Just Win, Baby

Posted: October 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 7 Comments »

That’s the theme of my weekend column for PE.com.   Last week I wanted us to win and play well.  I had some goals.  This week…just win.  I don’t care how it happens.

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Darryl Tapp will start at RDE.  That’s huge.  He looked good in the opener, before hurting his pec.  Without Trent Cole, it is great to have him able to step in.  Tapp isn’t nearly as good as Cole, but he’s got a similar style of play.  There won’t be any adjustments for the guys around him.

Juqua Parker hurt his ankle in the 4th quarter of the Falcons game.  He missed the next 2 games.  High ankle sprains are notorious for healing slowly.  Parker returned to practice this week.  He struggled early on and his ankle remained sore.  On Thursday it suddenly felt better.  Andy Reid said these things go from bad days to good days and sometimes back.  They’re hard to read.  Parker did well again on Friday.  If his ankle is okay on Sunday morning, he will play.

Getting JP back would be very helpful this week.  Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has averaged 40 pass attempts in the last 3 games.  The more pass rushers we have, the better off we’ll be.  Phillip Hunt will be a good fit in this game.  He’s a good fit at rushing the passer against a spread offense.  Jason Babin will be in hog heaven.  He gets to fly off the edge and attack a QB that likes to throw.  Tapp and JP won’t be 100 percent, but they can help.  The Wide-9 system thrives when you have a true rotation.  We could have 4 pass rushers to use.  That would help to keep the heat on Fitzpatrick.

7 Comments on “Just Win, Baby”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 3:14 PM on October 8th, 2011:

    Quick question. Seeing as how Jamar Chaney back to middle linebacker can be viewed as a failure. I am hesitant to say this, but is Casey Matthews a better option up fron in MLB? I understand that he is not the athlete that Chaney is, but maybe he develops as the season goes. Either way, with the season where it is, do you think bringing Casey back as a starter at middle linebacker is an option? Maybe the light will go on with him, he was privy to some great dinner table conversations growing up, according to Juan.

  2. 2 Anonymous said at 4:10 PM on October 8th, 2011:

    You stick with Chaney for now and hope he settles in and we see the 2010 guy emerge. He also does have value in making checks and adjustments and getting other guys lined up properly.

    If he continues to struggle, then I think you should consider putting Casey back out there.

  3. 3 Joseph Hunt said at 3:38 PM on October 8th, 2011:

    Ironic headline

  4. 4 Anonymous said at 4:08 PM on October 8th, 2011:

    Truly. I wrote the column yesterday and that’s my theme for the week. Saw that Al Davis died this morning. Very, very odd.

  5. 5 Anonymous said at 8:08 PM on October 8th, 2011:

    Eerie. RIP.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 4:22 PM on October 8th, 2011:

    Eagles fans…if you’re watching OU/Texas…check out Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis, #12. He normally wears 28, but is 12 today. Good LB prospect.

  7. 7 Anonymous said at 4:34 PM on October 8th, 2011:

    Tommy unfortunately I think I will be watching this game with white knuckles. I have a feeling that they will depart from there normal and look to attack our middle with Jackson and spiller either running the ball or killing us with check downs. My horrid sports weekend started last night. It’s tough being a Philly fan sometimes. The only good thing is my Alma mater is on a bye. Fingers crossed that we play closer to a complete game on Sunday