Eagles-Cardinals Up-Down Drill
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Eagles-Cardinals Up-Down Drill
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Here's a look at some of the highs and (many) lows from the Eagles' 27-6 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday:
↓ -- Michael Vick
Vick’s issues weren’t solved by two fourth quarter, game-winning drives. They merely masked his deficiencies as a quarterback. Vick is not a bad quarterback, but he is a flawed one that can easily be exploited by the blitz. The Eagles will have to find a way to counter this attack.
↓ – Andy Reid
It’s easy to second-guess, but Andy Reid should have taken the three points before he had Vick drop back with six seconds left before the break. The quarterback, of course, was sacked, fumbled and watched James Sanders race 93 yards the other way for a TD. 17-3 sounds a lot better than 24-0.
↑ -- Kevin Kolb
Not many thought he had it in him, but Kolb was everything the Eagles thought he would be when they named him their starting quarterback back in April of 2010. Problem was he’s no longer an Eagle. We’re not going to say that Reid made the wrong decision when he went with Vick, but Kolb enacted some revenge on Sunday.
↓ -- Damaris Johnson
Johnson had issues with ball security during the preseason, so it wasn’t a great surprise when he fumbled during a first half punt return. The turnover came at an inopportune time because the Eagles defense had their only three-and-out stand of the first half. The Cards turned the fumble into seven points.
↓ – LeSean McCoy
McCoy did a lousy job of blocking Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington when he blitzed up the middle late in the second quarter. Vick had no time and threw an incomplete pass as he was pressured. McCoy's pass blocking has been suspect all season.
↑ – Chas Henry
At least Chas Henry came to play. After a shaky second game, the Eagles punter bounced back with a strong effort. His four first half punts grossed a 53.2-yard average and a 43-yard net. When the punter is one of your top performers you know you've had a rough game.
↓ – DeSean Jackson
What was Jackson thinking when he started complaining to officials that he was interfered with as a second quarter pass was still in the air? Hey, DeSean run out the play first and then you can whine to the refs.
↓ – Officials
The replacement referees had a much cleaner performance after last week’s debacle, but they missed a personal foul penalty when Brent Celek was speared by Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes. Vick threw a hospital pass to the tight end, but Rhodes clearly led with his helmet when he decked Celek in the chest.
↑ – Larry Fitzgerald
How great is Larry Fitzgerald? In five games against the Eagles, including the 2008 NFC title game, the Cardinals receiver had 35 catches for 570 yards and nine touchdowns.
↓ – DeMeco Ryans
In a battle of middle linebackers, Washington outclassed DeMeco Ryans. He was everywhere for the Cardinals, but mostly in the Eagles’ backfield hounding Vick all game. Washington finished with six tackles and two sacks.
↓ – Demetress Bell
It’s hard to fault the Eagles for acquiring Bell in April after Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon. He was the best they could do at the time. But Bell, who earned his first start Sunday with King Dunlap injured, had a forgetful day.
↑ – Defensive line
You really can’t fault the guys up front on defense. They pressured Kolb all game and recorded three sacks. The line wasn’t perfect but its effort was swallowed up by breakdowns in coverage by the Eagles secondary.