Anderson: ‘It’s All On Me’

The last thing the Eagles wanted to do was make it easy for Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense.

But after Nick Foles found Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown that put the Eagles up 24-23 with 4:54 left, a special-teams mishap gave New Orleans the ball at the Eagles’ 48 yard line.

Darren Sproles took Alex Henery’s return down the right sideline for 39 yards. Cary Williams finally brought Sproles down, but was whistled for a horse-collar tackle.

So, what happened?

“I tried to do a little something different at the end, and I got caught inside,” said Eagles special-teams ace Colt Anderson. “I should have been outside. I got greedy. I was trying to make the play and ended up getting myself out of position.

“The whole game they just kept hitting us in the middle, hitting us in the middle. They got us. Gotta give credit to them. Sproles is a good returner. At the end of the day, I didn’t do my job. It’s all on me.”

Added Williams: “We lost contain, and that’s really what opened it up. So [if] we would have had guys going upfield in that situation, probably would have corralled him, had him in a vice, but he got outside and it is what it is. Guys make mistakes, and I compounded that mistake by going into a horse-collar. We practice that over and over. We understand that Sproles is shifty and a guy that can cut on a dime.”

Williams acknowledged that he knew it was going to be a horse-collar, but the alternative was giving up a touchdown.

“I didn’t want to dive because if he skipped out of my dive and tackle, it would’ve been six points,” he said. “And he’d have scored. In that situation, that was the first thing that came to my mind was to get him down and allow my defense an opportunity to stop ‘em. I’ve gotta look at the film, see what I could have done better maybe in that situation. But as far as I was concerned, I was just trying to get the guy down and make a play to allow the defense to get out there on the field.”

Chip Kelly seemed to think Henery was partly to blame as well.

“I know it bounced out to their sideline so I couldn’t exactly tell you,” he said. “But we didn’t get enough depth on it . We didn’t hit the ball very well on kickoffs all day. The ball obviously in this weather wasn’t traveling very far.”

Said Henery: “There was one short one that I was not happy with. Other than that, the last kickoff I was happy with where it went. It was 2 yards deep into the wind. He just got outside of us. We have to cover better and we could always have better kicks.”

The Eagles’ defense still had a chance to stop New Orleans, but didn’t get the job done. The Saints picked up three first downs before Shayne Graham hit a 32-yard field goal to end the game.

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  • Yat

    Good for Colt for taking the blame, but he’s the last guy i blame this loss on. What’s Henery got to say for his sorry self?

    • GEAGLE

      Drunken idiot kicker

    • dave H

      that 11 yard sack taken by our beloved nick foles was completely amateurish non smart play! and it cost us dearly – the walks will kill and that was a major ‘walk’ – it took us out of field goal range! if we had that 11 yards that field goal is good, we score first and the Saints scored on that possession!!!
      that was 100% the difference in the first half.

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      • theedevilsadvocate

        bad play calling IMO they should have ran it and then just kicked the field goal and got 3. why pass 3 is better than none in a playoff game…

  • Bren

    Henrey Sucks!!!!!!!!

  • Tom w

    Offense lost this game not your kicker. And we all knew henery wasn’t great, should cut him mid season like Sean Payton did. His new guy kicked 4 fgs. That’s on chip.

    And henery is right. He had one bad kickoff. And missed a long fg. Need to upgrade but we didn’t lose bcc of him. Their kicker beat us and our offense laid an egg for 3 quarters.

    • Justin

      Henery’s inability to kick a touchback hurts this team too much. He couldn’t even kick a touchback in Minnesota’s dome for crying out loud

    • Media Mike

      We lost by 2 points. Our kicker cost us 3 and can’t kick touchbacks.

      • theycallmerob

        Yea and if coop doesn’t drop we win by 5. More than Just henery at fault

        • macadood

          yea, and then brees takes the final drive all the way to the end zone instead of settling for a field goal and the saints still win…

          • jon h

            Still wondering how they call COx for holding but not Brees for intentional grounding. Also still pissed about that “debris on the field” call although it didn’t cost us anything.

          • theedevilsadvocate

            debris on the field was crap that gave them a breather and time to look at what the D was putting out on the field. it was not even debris from the fans it came from someone on their o line…

    • GiveMeABreak

      Still not sure how we don’t even throw to DeSean until the end of the 3rd quarter. Over last 4 games, Chippah got out game planned in three of them. Surprised that our D outplayed the O. As for Henery, he’s another HR pick that is just not panning out. Wonder what Jeffie’s notes have to say about that decision …

      • theycallmerob

        Hahaha really? Had to get your howie dig in?

        Howie did eveyrthing to get us in the playoffs, from coach on down. Howie didn’t play NT. Howie didn’t avoid throwing to djax. Howie didn’t take a sack.

  • agreed

    Heard a lot on the radio about giving up the touchdown because of the Saints good field position and getting the ball back. It’s too bad Williams tackled Sproles. Should have let him go and got the ball back then.

    • Kpow316

      You think sproles would have scored or would he have taken a celek-slide so the offense could eat clock before a score?

      • GreenScabs

        Not with 4:30 left in the game, he would have taken the TD without a shred of a doubt.

  • Beastmode

    Henery is gone. It’s pathetic that he can’t reliably make field goals (we would have won last nite without his miss ) and the touch backs have killed us all year. It’s why vinatieri was signed by the colts….to be clutch.
    Now I’d argue he’s mentally shot now anyway.

    • GEAGLE

      I NEVER trusted henrey…NEVER….which is crazy because he has an NCAA pedigree for accuracy…people are bitching at Chip for not having a better kicker..but young kids with pedigree need to be given time to rebound, and get it together…if we replaced young kids who didn’t produce fast enough for our liking then we wouldn’t even have a team lol

      But I’m tired of Alex…two years he had to get his ish together…I’m thru with him your honor lol….
      What bothers me is we are going to replace Alex, and then see him get his ish together and go kick well for another team…

      Looking forward to this offseason…ST has NOT. Been the weapon we need it to be(outside of our punt, ad punt coverage which is awesome)

      • anon

        Only position with no competition.

  • jakethesnake

    henery is gone after this year…..little twerp hits it short every other kick most games….you can tell chip is not a fan of his….also, lots of missed opportunities..shoulda woulda coulda….but overall a great year…still sad today here is eagleland.

    • GEAGLE

      Chip practically threw him under the bus at the PC

      • anon

        Well he hits that 48 yarder and its a different game. Same s*** all season with him.

        • dave H

          he would’ve hit a 36 yarder if Nick didn’t “have all day” and take an 11 yard sack … “if he hits a 48 yarder” OMG a forty eight yarder!!! what that’s the norm now, wow

          • theedevilsadvocate

            why put foles in a position to throw and have things go wrong why not give it to shady then kick the field goal. bad decisions all around that play…

  • mtn_green

    1 man can win the game but it takes all 22 to lose it.
    * Henery’s miss, bad KO
    * coopers drop
    * Oline bad tackling
    * Dline letting Sproles run on em
    * Foles (hard to argue he could’ve been better, maybe let it rip more)

    2 takeaways and 0 turnovers, eagles win 9 times out of 10.

    • dave H

      Nick’s 11 yard sack hurt.. that wobbly 48 yard attempt would’ve gon thru if it was a 36 yarder!!

  • addicted2mula

    What happened to the screens

  • Bird of Prey

    7 points while getting two turnovers in the first half. That’s it. Blame that. Misses in a big game? The worst was Akers. This is the first year and one Draft. I want to see next season and who we pick in April before I start pointing the finger at why they lost to a veteran team with tuns of playoff exp by under 3pts.

  • amartin315

    probably would’ve been better in hindsight for cary to risk a missed tackle and let sproles score if he so happened to score. then we get the ball and control the clock

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    kickalicious-Harvard Rugland. need a guy who can consistently hit 50+ on the reg. this is a joke. we need those points. and if we had a stud kicker. like a prater,tucker, gost. with great range. in increases our scoring potential and what we do on the field. chip isn’t married to Henery. I say cut him.