So, after a dismal display by our Eagles against the Arizona Cardinals, many people are ready to cancel the season, fire the entire organization, and rebuild from the ground up. The question is whether this doom and gloom approach is warranted. More after the jump!
Many people have stated the issues numerous times, but I want to approach this as a top three list for Andy and company, just in case they are in here, reading some fan posts :)
1. Use your best offensive player to setup the offense. No, that's not Michael Vick, it's LeSean McCoy. Having McCoy and the running game (get some carries to Brown, Polk, Lewis) you can establish at the very least, the threat of a run. Look at Houston who is using a combination of Foster and Tate to create a ground game that defenses need to defend. This opens up so much, including play action, screens, slants. This also minimizes the pressure that Vick would be taking all game long. I would love to get a 50-50 split, but a lot of that does depend on the game flow and how the offense is chugging along.l
2. Let Michael Vick be Michael Vick. This attempt to make him Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or Peyton Manning has been a colossal failure. Michael Vick is a dual threat QB. He shouldn't be sitting back in the pocket 30 or more times a game (unless the defense is giving it to us). The coaching staff should install a three second clock in Vick's head. In those three seconds, he drops back, looks for open receivers. After his three seconds are up, he has two options. If he see's a lane where he can pick up some yards, he goes for it (while sliding at the end to minimize the fumbles), otherwise, he throws the ball away. Michael Vick has never been a great pocket passer, and has always leaned on a dominant running game (of which he was part of) to be successful. Asking him to carry the offense is just a poor evaluation of what Vick's strengths are, and how this team needs to win.
3. Let Asomugha shadow opposing team's #1 WR. Although Asomugha has been getting some negative reviews from many fans, the truth is that he is running a system that isn't utilizing his abilities. He needs to jam the WRs at the line, and be more physical then them. Asomugha should have been on Fitzgerald from the first play until the last. In addition, you can add help over the top on a team like Arizona who has other WRs who are not nearly as dangerous. By eliminating or reducing the WR1 on any team, you now have to deal with the rest of the team. Our run defense has been good through three games, so taking a chance that Andre Roberts or Michael Floyd beating us would have been a much better scenerio than allowing Fitzgerald to torch us again (reminds me of last season when they decided to change coverage on Fitzgerald and he went off in the second half).
Can there be more done to help this team? Yes, but I think by utilizing the three that I highlighted, we can easily right this ship. Can you remember the last regular season undefeated team that won a Superbowl? Exactly, we will lose some games, but we need to adjust to our personnel to make a great season an a potential Superbowl birth. The three changes I recommend really go back to playing to the players strengths and should be used for all the players on roster. Find what they do well, and have them do it! Let's hope Andy and company can figure this out soon, because the G-Men aren't going to be a cupcake game!