Philadelphia Eagles’ Special Teams Kills Again

By Matt Shaner
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After watching the painful loss to the Denver Broncos, this Philadelphia Eagles team is left with more questions than answers. There are too many holes to be fixed to expect anything better than a repeat of last year. One of the assumed positives was the special teams’ improvement but, after another poor showing, this group is giving off shades of Bobby April’s influence.

The Broncos put on a special teams clinic. They returned a kick for a 105-yard touchdown. They blocked a punt, and their kickoffs were consistently touchbacks. Alex Henery needs to start taking notes. If he keeps missing kicks (he added another miss in this game), he may find himself on the street before the season is over.

Dave Fipp needs to find some answers to get his group back in shape. They started the season playing tightly and effectively. Now Henery’s leg is jinxed and losing muscle by the game, and the coverage is starting to give up holes and struggling to get off of blocks.

The special teams unit was responsible for 14 points. Even though this was a blowout loss, giving up two touchdowns is simply is not acceptable. If the game stayed as close as it looked in the first half, they could have easily cost the win.

The bottom line is that Fipp and his crew are now solidly on the growing list of problems. He needs to find an answer quick as the New York Giants will be a tough play next week, and the team can’t afford more stupid mistakes.

Matt Shaner is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @MDShanersports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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