On the eve of hurricane Sandy, came a Philadelphia Eagles football game that rendered a similar emotion….fear. It was as if every Eagles fan realized that their worst nightmare was unfolding right in front of their eyes. A team that looks incredible when broken down player by player, just simply cannot seem to make it happen as a unit.
Eagles QB Mike Vick had another not-bad-yet-not-good-enough performance. Vick didn’t fumble or turn the ball over so that’s an upside. Sad that we consider that an upside. It almost looked like once the ball was snapped he forgot what play he was supposed to run, not that the offensive line helped at all. Falcons DE Kroy Biermann made Eagles Todd Herremans look awful. His version of protecting Vick consisted of watching Biermann blow by Eagles TE Brent Celek, then FB Stanley Havili, for a sack.
It would be easy to say that the Eagles were never truly in this game as the Falcons were winning 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, but that wasn’t entirely the case. Thanks to the two touchdowns by RB LeSean McCoy, and Andy Reid for committing to a few running plays, the game wasn’t a total wash. I can’t give credit to the play calling when every game starts the same way and that way never works. Can we take those 15 plays and burn them publicly?
Newly promoted Todd Bowles didn’t seem to have the defense playing any better than they did under former coach Juan Castillo. Instead they allowed the Falcons to score a total of 30 points. Castillo’s defense hadn’t allowed an opponent to score 30 points in a single game in the first half of this season. That needed to be said.
Whatever seems to be going on with Jason Babin and Trent Cole needs to stop and it needs to stop now. I watched Cole attempt to sack Falcons QB Matt Ryan as though Ryan wasn’t a moving target. Before falling to the ground please be sure you are taking the opposing player with you. There is a drought on QB sacks and it starts with Babin and Cole.
Everyone saw exactly what Nnamdi Asomugha was capable of against Falcons WR Julio Jones. Didn’t see a bump or a run there on that touchdown Jones scored, but maybe I should be called out and fired too. I only hope Juan Castillo was watching so his heart could smile a little bit. Good call Reid! Way to allow that to happen Jeffrey Lurie! Say it with me now “you got rid of the wrong guy.”
The Atlanta Falcons definitely came to town ready to play in the 30-17 bye week embarassment, but it was Andy Reid who truly lost. In my opinion Reid has lost this team and his job for next season unless some drastic measures are taken sooner rather than later.