The story of the week in Philly is Mike Vick. Damn, I don't remember him looking that good back in Atlanta. And with K2 out for, well, we don't really know how long at this point, could we see a QB controversy brewing? Probably not -- Big Red has said definitively that K2 is the future. But Vick looked terrific -- his wheels are back, he was accurate, he made good short and long passes and good decisions, and he took what the defense gave him. I know a lot of people are pissed he didn't run it in mid-way through the fourth quarter when we took the 3 points instead, leaving us down by 7, but he was about 12 yards out and while there were no Packers DIRECTLY in front of him, there were several nearby between him and the end zone. Other than that (and I do think he made the right decision in attempting the pass, because the run was all or nothing at that point, and it had little chance of succeeding), he played a great game, jumpstarting our moribund offense and nearly bringing us back from an ass-whuppin' that was a lot more one-sided than the 17 point (at its widest) differential reflected. Did you know that Vick is now one of only 3 QBs with over 4000 rush yards? The other two are Steve Young and our own Randall Scramble.
Other than that, there wasn't a lot of good. Both teams start game day with a 45 man roster, and by the end of the first half, I was pretty sure one or both teams was going to run out of players.
At the beginning of the game, I was thinking: "I'm really surprised Jamal Jackson is back! It seems awfully fast after a torn ACL and, although he's clearly a better center than the other options (Cole and McGlynn), he and K2 have had NO time together." Did you miss that he was even there? That's because, basically by the time I finished thinking that thought, he was out (maybe for the season - again) with a torn triceps.
Packers rookie Clay Matthews had a great day, if by "great day" you mean "physically incapacitated every single Eagle he came within 10 feet of."
K2? Out with a concussion for who knows how long.
Stewart Bradley? Same. Now, he did fall down after getting up because he tripped on his own feet, but he seriously got his clock cleaned, which you could tell by looking at his eyes.
I already mentioned our center.
And then there's Leonard Weaver. That was literally a sickening collision. Knees are not supposed to bend like that. He had to pretty much be carried off the field, and it looked like he was crying. Think he's out for the season? Yeah, me too. During the game Adam Schefter tweeted that the Eagles were thinking it was probably a torn ACL (it is). I quote @BleedingGreen:
My eyes reported that when it happened.
The Eagles sideline was starting to look like the train station scene in Gone with the Wind, only less cheerful.
I remember at one point, Clay Matthews had drilled Mike Vick and the Idiot Twins were blathering on about God knows what on TV and Vick's holding his left arm and they're not addressing it and I about flipped out. Because I saw Mike Kafka at training camp, and trust me, we do not want him to be our only option.
On to the game itself. K2, until he went down, looked like a rookie. He's still keying on particular receivers and not going through his reads. I hope he's able to fix that. Also, son, you're not Big5. Don't throw off your back foot. I also didn't like the constant screwing around with taking him out and putting Vick in, because it seemed to me that he never got a chance to get comfortable. Just leave him alone and let him run the offense for chrissakes!
David Akers continues to be money. He was good from 45, and he's pretty much the only guy on the team over 30 at this point. Something to think about. Of course, he is a kicker, and they tend to have long careers, but still.
I expected penalties from this bunch of young'uns. But more penalty yards in the first half than total yards? Only 7 total yards of offense? NO catches for Peanut? NO catches for Celek?
And then we started the half without K2. At least it made AR and/or Mornhinweg quit screwing around and just play a QB. But we still couldn't seem to do anything right. Vick started with a solid run and a great pass -- and then Charles Woodson knocked the ball loose as Eldra Buckley fights for more yards, and the Packers waltzed on down the field for another score, taking the score to 20-3.
After that, our offense starting to making things happen, but the defense fell apart. We got in the end zone -- FINALLY -- and then the Packer got a great run back on the kickoff and then 4 plays later, SCORED AGAIN. Were they just gassed in the second half, are the Packers that good (possibly), or can they just not cover anyone (I sure as hell hope that's not it)?
I definitely didn't like the draw call on our last chance to put together a drive on the 4th and 1. Vick's a great outside runner, but he's not big or powerful enough for the draw play. And the Packers clearly knew it was coming.
And, as usual, our clock management was a mess. In other news, gravity is still in effect.
I suspect Vick will start again against the Lions next week, given the concussion situation, and after that, we'll have to see. But again, Andy's 100% that Kolb's the future, so let's hope he can get over his beginner jitters soon.