Monday, October 11, 2010

3-2 Win on the Road

This is such an odd team. Three wins on the road, two losses at home. We now have a 3 way tie for lead in the NFC East and the pre-season Cowboys are not among them.

This thing is so wide open, it should be a really fun season to watch. Especially since this is the Any Given Sunday season of any season in recent memory. No one stands out in the NFC. No one has played a solid 5 games. I don't even think anyone's played a good 4 games. And if anyone has, it's probably been the Lions who are now only 1-4.

People will continue to talk about the QB position mostly as this season goes along, but this defense has got to be the bigger concern. I really like what McCoy's doing and Maclin's having a decent run of games so it doesn't really matter whether Vick or Kolb is in there. This D has got to get better though. They're making Alex Smith look good for crying out loud. Yikes.

P.S. Since the Eagles won, I guess we'll see no traffic on this blog. See y'all after the next loss!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I was just waiting to see someone post something.

Agreed, Maclin and McCoy are doing nicely. O-line still stinks to high heaven though.

But let's talk about run defense. And where we can get one, because right now, we don't have one.
Penalties are really killing me too.

- Joe

12:23 AM EDT  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

Actually they didn't do too bad on the penalties on Sunday. 5 isn't too bad for a game.

8:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, there weren't as many penalties, it was just the timing of them.

What do you think of the Bell trade?

- Joe

4:17 PM EDT  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

Who? He wasn't doing anything when he was in there and Buckley is clearly not an option. Reno Mahe, where have you gone?

8:06 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been working ungodly hours and have emotionally detached from this team. It is what it is-not very good. Andy's poor offensive and defensive line acquisitions have made them vulnerable in those 2 core areas.

Plus side players

1. Kolb-dealing with an ugly situation with a lot of integrity. Not sure how I would have handled being yanked around.

2. McCoy-shocked he is playing this well. i thought he was soft last year, but he looks anything but soft now.

3. Schmitt-Leonard who? This guy is a very good NFL FB.

4. Herremans-Their best OL (which is like being the tallest midget), but he can play and should be moved to LT because Dunlap is going to get someone killed.

5. Nate Allen-I take him over McNabb right now. In case anyone is following things, the natives in DC are not thrilled with his pathetic completion %, his tendency to overthrow wide open guys 5 times a game, and his small performance in big spots. Sound familiar. He's just lucky Andy Reid gave him a parting gift with the worst offensive and defensive game plan ever devised when they played or they are 2-3.

6. Akers-looks better than expected at this point, is money from 40 in.

Now the bad

1. Peters-a travesty. This guy is soft and undisciplined and being paid like he's Anthony Munoz. Another terible Reid Ol pick up.

2. Bradley-yup I said it, he's an average NFL LB. He may still be recovering from knee surgery, but he looks a few steps slow and is no longer bringing the lumber.

3. Sims-I now know why Detroit cut him. When Detroit cuts you, you're probably not very good.

4. DeSean Jackson-yup i said it part two. He looks like a one dimensional player to me that cannot get open vs. elite DB and cannot beat safety help over the top. The issue isn't Kolb not throwing to him, the issue is that he's never open. The Birds look smart not over paying him now as Maclin looks the better player.

5. Bunkley/Patterson/any of their DT-this group has been especially terrible this year, getting blocked into the LB all game and providing nada in the pass rush game. I cannot remember any DT making a play of significance through 5 games.

6. Trent Cole-yup I said it part three. He isn't good vs. the run-just too light in the ass. Doesn't scare any offensive coordinators as they run right at him. He looks all world vs. slow developing plays where he can run around guys, but he is generally useless in the quick hitting game.

7. Graham-I know he is a rookie, but come on playa make a play. I cannot really blame him as he is clearly not an NFL DE and certainly not a DT (brilliant move, Shaun!) and should be an OLB in a 3-4, which the Birds should ultimately convert to. He will never be a good DE in this league at his size. Those toy terrier DE they draft never do pan out.

8. Celek-Why did this guy's hands turn to stone? he was money last year, now he looks like Jeff Thomasen. I know he can play, but he needs to hold on to the damned ball in traffic as he has single handedly killed at least 6 drives with drops of perfectly catchable balls. He needs to be Kolb's best buddy and instead he is currently a liability.

9. Reid-horrendous job this year instilling discipline, procuring talent, and motivating his team in big games. I know he is a rotten game day coach and have almost resigned to it, but the other three are killing this team.

10. Bobby April-why is this man still employed in the city of Philadelphia? Maybe it is Andy's fault for procuring such stiffs, but enough with the 50 yard returns!

So there is a week of pent up 1/4 season observations. despite all of these gaping issues, they are alive in a terrible NFC. I see a loss this week and then they drift into the ugly part of their schedule. They've made Shaun Hill and Alex Smith look like Joe Montana, I fear what they will make Peyton, Eli, Romo, and Ryan look like in the next few weeks.

Bumble

11:19 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been working ungodly hours and have emotionally detached from this team. It is what it is-not very good. Andy's poor offensive and defensive line acquisitions have made them vulnerable in those 2 core areas.

Plus side players

1. Kolb-dealing with an ugly situation with a lot of integrity. Not sure how I would have handled being yanked around.

2. McCoy-shocked he is playing this well. i thought he was soft last year, but he looks anything but soft now.

3. Schmitt-Leonard who? This guy is a very good NFL FB.

4. Herremans-Their best OL (which is like being the tallest midget), but he can play and should be moved to LT because Dunlap is going to get someone killed.

5. Nate Allen-I take him over McNabb right now. In case anyone is following things, the natives in DC are not thrilled with his pathetic completion %, his tendency to overthrow wide open guys 5 times a game, and his small performance in big spots. Sound familiar. He's just lucky Andy Reid gave him a parting gift with the worst offensive and defensive game plan ever devised when they played or they are 2-3.

6. Akers-looks better than expected at this point, is money from 40 in.

Now the bad

1. Peters-a travesty. This guy is soft and undisciplined and being paid like he's Anthony Munoz. Another terible Reid Ol pick up.

2. Bradley-yup I said it, he's an average NFL LB. He may still be recovering from knee surgery, but he looks a few steps slow and is no longer bringing the lumber.

3. Sims-I now know why Detroit cut him. When Detroit cuts you, you're probably not very good.

4. DeSean Jackson-yup i said it part two. He looks like a one dimensional player to me that cannot get open vs. elite DB and cannot beat safety help over the top. The issue isn't Kolb not throwing to him, the issue is that he's never open. The Birds look smart not over paying him now as Maclin looks the better player.

5. Bunkley/Patterson/any of their DT-this group has been especially terrible this year, getting blocked into the LB all game and providing nada in the pass rush game. I cannot remember any DT making a play of significance through 5 games.

6. Trent Cole-yup I said it part three. He isn't good vs. the run-just too light in the ass. Doesn't scare any offensive coordinators as they run right at him. He looks all world vs. slow developing plays where he can run around guys, but he is generally useless in the quick hitting game.

7. Graham-I know he is a rookie, but come on playa make a play. I cannot really blame him as he is clearly not an NFL DE and certainly not a DT (brilliant move, Shaun!) and should be an OLB in a 3-4, which the Birds should ultimately convert to. He will never be a good DE in this league at his size. Those toy terrier DE they draft never do pan out.

8. Celek-Why did this guy's hands turn to stone? he was money last year, now he looks like Jeff Thomasen. I know he can play, but he needs to hold on to the damned ball in traffic as he has single handedly killed at least 6 drives with drops of perfectly catchable balls. He needs to be Kolb's best buddy and instead he is currently a liability.

9. Reid-horrendous job this year instilling discipline, procuring talent, and motivating his team in big games. I know he is a rotten game day coach and have almost resigned to it, but the other three are killing this team.

10. Bobby April-why is this man still employed in the city of Philadelphia? Maybe it is Andy's fault for procuring such stiffs, but enough with the 50 yard returns!

So there is a week of pent up 1/4 season observations. despite all of these gaping issues, they are alive in a terrible NFC. I see a loss this week and then they drift into the ugly part of their schedule. They've made Shaun Hill and Alex Smith look like Joe Montana, I fear what they will make Peyton, Eli, Romo, and Ryan look like in the next few weeks.

Bumble

11:20 PM EDT  
Blogger David said...

I've been working ungodly hours and have emotionally detached from this team. It is what it is-not very good. Andy's poor offensive and defensive line acquisitions have made them vulnerable in those 2 core areas.

Plus side players

1. Kolb-dealing with an ugly situation with a lot of integrity. Not sure how I would have handled being yanked around.

2. McCoy-shocked he is playing this well. i thought he was soft last year, but he looks anything but soft now.

3. Schmitt-Leonard who? This guy is a very good NFL FB.

4. Herremans-Their best OL (which is like being the tallest midget), but he can play and should be moved to LT because Dunlap is going to get someone killed.

5. Nate Allen-I take him over McNabb right now. In case anyone is following things, the natives in DC are not thrilled with his pathetic completion %, his tendency to overthrow wide open guys 5 times a game, and his small performance in big spots. Sound familiar. He's just lucky Andy Reid gave him a parting gift with the worst offensive and defensive game plan ever devised when they played or they are 2-3.

6. Akers-looks better than expected at this point, is money from 40 in.

Now the bad

1. Peters-a travesty. This guy is soft and undisciplined and being paid like he's Anthony Munoz. Another terible Reid Ol pick up.

2. Bradley-yup I said it, he's an average NFL LB. He may still be recovering from knee surgery, but he looks a few steps slow and is no longer bringing the lumber.

3. Sims-I now know why Detroit cut him. When Detroit cuts you, you're probably not very good.

4. DeSean Jackson-yup i said it part two. He looks like a one dimensional player to me that cannot get open vs. elite DB and cannot beat safety help over the top. The issue isn't Kolb not throwing to him, the issue is that he's never open. The Birds look smart not over paying him now as Maclin looks the better player.

5. Bunkley/Patterson/any of their DT-this group has been especially terrible this year, getting blocked into the LB all game and providing nada in the pass rush game. I cannot remember any DT making a play of significance through 5 games.

6. Trent Cole-yup I said it part three. He isn't good vs. the run-just too light in the ass. Doesn't scare any offensive coordinators as they run right at him. He looks all world vs. slow developing plays where he can run around guys, but he is generally useless in the quick hitting game.

7. Graham-I know he is a rookie, but come on playa make a play. I cannot really blame him as he is clearly not an NFL DE and certainly not a DT (brilliant move, Shaun!) and should be an OLB in a 3-4, which the Birds should ultimately convert to. He will never be a good DE in this league at his size. Those toy terrier DE they draft never do pan out.

8. Celek-Why did this guy's hands turn to stone? he was money last year, now he looks like Jeff Thomasen. I know he can play, but he needs to hold on to the damned ball in traffic as he has single handedly killed at least 6 drives with drops of perfectly catchable balls. He needs to be Kolb's best buddy and instead he is currently a liability.

9. Reid-horrendous job this year instilling discipline, procuring talent, and motivating his team in big games. I know he is a rotten game day coach and have almost resigned to it, but the other three are killing this team.

10. Bobby April-why is this man still employed in the city of Philadelphia? Maybe it is Andy's fault for procuring such stiffs, but enough with the 50 yard returns!

So there is a week of pent up 1/4 season observations. despite all of these gaping issues, they are alive in a terrible NFC. I see a loss this week and then they drift into the ugly part of their schedule. They've made Shaun Hill and Alex Smith look like Joe Montana, I fear what they will make Peyton, Eli, Romo, and Ryan look like in the next few weeks.

Bumble

11:20 PM EDT  
Blogger David said...

not sure why that posted thrice, sorry.

Bumble

11:23 PM EDT  
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