Eagles v. Packers, Sunday, January 9, 2011
Stud of the week: Seriously? There isn't one. I can't think of a single player who didn't make at least one major mistake yesterday.
So the 2010 season was bookended by losses to the Packers. Can I get an "F that!"? I think I can.
I was right about the three road teams pick -- I just messed up which road teams. Oy.
This was the game of almost -- the Eagles almost had sacks and picks and field goals and big catches and tackles and 2 point conversions and almost broke big runs.
But they didn't.
I really don't have it in me to recap the game, other than to point out that if David Akers made even one of the field goals he missed. If Brent Celek didn't inexplicably go out the back of the end zone, negating the 2 point conversion, that last pick never even happens, because Andy knows they can take the 3 and go to overtime.
At least the guys went down swinging.
So here's the thing: back in August, I predicted the team would go 6-10 (or maybe 7-9) and be at the bottom of the NFC East. They way overperformed my expectations. Even getting to the playoffs was definitely icing on my cake, as was another NFC East championship.
Looking to the offseason, the front office needs to lock down our QB situation. My guess? Trade K2 for a high draft pick -- there are plenty of teams with high first round picks who need quarterbacks, and no, I don't think that's an unreasonable ask -- and sign Mike Vick to a deal that would've been a lot fatter had they signed it a month ago. The FO also needs to pick up another corner back to play opposite Asante Samuel. Because it sure as hell ain't Dimitri Patterson. I hear a guy named Nnamdi Asomugha might be available -- maybe you've heard of him? And if they're going to stick with Mike Vick at QB -- and I think they are -- they need to do something about the O-line, because he seriously will not make 16 games at this rate. Akers seems to think he won't be back in Philly, and his contract is up, but I don't see that happening. Good kickers are not so easy to come by, right Mike Vanderjagt?
But really, Andy Reid said it best: very few teams can completely retool the way the Eagles have in the past two years and still get to the playoffs both years. The future looks good. As long as we can stop this emerging trend of losing in the first round of the playoffs at 2.
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