This game was eerily similar to the Falcons contest from last week, Vick goes
down with a lead, and the defense couldn’t come up with the big plays in the
fourth quarter to win the game. The team’s making too many mistakes right now,
and they need to be fixed. There’s too many penalties and missed tackles.
But, then again, we’re seeing another Andy Reid team start slow; we’ve seen
this story before. Here’s where the Eagles stood after four games, and where they finshed, during the Reid era.
2010- 2-2 (10-6)
2009- 3-1 (11-5)
2008- 2-2 (9-6-1)
2007- 1-3 (8-8)
2006- 3-1 (10-6)
2005- 3-1 (6-10)
2004- 4-0 (13-3)
2003- 2-2 (12-4)
2002- 3-1 (12-4)
2001- 2-2 (11-5)
2000- 2-2 (11-5)
1999- 0-4 (5-11)
The Eagles are looking to become the sixth Eagles squad in 13 years, under the Reid tenure, to start 2-2 after four games. But, there’s some things that need to be tweeked before the Eagles take off again.
Something needs to be done about the linebacker and safety position.
Eli Manning threw four touchdowns, but only one of those touchdowns came against one of the Eagles cornerbacks. The other three were on the linebackers and safeties.
First of all, Brian Rolle needs to get more playing time. On the first Giant
touchdown of the game, New York exploited Casey Matthews in coverage as
Brandon Jacobs came out of the backfield to haul in a 40-yard touchdown on a
running back wheel route. Matthews didn’t see the play develop in front of him
fast enough, and by the time he read everything, Jacobs was in for six. This
same play was run later on in the game, but it was Rolle who played it well
and knocked the pass away. I liked what I saw out of Rolle in preseason, and
in limited action so far, I like what he’s doing in the regular season.
As for the safety position, Kurt Coleman missed an open-field tackle when
Victor Cruz got free on the sideline on a 3rd-and-2. Coleman went too high on
the tackle and Cruz sprinted his way for a 74-yard touchdown. Cruz went on to
catch three balls for 110 yards and two scores.
The problem here is Nate Allen came in and didn’t look much better. Jarrad
Page struggled as well. When you look at the Giant safeties, Antrel Rolle and
Kenny Phillips, they made all the plays that they needed to make. Coleman and
Allen missed tackles, and took bad angles to the ball so they could make a
The Eagles got way too cute with some of their short-yardage plays. When you have first and goal from the two, you should be able to punch that in.
It’s ok to sneak the fullback a carry around the goal line, but not two. LeSean McCoy looked great all game, and Ronnie Brown is a bruiser, they need to see the ball in that situation. Even if you roll Vick out and give him a run-pass option, anything but Owen Schmitt getting two rushes around the endzone.
One more thing, if the front four is generating so much pressure, why are the Eagles bringing the house and leaving the safeties and linebackers on an island. Jason Babin and Trent Cole have shown so far that they don’t need help when rushing the quarterback. The screen touchdown by Ahmad Bradshaw, and wheel route by Jacobs were perfect examples of this.
Fans must remember that the Eagles made a lot of changes during the offseason with the coaching staff. And with a lockout shortened season, it looks like Philadelphia needs time to gel. Veteran teams like New England, Green Bay and Pittsburgh didn’t have to worry about these things.
There’s a lot of talent, and still a lot of season left for the Eagles to turn the 2011 campaign around.
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!