Eagles Lose to Giants; Confirm Rebuilding Year
After losing 17-3 to Dallas at home, I figured that the Giants would be the remedy for their fall-fueled cold. Turns out we have AIDS.
The Eagles looked downright disgraceful on the offensive side of the ball yesterday led by rookie Chip Kelly. Chip made a number of questionable calls such as going for it on 4th and 9 in the third quarter and attempting an onsides kick with over four minutes left and timeouts at their disposal.
The other rookie, Matt Barkley, only made things worse. Barkley showed some raw ability by getting off quick throws and moving the team downfield, but crumbled under pressure. For example, Chip routinely called read-options, which Barkley turned into delayed handoffs as he was reluctant to run himself. The Giants quickly picked up on it, honed in on McCoy, and limited him to 48 yards on 15 carries—a 3.2 average.
Barkley also showed poor decision making when pushed out of the pocket by holding onto the ball too long or throwing it away for grounding penalties. The fumble from his first drive at the end of the second was the obvious example there.
The bright side to all of the last two weeks is that the Eagles’ pecking order (yes, pun intended) has been clearly established. Cinderella turned into a pumpkin last week, but Barkley isn’t ready to play even in a reserve role. The speed of the game seems a bit intimidating to him and he’ll need some time before it slows down.
I don’t think Vick would have played at all if they were somewhat convinced in Barley’s ability to perform, but with Vick putting up a stinker it was necessary to pull the plug before he gets further injured.
I’ll have more on the game later, but remember that time before the season when they were supposed to go 6-10 or 7-9? I think we’re right on track. Don’t sweat it too much.