“The Eagles are sitting alone at the top of the division at 3-1 right now with the first 1/4 of the season already over.  There is a lot that needs to be worked on and some things that are looking good so far.”

 

 

UP

Andy Reid:  Demetress Bell is one of the weakest links on the team and was getting beaten pretty regularly in the first quarter.  Normally Andy would bootleg or run something else equally dumb in his direction, but instead he  got a couple designed qb runs to neutralize that pass rush.  A more balanced attack, much improved clock, and time out management, and HE ACTUALLY WON A CHALLENGE. Reid had a much more prepared team than last weeks showing, the Eagles are sitting alone at the top of the division at 3-1 right now with the first 1/4 of the season already over.  There is a lot that needs to be worked on and some things that are looking good so far

Michael Vick:  19/30 Att 241 YDS 1TD Smartly played game.  Vick played within himself, DIDN’T COMMIT A TURNOVER, and ran the ball effectively.  Hopefully this signals that he’s knocked the rust off.  His protection was spotty in the first half and he didn’t play superhero and he didn’t turn the ball over, much better game. Threw the ball away when needed and ran when he should have, overall very good game out of him.

Lesean McCoy:  23 ATT 123 YDS Good ol’ Shady had the type of game we expect from him.  Great elusiveness and he didn’t let himself get frustrated when he didn’t have much success in the first half.  He’s taken to diving at the end of his runs which I think will help him stay healthy all year. He really took over in the 2nd half and the Giants had no answer for him.

Special props to Desean Jackson seems much more focused.  No bad drops, great crisp route running, and he just seems much more mature than last year.

Down

Kickoff Coverage: Absolutely horrible. nobody could stay in their lanes and people were running wild way out of position. This needs to be addressed quickly. The Eagles cannot keep giving other teams great starting field position every drive.

KURT COLEMAN:  I know the on going debate is it Coleman or Nnamdi jacking coverage up.  I think last night put that debate to rest.  Nnamdi doesn’t have the best makeup speed but he has great technique and knows his assignments.  If a safety is supposed to be playing over the top Nnamdi doesn’t have the speed to recover if he doesn’t get the help he’s supposed to.  Kurt bites on everything and teams like the Cowboys and Falcons will take advantage of that.  He has to play with more discipline.  This will be a great tape for him to review.

Boykin:  He’s one of my favorite new Eagles but his coverage on Cruz was less than spectacular last night.  It’s a tough assignment but it stood out to me a bit. He needs to do a better job of sticking tom his man and lining up quickly. I think he is still getting used to the game but he needs to step it up quickly.

Special un-prop to the pass rush.  After a great first quarter the pass rush disappeared.  Granted the Giants Offensive line was putting the rushers in obvious holds all night, but I expect Cole and the rest of the rotation to spend more time behind the line. After generating so many sacks last year from this line its a little of a disappointment to be sitting only at 7 on the season so far.

 

 

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