YESTERDAY on one of the pre-game shows someone said that the last time Philly went 3-0 was 2004. He followed it up with “and you know what happened that year.” Five hours later after a hard fought win, we were indeed 3-0. The pride in that record was unmistakable.
The funny thing about being undefeated is that people stop talking about your flaws. It’s as if a perfect record somehow places a team above criticism of any sort. The moment anyone brings any flaw up, it’s “Aw man! Why can’t you just be happy with the wins?!”
To be clear, I am happy with the wins. However I also know exactly what they are.
We’ve beaten 3 teams, who’ve played a combined 9 games, and have all of 2 combined wins. Both against Jacksonville. In every game we’ve played so far we’ve had to stage comebacks against teams that can’t get big leads against other opponents.
All of our 3 sacks have come against Jacksonville. 145 of our 326 rushing yards came against Jacksonville. Last year’s Rushing Leader LeSean McCoy is averaging 2.9 yards a carry, and has 1 touchdown on 70 touches (60 carries, 10 catches) so far.
Next week we get a San Francisco team that is no longer elite (far from it actually), but they aren’t the barely warm stiffs we’ve been pounding on so far in 2014. While it’s been nice to see our guys battle back and never give up like they did HERE, we have yet to see them impose their will in regard to doing the grunt work that is at the heart of the game of football.
Despite our domination of bad teams, there has been nothing to indicate yet that this team can hang with a playoff caliber team. That is unless you want to say that Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Washington are your idea of playoff caliber teams. (Well maybe Indy.)
Understand, my point isn’t to bash or point fingers (notice how I didn’t place ANY blame), my point is only to say there is plenty here that we need to work on before we start with the “You know what happened the last time we were 3-0?” type of talk. Let me be the first to say it: A division win coupled with another one and done playoff run, would be hollow. If that’s the best we can do, I’d rather have a better Draft pick.
If we’re gonna make a REAL run, we need to make some REAL improvements.