9.21.2008

Porous O-Line Overmatched And Outdone


If ever there was a discouraging sign for the offensive line that looked like it had made strides during the first two games of the year, it was the public depantsing in Lincoln Financial Field today against the Eagles. Save a few defensive stands and some impressive Jeff Reed kicks and there might not be anything positive to take away from this game.

This was a contest that felt eerily like the loss in Jacksonville in Week 2 of the '06 season, when the defense kept it close as long as possible while the opposing unit unloaded into a dithering and wiffing front five.v Along with the line, blames falls at the feet of the receivers and Ben himself. The receivers for failing to get open quickly despite man coverage with the blitz. Ben for failing to get rid of the ball in obvious blitz situations. In many ways, it felt like a gameplan that teams will try to duplicate against them all year.

The Philly defensive dominance was hard enough to accept - the way even the Steelers gameplanned on defense, it's surprising they held the Eagles in check as long as they did, having the corners playing at least 10 yards off the receivers, even in markedly short yardage situations and in the red zone. I'm trying to tell myself that as the season goes on, more offensive weapons will materialize in the form of our rookies to counteract defensive strategies such as these, where throwing bombs to Nate Washington in double coverage is best option in the face of overwhelming pressure.

7 comments:

Spatula said...

That last bit of the post reads like you were hanging out with the Parrot again. After that game, I wish I could've been.

Christmas Ape said...

Yeah, I wasn't in the best shape when I wrote it up. I'll scrub that.

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

The offensive game plan was awful. Tomlin, Arians and Zierein never seemed to make the adjustments necessary to counteract that relentless pressure. And Big Ben looked off, as if he were in a fog.

Spatula said...

How many times did FWP touch the ball; maybe ten times? If your game plan is to doing something unexpected (pass happy), and it doesn't work, go back to your bread and butter. It's not rocket science.

Christmas Ape said...

Exactly. They were down one scoore for the majority of the second half and thought they were fooling Jim Johnson by lining up in the gun on every down

Paul said...

That is what I keep saying. They were down by 4 points for a long time, and they just quit trying to run. Oh... except on first down.

Vern said...

It was like they just kept hitting "Y" after each play and ran the same one over again.