Measuring your favorite Eagle this morning for a pair of goat horns?
Enrico at AOL's FanHouse is looking at L.J. Smith. Why pick on a guy who hauled in a touchdown pass during a 45-21 roasting by the Colts? 'Rico:
The Birds were trailing 21-0 in the second quarter when the offense finally put something that resembled a drive together. Jeff Garcia hit a wide open LJ Smith in the endzone for a nice touchdown. At first it appears that LJ realizes that the birds have a lot of ground to make up and he'll just walk back to the huddle. Then he gets a tremendous urge to pull off one of the most unentertaining touchdown celebrations in all of football. Smith jogged over to the field goal post and laid the ball over it. Awesome
Come on LJ, act like you've been there before. When you're up a couple scores, I'm all for a little fun in the endzone. But when you're season is going down the tubes, you've dropped countless passes in recent games, and you score a meaningless TD in a game in which you're getting spanked, it's a slap in the face to the fans to pull some lame endzone celebration.
Bleed Green is measuring the entire D:
The defensive line and the linebackers were just pathetic. This defense needs a complete overhaul up front. I also have to wonder whether or not it may be time to look beyond Jim Johnson.
So is Iggles Blog, but with English-major panache:
The defense could qualify for federal disaster relief at this point. Colts' rookie Joseph Addai not only had the first 100-yard game of his career, but actually went for 171 yards and four touchdowns against an Eagles defense that got pushed around all night by the Colts, a finesse team not known for having much of an edge.
That's a little bit like getting bullied in high school by the drama dorks. Pretty embarrassing.
Sean Portnoy picks three:
Matt McCoy plays like a blonde Mark Simoneau, big free agent signing Darren Howard is ineffective, and first-round pick Brodrick Bunkley apparently cant even make the teams flight on time.
Mic's Rants and Raves says it's wrong to be putting that rack on Jim Johnson's crown:
I think I can hear the calls for Jim Johnson's head already...but to be honest, he's not the one overpursuing the stretch runs...he's not missing tackle at the line of scrimmage...he's not the one that looked velcro'd to the offensive lineman he's supposed to beat....THIS WAS a mano-a-mano blocking scheme that gobbled up the lineman and linebackers...Addai could've busted some break dancing moves on some of those runs...Hell, Addai could've done the "robot" on his way into the endzone on a couple of those plays....
He must have pretty good hearing, catching the games from Japan. But he's right. Karl Martino at Philly Future is making that sort of noise:
I'd say that the conventional wisdom about the Eagles, that our defense is what keeps us competitive, is no longer anywhere near current reality.
That other teams have Jim Johnson's number.
And in sports, that means it's time for a change.