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Listening to all the postgame interviews with different Philadelphia Eagles players and head coach Andy Reid their seemed to be a reoccurring problem: crowd noise. This has a major part to do with the fact the St. Louis Rams were playing in a dome and less to do with the Rams fans being raucous.
Michael Vick talked about the breakdown in communication throughout the game. “They blitzed like crazy, and it was tough, being on the road, our communication was down a bit.” Reid chimed in as well during his press conference yesterday stating he felt Week 1 was a “good test” and came away “encouraged from how they handled the noise.”
I would beg to differ on that observation by Reid. The Eagles offense certainly got better as the game progressed, but part of their second half success came in part to the home crowd noticeably leaving early.
The other factor (especially in the fourth) lies in the fact that the Eagles ran the ball more often in the second half exploiting the Rams defensive conditioning rather than relying on pass protection. Both of those factors can be attributed to one thing: a lead on the road.
Philadelphia handled the noise indoors pretty well once they got a lead, but Michael Vick’s communication at the line of scrimmage and cohesion between his line must continue to improve. Vick returns as a starter to his old stomping grounds for the first time next week and he doesn’t want to get shown up.
Although there certainly will be a ton of red No. 7 jerseys as well as green ones in the crowd, the Georgia Dome will be exceptionally loud. The Atlanta Falcons open their season in prime time, which allows their fans to tailgate all day and liquor up for the occasion.
Expect Andy Reid to pump up the volume in the NovaCare complex to a deafening level as the Eagles practice throughout the week.