Assigning Blame for the Philadelphia Eagles' Ridiculous Turnover Problems

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for an open man against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August  20, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0 after victories over the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in the first two weeks of the 2012 NFL season, but the Eagles have had a ridiculous amount of turnovers in the winning efforts. 

Ridiculous, meaning on a record-setting pace. This continued sloppy and careless play, despite the two victories, will make it next to impossible for the Eagles to compete for an NFC East crown, not to mention a Super Bowl title. 

There are a variety of reasons the Eagles cannot seem to take care of the football, but there are three main culprits contributing to Philadelphia's inability to retain possession. 


LeSean McCoy

McCoy has been the star for the Eagles so far, and one of the main reasons Philadelphia has been able to start the season in such a strong manner. 

However, "Shady" is not without his flaws. He has fumbled twice so far, losing both. He has also not looked outstanding in pass protection, which has helped contribute to quarterback Michael Vick's turnover woes as well. 

McCoy has been great with almost 200 yards and a touchdown in two games, but his shaky start in terms of ball security is alarming. 


Offensive Line

Football is won and lost in the trenches, but the Eagles seem to be debunking that ageless phrase pretty quickly this season. 

The offensive line has been atrocious, which has led to the majority of of the Eagles' turnovers this season so far. Mediocre play makes more sense when taking into consideration how many injuries have plagued the offensive line. 

Philadelphia lost their starting center, Jason Kelce, to what appeared to be a gruesome injury in Week 2 against the Ravens. Starting left tackle King Dunlap is missing time with an injury as well. 

In fact, the Eagles only had five active linemen for the game against the Ravens after Kelce went down. The lack of consistency and health along the line is a major reason for the jaw-dropping turnover pace. 


Michael Vick

By far the biggest reason the Eagles are on pace to set a turnover record is courtesy of the erratic play of their quarterback, Michael Vick. 

Vick has thrown six interceptions and fumbled three times in only two games, with four of those interceptions coming against the lowly Cleveland Browns. 

As mentioned earlier, having a battered offensive line in front of him is not helping things, but Vick's decision making has been horrible, as has his ability to protect the ball when rushing the ball. 

Vick throwing a ton of interceptions is not anything new for those that have followed his career path. Last season alone, the dynamic quarterback threw an eye-popping 14 interceptions. 



The Eagles are on pace to set a record for all the wrong reasons. The win column looks good, but it will not last if they do not take better care of the football. Hardly squeaking by the Browns should be perfect evidence to back up that claim. 

McCoy is not known for turning the ball over, but Vick is, and if he cannot improve, things are going to get ugly in Philadelphia fast. 

The most pressing concern is now the offensive line. How the Eagles address the variety of issues and depth will determine exactly how far the team can go in 2012.