From the referees to the coaching to the players, there is a lot of blame to go around for the Eagles loss in Dallas that likely ended their playoff hopes.
Carson Wentz was nowhere to be found for three quarters, Doug Pederson’s decision making on third downs and deciding to tie the game up with an extra point was suspect, injuries in the secondary allowed Amari Cooper to go off.
While Cooper scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime in a one on one battle with Rasul Douglas, Douglas is the last person that should be criticized for yesterday’s loss.
Fans have every right to criticize the Eagles for being 6-7. There is no way a team of this talent, even with the injuries they’ve had should be below .500.
Overreactions are going to happen and much of it is warranted but the overreaction theater at the cornerback position this year has been out of control. Much of the attacks have spread from Jalen Mills, to Douglas, to Sidney Jones, and then right back to Douglas.
Keeping the Birds in it
While the highlights may show the West Virginia product giving up the game-winning touchdown, the score was only close in the first place in large part because of him.
Wentz and the Eagles offense put up a whole zero points in the first half in Dallas. It was the defense that got after Dak Prescott, made the Cowboys settle for field goals, and force turnovers giving the Eagles offense great field possession.
Douglas was the one who started it all off. With the Cowboys driving in Eagles territory, Douglas read Prescott going to Cooper in the end zone and made an interception only he is capable of making on defense.
— DIE-HARD 🦅 Fans (@Eaglesfans9) December 9, 2018
Jim Schwartz’s defense has desperately needed more turnover worthy plays and reliable tackling in the back end this season. To a tee, those are Douglas’s strengths and they were on full display against the Cowboys.
He leads the Eagles in interceptions with two. That is in spite of the fact Schwartz did all he could to keep Douglas on the bench until injuries finally forced him in.
On a number of occasions, Douglas limited short and intermediate plays from becoming big yardage down the field. His open field tackling was night and day compared to the last time the Eagles took on Dallas.
Accepting the holding penalty winds up working in Eagles' favor. Rasul Douglas with another tackle on 3rd down and Maher misses the FG. pic.twitter.com/xlbKLrQpJv
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) December 9, 2018
Don’t just take my word for it. Eagles Media saw just how crucial Douglas was for Philadelphia.
Rasul Douglas is saving the #Eagles on D. A key interception and 2 open-field tackles in the flat. Big reason why they're only down 3-0 following missed FG. 1:48 left 1H.
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) December 9, 2018
The #Eagles could use another Rasul Douglas center-field interception right now…
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) December 9, 2018
Rasul Douglas trying to singlehandedly keep the #Eagles in this game.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) December 9, 2018
The final play
It is easy to simply watch the game-winning touchdown, see Douglas in coverage, watch Cooper score, and blame Rasul.
That simply isn’t fair and it is a lazy way to form an opinion.
Douglas actually read the slant perfectly, understanding that Prescott and Cooper love going to that route and deflects the pass seemingly away from Cooper.
If you blame him for the crazy bounce, the amount of time that ball sat up in the air, waiting to land comfortably in Coopers’ chest, then I don’t know what to tell you.
This is as lucky of a bounce as you can get.
— Alan Squier (@alan_squier) December 10, 2018
Gotta be heartbroken for the kid. If the Eagles pulled off the win, Douglas is one of the heroes of the game.
Instead, he is part of the highlight people will be showing all off-season on how the Eagles missed the playoffs.
Hard not to root for a guy that cares this much.
Fuck man 😢 https://t.co/HWiBQEaP9e
— rasul (@rd32_era) December 10, 2018
Tough one for Rasul Douglas. Unlucky bounce. pic.twitter.com/pHcDixybwx
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) December 10, 2018
Who knows if Douglas will be part of the future in the Eagles secondary. There is skepticism about him as an every-week starter, but one thing that shouldn’t be criticized is his performance yesterday.
There wasn’t a player on that field that cared more about the win than Rasul Douglas.
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