Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Final Score: Falcons 14, Eagles 10

A few questions to ponder now that the Eagles have lost their season opener to the Atlanta Falcons:
Aside from San Diego’s Marty Schottenheimer, is Eagles head coach Andy Reid the worst NFL coach when it comes to game management?
What was Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter thinking when he got drawn into a scuffle with Falcons reserve cornerback Kevin Mathis and was ejected for the game? With the run-stopping Trotter out, the Eagles run defense allowed 200 yards on the ground.
How can the Eagles run the ball only 14 times and throw it 45 times? Is that possible?
Did you see how fast Reid called the team’s final timeout? Who would have thought a coach’s off-season weight loss would figure so prominently into game action.

9 Comments:

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why has Andy Reid put the leash on McNabb? This is the second close game in a row (including the SB) that if Reid had thrown in some designed McNabb runs, the Eagles would have kept the defense off-balance. I hated watching Vick scramble and run the way McNabb used to and have Donovan stand there in the pocket with no chance to just get out in the open field and make some things happen. They Eagles looked tight and it makes me mad how much energy I put into rooting for this team to watch them lose two winnable games in a row (one being the SB). The Falcons are very beatable and I am certain they will play again....Vick has been in the playoffs twice in his career and both times his run has been ended by Philly. If it happens again this year, I expect the same result. After all, a falcon is just a black pigeon....Fly Eagles fly....

 
At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Philly fans should realize there are some real weaknesses to this Eagles team....hence the reason your $12 million under the cap.....NO DEPTH........your offensive line is incredibly thin......only two tackles dressed for last nights game.....and one hasnt played all preseason (Tra Thomas)......injuries happen to every team and you have to be able to have someone step in to fill the spot.....your thin in every area......o-line, d-line......Philly needs to spend some money and stop being so cheap....ur time is over Philly.....back to reality!!!

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't think of a single team that won the Super Bowl without a strong running game.

Why does Andy Reid think his team can do it? The running game has never been a high priority for him. It will always come back to haunt the Eagles.

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, what team are you backing? I would like to see where your loyalties are and what that team is doing with their money. Philly has been extremely successful every year while remaining well below the cap. I would rather have our "problems" then the fans of the Skins who bust the cap and have very little to show for it (except empty wallets at the gate because Synder gouges them there too). The Eagles will take care of B-West and Akers and the rest of our cap savings will probably go to replace TO after the season and to plug and play in some other areas. What you fail to see is that every team in the NFL (except maybe the Patriots) are thin at a lot of positions---that's reality

 
At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if Reid actually calls some running plays for Donny Mac, the trio of Westbrook, Moats, and Gordon should be fine.

 
At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if eagles had their running game going....

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody is going to have to place the blame for last night where it really belongs: on the O-line... lack of depth is one way to say it, it could be the first place where the attrition (Welbourn, Mayberry, et al) will catch up first. Artis Hicks looked just awful last night, but he wasn't alone. Part of the problem, to be sure, was #5's indecisiveness... which led to the O-line getting beat up and beat often. They'll get well against the Niners, but they'll eventually have to play teams with better personnel on D than Atlanta has, and you can only hope they've figured it out by then.

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The eagles o-line is going to kill them this year......there is no depth at all at the tackle spot....they only have two tackles that dress.....i dont understand why they dont spend some of that money to get some qualified backups in there.....

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McLane is dead on the money. I think that Reid is an excellent personnel guy- probably one of the top 5 in the league along with Belichek, Donahue, McKay, and Newsome. I also think he is a bottom tier coach. The simple fact that the eagles have NO hurry up offense is unbelievable. His play calls take forever to get to McNabb- and even though this fact has hurt his team over the years, he has done nothing to change. The calls he does make border on the surreal. Here he has an injured quarterback facing a ferocious pass rush, he has a top running back in Westbrook who is always a threat to break a big one, and he passes 45 times to 12 runs. Could you imagine Parcells or Belichek doing something like that? Unbelievable.

 

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