The Eagles are 5-5 right now.
They were 5-11 in Andy Reid’s first season. They were 4-12 last year. Getting to 5 wins feels pretty good.
This team is legitimately in the playoff hunt. Dallas is 5-5 as well, but missing Sean Lee for several weeks will hurt an already awful defense.
While the Eagles are back at .500 and in 1st place in the division (save the tie-breakers talk until the final month), this is still a mediocre Eagles team. I don’t think any of us are pretending it isn’t. We are the right kind of mediocre, though.
There is plenty of young talent. This is not a team full of free agents and 29-year old veterans that are pushing the team to 5-5. There isn’t some crazy luck with this team. You’re not seeing blocked FGs being run back for TDs. There aren’t an abnormal amount of takeaways. The Eagles aren’t winning on Hail Mary’s. The Eagles won by 6, 15, 11, 29 and 14 points. Those games were mostly close, but the Eagles put the opponents away.
The schedule has been nuts. The Eagles caught breaks in missing Aaron Rodgers and getting RG3 in his first game, but also faced Peyton and Phillip Rivers when they were red hot. I’d say the schedule has helped more than it hurt, but it isn’t as if the entire season has been a gift from the Football Gods.
I’m excited for the team to be getting ready to play meaningful games in November. Last year was just miserable. 2011 as well. We had a small glimmer of hope in 2011, but last year the talk was all about the draft and finding a new coach. This fall/winter we get to talk about actual games the Eagles will be playing in. Tell me that’s not fun.
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The Eagles are about to sign WR/KOR Brad Smith. He is taking a physical, but is expected to be signed. No word on who will go. The Eagles might cut Curtis Marsh if they think Bradley Fletcher will be fine. Or the Eagles could let go of Damaris Johnson. I guess BJ Cunningham is another possibility.
Smith is a veteran player. He was a QB at Missouri (like the late Jim Johnson), but moved elsewhere in the pros. Smith is an excellent STs player. He has good size and can block. He’s not going to do too much as a receiver, but does have good RAC skills.
You wonder if this move is being done since the Eagles are 5-5 and in the playoff hunt. You don’t want to add veterans to a team that is clearly going nowhere.
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Interesting note from Kelly yesterday in his PC. Najee Goode replaced Kendricks in the game on Sunday. Had DeMeco Ryans gotten hurt, Emmanuel Acho would have played in his place. The coaches like to think of the ILB spots as interchangeable, but clearly there are some differences since they are getting backups ready for specific roles.
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Hate to hear this.
Possible that Earl Wolff goes on short-term IR with designation to return. Howie Roseman said Wolff likely to be out several weeks.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) November 12, 2013
I’m glad we have Patrick Chung, but hate seeing Wolff hurt. He’s played the best of a rookie Eagles Safety in years.
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Jimmy Bama and I recorded a new H2H podcast.
We hope to do them on a more regular basis. Jimmy’s schedule has been really tough since he’s been following Justin Bieber around on tour.