Panthers 38, Giants 0. So, how many of you had that game called correctly?
The Giants and Skins both fell to 0-3 with losses today. Dallas dominated the Rams, the one team that DeMarco Murray can light up. The Cowboys are now 2-1 and atop the division.
SF lost. They’re 1-2. GB lost. They’re 1-2. The Falcons as well.
I have no idea what to make of the Giants. The Eagles could give up 4 TDs right now and still have allowed fewer points than the G-men. How on Earth is that possible? After 3 games, they have 3 sacks. JPP and Vinny Curry each have 1 sack this year. Even the Skins have a better defense than the Giants. And the Skins D is awful. Yikes.
Speaking of former opponents…the Chargers did lose, but Philip Rivers was 20-24. Dude is killing it in their new offense.
Records can be deceiving. No one thinks the 1-2 Eagles are as good as SF, GB or ATL. But does it make you feel any differently about the Eagles to see them with the same record as those teams?
Have the Giants and Steelers started to implode? One thing both have in common…QBs from the 2004 draft. Ben and Eli have mega-deals and less than great OLs to protect them. It still blows me away that the Steelers traded for Felix Jones when his time as an Eagle showed he clearly wasn’t someone you wanted on the field.
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I am getting desperate for the Eagles to win at home. It isn’t a “we must protect this house” kind of thing. I’m just tired of hearing about the losing streak.
In Andy Reid’s first year, the Eagles were in the middle of a long road losing streak. Reid led the Eagles to a win at Chicago on 10/17/99 that was the team’s first road win since 1997. Chip Kelly has an easier task in ending a home losing streak. But it still has to be done.
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Adam Schefter reported that the Browns are open to trading WR Josh Gordon. Should the Eagles be interested?
Gordon is big at 6-3, 225. As a rookie in 2012 he posted good numbers, 50-805-5. There is a lot to like. I’m sure Kelly would love having a big, talented WR. The downside with Gordon is that he’s already been in trouble twice. Any drug issue will get him suspended for a year. That makes him risky.
I don’t anticipate the Eagles going after him, but it wouldn’t shock me. If the price is right, he might just be worth the risk. He was 10-146-1 today in the Browns win over the Vikings.
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I really do agree with something Kelly said the other day. Don’t look for answers on the outside. Most problems will get solved by players already in the locker room. The point of this isn’t to put on blinders and avoid outsiders. The point is to motivate the players you do have. Let them know to quit looking for help. You put pressure on the current players to improve. That can bring out the best in them. It can also show you which players don’t have any more to give because they’re just not that good.
The “Next Man Up” philosophy worked very well during the early part of the Reid era. It has worked very well for the Ravens throughout Ozzie Newsome’s tenure.
One of the problems for looking for outside help is that most players are available for a reason. The player may be declining. He might be an underachiever. He might be a headache on the field or off it.
You never want to pass up talent, but adding a flawed or high maintenance player is always risky and I don’t like the signal it sends to the team. Players need to know the first place you’ll look is at the bottom of your own roster, as well as the practice squad. I think that helps to build a good e’sprit de corps.