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Eagles over Titans, it was there for the taking

Eagles over Titans, it was there for the taking This game was there for the taking. It was in their mitts. Cruising along at 16-7 midway through the third quarter, the Eagles were on the Titans 3 yard line and ready to pop in another touchdown when suddenly the game changed for the worse. Instead of holding a 23-7 advantage over the Titans and keeping momentum squarely with the boys in green, it happened. A bad exchange between Kevin Kolb and LeSean McCoy caused by penetration from the Titans Jason Jones and the Titans not only recovered the football but gained a shot in the arm they surely needed. From there on out, it was an unmitigated disaster. The Titans went on to outscore the Eagles 30-3 as the Birds had zero answers for the Titans offense the rest of the way. The Titans went on to a 37-19 victory. This was one that got away. Goodbye 5-2 record before the bye. Goodbye any chance Andy Reid had of finally beating Jeff Fisher, who now is 4-0 lifetime versus Reid. For what it's worth, the Eagles under Reid just can't se...

Looking Back: Observations from Eagles v. Falcons

Looking Back: Observations from Eagles v. Falcons It's no secret that the Eagles have been besieged by injuries this season. In the opener alone versus Green Bay the team suffered season ending losses to Center Jamal Jackson and Fullback Leonard Weaver. Quarterbacks Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb have both suffered injuries that have cost them to miss playing time. Stewart Bradley, Asante Samuel, Brodrick Bunkley, Jason Peters, the list goes on and on, but through it all, the Eagles have persevered, showing good depth and currently find themselves tied atop the NFC East with a 4-2 record. However, this past Sunday, the team suffered a loss that will provide a new challenge in the depth department. The vicious and illegal hit on DeSean Jackson by the Falcons' Dunta Robinson, and subsequent concussion has now left a gaping hole in the heart and soul of this football team, and the Eagles are left missing a major cog in their offensive wheel. With all due respect to wide-out Jeremy Maclin, who had a spectacular 159 yard, two touchdown pe...

Kolb steps up in the spotlight

Kolb steps up in the spotlight In the aftermath of the Eagles 17-12 loss to the Washington Redskins last Sunday, Quarterback Kevin Kolb heard the bevy of criticism. He lacked the ability and the confidence to throw downfield. He's too indecisive. He has no command of the offense. He'll never be a top quarterback in the NFL. All he does is check down. Lots of criticism for a guy who hadn't yet made his 3rd NFL start. Fair or not, that's life as an NFL quarterback, and the only thing Kolb can do to combat the naysayers is to play and play well. And that's exactly what he did Sunday evening in San Francisco. And while a three point win over a winless football team certainly doesn't punch Kolb's ticket for Canton, it does show at least one thing: that if given a full week of reps with the first team offense, Kolb is more than an adequate quarterback. He can get the job done. Facing a less than stellar 49er defense, Kolb turned in a 21 for 31 passing performance with one touchdown and no interceptions and a 103.3 p...

Eagles Notes & Observations

Eagles Notes & Observations Good start: Kevin Kolb turned in a very productive first half. He was 12 for 14 for 123 yards and a score while completing his first 9 passes. Perhaps one of the most impressive things about the Eagles first half performance on Sunday was that immediately after Alex Smith and the Niners marched the opening kickoff down the field for a score, the Eagles answered back with an impressive drive of their own. Behind Kolb's 6 for 6 and 72 yards passing, the Birds put together a 10 play 75 yard drive to tie the score at 7. April showers: It just keeps getting worse for Special teams coordinator Bobby April's unit. The 49ers Ted Ginn had long returns of 44 and 61 yards as the coverage units were less than spectacular. Coming up empty: The Eagles put up zero points in the third quarter even though the offense had the ball inside the 49ers 40 yard line on three separate occasions. Instead of attempting a 52 yard David Akers field goal into the wind, Andy Reid chose to punt on their first p...

Birds' loss to Skins falls on Reid

Birds' loss to Skins falls on Reid In the NFL, some losses are harder than others to take. There are some that just sting for a little while longer. Sunday's Eagles loss to the Redskins was one of those games. And while the players themselves are ultimately the bottom line when it comes to wins and losses, this loss fell squarely on the shoulders of the Head Coach. The afternoon started with the Eagles sitting at 2-1, atop the NFC East and ready to welcome back Donovan McNabb, their starting quarterback for the last eleven seasons. It ended with a 17-12 loss to the Washington Redskins and the Eagles welcoming back Kevin Kolb after what seems like a devastating chest injury to Michael Vick. There are indeed many reasons why the Eagles lost the game on Sunday. Here are a few… The Redskins gashed the Birds with 169 yards on the ground and physically manhandled the guys in green time after time. The Eagles committed 8 penalties for eighty yards, including 4 holding penalties, 2 of which came on crucial thirds d...

Defense Dominates

Defense Dominates Michael Vick was outstanding yet again and the Eagles, with a small assist from the NFL schedule makers, are now 2-1 after an impressive 28-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. But on an afternoon where everything seemed to go statistically right for the guys in midnight green and white on offense, it was the defense who stole the headlines and rebounded nicely from a disastrous performance of a week ago, putting up some nice stats of their own. The Eagles came into Sunday's matchup versus the Jags allowing a league high59 points. Gashed by the Lions just a week prior, the Birds under the direction of Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott were challenged to play better and that's exactly what they did. The Eagles compiled six sacks against the Jaguars, including Defensive End Darryl Tapp’s first as an Eagle and the first of Trevor Laws’ and Nate Allen’s careers. And oh by the way, Pro Bowler Trent Cole also added two, marking his 13th-career multi-sack game as ...

Vick in a word: OUTSTANDING!

Vick in a word: OUTSTANDING! Needless to say, it was an interesting week around the Philadelphia Eagles, one ripe with controversy and many opinions changing, but the Monday Morning Quarterback in me says it's time to give credit where credit is due. While I still believe this season was about learning what the Eagles had in Kevin Kolb, I am simply amazed at what I have been seeing recently. I must admit Andy Reid was right about one thing, Michael Vick is playing out of his mind. Another week, another less than stellar opponent, and another brilliant performance by the maligned quarterback who has polarized Eagles' fans with his past and galvanized that same group with his unbelievable and flawless play at the quarterback position. After the Eagles' 28-3 drubbing of Jacksonville on Sunday, the local and national media couldn't help themselves into fawning over Vick's play, some even offering the opinion that this is indeed the best Vick has ever played, even better than his Pro Bowl years in Atlanta. And they'r...

Eagles @ Lions: A look back

What went right, wrong plus other notes and observations
Eagles @ Lions: A look back Even though there are no guarantees in the NFL, the Eagles won a game on Sunday that they were favored to win. Sure it was a game played on the road in front of the visiting Detroit Lions home opening crowd, but after all, it was the Lions, a team that had won just 2 games over the last 2 seasons. And while the Birds will take the W, it is obvious that if they expect to have continued success this season, they are going to have to improve in many areas, starting with the defense. The Lions racked up 444 yards of total offense on Sunday against a Birds defense that was without its starting linebacker in Stewart Bradley. Rookie running back Jahvid Best ran wild, amassing 232 yards of total offense, beating up the Eagles early in route to a 17-7 lead. To the Eagles' credit, the Lions didn't score again until late into the fourth quarter, as the Birds almost watched their big lead evaporate in the waning moments. Still, the game was closer than it should have been. To compound matters, t...

Birds need to stick with Kolb

Birds need to stick with Kolb Kevin Kolb had about as worse of a start to the season as one could possibly have. After being handed the keys to the Eagles' offense, Kolb looked like he wanted to be a passenger instead of the man in control behind the wheel. He was sluggish with his throws, he was indecisive and could have very well ended up with three interceptions on his 10 first half attempts. To compound matters, he was thrown to the Lincoln Financial Field turf by the Packers Clay Mathews and suffered a concussion and then saw his backup spark the team in dramatic fashion to an almost come from behind win. Certainly not a good day for the new era to begin, and not what he had envisioned as the new Birds' starting qb. Fortunately for Kolb, tomorrow is another day, and if healthy the Eagles should give him another chance. It's the right thing to do. There are several reasons to go with Michael Vick from here on out. Against the Packers, Vick showed that he still has the legs, rushing for 103 yards. He also...

Media dumping all over Birds' chances in 2010

Media dumping all over Birds' chances in 2010 Around this time every year, countless football prognosticators sure up each of the 32 NFL teams. They break down the offense, the defense, and special teams. They review schedules and trends, all in the hopes of having some semblance of a grasp on how each team will perform in the coming season. And they're usually all wrong. And that's good news for the 2010 Eagles, because very few are picking this year's squad for success. Over the course of the last two weeks, predictions have been filing in all stating the same reasons why the Eagles will finish no better then 9-7. Most of the trepidation surrounds the Birds handing over the keys of the offense and the franchise for that matter to quarterback Kevin Kolb. Gone is arguably the most famous player ever to don an Eagles' uniform in Donovan McNabb. Most will point out that under McNabb, the team had a rich history of winning, playing in 5 NFC Championships and a Super Bowl during his eleven year tenure and it's entirely unfair to ...
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