Today is full pads and actual contact. In the immortal words of Tony Bruno…”Beautiful.”
My PE.com column focused on one of the big needs for the 2013 Eagles…to be more physical. Last year we had the Charmin Brigade at CB and Self-Tacklin’ Jeremy Maclin at WR. We had giant King Dunlap playing like Tiny Tim. We had a Safety who wanted to hit, but was physically over-matched (Kurt) and another with good size who struggled to be physical (Nate).
This year you get tough, play tough or hit the road. Simple as that.
Goes for bloggers too. Bama, I’m coming for your knees. Better have your head on a swivel.
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Mike Still wrote a notebook type of piece for the Inquirer. I’m not familiar with Mike, but he had a couple of good notes. Check it out.
This was kinda cool.
Being a punter can be lonely at times, especially when the rest of the team is running a wide range of plays together that include nothing for special teams.
To pass the time on Saturday, rookie punter Brad Wing held a competition against himself. With five trash cans arranged in a line, Wing booted punts from about 40 yards out attempting to land one in a trash can.
Wing didn’t make any in about a 15-minute span but rimmed out twice, putting his hands to his face and dropping his jaw in disbelief each time.
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Donovan McNabb will officially retire an Eagle on Monday. I’ll write a full piece on this. One of the greatest Eagles ever, but a guy that has been harder and harder to like in recent years. Just says some strange things.
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So why not have the Eagles go after a starting caliber WR?
What is Chip Kelly looking for? Too often people see a player on the street with good skill and good stats and think “Let’s go get him.” Fit is a crucial part of the equation. The player must fit in your locker room, in terms of personality. The player must fit your scheme.
The Eagles would be looking for a small WR with RAC skills or a big, physical WR.
Brandon Lloyd is neither. Laurent Robinson is neither. Randy Moss??? Austin Collie has concussion issues. Go look at the list of top FAs. I don’t see anyone who jumps out. Donald Jones would make the most sense.
If we ran more of a traditional passing game, Lloyd and Robinson would make sense. The big hold-up then would be Lloyd’s character. He’s bounced around the league for a reason.
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Many of you want to know what Jeremy Maclin’s future is. We need to see how 2013 plays out. If Riley Cooper or Arrelious Benn or Damaris Johnson plays lights out, Mac is likely done as an Eagle. If those guys play like backup WRs, Mac might get another shot. He could re-sign here for one year and hope to earn a big contract from that.
Of course Mac will also study how Chip Kelly uses WRs. I think we need to understand that under Kelly the importance of skill positions goes like this: QB, RB, TE, WR. Mac might not want to come back. Then again, maybe the run game will open things up and the WRs will make a lot of big plays.
Just too many unknowns to have a good feel for Mac’s future.
Jeremy is a high character guy. Everyone around the team loves him. He’ll work hard to get back for next year. He and the Eagles will have some tough talks next March. Hopefully things will work out for both sides.