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.