Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More of the same problems

What we are talking about in the aftermath of the Eagles' loss to Washington ... Stop us if you have heard some of these before ...

More of the same problems

What we are talking about in the aftermath of the Eagles' loss to Washington ... Stop us if you have heard some of these before ...

* All those drops. The Eagles had costly drops on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end L.J. Smith dropped at least a half-dozen balls between them, and defensive backs Asante Samuel and Quintin Mikell both dropped golden interception opportunities that could have altered the course of the game.

* Why won’t Donovan run? With the Redskins playing a lot of man coverage against the Eagles, Donovan McNabb had numerous opportunities to pick up important yardage with his legs. But he wouldn’t do it. Ran just 2 times for 8 yards.

* Third-down woes return. The Eagles, who had converted 66 percent of their third-down chances in consecutive wins over Arizona, the Giants and Cleveland, were a disappointing 3-for-14 against the Redskins. The Eagles went three-and-out on four consecutive possessions to start the fourth quarter, leading to the final drive. 

* The old run-pass issue. Despite the fact that they were missing two of their top four wideouts, the Eagles threw the ball 46 times against the Redskins and ran it just 16. Brian Westbrook had just 4 rushing attempts in the second half. That includes 16 consecutive passes at one point in the fourth quarter. (For more on those 16 consecutive passes, visit The Idle Rich, by Rich Hofmann, by clicking here.)

* Talk about bad field position. Redskins punter Ryan Plackemeier pinned the Eagles20deep in their own territory much of the game. Eagles had 12 possessions. Five started inside their own 10. Five more started at no better than their own 20.

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