Sunday, November 11, 2007

Game 9 Thoughts

- if the team can turn this around and miraculously make the playoffs, the goal line stand will absolutely be the turning point of the season (akin to the westbrook punt return). the body language, emotion, and effort of the defense changed dramatically during that stand, like watching boys growing into men.

- that stand was based on talent and effort, not scheme. the very first thing i'd like to change on the eagles is jim johnson and his defensive scheme. i'm tired of his small, quick, "attacking" defense. what i'd really like to see is a nice smash mouth 3-4, but that's unrealistic as this team has few defensive linemen that fit the 3-4 mold. how about "mangenius" after he gets canned by the jets. maybe he can coach up andy on the secrets he learned at the feet of belicheat.

- why does jim johnson insist on being on the sidelines during the game. shouldn't he be up in the box trying to see how teams are attacking and shredding his defense?

- the two schools of thought on mcnabb's performance today are going to be: a) mcnabb played horrible today, i don't care what the numbers say, westbrook should get credit for the winning touchdown and mcnabb made some inaccurate throws and b) the numbers are what the numbers are, i don't see manning getting docked for addai taking a screen 90 yards or brady getting points taken off for moss catching balls 4 feet away from him. i'm still in evaluation mode. the mcnabb i'm seeing still is not the mcnabb he once was.

- my brother called me and pointed out the thing that gets his goat. mcnabb throws an incomplete pass for the 2 pt conversion that could tie the game. instead of getting fired up or disappointed, his reaction is to laugh and joke. what the f*ck is that? are you trying to win the f*cking game or what? my read on that is that it's all fake. it's his defense mechanism to detach his emotionally weak psyche from the result of the game or the play, but who knows. all i know is that it gets my goat too.

- reggie brown made a great adjustment on his td. fluke or turning point?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The apple does not fall far from the tree ::

Vikings coach Brad Childress didn't necessarily think his team came out flat, but took the blame for the loss.

"If my team wasn't ready and I didn't have them ready, then I am going to take responsibility for that," Childress said. "It's my fault."

He learned it from the master.

Captain

11:49 PM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

And Westbrook was laughing after the same failed missed conversion (bothered me too), yet no critical comments sent his way? You guys are almost as biased against 5 as the WIP team.

I actually thought McNabb looked more like himself today (better scrambles), yet the fumble almost killed them.

I have to say I was a little surprised the D decided to show up when they did (not that I'm complaining you understand). Where getting run through all day.

7:10 AM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

And Westbrook was laughing after the same failed missed conversion (bothered me too), yet no critical comments sent his way? You guys are almost as biased against 5 as the WIP team.

i don't think i'm biased against mcnabb, but the QB sets the tone. i think westbrook laughs in reaction to mcnabb, not spontaneously in parallel to mcnabb. i've always said the single biggest thing i dislike about mcnabb is his persona, on and off the field. we need him to drive the team, not be a loosey goosey guy who's going to have a good time no matter what's going on.

7:17 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pluses-Donny scrambled well and made plays when they had to win. The minuses, massive fumble due to holding the ball like a loaf of bread and piss poor throw to an open Reggie Brown that he needed to make a circus catch. I also was aghast at that horrible throw to Celek when he was open by 20 yards. But they won and Donny threw four TD in a tough place to play. I realize they are not elite now, I just want honest effort and some entertaining plays and I got them. It was a win for me.

Gaither reads plays well...the guy needs to play with more control and stop taking poor angles. I am also done with Lito. He is a pus-wah and anyone who lets James Thrash make them their bitch is not an elite player. Mikell is a major upgrade over Consisuck, good to see Kearse benched most of the game, and big game by no neck Spikes.

Bumble

8:43 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

The minuses, massive fumble due to holding the ball like a loaf of bread and piss poor throw to an open Reggie Brown that he needed to make a circus catch.

those fumble was definitely inexcuseable (especially because it was the second week in a row he turned the ball over the very play after an opponent turnover), but if you're referring to the touchdown to reggie where he made a nice adjustment i think you're off base. the safety jumped the post route brown appeared to be running and would have picked the ball off if mcnabb had led reggie. can't say if he intended to do it or not, but the only way that completion was going to happen was if the ball was thrown where it was.

11:06 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mcnabb didn't throw that ball poorly on purpose. It was pure accident and he was lucky that Brown made a circus catch.

Bumble

9:54 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The defensive stand at the end shoud be viewed as what it was: the product of a poor overall performance by JJ and crew. If the D plays well during the game, goal line stand heroics are unnecessary.

10:13 AM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

PFT is reporting that Beck will start for MIA on Sunday. Is Cameron an idiot putting him in vs. our D (on the oad no less) or are they so toothless that coaches won't think twice about having a rookie QB make his first start against it?

12:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone heard from Bruce Gradkowski this year? No because I think he got cut. he carved up the vaunted JJ D for a huge W in Tampa last year as I recall. I'd play rookies against this D without fear. it is nowhere near an upper tier D anymore.

Bumble

4:40 PM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

Yeah, Bumble, that's kinda what I was thinking. Speaking of defensive coaches, who would've thought the Gints would be doing so well with Spags there?

12:26 PM EST  

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