Despite getting the win, the Eagles had arguably their poorest preseason effort to date, with quarterback Michael Vick looking particularly inconsistent. Still, Bleeding Green Nation, SB Nation's Philadelphia Eagles blog, isn't ready to hit the panic button just yet.
From Bleeding Green Nation:
Before everyone overreacts, relax. Take a breath. It's still preseason. When I say "it's only preseason", I'm not saying you can disregard all the mistakes the Eagles make. No. There are definitely legitimate concerns with this team. All I'm saying is that there's still a little time before the season starts for the Eagles to work on some of their mistakes.
Now that that's out of the way ... yeah, the Eagles performance tonight wasn't very encouraging. The starting offense was flat out erratic. As a number of others noted, though, the offense just didn't look like it did the first two weeks. It really looked like Chip dialed his offense back and played it very vanilla out there. Credit goes to Jacksonville too who played with a lot of energy at their home stadium.
Vick's performance wasn't as impressive as the first two weeks. By the numbers: 15-for-23, 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 7 carries for 53 yards. He made some bad plays and questionable decisions at times. There's no absolving him for that. It should be noted that the offensive line, who looked shoddy against a strong Jags defensive line, wasn't doing Vick many favors. There seemed to be too many missed assignments or bad blocks. I don't think it's unfair to say the play-calling wasn't anything special tonight either.
The defense is still a work in progress, but did show some signs of encouragement. Forcing a turnover was much needed. Turnovers are going to go a long way for this defense.
The Eagles will head to New York on Thursday to close out the preseason against the Jets.