Hollywood Is Right To Say The Eagles Are A Veteran Football Team....

Posted June 17, 2013

But if he or anyone else thinks that makes them an easy turn around they couldn't be more wrong. Let's start with the basics.

"Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist but football is only two things - blocking and tackling."

Vince Lombardi

The man who's name is on the most sought after prize in the NFL states that football is only "blocking and tackling." Now let's take a look at our beloved Philadelphia Eagles and what we find is a team that was one of the worst in football in "blocking" and one of the worst in football in "tackling." It's CLEAR to see  how bad they were at blocking when you look at how many sacks were given up by this offensive line, and how much Shady's yards per carry dropped last season. Then you can see how terrible the Eagles were last season at tackling as they the second WORST team in missed tackles last season. So fundamentally the Eagles were one of the worst at the simple fundamentals of blocking and tackling. It's no wonder why they won only 4 games last season. Like Birdflipper wrote in his article about HIS TEAM; the Eagles are "STARTING AT THE BOTTOM." They are not a team who were on the rise. On the contrary they were in a decline.

2010 10-6

2011 8-8

2012 4-12

This CLEARLY NOT A TEAM ON THE RISE, but people are acting as if Chip Kelly needs to be treating them as such. People are acting as if players who have led the Eagles to a 4-12 record last season should be just given the chance to DO IT OVER AGAIN with no questions asked and no fight against it. Somehow Chip Kelly is failing, because he is working to build his team up from the failure that they have become. Much has been made of Mike Vick's recent comments about starting. FAR TOO LITTLE HAVE BEEN MADE ABOUT MIKE VICK'S RECENT COMMENTS ABOUT FUNDAMENTALS.

["The other day, I broke out in the pocket, and the first thing Chip told me was to tuck the football," Vick said. "So I showed him how I was running with it, and he looked at it and he knocked the ball right out of my hands. And he was like, ‘Hold it like this.' And what he told me felt comfortable. I had a tighter grip on the football. That should secure that problem as long as I WORK on it. Like I said, you're always a work in progress, and even when you think you know it all, sometimes you don't. The people who feel like they know everything, they don't."]

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/5/19/4345588/michael-vick-chip-kelly-football-grip

It's a shame Mike didn't take the last portion of his words to heart. "The people who feel like they know everything, they don't." If he did then he never would have come out to the MEDIA (and not his coach) about his frustrations about the starting quarterback situation. Sometimes coaches know more than the players, and players don't always realize what's best for them. After 20,274 passing yards and 5,551 rushing yards, Mike didn't know the simplicity of holding onto a football. The frightening reality is that on this football team he's not the only one... just the worst one. This team is building from the bottom despite the fact they are filled with veterans. We all would do best to remember that.  

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