Sunday Stuff

Posted: November 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 82 Comments »

ProFootballTalk reports that the Eagles are talking to LeSean McCoy and his ultra-shy agent about a contract extension.  I figured Shady would want to wait for the offseason to maximize his value, but I would love to see a deal get done this season.  Shady has emerged as an elite player and you want those guys locked up ASAP.

Work your magic, Mr. Banner.

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No Eagles today, but there are some games of interest.

Seattle is at Dallas.  Go Seahawks!  I’m certainly not expecting much, but sometimes these are the kind of games Dallas will lose.

SF at Washington.  I have given up on WAS being a relevant team so I’m not even paying this game much attention.  The Skins will start Roy Helu at RB. I’m interested to see how he does.

NYG at New England.  Lets go Pats!  The Giants DL is hoping to pound on Tom Brady, but I’m sure the Pats will have a few wrinkles for them.  We really need NE to come up big and win this game to keep us near the Giants and the division lead.  This is a 4:15 game.

Striking Distance is coming on Ion-TV for those who are into movies about drunk riverboat cops in Pittsburgh.

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Couple of interesting stories from Jimmy over at Blogging The bEast.  Jimmy doesn’t seem to think Rob Ryan’s assessment of himself is all that accurate.

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Can’t wait for Monday night.

82 Comments on “Sunday Stuff”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 1:15 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Good stuff from Sheil Kapadia on the DL.

  2. 2 Anonymous said at 1:26 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Neither here nor there, but great game from Alabama/LSU last night. Hate to see a team lose because neither one of their two kickers are worth a damn, but that’s the way football go.

    Love those Alabama ILBs. Can you imagine Hightower in our old “MIKE blitz the A gap” scheme?

  3. 3 Anonymous said at 1:34 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Hightower reminds me a bit of Trotter. So big, so powerful. Punishing hitter. He’s just not as fast as Trot was (early on).

  4. 4 Anonymous said at 1:55 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    How would Trotter do in the Wide 9? Doesn’t it make some sense to have a big thumper in there to fill those holes, 2 down LB or no?

  5. 5 Anonymous said at 1:26 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    HOU 14
    CLE 0

    It will be interesting to see how Dick Jauron’s defense does against a legitimate offense. Not off to a good start. 110 yards on 2 drives.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 2:28 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Yeah just keep rubbing it in, buddy. 😉

  7. 7 Kammich said at 1:28 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I don’t mind Sunday night games at all. I’ve got two fantasy football leagues and an office pick ’em pool that keep me occupied all Sunday, and it allows me to soak in the other 30 teams without allowing myself to drown in Eagles worry. Plus, Sunday nights give me “The Walking Dead” and the intrigue of “Hell on Wheels,” so I’ve got plenty to keep me entertained.

    However, Monday night games f’n blow. Mondays in general blow, but having to wait 12 hours after waking to see the game kickoff borders on some sort of psychological torture.

  8. 8 Anonymous said at 1:29 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Have not heard a lot of good things from media re: Hell on Wheels. Was hoping for it to pick up where “Deadwood” left off, but that’s a tall order.

  9. 9 Kammich said at 1:32 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Dang, thats a bummer. Then again, the media tends to be very mixed on “The Walking Dead” and I love that nearly every week, so I’ll hold out optimism.

    I am a major sucker for a good revenge tale, and the setting of the post-Civil War/early-Reconstruction Era leaves it ripe for some awesome goings-on. AMC was airing “There Will Be Blood” last night, and I had forgotten how awesome that movie was. I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE.

  10. 10 Anonymous said at 1:46 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I’m curious about Hell on Wheels as well.

  11. 11 Alex Karklins said at 1:46 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte must despise Chris Johnson about now, given his miserable performance following a huge contract. There is no way either of them are getting close to that salary now. This timing favors eagles Eagles management, so why not do a deal? McCoy and Forte could also be playing for who gets the bigger contract on Monday.

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 1:53 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Yeah, a new contract for Shady (and he deserves one) is REALLY going to alienate DeSean.

    I keep asking myself, if the Rams were to offer a 1st rounder for DeSean in the offseason (obviously with a franchise tag attached), wouldn’t it just make as much sense to trade him and go after a more prototypical Z like Justin Blackmon? Can’t really see giving out huge contracts to Vick, Mac, Shady, and DeSean within two years of each other.

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 1:59 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I was thinking about that earlier today. The RBs around the NFL would love to give Chris a blanket party.

  14. 14 Kammich said at 2:11 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Awesome reference.

    Got into a heated argument with a friend the other night… best Vietnam movie ever? I said “Apocalypse Now,” he said “Full Metal Jacket.” I love both, but I’ve always felt that FMJ levels off quite a bit after the Gomer Pyle stuff.

    I don’t think people give enough credit to the incredible “Platoon,” either.

  15. 15 Alex Karklins said at 2:32 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    For me, “Apocalypse Now” is THE quintessential Vietnam War film, the others (Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, The Deer Hunter) are merely great films about the Vietnam War. Another underestimated film in the genre is “Casualties of War” with Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox, directed by Brian De Palma. I saw it again recently and was very impressed.

  16. 16 Anonymous said at 3:23 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I think Platoon is the best movie about the Vietnam War because it dealt with grunts and not generals, the CIA, or Green Berets.

    Hamburger Hill is also excellent in that sense.

    I love Apocalypse Now and FMJ. Brilliant films.

    Some underrated films:

    The Boys in Company C (Lee Eremy’s debut)
    84 Charlie Mopic

  17. 17 Kammich said at 3:38 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    The dynamic between Berenger’s Barnes and Dafoe’s Elias is probably the single most palpable of any the prolific Vietnam films. You could watch those two riffing off of eachother for DAYS.

    Thanks for the other suggestions, too. Friend of mine always name-drops “Hamburger Hill,” but I’ve never seen it. I’ll have to add these to my netflix queue.

  18. 18 Anonymous said at 12:26 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    I grew up just outside Fort Bragg. Seeing Vietnam films in the theater with soldiers and vets made for some interesting times. You could really tell that those films hit home with guys who’d been over there and the young guys who were involved in combat in the 80s.

    Seeing Rambo was really fun. GIs loved cheering every time he took out a bad guy. Lots of fun. Great atmosphere.

  19. 19 Alex Karklins said at 4:15 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Man, I always forget about “Hamburger Hill.” I have no idea why; it’s a great film.

  20. 20 Kammich said at 3:36 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I will have to check that out, thanks for the suggestion. Considering that I like a handful of his films a great deal(“Blow Out,” baby!), I still have yet to get around to like 75% of De Palma’s resume.

  21. 21 Alex Karklins said at 4:17 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    He’s an underrated director these days. I think “Casualties” did poorly because people couldn’t get their heads around seeing Marty McFly (or Alex P. Keaton) in a serious war picture.

  22. 22 Anonymous said at 12:27 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    Love DePalma. Huge fan of Carlito’s Way. Also love Blow Out.

  23. 23 Kammich said at 7:22 PM on November 7th, 2011:

    Carlito’s Way is very underrated because a lot of people view it as some sort of quasi-attempt at rekindling the success that DePalma and Pacino had with “Scarface.” I actually think its the better movie. Penn is incredible in it.

  24. 24 Kammich said at 1:53 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Grr, seeing Miami spring their trap game on Kansas City just reminds me how painfully close they were to knocking off NYG last week. I would feel so much better about the division right now if the Giants had lost last week.

  25. 25 Anonymous said at 2:00 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I hear ya. Might be best that the Giants didn’t lose. If too many things had gone our way, you wonder if the guys would have just assumed the NFC-E was ours. We now have to stay in chase mode, not necessarily a bad thing.

  26. 26 Kammich said at 1:54 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Guess Julio Jones is feeling a little bit better. 2 catches, 130 yards, 2 TDs.

  27. 27 Anonymous said at 2:00 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Is Kolb a no go today? I tend to watch just out of curiosity, but he never sold me, i.e. I never watched him and thought wow! Guess I watch to see if I can see what had so many raving about him. Anyway, if he sits it will be interesting to see what Skelton makes of his opportunity, because Kev’s play has certainly been of the level that a guy ‘taking his opportunity’ could unseat him.

    Anyway, as well as signing McCoy, is there any chance we could steal Marcus Ware and DeMarco Murry from the Pukes. They are wasted there.

  28. 28 Anonymous said at 2:20 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Kolb has a bad foot and is out.

    I’d love to see DeMarcus Ware play for any non-NFC East team, but that ain’t happening.

  29. 29 Kammich said at 2:18 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    The Jets D is playing like their season is on the line. Which, for all intents and purposes, it is. They’re really bottling up Jackson and Fitzpatrick. Too bad the offense still can’t do anything between the 20’s.

  30. 30 Anonymous said at 2:20 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Jason LaConfora says that Shady has fired Drew Rosenhaus.

  31. 31 Kammich said at 2:23 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    In the words of Michael Kelso…


  32. 32 Thorin McGee said at 4:07 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I wonder if a deal might be contingent upon that?

  33. 33 Jeppe Elmelund van Ee said at 2:37 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    The “excellent” defense of CLE is finally meeting some quality OFF and have allowed 24 points in ONE half…

  34. 34 Anonymous said at 2:46 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Gave up 174 rushing yards last week. Have given up 180 so far today. Ouch.

  35. 35 Anonymous said at 2:48 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Dallas up 13-6 on Seattle. Cowboys are infinitely more talented, but sleepwalking through this game.

  36. 36 Kammich said at 3:41 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Remember all of those articles after week 1 about the Redskins feeling like a “special team” in the locker room, and declining an extra day off so that they could work harder and continue to gel?

    Hehehe. Hehe. Heh.

  37. 37 Anonymous said at 4:10 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Personally I don’t like the fact that the Redskins lost. I think the Niners are due a loss big time next week against the Giants.

    That’s why the Patriots better win today!!!

  38. 38 Kammich said at 4:23 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson just drove right down the field for the quick score against GB. Hopefully Rivers won’t make me regret starting him over Matt Ryan in one of my fantasy leagues.

  39. 39 the guy said at 4:53 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Well, Rivers has thrown 3 TDs so far.

    Unfortunately, only 1 was for his team.

  40. 40 Kammich said at 7:08 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Fortunately, the deep hole that GB put them in has led to Rivers lighting it up for me. He surpassed Matt Ryan in fantasy points already, so I’m happy. I also have Jordy Nelson and Mike Tolbert in my starting lineup, so this SD/GB shootout has been most fortuitous.

  41. 41 Kammich said at 4:28 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Quentin Demps had an INT today. How about them apples?

  42. 42 Anonymous said at 6:38 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Good for him. I loved him coming out of college.

  43. 43 Kammich said at 7:10 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Same. Honestly, I tend to get enamored with one or two guys at the Safety position each year, but I do remember Demps being one of them. Excellent cover safety at UTEP, I thought he had a chance to provide a similar role as Dawkins did. Wasn’t too correct about that, ey?

  44. 44 Anirudh Jangalapalli said at 5:16 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I’m starting to dislike the Niners quite a bit – they remind me of the Falcons from last year; guys who overachieve partly on the basis of playing mistake-free football, but also by being lucky and having every bounce come their way. I was hoping they’d lose today and at least have to have a bounceback win next week. Now I’m concerned they may be complacent. I really hope the Giants go 0-2 this week and the next.

  45. 45 Anonymous said at 5:35 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Guess what?! The Giants will go 2-0 over the next two weeks.

  46. 46 Anonymous said at 6:39 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Bite your tongue!!!

  47. 47 Anonymous said at 6:59 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    This game is huge for us if we want to catch the Giants. The Patriots offense and Brady have not been playing as well as you would hope and I don’t trust the Patriots defense to hold a 3 point lead (as of right now). That being said, the Giants haven’t really been able to exploit the Patriots defense fully either.

  48. 48 Kammich said at 7:09 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Stupid Kyle Arrington.

    Come on, vaunted Patriots offense. End this puppy. We need you!

  49. 49 Kammich said at 7:18 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    What was that, 4 straight passes to Gronko? And it finally converts. Excellent.

    Pats D needs to hooold here.

  50. 50 Anonymous said at 7:31 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    This Patriots defense is absolute garbage. Twice they couldn’t make a stop when they needed to.

  51. 51 Alex Karklins said at 7:31 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Holy crap. Pats’ D is AWFUL. I’m not quite as worried about this matchup as I was earlier in the season.

  52. 52 Anonymous said at 7:38 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I think the Pats are a very overrated team, but their offense can be scary good. I still see that as a very difficult game for us. If Brady is playing well, he could pick us apart, especially with the way he uses his RBs and TEs.

  53. 53 Alex Karklins said at 8:35 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    True, true. The TE-based passing attack is still a little troubling.

  54. 54 Anonymous said at 7:42 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I’ll be honest. This is why I am not yet buying all the Eagles hype. We still have to catch up to the Giants who have 2 games on us and a win against us. Giants have to loose games like this, and well…. they didn’t.

  55. 55 Steve H said at 7:52 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I don’t know who kidnapped Tom Brady and replaced him with that shlub who was under center for new england today but until the 4th quarter I think you could have traded him for a box of bazooka joe and come out ahead on the deal.

    I don’t like New England but we needed that one today. What the eff?

  56. 56 Anonymous said at 9:35 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I just want to know where that awesome drafting Patriots team, the one Morton keeps talking about, was today.

  57. 57 Steve H said at 10:09 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    What, you mean the Eagles would never have had the acumen to draft studs like Shawn Crable and Terrance Wheatley?

  58. 58 Morton said at 10:52 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    I never said the Patriots draft well. I usually point to the Packers, Giants, and the Steelers when I talk about good drafting.

    One of the reasons behind the Pats’ downfall in recent years is a string of poor drafts in which Belichick shows more interest in accumulating massive volume of draft picks rather than quality players – a similar problematic strategy exhibited by Howie Roseman.

  59. 59 Eric Weaver said at 9:43 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    While they are accumulating picks, they are also drafting a lot of those guys in the 1st and 2nd rounds. A much different strategy than Andy/Howie’s 4th round and after bevy of picks.

    New England really hasn’t drafted very well since Pioli/Dimitroff left. Surprisingly, however, is that both Pioli and Dimitroff have not drafted that well in KC and Atlanta, respectively.

  60. 60 Anonymous said at 9:10 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    So.unrelated but i couldn’t find the answer online…

    Watching the ravens game and opening play is a td run called back for holding. Ok, except the ravens then get 1 and 10.. No offsetting penalty.

    shouldn’t be 1 and 20? itAm i missing something? How is offensive holding assessed?

  61. 61 Anonymous said at 9:50 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    It’s assessed from the spot of the hold, I didn’t see the first play, but I would guess if it was 1st and 10 that the hold occurred somewhere 10 yards downfield of the LOS

  62. 62 Anonymous said at 8:40 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    Got it. So i guess most called holds just on the ol? seems like its always assessed from los

  63. 63 Eric Weaver said at 9:44 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    It’s always assessed from the spot of the foul.

  64. 64 Gary said at 4:52 PM on November 7th, 2011:

    Unless it’s behind the line of scrimmage, I think. I mean if an o-lineman holds 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage you don’t then see 1st and 23.

  65. 65 Anonymous said at 9:58 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    As pissed as I am for the Pats laying an egg today, I can’t help but think that the Eagles put themselves in this position in the first place. You can’t rely on another team to do your work for you. As long as we keep winning I believe we can win the East, unfortunately we have to hope that the Giants manage to lose 2 or even 3 more than us over the next 9 games. Hopefully the Giants win today acts like a reinforcer for the team to play with a sense of urgency and not think they can coast on talent again .

  66. 66 Morton said at 10:54 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Once you go 1-3 in your first four games, your chances of winning a Super Bowl, or even just making the playoffs are next to non-existant. There’s a reason that almost 98% of the Super Bowl winners in the history of the game are either 3-1 or 4-0 in their first four games.

  67. 67 Thorin McGee said at 12:13 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    That works out to only 2 teams in history having won the SB without starting 3-1 or better? I don’t believe that.

  68. 68 Andrew W. Cohen said at 7:13 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    Jeez, Morton. Just last year, the Packers went 2-2, losing to the Browns and Chiefs, before winning the Super Bowl.

    I admit the Eagles aren’t likely SB winners. But strange things are most likely to happen in a year with a shortened pre-season.

  69. 69 Morton said at 9:50 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    The Packers went 3-1 last year in their first four games, losing only to the Bears by 3 points. They didn’t even play the Chiefs or the Browns last year.

    What are you talking about, exactly?

  70. 70 Anirudh Jangalapalli said at 8:16 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    These trends are made to be broken.

  71. 71 Anonymous said at 10:05 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Pittsburgh Baltimore game resembling last night’s game between Alabama and LSU – a 9 – 6 tough defensive slugfest.

  72. 72 Kammich said at 11:55 PM on November 6th, 2011:

    Excellent game. Those two teams always deliver the goods. Long story short, Balimore was 14-for-21 on 3rd downs. Astounding. And you have to respect Joe Flacco’s mettle. Facing a 92-yard drive, needing a TD, with less than 90 seconds in front of 65,000 crazy Pittsburgh fans… and he gets it done. Looked like Torrey Smith definitely pushed off, though. But I digress.

    I never mind seeing the Ravens win, to be honest. Baltimore is only about 100 miles away, their teams pose no immediate conference or division rivals, Harbaugh is their head coach, and their QB/RB battery attended Delaware and Rutgers, respectively. Kind of hard to root AGAINST them, unless they’re playing the Birds.

  73. 73 Anonymous said at 8:55 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    Stupid Patriots. I have to hear about how wonderful Brady and Belichick are 24/7 and the one time I am hoping they really are that wonderful, they fail.

  74. 74 Anonymous said at 9:00 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    The Pats might be the most overrated teams in the NFL, while the Giants are the most underrated.

    There’s a pretty good chance NY will run away with the NFC East title, especially since the Niners are due a loss next week.

  75. 75 Alex Karklins said at 9:20 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    I really think the Giants’ lack of depth will hurt them in the last half of the season, despite their impressive play of late. If they can maintain their level of play down the stretch, they fully deserve to win the East. I just don’t think it’s likely with all of their injury troubles.

  76. 76 Anonymous said at 9:44 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    The Giants always find a way to overcome injuries. At the moment they’re the 2nd best team in the NFC, only behind the Packers.

  77. 77 Anonymous said at 12:29 PM on November 7th, 2011:

    I’m tired of the metric that if you beat the Pats, all of a sudden you are heralded as one of the best teams in the league. Yes, the Giants beat the Patriots and slowed down the Patriots offense, but the Pats have an absolutely awful defense. If that defense makes one stop on either of the last two drives, Pats win that game.

    Looking at the Giants so far this season, there is no question that they deserve credit for going 6-2 but let’s look at that a bit closer. The two games they have lost are to two terrible teams (Redskins and Seahawks). They have squeaked by some awful teams (Dolphins 20-17, Cardinals 31-27), and beat up on the terrible Rams. They did beat the Pats (a highly overrated team) the Bills and us, so they deserve credit there, but the point is, this team is not dominant by any means. They are not even close to the Packers and the Giants have proven to be a very beatable team. Yes, they absolutely deserve credit for winning the games they have won, but lets not go anointing them just yet.

  78. 78 Eric Weaver said at 9:45 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    Eli just can’t sustain this. I really don’t believe that.

  79. 79 Anonymous said at 10:27 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    Why? He really seems to have taken his game to another level. No bonehead interceptions any more. Instead impressive drives in clutch time.

  80. 80 Anonymous said at 12:35 PM on November 7th, 2011:

    He threw a horrible INT in the end zone yesterday. That was a pass that Eli has to eat or throw away. Awful decision to put the ball up and hope.

  81. 81 Anonymous said at 10:31 AM on November 7th, 2011:

    All those calling for Jerry Reese’s head now look like fools….I agree the Pats played like crap but the Giants “replacements” have been doing a good job…on another note why the heck is Jarrad Page still on the team and DeVan is cut…? Someone please explain that to me…

  82. 82 Anonymous said at 12:38 PM on November 7th, 2011:

    DeVan was disposable. We’ve got JamJax and Vandervelde. We could also shift Todd inside and play Justice or King at OT.

    Obviously the team doesn’t trust Colt A. on defense and is hesitant about Jarrett. Maybe Page is good in practice. The guy can’t tackle, but he might be a good teacher in terms of how to read offenses and where to line up…technical stuff.