Sunday, November 01, 2009

Giants at Eagles Post Mortem

Just what I said. More upside. What an enjoyable game to watch. There weren't many things that I disliked about this game so let's go straight to what I liked:

Big plays to DeSean, McCoy, Maclin, and Weaver for crying out loud.

No Wildcat plays! Vick in for one play, but a decent call with him running wide. He's lost at least 1 step if not 2 while in prison. Does not bode well for the rest of his career.

Very solid special teams play outside of the botched kickoff late in the game. Great returns, long punts with limited returns, Akers has no missed FGs.

Won the turnover battle. And still converted most into points.

I hate to say that the Giants lost this game rather than the Eagles winning it, but it just seemed too easy. Boom and they're up by 16 points. Then just when NY tried to make a game of it late in the first half, 14 more points. I really think the mark of a good team is making games look too easy. And Philly definitely did that this week.

All in all, a very tasty win.

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Blogger dbarr75 said...

yup-we can nitpick and say there is never any excuse to get an XP blocked in the NFL, but that was about it. Even the missed kickoff was fluky-sort of landed in no man's land. Red and staff really had a great game plan and the players executed. Flip side, where was the urgency with the Giants? Awful effort and output by them.

Bumble

7:32 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was an extremely enjoyable and entertaining game. The Eagles certainly delivered on the first half of the daily double.

I know it's populat to bash Andy Reid, but at some point I think the fair-minded will point out that he's made a helluva lot of good draft choices lately. This team will be good for a long, long time.

Any thoughts on when the Birds will cut Brian Westbrook? I think it is a given he isn't on the team in 2010.

Ed Wade

7:32 PM EST  
Blogger David said...

They'll cut him once it isn't financially sensible to keep him. I think after the last game this year.

Reid has stocked the cabinets with talent. if he called games like this every week, I'd call him Vince Lombardi-great run and pass balance. unfortunately, he doesn't and he lacks the ability to adjust when the other team does the unexpected. He's a good, not great coach in my opinion, but he truly has the ability to be great and seems to force the pass too much.

8:50 PM EST  
Blogger dbarr75 said...

and Blanton? Also, someone explain to me why Howard became a big fat zero in the series. I would literally bench him. He is on pace to set the series strike out futility record and he is not helping the team. Big players step up in tight spots-he looks scared.

8:52 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

I know it's populat to bash Andy Reid, but at some point I think the fair-minded will point out that he's made a helluva lot of good draft choices lately. This team will be good for a long, long time.

i agree, though he does have some maddening tendencies -- like his inability to adjust protection schemes mid-game e.g.

- the winston justice game
- the raiders game just a couple of weeks ago

the one most important thing in football is to have a good qb. the second most important thing in football is to protect that qb.

reid kept tight ends and rb's in to block all game today -- playing max protect. against the raiders, after jason peters went out it was a jailbreak every play.

i happened to be in sf that day and caught the game, there was no adjustment all day even though it was painfully obvious that the o-line could not handle the raiders d-line without help.

8:58 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Flip side, where was the urgency with the Giants? Awful effort and output by them.

hard to overcome having a stiff at qb. highest paid qb in the league or not, eli manning stinks.

if the giants defense hadn't carried them to the superbowl, eli would be a journeyman.

8:59 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Any thoughts on when the Birds will cut Brian Westbrook? I think it is a given he isn't on the team in 2010.

They'll cut him once it isn't financially sensible to keep him. I think after the last game this year.


westbrook's contract runs out at the end of the season and both sides understand this is his last year. i've been impressed with his willingness to tutor and mentor mccoy, knowing that he's taking his job. he's a true professional.

9:03 PM EST  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

Considering Westbrook is probably gone and probably should retire with his history of injuries, they really need to get another RB with McCoy. Hopefully they have learned that giving a small back the load, you just shorten his career. McCoy with another competent runner to spell him, along with Maclin, Jackson, Celek, maybe that other TE from FLA, Kolb...probably means good things for awhile?

11:38 AM EST  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

Dog,

36 has ALWAYS shared carries over his career. Here's his career stats:

http://www.nfl.com/players/brianwestbrook/careerstats?id=WES537220

Only 3 times in his career has he gone over 200 carries per season, never over 300 and only once over 250. Yes, he gets a lot of touches as a WR and has been injuried a lot, but these are not the numbers of a workhouse. Might be partially a chicken and egg thing.

Maybe the Eagles go old school and give those extra touches to the FB. How anti-Reid would that be?

6:16 PM EST  
Blogger David said...

I say keep adding offensive speed and get another young RB.

Also, props to Justice for a very solid game yesterday. I didn't focus on him-having too much fun watching 50 yard bombs-but by all accounts I've read, he handled Tuck all day. Didn't hear Tuck's name at all, so he must've done something right. I have been all over this guy and I will say well done.

Bumble

11:42 PM EST  

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