EAGLES NEED FAMILY THERAPY
ABOUT Friday night…
The pass protection looked better than it did at any point last year. Most of our QB’s seemed comfortable with what they were asked to do so far. Our top WR grouping was on point as well.
After that there’s little positive I can say about what I saw.
For a team that’s supposed to be a run first offense, nothing about Friday demonstrated that we’re going to be any good at it. We ran 35 times for 131 yards or 3.7 ypc (29 for 93 and 3.2 when you factor out the QB runs). Run pass ratio? 48 passes/ 35 runs (29 handoffs).
Let’s talk Defense.
Nothing about the way the Safeties played indicates that they have any more talent than any of us barkers. I’d be willing to get out there and blow coverages for half of what the Eagles are paying the FRAUDS they have back there today. Wait! No I wouldn’t, because I’d have too much pride to want to be shown week-in and week-out, on nationally available television, getting my O-ring blown out by anybody willing to wear cleats. Our Defense is like a battered woman and the Safeties are the abusive boyfriend, who despite his apologies, you just KNOW is gonna do it again next week. We need to kick them to the curb before they kill us.
The Defensive Line was just manhandled out there. They were the biggest part of the reason the Patriots averaged 8 yards per run against us. You saw that right. 8 yards per run. (BTW: If you factor out their QB runs, their ypc actually goes up fractionally.) Hopefully the rest of the way things get better, but it was full-on Ike vs. Tina out there on Friday.
I feel bad for the Linebackers. They’re like the neglected child caught in the middle of two dysfunctional parents. Let down by the Line and Secondary, the LB’s are the logical product of a bad situation. Eventually when frustration sets in and the late hits and head hunting starts, the LB’s will be sent to Roger Goodell’s office, and folks will wonder how players with so much potential, went so wrong.
On Special Teams all was quiet until the injury to Jon Dorenbos.
In truth outside of my head, all stayed quiet even after that. Brent Celek had one snap go off without a hitch, but after he missed the next one, my old familiar rant about how I miss Mike Bartrum http://www.yardbarker.com/forum/3/57/discussion/i_miss_mike_bartrum/13533659
and about how we need a back-up LS, came ROARING back.
It’s neat to have a guy like Celek who’s willing to pitch in, in an emergency; but Celek is a starter and he knows that he’ll make the roster. Even in the most bizarre of situations, if he were released, he’d start somewhere else. So he has no motivation to make extra time to practice long-snapping. We need a guy who’s a BACK-UP at another position, who is looking to be ANYTHING he has to be to make the roster. That or we need to add a second LS and teach him another position. Personally I think #1 is the better choice.
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