Eagles Lose To Redskins (Yawn): The Morning After
Good morning campers,
Question: If a professional football team falls in the stadium—again, does it make a sound and more importantly, does anyone care? I wrote in last week's TMA just how ambivalent and apathetic I have become when it comes to the Eagles. And my oh my, yesterday surely added to my collective ambivalence and apathetic-ness, if you will.
Hence the (Yawn) inclusion in the title this week.
Let's get to getting...and no, not a lot in this week’s TMA. Why? ‘Cause there’s not a lot to say. Period.
*I said - to anyone who would listen - that the Eagles, for the rest of this season, are in a "damned if they do/damned if they don't" zone. If they had gone out and won yesterday's game going away, we would have collectively said "Where's that been all year?" Conversely, if they had gone out and laid another egg, we would have collectively said "Here we go again."
Of course, yesterday they didn't do either. They obviously didn't win going away, but they also didn't lay an egg. Well, at least not an egg of the magnitude of the previous two games.
*The one player who was the living embodiment of being in the "damned if they do/damned if they don't" zone was Zach Ertz. Playing with a passion and breaking some tackles, it was great to see #86 bring it. Of course, the prevailing thought in my head was "Why does it take THIS long? Why does it take a week-long barrage of fans' fury to bring out the fire within? Why were you not playing like this the entire season, if not your entire career?
Of course, just as I start to see some glimmer of hope, Ertz commits what can only be described as a "lazy penalty," negating a brilliant punt return TD by Darren Sproles. It was a HUGE play; a monster mistake that simply SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. Period.
*And tell me again why Jason Kelce (or his backup) go in for the long snapper role once Jon Dorenbos went down with an injury? And please, dear God, spare me the "it's a completely different kind of snap, Steve," Bulls#@t. Your hiking the ball backwards. Period. To put that kind of pressure on Brent Celek and then Trey Burton is laughable. Shame on you, Dougie Fresh. Once again, you fold under pressure.
*And speaking of "please spare me" crap...please Dear God spare me the "Leodis McKelvin had a good game." He got an early Christmas gift from Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins on the interception he returned for a TD. Period. Anyone—and I mean ANYONE, could have made that play. He and the other walking dead CB Nolan Carroll are...well, let's just say they're not heading to the Pro Bowl this year, and leave it at that.
*Did you know the Eagles lead the entire NFL in pre-snap penalties? That means the false starts are a plenty, kids. That means they are incredibly undisciplined. I don't know the actual numbers, but according to the broadcasters, the Birds lead the league in this category "by a wide margin." Yes, Dougie Fresh, this is all on you, booby.
*The hit by the Redskins Deshazor Everett on a helpless Darren Sproles on a punt was without question one of the dirtiest plays I've seen in a long time. At the time, I said to myself “The Birds need to use this as a rallying cry.” Alas, that was obviously not to be.
*Yes, the effort was significantly better than the previous two games. Of course, that’s not saying much now, is it? There was only one direction the effort could go and that was up. The bottom line is, and this should be blatantly obvious to any realistic Eagles fan (you Kool Aid drinkers know who you are)... this team needs help. A lot of it. This was once thought to be mostly on the offensive side, but I think we need to come to grips with the fact that it’s going to take a minimum of two off-seasons to get this team going again.
I hope I am wrong of course, but…
'Til next time.
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