Special Teams Woeful In Philadelphia Eagles Loss

By Ryan Wenzell
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The special teams for the Philadelphia Eagles was a real letdown in an ugly loss on Sunday afternoon suffered at the hands of the Denver Broncos. Early in the game the Eagles’ coverage units gave up a long kickoff return for a touchdown to speedster Trindon Holiday, and the afternoon only got worse from there.

This is certainly a surprise. The special teams unit, with new coach Dave Fipp at the helm, was supposed to be one of the more improved units on the team. The last two weeks they have been subpar in all aspects of the game. Alex Henery, a normally extremely reliable kicker with a kicking accuracy of 85 percent, has already missed three field goals including a bad miss on Sunday.

The woeful afternoon was topped off with a blocked Donnie Jones punt which saw a Broncos rusher come free to the punter on what looked like a complete breakdown. This is truly unacceptable play from the special teams. Not only are they not making any plays themselves in the kick or punt game, but they are letting the opponent make plays and score points.

This is a recipe for disaster. The Eagles aren’t a team that can afford to give up special teams breakdowns and touchdowns. In fact, quite the contrary. They need special teams with their lack of talent — especially on defense — to help them win close games. It isn’t happening right now. The special teams needs to get in gear or this could turn into a season long nightmare.

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