The first thing I noticed in today's game was the play of quarterback Dave Shinskie. Shinskie's line read 10-of-20 for 187 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
On the surface, that's a very reasonable start, but Shinskie did not look like a quarterback capable of leading an ACC contender.
The game began with quite an inauspicious start. On the first play, Shinskie gathered his teammates for a huddle on the sideline before running out onto the field.
While the play clock was dwindling down, Shinskie barked out audibles as the clock ticked down to zero. Five yard loss, repeat first down.
The next play? Even worse. Shinskie mistakenly lined up behind the right guard before realizing his mistake and taking his place behind the center.
Shinskie took the snap, and immediately threw an interception to a linebacker standing four yards in front of him.
Shinskie found himself with plenty of time in the pocket, yet failed to top the 200-yard mark against a weak opponent.
Often times, the 26-year old would buy time by rolling out of the pocket, wait for a lineman to apply pressure, and force the ball into a covered receiver.
While he may have gotten away with that today, better competition would eat him alive.
The success of this Eagles team hinges on whether or not Shinskie can overcome his poor decision-making ability.
Do I think he can do it? Well, much like this senior citizen's underwear...depends.