21
Aug
09

EAGLES: Don’t look too far into the preseason losses

An embarassment? In some aspects. But to get worried? I think it’s a little bit of an overreaction.

Despite the loss, McNabb was impressive on the night going 5-7 for 77 yards and a TD

Despite the loss, McNabb was impressive on the night going 5-7 for 77 yards and a TD

Don’t get me wrong, I am a big critic of the Eagles when I believe that something is wrong. However, I don’t think that the 0-2 preseason start is anything to get too worked up about. Remember, I did say preseason.

First off, I think its hard to truly critique a football team when 8 of the 22 starters and 11 total players did not participate in the game. The Colts had Manning. They had Wayne. And they had Freeney and Mathis. The Eagles, on the other hand, were without four of five starting offensive lineman, their Pro-Bowl caliber running back, their starting defensive ends, and a top-tier cornerback. Must I continue?

I am definitely a little worried about the blown coverage by newly-acquired cornerback Ellis Hobbs or the lack of depth in the offensive line, but there is still enough time to address those problems. Once the team returns to full health (fans can only pray), it is obvious the Eagles will be a different team. Teams learn more from mistakes than they do by playing well. You learn more from a loss than from a win; it’s one of the biggest cliches in sports. So the Eagles learned that they need to work more on the zone defense and on pass protection.

One aspect of the game that I am a bit worried about is the injury suffered to fullback Leonard Weaver. The rookie left the game with a sprained knee ligament and joined the long list of unhealthy ‘Birds. The former free agent injury worries me because of the wear and tear that comes with being a fullback. That position requires throwing your body into oncoming linebackers and lineman, so a knee injury is one the worst things Weaver could ask for.

Yes the Eagles are 0-2 in the preseason, but don’t lose any sleep over it. Reid is being overly cautious with most of the athletes on the injury reserve. However, if this injury luck continues, it could be a long season for Eagles fans.

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