Bird Is The Word Week 4: @ Denver Broncos

Posted: October 1, 2013 in Eagles

Bird Is The Word.

Yikes…

This was a disaster just waiting to happen. The struggling Eagles defense going into Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos seemingly unstoppable offense.

Needless to say, “seemingly” was not needed before unstoppable as the Broncos demolished the Eagles with ease, 52-20.

Eagles fans knew this was not going to be pretty, but it was still surprising to see just how bad they really were. Frankly, I am not sure if they had any interest in coming out and playing the fourth quarter. At the end of the day, the Broncos lit up the Eagles defense for 52 points, their highest point total in over 30 years.

The Manning, The Myth and The Legend…

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Peyton Manning had a field day against the Eagles defense, dissecting them play by play. The Eagles appeared to keep things close early on, but as the game progressed, Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense was just too much.

Honestly, there is really not a whole lot to say that the Eagles did not already say on the field. After seeing how they struggled against the Chargers’ Philip Rivers and the Chiefs’ Alex Smith, I was dreading their matchup against Peyton Manning (and with good reason).

Defense, Defense, Defense…

I have talked about the Eagles defense in every “Bird Is The Word” entry that I have posted. It is getting increasingly frustrating to see little to no improvement from a defense that, by this point in the season, should be showing some signs of improvement.

The defensive line has been improving, but the secondary is still nothing short of awful. More missed tackles each week and still no pressure on opposing receivers. I understand that this is a year of transition, but even in a transitional year safeties still make tackles and put pressure on receivers (except in Philadelphia, evidently).

I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt this season, but if this continues next season then it may be time to start thinking about change, and I don’t mean Chip Kelly.

Lost in Transition…

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After the game was well out of hand, there were plenty of people on Facebook and Twitter who were, not giving up on the Eagles, but were almost accepting that the season is going to be a wash.

Here’s the deal, this is a re-building and transition year for the Eagles. They have a new head coach and almost-entirely new coaching staff, save for a few position coaches from last season, as well as a new offensive system (going from a West Coast Offense to the Spread Option) and a new defensive system (switching from a 4-3 Defense to a 3-4 Defense).

I would have loved to see the Eagles go 14-2 just as much as the next fan, but, given where the team is and where they were going into the season, that is just not realistic. The changes mentioned above will take some time, it is not going to happen overnight.

Two things that I am hoping to see before I die are the Flyers winning the Stanley Cup and the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.(neither of which is limited to just one, by the way). I completely understand Eagles fans’ thirst for a championship. Believe me, I want it too. I know the last thing us fans want is to wait even longer, but it takes some time for a team to make a transition like this.

For those fans who were hoping for instant gratification, I’m sorry. This season is going to suck for you. For those fans that understand what the team is going through right now, don’t worry. It will get better.

“Giant” Divisional Matchup

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The Eagles will make their way back to the East Coast and head up to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Giants, who are disappointing 0-4 and searching for their first win of the season.

This is a game that the Eagles need. Given the way the first four weeks of the season went for the Giants, Eli Manning should be an easier challenge than his older brother was.

If there is anything I have learned from all of the Eagles/Giants games that I have seen, strange things happen when the Eagles visit the Meadowlands.

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  1. Excellent report! Keep it up.

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