Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Am I missing something?

So the Birds may throw Moats in to return kickoffs, and Westbrook in to return punts. As if this will be the panacea for our ailing special teams play? Please. I didn't study the film like goeagles99, but I don't think it takes that type of analysis to see that our problem isn't our returners as much as our horrible blocking. (And I'm not even just singling out Reno, who seems to miss every block he attempts, if you can even call his wiffs to be attempts). I honestly don't think it's Harbaugh's fault either. Again, I think it goes back to the front office's arrogance in how they deal with personnel. Ike Reese really was a huge asset on ST, and his loss is really hurting more and more. (Remember his great block against the giants that sprung Westy for his TD on the punt return that has been widely credited with "saving our season" a few years ago? And he made blocks like that routinely). They act as if they can just throw any eager player on ST and think it's going to be all right. Well, it doesn't seem like that strategy is working...

And another thing... An article in the Inky today is entitled "Westbrook frustrated with lack of ground game". ( Surprising. I understand that Reid loves to pass and he supposedly considers quick dinks equivalent to a run, but it's getting to be a problem. And if we just rush 12-15 times per game, how is our OL supposed to get in a run-blocking rhythm? It seems to me that we just need to suck it up and start pounding it. Gordon looks like he's really got some potential if we give it to him, we know what Westy can do, and Moats should get a chance. Unfortunately, given that
San Diego's defense is ranked 27th against the pass and 3rd against the run, it doesn't look like this is the week to get our groove back.

It's amazing how surly this bye week has made me, even more than usual. Nothing like a full week to simmer over a humiliating loss to a hated rival to do that to you. Even JDubbs has come back down to Earth.

And what still angers me (and most everyone) is the Birds' silence about Westy's contract situation. Hard to find anyone who agrees with the Eagles on this one. And even though he's a total professional, it's just gotta be distracting. From the Inky article:

He said that his lack of carries wouldn't affect his decision about returning to the Eagles, though... as of right now.

"I think a lot of things will go into that thought process about whether I'll return at the end of season," said Westbrook. "The real truth about the NFL is that there are 32 teams and next year I might be with one of those other 31 teams. That's not to say I don't want to be here. That's just the fact of matter."

Man, this has been a frustrating season so far...


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