How many of you remember the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live? Her catch phrase was simple…”Well isn’t that special?”.
Church Lady would not have said that about the Eagles Special Teams last year. They were closer to awful than special. I wrote about new STs coach Dave Fipp and what he needs to do this year to get the unit back on track. Maybe the most fundamental thing is just getting guys to play hard on a consistent basis.
Too often, I would see Eagles blockers being shoved backward on returns when I would go back and study the tape. I would then watch a punt or kickoff and see players getting blocked. This is simply unacceptable. You can’t demand that your kickers be perfect or returners be fast, but you can sure as heck expect the blocking/coverage units to be tough and physical. That is the foundation of all special teams.
The Eagles were soft on offense, defense and STs last year. I don’t think Chip Kelly will allow that to happen this year.
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Jimmy Bama wrote a terrific post the other day and I forgot to link to it. He covered the Dan Graziano / Chip Kelly / first NFC East coach to go story better than I did. Jimmy also cracked me up with his comments on the release of Brandon Banks. Classic Kempski.
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Speaking of Jimmy, he shared this nugget on Twitter:
In their rookie seasons, 9 of the last 10 QBs selected with the #1 overall pick had a lower QB rating than Nick Foles had in 2012.
— Jimmy Kempski (@Jimmy_Beast) June 13, 2013
Hopefully Jimmy will put together a story and talk about the background of this. Who were those players? How good were their teams? How did those players do in the future?
RG3 and Russell Wilson were major anomalies. I think we’ll see that when the rookie QBs of 2014 hit the field and no one lights it up.
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Speaking of rookie QBs, Matt Barkley did sign his contract today. He then had a good back and forth with Adam Schefter on Twitter.
— Matthew Barkley (@MattBarkley) June 13, 2013
Apparently Matt isn’t so keen on hearing about what he lost by staying for his Senior year. If you want to see those numbers, I covered that here.