Instant Observations: Redskins 31, Eagles 6

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidHere are my observations from the Eagles’ 31-6 loss to the Redskins Sunday afternoon.


* Nick Foles finished 21-for-46 for 204 yards and two interceptions. His first interception bounced off of Brent Celek’s hands. Celek had a team-high six drops entering the game, and he added two more today. Foles’ second interception appeared to be on the quarterback. He also had a fumble in the third that was recovered by LeSean McCoy.

* McCoy had 15 carries for 45 yards (3.0 YPC). He suffered an apparent injury late in the fourth quarter. McCoy fumbled at the end of the first half with the Eagles simply trying to run the clock out. The Redskins picked up a field goal as a result.

* This week’s offensive line was Dennis Kelly (RT), Jake Scott (RG), Dallas Reynolds (center), Evan Mathis (LG) and King Dunlap (LT). Scott had a pair of false-start penalties in the first half and a holding in the fourth. Dunlap and Kelly also drew penalties.

* For some reason, the announcers said the Eagles have one of the best screen games in the NFL. That couldn’t be further from the truth, although they ran a couple good ones in the first half. One (to McCoy) picked up 24 yards.

* The Eagles had to settle for a field goal in the second. Brian Billick indicated that DeSean Jackson might have been open on the play. Later, the play-by-play  man said Jackson had been “jawing” all game. But the cameras showed little evidence of that.

* Damaris Johnson fell down in the second, but then delivered what was probably the Eagles’ best punt return of the year.

* Celek’s second drop came on 3rd-and-5 in the first half. The Eagles went with five wide receivers on the play: Bryce Brown, Celek, Clay Harbor, Johnson and Riley Cooper. If someone can explain to me why you would take Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and McCoy off the field at the same time in that spot, speak up.

* The Eagles benefited from great field position in the third and only had to go 23 yards for a Alex Henery field goal.

* Brown took over kickoff return duties from Brandon Boykin.

* Jackson and Maclin combined for two receptions for 5 yards on 12 targets.

* This was the third straight week the announcers discussed Andy Reid’s potential firing in the fourth quarter.


* In a play that was typical of this season, Robert Griffin III threw one up for grabs in the third. Somehow, Santana Moss came down with it for a 61-yard touchdown between Kurt Coleman and Brandon Boykin, who had him double-teamed. Griffin went 14-for-15 for 200 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

* In the fourth quarter, Coleman could not bring down tight end Logan Paulsen on a 17-yard touchdown.

* It looked like Darrel Young was probably Nate Allen’s responsibility on the Redskins’ first touchdown, which came after the Foles interception. So yes, poor safety play all game long (and all season long?). Good thing the Eagles decided they were fine there in the offseason.

* The Redskins’ second touchdown was a 49-yard bomb to Aldrick Robinson, who was wide-open in the end zone. It’s tough to say who was at fault based on TV replays.

* If you’re looking for a bright spot, it had to be DeMeco Ryans. That’s been the case all  year. He was really good against the run throughout. Fletcher Cox a bright spot too. He had a sack, a QB hit and a tackle for loss. Overall, Cox led the team with eight tackles (seven solo).

* The Eagles missed potential sacks all day. Part of that was on them, but a lot of it was on Griffin.

* Jason Babin had a sack from RDE in the third.

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  • xlGmanlx

    Burn it to the ground

  • Alex Karklins

    This team hasn’t been the same since they cut Chas Henry.

    • Vick Supporter

      Man I almost had tears in my eyes from laughing after reading your post lol. Hilarious

  • atlvickfan

    “Start Nick Foles!” LMAO Vick deserves a contract extension for squeezing 3 wins out of this pathetic band of misfits.

    • xlGmanlx

      Yeah, first start as a rookie? Didn’t win the game, must be terrible

      • atlvickfan

        Not the point. I’m not blaming Foles, although he was thoroughly unimpressive even with a dumbed down gameplan. I’m just saying the QB is far from the problem regardless of who it is. The problems on this team start with O-line and playcalling as they have all this season. Blaming Vick or Foles is stupid.

        • xlGmanlx

          We know what we have with Vick and the season is over, no reason not to hear the chants. Its pretty much auditions for next year, at least it should be. The whole regime needs to go, no Reid in front office role either.

          • MileageUpdate

            +1 Vick should be done. A mediocre passer w a penchant for turning the ball over.

          • Vick Supporter

            Yeah that Savior Nick Foles came through!!

          • Dutch

            Foles had 2 interceptions and 3 fumbles today, he’s starting off dandy

      • Vick Supporter

        That “rookie qb” excuse is dead. What’s your next excuse?

        • xlGmanlx

          So because he didn’t win the MVP his first start behind the worst OL in football, he is rubbish? I know this, this discussion on discus will mean nothing, and we will either see them give Foles a shot or not. Give me a break though, it was his first ever NFL start.

          Also, he is a rookie until he completes his rookie season – just a FYI

          • JM

            You love bringing up the worst OL chat when defending Foles but funny how you don’t mention it when you have a go at Vick. May I remind you that Vick had a rating of 127 when he got injured last week. Foles finished that game with an 85 rating and today outdid himself with a 40.5. But Vick sucks right?

          • xlGmanlx

            Check the post history, I don’t blame Vick. I have called him a “warrior” for the way he has played. Doesn’t matter the QB, this is the worst OL in football, but don’t try and make stuff up.

          • morgan c

            ya but dude, you are missing the point. vick should be expected to do better, seeing as he makes 16x the amount of money, and is an veteran. when you start comparing vick to foles, that’s the problem right there. foles isn’t any better, but one of these guys has proven that he is not a winner and is also 32 and going downhill QUICK. the other guy is an unknown rookie who is a fucking giant. we get ZERO out of playing vick and he should be cut. foles may be the answer, he may be not. but he should be on the roster next year, as a backup at worst.

          • atlvickfan

            You’re right that Vick and Foles shouldn’t be compared, and they wouldn’t, if the Foles fans/Vick haters hadn’t been saying for WEEKS that Foles would come in and make better reads than Vick, that the O-line problems are really Vick’s fault because he doesn’t get rid of the ball quickly enough, that the Eagles would win if they got a smart QB who didn’t turn the ball over, etc. etc. etc. Obviously, all of that was pure, unadulterated nonsense.

    • Vick Supporter

      You couldn’t have said it better. The “Savior” must have ran out of Holy Water

  • Nick

    Not saying it was the right call, but Foles clearly had better chemistry with the backup receivers. That 2 receptions on 12 targets might explain why the starters were taken out at an important point.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Time for a change!

  • A Big Butt and a Smile

    SMH. I got nothing else

  • ICDogg

    Regime change.

  • Kimbafuzz

    Was at the game. What a pathetic performance. Nick Foles wasn’t horrific, but after all the glory heaped upon him in the weekly chats by one fan in particular, I expected him to play a lot better than 2 INTs and a fumble. That aside, the defense was once again ATROCIOUS. They’ve gotten progressively worse since Juan Castillo’s firing. How is this even possible? Right now, I can’t see this team winning another game this season.

  • eagles2zc

    A disgrace. I continue to wonder if the coaches & players are too busy updating their resumes to prepare for games

  • James

    Where are all the Foles fans now? You were all going on about him like he was the second coming of christ. 6 points. Wow. When is Vick back??!

    • Vick Supporter

      17 points a game is a miracle with this team. We are terrible across the board

  • Vick Supporter

    This is the hardest article Shiel has ever written as far as I can remember. That’s saying something. We suck across the board

  • Big Red Hater

    Don’tsay ‘for some reason the announcers said the eagles run good screens’….. please name names, that moron Brian Billick said that and you know it…..and he said 100 other stupid things that were annoying including never just saying ‘the eagles’ he always has to say ‘the Philadelphia eagles’ even if its every 15 seconds…god he is the worst, no wonder he can’t get another coaching job. I had to mute the TV, he sucks, he sucks, he sucks……so does Lurie and Andy…..

    • marlowe alter

      how is Lurie at fault? Andy makes all the football decisions, it’s all on him. Now if Lurie doesn’t get rid of the guy and we continue to stink, then he shares blame

  • xlGmanlx

    @Sheil – Can we get a break down of how many 2 TE sets and max protects the iggles ran? How do you ask a rookie, starting his first game, to pass almost 50 times? How about a more balanced approach? Why are we seeing empty backfields with the worst OL in football?

  • xlGmanlx

    I stand by my 2011 assessment that Babin was fraud and is proving me right week after week. Most overrated 18 sack player in recent years.

  • Eagledude

    Foles was alright in his debut. First pick was on Celek. It only hit him in the hands! Second pick is on Foles, sure…3rd and 21 in no mans land…no place to punt or kick a field goal. At least he took a shot. The play calling was terrible. The Washington D was able to tee off and play downhill when almost every play was a run or a pass inside 5 yards. We can’t spread the D out and take shots downfield cause of our pathetic o line. Foles made some good calls at the line of scrimmage and made some nice plays moving up in the pocket. Foles also probably took half the hits Vick has in any game this year due to good pocket presence. Let the kid play.