At this point, the Eagles sit 1-1 through the first 2 pre-season games. OK, not bad. It could be a lot worse. Our #2 receiver could be out for the season with a torn ACL. Oh wait, that actually happened. And, with all the fracas that Riley Cooper created with his appearance on TMZ, it looks as if he may be given a golden opportunity to redeem himself from some short-sighted, bigoted comments. But, from what I have seen so, far, again, things could be worse.
For example, the offense could not be grasping the Chip Kelly concept. In the games I have watched, it appears as if only Dennis Dixon is unable to run this offense, and he was actually with Kelly at Oregon. But, maybe that”s being unfair to Dixon. I mean, they aren”t exactly putting the “A” squad around him, are they? Vick and Foles have looked decent in this offense. McCoy is still laughing about the move he put on basically the entire Panther defense the other night. Timing-wise, the offense looks as if they might just need a tweak here and there, and they”ll be reado to go against the Redskins, Week 1.
Flip to the other side of the ball, though, and I just get scared. I mean, in the New England game, it was pathetic. LeGarrette Blount is OK, I guess, but he made tacklers look silly. The secondary got absolutely carved to ribbons by Tom Brady. It was a bad enough performance that resulted in one of their own, CB Cary Williams, to call out his entire defensive unit, challenging them to “find some nasty”. This is saying something, because this is an individual that played with the Baltimore Raven defense, a unit that knew a thing or two about nasty. Plus, Williams comes in wearing a Super Bowl ring, which earns him a little more cache than just another During the 2 Step COC/Cocaine Detox Program process, the individual will be safely monitored and treated for withdrawal symptoms that can include extreme fatigue, flu-like symptoms, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety and severe drug craving. free-agent pick-up. And granted, the defense looked much better against Carolina the next time out. But, with the Panthers resting 10-12 of their normal starters that night, looking good against another team”s “B” team isn”t such an accomplishment. I long for the days for this defense to return to the days of the late Reggie White and the late Jerome Brown, rest their souls. I just don”t see people nowadays having the same fire, the same intensity that those guys had. At least, so far, not anyone on this defensive unit.
Will I withhold full judgement until after the preseason, and maybe through the first few weeks? Of course. I get that no team is going to tip their hand, and show everything they are going to be doing while still in the preseason. The next two weeks will be to decide who is going to lay claim to the last six or seven roster spots that are truly open. Other than that, let”s hope the team can just avoid the injury bug, and get to Week 1, Monday Night, against the Redskins, with everyone healthy. If the team can just do that, I”ll be happy.
So, what have we learned through 2 preseason games? I guess, in the end, not really all that much. The team is adjusting well to the offense, but still cannot find the defensive swagger that they will need to make a playoff run. Here”s hoping the next two weeks leads to that discovery.
Fly Eagles, Fly!!!!!!!!