By Michael Donovan
The bloom is off the Eagles’ defense.
And especially Mychal Kendricks, the big bucks linebacker who plays soft and helped cost the Birds their first loss yesterday to the Lions.
Theo Riddick scored on a one-yard toss against Kendricks, and that’s a bad matchup for the Eagles.
Nolan Carroll also struggled in the first quarter, giving up a pair of Marvin Jones receptions for 26 yards, while also committing a pass interference penalty against Anquan Boldin.
Having Kendricks in the game instead of Nigel Bradham really hurt the Birds.
Even on plays outside of missed tackles and touchdowns allowed, Kendricks made mistakes that set up scores. On Detroit’s 16-yard gain that set up their third trip to the end zone, Kendricks got sealed inside when it looked like he had an easy path to reach the outside and force the ballcarrier back inside. Malcolm Jenkins reportedly had some words for Kendricks after that second quarter play.