Sunday should be a tell-tale game for the future of many on this team. It should be, for numerous factors. But for a couple groups of players and specialized coaches, it should be a game to where you evaluate from the result of this game. The Eagles come into town having holes opposite of where the Redskins have holes, and the outcome of the match-ups should result in decisions made about people’s jobs.
First, this game is after the bye week for the Redskins, and at home. The Redskins are now 1-3 at home, again beginning to disappoint the fans who shell out thousands a year, to have a 2-10 record over the past 2 seasons there. Then you have Shanny announcing his “evaluation” – which is his prerogative, however if that is the case, then so be it. Here is what should be evaluated.
DEFENSIVE PRESSURE. The Eagles have 1 returning starting offensive lineman from last year. 1. And he hobbled off the field last week. They have busts at the tackle position and Mike Vick all year was running for his life. Now he’s severely concussed (may not play again this year), Enter Nick Foles. Foles who is in his first NFL start is doing so under a head coach who could be done his tenure with the team. In my opinion, Andy Reid’s playbook will be wide open for the rookie – including the normal deluge of downfield plays. If the Redskins can get pressure, it could save a few jobs of some backups/d-coaches. Side note, Foles was a turnover machine in college – no reason to not get a few this week. Players, whether starters or backups, and especially Haslett should be drooling for this opportunity and need to come through.
WIDE RECIEVER – Case for Santana and someone please step up. Shanny and Allen have come in and changed the roster age from one of the older rosters to one of the younger. Including WR. However, since Garcon’s inability to have a foot that’s healed, the starters have ranged from Robinson, to Hankerson, to Morgan. In the meantime, Santana Moss has been the most consistent (albeit a few frustrating drops), and even with his lack of snaps, has been the best option at WR. Santana needs to start, as Griffin obviously trusts him and looks his way when he’s on the field (IE 2nd TD against Giants). While he doesn’t have 2005 speed, he has crisp routes, great YAC ability, and is still a solid WR (Not a #1, but should be on the field more).
The Eagles have 2 great names on paper at CB, but they have not played like their history shows. They need to be taken advantage of, along with the lack of safety help. There should be a few deep ball opportunities. With free agent to be including Bowe, Wallace, Jennings, Welker, and Amendola in the mix, the WR should be on notice.
I guess I’m at the point where this team should go into this week, so confident that they can beat a division rival at home, they should whoop up on them. The Eagels are reeling and a QB who has never started an NFL game at the helm. As fans, we should expect this is the make it or break it for some folks on our team, and this team should stick it to the ugly birds all day long.
One Final note. The 3 Eagles wins, by 1, 1, and 2. That's right. 4 total points for the 3 wins.