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Eagles fumble away game to Vikings: The Morning After

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Good morning campers,


I must say yesterday's Eagles' game was... oh wait. I'm sorry, we interrupt this week's TMA for a brief musical/video interlude.


"Memories light the corners of my mind,

Misty water-colored memories of the way we were.

Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind,

Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were."


 


Sorry if that caused any of you to feel verklempt, reading those words and watching the video thinking; longing for that special time in all our lives when our Eagles were Super Bowl champions. Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?


Ok, ok I'm being silly and hyperbolic, but then again...am I? If you think THIS Eagles team is the same as last year's, you're kidding yourself. Obviously the roster changed, but after 5 games, it is crystal clear to anyone not wearing green-tinted glasses that THIS Eagles team is simply not the same for many, many reasons.

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Please spare me with the "But Steve, this was only Carson's 3rd game back from injury" or "But Steve, it's only week 5, it's early" excuses. Because that's all they are: excuses.


It is now fair game to question some things; some very serious things when it comes to this team.


*Right off the bat at starting at the top is the head coach. It is more than fair to openly question the loss of both Frank Reich and John DeFilippo are having on Doug Pederson. From game preparation to play calling, there are marked differences between last year and this. I've been told that if I rekindle my old moniker for Doug, I will be doing him and myself a disservice. But I'm sorry. Doug Pederson coached under Andy Reid for a very long time, so when his play calling starts to mirror Big Red's, I have - as well as all of you - every right to openly question if Andy's influence is rearing its head again.


*Clearly it was a major mistake to let LeGarrette Blount leave. I know the Lions overpaid him, but his loss transcends the field. No, I am not saying if he were still here the Eagles would be 5-0. Not at all. What I am saying, however, is the Eagles offense would have a different feel to it. They would have that swagger, which is sorely missing.


*I am all for loyalty and rewarding players who've been loyal but it is painfully obvious that keeping Jason Peters and Darren Sproles have been monumental mistakes. The former is a mere shell of himself, whereas the latter cannot stay healthy to even get to the shell level.


*Is the loss of Timmy Jernigan that significant that it affects the defensive line THAT much? No, I don't think so, but you can believe the Eagles believe it is, and that's what they would have all of us believe. Oh sure, Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata were brought in, and on paper looked great. However, they are also past their collective primes, whereas Jernigan is only 26.


*Is the defensive line overrated and does Chris Long have anything left in the tank? No, I don't think the line is overrated but no, it doesn't appear that good guy/good citizen Long has much left in the tank. When was the last time you heard his name singled out for making a play? Exactly.


*Is the secondary THAT bad, or is it a combination of lack of talent plus lack of consistent pass rush? Right now, I would say it's more the former than the latter, but not by as much as many some of you would think. Clearly, Jalen Mills is just not very good. That's a massive understatement, I know. But in his defense (and of the others in the secondary), the one sure way to allow opposing teams to have long pass plays is by allowing the opposing QB the time needed to complete said plays.


*Is the offensive line fully aware that last year is over? Obviously I am joking, but can you explain the way this unit has played through five games? Jason Peters aside, what exactly is going on with players such as Lane Johnson? Exactly how long does a hangover last? I've never had one, as I don't drink (as many of you know)—but if we want to chalk up his and the play of others to a Super Bowl hangover, someone needs to educate me on the intricacies of a hangover.


**Random Thoughts From Yesterday's Game**


*The ‘Roughing the Passer’ penalty called on Michael Bennett was one of the worst calls I've seen in a long time. For starters, Kirk Cousins, the Vikings QB, never actually passed the ball, so right there, the penalty needed to be Roughing the Guy Who Stands Behind the Center. The spotlight has been on these particular penalties all season-long, with the league putting a big emphasis on protecting quarterbacks—but this is football, still, yes? Tackle football, yes? I think we're headed to a place where the QB wears a different color jersey like they do in practice, so no one hits or touches or glares or calls a bad name or takes their parking space or major egregious offenses.


*Tell me if you know these types of people who were sitting in front of my son Josh and I at the game today. Oh yeah, forgot to mention I had the pleasure of viewing that dreck in person. So in front of me were two couples, probably somewhere in their early-mid 50s. The women sat next to each other with their husbands on their sides and during the whole fu##ing game, the women talked to each other about such hard-hitting topics as what to wear to Wendy's wedding. But, but even more intolerable were these types of women who had to constantly be touching their men. You know the type. They would rub their backs or necks like they haven't seen them in 20 years, or as if their men are going off to war. It required every ounce of self-restraint I had to not yell GET A ROOM! about a 1,000 times to these dolts. Jeezus. Bad enough you don't care about the game, but to exacerbate it by also having your own massage parlor was just too much. Next time, stay the hell home. Thank you.


'Til next time...

 

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