hit Riley Cooper on wide receiver screen that went for a big play.
- The Eagles got back to their screen game with Foles at quarterback. The Eagles countered Washington blitzes throughout the game with quick screens to LeSean McCoy, something they hadn’t been able to do well with Michael Vick. Foles’ height is the key here.
- Kendricks made a mistake in the second quarter, overpursuing Griffin and allowing him to evade him and run for a first down.
- I thought Bryce Brown was one of the lone bright spots from today’s game. He picked up 35 yards on five carries, and also brought a kick return out past the 30-yard line.
- Robert Griffin hit nine different receivers today.
- I liked what I saw from new starting right guard Jake Scott. Scott was signed off of the streets this week, and the Eagles soon learned that he was more qualified for duty than Danny Watkins and Demetress Bell. That’s right, a guy who has spent more than half of the season out of football is better than this team’s 2011 first-round pick and their offensive tackle that is making more than $10 million.
- Alex Henery hasn’t missed a field goal since Week 1. At least one of the draft picks from 2010 and 2011 is making some kind of positive contribution.
- I’m going to go on the record right now and say that I can’t see this team winning another game this season.
- Another bright spot: Fletcher Cox played well, picking up seven solo tackles, a sack, and also forced a fumble.
- Great job getting LeSean McCoy the football late in the game in garbage time and exposing him to injury, Andy.
This team is terrible, the head coach has done a terrible job, and the players have no heart.
These are facts that we have comfortably established by now, and we’re just waiting for the season to mercifully end.
Nick Foles remains the only reason to watch this team over the final six weeks. I know he didn’t play well today, but it would be foolish to give up on the rookie after his first start.
Every other aspect about this team is nothing more than comical at this point. Its a joke to watch the head coach and his offensive coordinator run the same predictable plays week after week. Its laughable to watch Nnamdi Asomugha struggle week to week. Its even more laughable to see this team receive no contributions from their 2010 and 2011 draft classes.
Before this season began, I didn’t like this team. In my previews of the NFC East and in other articles, I wrote about how I thought the talent of this team had been overrated, and I had them finishing at 8-8. But I never would have imagined that this team would have been this bad.
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