Five things to HATE
I’m going to keep this recap short and sweet because let’s be honest, it’s just terrible. The Eagles played a terrible game on Sunday. There were so many things wrong with the way the game went. However, instead of making myself angry all over again, I’m going to give you five things to hate that really stuck out to me. There was nothing to love about this performance.
Thing to hate #1: The absolutely abysmal play calling and decision making
I don’t know how many more ways to say it. The first of five things to hate is the play calling. In a game like that the Eagles needed to run the football. Whenever they did run the defense was NOT stopping it. They need to establish the run early. Try to start wearing defenses down early. Until a defense proves they can stop the run, RUN IT. It’s not rocket science. Some of the play calls I just don’t understand. And I’m sorry but Pederson saying it was an RPO doesn’t make it any better. At the end of the day, you still threw the ball. And it wasn’t working.
Now that Jay Ajayi is out for the season with a torn ACL they will use that as an excuse why they’re not running the ball. But good grief.
Also, why the hell did they think starting Isaac Seumalo at left guard was a good idea? Asking for a friend.
Thing to hate #2: That freakin’ 3rd & 1 play
I’m going to expand on the play calling issue for this play specifically. The Eagles were trying to get something going on their second drive of the game. The Eagles completed a pass to Ertz for four yards and then Wendell Smallwood ran for five. They had a 3rd & 1. You have a 6’5″ quarterback who was 100% on quarterback sneaks last season. You also have a 6’2″ running back in Josh Adams that you line up in the backfield. I see that and am thinking “Okay, they’ll get this no problem.” Instead, they toss the ball backward four yards and Adams goes nowhere. YOU HAVE LITERALLY ONE YARD TO GO AND YOUR RUNNING BACK IS A 6’2″ ANIMAL!
I can’t figure out that play. If you’re running that play you need a guy like Sproles or Clement in the game. Not Adams. Just terrible.
Thing to hate #3: The constant mistakes
My next of five things to hate is a big one. I can’t deal with the constant mistakes anymore. The self-inflicted wounds are killing us. I try to be realistic and empathetic toward our players. They’re human and mistakes are going to happen. They’re professionals but they’re not immortal. It happens, whatever. So something like Ajayi fumbling for the first time this season. Was it costly? Yes. But he made a mistake and that I can deal with. Uncharacteristic dropped passes is another one that stings, but I can’t be overly mad at because it was a mistake that most likely won’t happen again.
What I can’t deal with is Lane Johnson and Seumalo getting beaten on every play. The offensive line play is abysmal in the passing game. Is Carson Wentz holding the ball too long on some plays? Maybe, but the guy has no time even when he gets the ball out quick. It’s supposed to be the best offensive line in football and they’re playing like high school kids.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) October 8, 2018
I also can’t deal with the constant Asante Samuel tackling and just looking like idiots. I can’t deal with stupid penalties. It’s truly driving me insane watching the team beat themselves.
Thing to hate #4: That secondary…still
Okay, listen. I have defended these secondary players. And I will continue to do so. They played better against the Vikings. On that one pass to Adam Thielen, Jalen Mills was on his hip. Thielen is just a better receiver than Mills is a corner. And that’s fine. Mills also made two awesome goal line stops. The entire secondary just looks lost for some reason. They only gave up 16 points. It wasn’t a bad day for them. There are still some struggles there, but in a game as bad as that, it’s nice that the secondary isn’t the biggest glaring problem.
Thing to hate #5: The B.S. penalties
The last thing of five things to hate is something the Eagles have no control over…the poor refereeing. That was a perfect play by Michael Bennett. That was a momentum-changing play for the game, a good boost for Bennett, and a key time for the Birds to get back in it. I don’t understand the roughing the passer call. The referee’s explanation was that Bennett was supposed to ‘avoid that hit.’ If that is the case, then Bennett can’t do the only thing he is required to do. So as a defensive lineman, he can’t hit the quarterback. What kind of sense does that make? None.
Malcolm Jenkins was confused by the referee's explanation on Michael Bennett's roughing the passer penalty. pic.twitter.com/boMxkD8yiY
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 8, 2018
That penalty came on a third down that would have forced the Vikings to punt. Instead, they got 15 yards and eventually scored a touchdown. It just sucks. There’s no other way to put it.
I’m still not ready to give up on this team
Despite these five things, It’s still not the time to panic. As much as the loss on Sunday hurt, and put us all in a terrible mood, it’s not the time to panic. First of all, the Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys ALL lost. So, the division stays where it stands. The rest of this division is TERRIBLE. The Eagles could easily make the playoffs at 9-7 or 8-8. They have three losses already and they will lose more games. I know they need to turn it around, but no matter what Eagles fans ride or die for their team. I think they can turn it around. I’m not ready to quit on these guys just yet. They go out there and compete on every play. Something just isn’t clicking.
They’ll figure it out. On to the Giants.