I spent all night trying to come up with a name for that game, but nothing really stuck. The only word I kept coming back to was: Typical.
It was typical that on the first drive of the game, Jay Cutlered his way through the Eagles defense like a hot knife through butter an average quarterback through a Juan Castillo coached secondary.
It was typical that the Eagles regained the lead only to hand it back to the Bears in the fourth quarter.
And it was typical that in the final quarter, the Eagles attempted a fake punt and threw a seven-yard pass on 4th and 10.
To be fair, the more I thought about it, the last-second fake punt call was a smart one: Colt Anderson was wide-open and, according to Jon Gruden, Chas Henry was a “recruitable quarterback” at one time.
Maybe in middle school, he was.
Henry threw a feather to Anderson and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs.
It’s the 4th and 10 call that really bothers me, though. I don’t have a stat for this, I’m not Reuben Frank – crunching numbers around the clock like there’s some sort of schoolmarm standing above me waiting for the perfect useless football stat – but we’re at a point in our Eagles fandom that we just expect them to pass in front of the imaginary first down line in crucial situations. I understand that defenses want you to do this, and will give up the second or third options on these players, but why must the Eagles be so predictable?
Yes, I know, it was a bad pass, and that had it been a good pass from Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin probably would have gained a first down (though I’m not sure on that, either). Still, it’s the risk you run when throwing beneath the coverage on crucial plays.
When the Eagles turned the ball over, the reaction on Twitter was mostly hilarious. Here’s a screenshot one reader sent me of consecutive Tweets from bloggers (myself, Zoo With Roy, and Cranekicker):
Yeah, that seems to work.
Asante Samuel temporarily left the game with a “groin laceration.” In non-technical terms, we call that, “cracking a nut.”
As all-star CB reader Ian pointed out, you know a quarterback isn’t that good at his craft when announcers describe him thusly: “In the course of the game, Jay Cutler will throw you a couple.”
They were talking about the defense.
Of course, that was the only time Gruden or Jaws were negative about Cutler. During one of the Bears’ fourth quarter scoring drives, the not-so-dynamic duo verbally fellated Cutler so hard that I thought my TV was going to ejaculate.
Here are some links for your reading displeasure:
Brian Rolle says the Eagles weren’t ready to play. [Philly Sports Daily]
DRC talks about going off on the sidelines, saying he didn’t pull up on Earl Bennett’s first quarter reception. [Philly Sports Daily]
Here’s Phil Sheridan’s predictable column. [Philly.com]
Rich Hoffman writes about the defense’s margin for error and how they can’t be counted on. [Philly.com]
You know what, I’m not linking to the rest of Philly.com's stories. In addition to those two columns, here are four more that all lament the Eagles loss in similar fashion. I’m glad we have John Smallwood to inform us that it was a “poor ending” for the Eagles.
Chas Henry said he “babied” his pass (Why does CSN not let John Finger take on a bigger role? He always manages to have a different slant on things) . [CSNPhilly.com]
Buddy Ryan and others reflect on the past. [CSNPhilly.com]
Speaking of CSN, the Gov was very bored:
H/T to (@Tags19)