Bird Is The Word Week 2: vs. San Diego Chargers

Posted: September 16, 2013 in Eagles

Bird Is The Word.

After defeating the Washington Redskins to open the 2013 season, the Eagles returned to South Philadelphia for their home opener against the San Diego Chargers. Lincoln Financial Field was electric and ready to watch their birds in person. This was not just a big game for the Eagles, it was also a big game for the Chargers, who were coming off of an overtime loss to the Houston Texans.

While the offense continued to light up the scoreboard, scoring 30 points after scoring 33 the previous week, the defense proved to be the Eagles’ Achilles heel and as a result, the Eagles walked out of Lincoln Financial Field 1-1 following a last-minute 33-30 loss to the Chargers.

It is worth noting that, since the 2009 season, the team that the Eagles faced in their home opener has gone on to win the Super Bowl:

2009: New Orleans Saints (Won Super Bowl XLIV)

2010: Green Bay Packers (Won Super Bowl XLV)

2011: New York Giants (Won Super Bowl XLVI)

2012: Baltimore Ravens (Won Super Bowl XLVII)

On The Defensive:

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Eagles Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis

After watching the Eagles in the pre-season, the biggest concern I had going into week 1 was the Eagles’ defense. For this up-tempo spread option offense to work all three aspects of the game (offense, defense and special teams) need to click. Offense played well and special teams was not bad, but could have done a better job giving the offense good field positioning.

However, the defense, more specifically the secondary, was flat-out awful. There were multiple missed tackles and whenever the Chargers threw the ball there always seemed to be at least 2 yards between the receiver and the nearest Eagles defender. Granted, the transition from a 4-3 defense (which they were previously in) to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Bill Davis is not going to happen overnight. It will take some time for the players to make that transition.

Having said that, what was seen on the field on Sunday was inexcusable. There was little to no pressure on the receivers from the secondary. The few times that they actually put pressure on the Chargers, it went for not due to missed tackles. The aforementioned transition will take time, but missed tackles and lack of pressure are things that need to be addressed immediately.

Poor Judgment

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With a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was looking to connect with tight end Brent Celek. Immediately after throwing the ball, Vick was wrapped up and then slammed down and no flag was thrown on the play.

Now, whether or not that should have been roughing the passer is a matter of opinion at this point. However, it is very frustrating to see Vick get planted into the ground without a roughing the passer penalty called. I understand that he is a mobile quarterback who likes to run, but he should not be treated differently from other quarterbacks. Frankly, there are some quarterbacks in the league where if you sneeze on them it is a 15-yard penalty.

Meanwhile, Vick gets driven into the ground at least once a game (which is not the refs fault) and nothing is called.

Short Notice

The Eagles have a short week and then it is right back to South Philly where they will take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night. It is already an important game, as Donovan McNabb’s #5 jersey will be retired and former Eagles head coach (and current Chiefs head coach) Andy Reid will be making his return to Philadelphia.

As far as the current Eagles team is concerned, there is a lot of work to be done before they take the field on Thursday night.

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