Eagles Wake-Up Call: Anger And Edge

eagles-cary-williams-hazingChip Kelly offered up this line back in August, and has used some variation of it on multiple occasions since:

“Once you think you’ve arrived in this game, you’re going to get passed on by.”

Opinions vary as to whether that is what happened this past week against Minnesota: if the Eagles allowed the five-game winning streak to dull their focus, particularly as they prepared for a supposedly inferior Vikings team. Cary Williams made it clear where he stands on this debate.


"I'm glad it knocked us off our high horse," said Williams. "Point proven right there that you have to be prepared, you have to be ready to come out and play each and every week. You can't come out and not be physical in the beginning and expect a team to just lay down. To a degree we weren't necessarily the most physical team out there, we weren't necessarily the most emotional team out there, and I think we to some degree came out flat. So I'm glad that we lost, in the sense that it helped prepare us for this week, understanding that every week is going to be a different test, every team is going to come at us with their best shot."

Billy Davis made the point prior to the game that the team's performance would show how they respond to being the favorites, "and we didn't respond well." Jason Avant noticed that they just didn't have the same kind of energy. No player or coach we spoke with suggested that there was any lack of effort leading up to the game -- Davis went as far as to say they had some of their best practices of the season that week -- but clearly something was missing.

"I don't think we were the normal team that we were the last four, five weeks," said Williams. "I think that we lost that edge. It's time for us to get that edge back."

Williams was benched at the end of the game following an unnecessary roughness call. When it was suggested to him that he was sat down because of his dust-up with a Minnesota receiver, Williams took exception, saying that the reporter had the wrong information. So what is the right information?

Williams intimated that there may have been a misunderstanding on the sideline that escalated the situation.

"There was a series of things that went on," he said. "I was more frustrated at myself [for getting baited into a penalty] and sometimes I need to walk off and I pace the sideline and I talk to myself about the situation...I'm not necessarily going at a person."

After a conversation with Kelly, Davis and one of his position coaches, Williams says everyone is now on the same page.

"I can be a little angry at times and I use that anger to fuel me to get to the position where I am right now," he said. "Sometimes it can be a gift and a curse. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it doesn't. You get around people -- especially in this organization that I'm new to -- that don't understand who Cary Williams is, then that's what it is, you have to deal with it. We're all still learning each other, everyone's learning who they are as individuals. People are learning me and I'm learning them.

"Sometimes it does come to bite me in the butt, me dealing with my anger and trying to play at a high level and play with intensity. That's just a part of the game, I have to learn how to subdue those things to a degree and play great football."

WHAT YOU MISSED

Sheil offers his game review of the defense.

The latest on the state of the secondary.

Is Nick Foles being judged too harshly? That and more in the latest Twitter Mailbag.

Kapadia provides three leftovers from Kelly.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

The Eagles dropped from ninth to 11th in ESPN's power rankings. From Phil Sheridan:

The Eagles certainly didn’t look like a top-10 team in Minnesota on Sunday. Their defense gave up the most points allowed by an Eagles defense since 2005. Coach Chip Kelly couldn’t get his offense going until it was too late. A Vikings team with no Adrian Peterson crushed the Eagles 48-30.

But the Eagles dropped only two spots in ESPN.com’s weekly Power Rankings for the same reason they remained in sole possession of first place in the NFC East: Everybody around them was just as bad. On Sunday night, the Eagles face the 13th-rankedChicago Bears, who are in a who-wants-it battle for first place in the NFC North.

That game is rife with danger for the Eagles. The Bears are an even better, more versatile offensive team than the Vikings. Win or lose, though, the Eagles’ season will come down to their Dec. 29 game against the 18th-ranked Cowboys in Dallas.

Jimmy Kempski writes that LeSean McCoy could very well go off Sunday night.

After the Eagles allowed 382 passing yards to Matt Cassel on Sunday, Eagles fans are worried about the prospect of facing arguably the best WR duo in the league.

However, Bears fans are likely to be just as worried about a matchup that favors the Eagles. LeSean McCoy is the NFL's leading rusher, and the Bears are absolutely horrid against the run.

Last week the Bears held the Browns to under 100 rushing yards, but in the 7 games before that, they allowed an average of over 200 rushing yards per game, which is absolutely atrocious.

COMING UP

We'll speak with Kelly this morning before practice.

  • nicksaenz1

    The ‘Seans were dancing around the locker room singing “Started from the bottom now we here” while skipping film study. Those two jokers…

    • DirtyWaters

      Shady and Djax both made the injury report with welts from a towel fight and sore buttocks from a mean game of grab ass.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Cary Williams and high level shouldn’t be used in the same sentence, but I guess it is a quote from the Great Cary Williams himself, not someone else’s words.

    • DirtyWaters

      You can tell it’s a quote because it’s written in third person.

      • G_WallyHunter

        A quote about Cary Williams said by Cary Williams.. interesting

    • Mike J

      Let’s all just be happy that he’s on a one year deal (…and the secondary will be heavily addressed this coming off season).

      • G_WallyHunter

        He’s on a 3 year 17 million dollar deal? Where’d you get 1 year from

        10.5 million guaranteed, 5.75 this year and 4.75 next year.. Max value of 19 million if he hits escalators.
        We better get used to him.

        I might add, he was the highest paid CB in FA this year.
        Are the others playing better? Who are the others? Grimes? Sean Smith? I think there was one other notable one… Goldson was safety I’m not counting him..

        http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-breaking-down-cary-williams-17-million-eagles-deal-20130315,0,4217960.story

        • cliff henny

          his cap number in ’14 is 6.4m w/ 3.3m dead, sure he’ll get another year. hope Geagle is right, better safety play will allow for tighter coverage, cause he is extremely fustrating to watch with those huge cushions. 3rd yr is 8.16m cap and only 1.66m dead, cant see him playing under those numbers, time will tell if it’s extension or releasing

          • G_WallyHunter

            Checked spotrac, I see, thanks, I wondered about the credibility of this Baltimore Sun article lol

          • cliff henny

            eaglescap.com. great site, breaks down calary cap for year and per player, plus often gives explanations, like for vick since it’s pretty involved.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya google doesn’t exactly always point you to the most credible. Eagles cap likely pulls their info from spotrac.
            At least that’s better, not as much dead money next year, I like the safety theory, get much better at safety and his play gets better..

          • cliff henny

            no idea where he gets info-he does seem philly diehard. lines up with overthecap.com, but lot more specific and user friendly.

          • GEAGLE

            Dude, they ARE physical Press Corners, yet we have them playing off ALL THE TIME…that’s a direct result of inadequate safeties that can’t be trusted….they are barely getting a chance to play their game, because they know if thy press and get beat they can’t count on NTHEIR over the top help…

            If Chip REALLY wanted corners to play off, Cary and Brad would NOT have been the CBs we targeted in FA

          • GEAGLE

            Once our pass rush improves and we have safeties we can trust to not let WR get behind them, we will get to see Cary and Brad, press and disrupt WR timing…you don’t need shut down corners if you can disrupt WR timing and your pass rush forces QBs to throw the ball sooner than they would like

          • cliff henny

            know we’ve discussed it before, not even sure ‘shutdown corner’ even exists. agree though, best way to play defenses in nfl is to disguise blitzes, get pressure without having to send 6 or 7 all the time, corners that dont leave guys wide open-man or zone, and safeties that can both ball-hawk and sure tacklers. make teams earn it. anderson missing tackle was back breaker vs minne. probably doesnt change outcome, but at 30 vs 5, pretty much was ballgame.

          • GEAGLE

            Yes sir….

            When this defense is finished being built, I think we are goingto see Cary and Brad up on the WRs jamming at the line, disrupting the timing while the pass rush pressures the QB to get the ball out, and force it to a WR who’s timing has been disrupted…and a ball hawking Safety, along with Kendricks, barwin and Wolff will be sharking for interceptions…
            ..”
            We don’t even get to see the value of Cary and Brad until our Safties are ready to be playmakers, but who are disciplined enough to not blow tackles and give up yard after catch, while never allowing WR to get behind them..
            .,
            Right NOW, our entire defensive motto is don’t give up the big play..once we have serious safeties we can trust, I KNOW our philosophy will shift to a more AGGRESIVE attack defense…

            Right now, we can’t play that ways because we DOnt have the horses at safety or pass rush, so we have to play the style we are flaying to cover for our safety liabilities!!! But we will evolve to a more agressive attack defense, and that’s when we will really see the best of Cary and Brad….they NEED that ballhawk safety who they can trust behind them…Safety,OLB, by far are our biggest defensive needs

          • nicksaenz1

            Hayden, Sherman, Talib. Those three are the only ones worth the shutdown label.

          • GEAGLE

            I like Peterson and Verner more than Talib and Hayden,,but Sherm is the best

          • nicksaenz1

            Talib has been shutting people down all year when he’s been healthy (think he missed a couple of games) and Hayden has made a career of it… I’d take Verner over PP from a pure corner stand point.

        • GEAGLE

          Honestly, Sean Smith is playing like the worst CB in the NFL…good OL Andy never learns

          • G_WallyHunter

            I knew he was playing like crap, Grimes tho, he is shutting down and keeping that secondary together in Mia..

          • GEAGLE

            Is he? Honestly haven’t been following Miami…it’s too painful watching Dion on another team :)

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya he’s having a great year, got signed for kinda cheap too cuz he was coming off injury, maybe it will save Fireland’s job, LOL NOT, guy’s DONE, C YA LATER

            If they make playoffs that dumb owner will have a hard time firing him tho

        • Mike J

          My bad…no idea where I thought I read that…but that’s what I’ve been holding on to as we watch his play all year.
          From what i’m reading again…we can cut bait by the 5th day of the 2014 league year. Which I don’t see how we can’t.

      • GEAGLE

        Cary will be starting for the eagles in 2014 and 2015…..this is another one of ythose situations where people are going to call GEAGLE a crazy Rosey optimist….yet next September I will be REMINDING EVERYONE how they all thought Cary wouldn’t be here lol

    • anon

      To be fair i don’t see why he’s getting the most flack. People were loving him (and everyone else on this team) after 5 wins. After one game, it’s can’t wait until Cary is gone. Did you see Bradley Fletcher our there? Roc Carmichael, Kurt Coleman, Nate Allen, Colt Anderson? Cary played poorly but not poorly enough to get singled out honestly. As Billy said this is D where each unit relies on each other unit.

      To be fair Minnsota’s offense isn’t terrible, when they have a good QB they have the skill players to compete with the best.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ya good points, I’m not calling for his head or anything I’m not that critical, but just found the quote funny. He’s always making 3rd person quotes like that. I think with Earl back he should play better.

      • Chris

        agree with you here, plenty of blame on the D to go around…probably the worst game of the season (maybe chargers or broncos) but really disappointed in performances by the entire secondary. Also agree – Minn not as bad as record suggests.

      • theycallmerob

        hey now- to be fair, I’ve been wishing he was gone since the day he was signed.

        • cliff henny

          no doubt…you warned us, but yet we werent prepared

          • theycallmerob

            I get the other arguments- no other CBs in FA class, brings attitude, yada yada. But he stinks.
            If you remember, I said ideal situation for him is as Dime CB. If was had one more good-to-great CB at 1, Fletch at 2 (where he is decent; not saying he’s an all-star, but I personally think he’s better than Sconces). Boykin 3, Sconces first off bench. I’ll take him in that role any day. But as a #1 CB, even temporary? not for me.

          • G_WallyHunter

            yup, and he’s proven you right so far

          • Bdawkbdawk

            I know it is a bit hard to compare given the surrounding talent, but would you have preferred us picking up Sean Smith? He seems to have gotten a very similar contract to ‘this is my blessing, this is my curse’ Cary (Peter Parker) Williams

          • theycallmerob

            not so much. feel free to look back, but when that came up in the summer I thought that DB overall was very weak in FA. Didn’t think Goldson was worth the $, Quin was ok, Pollard would have been the same as Chung. The only CB I kinda liked was Keenan Allen (think I got that right?) – the PIT guy who ended up signing with NO. Grimes may have been worth a flyer, but plenty of folks would have been mad about that at the time too (coming off injury)

            honestly thought we’d go more DB in the draft. Wolff looks nice, shame Poyer didn’t work out. Hopefully this year (again, don’t see many names in FA worth the $, aside from Byrd or Ward at S).

          • BlindChow

            Worth noting that Allen turned down a higher offer from the Eagles so he could play near his hometown, so the Eagles Front Office apparently agreed with you…

          • GEAGLE

            Allen would have Been added instead of Brad…Cary was always going to be an eagle? I think Chip and Billy value him more then people think..
            ..
            Derek Cox sucks
            Sean Smith Blows. he gets the best safety help he could ever ask for and he can’t stop anyone
            .
            Grimes…I didn’t want to deal with another ACL

            For me, It was always about Cary,Brad and Keenen

          • theycallmerob

            yea, remember the day I saw that….oh well.

            the DBs around the league are so weak, only those teams in the most dire cap situations would let a good player walk. like the good rush OLBs.
            For the back 7 in particular, you have to build through the draft. We’ve just struck out so often. Incredibly bad. I mean, look at the decade from 02 (lito, lewis, and sheldon) to 12 (boykin):

            Norman LeJeune (7th), Matt Ware (3rd), JR Reed (4th), Dexter Wynn (6th), Sean Considine (4th), Jeremy Bloom (5th), CJ Gaddis (5th), Rashad Barksdale (6th), Quintin Demps (4th), Jack Ikegwuono (4th), Macho Harris (5th), Nate Allen (2nd), Trevard Lindley (4th), Kurt Coleman (7th), Jaiquawn Jarrett (2nd), Curtis Marsh (3rd)

            that’s crazy bad. We all got on AR about LBs, but good lord- this is worse.

          • Bdawkbdawk

            Yea, fair enough. There doesn’t seem to have been very many solid choices.
            I’m feeling pretty good about our draft approach. Although every team has massive variance in hits and misses, it seems as if we have a solid approach. In hindsight, thank gosh we didn’t draft Millner and it’s hard not to be optimistic with Wolff.

          • LombardiTime

            I think we should’ve resigned Cromartie instead of picking up Fletcher. He only signed a 1 yr deal with Broncos, so we could possibly correct that mistake next year. Revis was worth the $, but after overpaying for Nnamdi, would have been risky for a first year coach. With the eagles having an edge with cap space this season, Byrd is definitely on my wish list, don’t think Buffalo will franchise him and they won’t be able to afford his 8mil +/yr salary demands. With a pick up in the draft at DB, I like Kyle Fuller out of VT, the D would get back to resembling the Jim Johnson era form.

          • theycallmerob

            cliff, cap question for you:

            when looking at the DBs for a post below, I noticed how few guys are signed past ’14. Sconces contract won’t last til ’15, Fletch is done next year, Boykin needs a new one after that, Chung is cut after this year (no way he’s seeing 3.25/3.75, only 1mil dead), no other safeties signed but Wolff.
            But I still see Poyer on that list. Not much, but has dead $ though length of deal.
            Are the Eagles on the hook for that? Guys nabbed from our PS?

          • cliff henny

            yup, it’s like being traded. whatever prorated is due, eagles take it, i saw about 100k being taken this yr. you want to see a funny dead money list, visit NE patriots page on overthecap.com, they have like 70 players getting dead money, since they shuffle back end and PS all thru season.

      • anthony barnes

        Cary William wast not the probably they didn’t play with intensity they didn’t play with aggressive point blank period they sleeped on Minnesota

  • GEAGLE

    Cary….I love you!!!

    • Sig

      I think Cary Williams was a great addition to the Eagles. He might not be the best CB out there, but he bring an attitude that our defense has been lacking over the last few years. He is a good teammate, (most of the time) and he is a physical tackler. He is like a B version of sheldon Brown, just with more attitude.

      • GEAGLE

        Absolutely….Cary and Brad were brought here as big physical corners who will play press man! battle WR at the LOS and disrupt their timing, yet ALL you see is them playing off….if Chip wanted corners to play off, he would have signed an Assante type who would sit back and jump routes….Cary and Brad aren’t even getting to play THEIR game, which is press man, and that’s a direct result of our coaches and Corner NOT trusting the safeties behind them…
        ..
        Next year we will see, two QUALITY safeties that CBs and coaches can trust, and that’s when we will really see Cary and Brad at their best playing THEIR game!

        Thanks to CallmeROB for the quotes about how Cary has taken Wolff under his wing…I think our coaches like our corners MUCH more then fans and “analysts” realize

        • anon

          to be fair brad’s got a lot of pi penalties for a press man star, but to be honest i like our guys back there.

          • GEAGLE

            Wouldn’t call him a star…I would call him a solid player capable of playing for a good defense…Brad hasn’t gotten much continuity In his career..I think if his knees hold up the continuity he got this year will serve him well! and we will see a better player next year…..

            Wolff aka dark Man X, Woof Woof, where my dawgs at will be better next year, as will the Boy King!…once we pair Wolff with a real talent, and the secondary gels into a cohesive unit, I think we will be pleased with our secondary…especially once our pass rush improves

          • cloisterwater

            If Brad would just turn his damn head around, he could have avoided 1/2 those PI calls. Good coverage, just turn that head when the receiver looks like he’s going for the catch.

          • Adam

            That PI in the end zone was complete BS though.

        • theycallmerob

          if he does nothing else than help develop attitude, great. But I’ll take talent over mindset any day of the week. I know it’s your boy, and you know how I feel. Especially after last year, since we were Charmin.
          But if Sconces came in right after Lito and Sheldon, it’d be entirely different. He’d still be as “tough” as those guys, but we’d notice the play dropoff from those guys. It’s just the surrounding that is so bad which keeps sconces looking ok.

          • bentheimmigrant

            Not sure I’d describe Sconces as “looking ok” this week. Looked pretty crap to me. I’m glad he’s got attitude, but he’s continuing that game within a game where he plays awful and then comes up with one good play. This week it was a great pass break up. Doesn’t make up for the yards, penalty and TD he gifted them on Sunday. I do remind myself that we didn’t really have much to choose from this offseason.

          • theycallmerob

            …yup.
            was it SD when he had the 3 PI calls?

          • bentheimmigrant

            Yeah. But what else are we to do? He may be a waste of a roster space at times, but if he wasn’t there the only other option would be Boykin. I personally would like to see him outside in 2WR sets, but I’m very sympathetic to Davis making sure we don’t destroy him by overloading him with responsibilities this early in his career. The only thing worse than Williams playing would be snuffing out the one bright spot I see in that secondary.

          • theycallmerob

            I agree completely. Now that he’s here, has to play.
            Next year? Depends on the possible upgrades in the draft.
            ’14- 6.4 mil cap hit, 3.33 dead $ if cut.
            ’15- 8.1 mil cap hit, 1.67 dead $ if cut

            Fletch is only signed through next year- 2.9 mil, no dead $.

            (a) keep both; 9.3 mil going towards those two, and more of this year.
            (b) cut Sconces. with dead $, 6.2 mil for them.

            wonder what the FO thinks of sconces, and whether he’s worth that 6.4 next year. I for one sure hope not. I’m a fan of plan b.

          • bentheimmigrant

            3.3 is a hefty chunk if we cut him… If we were willing to pay Casey to barely play, I don’t see why we couldn’t with Sconces. I’d much rather we got an actual starter to replace him, and he can come in as a backup. I wouldn’t be against re-signing Fletcher. Sunday was bad, but he’s been ok to solid this season.

          • theycallmerob

            yea, I said above I’d accept him as a dime CB. plan C I guess. thanks!
            the only time I’d really like to see him on sundays is when the camera pans over and he’s screaming and waving a towel from the sideline. Like the 11th and 12th guys on NBA teams.

          • GEAGLE

            I’m telling, FO and Chip like Sconces and Brad. Both will start next year with upgraded safety help

      • cloisterwater

        I agree completely. He’s certainly not great (which is very hard to be in today’s NFL), but makes some big plays at big times. Much more than we had last year.

        • GEAGLE

          I wish NNamdi was still an Eagle lol, just so he would have to deal with Cary getting on his ass every day

          • GEAGLE

            Hahaha I could see NNamdi pointing at Wolff, and Cary coming over! grabbing the finger and snapping it back…
            ..
            Cary wraps Nnamdi’s finger up, and throws him back on the field….later in the game! NNamdi points at Cary. Cary loses it, runs over and bites the finger off

    • UncleCarm

      Shouldn’t that be “Geagle loves Cary”?

      • GEAGLE

        It works

  • Mike J

    Ever wonder why a Super Bowl winning CB’s best offer was a one year deal from a 4 win team with a new coaching staff? LOL

    • G_WallyHunter

      Where’s this one year deal?!!?

    • GEAGLE

      Smh

  • nicksaenz1

    From an ESPN article about Jerry backing Romo:

    “When it basically has to unfold for him out there, the defense gets out of their structure, we get out of our structure on pass routes,” Jones said. “All of a sudden, you’re into a little more sandlot-type football. In doing so, there’s more risk that’s involved. Make no mistake about it: With where we are with our personnel, we’re going to have to take risks.”

    Taking a risk is throwing it to Dez in the 2nd quarter on a deep ball while he’s double teamed. Checking out of a run in kill clock mode against a team that stormed back, with the aide of one interception already, is stupid. But….this is why we love ourselves some Jerry Jones and Tony Romo. Jerry backs Tony, Tony throws games away. Long live the two of them.

    • cliff henny

      with Jones cutting the checks, they’ll have Romo as starter right on thru ’19, so, close enough to forever

      • GEAGLE

        Cowboys need some Howie in their life…

        Imagine if the ONLY job joe banner could get was the cowboys lol..imagine banner sitting at his cowboys desk and taking a look at their cap situation for the first time hahaha

        • cliff henny

          like reading bloggingtheboys, they are truly delusional about future. think 1 solid draft and couple free agents on defense and they’ll be right there with elite next year. want to tell them it’ll take at least 2 drafts and those drafts seasoned 2 or 3 yrs, by then half the current team will be ready for retirement home, but still cost a ton on cap. cap which they dont have to sign any free agents or retain any of these solid guys they might have in carter, lee, murray selvie, church, and dez. how fustrating would it be to watch thorton, cox, logan, kendricks, wollff boykin all walk cause howie gave cutler 7 ys 150m and cole 4yr etension of 60m?

          • GEAGLE

            YIKES…almost feel sorry for them..nope, still funny lol.
            ..
            I CANT WAIT to see skins and cowboys offseason moves. Get your popcorn ready, kick up your feet and watch fools continue to destroy franchises

          • nicksaenz1

            I was kind of kidding at first, but trading Ware for picks should actually be a move that Dallas highly considers this offseason. I have a great landing spot for him, opposite one Connor Barwin.

            EDIT: On second thought, nah, let him go to the AFC. We don’t need that $16mil crushing the cap.

          • cliff henny

            not only your ‘edit’, but his production is really low. no one is touching him. think cowboys have to restructure and extend him too this off-season as part of the plan to get under.

          • nicksaenz1

            He’s been playing hurt, I thought. Either way, Jerry will restructure for sure, because he’s an idiot, but the best way for them to go would be to trade him for some mid-round picks. Hard to see anyone taking that salary for more than a 3rd or 4th.

      • nicksaenz1

        I’ll take what I can for as long as I can get it. ’19 works.

    • Kevin

      Anyone want to help me fund a cloning project for Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder? I want to keep those two in the NFC East as long as possible. They are the gifts that keep on giving.

    • Explorer51

      Tony Romo obviously has made more egregious mistakes in Decembers than most QBs have made in their entire careers…but…if we get down to playing for the NFC East title on week 17, in Dallas, it is too eerily reminiscent of 2009. Romo came out of his funk and smoked us 24-0 and then did it again the following week. I know we’re a totally different team, etc. but I don’t like this parallel universe stuff…they even played (and beat) the Redskins in week 16 that year. OK, I’m sorry, I just had to unload.

      On a lighter note, in case you guys haven’t seen this last bit of arrogance from Jerry Jones: http://www.yardbarker.com/author/article_external/15331385?mailing_id=2842&linksrc=mb_main_col_7

    • Bdawkbdawk

      Horrendous play by the Cowboys regardless, but Chris Brown of SmartFootball diagnosed the playcall as a packaged play with a run-pass option. I assume then that Tony’s ill advised pass attempt was a reflection of Green Bay getting penetration, and blowing up the potential run option in the backfield. I guess no one knows for sure, but I sure hope the Cowboys continue to execute poorly for years to come.

      • EaglePete

        Right but sometimes its okay to just run it into the pile and shed some clock. Thats where Romo is wrong at times, trying to do too much. Also you never know how a run play will develop, a small opening and you get a 7 yd run etc.

        • Bdawkbdawk

          I agree with what you’re saying, especially in hindsight, but I don’t think the playcall was all that terrible in the moment. It was 2nd and 6 with 2:58 remaining. GB had 1 timeout. Unless Dallas got a first down, GB would have about 2 minutes to drive the field. As a result, a run pass option to take what the defense is giving, is not that onheard of.
          Fortunately for us, the defense seemed to give very little. If you check out the play again, you’ll see that Clay Mathews looped around Dallas’ horrrible proection scheme and threatened to disrupt the meshpoint. If Romo were to hand the ball off, he could have very easily been hit with his arm outstretched and fumled.
          So, as Romo is prone to do, he makes a smart read, keeps the ball, deftly steps up in the pocket and delivers one of the most perfect spirals two feet behind a horribly covered reciever. It was beautiful.

  • theycallmerob

    Loving 3rd person Cary Williams now.

    “So Cary…would you say you took that loss on the chin?”

  • JofreyRice

    Don’t mistrust your eyes, Williams is a sucky CB. The advanced metrics sites agree with what you see in the games. And for a guy that hangs his hat on sure tackling, he’s missed 10 this year–the same number Asante missed in 2010, although Williams isn’t coming up with 7 picks or holding opposing QBs to a sub 40 rating into his coverage the way Samuel did, to offset that number.

    Dissapointed by Fletcher, though. His frailty was always a concern, but generally he played at a higher level than what he showed on Sunday.

    Secondary needs a lot of help.

    • EaglePete

      There were a few plays where the CB (I know Fletcher on one long pass play at least) was right on the WR but just couldnt make the play. That happens sometimes and I can live with that, its when they are completely beat and/or misread a play and arent even in the area that is tough to digest. Also wonder how much scheme and safety play factors in to CB play also. I think sucky is a tad harsh. At least they gang tackle as a defense. Lets hope Chi didnt learn anything from that game and we can adjust, they need to pressure Cutler and get some more effective blitz packages.