More Eagles thoughts and NFL notes

Rant Jacobs

I keep watching the Eagles this season, though I’m not sure why; all they do is anger me.  I have one word that comes to mind when I think of their season thus far: bleh. They come out dull and bland, then they show some promise.  I think I learned how to handle situations like this in Sunday school, though.

 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I will spit thee out of my mouth.”

               – Revelation 3:15-16

(Editor’s note: I know I’m probably going to get struck by lightning for this one…but that’s what she said! Oh, snap).

Yep, since the Eagles are my excuse for not attending any church services, I figured I’d fit in some Bible time in my post to make up for it.  That quote from the Book of Revelation pretty much sums up what I feel like doing with the Eagles performance this Sunday (and their season as a whole).  Speaking of Revelation, I just had one myself:  The Eagles better wake the fuck up and smell the coffee, because the writing is on the wall and the 2008 season is sinking straight into the Schuylkill.

 It’s almost seems like they don’t want to win sometimes; like they got hired to look like they’re trying to win, but taught to lose the game.  It reminds me of the South Park episode when the kids were tired of playing baseball, so they started trying to lose the game, only the other kids were all trying to lose as well, so it became a contest to see who could lose better. I mean, isn’t that what this game seemed like? (Editor’s note: Whaddya wanna do?)

 So what needs to be fixed?  The defense played well, registering 8 sacks and allowing only 282 yards of offense against the Bengals.  McNabb has been playing well so far, but his 3 INT outing (plus a fumble) cost the Eagles the game.  His reads and decision making have been questionable, but so has the play calling and receiving corps.  The Eagles really need to be able to establish the line of scrimmage on offense, but Andy Reid is going to pass first anyway, so I say we need more passing options.

 When McNabb is on his game, he is a top NFL quarterback.  But McNabb needs his offense to be supporting him to do this, and this requires offensive chemistry.  Fortunately, McNabb has developed some chemistry with his ho-hum receiving corp.  Hell, McNabb has been working with average wideouts his entire career.  The problem is, it’s harder to run the offense with piss-poor receivers when you don’t rely on your legs like you used to.  Back in the day, teams struggled to defend the Eagles passing game because they had to waste defenders spying McNabb because of his ability to tuck the ball and run.  But after ACL surgery, at the grand age of 31 (going on 32 next Tuesday), McNabb isn’t the scrambler he once was.

 I understand that Andy Reid believes in development of his draft picks; I also understand that Reid believes in chemistry over pricey talent.  But besides Westbrook, why have the Eagles not compensated for McNabb’s transition to the pocket passer role?  It’s on the tongue of every Eagles fan:  WE NEED A PRIMETIME WIDEOUT!  In 2004, McNabb and Terrell Owens were UN-FUCKING-STOPPABLE.  You know what a great veteran receiver has done for us in the past, so why not keep it going?  That’s why The Pundit and I have started the “Help Donovan McNabb Fundraiser Drive”.  It’s an anti non-profit organization aimed at raising enough money to lure in a top tier receiver with a lucrative signing bonus. (Editor’s note: How about the “Andy Reid Brain Surgery Fundraising Drive?” Maybe then we would commit to a friggin’ rushing attack to take some of the pressure off of Mr. McNabb).

 NFL Football Notes

α: Eddie Royal has had a huge impact on Denver’s offense this year.  He should garner some consideration for offensive rookie of the year. Granted, Matt Ryan or Chris Johnson will probably win it, but Royal has played great.  He adds another weapon to Mike Shanahan’s scheme and is a great compliment to Brandon Marshall (and is a decent return man as well).  He already has 56 receptions this season.  In comparison, Brandon Stokely only has 71 receptions since starting for Denver last September.

 γ: Why are the Giants so good?   For one, they’re hungry, which is something that can’t be measured in yards or points. (Editor’s note: Only in Chunky Soup. Soon, you’ll be as sick of Chunky Soup jokes as I am of their damn commercials). They got it done last year against the Pats with one of the biggest upsets in NFL history, but they wouldn’t buy into the idea that they just got hot at the right time.  They persisted and kept playing hard.  A lot of this has to do with the team maturing, especially Eli Manning.  Eli’s play last postseason was phenomenal and has remained at a high level since. 

And as my friend The Pundit would say, the Giants bought into head coach Tom Coughlin’s system.  Quite simply, they execute the game plan as drawn up, week in and week out. It was a bit surprising to me when this team fully bought into Coughlin’s vision, as he is known to run his teams with a drill sergeant attitude. Not only does he seem to have the players’ trust, but executive backing as well, considering they have stood behind Coughlin’s decisions regarding team rule violations (see Plaxico Burress, Jeremy Shockey, etc.).

Plus, the defensive line, despite losing Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora, has been superb.  Justin Tuck has been one of the best players in the NFL this season, and is a huge reason this team is 9-1. The Giants ability to get consistent pressure from their front four has allowed their offense to play loose. Essentially, the defense allows the offense to relax a bit, knowing that they will probably get bailed out if Eli starts acting 12 again and slinging INT’s all over the field.  Which he hasn’t as of yet; in fact, he’s been very, very good.

 δ: The Washington Redskins starting defense on Sunday night included 7 former SEC football players.  Wild. These SEC ball hawks really know how to fly around the football field.

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