Well, I can’t say anything other than boy, I was wrong. My gut feeling before the game was the Eagles offense was going to turn it around and get on the right path. Again, boy was I wrong. I thought Kevin Kolb would have been rattled early and thrown off of his game. And I thought that the Eagles would leave Arizona 3-0. Boy, was I wrong.
Now it takes more then one player to win or lose any game. A lot of blame is being thrown in Michael Vick’s direction. And a lot of it is justifiable. But Vick should not be to blame for everything going wrong on offense. The offensive line is playing poor. To the offensive line’s credit though, they were missing two starters during Sunday’s game in the desert. Vick was facing a lot of pressure and taking a lot of hit’s. I don’t think there is a QB in the league that would not have had the same kind of day that Vick did if they were behind that Eagles front five on Sunday.
Desean Jackson irritated me on one play. You know, the one where he stopped tracking the ball to try to get the ref to throw a flag. Come on Desean. Follow through the entire play, possibly make the catch. He could have even possibly scored if he would have caught it. But it’s all if’s now because Deseasn was more worried about yellow laundry right in the middle of the play instead of finishing out the play. He may have had a legitimate gripe, but finish the play.
Having Maclin out hurt the offensive game plan I think. Well, obviously right? Damaris Johnson filled in good though with five catches for 84 yards. He did also fumble. Overall I think he did a fine job. But I prefer Maclin in there. Maclin should be good to go for Sunday Night’s game against the Giants.
Now back to Vick. I said he’s not to blame for all of the offensive woes so far. He has been the biggest turnover machine in the first three games. Something that definitely needs to change as of yesterday. But better decision making needs to happen as well. There were numerous plays where he held onto the ball too long and took a hit as result. Perfect example was the fumble returned by the Cardinals for a touchdown right before halftime. Make better reads. He seems to be rushing the play and wanting to try too hard to make something happen.
Vick has the talent. We have all seen it. Right now Vick is accountable for 7 of the 12 Eagles turnovers this season. Six interceptions and one fumble lost. That’s 58% of the Eagles turnovers so far this season. And that’s a scary statistic. It needs to be addressed. Reid, Vick and whoever can say it all they want that it needs to be fixed, but so far it has been all talk. It’s time to see results if the Eagles want to make any championship a reality this year.
I guess if you want to pull any good light from the offensive performance is atleast the Eagles eliminated the amount of turnovers to three. All of which were fumbles. Vick threw zero interceptions which was nice. But he still had two of those three fumbles. In any rate, the good thing is each game the amount of turnovers went down by one. From 5 to 4 to 3 respectively. Bad thing is that 3 turnovers is still too many. The Giants are going to be a tough opponent Sunday night. The Eagles have to be ready.