Bird Droppings: Hand Job

That’s Vick’s post-game press conference, in case you haven’t seen it six times yet.

Vick clearly isn’t happy. He’s been knocked out of both Eagles losses. What’s worse, Howard Eskin reported on NBC 10 last night that Vick will miss 3-4 weeks with his broken right hand. Shit.

So how are we feeling about this $100 $80 million $35.5 million experiment? Not only has Vick gotten hurt twice before the end of September, but the Eagles are – ready for this – 1-4 in his last five starts, including the playoff loss to Green Bay. In those five games, his quarterback ratings are as follows: 74.1, 79.9, 83.7, 103.6, and 73.8. Not awful, but a bit surprising when you consider that during the first 15 weeks of last season (before this 1-4 stint began), Vick only twice had quarterback ratings under 90- Week 1 against Green Bay, in which he played only half the game, and Week 11 against the Giants. Now, in this last five-game period, he’s had only one game with a QB rating above 83. Ouch.

It doesn’t get better, either. I’ll refer you to what I wrote for the USA Today football preview this summer:

Through the first six games of 2010, Vick eclipsed a 100 QB rating four times. In the final six games? Just once.

In the first seven games of 2010, Vick didn’t throw one interception. He threw six in his final five games, plus one season ending pick in the playoffs.

Vick’s yards per attempt and completion percentage were also down in the second half of the season. And he was sacked more, too: 15 times in first six games, 19 in final six.

 

Do you think perhaps opponents have figured out how to defend Vick, after they were caught off-guard during the first half of last season?

Saying that Vick has come back down to earth is an understatement. He’s reentered the atmosphere in a fiery mess. Somewhere, NASA has issued a search for fragments.

All of that being said, placing the blame squarely on QB 7 would be doing a disservice to the myriad what the fucks? performed by the rest of the team.

Casey Matthews is the Madden 2004 prototype for a linebacker: bites comically on play-action and is always outran by a 92 speed rating. For real, how has Roger Goodell not declared him a glitch and mandated the Eagles remove him from the field, or at least not use him during online play? 

Tackling: they can’t do it. When Victor Cruz caught a pass along the Giants’ sideline, Kurt Coleman tried to bring him down with what can only be likened to a stripper circling a pole (ultimately, she ends up prone on the ground, while the pole – in this case, Cruz – dances to the motherfucking end zone). Not even Nnamdi Asomugha, who's proving ESPN's claim that his worth is inflated because opposing teams simply avoided his side of the field in Oakland, could stop Cruz. Nnamdi dove by him like an Asian foot soldier in a Ninja Turtles movie. It’s as if he intended to not tackle him.

More Madden. Not to keep invoking the video game, but the Madden 12 was right on in their depiction of the Eagles: easy to run against, secondary isn’t difficult to throw against thanks to below average safeties, and, because of a shitty offensive line, throwing 50-yard bombs on offense is a near impossibility. The only reliable option is Shady McCoy, who cuts on a dime and can’t be tackled with anything less than three defenders.

Considering all of these issues (and we didn’t even talk about Andy Reid and Juan Castillo’s upcoming job search), could it be that Vick pulled a Chris Pronger on the media yesterday? 

All anyone talked about last night and this morning was if Vick is treated fairly by officials. Much like Pronger during a playoff series (see puck incident from 2010 and hand conjecture this year), Vick has focused attention squarely on himself, instead of his sub-par teammates. Unfortunately, in doing so, we find that our fears of injury and inconsistency are coming true… and we’re not even one-month into his $35.5 million contract.

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20 Responses

  1. Nice ESPN reference to the over-hyped claims of Asomugha. haha.
    Vick out 3-4 weeks plus the horrible play of the defense has this team out of the playoffs almost automatically to me…..unless Young (the REAL one) comes in and creates some miracles.

  2. the o-line is atrocious. i almost feel bad for vick. you could see how pissed he was about his hand on the sidelines. like he didnt care if he was injured he wanted to go back out and try to make something happen.

  3. Not even a single mention of the biggest problem for the birds for the last 13 years, Andy Reid. Despite how bad they had played they were UP with 11 mins to go in the 4th and he GOES FOR IT AT MIDFIELD ONLY UP 2!! Now THAT is a madden call if I’ve ever seen one. Awful.
    How long have the birds sucked in the redzone? Vick, Kolb, McNabb, it doesn’t matter who the qb is they have always been terrible. The gadjet plays from the 2 yards line make me ill. He’s also the one that thought it would be smart to go into the season with dogshit LBs and safeties as though they aren’t important.
    There’s one consistent…

  4. I feel like this team is moving toward the 1998 Bobby Ross led Detroit Lions…it may be a stretch, but Barry Sanders at RB, Johnnie Morton and Herman Moore at WR, Charlie Batch at QB, and a huge Bobby Ross as Head Coach. That team for the majority of the season couldn’t stop the run, and the O-line sucked. Sanders was forced to make 3 moves before getting back to the line of scrimmage. I’m not saying Shady is Barry Sanders, but it seems like there’s a scary parallel.

  5. The o-line could use some work, but they’re giving him time, he’s just taking too long getting rid of it. Regardless, there should have been a couple flags for late hits.
    The one bright part of the game was Shady McCoy. He’s proving that he’s one of the best RBs in the league.
    Probably the most frustrating part of the game was our red zone offense. First the turnover (he’s GOT to catch that), then 4 failed rushing attempts from the 1 yard line. I commend Reid for sticking with the run, but sometimes you gotta change it up a little. Give it to McCoy to take to the edge or something since running up the middle failed 3 times.
    And seriously, how much longer is Casey Matthews going to be on this team?

  6. Fatty Andybuckle should have been gone long time ago after they lost the SB.
    As soon as I heard the term “Dream Team” being bandied about, I knew they were going to have a miserable season.
    Ah well, the season’s not a total waste. They can’t give some rookies valuable playing time and do some experimenting for next year.

  7. The Wide 9 sucks, yeah you can get to the QB a little bit faster but it opens up huge holes that exposes the middle of your defense (LB’ and safeties), which as we all know is a huge weakness for this team. There is a reason nobody else in the league uses it.

  8. Ok, your QB is coming off a concussion and the overall theme this year is that he’s taking too many hits – what do you do? You run your QB on a power sweep – he gets pounded and fumbles, but luckily your own team recovers. Your running back is looking like Barry Sanders and the national commentators are saying so. Four downs inside the the 3 and not only do you not give the ball to said running back, you have your QB try two sneaks where he leads with his previously concussed head. The guy’s claim to fame is speed and you try to power him up the middle.
    The whole Vick/ref smokescreen is working – the national attention is on Vick getting hit and not: Andy Reid still sucks after 13 years; Juan Castillo is in over his head; Casey Matthews doesn’t belong in the NFL; tackling is important; the red zone offense sucks; the red zone defense is worse.

  9. I just thought this team had the whiff of an 8 or 9 win team even after the Nnamdi and DRC moves. Pieces don’t fit together on both sides of the ball and Vick helped make those square pegs fit into round holes for 2/3 of the season last year. But since 2005 whenever the Birds have expectations they seem to have a let down season.
    Point is even if they right the ship and get to 10 or 11 wins again – can they beat GB in the playoffs? Or NE, Pitt, NY Jets, Baltimore, etc in a Super Bowl? I didn’t think so back in August. Tough to be a “Dream Team” when there are like at least 7 teams better.
    If Cowboys have all weapons healthy, they are still a bad matchup for the Eagles too. Can’t block Ware or Spencer on offense and probably still can’t cover Bryant, Austin, or Witten on defense.

  10. I just think this shows the way the eagles are so desperate for attention in this city, because the Phils run shit. Phillies keep on keeping on, post lockout some big moves have to be made. And what do the eagles do, make the SEXY big name moves, but not necessarily the best for the team. 1) Juan Castillo, are you fucking kidding me. 2) Namdi and DRC and Asante…. you dont need all 3, so why hasnt one(Asante) been traded for a quality LB or safety, hell people on other teams practice squads got to be better then the bums we run out there! or what about a possible 3 team deal for kolb, kolb to ARI, DRC to another team then we get a LB from 3rd team! Might be a fantasy as i know of no such team. And The O line is a joke. I remember everyone saying that D-Jack only knows how to go deep but by him being that deep threat it opens up other stuff for TE RB and other WR. But if you only have 2 seconds to drop back b/c the O line then you are making it impossible for you to throw that deep route. Which limits D jack’s effectiveness thus directly impacting the other players…. FUCK….. I am really getting toward the end of my rope with this organization as a whole

  11. Don’t forget about the play that completely swung the momentum in the giants favor: 4th and 1….WHY THE FUCK DID REID OPT TO GO FOR IT!?!???? We were clinging to a fucking 2 point lead… The offense CLEARLY played out of whack for most of the game, and eventhough they went with their current MVP, Shady McCoy, for the attempt, I still don’t think it was a good move. With little time in the game left, if they had just punted the ball, they would have pinned them deep in their own zone and made life much more miserable for Eli Manning.
    The team, overall, is a work in progress and I still believe that over time they’ll start to gel and emerge as the best team in our division…But this has to be the low point, the tipping point if you will, cause if this team doesn’t get significantly better against the 49ers, Washington, or the Bills (Yeah, the Skins and bills are off to good starts, but that won’t last), I think the season comes into serious question.

  12. The Eagles are nothing but a bunch of witless, spineless, spiteful, greedy bitches. I’m glad they’re sucking dick right now.

  13. Eagles gambled ALOT for this season, everyone who follows Philly sports knows this. Sadly, those gambles are all falling apart at the same time.
    No protection for Vick, no reliable defense. Then the coaching, play-calling that rivals my grandfather getting on madden and playing online against a nationally ranked opponent. We have some of the most dynamic offensive weapons (Jackson, Maclin, Celek, McCoy, (even Smith now)) and we cannot handle gettin TDs in the red-zone.
    It depressing, its frustrating, but that is Eagle football under Reid. If he has a plan, it sure is looking piss poor at this point. The season is long, the ROOKIES will improve, and the “meshing” of the new players will occur over time, but lets just all admit the season is gonna be long and frustrating as Reid likes them to be…

  14. as much as i hate Vick, my heart bleeds for the guy and i never ever imagined myself even thinking about saying that out loud before yesterday. Andy Reid is and always has been the most overrated coach in the nfl, he can’t coach D, evaluate talent, manage the clock or make pressure decisions. Lurie, Banner, Roseman could care less about winning or losing it’s always been about putting a product on the field that is just good enough to keep revenue at a consistent level. Wrap your hears around the fact that the Eagles have ) super bowl wins, think about all the $ you’ve shelled out on tickets, jerseys and get pissed about it, cause until there’s a major decline in revenue NOTHING will change.

  15. did nnamdi miss a tackle yes? but lets not forget that play wouldn’t have happened if kurt coleman had made his play earlier. hakeek nicks used to dominate this team. but yesterday, nnamdi completely shut him down. he was as advertised. stop trying to hate on the guy

  16. i love you vick, but you cant rant about the refs not giving you the call, and questioning why you dont get it, and then you say your not blaming the referees?

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