Whenever the Eagles drop a game they should have won, there's no shortage of blame to go around in Philly. We hold our teams accountable if they underperform, and it's rare we take it easy on the guilty parties. So without further ado, let's you and I determine whose fault yesterday's debacle was.
I'll begin by pointing the finger at Reggie Brown, who dropped a would-be touchdown, showing us (again) why he'll never be good enough to carry the load in a pass-heavy offense. Hell he can barely earn his check as a number 2 guy now that Kevin Curtis has become the top wideout in town. Brown was targeted 8 times yesterday, so it's not like the Birds weren't trying to get him involved. With those 8 opportunities, Brown managed only 44 yards and obviously didn't sniff the end zone chalk. He wasn't the only one to drop a pass though, with Thomas Tapeh and Curtis each dropping first-down passes that hit them square in the hands. Donovan McNabb's completion percentage and total numbers are misleading this morning, because there were certainly some awful drops by his receiving corps. I thought that overall, 5 had a decent game. That his receivers got next to nothing after the catch (when, praise the gods, they did catch the ball) made it impossible to sustain any drives.
There's a long list of putrid plays, players, and decisions yesterday, but for some reason, these are what bothered me most. What's on your mind after this letdown?
The defense's bend-and-shatter final drive? Reid relying on the pass late in the game, when the Eagles had the lead? The D line's lack of pressure on Brian Griese (and every other QB they've faced)? Who's to blame for the red zone woes, which have resulted in the Eagles scoring only 2 touchdowns outside of the Detroit game? That should be enough to get you started, as if you needed any help this morning...