Eagles End Great Season With Dominant Win

Posted: January 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 56 Comments »

Just trying to see if you guys actually read the headlines.

8-8 feels great  mediocre.  It was fun to see the Skins look bad today.  And it was fun to see Dion Lewis run well in the 4th Qtr.  Once we lost the bid for a shutout, I became very ambivalent about the game.

Word out of the locker room is that Howard Mudd is coming back in 2012.  That’s great news.  I loved the new kind of blockers we used and the new blocking scheme.  Starters are good.  Just work on the depth.

The highlight of the day was watching Derek Landri play his butt off and make things happen.  Blocked FG.  TFL.  Couple of QB hits.  The only question with Landri is whether some other team looks at him as starter material.  Nobody was too keen on him this year so I hope we’re able to re-sign him to be a backup DT.

We’ll talk about the Castillo question Monday.  Tonight we sit back and watch Dallas and New York battle for the NFC East title.  It is wrong to cheer for injuries, but if ever there was a time for aliens to attack a football stadium with space weapons…tonight would be great.

Oh…and it was fun to watch the Jets melt down after they failed to help us.  Rex Ryan is going to have a rough few weeks.  Broken promises don’t sit with with New York fans or that media.

56 Comments on “Eagles End Great Season With Dominant Win”

  1. 1 Anders Jensen said at 6:35 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Tommy, you think Landri might get the same treatment as Babin? Teams affraid to put to much into 1 season and giving most of the credit to Washburn?

  2. 2 Corry Henry said at 6:41 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Tommy, are you planning on doing an offseason “to do list” type post? Obviously, Linebacker is on that list, but I’m curious to see if you have any other areas you think should be addressed.

  3. 3 Anonymous said at 6:42 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    For as much crap the front office has taken, they’ve found some guys who can contribute.

    Kelce, Watkins, Mathis, Rolle, Matthews, Clayton, Landri, Hunt.

    Not saying they’re gonna be stars, but they can hold their own at this level.

  4. 4 Anders Jensen said at 10:11 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Dont tell AR/FO haters 😀

  5. 5 Mac said at 10:22 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    You and I are in the same boat.

    I just don’t understand all the hate… this team has talent.

  6. 6 Jeppe Elmelund van Ee said at 6:49 PM on January 1st, 2012:


    We discussed in one of the previous posts, what we could possibly get in return if we tag and trade Jackson. What is your opinion? It is even likely? I DON’T want to pay him 10 million per year – rather something around 5-6 million…

  7. 7 James Coe said at 7:18 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    I guess you run the risk there that you tag him and don’t find anyone willing to trade. Would really suck to have to pay him franchise money and have another year of him feeling insecure about his future.

  8. 8 Sjampen said at 7:31 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Think Jackson is worth about 7-8 pr. year. His a 5 or 6 mil. a year WR, at least until his speed runs out. And he gets the extra 2 mil for his skill as a “weapon” primarily returner, but also his ability to get it on end around. Remember DeSean is still young and we can hope that when he gets his contract he will work harder on is routes and stop playing like a p**** when he runs towards the middle. His injuries is a problem that could set him back. Don’t think he will get 10+ mil a year anywhere.

    To me 8 mill a year is the max, but i wouldn’t even have him at a minimum contract if Andy feels that DeSean is becoming a lazy diva.

  9. 9 FalKirk said at 7:53 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    1) I really don’t give a damn about the NY Jets, but it was unbelievably satisfying watching fat-mouth Ryan suffer as his team crashed and burned.

    2) The Eagle’s game was unbelievably boring. I can’t imagine how painful that game would have been to watch if we had somehow managed to lose it.

    3) I know this isn’t possible, but somehow I’m still hoping that NO ONE wins the NFC East. If the Cowboys and the Giants tie one another, can’t we just call it a season and go home without either of the teams making the playoffs?

  10. 10 James Coe said at 8:02 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Agree totally with point 3. Given that it can’t happen, though, I’m rooting for the Cowboys purely from an Eagles draft perspective. Strength of schedule is the first tie-breaker as far as draft position goes, and the Cowboys have had a weaker schedule than the Eagles and would therefore pick ahead of us if they lose tonight, whereas the Giants would pick after us.

  11. 11 Anonymous said at 4:35 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    I was pulling for the Giants. Two reasons: I can never bring myself to root for the Cowboys. And because I thought of anyone, the Giants deserved it. With all the preseason injuries they had, to get to 9-7 was impressive. To have 9-7 be the division-winning record was less so, but so be it.

    Also I think I respect the Giants as a rival more than the others. But anyway let’s not get too carried away, I still need to see them get bounced quickly so we don’t have to hear their mouths all offseason.

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 7:58 PM on January 1st, 2012:


    It seems to me that if you’re going to root for the Eagles to win their last game to max out at 8-8, you’d also root for whichever team will help the Eagles’ draft position. That’s a “win,” right?

    And I understand your point that there are good players wherever the Eagles select (whether they pick one is another story), but maybe the guy the Eagles want — or consider the last guy worth being selected in that area of the 1st round — comes off the board with the preceding choice. Then the Eagles trade down into the 2nd round and we get a Trevor Laws-type.

    I’d have had no problem if the Birds lost today. Nor if the Cowboys win because it’ll help the Eagles get a better draft position (or the G’ints if that helps).

    The Cowboys are not winning the Super Bowl this year. Nor are the Giants. Nor would the Eagles — unless Rodgers, Brees, and Brady blew out their knees in the playoffs.

    So since the ‘boys aren’t going to win the SB, let them win tonight, help the Eagles get a slightly better pick (I think), and then get — according to one of the comments — a truly murderous schedule next year. Screw Jerry!

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 8:01 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Re: D-Jax

    After watching Dwayne Bowe in several games this season, I’d love for the Eagles to give him the $9-$10 million that D-Jax wants. Bowe is 6’2 220lbs. And he can run.

    But I assume the “Chefs” will tag Bowe. Too bad

  14. 14 David Roberts said at 11:16 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Dwayne Bowe…. That dog don’t hunt

  15. 15 Kammich said at 8:17 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    I am happy that we won the game. I’ll never root for an Eagles loss, and despite it being a sloppy effort, it was still a Win. Winning 4 straight games–and in convincing fashion–can be nothing but a positive to take into next season. We’re getting a better understanding of what we have in place already, which, in turn, gives us a better understanding of what we need to add in order to get “over the hump.”

    Rooting for a loss to improve draft position is a fruitless endeavor, in my opinion. The draft is what you make of it. Regardless of where we pick, be it #10 or #19, you have to make the right choice that suits your team’s needs. And, if all else fails, use some of that extra capitol we have and move around in the 1st round. If our front office personnel is worth any salt at all, they’ll make it work. I’d rather have 4 straight wins and (insert lower pick here) than a loss at home to the Redskins and (insert higher pick here).

  16. 16 James Coe said at 8:39 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    And even with the win, we’re still picking in the top half, so there should be some good talent available

  17. 17 Anders Jensen said at 9:55 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Outside of the top 5, you dont decide who you are going to draft anyway and the talent level is also very even in the area we would pick, with a win or lose.

  18. 18 Anonymous said at 10:12 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Watching Giants ‘Boys–how the heck did Victor Cruz go completely undrafted?

  19. 19 Anonymous said at 4:36 PM on January 2nd, 2012:


  20. 20 Anonymous said at 10:14 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Good news: Arizona (which needs a MLB) won and will be drafting 15th, behind the Iggles (13);
    Bad news: Arizona won so the 2nd rounder will be later

  21. 21 Anonymous said at 10:17 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Bad news. Bucs need a MLB bad too and they pick before the Eagles.

  22. 22 Anders Jensen said at 11:00 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    The Bucs need alot, including o-line there is more important to any team then a MLB.

  23. 23 Jeppe Elmelund van Ee said at 10:29 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    IF the Giants win, we will pick 15th, the Cowboys 14th and the Cardinals 13th…

  24. 24 Anonymous said at 10:29 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    the cowboys kicker missed a fg and henery made one. doesn’t that make him the most accurate rookie kicker in the nfl? (i think he already had the franchise rookie record)

  25. 25 Anders Jensen said at 10:59 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    It does.

  26. 26 Anonymous said at 10:33 PM on January 1st, 2012:

    Tommy, thanks for sticking with us through the misery of this season. Even at the darkest hours you kept a realistic perspective. I think the last 4 games gives us plenty to be optimistic about and I am happy if they don’t make major changes to staff, including DC. Juan seems to have the support of the players, has unparalleled work ethic to get it right, and is truly one of the good guys in the league. That’s enough for me.

    Season low light for me: Watching the Seahawks game with a friend that is a SEA fan but pretty novice about football and completely oblivious about Eagles fans. I was basically booing the Eagles the whole game and cursing with much venom. When Marshawn ‘HMD’ Lynch busted that TD run my friend was so excited that he raised up for a high five…and I obliged. I am still disgusted with myself.

    Random thought: I support the use of T-Law as a nick name for Tommy, in the parlance of our times.

  27. 27 Anonymous said at 12:31 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Seattle was a low point. Jackson was 13 of 16. That killed me (and the Eagles).

  28. 28 Anonymous said at 12:02 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Video of the always dominant Derek Landri


  29. 29 Joe Malone said at 12:12 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    I really hope no one tries to woo him with a contract this offseason. He is a freakin beast!

  30. 30 Anonymous said at 12:24 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    I agree….I’m a little worried too. I think he might be one of those guys (like Babin) that took a little while to Figure it all out

  31. 31 Sjampen said at 1:17 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    I don’t know, i have a feeling that no team see Landri as a starter, and to be honest, were is he going to et more playing time than here? We have a team that notoriously rotates DL and lets them play attack. I think Landi likes it in Philly and with Washburn, so if we pay him what he deserves, he’s not gonna leave. He’s not gonna get Hayensworth money either way.

  32. 32 Mac said at 10:29 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Who is the man who transformed Landri’s career?


    Somehow, I think he may want to stick around….

  33. 33 Anonymous said at 12:32 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Freakin’ awesome.

  34. 34 Kammich said at 1:21 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    My initial thought after the Giants beat the Cowboys was along the lines of, “f’n Jets, if only they had won last week.”

    We can’t think that way. A 5-1 divisional record is sterling, but it is that 29-16 week 3 loss to the Giants that looms largest. It is fun to say “fuck Sanchez, fuck Rex Ryan, they choked.” In the end, it was all for naught. We win in week 3, and we’re division champions right now.

    In the words of Trent Reznor, “…and all that could have been.”

    This will be remembered as a season built upon “what ifs.” I honestly feel that we’re a better team than the Giants, a better team than the Cowboys. That should be us playing the Falcons at home next weekend. But, sadly, it isn’t. And I’ll just have to cope with that. All I can ask is that this franchise builds upon the momentum they’ve gained in the 2nd half of the season, and ride it into a successful 2012.

  35. 35 Anonymous said at 2:01 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    My Jets anger doesn’t excuse the fact that we had to rely on them. I don’t blame them for us not making the playoffs. That’s all on us. I’m mad at them for not helping us out, but we put ourselves in that position.

  36. 36 Mac said at 10:31 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    I blame Ronnie Brown.

  37. 37 Anonymous said at 5:33 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    “but we put ourselves in that position.”

    Over and over again.

    You could point to any game but New England or Seattle and say we should have won, that victory was in our clutches and we pissed it away.

    I’m not that mad. We weren’t a good team, and we weren’t going to go on a magical playoff run. That said, watching football with nothing at stake left me one notch above disinterested.

    I much prefer agonizing over why Vick threw to Riley Cooper in the end zone, and the rush that preceded it, than this.

  38. 38 Anonymous said at 4:17 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    It’s not even the Giants game so much as if they had bothered to show up for Arizona or Seattle game they would be NFC east champs and hosting Atlanta for a little revenge.

  39. 39 Anonymous said at 1:28 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Great news to brighten up your day tommy,

    Your son the amazing ball of hate reads BGN. Bet he knows who his real father is by now.


  40. 40 Anonymous said at 2:01 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Interesting stuff.

  41. 41 Anonymous said at 7:32 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    I awake to find he status quo is as normal. An occasional blip as we miss the playoffs with the reverse true for the Blue and the Pukes melting as always, while Snyder’s lot are always forgot(ten). We lose a spot to the Pukes in the drafting order which I don’t think adversely affects us as we have different holes and needs to them. Additionally, an NY loss may well have cost TC his job and knocked us right down in the Spag’s hunt.

    Mudd staying is the best news, he is my only hope in helping Andy realise the his O is flawed.

  42. 42 Andrew W. Cohen said at 9:12 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    The simple

  43. 43 Anonymous said at 9:36 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Bucs just drafted Mason Foster in the 3rd round last year to play MLB. From what I read he was pretty good for a rookie. I’m not sure they’ll be looking to draft a MLB early in the first.

  44. 44 Anonymous said at 9:52 AM on January 2nd, 2012:


    is this the most talented team to miss the playoffs since the merger?!

  45. 45 Anonymous said at 10:16 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Eagles end great season with great a dominant win. Yea, against one the league’s best quarterbacks, too.

    All my local buddies are bored of hearing me out, so I’ll weigh down you guys of Tommy Nation with some end-of-deason thoughts.

    First, we finshed atop the Cowboys. Always cause for good cheer.

    Second, if I was a foot taller and 60 pounds stronger I would kick Howie Long’s butt. Did you catch his comment that the Eagles have to be considered one of the top contenders… for the 2012-13 season? Like Sisyphus, next time we will suceed, for sure.

    Third, in my rational moments I will agree that Reid should come back for one more year. If this is announced, I will yawn, and go watch the 76ers. Imagine, though, the bomb it will be if he is canned? Change for change’s sake may not always be good, but it sure would add some excitement to our off-season.

    Other than that, like Captains going down with the ship — again! — it has been a pleasure serving with you, gentlemen.

  46. 46 Anonymous said at 10:33 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Ideal scenario:

    Hire Spags as Assistant Head Coach – Defense (pay him like a HC). Leave Juan as DC.

    Juan will still call plays with Steve’s input. AR leaves after 2013.

    Spags becomes HC.

  47. 47 Anders Jensen said at 10:53 AM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Compare Spags and ARs HC careers so far. This supposed crappy team is still 8-8, where Spags current team is 2-14.

  48. 48 Mac said at 12:27 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Was St. Louis built to deal with all the injuries they suffered this year?

    Was Spags really ready to take over an entire team, or is he best suited as just a DC?

    Can Spags pick up the elements he needs to add to his repertoire by spending more time with Reid?

    Is Spags a better HC with a better FO?

    Like the nefarious question of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie pop… the world may never know.

  49. 49 Furt said at 4:31 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    And what happened to Bulger? Was he already losing it when Spags took over? I don’t remember. Bradford regressed this year, but the Rams have been terrible at finding WR’s

    C”mon your only receiving threat is your RB! And its been that way for years. Its amazing they won a single game.

  50. 50 Scott Buchanan said at 12:11 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Headline should read “Spags fired by St Lou..Can’t wait to be reunited in Philly”

  51. 51 Anonymous said at 4:43 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Rose Bowl question that might offend some people.

    Who is the old guy on the ESPN of the rose bowl coverage who literally cannot speak? He was trying to talk about the next PSU coach and failed, miserably.

  52. 52 Kammich said at 4:49 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    I’m not watching the coverage yet(watching the Winter Classic, go Flyguys!)… but my initial guess would be that you’re speaking of Lou Holtz. God bless ol’ Lou, but the man talks like he has a mouth full of peanut butter.

  53. 53 Anonymous said at 4:52 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Cheers, I assume he is a big name in college football? (British ignorance)

  54. 54 Anonymous said at 5:11 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Might be Lee Corso. He struggled earlier today. Lee has some physical issues and is really getting up there age wise. Needs to go. Beloved figure because of his antics, but age is an issue for him.

  55. 55 Anonymous said at 5:16 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    Yup Lee Corso.

    The play-by-play guy for this game has the most incredible voice, he’s the Barry White of commentators.

  56. 56 Anonymous said at 5:41 PM on January 2nd, 2012:

    If Lee Corso loses his job before Sam Huff I will be stunned.