Eagles at Cowboys, Sunday, December 2, 2012
Only Jim Washburn got fired, so it’s more like rats being thrown off a sinking ship. Of course, according to all the reports I’m reading, it was long overdue. Seems like Washburn was a complete asshole. Good riddance, but it’s probably two years too late (yes, for those who are bad at math, that means I think he never should have been hired in the first place).
Stud of the week: Nick Foles, who had a good game. Finally. I don’t know if he has what it takes to start in the NFL. Guess we’ll be seeing his 2013 audition – for the Eagles or some other team – in the next month, particularly since Big Red named him the starting QB today. But he had a solid outing last night, and that’s a start.
I also have to give a shout-out to my boy Jason Avant, back in the lineup after 3 weeks out with a bad hamstring, for making some typically excellent catches and even getting some YAC (not usually his strong suit). Alex Henery kicked his 4,537th field goal in a row (really 21, a team record. Damaris Johnson had a punt return TD. I think that might be the first of the 2012 season. We saw something heretofore unknown in the NFL: King Dunlap threw a few good blocks. Riley Cooper made another circus catch TD. Bryce Brown scored two TDs again and had I think 169 yards on the ground.
Actually, the entire offense played decently.
Well, other than when Bryce Brown fumbled and Morris Claiborne ran it back 50 yards for a TD.
Gotta learn how to hold onto the football, son.
And things are at such a sad pass that I didn’t even yell at the TV when he did it. It was more like, “Well, I knew disaster was going to hit sooner or later.” And sure enough, that was it. The Eagles, down 10 with under 4 minutes to play, never recovered, despite the Johnson return TD.
Of course, they also scored 33 points, and it wasn’t enough.
It’s the D that killed the Eagles.
Well, that and Bryce Brown’s fumble.
There aren’t enough negative adjectives in all the languages in all the world (including the dead ones) to express how disgusted I am with the Eagles defense from last night. It’s like they aren’t even aware that they’re playing defense in the NFL out there. I don’t know what they do think they’re doing, but whatever it is, it doesn’t deserve to be on prime time TV. Or even cable access. At 2 am. It was a total, complete breakdown in all facets other than Brandon Graham’s 1.5 sacks.
I am starting to come around to the position many of the Eagles bloggers have taken that this team lacks a culture of winning. Whether it’s too many free agents who were middling to good players on bad teams, lack of locker room leadership, coaching issues, lack of focus, I don’t know. But clearly, these guys don’t know what to do to win. Hopefully it’s something they can learn under a new regime, or it’s probably fire sale time come January.