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Philadelphia Eagles: Did They Expect Too Much From Michael Vick vs. Green Bay?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before playing against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 10, 2011

Michael Vick practically carried the Eagles into the postseason.

Sure, LeSean McCoy was phenomenal, much better than expected.

And DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin make up one of the best receiving combinations in the league.

But the offensive line has been below average, to say the least, this season.

Peyton Manning or Tom Brady wouldn’t have survived behind the Eagles’ offensive line, despite each being a significantly better quarterback than Vick.

Michael Vick might have been the only quarterback in the NFL who could have done as good of a job on the Eagles, and that’s primarily because of his speed.

There were games, like the classic Monday Night Football blowout against the Washington Redskins, or the epic miracle comeback against the New York Giants, where the Eagles’ offense, particularly Michael Vick, appeared to be unstoppable.

But those games were not the true Eagles. I’m not saying they were flukes, because they weren’t, but they were definitely out of the norm.

The Eagles’ offense is great, when everybody on the team is clicking.

No player should ever have to be a one-man team, and that’s almost what Michael Vick became in the final few games of the season.

The Green Bay Packers allowed 4.7 yards per rush this season.

The Eagles’ offense averaged the fourth most yards per run in modern NFL history.

LeSean McCoy led the team in rushing and averaged 5.2 yards. Little-used backup running back Jerome Harrison averaged six yards per carry.

I said all week that if the Eagles lost to Green Bay, McCoy didn’t get his touches.

Well they lost. And he didn’t.

Twelve carries is not enough for one of the better running backs in the NFL. It’s just unacceptable.

The Eagles rely way too much on Vick.

Because he had games like the Washington game and the Giants game, they thought he was invincible and could lead the team back from any deficit.

He can’t. He’s a brilliant player but he needs help, and the Eagles should have done a better job of providing the necessary help.

McCoy should have gotten 18 to 20 carries. Minimum.

If he had, I believe the Eagles might be on their way to Chicago right now.


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