Watching the Eagles vs. Jets game left me counting the seconds until the clock struck zeros. It marked the Eagles second loss and the end of a not so promising preseason. Even though the first team didn’t play last night, the Eagles failed to score an offensive touchdown and fell by a score of 21-17.
For many players, Thursday night’s game was the last chance to impress the coaches and make the 53-man roster that needs to be finalized in the next two weeks. Coming into the game, the players on the bubble were linebacker Moise Fokou, wide receiver Kelly Washington, and many of the defensive rookies like Kurt Coleman and Trevard Lindley. After two fumble recoveries that led to the Eagles only touchdowns of the game, the ugly Eagles offensive output soon turned to the Kurt Coleman show.
Coleman has not scored two defensive touchdowns since high school. Better yet, he only had one touchdown during his four-year collegiate career at Ohio State. With two fumble recoveries for touchdowns last night, the seventh-rounder may have just afforded himself a spot on the Eagles final roster as a backup safety.
Even though Coleman had a great output, it’s still tough to overlook the offensive woes the Eagles have faced this preseason. The first team offense only scored one touchdown in the three games that they saw action; that coming on a LeSean McCoy running play. For all of the hype surrounding Kevin Kolb fitting in perfectly into the Andy Reid west coast offense, Kolb has a lot to prove after the way he played this preseason. Granted it’s hard to get any flow going in the preseason when he is only playing a scheduled amount of snaps, but still Kolb failed to throw a passing touchdown.
Last night the quarterbacking problems only continued with the performance by third stringer Mike Kafka. Michael Vick played the first quarter and actually looked the best he has in 2010. Kafka went a mere 9 for 27 for 76 yards, finishing the game with a 26.9 passer rating.
It’s not time to hold our heads down and dwell on what was a terrible preseason for the Eagles. They have two weeks of practice to gear up for the opening game against the Packers at Lincoln Financial Field. Their inexperience has shined through in the preseason games and there’s a lot of growing up that needs to be done in the next two weeks. It’s a season where a question mark lingers above the heads of fans, coaches, and players. Let’s just hope it goes a lot better than the last four weeks.