Eagles-Lions Up-Down Drill
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Eagles-Lions Up-Down Drill
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
A look at the ups and downs from the Eagles' brutal 26-23 loss to the Lions in overtime:
↓ -- A lot will be written about so-and-so did this wrong, and so-and-so unit did that wrong, but the Eagles’ 3-3 start rests solely on the head coach’s shoulders. Reid was terrible on Sunday. A .500 record going forward, needless to say, won’t save his job.
↑ -- For more than three quarters, Asomugha and others kept Calvin Johnson in check. But games go four quarters – more than four in this case. Megatron found his rhythm late, but most of it wasn’t at Asomugha’s expense. The cornerback’s interception was the only big-play the defense made all game.
Eagles o-line and d-line
↓-- It all starts up front, as Reid is wont to say. The Eagles lost the battle in the trenches. Jim Washburn and Howard Mudd are two of the best position coaches in the league, but their units aren’t getting the job done this season.
↓-- The Eagles quarterback was under ungodly pressure for most of the game. Not many would have survived that kind of beating. But those two interceptions were brutal.
↑ – Lost in that disaster was the wide receiver’s best game of the season. Maclin finished with six catches for 130 yards and a 70-yard touchdown.
↓ -- He made some good calls throughout the game, but overtime hasn’t been good to Mornhinweg. Why in the world would any offensive coordinator not call for a screen pass on third and 31 and backed up in overtime?
↓ -- Forget about his below-average blocking, who snaps the football to his quarterback as he’s waving for his wide receiver to go in motion? It wasn’t like Reynolds had to contend with crowd noise.
↓ – Danny Watkins is a worse top draft pick than Brandon Graham will ever be because the Eagles are forced to play the right guard and he just can’t get the job done.
↓ – This was going to be an up arrow for the third and one attempt in the second quarter that the defensive end helped disrupt. But Cole, once again held sackless like the entire Eagles defense, shouldn’t finish any game without a tackle.
↓ – Some battles are lost before they’re fought. The Eagles’ lack of depth at safety had been harped upon since the start of the off-season and yet the general manager did little to address the issue. It cost the team when Nate Allen left with an injury.
↓ -- The Eagles tight end took a beating and kept on playing Sunday night, so it’s hard to criticize Celek. But he should have held onto a couple of throws, including one in the end zone. He also had a touchdown called back when he pushed off at the line.
↓ – Three quarters of strong defense based on a solid game plan does not excuse getting out-coached in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Eagles defensive coordinator was out-witted by Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan at crunch time.
↓ -- The rookie has to keep his cool. Cox was kicked out of the game for punching a Lion. With the extra time and the Eagles’ struggles on the line, losing the defensive tackle hurt down the stretch.
↓ -- Why was Hughes out of the field late in the game getting beat time after time? Because he’s the Eagles’ sixth defensive back in their dime package. Doesn’t excuse some shaky defense from the cornerback.