Everyone must stand alone.
For anyone who watched the Philadelphia Eagles’ third straight loss on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, it was clear that the game was lost overwhelmingly because of the pitiful showing by the team’s defense.
However, on Monday, the headlines surrounding the game were dominated by talk of benching quarterback Mike Vick.
The Eagles’ offense was certainly not stellar in the game, as has been the case all season. They played it safe, and that paid off in terms of having no turnovers. Vick’s numbers for the day, in the wind and rain that signaled the start of Hurricane Sandy, were 21 out of 35 passes for 191 passing and 42 rushing yards.
Nothing tremendous, but—pardon the pun—passable.
What was abhorrent was the play of the defense. The first game for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is one he wishes could be re-done. In the 30-17 loss, the defense simply could not stop the Falcons offense. It wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that the D finally st...