Monday, September 24, 2007

Game 3 Thoughts - 2007

nothing like playing the lions to cure all ills, eh? the lions are a team that doesn't match up very well with the birds scheme-wise. on defense, they seemed to be running mostly soft man and zone coverage today, which the eagles offense thrives against. on offense, mike martz hates keeping more than 5 blockers on pass plays, again, something jim johnson defenses tend to eat alive. i think it's tough to judge exactly what a game like today means in the big picture, but damn was it a fun day or what? i swapped my ticket for this game so watched it at home and the kids seemed to grow disinterested in singing "fly eagles fly" after about the 4th or 5th time. me, on the other hand, i never get sick of singing that song.

- too bad our qb stinks and should be replaced by the rookie, otherwise the team might have scored some real points. mcnabb stinks a) he's black and 2) did you see the fumble he had in the red zone? how do you expect to win if you're turning the ball over in the red zone! he sucks, get him out of there. with the real qb, this team would have scored more than the measly 8 touchdowns they scored today.

- kevin curtis looks pretty good when he's not being todd pinkston'd at the line. give him some space and he can really run. he's not donte' stallworth fast, but he seems plenty fast enough to be a deep threat and has better hands than donte'.

- eagles o-line played great today, simply great. i'm sure some of it was detroit's d-line playing poorly, but the line was opening gaping holes on running plays and giving don good pass protection. runyan punched some guy after his helmet fell off without getting a penalty. hope shawn andrews' injury isn't serious. the first play that max jean-gillies came in was a screen pass and he didn't even make a half-hearted fake at pass blocking and then blocked nobody once westbrook got the ball. bwest made decent yardage on the play, but none of it was because of jean-gillies.

- i thought the nfl was all about protecting the quarterbacks? the refs completely whiffed on two roughing the passer calls (one for each team).

- did that 91 yard pass play to roy williams remind anyone else of the 99 yard jaworski to mike quick play? williams had to evade a tackler, while quick didn't, but i had an immediate flashback.

- sav rocca is stinking up the joint. i know some people wrote that rocca's net punting was decent last week, but i was at the game. i didn't see much evidence of this booming leg that everyone's been talking about. today, he didn't punt often (only 3 times), but his long was 50 so his other two punts averaged 37 yards. this is not the guy i saw in the preseason. what's going on here?

- quentin mikell looked pretty good today. he's a sure tackler, plays very fast, and had an ok day in coverage. his flying sack of kitna was reminded me a little of the dawkins flying tackle.

- takeo spikes is awfully good at sniffing out screens

enjoy the week eagles fans!



Anonymous Phil said...

5's fumble was all my wife's fault who literally right before it happened asked if any team has scored on every possession.

I really hope that was the real offense. Man, it'll be fun to watch.

7:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a simple equation-they run, they win. The O line can run block and B Wes and Buck can hit holes quickly. If Fat Man would choose to do that every week, they could easily score 4 TD because look at the play action. Curtis was uncovered on that one fake where Donny got late hit. The D had no clue.

The G men looked pretty tough yesterday. This will be a slugfest, always is. There will be plenty of points scored, so the Birds need to keep piling up the yardage because it could be a 35-28 ball game next week. Oh yeah, Reid sucks going into the bye, so we have that going for us.


10:33 AM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

the g-men stink.

11:06 AM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

bumble, no thoughts/feedback/complaints about all of the draft info i've been putting together?

11:16 AM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

I really hope that was the real offense. Man, it'll be fun to watch.

obviously no way they play that well all season (well, unless they get the play the lions every game), but assuming everyone stays healthy (and that's a big if given mcnabb/westbrook/andrews injury histories) this team should be explosive.

if kolb never plays a meaningful down in eagles green, it's a good thing.

11:19 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop on the Kolb front. He is a rookie who will make rookie mistakes. Let us not merely ignore the fact that Donny is 10-13 in his last 23 starts. That is unacceptable for a franchise QB. Mcnabb was dreadful the first two games and yesterday aside, he needs to show he can stay healthy, be a leader, and play consistently over a long stretch of games, three things he has not done in years.

Why does every other rookie get a pass from you TMG, but Kolb gets crushed with back-handed comments every time he touches the field? Seems like anyone who ever serves as a remote threat to Mc5 gets crucified on this site. You and I sparred all December last year about Garcia's value, even after the guy led them to 5 wins and a playoff win. Other QB could run this team effectively. Not saying that Kolb is ready now, he isn't, but hopefully he will be in a few years because 5 isn't getting any younger or healthier.

Haven't honestly had the free time to sit and digest your analysis. very interesting, although I feel you over-inflated a few so-so Birds players while downplaying some contributors on other teams. i look forward to just sitting and crunching the data, just slammed right now.


12:31 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Why does every other rookie get a pass from you TMG, but Kolb gets crushed with back-handed comments every time he touches the field? Seems like anyone who ever serves as a remote threat to Mc5 gets crucified on this site.

i'm not slamming kolb in the least since i know nothing about him. my point is that *if* kolb is seeing meaningful time, then it means the team is in rebuilding mode and that is something i do not want to see. it has nothing to do with "threats" to mcnabb.

i do, however, think that people are too eager to dump him in favor of guys who are very overrated (garcia) or are complete unknowns (kolb).

mcnabb has been injury prone, but no more so than westbrook (who gets a pass) and has played pretty consistently imo considering the garbage he's played with at wideout.

that 10-13 you mention is a flawed number because it includes 2005, which was ruined primarily by off-field issues, and even so, mcnabb played pretty well considering he had a sports hernia.

what do you like about this kolb kid so much that you're pissed about me hoping he doesn't end up playing? i couldn't care less about him, i just don't want to go into rebuilding mode.

12:48 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

I think the Lion's game will just prove to all D's that they've got to press our WRs at the line. No idea why DET didn't do that since what they were doing was obviously not working. This is still a big concern for me.

I liked what I saw of Buck yesterday, but Hunt looked a little weak.

PFT pushing the Gruden to Philly rumor today. I do NOT want to see that happen.

1:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10-13 is what it is-his starting record. No excuses, no distractions, he won 10 and lost 13 games-that is how he fared. But fine, remove 2005, how about his 5-5 in 2006 pre-injury? How do we explain his lackluster games at Jacksonville and TN (before the injury he was horrid that day)? How about how he handed the 2006 Tampa game to them with two pick sixes the other way? How about the sluggish start in New Orleans that led to a loss?

I am not proposing McNabb get dumped. I love the guy who played yesterday and want him around for another 3-4 years. That said, I like depth ajnd I also hope Kolb progresses to the point when Donny has to retire or move, then Kolb is ready to step in. I in no way, shape, or form want him playing over Don right now.


2:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They run, they win. Right on, Bumble. Because other teams tend to focus on Westbrook, play action is a huge weapon this our offense. It drives me freakin insane when Mc5 just half-asses the play action fake, which he's done very often over the past few seasons. When he really commits to the fake, good things happen.
Will be interesting to see what happens when we play a better defense, if we can keep this consistent. Westbrook has an abdominal strain -- nothing good about that, hope it's mild.
How about those uniforms ???
TNG - Where on earth do you find the time to collect all that draft info. It's nuts, but impressive data. Nice job.

2:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Previous comment left by the Captain.

2:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Steve72 said...

Westbrook has an "abdominal strain," which my pessimistic side reads as code-speak for "sports hernia."

3:17 PM EDT  

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