5 Takeaways From Birds-Pats Preseason Game

August 17th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Filed under Eagles, Football, General.

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Friday Night was the Eagles second preseason game, as they took on the New England Patriots in lovely Foxboro, Massachusetts. While it still only the preseason, this game opened some eyes and made me aware of some new concerns. Without further adu, let’s take a look….

1.) The officials are going to call EVERYTHING this season.

Oh man, is this season’s officiating going to be fun. They are calling everything, ticky-tack or not. The slightest little touch is now considered “illegal use of hands” If a receiver gets poked by a defender, it’ll be “illegal use of hands”. It’s ridiculous….the sport is football, not touch football, not flag football, not ballet….football! Let the men play, hits are hits, none of this “illegal use of hands” crap, just let them play the game. Ugh..

2.) Curtis Marsh is a defensive liability

I never thought that one specific player could infuriate me so bad. Well, Curtis Marsh did just that. It’s like he’s just not football-smart and panics on every play. Tonight, he has taken at least 4 penalties that I know of, and got toasted for three touchdowns. Simply put, Marsh lacks the speed, size, and overall football I.Q to be anything more than a practice squad player. Cut ties now, while you still have the chance.

3.) Nick Foles’ play is improving, but Mark Sanchez is shining through the clouds

Foles’ performance on Friday was solid, going 8-10 for 81 yds with a TD. However, Sanchez once again, continued to outshine Foles with his performance. In two preseason games, Sanchez has gone 18 for 22, throwing for 196 yards, with 2 TDs and 1 INT. While, Foles has gone 14-19 for 125 yards, with 1 TD and 2 INTs. Foles has been solid, but Sanchez has been great. Watch out Nick, Mark could be coming for your job.

4.) Arrelious Benn has potential

Benn had a fantastic game Friday night. He recorded a blocked punt, and his first touchdown of the preseason. It may be true that Benn will never materialize into anything more than a #4 WR, he is a phenomenal special-teams player. He will play a big part in the special-team aspect of the game this season.

5.) The Pass Rush is not even visible

Where is it?  All of these “pass rushers” that this team possesses, and we can’t manage to get pressure on a wet paper bag, let alone Tom Brady. In part, the lack of pass rush made backups Jimmy Garroppolo and Ryan Mallett look like Hall of Fame caliber QBs. Players like Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, and Mychael Kendricks….yet, we can’t manage to get pressure on QBs this preseason. Recording only three sacks, the Eagles lack of a pass rush has had a significant impact on the other aspects of the defense. Once again, this is a headline to continue monitoring as we advance through the preseason.

With the second preseason game in the book, the Eagles improved on some aspects of their game, while opening up even larger holes in other aspects. There are still two games to correct these issues and I have the utmost confidence that Coach Kelly will wrangle the Birds into line as we approach the start of the regular season. Time will tell though, as we face a tough test in the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.

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