OK, y'all -- why didn't somebody tell me it was End the Streak Week in the NFL? I might've picked Eagles/Giants differently if you had. People! Need the info here!
Stud of the week: we're three games into the season, and LeSean McCoy is already repeating. He was pretty much the single bright spot on Sunday. Well, Shady and the wings at Fred's Tavern in Stone Harbor (which is where I was on Sunday).
Mike Vick is not happy about how the hits he takes are getting called, or, to be more precise, NOT called. Two things occur to me: first, he could be right. Secondly, does he remember his first year with the Eagles -- you know, when McNabb was still the starter? Did he actually WATCH any of the games? Or wait -- he thought it would be different for him. Welcome to Philly, man. I have to admit, when I first heard the quote, I thought Vick was calling out the offensive line, for whatever that's worth.
Two things killed our boys on Sunday: they couldn't finish once they were in the red zone, and they couldn't get off the field on third down.
So why couldn't the guys get off the field on third down? Because it sure as hell looks like NO ONE can tackle. NO ONE. C'mon man! But one hopes that can be fixed with some practice. Or possibly some yelling. Or threats to trade guys to the Chiefs.
Taking field goals when the other team is scoring TDs? That's a HUGE problem.
You know what else is a huge problem? The Falcons and Giants have gotten TDs on pretty much every trip to the red zone the past two weeks. The defense has given up EIGHT TDs in the last two games. And they're getting MASSIVELY outscored in the fourth quarter. Is it lack of talent or lack of coaching?
Another thing that really concerns me is that the past two weeks, the Eagles have had a lead, Mike Vick has gone down, and the team has completely fallen apart. Seems to me I remember not so long ago a key player could go down and the rest of the team would respond by pulling together (remember 2008? or 2006? or 2004?). Where's the locker room leadership? Where's the guy who rallies the troops or kicks their butts as the situation requires? Used to be rookies were drafted, guys were traded or acquired, but McNabb, Westbrook, Dawkins, and, even in his Bad Assador days, Hugh Douglas provided a core around which the team could come together. Right now, they're just a bunch of guys playing football, and when adversity hits (as it ALWAYS does in the NFL), they fall apart.
Somebody has to start stepping up. Fast. Where's the heart?
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