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Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010 12:01 am | Updated: 1:26 am, Mon Oct 25, 2010.

Press readers share their views, via e-mail, about the Philadelphia Eagles' 37-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Look for even more readers reactions on The Press' website:

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The Eagles let this game get away in the third quarter with the fumble. Then it became the Kenny Britt game. The Eagles had no answer on how to stop Britt.

Between the penalties and the many mistakes the Eagles made, they actually looked like the Phillies.

I blame the whole team for letting Tennessee come back. The end of the game made all of us look bad.

Not a good weekend for Philadelphia.

AL BATES

Surf City

It never fails. A former Eagles coach once again defeats the Eagles' defense! Our secondary constantly gets caught flat-footed. We allow an old man like Kerry Collins to light us up. Too many stupid penalties show a typical Andy Reid lack-of-discipline football team.

Time's yours!

THE REV JOE GANIEL

Ventnor

Tale of two halves. The Eagles dominate in the first half and the Titans take over in the second. Ellis Hobbs should stay in Nashville. A horrible effort.

They need this week off and get everyone healthy for the second-half run. Not a good Philadelphia sports weekend.

ED DEVLIN

Linwood

Looks like the Eagles' bye week started one quarter too soon.

The Eagles let the Titans score 27 points in the fourth quarter. Can't imagine how they let Britt take over a game like he did with no defensive adjustments.

The good news is that the Eagles' defense did a great job overall in shutting down Chris Johnson, one of the best running backs in the league.

The Eagles' offense looked good in the first half. Coach Andy Reid has to learn not to make adjustments at halftime if they are not needed.

What a frustrating weekend between the Phillies losing in the playoffs, and the Eagles in the manner in which they did.

KENN SPATZ

Linwood

What was worse, the Phillies losing or watching the Eagles' second half? Both teams blew it big time.

The Eagles couldn't do anything right the second half, and red-zone problems found the offense once again. Turnovers never are good, but the Eagles seem to give the ball up at will.

Kevin Kolb played OK. There were too many dropped balls, as well.

The only bright spot today was Riley Cooper. It is next year for the Phils, and the way the Eagles played, it looks like they will join them.

GARY KOCHER

Erma

Inconsistent, lackluster play and being unable to stop one player from dominating the game: Sorry, but this was the story line today in the Eagles' loss to the Titans. It could also describe the Phillies in the National League Championship Series.

So, local sports fans, let's see now, we are left to follow a mediocre football team after a disappointing finish to our baseball season.

Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts!

FRANK TAMRU

Egg Harbor Township

The Eagles looked every bit a playoff team in the first half. The offense looked poised and moved the ball against a very good Titans defense

How about Kolb? He missed a few open receivers but then settled in to move the team down the field for scores.

The defense played great again for three quarters but let the Titans back in the game with an 80-yard TD. Kerry Collins and Britt played pitch-and-catch against our secondary, and we had too many penalties.

That is the Eagles' weakness: the secondary. We looked like a young team at the end off the game, or a deer in the headlights. We need a week off after the Eagles and the Phillies.

BUTCH SILL

Absecon

The Eagles ... ugh! They stink! Stupid penalties, inconsistent offense and nonexistent secondary coverage ... ugh! The entire Eagles coaching staff needs to be fired!

This team is worse than bad. They're even worse than the Cowboys!

KENNETH B. MOORE

Egg Harbor Township

The Eagles looked like they had this game until LeSean McCoy fumbled deep in the Titans' zone. Momentum changed and the Titans took over the game. Awful play by the secondary. Ellis Hobbs got burned by Britt. The Eagles just could not stop Britt.

What looked like a nice road victory turned into an awful loss. Kolb, who played lights out last week, was mediocre at best. He made Reid's job easier as Vick should get the start in the next game.

ED SHAVELSON

South Egg Harbor

A little more than four minutes on the clock and I just can't watch anymore.

The Eagles gave that game away. If the Titans kept Britt out of the game, then that would have made a difference.

MVP for the Eagles: Riley Cooper has my vote.

HELEN LINCOLN

North Cape May

Settling for four field goals, combined with several huge mistakes, sealed the Eagles' fate today.

After the third-quarter fumble, the Titans unleashed fellow Rutgers alumni WR Kenny Britt, for whom the Eagles had no answer.

Turnovers, penalties and the inability to cover Britt were the recipe for this Eagles disaster.

Tough day for Philly sports fans.

TED NORTHRIDGE

Galloway Township

They outplayed Tennessee in every facet of the game today ... until the fourth quarter!

Then the Eagles allowed Collins and Britt to do their best Joe Montana-to-Jerry Rice impersonation. Really?

Up 19-10 and then the wheels fall off. Way to close out a game, guys.

Costly mistakes at inopportune moments killed them today and now they have a week off to lick their wounds. And Peyton Manning comes to the Linc in two weeks.

Let's all say it together: "I've got to do a better job of getting the guys prepared. That falls on me."

JOHN LEON

Absecon

I really don't get what happened today. The Eagles were up 19-10 and then ... BAM! Titans win.

This loss shows an inability to keep a lead, and I blame the defense. If the Eagles want to go anywhere this season, the defense's inconsistency needs to be figured out. Reid and Co. have two weeks to think about it, so they better use this time wisely.

BRYAN WILLIAMSON

Egg Harbor Township

I have to give the Eagles credit.

I thought I had seen every way possible for them to blow a game, but they surprised me today. They shut down the best running back in the league and get beat by the arm of 87-year-old Collins.

I also thought Andy Reid was the worst coach I had ever seen, but Sean McDermott proved me wrong. I think Reid keeps him around because he's the only coach worse than he is.

Thanks for that, Eagles, because I surely needed a good laugh after watching the Phillies fall apart.

GLENN MASTER

Ventnor

Note to the defensive backs: Cover Britt! Note to offense: Stop settling for field goals and score TDs.

Kolb needs to play in a dome because he sure can't pass in the wind.

There's enough blame to go around. Poor play-calling, bad passing, turnovers, gutless play-calling (punting from the Titans' 39-yard line with less than five minutes to go), receivers who drop passes, stupid penalties.

Sean McDermott can't hack it. His schemes are predictable, his coverages poor, his players' discipline lacking. The offense made its share of mistakes, not the least of which was a red-zone turnover that led to the big comeback.

What a disgusting effort, especially after the Phils' listless effort against the Giants.

BRIAN VIGUE

Pleasantville

It took Kolb the entire first half to get into his comfort zone, but poor secondary coverage, far too many penalties and costly turnovers cost the Eagles a game they should have won.

Aside from Asante Samuel, the secondary could not stop a high school team from making completions and scoring TDs.

They were pathetic. A wasted opportunity going into the bye week. Is Reid taking responsibility for this loss like he does every one they lose?

DAMIAN CAPUA

Somers Point

Thank you, Kevin Kolb, for showing your true colors. Please get well soon, Michael Vick. We obviously need you!

And Joselio Hanson, you do not get to collect a paycheck this week, you bum.

ROWDY ROB WALKER

Cape May Court House

So the Phillies get victimized by Cody Ross, then the Eagles feel the need to top that by getting victimized by Collins and Britt. Seriously? Kerry Collins?

I'm still suffering from the Phillies' hangover, so this Eagles game was like waking up to your neighbor playing loud music.

After a performance like this from the Eagles, I'm ready to go back to bed. Wake me when it's May.

NICK LAISO

Mays Landing

So how do the Eagles control the game for most of the first half and then completely lose it in the second half? Easy. You let a receiver rack up career-high, record-setting yardage on your defense. And he only played two and a half quarters! Terrible.

In fact, the game changed on the McCoy fumble, but opportunities to score touchdowns did present themselves.

The Eagles were not able to reach the end zone today when they were inside of the red zone, and field goals will not win you the ballgame. The loss of DeSean Jackson was evident.

Too many turnovers, a sloppy defense and a mediocre offensive effort today lost them a game that started out with promise.

It is too bad as I wanted Kolb to have a good game and really give Andy Reid something to think about during the bye week. I still feel Kolb should start against the Colts.

BRUCE HOLCOMBE

Beesleys Point

Anybody have Kenny Britt in their fantasy league ?

Two-hundred-and-twenty-five yards and three touchdowns? The announcers keep saying the botched handoff between Kolb and McCoy was the turning point, but the great quarterbacks don't settle for four field goals, they get touchdowns.

Kerry Collins is 37? He looked 25.

Now the Phils: The big checks were written out for Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt to buy a championship, but they forgot to pay for some hitters.

FRANK MURPHINE III

Bridgeton

This game looked liked it was going to be a winner. The defense playing good, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin doing everything that was asked of them. David Akers was making his field goals.

Everything looking till Kenny Britt entered the game. Three turnovers, Winston Justice with a holding penalty, Stewart Bradley with another penalty and Titans get a field goal and then a touchdown.

Some day the Eagles are going to learn that penalties will kill you down the road. Kevin Kolb did a good job for most of the game. Maybe they will get their act together during the bye week.

ANGELA JANETTA

Vineland

A horrible loss. The Eagles had control of this game for close to three quarters. Unfortunately, the game lasts four quarters.

Up by nine points and the ball inside the opponents' 5-yard line, a TD would have extended the Eagles' lead, but a botched handoff gave the Titans the momentum.

The Eagles' secondary was awful. Why didn't the Eagles adjust and double-team Kenny Britt, who was single-handedly destroying your defense?

At lease David Akers came back to have perhaps his best game as an Eagle - four field goals and five touchbacks on kickoffs.

Thank goodness for a week off next week. I'll need two weeks to recover from both the Phillies' and Eagles' losses.

KEN KRYSZCZUN

Sea Isle City

With the disappointment from Saturday night, I really didn't have my heart into watching the Eagles' game, but watch it I did. The Eagles didn't appear to be in the same funk as us Phillies fans and played well for much of the game. Unfortunately they completely fell apart in the fourth quarter and blew the game.

As for the Phillies, the better team did not win, but the team that played the best did.

And the worst part of the weekend was that my wife fell and broke her ankle.

After all this, my question is: Where's the nearest tall building with access to the roof?

JOHN SEIDENBURG

Absecon

If you learn from your mistakes, the Eagles should have genius status after they watch the film of this game.

MIKE SPADARO

Absecon

Well, this game was the tale of two different halves. The first half had the offense doing their job and defense containing the Titans. Kolb did well and the defense contained Tennessee. I actually thought the Eagles were a team that had overcome their mistakes of the past.

The second half proved me wrong.

You can't win a game with one touchdown and four field goals. And 27 fourth-quarter points? This was a complete meltdown by both the offense and defense the last 15 minutes of the game.

Once again penalties and time management are an issue. You have two weeks to work on this, Andy. Can you figure it out?

PAM BURNELL

Seaville

Good first and second quarters, terrible third and fourth quarters. Hopefully, Andy doesn't give a day off for the bye week. I hope next time they play Vick for half the game and Kolb for half the game.

MIKE RIDGWAY

Linwood

Who said there's no crying in baseball? The Phils picked the wrong time of year to not hit, but on the way to three straight pennants and a date with the mighty Yankees in the World Series, they overlooked the Giants and before they could blink were down 3-1.

It was a hole too deep to crawl out of against good pitching.

Time's yours.

JOHN LOMBARDO

Williamstown

Seems like Andy Reid started Halloween a week early. He "treated" us to a great first half and then "tricked" us by changing teams at halftime or what seemed like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde transformation.

I don't know what to say about this game, other than I'm glad they have a bye week coming up!

Watching another game like this one will have to make me turn the "flying monkeys" loose! Maybe they can carry Andy Reid away!

EILEEN REICHENBACH

Sweetwater

Chris Johnson was contained, but the Eagles "Britt" off more than they could chew.

If you think that joke was lousy, it's nothing compared to the secondary's coverage of a previously anonymous Titans WR.

With Vince Young sidelined, I had confidence in the Birds (even with the lengthy list of injuries), but I forgot about Kerry Collins, the sly, senior citizen second-stringer. You have to laugh that guys from area universities - Rutgers and Penn State - were the difference-makers for Tennessee.

Remember the Titans? No, thanks, I'd rather forget this game, especially the fact that the Eagles were penalized for more yards than they ran for (100 vs. 99).

In fact, let's erase from our memories the whole weekend. What a terrible two days for Philly sports.

MARC TANDAN

Hammonton

Allen, Samuel and Hobbs, give me a break! Could anyone of you keep up with Britt?

DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick could have played defense better. Kolb, what happened to you today? Throwing like Donovan McNabb - too low, under throwing your receivers and how many interceptions?

What makes this game so different is that Tennessee's defense had Kolb on the run. He didn't know when to run or pass the ball.

Too many three-and-outs. Against Indy we need a quarterback who will be able to run, pass, and run real fast!

Now you pick the starter, Andy.

Your next four games after the bye week, are against teams that can play and they will bring it! You stopped the run today, but the pass defense just stunk. How can you miss a blocking assignment inside the 5-yard line and then blame the fumble on your running back?

This is what you get without Vick and Jackson. Unpleasant feelings after this weekend of sports from Philly.

ROBERT H. MATTHEWS JR,

Rio Grande

Settle down, folks!! I'm hearing chokers, dumb mistakes(yes, I'll agree with that), could've won that ... no!

A fairly good young team on the road against a very good team. Tennessee has now won 12 straight over NFC teams. Do you really think we'd win it? A little closer would have been nice. Learn from the mistakes.

We saw a lot of good young offensive weapons playing and learning today. I'm looking at the big picture and the rest of the season. Vick will come back, I believe, Jackson will be back and maybe we'll surprise the Colts in two weeks. Look at the positive of today - Kenny Britt is a Rutgers guy, Go, Jersey. Go, Eagles.

JERRY LOMBARD

Ocean City

Allen, Samuel and Hobbs, give me a break! Could anyone of you keep up with Britt?

DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick could have played defense better. Kolb, what happened to you today? Throwing like Donovan McNabb - too low, under throwing your receivers and how many interceptions?

What makes this game so different is that Tennessee's defense had Kolb on the run. He didn't know when to run or pass the ball.

Too many three-and-outs. Against Indy we need a quarterback who will be able to run, pass, and run real fast!

Now you pick the starter, Andy.

Your next four games after the bye week, are against teams that can play and they will bring it! You stopped the run today, but the pass defense just stunk. How can you miss a blocking assignment inside the 5-yard line and then blame the fumble on your running back?

This is what you get without Vick and Jackson. Unpleasant feelings after this weekend of sports from Philly.

ROBERT H. MATTHEWS JR,

Rio Grande

Hey Jeff Lurie, do the MATH:

Andy

Reid's

Intolerable

Techniques

Have

Many

Eagles

Ticket-holders

Increasingly

Crying for change.

GREG JIAMPETTI

Atlantic City

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