I just finished another Golden Monkey and there are flames coming out of my ears, so this might get ugly: No fucking way you call timeouts in the end. I get that you’re trying to get the ball back, Online Madden Gamer, but that gave the Chargers two extra plays to get (three yards) closer and center the ball and cost you the opportunity to ice the kicker. But fine, the Eagles got the chance to run a circus play to end the game. Still wouldn’t do that again. Didn’t cost them, though. What cost them is DeSean Jackson being an idiot. Not only did he get lazy feet and go out of bounds on a long pass that surely would have been a touchdown… not only did he not haul in a ball that hit both of his hands which surely would have been a touchdown, but he also somehow managed to get an unnecessary roughness penalty 40 yards away from a go-ahead touchdown that allowed the Chargers to return a kick that turned into a ludicrous fumble clusterfuck that gained them, like, 20 yards (you shouldn’t be allowed to advance the ball on a fumble– hate that). DeSean had a good game overall, but he hurt his team today. You can’t squander two of three game-breaking deep plays and take dumb penalties. Can’t do it.
The defense still stinks. Nate Allen is atrocious. Phillip Rivers played a good game. But the defense still stinks. STOP HOLDING JERSEYS! Don’t overcommit. GET A THIRD DOWN STOP.
Vick missed some wide open receivers. The Eagles’ offense, despite miscues, is still very dangerous– three touchdowns, no interceptions, over 500 yards of total offense. In a loss. Great move from more traditional run-pass in first half to read option in the second half. Insanely efficient to score that final touchdown, almost too efficient, which allowed DeSean Jackson to take a dumb penalty and screw the team. They might be unstoppable – with the ability to throw the long ball, run, and use option plays, not to mention Vick turning broken plays into first downs – but the defense needs to help out once in a while.
They need to execute better. Both games the Eagles left points on the board with poor execution. Still dumb penalties.
Sucks to lose, but there’s still probably more positives to take away from this game than negatives. They lost a close game to a team that played very well.
Full Bird Droppings tomorrow.