Category: Game Analysis


Offense

Our O-line played a little better in this game at least in pass protection than in the other games so far this year.  I would still like to see them improve their run blocking especially in short yardage situations.  I was also disappointed by the number of holds that they got called for.  It is also still critical that we draft an Offensive Lineman in the first round of this year’s draft.

I miss this guy!

I liked Reid’s call of a QB sneak on 4th down instead of his terrible shotgun calls on 4th downs of late.  We also converted it which is pretty much a given on QB sneaks of under a yard.

Mike Bell looked terrible again.  Please just cut him or at least demote him.  He has no business running any plays in our offense.

Our main problem on offense was that we simply had no big plays.  It’s tough to win games or score points without the occasional big play.  It was also a stark contrast from the rest of the year with Vick in as QB.

Kolb looks like a scared child in at QB.  He refused to pass the ball down field the entire game and repeatedly checked down to McCoy, who ended the game with 12 catches.  It’s alright to check down often, but not always.  If we have any chance to win without Vick, Kolb needs to look deep and get the ball to DeSean and Maclin.  Kolb did finish with pretty good stats, but again, it was because of his short throws.  He repeatedly missed open receivers down field and showed great indecision, which resulted in him holding onto the ball too long.  He also should have had at least two more interceptions, but got lucky when the Redskin players dropped the balls.

Defense

Our defense absolutely could not stop the run for a large majority of the game.  They picked it up in the second half, but it was pretty embarrassing overall.  It makes you miss Trotter.  I really think that Bradley should be moved to the outside and we should draft a stud inside linebacker in the second round.

I also witnessed some really bad tackling, which seems to be a staple of the Eagles and some poor coverage, by Coleman.  Coleman seemed like he was confused, but as a rookie that is to be expected at times.

Overall I still like the direction that our defense is going in, but would like to see improvement from the linebackers.

Special Teams

Please, just cover on kick and put returns.  The Eagles have been terrible in this aspect of the game.

Standout Player

LeSean McCoy looks great.  He is very shifty and has excellent balance.  It seems like we have the next Westbrook.  On one play he was heading right and cut back to the left insanely fast to pick up 4 yards instead of losing one.  He fished the game with 16 carries for 64 yards and 12 catches for 110 yards behind a mediocre offensive line.

Disappointments

Kolb – see above

Stewart Bradley – He is pretty good in coverage, but really isn’t that great against the run.  He missed two key tackles and miss covered the TE, which resulted in a touchdown.  He needs to keep his head in the game and attack the line of scrimmage on run plays.  Maybe Jamar Chaney will step it up big time next year and take his job.  We probably need to spend a high draft pick on an inside linebacker though.

Vick’s injury

It’s going it hurt us pretty bad unless Kolb gets his head in the game real fast.  He is going to be out for 4 weeks.  Lets hope we can weather the storm until his return or that Kolb grows a pair.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I’ve decided that I’m going in a different direction though from now on.  I’m going to focus more on the draft than I have been.  At some point soon, I’ll make a first round mock draft and I’m looking to add a mock draft database to the site.  Bear with me for now.

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Eagles vs. Lions Game Analysis

Game Notes

Another Eagles victory!  The Eagles beat the Jaguars 28-3 and move to 2-1 to lead the division.  There were many positives in the game but also several negatives.

Michael Oher - We could really use him!

Positives

The Big play – The Offense put up points and looked very good at times.  The play calling was not very balanced at 31 passes to 21 rushes and we relied heavily on the big play, much like our offenses of old.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the big play, but we will also need to drive the ball down the field at times.  There were several games over the last few years where teams shut down our big play and then we couldn’t drive the ball to score.

The Defense was great overall.  We held the Jaguars to 3 points and 184 yards with a 2.7 yard per play average.  They also managed 6 sacks and an interception.  We pressured the quarterback, shut down the big play and shut down their run game.  Does Stewart Bradley’s return make that much of a difference?  I’m not sure if it was him, if the Jaguars offense is just terrible or if the Eagles D just stepped it up big time.  The Jaguars put up 24 and 13 points in the first two games, so I tend to think that the Eagles defense stepped it up.

Trent Cole – How many times do I have to talk about this guy?  He is just awesome.  He managed 8 tackles and 2 sacks.  He also tipped a ball.  He makes plays in every game.   I don’t know where we would be without him.

I wanted to mention how Juqua Parker has been playing great every week.  He doesn’t get a lot of playing time but he has 4 sacks in three games.  Keep up the good work Juqua.

Trever Laws has stepped it up big times this year.  He finished the game with 6 tackles, a sack and two passes defended.  He looks quicker and more powerful than he did in his first two years.  I’m very happy with him so far.

Michael Vick was impressive again.  He finished the game 17/31 for 291 yards and 3 TDs.  He also rushed 4 times for 30 yards and a TD.  Vick threw amazing deep balls even when under pressure.  I’ve been extremely impressed with his deep ball accuracy.  Some of his other passes were less accurate though and his completion percentage was down to 54.8 this week, which was much lower than his first two games.  To be fair to him, a few of those passes were dropped though and our offensive line is terrible.

Negatives

Mike Bell – He just always looks terrible.  He only had a 2.8 yard average on his 5 carries and couldn’t’ convert one yard in two plays.  He might have been ripped off by the call the second time, but I’m still not impressed with Bell.  I have no idea why they use him so much.

It’s kind of ridiculous to put a guy in the negative column who had 5 catches for 153 yards and a TD, but I’m going to do it anyway.  DeSean Jackson had great stats and for that he is a major positive.  At the same time he didn’t get both feet in bounds on one play and just looked like he was lazy.  On another play he dropped a ball that he should have caught because he was going to take a hit.  He also didn’t recognize where the first down marker was on a play and didn’t make the first down because he was trying for more.

Offensive line – Our offensive line is horrible.  They can simply not pass block.  The pocket seems to collapse on ever play giving Vick nothing to step up into.   He was  hit 10 times and sacked 3 times.  The only play that Vick had time to pass on was when we kept in two running backs to block.  We need to address the O-line.  They area also not great run blockers, but LeSean has had success on draw plays to minimize their weakness.

Ellis Hobbs got beat deep again this game and had to take a pass interference penalty.  I’m not complete sure about Hobbs yet.  Sometimes he looks pretty good and then other times he looks terrible.  He did nearly intercept a ball though.

Tips

The Eagles need to run LeSean McCoy more and get the ball to him on short passes.  He is much better than Mike Bell.  LeSean only had 11 runs.  He should be running about 20 times again.

Bench Mike Bell.

Draft offensive lineman in rounds one and two next year.  The Eagles have been trying to piece meal their O-line for a while now.  Just suck it up and draft some O-lineman like I’ve been saying for the last few years.  We need first round talent on our line.

Key one:

Now that Vick is that starter he needs to continue to pay at a high level  – Michael Vick has the 4th highest QB rating at after two games at 105.5.  He has also rushed for 140 yards with a 7.4 yard average.  He has contributed 299.5 yards of offense per game even though he didn’t play the entire first game.  For the Eagles offense to be successful Vick needs to be successful.

Key Two:

The defense needs to cover the TEs and RBs – The Eagles linebackers did a very poor job of covering these positions versus the Lions.   Stewart Bradley’s return should be the key to improving our coverage of TEs and RBs.  He will need to be at 100% for the Eagles to have the best chance to win the game.

Key Three:

The defense needs to stop the run!– During the first half against the Lions the Eagles run defense was shredded, but by the second half they fixed the problem.  They need to make sure that the problem stays fixed because if they don’t Jones-Drew is going to hurt them.

Eagles vs. Lions Game Analysis

Game Notes

The Eagles won the game, but it was by no means an easy win.  During the first half the Lions run game lead by Jahvid Best, could not be stopped.  During the Lions’ second drive they ran six straight times for a touchdown.  The Eagles defense simply looked lost against the run until the second half when Omar Gaither stepped it up in a big way.  By the third quarter the Eagles had a comfortable lead or so I thought.  The Lions came back in a big way scoring 15 points and nearly tying up the game.  It was a nail bitter, but a win is a win.  There were also several positives to build off of.

LeSean steps it up!

LeSean McCoy looked great running the ball.  His cuts were crisp and he showed very good balance.  He ran mostly out of the shotgun formation on draws which I think helped him, but he really looks much better in his second year.  He finished the game with 16 rushes for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns.  McCoy should get the ball more and only should sit out of a play if he is tired.  Our other running backs are not very good, especially Mike Bell.  He also hauled in 4 passes for 8 yards.  He would have done better on the catches, but Vick didn’t place the ball in good position for LeSean to make the plays.  Vick was however much better on his deep routes.

The Offense looked good in general putting up 35 points with a balanced attack.  Michael Vick was the key to the offenses success.  He finished the game 21/34 for 284 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ran for 37 yards.  It was Vick’s play that opened up the run game for LeSean McCoy.  Vick made play after play.  I was particularly impressed when he flipped the ball on a deep pass while being hit to DeSean Jackson.  The ball was in perfect position and DeSean appeared to make the catch, but the referees didn’t give it to him.  In fact Vick made several accurate throws while being hit.  I wasn’t impressed by everyone of Vick’s throws though.  He wasn’t accurate on his short throws and by all rights should have had at least two interceptions.  The Lions didn’t make the plays though.

The Defense wasn’t nearly as impressive as the offense but did make a few plays.  Our linebackers simply couldn’t cover the TE just like last year or the running back Jahvid Best.  Best finished the game with 9 catches for 154 yards and a TD and Pettigrew had 7 catches for 108 yards.  They allowed the Lions to put up 32 points and 444 yards.  They also almost allowed a large comeback.  I was impressed with two short yardage stops fairly late in the game on a 3rd and 1 play and a 4th and 1 play.

I also was disappointed in the amount of penalties that the Eagles got which was 9 for 75 yards.  They need to clean up their play if they want to win more games.

The special teams kick and put return coverage was improved, which was a big relief since they were terrible in preseason and in week one.  Our return game wasn’t very impressive and I would consider putting in Jorrick Calvin the rookie CB to give it a spark.  Sav Rocca punted well and placed two punts within the 20 yard line.   I didn’t like when the Eagles couldn’t keep the ball out of the end zone on a punt.  One player tried to stop the ball but failed when he held it while walking into the end zone.

Dissapointments

Mike Bell – Looked terrible.  He was a lead blocker on a few plays and simply couldn’t block anyone.  He also ran 4 times for 0 yards and had a hand in injuring Jason Peters.  It’s not like the injury was really his fault, but it doesn’t make me like him any more.  I heard some rumors that the Eagles would be signing Joique Bell (I was impressed with Joique while looking at running backs to draft, click the link to see more).  It’s possible that Mike Bell will be cut to make room for Joique and I welcome the move.

Stand out players

Michael Vick – He had another very good game and sparked off a greater QB controversy.  I would like to see him work on his accuracy on his short passes, but was otherwise very impressed.

Trent Cole – He made two huge plays on 3rd downs.  On one he swatted down the ball and the other he pressured the QB to prevent the completion.  Trent Cole is a great player week in and week out.

DeSean Jackson – He finished the game with 4 catches for 135 yards and a TD.  DeSean made play after play.  He seems like he is always open and caught several deep balls.  He also nearly caught another huge catch, but it was called back by the officials.

QB situation for the next game

I understand why the Eagles want to start Kolb, but I wish that we could start Vick.  Reid wants Kolb to play because of his big long-term contract.  Vick’s contract is up after this year.  If we are going to start Vick, we would need to trade Kolb and after week one, who would want him.  Reid needs to see if Kolb can play before the end of the year.  If he can’t, we could resign Vick and trade/cut Kolb.  I personally think that our offense is going to take a step back with Kolb under center, but we don’t have too much of a choice.

Key one:

Vick needs to play to the level that he did against the Packers – Despite his occasional inaccurate throw, he had a 66.7% completion percentage, which is great.  He sparked the offense vs. the Packers with his running ability and rocket passes and finished the game with a QB rating of 101.9.  The Lions are not known for their defense and Vick should be able to put up some points.

Key Two:

Don’t let Shawn Hill get into a rhythm– Like the Eagles, the Lions will have to start their backup QB because of injury.  Vick is much better than Shaun Hill though.  Hill finished the Lions first game with a 38.9 QB rating.  As long as we keep pressure on him and limit the easy pass, the Lions will have little offense.

Key Three:

Prevent the big run out of Jahvid Best – The Bears completely shut down Best in the running game only allowing him 20 yards on 14 carries for a 1.4 yard average.  His longest run was for 8 yards.  Best is a play-maker, and if we can limit him like the Bears did, the Eagles will win.