LIKED / DISLIKED: WEEK THREE
IN every win there are good points and bad points. Continuing to win is a matter of maintaining what works and strengthening what doesn't.
1) LeSean McCoy got 20 carries last night. It was a perfect workload. He was involved but not overused. We have enough backs on this team for him to get about 18-22 carries (25 should be the ceiling and this is coming from a guy who owns him in fantasy).
2) The Chiefs predictably rolled a double over DeSean Jackson, so Michael Vick made every effort to use Riley Cooper. It was ineffective but instead of keying on one guy like he'd done in games 1 and 2. The attempts will help keep teams honest going forward and may loosen things up for DJax. Especially if Vick and Cooper can start connecting more frequently. I don't know maybe they can bond off the field or something. Fight some n*****s, and bury some dogs together. Whatever it takes, man.
3) I liked the fact that there was no chippiness. I said when I was playing, there is no need for it. Football and boxing allow you SOOOOOOO much leeway for payback within the rules, that the only reason players go outside the rules, is stupidity. (Full Disclosure: I once was just as stupid. I late hit a guy for late hitting my QB. I knocked him OUT, and even made myself punchy (possible concussion). When I cleared up, I realized I'd been ejected and later had to make a case for why I shouldn't be thrown out of the league. But I had a clear history to that point, so it was an easy case to make. But it was still stupid on my part.)
4) I LOVED the Vick runs. They weren't mere scrambles, they were full-on RUNS. If the EAGLES can figure out a way for him to get passes to the left side fo the field, the dynamic of Vick running (not scrambling), will cause teams to invent a way to defend running QB's who employ a hurry-up.
1) KC rolled out the exact same game plan that SD rolled out. (It was almost as if Reid already knew that Chip Kelly wouldn't learn anything from last week's loss.) Like SD, KC threw a lot of their passes to the flat and an high number of underneath crosses. (Who calls an underneath cross on 3rd and 15 and 3rd and 19, unless they KNOW it'll be open? I mean really!?) Like SD, KC leaned heavily on T.O.P. (which Kelly said is unimportant) to keep the ball out of the EAGLES hands. As far as slowing our Offense when they did have the ball, in addition to our oppenent's defense suffering a exorbitant number of minor "injuries" for the THIRD STRAIGHT GAME, "The Eagles faced a defense uniquely built to defend Kelly's scheme. And while the Eagles' own defense played better this week, they couldn't get off the field late in the game." (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000247521/article/chip-kelly-turnovers-killed-philadelphia-eagles-in-loss) If we lose next week I hope it's in a new way at least.
2) Our Line was downright OFFENSIVE last night. Jason Kelce's performance last night was worse than ANYTHING I ever saw out of even Nick Cole. "False start on everyone but the Center!" When was the last time you EVER heard that? You know what that means? It means that when Vick called the snap count, everyone EXCEPT the guy with the ball was paying attention. Oh yeah, and of course there are his TWO bad snaps. Hey did anyone else notice Todd Herremanns struggling for the second week in a row? Heck, even I gave him until November before he started to go downhill. In both the 'skins and Bolts games Lane Johnson allowed a free runner to nail Vick,but last night he gave up FOUR SACKS TO ONE GUY! Two words: Winston Justice. Which brings me to my third point.
3) Why are we doing such a crappy job with our TE's? We have SO MUCH talent at the position it's embarrassing that we're wasting it like this. Aside from splitting them out wide, why don'y we also play them as in-line chip blockers more? When the the ball is snapped opposing DE's look like they're in a track meet. Chip blocks would slow them considerably and keep the edges cleaner. Last night Jason Peters gave up a sack to a guy who was lined up in a Wide-9 stance, and Peters tried to chase him. Day One, coaches tell OT's that you're NEVER to chase, but Peters was left without a choice and STILL was in no position to prevent that sack. Lane Johnson should also have more help than he's being given at this point.
4) The Swinging Gate.....I was less than a fan of the Hook and Ladder at the end of the Chargers game. In a playoff game or in a game where you're trying to qualify for the playoffs, okay fine. But Week Two? Seemed a little...college level. The Swinging Gate this week does nothing to dispel the notion of Kelly as an over-hyped coach who maxed out at the collegiate level. I mean what's next, a Fumblerooski? Adding the Statue of Liberty play to our regular rotation of plays? Starburst kick returns? When these things work they are spectacular, funny and classic. They are the very thing which indelible memories are made of. But then so are the times when they fail, and their sky high NFL failure rate is exactly why they are so rarely employed at this level. Someone needs to tell our coach where he is now.
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