SOMETHING TO HOPE FOR.

Posted November 01, 2012

MORTAL Lock to win the NFC East is what I said the EAGLES would be barring being bitten hard by the Injury Bug.

Have we been bitten hard? 60% (3 of 5 guys) of our starting Offensive Line is out with injury, 40% (2 of 5) of them for the season. Simple mathematics would tell even an idiot that YES, we have been bitten hard. 

BUT

When I said the EAGLES would hit their stride Week 4 or 5 I had it in mind that the O-line would STILL be having problems. Had it in mind that the D-line would be wearing down early from the Wide-9. (Had it in mind that Michael Vick would likely be nursing a rib injury at this point too. Glad to be wrong about that one.)

But I was banking on tighter coverage from the Safeties. I was banking on the LB's taking up some of the slack for the D-line's passrush problems. I was banking on a young PR-KR trying to hold on to his job, to make an impact setting up the Offense. Some things in this sport you have to play your way into. You have to get YOUR rhythm for it going. And until last week I just never saw any rhythm on the team.

Defensively I can only hope that Todd Bowles is quicker with his adjustments than he was last week. He almost seemed to be firetesting guys last week. He kept talking to them, but he didn't really seem to be trying to fire them up or change match-ups. When Juan Castillo was fired I was expecting that Bowles would come out trying not to drown. Instead, he seems to be trying to lay a claim to the Defense. That says there's a focus on the future.

Vick was getting rid of the ball quickly and when he ran he ran decisively. The O-line didn't have routine jailbreaks to the QB. Brent Celek got down the field a bit for the first time in WEEKS. We looked stable on Offense. So that's something to build on.

So there's plenty to look forward to in 2012 as the team still has plenty to play for. 3 - 4 still puts our destiny squarely in our hands. If you were hoping for 10 - 6, there still exists the possibility to do even better than that.

Your team needs it's 12th man. So quit pointing your fingers, man up, fan up, do your job, and let the next man worry about doing his. 

See you at 4 -4.

 

 

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