Andy Reid offered up a blunt assessment of his team’s performance in week two of the preseason: “We all stunk.”
Yeah that pretty much sums up the Eagles performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles defense couldn’t get off the field and the offense couldn’t stop giving the ball back to the Steeler offense.
Michael Vick was terrible on his way to a three interception performance. But more troubling was Philadelphia’s inability to get off the field against the Pittsburgh offense. There were multiple blown coverages, missed assignments, and flat out bad tackling. The Steeler offensive line is in disarray with injuries, yet they were unable to bring down Big Ben or Byron Leftwich, something the Washington Redskins did with regularity in week one of the preseason.
The Eagles had two major flaws which they have done nothing as of yet to answer. Could Juan Castillo run the defense or was he in over his head and could the linebacking corps hold up with a rookie anchoring the middle? Judging by Thursday’s performance those questions are answered with a flat no. Casey Matthews was out of place most of the night and overmatched against the run and Juan Castillo’s defense looked lost at points in the game and couldn’t find an answer for anything Pittsburgh threw at them.
On a bright note for Philadelphia, Mike Kafka looked very sharp on his way to two touchdown passes. Unfortunately, it was against guys that probably won’t make the 53-man roster for the Steelers. Kafka has looked solid throughout training camp and may supplant Vince Young as Mike Vick’s backup.
Sure it’s only preseason, but these concerns have to be weighing on everyone’s mind for a team with such high expectations.