The Eagles did what they set out to do yesterday in Cleveland, start the season off with a win. But the manner in which they got that win did not leave head coach Andy Reid particularly happy, especially as it relates to the offense.
"Offensively, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers," Reid said. "You just can't have those and I would say that we didn't play as disciplined offensively as we needed to all the way around. I know [QB] Michael [Vick] took the blame yesterday [but] it's not a one man show. That's not what it is. Everybody had a piece of this pie starting with me and the coaches."
Reid said that while the penalties and mistakes were evidence of what they need to fix, the final game winning drive was an example of how things can work once those fixes are in.
"You can't play like that whether it was from play calling, execution, to the penalties there. But the bottom line is that it ended up in the 91 yard drive. That gives you an indication about what you can do offensively if you eliminate the penalties and eliminate the turnovers."
"We've had a number of those games in the past where we weren't able to come back and that we lost," Reid added.
The Eagles offense wasn't exactly impotent yesterday. They moved the ball well, but thanks to the turnovers and penalties, didn't convert enough of that yardage to points.
"You start looking at 456 yards of total offense and then you're not putting it in the end zone," Reid lamented. "That's ridiculous there. You have 12 penalties for 110 yards. That's ridiculous and that's not good football. We just have to make sure we take care of that."
The Eagles turned the ball over a total of 5 times yesterday, a total they likely only got away with because the Browns gave the ball up 4 times themselves.