Well, this is what happens in the regular season when you still have the worst starting receivers in football. I have been banging this drum since the beginning of last season and once again it has bitten us in the ass. Now I realize that Asomugha and Samuel are very good corners but Bradford put the ball in our receiver's hands on numerous occasions with zero capitalization. He looked a little off here and there but hit 57% of his passes for 188 yards which would have been 83% for who knows, maybe 250 yards and a TD had there not been at least 8 drops!
As I have so eloquently mentioned in many a post prior to this one, you can't teach catching the football (you can or you can't catch). Gibson has shown for 2 seasons that he can not catch in a regular season game. Apparently our coaching staff weighs the preseason higher than two years of the regular season, hence Gibson is a starter. He would be our new gunner and 4th receiver if it were up to me. He was downright aweful tonight minus one catch, well after it counted.
So anyway, Salad had one drop, Gibson 3, Williams 1, Kendrick 2 and Sims (maiden name) Walker had one. Now I know I am going to hear about how good the Eagles are and how our guys haven't learned the offense yet, from the homers but you have to catch the football. It's the number one function of the job! Our O-line played well when we were competitive as did our defense. Our receiving corps continually lets us down with huge drops and would be first downs or touchdowns. This is demeaning to the entire team and I for one am sick of watching this garbage.
To add insult to injury Amendola is gone for at least 5-6 games and more than likely the season. I guess maybe Spags and co. should try to get someone in here and not forfeit the season like they did last year. Our coaching staff and front office should really see this as an opportunity to deal. A smart front office would look at where we are strong and trade depth for need.
Fortunately for us our greatest depth seems to be at running back. Cadillac has proven he can still carry the mail and Jackson is a top 5-10 back. We would be fine with either of their departures as long as we had someone that could open up the passing game and hold onto the ball when Sam hits them in the hands. This is a passing league and all you need is a reliable running game.
"Oh but it's just one game" says the homer. Yes it is but, this is looking exactly like last years offense after we lost Clayton, with a much harder schedule to come. If we do not act now, we will be lucky to be 1-6 through our first 7 games and very lucky to finish with 5 wins on the season. Tonight, our coaching staff failed, our players gave up and a lot of key guys were "injured".
I wonder if they would be "injured" if Bill Parcells was their head coach. I doubt it, getting your ass handed to you in coverage or on the O-line doesn't count as an injury in my book. Bill would have a post game interview about how Samantha Bradford, Stephanie Jackson, Sally Saffold and Michelle Hoomanawanui are all questionable for next Sundays game. I miss toughness, drive and zero tolerance for bad play. The Patriots are the "last of the Mohicans" as far as that goes. Funny that they are winners every year. Danny, get well soon man!