WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SUNDAY”S MARQUEE NFL MATCHUP TURNED OUT TO BE ANOTHER NO CONTEST. These games are becoming all to familiar with any team that faces the Denver Broncos these days. On Sunday, Peyton Manning threw another 4 Touchdown Passes, which gives him 16 TD’s in only Four Games. Even more Impressive is the fact that he has yet to throw an interception. Peyton man handled the Philadelphia Eagles. No matter what the Eagles defense scheme was, Manning had an answer. The Eagles stacked Eight Men in the Box and blitzed and Manning threw the quick out. The Eagles played zone and Manning picked them apart over the middle. The Bronco’s Trindon Holiday, one of the premier Return Men in the game, even ran back a 105 Yard Kickoff Return for a score. Hell…The Bronco’s even converted a blocked punt into a score.
Yesterday I posted about the Eagles chances of beating the Bronco’s and what they would have to do to have success. #1) Put Pressure on Manning…Check. Well, the Eagles did anything but put pressure on Peyton as he looked like a statue back in the pocket. #2) Run the Ball and slow down the game…Check. Well, the Eagles had their lowest rushing total of the season and the Time of Possession was a joke. #3) Change the Game plan Chip Kelly-Make Adjustments…Check. My suspicion was right as Chip Kelly didn’t adjust and continued to try and run the “Oregon Duck” to the T. Whats wrong with this picture right now folks. Andy Reid and the Chiefs are 4-0 and the Eagles are 1-3. It makes you really wonder was the Eagles problem really Andy Reid. Look, I am in no way saying that a change was not needed. However, I don’t care what type of offensive scheme you use…West Coast, Read Option, Run and Shoot, RUN, Play Action, No Huddle, Hurry Up, Roll Out, Shotgun. None of these schemes will work when your team does not have the personnel to execute.
First of all…the Eagles could play the Jacksonville Jaguars right now and still have trouble winning a game. The fact is, this Defense is absolutely Putrid. That is putting it lightly. OK…THIS DEFENSE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!! Yes I said it. The Eagles Defense, which used to be the backbone of this team in all of their successful seasons may be the worst I have ever saw. They could cut everyone on this Defense and start over for all that I am concerned. The Eagles have plenty of star power on Offense. Mike Vick can be a star when he has time to throw the ball. LeSean McCoy is one of the most dynamic running backs in the game. DeSean Jackson “DJAX” is a highlight film in the making. However, this offensive line is putrid just like the defense. When will Jeff Lurie realize that the problem on this team is personnel. I do not care if you had Bill Bellicheck coaching this team…I don’t care if you had Mike Ditka coaching this team…John Madden Anyone??? Yeah.
I am a huge fan of Chip Kelly. I am even more enamored with the “Oregon Duck” offensive scheme. However, what this team lacks is tenacity. And they truly cannot defend my grand mom…God rest her soul. In the offseason, I made it a cry out for the Eagles to go against the Grain and sign a Defensive Minded Coach. This team needs to learn the fundamentals of the game such as tackling, pass rushing, audibles, etc. The amazing thing is…if the Eagles had the Bears 85 Defense…they still would have got their ASS KICKED yesterday. Peyton Manning now has 16 Touchdowns/0 Interceptions/1400 Yards Passing…and most importantly his team is 4-0. Manning is on pace to have 64 Touchdowns this season…can you say WOWWWWWWWWW! Knowshon Moreno has been very serviceable in the backfield as he scored a Touchdown yesterday as well.
The most glaring mistake that I saw yesterday was the inability of Chip Kelly to adjust his game plan. Sound familiar??? What is it with all of these high profile coaches and their egos? Note to Chip…If you can slow the game down then it will limit the amount of time that Manning is on the field which in turn will limit his damage. But no Chip…you keep doing the same thing with all of your different packages, no huddle, hurry up, shot gun, etc. You have LeSean McCoy!!! He should have had at least 30 Touches in the game yesterday. Oh well…it appears that Peyton Manning is going out on top while the precious Birds are getting a crash course in growing pains. Look, no one significant expected the Eagles to make the playoff this year. However, in this NFC least they still very well could do that as bad as this division is. The thing is though, if they do not adjust the game plan, especially during a game, then they will fail every time. Meanwhile, as a FOOTBALL fan, we all can just marvel at the man named PEYTON MANNING. Peyton is the MAN right now. He is putting up ridiculous stats right now. The Broncos could go undefeated. They are the best team in the league hands down. So Eagles, now it is off to New York to face the 0-4 New York Giants who want blood. So…as we look back and move forward…we know this team is a long way from competing with the big boys. Stay tuned tomorrow as I recap Week 4 in the NFL and analyze the winners and losers in Fantasy Football. Enjoy this beautiful Monday Folks…HOLLA.