ESPN’s Gregg Easterbrook on Third Down Play in First Quarter of Eagles-Bears Game: “Single Worst Play of the 2010 Season”

By Bryn Swartz

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I’m not a big fan of Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column.

He basically recaps everything that every player, coach, or team did wrong in the previous week.

But one paragraph at the very end of his most recent article caught my attention:

“The Eagles are talking return to the Super Bowl. On their opening possession at Chicago, facing third-and-8, Michael Vick danced in the pocket trying to buy time for a receiver to get open and was sacked, setting the tone for what would become a loss. On the play, after their initial blocks, all five Philadelphia offensive linemen stood around doing nothing, not even attempting to help Vick, just watching him try to evade defensive linemen — all four of them unblocked at that point.

TMQ notes that it’s surprisingly common, during an NFL down, to find a player who is doing nothing at all, just standing there watching. On this down, all five offensive linemen did nothing. Philadelphia offensive line — you are guilty of the single worst play of the 2010 season. So far.”

I honestly don’t remember this play. I haven’t rewatched any highlights from the game yet, and I really don’t want to after a loss like this.

But I’m going to need to check this play out.

I’ll bet that Marty Mornhinweg noticed it and I bet he had a few not so nice things to say to the Eagles’ offensive line on Monday morning.

There’s a part of me that thinks Michael Vick is so spectacular of a runner that it becomes almost impossible to block for him, never knowing which way he’s going to dance and juke.

But I also think the Eagles view Vick as sort of a one-man team, and think he can dance out of any blitz. And he can’t.

The Eagles really disappointed me this week. Not a lot of people share my pessimism, but I really had high hopes for this season.

They definitely could still happen, but they took a (potentially) big blow on Sunday.

And a thumbs down goes to Jason Peters, Todd Herremans, Mike McGlynn, Nick Cole, and Winston Justice for their inability to even pretend to protect the NFL’s most dangerous player.

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