About 5 hours til game time. I’m not nervous in the least. The fact that my mouth is bone dry and there are 237 butterflies going around my stomach at full speed is completely normal. Yeah, right. I’m definitely nervous. Tonight is a huge game. A win puts the Eagles at 3-1 and keeps them atop the division. A loss means a 2-game losing streak and lots of questions, none good.
I don’t really have any new thoughts. Here are links to a few things I’ve written in the past couple of days.
Jimmy Bama and I recorded a lengthy podcast, previewing the game and talking about Dawk and other odd stuff. Jimmy has a pretty funny mustard story early on in the show.
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For SB Nation Philly, I wrote about Juan Castillo. Some people think I was too hard on him. Others think I wasn’t hard enough.
The truth is that Juan remains a great mystery. I didn’t mention Todd Bowles in the piece. I’m still trying to figure out which changes and ideas are his and which are Castillo’s. It is easy to see us playing press coverage and say – that’s due to Bowles. I disagree. That’s due to Asante getting dealt. Juan wanted to play press all along. Last year he did a lot of things to accommodate Samuel. That backfired in a major way.
I’m sure Bowles has had an impact. We’ve seen improved play from Curtis Marsh. Brandon Boykin looks good. DRC looks like a star. Bowles has clearly done a good job with those guys. Schematically? I’m not sure. His ideas go into the gameplan, but I can’t point to anything and say “that great idea was clearly his”.
I do think the defense has shown progress. I don’t really care who gets the credit for it. I just want to get back to a situation where I see the defense come on the field and I’m actually happy because I want to see those guys get after it.
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In case you missed it, I wrote a Dawk post last night. Pretty good stuff.
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We do know that Hakeem Nicks is out tonight for the Giants. Antrell Rolle will play.
Jon Dorenbos will be our LS. The Kyle Nelson era must wait.