Ronnie’s Back!!!

Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 34 Comments »

Sorry for not posting this last night. Local transformer blew up and I went back to the 17th century.  Computers just aren’t very useful with no electricity.

The Eagles voided the Ronnie Brown / Jerome Harrison trade.  Harrison failed his physical.  Oddly enough, this was predicted by Nostradamus.

The big back will leave
But for a day
He’ll then return to
the city of brotherly love
But still won’t play

I’m telling ya, that guy is one smart dude.  How did he know this several hundred years ago?

So what is going to happen with Ronnie?  I think he sticks around.  He’s now an insurance policy.  God forbid something happens to Shady McCoy, but you need a RB who can handle 15 carries a game.  I’m not sure Dion Lewis is ready for that role yet.  Brown is.

I think Andy will meet with Ronnie and try to smooth things over a bit.  Still, his touches are going to be scarce barring an injury.  I’d love for that to change, but just don’t see it happening.

At least the timing is great.  If this were game week, Ronnie would be walking into a locker room only to get heckled about his vacation to Detroit.  Next week, this will all be a distant memory, one of the benefits of the microwave society.

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I wrote for PE-com about the Eagles OL.  This group is starting to really grow on me.

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Jimmy took a look at the remaining schedules for NFC East teams over at Blogging The Beast.  It is dangerous to think definitively about games, but is interesting to see who each team has left.  He says “Cowboys is cake, Giants is nasty”.  No word on pudding.  Jerk.

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For the Buddy Ryan fans…this was making the rounds on Twitter yesterday.  From Buddy Ryan’s Oilers playbook…the Polish goal line defense.  Juan Castillo is a fool for not using this.  Nobody would score on that alignment.

34 Comments on “Ronnie’s Back!!!”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 9:26 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    Thank God! I was starting to worry that we’d lose the goal-line run/pass/intentional fumble option.

  2. 2 Anonymous said at 9:38 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    Don’t think you’re the only one in that boat, mister.

  3. 3 Mac said at 1:38 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    It’s like i try to teach my kids… life is about choices.

  4. 4 Sam Lynch said at 10:07 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    As I posted on Twitter, it amuses me that the Polish Goal Line play is so fascinating to people when it was never used, while the Polish Punt Play version actually was used by Buddy while he was with the Eagles.

  5. 5 Anonymous said at 10:52 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    Do you think it is possible that the Eagles merely used this as a ploy to get Ronnie’s attention?

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 11:01 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    Doubtful. I think Andy could see Ronnie wasn’t going to be all that useful strictly as an insurance policy so he traded for Harrison, who’s dealt with our style of RB handling before. Oops.

  7. 7 Anonymous said at 11:17 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    Kurt Coleman has cut a path to show how you can go from the dog house to the Penthouse. Ronnie, follow his lead.

    I wonder if Ronnie Brown’s lack of ability on STs was one of the reasons we looked at Harrison. Was Harrison a KR?

  8. 8 Anonymous said at 11:23 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    Harrison has some KOR experience, but hasn’t stood out in that role. I’d be willing to give him a shot.

  9. 9 Steve H said at 11:31 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    The Polish goal line defense would never work with our linebackers, Juan Castillo is wise not to try it. How embarassing would it be to get scored on with 14 defenders on the field?

  10. 10 Anonymous said at 12:02 PM on October 20th, 2011:


  11. 11 Jamie said at 2:39 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Just as embarrassing as it was against the Colts in 1990.

  12. 12 Mac said at 11:41 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    Tommy, I really enjoyed your article on our O-line.

    I said after the draft that Kelce was something special. If you look at his physical stats from the combine he is comparable to elite DEs. On top of that he had a reputation for being smart, and being a grinder. I think we got a steal with this kid, and I hope he stays healthy and continues to work hard.

    I still have hope for our Canadian friend. He hasn’t flat out impressed lately, but has proven capable in most situations.

    I freaking love Todd Herremans. The dude is playing in “beast mode” right now. He played LT for the first time in a long time and basically shut down Orakpo… His interviews seem to show that he works hard and plays smart tough football. How can you not love this guy?

    I hope King get’s his back right… OL back injuries scare the crap out of me.

    And obviously you have to enjoy getting a steal with Mathis who is playing great this year, and of course Jason Peters who seems to keep having injury problems, but when he’s on the field is a great asset.

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 11:49 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    I am glad to hear it was only a power outage. When you didn’t immediately weigh in on such a monumental reversal I feared the worst. I searched the headlines, but could find nothing about either pudding flavored PBR or beer flavored pudding.

    Finally, the questions are answered.

  14. 14 Anonymous said at 12:04 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Your concern is touching. Next time I’ll get to a telegraph office immediately and contact you.

    Power out. STOP
    I’m okay. STOP
    Will post in the A.M. STOP

  15. 15 Anonymous said at 12:20 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    I just hope your next post isn’t:

    We can’t get a redzone. STOP.

  16. 16 Anonymous said at 11:56 AM on October 20th, 2011:

    I’m with you Tommy. I’m loving our o-line. Minimal sacks; Shady’s rushing for 100 almost every week, and they’re all getting better every week. Mudd’s system is great for our offense, and our players. Herrdawg has looked better this year than any other (which is saying something), Peters looks even beastlier, and Kelce looks like a pro-bowl center (most of the time). Now Watkins is coming on and Mathis looks great too. For the first time in a while, the o-line isn’t a concern.

  17. 17 Johnny said at 12:33 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    A laptop computer (battery operated) and a 3 or 4G enabled wifi hotspot, or a trip to a local starbucks or other free wifi location of which there are many would have solved your problem with little effort.

  18. 18 Mac said at 1:14 PM on October 20th, 2011:


  19. 19 Johnny said at 12:38 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    You could also use a smart phone for updates. You do have a smart phone I’m guessing!

  20. 20 Anonymous said at 12:58 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Not yet. I’m slow with technology. I’ll catch up to 2011 in a year or two.

  21. 21 Mac said at 1:15 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Are you kidding? Tommy uses to cans of PBR linked together with string as his telephone system.

  22. 22 Anonymous said at 2:09 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    I’ve got a patent on that so don’t go copying me.

  23. 23 Anonymous said at 1:08 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Adam Schefter: Without trade, Jerome Harrison doesn’t get physical & doctors don’t find brain tumor. Trade might have saved his life.

  24. 24 Mac said at 1:16 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    That is amazing… I pray he can get well and that it isn’t malignant.

  25. 25 Anonymous said at 1:27 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Wow how crazy is it to think that the Ronnie Brown option play may have been a contributing factor in Jerome Harrison’s health and safety. What a world.


    obviously as you stated in your article the OL isn’t a finished product, and there will still be ups and downs. Do these national talking heads even watch game tape, or do they just watch the highlights of Vick getting hit all the time. Not saying they are perfect, but this narrative that they have been horrendous and it’s the reasons Vick always gets hurt just seems like lazy journalism.

    Not that it ultimately matters, but do you see the national perception of our offensive line changing at all, or you think it will be the same regurgitated crap week in and week out, regardless of how they play.

  26. 26 Anonymous said at 4:38 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    People see Vick getting hit and the knee-jerk response is that the problem is the OL. Sometimes that is true, but not always. Rather than figuring out if that is true it is much easier to go with the assumption.

    Same thing is true in regard to the defense. Once the writers heard that there was a schematic adjustment, they all couldn’t wait to talk about the team scrapping the wide-9 and blaming the problems on that scheme. Since then, the writers have seen myself and others all sharing the opinion that the scheme change didn’t play a huge part in Sunday’s success.

    The race for immediate answers and headline material leads to sloppy, if not false, conclusions.

  27. 27 Anonymous said at 3:02 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    The unfortunate report on J-Harrison shows what jerk PFT’s Florio has become.

    So much of what he writes now is just a snark for that guy.

    He’s much better when he sticks to passing along information he gathers from around the league.

    And I could stand to live without his analysis, too.

    Florio is NO Tommy Lawlor!!!

  28. 28 Anonymous said at 3:31 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Florio is an expert in hyperbole. That expertise lead him to a cushy job with NBC, but its also leading to a decline in the quality and integrity of his reporting. He tries to churn every little drop of informational cream into headline butter, instead of just reporting things as they are. Its growing tiresome.

    Crazy set of circumstances with Harrison’s physical (thankfully) discovering the tumor. Similar story on today’s Sportscenter about Homer Drew, former coach of Valparaiso University and father to Bryce Drew and Scott Drew(CBB coaches in their own right). Homer discovered that he had prostate cancer, which lead to his wife getting a precautionary screening herself. Doctors discovered that she had cancer as well, and were able to treat it just in time. Things work out in mysterious ways sometimes.

  29. 29 Anonymous said at 3:46 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Excellent point re: Floria. Concur completely.

    Great bit on the Drews. God bless . . .

  30. 30 Anonymous said at 3:43 PM on October 20th, 2011:

    Thx for the Buddy link. On a serious note, in the last 30 seconds or so, if the offense is out of time outs, defenses should put more emphasis on making the opponent use more time per play. For example, why rush the passer at all? I’d rather double cover every eligible receiver, bump them at the LOS etc.

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