Sunday, September 13, 2009

Eagles Wrap-up

I definitely didn't see 38-10 coming. Here's the Good, the Bad, and the Jake Delhomme from this game:


  • Sean McDermott - A tremendous job calling his first game on defense. He picked up right where Jim Johnson left off, generating tremendous pressure while often rushing just five by overloading a specific area of the line. And he even mixed in an occasional straight coverage play - the second INT by Sheldon was a three-man rush. Of course he was helped out by the horrid play of Jake Delhomme, but it's hard to argue with the results.
  • Omar Gaither - He looked right at home back at MLB, strong against the run and reacting quickly to the pass.
  • Winston Justice - Had an exceptional game at right tackle...the lone sack he gave up was during garbage time when Kevin Kolb held the ball way too long. He was also a factor run blocking.
  • DeSean Jackson - That punt return TD was a killer. It was a key moment in the game, and clearly deflated the Panthers.


  • Kevin Kolb - Held the ball way too long, missed reads, and threw the ball inaccurately. But other than that, he was ok.
  • Quintin Demps - Two games in a row with boneheaded penalties. You simply can't trust this guy to be on the field anymore.
  • Julius Peppers - Possibly the most overhyped, overrated player in the NFL. Getting paid $14 million this season, and had no impact on the game until garbage time against a backup QB. He didn't forget his sack dance, completely embarrassing himself as his team was losing by 28 points.

Jake Delhomme
Are you kidding me? A 5-year contract extension after a 6-turnover performance in the playoffs? He rewarded that decision with a 5-turnover day that ended midway through the third quarter.

Now, a note on the McNabb injury...the Eagles play the next two games at home against New Orleans and Kansas City, followed by their bye. With a cracked rib, McNabb should sit the next three weeks and let it heal. Even with the Kevin Kolb we saw today, the Eagles can manage a 1-1 record in the next two games, and that's good enough. The last thing we need is for McNabb to further hurt himself.


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