An Early Birds-Eye View Of The Eagles
By Scott Daniels
With one flick of his wrist, Michael Vick proved why he is Chip Kelly’s best option at quarterback this season. His 47-yard touchdown strike to DeSean Jackson was a thing of beauty. It reminded Eagle fans of the potential this offense can have when everyone is healthy. The play reiterated Jackson’s sentiments on his desire to have Vick at the helm, but more importantly, it foreshadows a connection that could torment NFL defenses. In one perfectly executed play, Vick took the quarterback controversy and buried it.
To his credit, Nick Foles didn't play terrible, but there is no doubt that the Vick-to-Jackson connection has Kelly salivating. Vick and Foles were finished early on and that allowed the fans to get a look at Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon and G.J Kinne. Instaed of breaking down their play, the only observation I have regarding these three is that one or two of them should not be making the roster. There is simply no reason to hold onto five quarterbacks once the season begins. Barkley appears to be part of the future, so it would be no surprise if Dixon and Kinne are cut before the season starts.
With the focus on the quarterback situation in Philly, last weekend's game exploited a serious problem for Kelly and the Eagles. THe defense was atrocious. Despite a new coordinator and an array of imports, the defense appeared to have picked up right where they left off last year. The rush defense was non-existant. Patriots running back Stevan Ridley rushed for 92 yards on 8 carries, including a 62 yard scamper. As if that wasn't bad enough, Patriots backup running back LeGarrette Blount logged 101 yards on 11 carries, 2 touchdowns along with a 51 yard burst into the endzone. I know it's preseason, but this is unnacceptable.
Eagles defensive coordinator, Bill Davis, has under a month to motivate his guys. If motivation is not the problem, Vick and company better be prepared to put up 40 plus points a game because this defense has problems.
Finally, last week's game against the Patriots taught us that the wide receiver situation in Philly is not in turmoil. Greg Salas looked great. For a guy whose literally on the fence making this roster, he had a few stellar grabs, including 12 yard touchdown reception from Barkley and a ridiculous one handed snag that seemed uncatchable. Salas is probably the fourth option at best, but the kid can fly. And catch apparently.