Originally written on Chicks in the Huddle  |  Last updated 9/27/12

Eagles at Cardinals, Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stud of the week: Uh…Alex Henery? Hey, at least he made both field goals and provided all the points the Eagles were able to muster. So yeah, I guess Henery wins by default. Chaz Henry had a pretty good day of punting, too. On the other hand, he was getting plenty of practice.

Given the problematic wins of the past two weeks, we all had to figure that things were going to go awry sooner or later. But I don’t know that anyone expected them to go so spectacularly awry, and against the Cardinals.

Where to start? There’s plenty of blame to go around.

Michael Vick. Yes, there were O-line problems with two new guys out there. And I’m guessing his receivers weren’t getting open downfield. But he is holding the ball WAY too long. No one doubts his toughness, but he’s not going to make it to the bye week at this point. And he constantly seems to run into the pressure rather than staying calm and, I don’t know, maybe stepping up in the pocket. Is there going to be a QB controversy? After some of Andy Reid’s remarks today, one might think so, but since I don’t see any way Vick holds up with the pounding he’s taking, it very well might end up as a forced option.

The O-line. See above. Y’all have 5 days to get better, because if you play like that during the game where the Eagles retire Wolverine’s number, you’re going to need to hire police protection to leave The Linc.

DeSean Jackson. Here’s a tip: DO NOT get stopped on the two when your team is down by 17. NO MATTER WHAT. Also, here’s another tip: it’s a lot easier to make the argument that you were interfered with when you don’t quit on the route and start waving your arms at the refs while the ball is still in the air, donkey.

The defense did OK – other than having no answer to Larry Fitzgerald, boneheading some penalties (what else is new?), and, of course, giving up 27 points. Then again, they played about 58 of the 60 minutes and were in some very tough field position situations, so I’m guessing they were mentally and physically tired.

And Andy Reid.

How do you not have a better game plan to cover Larry Fitzgerald? I mean, he’s only one of the best receivers in the entire league. It’s not like you didn’t know what was coming.

How do you, once again, run the ball pretty much not at all when your QB is struggling and no one is getting open downfield? Shouldn’t that, by process of elimination, mean there’s some room to run? And then they get to the 4th quarter, down by 21 points and decide to…start running the ball. Seriously. Little late, yo.

How do you burn a timeout at the beginning of the second quarter? How? Just how? If you recall, the Birds really needed that timeout at the end of the half…right before Vick was stripped of the ball and the Cardinals went ahead 24-0, instead of going into the locker room at 17-7.

It was actually at that point that I suggested to Chef Spouse that we might want to start watching a game that was actually, you know, good.

(Of course, some of the head-scratching moves weren’t entirely Andy’s fault).

(Also, Kevin Kolb is a game manager as a QB. The Cardinals, given what I’ve seen the past two weeks, may be a strong enough team outside the QB position that that’s all they need.)

Jeff Lurie has basically put it out there that the Eagles make a deep playoff run this year or it’s curtains for Big Red. I’ve been a huge supporter over the years, and if the Eagles win the Super Bowl this year, I’ll gladly eat crow (I hear it will go well with the celebratory champagne), but maybe it’s time for Andy to go.

(sorry this is really late – had trouble getting it to post earlier this week and didn’t get back to it)

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