The preseason schedule is out!!!!
Thursday, August 9 … vs. Pittsburgh … . 7:30 pm (6ABC)
Monday, August 20 … at New England … 8:00 pm (ESPN)
Friday, August 24 ….. at Cleveland ……. 7:30 pm (6ABC)
Thursday, Aug 30 ….. vs. New York Jets … TBD
I can’t wait to see Mike Kafka going against Jason Worilds and the #2 Steelers defense on Aug 9th. That’ll be awesome. Who else is stoked?
Okay, the fake enthusiasm is over. The only real note of interest to me is the short turnaround from Week 2 to Week 3. That’s just 4 days. Normally starters play the 1st half of the second preseason game. Big Red might pull them a bit early. Week 3 is the key game. That’s when starters play 3 full quarters.
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The big story of the day is the Gregg Williams audio that was released. Here is the PFT page with all the key links and background info.
I have mixed feelings on the audio. The stuff about the ACL and the concussion is over the line. You cannot have that in football.
Most of what is said I have no problem with. Williams said “Kill the head and the body will die” quite a bit. This is Football 101. The phrasing isn’t nice, but the point is that if you knock out the QB, the offense will struggle. Every single football team in America is hoping to knock out the QB. You do it with clean, legal, tough, physical hits. Pound the guy.
Williams talked about hitting Frank Gore. The way he phrased it wasn’t ideal, but his point was Football 101. Pound on the RB and try to wear him down. Discourage him from fighting for yards.
Good defenses do want to punish offensive players. Hit them over and over and over. Football is a brutal, physical game. Trying to injure players is flat out wrong. What makes all of this so bad is that the NFL told the Saints to knock it off a couple of years back. The Saints ignored that and it was business as usual. Because of that, those coaches and players deserve whatever punishment they get (after the appeals are over). If a cop gives you a warning…heed it. The NFL did warn them and the Saints were so arrogant they didn’t listen at all.
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We know Demetress Bell is the LT for 2012. What is his future here?
Right now I think Bell is a 1-year player for us. The team would cut him and let him hit the market in hopes of landing a true long term deal for good money.
There are x-factors. If Jason Peters has some problems with his rehab, Bell could stay here as the LT. Depending on what the contract numbers truly are, it is possible that Bell could stay here as the swing tackle. King Dunlap just signed a 1-year deal. This is an unlikely scenario, but it is possible.
If Bell somehow plays absolutely lights out, it is possible the team could try to squeeze him into the 2013 lineup. Put him at RG or RT maybe. This is another unlikely scenario. It is fun to speculate on what might happen, but really the most likely outcome is Bell being here for a season and then hitting the market again.
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Someone raised the question of whether Evan Mathis performance would go down without Jason Peters beside him. First, this is a major insult to Mathis. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he’s our best player. And sexiest. The only reason he hasn’t cured cancer is that Katy Perry hasn’t told him to yet. His life is devoted to doing whatever Katy Perry and Howard Mudd tell him. I can’t comment on what the 3 of them did in the hot tub at the Palomino Motel.
Mathis did benefit from playing beside Peters last year, but let’s not sell Mathis short. He was a star O-lineman at Alabama, starting 38 games. He was great at the 2005 Combine. He was picked in the middle of the 3rd round in 2005. Mathis wasn’t a bad player before Philly. He simply hadn’t found a home (right place, right time). Mathis should play at a high level this year and Demetress Bell should benefit from playing beside him.
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Someone asked about the Eagles having interest in Glenn Dorsey next year. All depends on the draft. If we take a pass rushing DT, then Dorsey probably won’t be high on our radar. If we aren’t able to land a pass rusher, Dorsey could be an ideal fit.
We also need to see how Cullen Jenkins plays. He was terrific in 2011. I’m assuming we’ll see another good year from him.
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Now that we’ve signed Demetress Bell, when do we sign Yeremiah Bell?
Good question. The free agent market has gotten very quiet. The Dolphins did sign FA Tyrell Johnson, so that means Bell won’t be going back there. The Eagles may have made an offer to Bell and he’s just looking around to see what else is out there. Maybe the Eagles have only lukewarm interest and are waiting until after the draft. Hard to say what’s going on at this point.
Right now teams have the upper hand. Veteran players have minimal offers in place, but are hoping something better comes along. Trevor Laws and Derek Landri are still sitting on the street. Both players have interested teams, but this is a buyer’s market and the players don’t like the deals on the table. Sit. Wait. Hope.
The one good side to this…when Landri does get on the field, he’s going to be in a bad mood. Somebody is going to pay the price.
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It was sad to find out that former Dallas STs coach Joe Avezzano died. We all hated the Cowboys, but he always seemed like a good guy. He was very animated and a fun guy to watch. Good football coach who worked all over the place. RIP.