Monday, December 11, 2006

Move Along People, There's Nothing to See Here

Yep, the Birds won another one. Where does that leave us? Absolutely nowhere. The Birds' website described it as a "big win": "It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win, especially during the stretch run to the playoffs and the first of three straight road games against NFC East foes." Indeed, it was a win. And better yet, it was a win against my least favorite team in the league, so that was nice.

There were some bright spots yesterday. The Brook had another good game - his presence is so critical to our Offense. Question: With the Brook averaging over 5 yards a carry, why isn't he getting 25 carries every game? I guess the answer is that we don't control the ball long enough to have enough plays to allocate 25 handoffs to him. Time of possession again was heavily in favor of the other team. Every team we play controls the tempo of the game, even bad teams. We'll never be good until we fix that huge problem: championship teams dictate the tempo.

Garcia has been touted as a hero during these last few games. To his credit, he hasn't made critical errors, and that has made him a "success" in filling in for McNabb. I like his grit for sure - He's an older QB and still pushing hard to win. However, he threw for 164 yards, going 15 for 23. How does that really help us against a good team? He's a good back up for McNabb and that's all he is.

Michael Lewis made a couple of nice plays to help redeem himself from earlier this season. I like how they are using him and Considine together out there. Our Run D is pathetic. We made Ladell Betts look like Ladanian - he almost had 200 yards rushing. If the Skins had Portis yesterday, it would've been a bloodbath. We obviously see the value of the Freak right now. Our D Line went from being amazing during the offseason to nonexistent. Can we sack anyone anymore? I don't get it. Maybe another year or so of development will make Patterson and Bunkley more effective? McDougle is just a bust altogether so it's probably time for him to move on.

Also, all of you people out there, talking about us being back in the "playoff hunt"? Please, please stop. We're an average team in a very weak Conference. The win yesterday was the result of 2 fortunate turnovers in the first half. That was exciting for sure, but mere fortune only. Given a few more minutes on the clock, and the Skins were on their way to winning that game. The second half showed our true colors.

Even the announcers were talking the Birds up as a team that's getting "hot", and those are the types of teams that do well in the playoffs...huh? Have they watched us play? We're not good, although we have moments of brilliance here and there. We managed to beat 2 average to below-average teams. We've lost to every good team we've played this season. In the playoffs, you generally face good teams.

Vaughn Hebron on Eagles Post Game Live summed it up best last night in saying that the fans have lowered their expectations and are simply enjoying the games as entertainment. And that's fine for now. When the season ends, hopefully we can take this average team and make it better. However, the next two weeks are going to be UGLY, but then again, so has this season.


Blogger J Dubs said...

I agree w/most of this. As for Vaughn's comment, I think that's true. I think there's beeen a process of lowering expectations to a manageable level - they had us expecting so much in those NFCCG/Superbowl years, plus without your #1 star (McNabb) you can't expect much. Maybe gonig 6-10 last year was goodin that sense - we were faced with qwuitting cold-turkey instead of death by a 1000 cuts... Now, that we're even in the playoff hunt with his injury and the overall bad play (drops, run D, penalties, STs, short-yardage situations, tackling, clock management, overall coaching, etc.) is a testament to mediocrity!

And, this is a very young team - and with a big back and a run-stopper next year, it could be very successful in a still weak-a$$ conference.

How bout them Cowboys!

12/11/2006 12:33 PM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

[I'm doing the one-leg Shelton jig right now]

12/11/2006 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DON'T USE MY NAME OR USE MY DANCE PAULUM! J/K! I remember you reprimanded J Dubs for that once! Anybody who is talking trash in the NFC East right now has very little to crow about.

12/12/2006 3:25 PM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

Crow! Crow! [One legged jig, with even more vigor]

12/12/2006 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that's funny!


12/12/2006 3:49 PM  
Blogger J Dubs said...

I dreampt I was a cartoon character last night, and the alarm went off right as I was delivering my lines - all the more reason not to hold a job.

But I digress...

Howe bad is the AFC gonna whup our a$$es in the S.B? i put the spread at 13.5.........

12/13/2006 11:12 AM  

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