• Anyone that saw this game could immediately recognize that Michael Vick was horrid. If you didn’t watch this game, his numbers were the following: 29 of 56, 317 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT. He was actually far worse than those numbers would indicate, as he could have easily thrown at least 2 more interceptions.
I’d like to preface the following statement by saying that I’m not the kind of person that is quick to panic when things are going badly in one particular game, but had I been Andy Reid, Vick would have been pulled. Tommy and I discussed this a bit in our podcast last night, and Andy Reid was operating under the thinking that a QB is like a shooter in basketball. You have to keeping letting your shooter shoot to work his way through the slump. I can get on board with that logic. However, in the NBA, the season is 82 games. You can afford to lose one here and there while trying to get your most important player back on track. But in the NFL, with a 16 game schedule, decisions sometimes need to be made with the thought in mind of, “Who gives my team the best chance to win this game?”
The answer to that question yesterday was Nick Foles. The end result, of course, wound up being a W for the Eagles, so the non-switch worked out to some degree, but the QB play from Vick did not get any better, in my opinion. And it won’t get any easier – The Eagles play the Ravens next week.
• Oddly enough, despite what everyone would likely agree was a bad performance for Philly yesterday, the Eagles are the #2 offense in the NFL right now, and they’re the #1 defense:
That’s because the rest of team played really well. The offensive line struggled early, but it played a lot better in the second half. Otherwise, I’m really having difficulty finding much fault with the rest of the roster.
• The defense was outstanding. It’s easy to point to the Browns and say, “Rookie QB, rookie RB, rookie RT, bad receivers.” The Eagles’ offense turned the ball over 5 times, and the defense only gave up 9 points. They only gave up 210 yards, and 25 of those came on a meaningless scramble by Brandon Weeden in a Hail Mary situation at the end of the end, in which the Cleveland fans booed. In fact, here were the Cleveland scoring drives yesterday:
- Started at their own 49: 6 plays, 26 yards, FG
- Started at the Eagles 43: 7 plays, 19 yards, FG
- Started at the Eagles 22: 6 plays, 18 yards, FG
The lone TD was a INT return by D’Qwell Jackson.
I don’t care who the offense is that you’re facing. If you can hold your opponent to 210 yards (185 if you want to get nitpicky), turn them over 4 times, and only give up 9 points despite your offense doing everything they can to give them good field position, that’s an outstanding day. Gold star for the D.
• Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News spoke with a scout recently, and asked him to give a rundown of the Eagles. It’s a great piece by Domo, but here’s what the scout had to say about DeMeco Ryans:
“I watched the tape of the Cleveland (preseason) game. Ryans played something like 15 snaps and didn’t make a single play. Meanwhile, Ryan Rau goes in there and blows up a running back on the second play and forces a fumble. Ryans bites on everything he sees. And when you do that, you take yourself right out of the play a lot of times.
“DeMeco just isn’t the same player he was before the injury, and I don’t think he’s ever going to be. I can’t see any scenario where he’s going to be successful, particularly behind this line.
“The only linebacker they’ve got who can play in this scheme right now is Mychal Kendricks. Because he’s got unusual speed and unusual instincts to really get through traffic and sort things out and get to the ball carrier.
“Can’t see any scenario where he’s going to be successful.” Hmmm… At least for the first week of the 2012 season, survey says:
Ryans was excellent yesterday.
• Kurt Coleman is one tough motherscratcher. We all saw what happened to him yesterday, I would assume:
I talked to Coleman in the locker room after the game. He had a gash on his nose and another one above his lip, as well as a fat lip, all from that play. He never came off the field. And you know what else? The next play on that drive, on a 3rd and 1, the Browns ran the ball with Richardson again. He got nothing. Punt. And oh by the way, he had a couple picks.
• Anyone that attended training camp for more than a day or two could pretty easily see that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a special talent. Two picks, and both were impressive, athletic plays.
• Nnamdi Asomugha gave up a big gain early on a quick slant. He was in off coverage and was beaten pretty easily. The rest of the game the Eagles moved almost solely to press coverage, and I’m having difficulty thinking of a play where he was beaten from there on out.
• First carry on the season for LeSean McCoy – fumble. I’ll have to take a closer look to see if that was a case where he was carrying the ball away from his body as he likes to do, but that is a major concern of mine this season.
• Looks like the Eagles made the right choice at punter, if Week 1 is any indication. Chas Henry hit bombs all day.
• Play calling in this game was maddening. At one point it was 50 pass plays to 19 rushes:
On a day in which your QB is terrible, the opposing defense is without 2 starters at LB, you have one of the best RBs in the league, and a lead for most of the day. you’d think the Eagles might run more. Nope.