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Eagles brawl past Redskins: The Morning After

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Good morning campers,

 

It would surely appear as if the ghosts of the 1993 Phillies are indeed alive and well and living in the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles. How else to explain this current crop of Birds insistence on walking the tightrope every single game with each one becoming increasingly more dangerous?

 

The only thing missing is The Wild Thing himself.

 

After three games, it is quite clear that this is a glass half full/half empty kind of team, and may in fact be that way the entire season.

 

So in honor of this, I figured I'd devote an entire TMA to this approach. TMA

 

Let's get to getting...

 

BUT BEFORE WE GET TO GETTING...

 

I have to take this opportunity to wish my wife Terri a happy birthday. Today she turns... yeah, right, like I'm gonna actually share that info? Please. Lord knows there's not enough alcohol in the world to make up for the fact that she lives with your truly. She has blessed me with two incredibly gifted, beautiful children and they are without question a shining example of her and her indomitable spirit.

 

Ok, NOW let's get to getting.

 

Here's how this will work: I will pick a topic and give you both the optimists' (O) and pessimist's (P) viewpoint. And since this is Philly, and I have been labeled Nancy Negative by some, I will begin with the pessimistic view for each topic.

 

THE PASS RUSH

 

P: What is that? Are the Eagles defenders actually allowed to hit the opposing QB? I wasn't sure, for it appears they're playing as if it's illegal to do so. Are you kidding me? Trent who? Marcus who? Hey Billy Davis, you may want to do something different next game, mix in a few more blitzes here and there.

 

O: The D Line, and the entire defense for that matter, did what they needed to do when they needed to do it to win the game. What else is there? They won the game and made stops when they needed to.

 

THE EAGLES SECONDARY

 

P: Bradley Fletcher looks like Izel Jenkins reincarnated. Ok, maybe that's a bit harsh, but good Lord what happened to him? He looks terrible week in, week out, save for a few good plays here and there. Yes, I know the aforementioned lack of a pass rush affects everyone in the secondary. But there have been plenty of examples where Fletcher, regardless of the lack of rush, has looked woefully out of place.

 

O: Malcolm Jenkins- I could stop right there and be done with it. So far, he has been a godsend for the entire Eagles’ defense. Good and great players make plays when they're needed most, and that's precisely what he has done.

 

[[more on the Eagles secondary and in particular one player a little later on]]

 

THE EAGLES OFFENSIVE LINE

 

P: The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Can Jerry Sisemore or Stan Walters still go? How about Jon Runyan? He's not playing politico anymore, right? I do not know the news re: Jason Kelce but even if he doesn’t miss a game, it is quite clear the Eagles OL is in dire straits. Their depth is, well not very deep right now.

 

O: Lane Johnson comes back the week after next. And hey, the line didn't play all that bad, despite all the subs who had to play. Plus, they won the game. As stated above, the Eagles won the game and that's all that counts, right?

 

THE EAGLES WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

 

P: I got nothing. They played a great game. Even Riley Cooper woke up from his slumber. Oh wait, yes I do have something on the tight ends. Can someone please let Brent Celek not to buy any ripe bananas? For he won't be around much longer. With the emergence of Zach Ertz plus his own pitiful play (did you see the TWO key, crucial blocks he missed?) adds up his not being long for this team.

 

O: Jordan Matthews-  Oh sure, Jeremy Maclin had a great game with over 150 yards and a TD, but he's expected to do that. Matthews, the heralded rookie coming out of camp, officially arrived at the NFL party.

 

DESEAN JACKSON

 

P: The Eagles’ offense, again, missed his speed; his playmaking ability; the long ball threat that he provides as witnessed by the long TD pass he hauled in.

 

O: The Eagles receivers' are collectively better, as they are not reliant on one player to make a big play. Save for the questionable call on Jason Kelce, Maclin would have scored on a well-executed, long screen pass in the second half.

 

CHIP KELLY

 

P: It cannot be just me who sees more and more of Reid-like play calling from Chipper every week. His insistence on running a play until he beats it to death, the WR screen anyone, is Andy Reid esque more so than I care to even fathom. If the Eagles had lost this game, much of the blame would lay at the feet of Chip Kelly for his conservative play calling in the second half.

 

O: The man is 3-0. Shut up already. The man is 3-0 without LeSean McCoy doing much of anything; without Nick Foles playing a full, consistent game and with a defense that is walking that tightrope more than anyone right now.

 

RAPID FIRE

 

*Are the Redskins the dirtiest team in the entire NFL? Are their defenders taught to lead with their head? Or does it just come natural? And the flagrant cheap shot put on Nick Foles in the 4Q was the most egregious of them all. Will be interesting to see if Rodger the dodger hands down any penalties.



*The officiating crew, en masse, may have been THE worst crew I have ever seen. Countless of penalties missed for both teams. Officials are supposed to be judged after every game. Man, would I love to see how these clowns graded out following that performance.

 

*With one play, Chris Polk has nearly half the total yards that LeSean McCoy has for the entire season. No slight on Shady, for the OL, as noted, is deplorable. At least the pessimist's view says so.

 

*Poor, Poor Cary- Mark it down: Cary Williams will NOT be on this team next year. If he makes it through this season, that is. In case you missed it, after the game, poor Cary was complaining about how hard Chip Kelly's practices are during the week. In doing so, he essentially threw every other player on the team under the bus.

 

About the in week practice schedule: "I didn't practice every week, there's a reason for that. A lot of guys had no legs. A lot of guys were in a dogfight before the game even started. We have to take care of our guys during the week to make sure we're fresh come Sundays."

 

He added "I'm saying [practicing every day] impacted a lot of people. A lot of people, but I'm just the only one man enough to get up here and say anything about it, talk to ya'll as a man and discuss an issue that, obviously, in my opinion, is an issue in our starts [to games]'"


 

Altogether now... AWWWWW, poor Cary. Is mean Mr. Kelly being too rough on you?

 

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?

 

How do you feel if you're a teammate, and he essentially calls you out (as well as your manhood) by saying he's the only one man enough to say anything?

 

Really, Cary? You speak for the whole team, now?

 

The clock's ticking Cary, and soon the bell will toll for thee. And take Celek with you while you're at it.

 

As always, time’s yours, food’s mine.

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