As an offensive coordinator, it's hard to have a better night than when your team scores 45 points in a win that claims a division lead.
So you can understand Marty Mornhinweg's excitement following the 45-38 win over the New York Giants - especially when talking about the dynamic DeSean Jackson. In his first return from a one-game absence, Jackson contributed 178 receiving yards, including a 60-yard touchdown catch, and a 72-yard punt return touchdown.
"Coming in as a rookie, you have to have certain natural things," Mornhinweg said. "Jeremy Maclin has it and LeSean (McCoy) has it as well. They all have these natural things, they're natural players. They're real sharp. Thing come easy to them and they have the hard work and the mentality that they won't be denied and DeSean certainly has that, and he had it last year. So, he's better this year because of all that experience he compiled last year."
Last year, Jackson and Mornhinweg were both important factors in setting the Eagles' franchise record for points scored in a season with 416. After last night's 45-point explosion, it appears they'll be shattering that ceiling two seasons in a row.
The Eagles have scored 372 points so far this season, 44 points less than last year's high-water mark of 416. Projected over a 16-game season, the Eagles would reach 458 points.
Aside from Jackson and Donovan McNabb, another big factor in the Eagles' productivity last night was Michael Vick, who was used in a variety of different ways. Vick tossed a 32-yard completion to Jackson on a rollout to his right on the first drive of the game and also added his third touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run.
"He's doing a heck of a job," Mornhinweg said of Vick. "He's put the time in, the preparation in and he's put the hard work in so you have to give Michael credit, he's playing at a high level right now and really helping out the ball club."
Finally, Mornhinweg made sure to give credit to the big men up front for protecting keeping McNabb so clean Sunday night.
"It was good to see our offensive line and tight ends and backs do an outstanding job. Donovan was back there and he did a magnificent job pumping and looking (defenders) off, but without all that extra time he would not have been able to do that."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:46 p.m., December 14