Eagles Had No Answer For Chiefs Front SevenBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Friday, September 20th, 2013
Eagles Defense outplayed their Offense
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick wasn’t on top of his game, which surely didn’t help things, but the Chiefs defensive front was able to hit him and keep constant pressure on him every time he dropped back to pass. Vick threw for only 201 yards on 13 completions out of 30 attempts with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
The offensive line, which I believe is the strength of the Eagles football team was outplayed last night by Houston, Tamba Hali and the rest of the Kansas City front seven. The Birds did a good job of blocking for the running attack, the Eagles ran for 260 yards on the ground, but they couldn’t give Vick much time to throw the football.
Even on the one touchdown pass that Vick threw, he had a blitzing Chief linebacker blasting him. They did spring running back LeSean McCooy free for 158 on only 20 carries and a touchdown, as well as opening the way for Vick to run for 95 yards himself. Still they could only score 16 points because they couldn’t get the ball into the end zone.
Say what you want about former Eagles head coach and current Chiefs head man, Andy Reid, but he made a great decision to come to Philadelphia in 1999 because the Birds already had Pro Bowl caliber defensive players like safety Brian Dawkins, defensive end Hugh Douglas, middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, cornerbacks Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor. He brought in Jim Johnson as his defensive coordinator and with the drafting of Donovan McNabb, he was ready to win.
He chose Kansas City after he was fired by the Eagles. They already had Pro Bowl caliber defensive players like safety Eric Berry, outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, middle linebacker Derrick Johnson, nose tackle Dontari Poe, and cornerback Brandon Flowers. He has brought defensive coordinator Bob Sutton from the New York Jets defensive staff as his defensive coordinator. He traded for quarterback Alex Smith, no he is ready to win and they’ll probably go to the playoffs this year.
Last night, the Eagles had no answer for the Chiefs pass rush. In addition the Chief’s coverage ability was a huge difference from what the Eagles have seen from the Redskins and the Chargers. It started off early when Pro Bowl middle linebacker Johnson stepped in front of a Vick pass, but let it go through his fingers. Pro Bowl safety, Berry, grabbed the tipped pass out of the air before it hit the ground and took it 38 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
On the play, Vick stared down tight end Brent Celek before throwing the ball. The Kanas City defenders read the quarterback’s eyes and cut in front of Celek, when Vick let it go, then picked off the pass and ran it into the end zone.
“It’s about execution,” Chip Kelly said last night. “That’s what this game is all about. We have to come back and not put ourselves in these situations. You can’t turn the ball over like that in this league and expect to win. We can move the ball up and down the field, we have proven that, but if we’re going to put the ball on the ground as we did in the first half and throw interceptions that’s not going to win the game for us. You can’t lose the turnover battle.”
The Chiefs had an answer for DeSean Jackson, who came into the game leading the league in receiving. They simply kept a safety over the top of him all night long, regardless of where he was lined up. They single-covered Riley Cooper all night long with no help over the top and dared him to beat them. He caught They’re going to see this coverage quite a bit for the rest of the year. Cooper will need to show defenses around the league that he can beat one-on-one coverage or the Birds are going to face this type of coverage week in and week out.
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