Michael Vick And Offense Played Well, But It Wasn’t Good EnoughBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Sunday, September 15th, 2013
G. Cobb on Eagles-Chargers Game
McCoy carried the ball only 11 times for 53 yards, which is 20 less carries than he had against the Redskins. The Eagles made the adjustment and threw the football.
Vick played well in the loss to San Diego. He completed 23 of 36 passes for 428 yards and two touchdowns, as well as a two yard touchdown run. His quarterback rating was 123 on the day. Vick played under control, didn’t turn the ball over and took what the defense gave him.
In spite of what was a very good performance, he still could have played better. On the first Eagles scoring drive, Vick threw a low pass to tight end James Casey, who still should have been able to hang onto it for a touchdown. The Eagles settled for a field goal. It came back to haunt them.
San Diego’s commitment to stop the running game, left Birds speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson in a one-on-one situations all day long. Jackson made the Chargers pay with 9 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown, but it could have been much more.
Jackson got behind the coverage four times. On the first time, Jackson ran his deep route too close to the sideline and Vick didn’t lead him back inside. Jackson caught the ball, but he was out of bounds. It should have been six points.
On the next time, Vick overthrew Jackson because he was under pressure. Number 10 had his man beaten by five yards. It would have been another touchdown.
The next time, Jackson got deep, Vick put the ball out there for him, but the little guy wasn’t able to pull it in. It would have been a tough catch, but it should have been caught. It would have been another touchdown.
They finally connected on the next deep attempt for a touchdown. Again Jackson had a huge day catching the football, but the Birds needed more because of their weak defensive performance. They needed him to go for nearly 300 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
“You’re not going to hit all of them. You’re lucky if you get one,” Vick said. “We made our share of plays today, but we’ve got to get better. You keep firing, but you’re not going to hit them all. You wish you could. Next week maybe we’ll hit them all.”
“As a wide receiver, you love to get those opportunities,” Jackson said. “We’ll go back and look at the film and there are a lot of things we can get better at. In general, no excuses. We took the loss.”
I also have to call Jackson out for the costly penalty he got after Vick scored on the two-yard touchdown run. It was a fifteen yarder, which made a bad situation worse, after the Chargers got a great return on a kickoff.
McCoy didn’t do much as a runner, but he did catch 6 passes out of the backfield for 114 yards. He set up the first scoring drive with a 70 yard catch and run.
Wide receiver Jason Avant caught 4 passes for 39 yards, but he was involved in a key incompletion. On the next to the last drive, Avant should have used his hands to catch the football rather than trying to catch the ball with his body. If he had used his hands to catch the inside route, they may have been able to score a touchdown and put more pressure on the Chargers.
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