Adam Reigner, producer at WIP, weighs in with his Sunday Eagles preview.
Well, it’s that time of year again. The Christmas decorations come out well before they should, the Giants’ annual collapse is upon us, and the Eagles’ late season push towards the playoffs will draw some of you back in. This is a lede we can probably use for the rest of December.
This is the biggest hole the Eagles have had to crawl out of in a while. With Dallas winning over the Dolphins, they have all but cemented the Eagles’ fate this year. The chance to win the NFC East has gone form slim to none, in my eyes. If you turn your sights to the Wildcard, its even more bleaker. The WC will come from two of these teams: Cowboys, Giants, Bears, Lions, Saints and Falcons. All of them have at least two more wins than the Eagles.
Best to start planning your vacations, fellas.
As I sat down with my family over Thanksgiving, it hit me like a ton of bricks– Andy Reid isn’t going anywhere. Let me rephrase that, Andy Reid will be coaching this team next year, even if the Eagles lose out. That sucks.
Honestly, there is nothing you or I can do about it. Andy will leave this team when he wants to, not because the media turns up the heat on him. So instead of continuing to bang my head against the wall about how this team will never win a Super Bowl with this head coach, I’ve decided to instead look at the players on this team and just how much some of them are underperforming.
The biggest disappointment this year has been the great Michael Vick. What the hell did we get ourselves into? It’s like after a night of drinking with your buddies when you sit back the next morning recounting all the things that happened the night before. You laugh and laugh… until you realize you spent 80 million dollars.
His numbers speak for themselves– terrible. He has been missing reads, and the last couple of weeks just looks slow. I can’t tell if that because of his age, but his speed isn’t as good as last year. Which makes me honestly believe this team is much better off right now with Vince Young at the helm. All this guy does is win, from high school to college to the NFL. That 18 play, nine-minute drive against the Giants was a thing of beauty. Spreading the ball around to eight different players: LeSean McCoy (seven times), Brent Celek, Ronnie Brown, Riley Cooper (twice), Jason Avant, Clay Harbor and DeSean Jackson.
It’s funny how well this offense works when the defense has to cover everybody on the field, isn’t it? The most important part of spreading the ball around like that, though, was the seven touches that LeSean McCoy had. I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb to say that this offense would be much more successful with a quarterback who can manage the game instead of one who is asked to win the game.
Of course that philosophy only works if you have a defense that hold teams to field goals when they get into the red zone.
Considering I’m a glutton for punishment, I happened to see the NFL Network was playing the 2005 Super Bowl again. Besides everything that has already been said about that game, the one thing I noticed was how our secondary wasn’t afraid to make tackles.
Going into the season, I figured our linebackers would of been the Eagles’ weakest link, but honestly its been the secondary. Putting Jamar Chaney and Brian Rolle out on the field has helped tremendously. I’m not saying that they are great by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ve played well.
That unit will be tested the most it has all season by the dynamic duo of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski of New England. Gronk of course had that thing with porn star Bibi Jones. I spent some time researching her work… and. it. was. good.
Expect him to be streaking up field all day long, effectively ending the Eagles’ playoff chances.
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