First things first: Thank you to the Eagles for not winning, thereby securing the #4 pick (chance at #3 as of this post.)
Now to the game:
Wow…truly epic destruction. Perhaps the defense figured that since none of them made the Pro Bowl, they could replicate the experience by playing this game as though it was in Hawaii. There are really few words that could adequately describe the performance of this team today, but I will highlight one: SAD.
As in, it’s really SAD that Andy Reid’s final game as head coach of the Eagles will go down as one of his team’s worst games ever. Prior to the game, I was very concerned that the team would put it together to honor their coach, with Vick playing well in hopes of continuing his career and the Eagles pulling out a victory over the tailspinning Giants and ruining their draft spot.
Needless to say, that concern was sorely misplaced.
Here are my immediate notes:
– Is Michael Vick’s career over? My gut says no, but I find it very hard to believe that there is an NFL coach/owner that believes he can be a difference maker for a contender. Additionally, he’s about the last “veteran” you’d want to come in as a backup and help tutor a younger QB. Perhaps Rex Ryan will make a play with him, but I don’t see a real role for Vick next year. If he does get the job somewhere, expect that team to regret that decision.
– Do we still have LBs? The Eagles entire LB corps registered 1 tackle in the first half. Let that sink in for a moment. In what was a terrible year for Eagles LB play, today was probably the worst individual game.
– B-Graham was silent. Hard game to judge Graham on, but he was fairly quiet nonetheless. I’ll be watching him closely on the film, but it looked like he did not have the same energy today as he has had most of the season.
– Has Nnamdi been Space-Jammed? There may be no bigger example of unmet expectations than Nnamdi Asomugha. Either he has had a precipitous decline in skill (likely combined with being overrated in the first place) or his skills have been stolen from him by pint-sized aliens hell-bent on world domination. Either way, he’s not coming back.
– Is Trent Cole victim #2? Though he’s done-so more quietly than Nnamdi, Trent Cole has also seen a huge decline in performance this year. He recorded at least 8 sacks in every year after is first (when he had 5) and had 11 sacks last year. This season? Just 3. With a new regime coming in, Cole might be one of the roster surprises next year, either because he’s no longer on the team, or because he moves to the bench.
Though I don’t expect to see anything useful/interesting, I will be completing a full Rewind of this game by the end of this week.
We’ll also take a data-driven look at Andy Reid’s tenure and start looking at possible replacements.