Eagles Notes: Eagles not "precise" in red zone

Posted: November 29, 2010

CHICAGO - The Eagles went 1 for 5 in the red zone Sunday, settling for field goals instead of touchdowns for the second consecutive week. The Eagles were 1 for 5 inside the 20 last week against the Giants as well.

In a game the Eagles lost by five, those lost points proved crucial.

"We've got to make sure we score when we're given an opportunity," said head coach Andy Reid. "When you're down in the red zone, you've got to score."

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg noted that the Eagles had several drops that cost them last week inside the opposing 20-yard line.

"We had some opportunities this week, and we'll certainly have to go back and look at it and do the things that go to the strengths of our players," Mornhinweg said.

His offense, which regularly produced huge plays earlier in the season, has narrowly missed on its opportunities for big strikes of late. Earlier, they seemed to hit on most of their big chances.

"We've been just off," Mornhinweg said. "We were off just a little bit and then these good defenses make you off just a little bit."

Tight end Brent Celek, who scored for the first time since Week 5, said the team needs to be more "precise" in the red zone.

"We just weren't that today," Celek said. "We feel like if we're precise in what we do, that we can score every time we get down there."

Hobbs to have surgery

Ellis Hobbs will have surgery to correct a bulging disk in his neck, according to his agent, Kevin Omell. The cornerback was placed on injured reserve last week after he suffered the injury returning a kick against the Giants.

This will be the second time in a year that Hobbs will have season-ending surgery to repair a damaged disk. There was an ESPN report that the 27-year-old was likely to retire after the season, but Omell said that Hobbs has not yet considered his long-term plans.

Hanson, Graham start

Joselio Hanson started in place of cornerback Asante Samuel, who didn't make the trip to Chicago because of a knee sprain. Hanson slipped on Chicago's second touchdown when Johnny Knox scored on the 20-yard play.

First-round pick Brandon Graham started in place of the injured Juqua Parker (hip flexor). It was his first start since Week 4. Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon started despite an abdominal strain.

Extra points

From Samuel's Twitter feed on Sunday: "I should have some good news these next coming days. Time to get to work!" . . . Defensive end Trent Cole had two sacks, giving him 56 for his career and moving him into third place on the Eagles all-time list. He passed Hugh Douglas (541/2) for the spot and trails only Clyde Simmons (76) and Reggie White (124). . . . Kicker David Akers played his 183d game with the Eagles, tying Brian Dawkins for the team record. Akers was 4 for 4 on field-goal attempts Sunday. Since missing three kicks in Week 6 against Atlanta, Akers has made 18 of his last 19 attempts. . . . Matt Forte's 61-yard run in the first quarter was the longest the Eagles have given up all season. He finished with 117 yards, becoming the first back to rush for more than 100 yards against the Eagles this year. . . . Eagles rookie defensive lineman Daniel Te'o-Nesheim was active for the third time this season. Eagles cornerback Trevard Lindley dressed for the sixth time this year.


Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214 or jtamari@phillynews.com.

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