I’ll post the red carpet pics of me, Jamaal Jackson, and Megan Fox later.
2-word description of 2011 Eagles: Very disappointing.
Best Moment: I don’t know if this technically counts as a moment, but Andy Reid/Marty Mornhinweg calling 8 straight running plays vs the Giants in a game where the Eagles trailed. I thought that was a sign that 2011 could be something special.
Best Game: The destruction of Dallas on SNF. 3 hours of bliss.
Best Performance: Shady running all over Dallas. 30-185. 3 hours of bliss.
Worst Moment: Jeremy Maclin’s fumble vs SF. We trailed by a point. We were almost in FG range. A win there would have done a lot for the confidence of the team.
Surreal Moment: Ronnie Brown’s attempted goal line pass was so ridiculously awful that it gets its own category. It was followed by quotes like: “Did he really do that?” “What was he thinking?” “I no longer have the will to live.”
Siberia Award: For his “dream team” comment, Vince Young should be banished to Siberia for 5 years. For his INT in the WAS game he should be an additional 5 years.
Worst Game: The loss to the Giants. Barf.
Worst Performance: Tie. Jarrad Page in every game he started. Also Alex Henery missing 2 short FGs in the SF game.
Offensive MVP: Shady McCoy. No explanation needed.
Defensive MVP: Shady McCoy. The Eagles defense is greatly helped by the offense staying on the field as much as they do.
Team MVP: Whichever executive pushed for the drafting of Shady McCoy. And Derek Landri. He’s that good.
Biggest Surprise: Evan Mathis. He struggled vs the Bears at times, but has been very good aside from that.
Biggest Disappointment: I only get to pick one? Jamar Chaney. Where is the guy we saw last year? I know the scheme is different, but Chaney has been missing tackles in space. That’s just basic football.
Bounce-back Player: Brent Celek. There were some offseason pics where he looked more like Tubby Celek. Brent has played lights out recently and is doing a good job as a blocker when that’s needed. Glad to see that.
Most Frustrating Player: Jeremy Maclin. He’s had a great year in so many ways. He’s been consistent and productive. He’s delivered some big catches. But all of that is lessened by his 4th down drop in ATL, his fumble vs SF, and his drop last week. The 4th Qtr should bring out the best in guys. That hasn’t been the case with Mac. Let’s hope that changes in the 2nd half of the season so we can really enjoy how well he is playing overall.
DeSean Jackson Award: This goes to DeSean Jackson. He is hard to describe, good and bad. All I know is that he’s not delivering the plays we need this year. You can’t hate him though, because he’s blocking well, improved as a short receiver, and he isn’t complaining to the media. It would really be great if he would play up to his potential or just completely bottom out so that we could all completely hate him.
Best Rookie: Brian Rolle. He took over at WLB a few weeks in and has played pretty well. The little ball of hate just seems to make things happen. Danny Watkins could take this award by the time the season is complete.
Best Offseason Addition: Jason Babin. He’s done exactly what we expected. Cullen Jenkins is close 2nd.
Worst Offseason Addition: Steve Smith. Did we sign the former Giants receiver or the former NBA guard? Could you tell the difference?
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5 Fearless Predictions
* The Eagles will go to the Little Ceasar’s Bowl and beat Toledo.
* Dinner with the Matthews Family will be the NFL Network’s first reality show.
* Castillo will say the words “physical” and “fundamental” another 237 times. Fans will wonder if he knows what they mean.
* Riley Cooper will catch a pass. A pass.
* Derek Landri will do something awesome.