Offensive Rant

WarNest.com's Chris Steuber rants about the Eagles offense. Where is Reggie Brown? What happened to Kevin Curtis? And is Donovan McNabb the same player he used to be? That and much more...

I am confused; hell, I’m frustrated.

I don’t know what to make of the Eagles’ uninspired defeat to the New York Giants. How can a team go from scoring 56 points one week and then the next week only score 3 points? It’s not like the Giants are much greater than the Detroit Lions. In all honesty, the Lions have more talent than the Giants, but the Eagles didn’t make any adjustments on offense to counter what the Giants were doing on defense.

Did Andy Reid make the trip to New York? I’m sorry, because I didn’t notice much coaching taking place on the Eagles’ sideline. A coach’s job is to make adjustments. I didn’t see any adjustments being made in the entire game. It seemed that the Giants knew exactly what the Eagles were doing. Reid always says that it’s his responsibility for the way the team plays, well, actions are louder than words. This team is too talented to be 1 – 3.

I understand that the Eagles were without Brian Westbrook, but when I really think about it, his backup Correll Buckhalter did a nice job. Buckhalter isn’t the same kind of player Westbrook is, because Westbrook is one of the league’s best running backs at pass protection. But Buckhalter added some much needed production out of the backfield. He had 103 yards on 17 carries.

The running game was fine, but what happened to the Eagles’ offense that was so potent against the Lions? Against the Giants, the Eagles offensive line was terrible. They allowed 12 sacks, six of them recorded by Osi Umenyiora. Second-year offensive tackle Winston Justice, who started the game in place of the injured William Thomas, got a lesson in pass blocking 101. Umenyiora used and abused Justice all night long, and at one point it seemed he felt sorry for Justice.

One guy I don’t feel sorry for is Reggie Brown. Has he been on the field? He’s supposed to be this team’s No. 1 receiver, but through the first four games he’s been invisible. I don’t know if it’s a chemistry thing between him and McNabb, but something isn’t right. Brown only has eight catches for 81 yards. EIGHT CATCHES? He’s currently the Eagles fourth leading receiver. That’s not getting the job done on a team that needs its playmakers to step up.

What happened to Kevin Curtis against the Giants? Curtis had 221 yards receiving on 11 receptions and scored three touchdowns against Detroit, but this past Sunday he only had two receptions for 21 yards. Here’s a tip for the Eagles receivers… catch the ball then look up field to make a play. I’m getting tired of these receivers taking their eye off the ball and not concentrating at the task at hand.

Is anyone else concerned about McNabb? Yes, he got sacked 12 times and he’s coming off of a major injury, but if you watched the game it was obvious he doesn’t have that second gear anymore to escape the pocket. In the past, McNabb was able to make a play on the run and elude defenders - not anymore.

The offense is the biggest concern for this team. I have a feeling this offense is going to be the worst roller coaster ride imaginable all year long.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber is the Editor in Chief of WarNest.com and an NFL Analyst for Scout.com. Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. If you have any questions for Chris, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.



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