Just the Beginning

Posted: January 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 197 Comments »

It takes time to win a Super Bowl.

Sean Payton and Drew Brees came together in 2006. They won in 2009. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco joined the Ravens in 2008. They won in 2012. Aaron Rodgers was drafted in 2005, sat until 2008 and then won the SB in 2010.

Go back to Aikman-Johnson, Montana-Walsh and other classic combos. It took time.

Football is an always evolving game. I was hoping that Chip Kelly and Nick Foles might be able to buck the trend and lead us on a magical Super Bowl run right off the bat. Didn’t happen. Both guys still have growing to do. Foles must improve as a QB. Kelly must improve as a coach. And they must continue to grow together.

I don’t know how all of you feel, but this playoff loss has me feeling different than in recent years. This is the beginning of something, not a step closer to the end. As the Andy Reid era moved along, the playoff losses became more frustrating. The longer a coach goes without winning the big game, the more you feel the chances are dwindling that it will ever happen.

If you go back to 2000 and 2001, those playoff losses were hard, but also left me feeling that the team could build on them. The team did and eventually got to the Super Bowl in 2004.

There are no guarantees that the team will improve, but I believe in Kelly and Foles. They did amazing things this year. Time will tell whether this was a fluke, but I sure don’t think so. Kelly has been a dynamic offensive mind in several places. His offense set some records this year. Foles was a star in high school and college. This isn’t some small school UDFA that came out of nowhere. Foles showed serious potential as a rookie.

Defenses will adjust to Kelly and Foles, but they won’t remain stagnant themselves. Kelly will tweak his offense, as he did all year long. Foles will work to improve his game. I believe the Eagles offense is going to remain a force for the next several years.

We’ve talked about how this Eagles team compares to last year’s Skins team. There are some huge differences. Shanny and RG3 didn’t have a good relationship by the end of the 2012 season. Kelly and Foles go together like PBR and Funyuns. Also, RG3 was hurt and spent his offseason rehabbing and doing Subway commercials. Nick is healthy and probably won’t be the spokesperson for any national ad campaigns, although I could easily him pitching a new kind of athletic shoes…”If you young kids want to grow up to be a running QB like me, these are the shoes for you.”

During the offseason we’ll talk about what Kelly must do to improve. Same with Foles. Same with the defense and STs. We can celebrate the success of 2013, while also acknowledging that it wasn’t good enough. No player or coach can say “I’m good enough as is.” All of them can get better.

I do think time will be a key ingredient in improving. The schemes were new in 2013. That won’t be the case next year. The players will feel more natural in what they’re doing. Last spring the Eagles were learning how to do what the coaches wanted. This year they’ll start trying to perfect those ideas. You go from learning to improving and that makes a big difference.

There will also be a sense of cohesion. Players will get used to playing with each other within the new schemes. A lot of Kelly’s ideas involve serious movement at the line of scrimmage. That means linemen must get used to each other on both sides of the ball. The more these guys play together, the better they should execute the blocks/stunts/blitzes.

The theme in recent years was change. Jim Johnson died between 2008 and 2009. That meant a huge change on the coaching staff. Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan also got replaced. That was a huge change in the lineup.

After 2009, Donovan McNabb was dealt. That was an enormous change. Brian Westbrook left. Another huge change.

After 2010, there were lots of changes to the coaching staff and lineup.

2012 involved lots of strange changes. Many were due to injury (Peters, Kelce going out), but the crazy ones involved firing Juan Castillo and Jim Washburn during the season.

For the first time in a while…there should be a lot of stability. That’s crucial to having a successful team.

There will be plenty of changes to the roster, but in a reasonable way. The goal will be to plug some holes and to upgrade some others. There won’t have to be massive changes to deal with scheme fit.

Losing to the Saints ended a fun season. That sucks and there’s no two ways about that. But you shouldn’t be too down. This team has a lot of key pieces in place. The Eagles have a good coach and a good QB. Those are the most important parts of any championship football team. This is the beginning of a journey, not the conclusion.

Time will tell if Kelly and Foles can bring a Lombardi Trophy to Philly, but I don’t think you can argue that the Eagles are very much headed in the right direction.


197 Comments on “Just the Beginning”

  1. 1 Bob Brewer said at 2:34 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Goodness watching Nugent kick a 46 yard FG makes my blood boil.

  2. 2 Joe Minx said at 2:57 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    And easy touchbacks too. Henery either needs to DRASTICALLY improve his leg strength in the offseason or be out of here. Period.

  3. 3 Charlie Kelly said at 2:36 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    i just hate losing to sean payton… AGAIN!!! something about him i just cant stand, hes so smug… pisses me off just thinking about it.

  4. 4 mark2741 said at 2:42 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    He annoys the heck out of me. It’s that sh*t-eating grin he walks around with on the sideline.

  5. 5 Charlie Kelly said at 5:14 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    and its also the little things he says, basiclly calling chip fat.. lie really sean? u were way fatter at one point in time, dude is def smelling himself.

  6. 6 dave H said at 8:14 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I think its left over from his time working in phila for fat andy

  7. 7 mark2741 said at 8:17 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I thought he was under Ray Rhodes while here? With Gruden.

  8. 8 dave H said at 8:51 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I thinks YOU are correct/ gracias.. ah but I don’t hate ray Rhodes as much as fat andy .. i even blame andy for reggie white leaving

  9. 9 DamonL86 said at 2:39 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I think in 2 years this team will be scary.

  10. 10 Daniel Norman Richwine said at 2:40 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Year one was a resounding success for me because Chip succeeded without Vick as the QB. To me, this was a critical test.

  11. 11 mark2741 said at 2:42 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    It’s been the most enjoyable season ever for me. Between Chip and Nick and the surprising level of play of the defense….And your posts have been a big part of the enjoyment for me – I found your blog shortly before Chip was hired and have read every post since and have learned more about pro football this year than in the prior ~15 that I’ve been watching the Eagles. Thanks so much! We’ll get em next year! I sincerely believe the Eagles, with another great draft and a stable offseason, will be a legit SB contender next season. Take that to the bank! : )

  12. 12 Sean said at 2:43 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I think both Kelly and Foles need to become less dependent on big plays. The team set a record for them, but when they’re not happening, the two of them need to find ways to get those 6-10 yard gains that keep the offense ahead of the chains. Brees, for instance, does a masterful job of this.

  13. 13 ICDogg said at 2:44 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    We’re a lot better than where we started from, but I still think we’re not that close to the quality of a Super Bowl champion.

  14. 14 Sean said at 2:45 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    How many teams in the league really are, though? 3 or 4? They’re right at the top of that second tier

  15. 15 ICDogg said at 2:51 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Yes, that’s about right. But the point is, we’ve got mostly competent starters on D, but not enough guys who are substantially superior players. And the offense still seems to need something or someone, though it’s hard for me to say exactly what. They get bogged down all too often.

  16. 16 TommyLawlor said at 2:55 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    The team needs more difference makers on defense. Totally agree.

    Offense will improve as Foles improves. Kelly can improve what he does as well. I’ve got a few suggestions I’ll offer up in a post. Adding more talent wouldn’t hurt either.

  17. 17 mark2741 said at 6:18 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    We need a legit pass rusher.

  18. 18 dave H said at 8:20 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I think coach Kelly NEEDS to learn immediately that time of possession is way more important than the “zero” value that he gives it!
    I think our differential across the league this year was 6 minutes ..
    Drew Brees would you like 6 more minutes with the ball than us? ugh, makes me hurt. Payton u want 6 more minutes?? A Rod, Tom, Colin ?? 6 more minutes WITH the ball do anything for ya bud????
    if the stats really show that our D really did play that much more than opposing O’s, wow that’s a extra big amount of respect for our D.

  19. 19 dave H said at 8:21 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    nice point dave H !! yoo da man!
    yeah if we could’ve had the ball for 2 measily minutes more, we WOULDVE WON!

  20. 20 Byter said at 2:51 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    In the offseason, my hope is that Chip invents ways to insert more of a complex NFL passing scheme into his offense. I think he’s great at the run game but can improve in the pass game. I think knowing Foles will be his QB next year will help him focus on the concepts the team is capable of.

  21. 21 suthrneagle said at 5:39 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Agree that knowing Foles is his future QB will help,but it`s the straight ahead smashmouth running game that needs work and is what will benefit the passing the most

  22. 22 P_P_K said at 7:16 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Nick will have an entire pre-season as qb1. Bound to be better next year. We might just have to deal with the fact that Shady isn’t a smashmouth rusher. Perhaps support him with a blocking fb.

  23. 23 suthrneagle said at 7:28 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Wonder(ed) why Polk wasn`t used as a lead blocker
    and where was BB?…a bit confused after those two played so well recently

  24. 24 suthrneagle said at 11:03 PM on January 10th, 2014:

    Agreed;thought Polk was gonna be used for that,though don`t remember seeing too many plays with lead (runningback) blockers

  25. 25 jshort said at 2:55 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Do we know the exact spot Eagles will pick in draft?

  26. 26 ICDogg said at 3:10 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    no, that is affected by the games today.

  27. 27 Byter said at 3:13 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    21st or 22nd depending on whether GB wins or loses?

  28. 28 deg0ey said at 3:14 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    If SD and GB both win, we’re 21, if one wins, we’re 22 and if neither win we’re 23.

  29. 29 BlindChow said at 3:15 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    So root for SD and GB. Excellent. I was doing that anyway!

  30. 30 Byter said at 3:16 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Forgot about SD. Thanks!

  31. 31 deg0ey said at 3:13 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Yup – Hopefully the Chargers and Packers win, which would get us up to 21.

  32. 32 Joe Minx said at 2:56 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I agree with everything in this post & am still greatly appreciative & proud of what we were able to accomplish this year. Still, is it wrong for me to be angry over the kicker situation? Because I really am. That’s the one thing I’m really having a problem with here.

  33. 33 ian_no_2 said at 2:58 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Another major difference between Foles and RG3 – the Eagles got Foles with a 3rd round pick, the Skins traded three 1sts and a 2nd for RG3, including the second pick in the 2014 draft. Foles will earn a 3rd round salary and the Eagles led the league in cap space, so if they surround him with players who can win he can win. Brees came back from an off day to slice and dice a budget secondary. I’m not clear on how much salary cap carryover there was or whether the figure was released, but it could have been sizable.

  34. 34 Philip Soloninka said at 2:59 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Tommy, you just gave me the literary equivalent of a hug… Thanks man.

  35. 35 TommyLawlor said at 6:30 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    You’re welcome my friend.

  36. 36 Kevin Powell said at 3:08 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I expected to be disappointed, but this one hurts way more than I thought it would. It feels like I just had to endure the awful wait of last years offseason and to think that I have to do it again is painful. Last year after an awful season we jumped right into the coaching hunt and it was exciting! When we finally got Chip it was as exciting or even more exciting than any win this season brought. As much as I hate to say it, onto the senior bowl.

  37. 37 JJ_Cake said at 3:10 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    When was the last time we had a QB with this type of leadership and poise (at 25?)


    I can’t believe people are still talking about wanting to trade Foles for some “athletic” stud QB out of college.

    I was impressed when Vick was giving those press conferences, but Foles has taken it to the next level. Its a team game, and this guy has talent and is all about the Team. My money is on Foles to be the best QB out of that 2011 draft in the next few years. Wasn’t Joe Montana a 3rd round pick as well? Montana picked at 82, Foles picked at 88.

    Fix the D and ST’s and we have a winner in Philly!

  38. 38 bdbd20 said at 3:14 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    The hard thing this off-season is gonna be saying goodbye to guys like Trent, Avant, and possibly Todd.

  39. 39 ICDogg said at 3:15 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’m not 100% convinced any of them will be gone, though it seems likely.

  40. 40 bdbd20 said at 3:18 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’d like to see them compete for their jobs, but I’m not sure how Chip feels about their production.

  41. 41 ICDogg said at 3:20 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Let’s talk about Avant for a moment. Strictly as a slot receiver, a very specific role requiring ability to work precisely in traffic and be sure-handed, who are we replacing him with, and is it really an improvement? Not talking about the ability to play outside, just as the guy in the slot.

  42. 42 P_P_K said at 3:22 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I agree that he plays an important role and is very good at it. I think it’s a numbers game, though, how many slots (get it?!) can you use for receivers on your roster?

  43. 43 theycallmerob said at 3:25 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    too hard to say without an indication if they’re bringing back Maehl, Damaris, Benn, Maclin, or Coop. Only DJax is really guaranteed

  44. 44 P_P_K said at 3:40 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    You’re right, it’s way to early to have a clear idea of what the roster would look like. These are my thoughts, which will undoubtably be wrong, but you guys will forget my stupid posts by next season.

    Maclin will be back, he’s yet to peak as a wr. Considering the connection he has with Foles, I’d bet on Coop, too. Maehl and Johnson are both a lot younger than Jason, so they may get another year to show what they have. Plus Smith, unless they find someone else as kr. And DJax makes six. I’d also be happy if they looked around for a big, physical FA.

  45. 45 theycallmerob said at 3:43 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    ha, just sharing, didn’t mean to come across too sassy. I think WR is one of the most difficult positions to predict. Does Chip really like DJax? What could Maclin have done, and will he get the chance? Does Chip respect the year Coop had but believe more talent would do even better? And how much does he value a guy like Avant and his character? I think the others are gone (DJ2, Maehl, Benn).
    Chip walked into a lot of the players on the team, but I’m guessing now we’ll find out which positions he values and what he looks for at those positions (including cole and graham, CB and S, big NT or athletic guy like Logan)

    I’d take DJax, mac or Coop (wouldn’t mind both on team friendly deals, just have a feeling it’s one or other), and maybe brad smith (but also feel he’s upgradeable). That leaves 3 slots open at least, I think 2 are young guys.
    Having a good stable of RBs and TEs makes his life just a little easier

  46. 46 Byter said at 3:54 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    To me this will be the most interesting part of the offseason, which is to see what kind of players Chip wants and which ones the FO gets him.

  47. 47 P_P_K said at 5:48 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Nah, you’re cool. I know I am 100% right when I post my comments… until later when I deny I ever wrote them.

  48. 48 ICDogg said at 3:27 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    And the thing is, we use Avant on more plays than we don’t. Let’s say we have DJax, Maclin, and Cooper, and we want to use them all at once. Who plays slot, and are we any better off than just using two of them along with Avant?

  49. 49 bdbd20 said at 3:36 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    The one thing that I’m not sure about is Chip’s opinion on the slot receiver. Avant was perfect in Andy’s vision. Chip may want this guy to have speed and versatility.

    We won’t know for sure until the final cuts are made in September.

  50. 50 ICDogg said at 4:53 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I think the snap counts tell that story already.

  51. 51 bdbd20 said at 5:57 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    With Maclin and Benn going down, I’m not sure Chip had much choice.

    He kept the best set of WR’s and used them to their strengths.

  52. 52 ICDogg said at 6:00 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    So I ask, let’s say they have DJax, Coop, Avant, Maclin, and Benn, and you want to play two guys on the outside and one guy in the slot. Who do you use?

  53. 53 bdbd20 said at 6:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    That’s my point. We’re used to a certain type of “slot” player because of AR’s offense.

    I’m not sure there is a defined slot guy in the offense that Chip has in his head. Jackson may be in the “slot” in your situation in order to get a matchup. Or maybe it’s Shady, or Ertz.

    I think we have to eliminate old stereotypes with Chip.

  54. 54 laeagle said at 9:20 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    DJax and Coop on the outside, Mac in the slot. Decent size, decent RAC, great speed (presuming he’s healthy). Has to work on blocking, but he’s going to create more mismatches than Avant by far, and generate more on short catches.

  55. 55 ICDogg said at 9:44 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Well, I guess anything’s possible, but I just don’t see that working very well. Mac working the inside? He’d probably be my third choice after DJax and Coop.

  56. 56 planetx1971 said at 1:46 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    D-Jax in the slot is what immediately got me kinda psyched at the idea anyway. Victor Cruz sure tears things up from there. I don’t know exactly how it would work out but I’d think any situation we could get him in that was one on one would be advantage us right? I don’t have any reasons to back this up but I just can’t picture Maclin there for some reason or other. I sure would like to see us keep Coop. He always impresses me by seeming to fight for every catch & yards thereafter like his life depends on it. Fun to watch. I was curious, assuming Benn returns to good health, how long a contract did he sign? I really know virtually nothing about that guy.

  57. 57 bsuperfi said at 5:49 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I like DJax, Maclin, and Cooper moving forward. I love Avant but think it’s time to move on. I’d really like to try out Maclin in the inside. I’d also like to add some great free agents at OLB and S and draft a WR early. I just see so much value out of the big time WRs in the league, and I’d love to see one coming into his prime before DJax leaves his.

  58. 58 P_P_K said at 3:19 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    It’s hard to imagine Avant coming back. I’ll miss him, he was clutch.

  59. 59 BobSmith77 said at 4:54 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Avant might come back if he restructures his deal but I would want the Eagles to really look at upgrading the slot WR.

    Avant was painfully slow this year and the value of having a ‘possession’ WR receiver in the slot/No 3 WR is from a bygone era of the NFL about 15-20 years ago.

  60. 60 ian_no_2 said at 4:55 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Trent deserves to return, for sure.

  61. 61 Sean said at 3:14 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    What happened to the screen game in the last two?

  62. 62 Byter said at 3:15 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I think teams are looking for it and i think teams are blitzing less, playing the run.

  63. 63 Philip Soloninka said at 4:47 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I know during the Dallas game the DL would not let Shady break off, they would hold/shadow

  64. 64 bsuperfi said at 3:18 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Moving forward, I think one of the biggest challenges is for the offense to stay coherent. I love how it’s predicated on a couple key plays like the inside and outside zone runs. It seems to me that there will be more press to make the offense more “NFL”. E.g. make the passing game more complex and timing based.

    There’s some merit to this (and I think Chip should’ve thrown the ball more last night). But the strength of this offense lies in how its various pieces amplify each other. One of the biggest problems with Reid’s offense at the end of his tenure in Philly was that it became a frankenstein. It wasn’t coherent and looked like a bunch of cool plays thrown together at random.

    Stay true to yourself Chip, and don’t forget to throw the ball to DeSean more.

  65. 65 Byter said at 3:22 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    One of the strengths I see in Chip is his ability to keep things simple. So while I am one of those who want to see the passing scheme upgraded, I don’t think it needs to be on the Andy Reid/Sean Payton level. Chip did bring in Shumur and Lazor for this reason (IMO at least).

  66. 66 Byter said at 3:27 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    One example of “upgrading the passing scheme” is that I did not see a consistent hot read receiver. I would think this is pretty standard in most offenses but in Chip’s design it doesn’t seem to be there much.

  67. 67 P_P_K said at 3:42 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’ve wondered about this. Was it Chips scheme or did Foles have trouble finding the hot read?

  68. 68 Byter said at 3:51 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    From my perspective (albeit w/o all-22) is that its not typically there.

  69. 69 Breezy said at 3:24 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Hats off to Nick and Chip for blowing the expectations out of the water. The future of this team is in their hands, and I am excited to see what they do with it. If Nick comes back half as improved next year as he did this year, teams better look out. And Chip is a competitor. I know if I am this mad about the loss, Chip is absolutly stewing. Can’t wait to see the tweaks he makes after a full off-season

  70. 70 BobSmith77 said at 4:50 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Did they really blow expectations of the water by going 10-6 and losing in the 1st round at home?

    I thought the Eagles would be 8-8 or 7-9 this year. They overachieved a bit but ‘blowing out expectations’ would have 12-4 and say a 1st round bye and/or a deep playoff run.

  71. 71 Breezy said at 8:36 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Expectations go past overall record. Not only did they make the playoffs (did you see that coming with an 8-8 record?), some guys did tremendous things along the way. Going into this year I just wanted us to be competitive. Maybe I misused hyperbole but this season was excellent compared to what i thought it would be in terms of coaching, player performance, scheme, etc. Have you forgotten the hell that was last offseason?

  72. 72 jackpotsdad said at 3:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Going into the off season, I like the fact that unlike all the other teams in the NFC East, our team needs are relatively few and known: pass rush, safety, #2/#3 WR, OL depth. That’s really manageable between FAs and the draft. Also with continuity, certain areas of the team get better naturally even with the same personnel (D Line for example).

    It’s just huge we won’t have to go into the QB lottery or have instability at the head coaching position.

    If you look at other teams, and particularly our division rivals, they have question marks all over the place: aging talent, cap issues, coaches that need to be replaced or on the hot seat, holes all over the place on both sides of the ball.

    The Eagles can easily match their 10-6 record next year IMO and cruise into the playoffs. Very much looking forward to see how Chip and Howie shore up weaknesses and add new wrinkles to a very exciting team.

  73. 73 Bob Brewer said at 3:30 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I still think DeSean is not a #1 WR. He disappeared too often to be a #1.

  74. 74 jackpotsdad said at 3:39 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    DeSean is definitely a #1 WR. He’s top 10 in receiving yards for the regular season with about 84 yds/game. What more do you want?

    I think it’s incumbent on Chip to get the ball more in his hands. Honestly, he’s done a better job of that recently, like putting him in the slot or doing WR sweeps.

  75. 75 P_P_K said at 3:41 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    In the Dallas game, DeSean was put in motion a lot and it worked. I kept looking for this last night.

  76. 76 Buge Halls said at 5:06 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Hard to be productive when they aren’t throwing his way

  77. 77 P_P_K said at 3:28 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    After the game last night I was mostly of good cheer. This season was a good run, lots of fun and surprises. Defintiely surpassed my expectations. Today, though, I’m more bummed. Last night was a winnable game and a handful of goofs on our part made the difference.

    I was bemoaning the situation when my wife asked me who the Eagles would have played next. I told her we would have travelled to play the Panthers and likely get our butts kicked. She said that maybe it was a good thing we lost, perhaps some key player would be injured in the Carolina game. Who knows? Sometimes it’s good to have a woman’s mind around.

  78. 78 Mr. Magee said at 3:28 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Hard to argue with what you say tommy, but I’m just not ready for all the “perspective” yet. That team was very beatable, and on the heals of the Andy years, I’m particularly sensitive to missed playoff opportunities. Plus it was the saints – getting tired of seeing them run the clock out on us.

    Kelly got out-coached last night, but he will learn. I’m less thrilled about play at the LOS – Eagles were outplayed there in 3 of last 4 weeks; and O line was supposed to be our strength.

  79. 79 TommyLawlor said at 5:07 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Can’t argue with anything you said.

  80. 80 SteveH said at 8:11 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    And our DL lost to their OL last night too. Really getting beat in the trenches was the downfall last night.

  81. 81 bdbd20 said at 3:41 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    So, the Chargers are going to win a playoff game with King Dunlap at LT. Never saw that coming.

    Good for him, though.

  82. 82 BlindChow said at 4:06 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    And Ronnie Brown making huge plays.

  83. 83 theycallmerob said at 4:07 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    he def. slowed to throw a lateral right before scoring

  84. 84 ian_no_2 said at 4:57 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Teams win Super Bowls with journeymen tackles. The Eagles just lost to a team with a struggling 3rd round small school rookie at LT.

  85. 85 shah8 said at 5:24 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Armstead? Physical talent. The struggle was worth it for last night’s game.

  86. 86 xeynon said at 3:43 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    This Bungles/Chargers game is demonstrating why it’s ridiculous of certain people on this board to compare Foles to Andy Dalton. In A.J. Green and Marvin Jones Dalton has better receivers, and he has had three absolutely horrendous turnovers in this game. That’s three more than Foles had last night, and more than he had all season. Foles may be comparable in terms of physical ability but his decision making and composure is light years ahead, with much less starting experience.

  87. 87 Byter said at 3:52 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Ah, but does it show what its like to have a 1st round stud QB (i.e. Rivers)? Not arguing either way but it is an argument.

  88. 88 theycallmerob said at 3:54 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I wouldn’t say Rivers is exactly dominating

  89. 89 Byter said at 3:57 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Maybe not dominating but doing all the little things right as well as making some impressive stick passes. Much like Brees did last night.

  90. 90 theycallmerob said at 3:59 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Sure. But I don’t see anything he’s doing that Foles can’t do now or can’t get to through exp./coaching alone.

  91. 91 Byter said at 4:00 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I agree. Sort of a Nurture vs. Nature argument.

  92. 92 BlindChow said at 4:04 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Rivers is also a veteran. Foles has outplayed Dalton with far less experience.

  93. 93 xeynon said at 4:05 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I moved to San Diego in August and have watched a fair amount of Rivers this season. I think Foles might already be better than he is, and he’s a 10 year veteran.

  94. 94 Byter said at 4:14 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I agree with you. My only point being is that a 3rd round second year player has more to prove than a 10 year vet as far as knowing what you have. If you polled the other 31 GM’s in the league as to whether they want Foles or Rivers next year (for one year) who they would pick. I would pick Foles but I bet it would be close.

  95. 95 theycallmerob said at 4:19 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    yes, but Rivers is guilty of the same criticisms some accuse Foles of; that is, being a product of the system. McCoy has done an impressive job there as a rookie coach, and tweaked the offense a bit to get Rivers to throw shorter and quicker passes.
    Judging from the rest of his history, hard to say- I think more would choose Foles than you’d think

  96. 96 BlindChow said at 4:05 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Ronnie Brown sighting!

  97. 97 theycallmerob said at 4:09 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    hahaha, guessed you missed the 1st play of the 4th qtr? SD had 3rd and goal at the 1, he got stopped 3 yards behind LOS.

  98. 98 BlindChow said at 4:18 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Yeah, but that’s just what we’d EXPECT him to do!

  99. 99 Buge Halls said at 5:09 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    But he didn’t toss the ball backwards!

  100. 100 Mitchell said at 4:13 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    There has been talk of getting OL depth in the draft but my question is: Don’t we already have a decent amount of OL depth? Babre, Kelley. Can Tobin and Vandervelde be developed further. I thought Tobin showed promise in the off-season correct?

  101. 101 theycallmerob said at 4:20 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    bamiro? and the coaches did seem high on Tobin, usually keeping a backup like him inactive on the roster keeps teams from sniping off PS

  102. 102 xeynon said at 4:25 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    They don’t just need depth, they need young depth that can be groomed into future starters. Kelce and Johnson are nice young pieces, but Mathis, Herremans, and Peters are all on the wrong side of 30.

  103. 103 Insomniac said at 4:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Barbre is old. Bamiro and Kelly are the only ones that could start in the NFL. I have no clue where people get the idea of Tobin being anything more than a career backup.

  104. 104 DamonL86 said at 4:17 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Up to pick 22 in draft go packers.

  105. 105 Mitchell said at 4:18 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    With our season over, I am looking forward to the free agents Roseman can bring in. I absolutely love the draft as well, I try to get a little better each year recognizing talent. There will be so many possibilities to this team this off season.

  106. 106 Bob Brewer said at 4:32 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Season is over and I can’t wait for the draft either. And they pushed it back this year. Ugh.

  107. 107 Mitchell said at 4:33 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    was pretty upset they pushed it back, it used to land within about 3 days of my birthday so it was nice.

  108. 108 shah8 said at 4:34 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I made a certain prediction about Andy Dalton yesterday. It was borne out with the third straight “he’s the reason why we lost” playoff game. Playoffs is where undertalented guys go to die. Almost 4.3k yards and 33TDs in the regular season. Nothing doing when he,and especially him, has to make the plays instead of his stacked offense.

  109. 109 BlindChow said at 4:39 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Predicting Andy Dalton choking in the playoffs? OMG YOU MUST BE PSYCHIC!

  110. 110 shah8 said at 4:41 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    And no, Dalton actually has to run a standard offense, make full reads, and he has to make passes to guys who aren’t wide open by scheme. Undertalent is both making turnovers while moving the ball, or multiple three and outs when the play isn’t there more then two of the tries for a first down.

  111. 111 Buge Halls said at 5:11 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Shah, you should really change your handle to Eeyore!

  112. 112 A Roy said at 6:08 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’m pretty sure his name is Walter and he hangs around with Jeff Dunham.

  113. 113 xeynon said at 5:48 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Andy Dalton isn’t a very good quarterback. This is well known. It’s not some unique insight on your part.

  114. 114 anon said at 7:30 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Dalton eats b/c of AJ Green, just like Cutler eats b/c of Marshall. You can be more careless with the ball when you have that WR talent. But turnovers in the playoffs can kill you so Foles gets an upvote for ball skills. Hope we get a stud WR in the draft.

  115. 115 BobSmith77 said at 4:46 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Dalton vs Rivers. 3rd consecutive playoff game where Dalton played poorly and the Bengals were ‘1 and done’ although I did find it amusing how the Chargers talk the ball out of Rivers hands, went very conservative on offense, and minimized Rivers chances of a throwing an INT by not throwing a single pass deep today.

    By far the most boring playoff game so far.

  116. 116 A_T_G said at 4:51 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Carrying over from the last topic, I’ll try to keep this going for a few days to see how many countries we can gather comments from.

    1. Armenia
    2. USA
    3. Belgium
    4. Denmark
    5. Canada
    6. France
    7. Scotland
    8. Brazil

    Where else? I will limit it to first person responses to ensure accuracy (no, “I remember seeing a guy on here from…).

  117. 117 DanJ3645 said at 5:47 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’m a very infrequent poster, but from England.

  118. 118 P_P_K said at 5:49 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    That makes 9.

  119. 119 A_T_G said at 5:50 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Thanks! I added England above.

  120. 120 Tom from Hungary said at 6:41 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I read the blog daily, but I rarely comment on the posts. Anyway, you sir, will get a comment from me, so that you can add Hungary to that list! 🙂

  121. 121 A_T_G said at 8:04 PM on January 5th, 2014:


  122. 122 iceberg584 said at 7:25 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’m pretty sure we have a German that needs to declare himself…

  123. 123 jshort said at 4:58 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Like the turf in the GB game…wonder what they feed it ?

  124. 124 Byter said at 4:59 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Ice and dirt.

  125. 125 Weapon Y said at 5:06 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I just watched some film of Kyle Van Noy. He looks like the most explosive OLB and hardest hitter in the draft. He’s great at forcing fumbles. He’s now my top choice.

  126. 126 Mitchell said at 5:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Might even be able to trade down and still get him. I have a feeling some of these OLB’s we thought were gonna go really early will fall in this draft.

  127. 127 ezgreene said at 5:09 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Since this is just the beginning of the off-season, why not throw out some names or questions that may be, for one reason or another, the center-piece of larger discussions:
    Brian Orakpo (much needed edge rusher)
    Edelman or Tate (WRs who can return kicks)
    Sam Shields (CB upgrade?)

    How much money can the Eagles have invested at WR? Can they keep Avant and resign Cooper and Maclin.
    What will happen wiht DE cum OLBs Cole and Graham?

  128. 128 Mitchell said at 5:24 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’ve said it before but Justin Gilbert OSU is a good corner and is a damn good returner. Good value there.

  129. 129 Sean said at 5:09 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    What about Jared Abbrederis in the third for the slot? I love the way he gets open.

  130. 130 BobSmith77 said at 5:46 PM on January 5th, 2014:


    Either would have been a tough matchup for the Eagles and after watching this 1st half don’t see how the Eagles would have matched up physically vs. 49ers up front on either side of the ball.

  131. 131 anon said at 7:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Yeah that 49ers from 7 is a different breed of ugly. Loved to have their LBs.

  132. 132 BobSmith77 said at 9:32 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I am sure Jeff Stoutland would have said to Kelly at some point in the 2nd or 3rd quarter: ‘We can’t repel LBs of that magnitude!”

  133. 133 livingonapear said at 6:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    While we need a better secondary, I’m willing to grab that in the 2nd 3rd round. I want a pass rusher at OLB. We have a solid front 7, but not one that takes the pressure off the secondary. Most of the problems we had with pass defense came down to a lack of pressure on QBs.

  134. 134 BlindChow said at 6:57 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Green Bay should run Starks more. He’s money in the playoffs.

  135. 135 suthrneagle said at 7:05 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Hello Tommy…great info you put on here for us, and the feedback/interaction is second to none…I would only like to add that I think the loss of Dawkins negatively affects the team the most. The team as a whole does not have that fire that Dawkins instilled in everyone.

  136. 136 shah8 said at 7:05 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    That fourth down throw by Rodgers? That’s what magic is. That’s what true talent is. And it’s plays like those, that win the big games.

  137. 137 Bob Brewer said at 7:09 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    It’s plays the the guard holding and tackling the defender that helps those types of plays occur.

  138. 138 shah8 said at 7:10 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Holding calls don’t get called in playoffs games without big time holds.

  139. 139 Bob Brewer said at 7:11 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    That was a big time hold.

  140. 140 shah8 said at 7:13 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Not as big as Fletcher Cox taking down the RB…

  141. 141 Bob Brewer said at 7:16 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    But worse than the holding calls on New Orleans.

  142. 142 mksp said at 9:15 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    dude strangled the guy.

    you keep saying you’re objective, but you see what you want to see.

    that was a phenomenal play by rodgers. it also would have been nice if someone pulled away and tackled a guy about to sack nick sometime.

  143. 143 xeynon said at 8:48 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Rodgers made a fantastic play there, but his team ended up losing the game in pretty much the exact same way the Eagles did. Meanwhile, the physically underwhelming Phil Rivers and Drew Brees are going to be playing next weekend. Your model is far too simplistic.

  144. 144 shah8 said at 7:16 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Aesthetically, this GB SF game is quite nice…

  145. 145 Bob Brewer said at 7:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    We get both of these teams on the road next year.

  146. 146 anon said at 7:38 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    They better be ready to take those Ls.

  147. 147 anon said at 7:40 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Kap showing why a running QB is useful. Probably just won this game.

  148. 148 shah8 said at 7:48 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Not like he didn’t make great throws, either!

  149. 149 A_T_G said at 8:12 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Oh come now. Kap was impressive running the ball, but if Foles made those same 4th quarter throws you would be declaring him unfit to continue possessing arms.

    The two deep balls to wide open receivers where the throws were placed in the one spot where the defender could catch up and break up the play?

    The touchdown to tie the game where he stared down Davis so hard the safety was inches away and Davis had to pirouette to come down with the ball?

    The gift interception that GB dropped?

  150. 150 Breezy said at 8:45 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Did anyone else notice kaep’s sloppy play fakes? There was a few times he would turn around, arm extended as if play-action, but turn over the wrong shoulder faking a handiff to nobody.

  151. 151 anon said at 8:54 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    He leaves something to be desired as a passer. But he did enough with his legs to make up for it. That and SFs dirty D.

  152. 152 ConcussedFB said at 9:01 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    You’ll often notice holes in his logic that are so big even a White QB with less than a cannon arm can throw through.

  153. 153 A Roy said at 9:40 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I noticed him routinely staring down receivers, too.

  154. 154 mksp said at 9:13 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    he made a handful. also should’ve been picked off earlier on the game winning drive, and made a bunch of horrible throws throughout the game, even when they were completed.

    if you’re going to play this part on this board, then at least be consistent. kap beat a bad GB team with his legs, period. his td to davis had way too much air under it (you’d be killing Foles for this throw), he got punked on his INT, and was nearly picked off on the most important drive of the game.

    kap and rodgers both made plays to win the game that Foles couldn’t. kap also nearly lost the game on a throw that Foles wouldn’t have attempted. and rodgers did lose, at home, even with a run game that was dialed in.

  155. 155 BlindChow said at 10:04 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Also, Kap has been very uneven this year. Had some real dud games. Pretty typical confirmation bias case, though. If you like him, you’ll only see the good stuff; just like if you don’t like Foles, you’ll only see the bad stuff.

  156. 156 Bob Brewer said at 7:46 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    So we draft #22.

  157. 157 Baloophi said at 7:48 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    The old “double deuce.”

  158. 158 shah8 said at 7:47 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Kaepernick, the same thing, one false move, and he be like Vick in 2002 embarrassing the LBs…And that’s what wins the game. Even with less ball security than Foles.

  159. 159 anon said at 8:53 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Yeah that sideline scamper won the game.

  160. 160 Bob Brewer said at 7:51 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Last year Atlanta (from Washington through St. Louis) drafted Desmond Trufant at #22.

  161. 161 Bob Brewer said at 7:56 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Last 6 NFL Drafts at pick 22

    2008 – Felix Jones (DAL)
    2009 – Percy Harvin (UF)
    2010 – Demaryius Thomas (GT)
    2011 – Anthony Castonzo (BC)
    2012 – Brandon Weeden (OSU)
    2013 – Desmond Trufant (UW)

  162. 162 Gary said at 8:04 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    So you’re telling us to take a wide receiver?

  163. 163 jshort said at 7:58 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Only one home team won this weekend.

  164. 164 Bob Brewer said at 8:10 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    And they needed a 28 point comeback.

  165. 165 RIP Worms said at 12:14 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    And in related news, Andy Reid is already 14 years into his three-year plan in KC: poor clock management, blown 4th quarter leads. I’d hate to be his next three defensive coordinators.

  166. 166 jshort said at 8:47 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    let that hanging out there, figured get the response…

    And that came with Luck!

  167. 167 BobSmith77 said at 8:00 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Might be the best weekend of WC football ever. Every game was entertaining and interesting to watch except the dull Chargers-Bengals game.

  168. 168 SteveH said at 8:13 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    It was a fun season, moving forward we need to continue to draft well and challenge all positions by taking the BPA. Last night demonstrated there’s room for improvement even at positions of relative strength. 1 more good draft will really lock this team in as a dangerous one for years to come.

  169. 169 BobSmith77 said at 8:34 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    On NBC, NFL Football Wild Card Saturday scored a monster 9.8 adults 18-49 rating

    Basically translates into over 30M people in the US who watched the Saints-Eagles game.


  170. 170 BobSmith77 said at 8:40 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    SECOND-BEST OVERNIGHT EVER FOR PRIMETIME WILD CARD: The New Orleans Saints’ 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on the final play of the primetime NFC Wild Card posted a 20.5/33 overnight, up 12% from last year (18.3/30 for Green Bay’s 24-10 win over Minnesota) and the second-best overnight ever for a primetime
    Wild Card game. The NFC Wild Card (8:15-11:15 p.m. ET) overnight rating
    peaked at a 22.2/36 for the game’s climactic finish from 11-11:15 p.m.

    Interesting that the TV rating for the game in New Orleans area crushed Philly too.


  171. 171 BlindChow said at 9:08 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I remember that Green Bay playoff game. Joe Webb put Minnesota on his back and won the hell out of it.

  172. 172 planetx1971 said at 8:52 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Good FG % I know but stronger legged kicker wanted please. Also I pray to the football God’s that we have been “Chung out to dry” for the very LAST time. I’m sure play making defenders will be of the highest priority & I personally hope Safety help is way up there. Still suffering from a Dawkins hangover after all this time. If I never see Chung (amongst a couple others to be fair) with wings on his helmet again, it’d be too soon. On a more positive note, as sad as I am, I sure feel we’re on the upswing BIG TIME unlike the rest of the East. It really feels to me that we are just a couple if good personnel decisions away from true dominance. Even if that’s fools optimism, it feels GREAT. Let’s go Birds & DOMINATE the off season! lol IGGLES FOREVER!

  173. 173 Jean Souza said at 9:26 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Tommy, what’s your thoughts on De’Anthony Thomas? Dont u think Chip is gonna be interested on him?

  174. 174 austinfan said at 9:32 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    The Eagles will not arrive until 2015-2016, unless something special happens next year, and the reason is that most top QBs hit their peak 4-6 years into the league, look at Brees, Peyton and Brady, Rodgers didn’t start until his 4th season. Foles put up great stats but he’s far from polished as a QB, but he has the work ethic to continue to improve, I’d be very much surprised if he flamed out like Dalton – people think Dalton failed because of lack of physical talent, but watching him, I saw Stafford syndrome, he throws without looking!

    It also takes time to fully assimilate schemes, the fact that the defense played better toward the end of the season obscured that they still make a lot of coverage mistakes. It also takes time for young talent to mature, the 4 DL that will be the core of this defense have 4 full starting seasons between the 4 of them (Cox (2), Thornton (1.5), Logan (0.5), Curry (0)). It will also take two more drafts and offseason acquisitions to build the kind of depth that wins championships – I’d like to have someone better than Square, Matthews, Carmichael and Coleman dressing.

    It’s easy to look at NE and say Brady got them a ring the first season he started, but Belichick was in his second year, and had inherited a solid defense from Pete Carroll. Indy won 13 games in Peyton’s 2nd season against a weak schedule then lost in the playoffs, won 10 games 2 of the next 3 years and lost both times in the playoffs, it was not until his 6th season, and Dungy’s 2nd year as HC, that Indy became a legitimate playoff contender. Brees went 12-4 his third season in SD then lost in the wildcard game, didn’t make the playoffs the next year. Goes to NO with Payton, as a 5th year QB, they go 10-6, beat the Eagles, lose to the Bears, then fail to make the playoffs the next two years.

    Point is it can take a few years to build a legitimate playoff contender (good enough to have a change of running the field), because you have to develop a QB AND a team around him. So look at this season as a very good start, now this offseason should be judged not as a quick fix but the opportunity to put some walls on the foundation that has already been laid.

  175. 175 xeynon said at 11:39 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Dalton is still making the kind of elementary mistakes Foles has already outgrown. That godawful pick he threw today, the lollipop to the sideline off his back foot while backpedaling away from an unblocked blitzer in the shadow of his own end zone? No way Foles makes that throw. In addition, Foles is showing a grasp of the advanced aspects of the position – looking off defensive backs, manipulating coverage with pump fakes and shoulder shimmies, etc. – that is remarkable for such a young and inexperienced player. He’s had literally the best first 16 starts of any quarterback in NFL history. While it’s still possible what we’ve seen is a mirage and he’ll regress, I don’t see any evidence that would lead me to suspect that will happen.

    As for the rest of the team, you’re right that building a long-term contender can take time and injuries, uncertainty, etc. can wreak havoc, but we must remember that Foles is not the only good young player already in place. McCoy and Jackson are still in their primes, and guys like Boykin, Ertz, and Kendricks are already showing signs of possible coming stardom. Johnson, Cox, and Logan have been somewhat less impressive, but still look like solid starters at the very least. This team has a lot of good young talent and the foundation is there to be a contender year after year.

  176. 176 BobSmith77 said at 9:39 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Hoping for a 49ers-Seahawks NFC championship game and an AFC championship game with one more AFC playoff showdown between Manning and Brady (best QB rivalry in NFL history).

    49ers-Seahawks rivalry has really grown into one of mutual dislike the last 2 years.

    Brady-Manning have played 14 times and 3 times in the playoffs but haven’t had a playoff showdown since the ’06 AFC championship game.

  177. 177 A Roy said at 9:45 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    It would seem to me that Coach Kelly has some growing to do wrt what works and what doesn’t. I was struck by the fact we had only one RB all game. A change of pace here and there could possibly have helped against NO’s suspect run defense.

  178. 178 BobSmith77 said at 9:47 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Both Payton and Harbaugh advanced this weekend and they are the only 2 coaches in the NFC I would possibly rather have right now than Kelly.

    Still not sold on Carroll being an elite NFL coach either given his overall body of work.

  179. 179 suthrneagle said at 10:07 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Off topic a tad,but nfl fined D. Murray 21,000$ for the hit on Squares…
    Wondering if they fined the refs for the non call
    and if the Eagles will get a written apology?!!

  180. 180 Weapon Y said at 10:08 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    I’m just happy I’m an Eagles fan and not a Browns fan. My friend works a lot in Cleveland and told me he overheard a Browns executive in a Panera nearby the Browns’s training facility. He could tell he was a Browns executive from the conversation on the executive’s cell phone and heard that they are about to hire Mike Mularkey as the head coach. For all I know that “Browns executive” was just an insane fan, but if it’s true that shows you how inept the Browns are.

  181. 181 A_T_G said at 10:35 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    He could follow the Shannahan model and hire his kids, but that would just be a bunch of Mularkey.

  182. 182 ICDogg said at 12:53 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    It could be a Banner Day.

  183. 183 ICDogg said at 10:55 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Alterraun Verner

  184. 184 ICDogg said at 11:10 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    (FA corner that we may have interest in)

  185. 185 Insomniac said at 11:18 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    FA corner that needs to be signed by us is what you meant right?

  186. 186 ICDogg said at 11:41 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    He’s a playmaker who has made some nice INTs this year

  187. 187 Insomniac said at 10:55 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    My premature mock draft

    1st – Kelvin Benjamin (WR)
    2nd – Michael Sam (OLB)
    3rd – DaQuan Jones (NT)
    4th – Kenny Ladler (S)
    5th – Seantrel Henderson (OL)
    5th – Dri Archer (RB/WR/KR)
    7th – Colt Lyerla (TE)

  188. 188 ICDogg said at 11:05 PM on January 5th, 2014:

    Good calculator for working out salary cap scenarios.


  189. 189 RIP Worms said at 12:24 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    I generally just use this one:


  190. 190 ICDogg said at 12:28 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    Heh. Well, that’s good for specific items, but the calculator is good for big picture stuff.

  191. 191 ICDogg said at 12:46 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    For even more fun, pretend you have to get the Cowboys’ cap straightened out…


  192. 192 truehaynes said at 12:43 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    Does anyone else think we need a big bodied nose tackle? I mean I like Bennie Logan, but only as a back up nose or de. And he would still play a lot considering how much our backup DL plays and hr would get rid of damion “I just got speared by a rb” square. I think we would have stopped at least one of those sneaks with a 340 pound beast in the middle. Will there be anyone available in fa or in the draft that would be worth getting?

  193. 193 ICDogg said at 1:33 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    Logan is young, I think he might be able to pack about 10-15 more solid pounds on his frame.

  194. 194 ICDogg said at 1:30 AM on January 6th, 2014:


  195. 195 ICDogg said at 1:34 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    Another name to look for: Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Plays with violence

  196. 196 GENETiC-FREAK said at 1:47 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    Best safety in the draft i reckon

  197. 197 The Linc – Is Nick Foles the Franchise? | Sports Feedr said at 7:40 AM on January 6th, 2014:

    […] Just the Beginning – Tommy Lawlor, Iggles BlitzIt takes time to win a Super Bowl. Sean Payton and Drew Brees came together in 2006. They won in 2009. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco joined the Ravens in 2008. They won in 2012. Aaron Rodgers was drafted in 2005, sat until 2008 and then won the SB in 2010. Go back to Aikman-Johnson, Montana-Walsh and other classic combos. It took time. Football is an always evolving game. I was hoping that Chip Kelly and Nick Foles might be able to buck the trend and lead us on a magical Super Bowl run right off the bat. Didn’t happen. Both guys still have growing to do. Foles must improve as a QB. Kelly must improve as a coach. And they must continue to grow together. I don’t know how all of you feel, but this playoff loss has me feeling different than in recent years. This is the beginning of something, not a step closer to the end. As the Andy Reid era moved along, the playoff losses became more frustrating. The longer a coach goes without winning the big game, the more you feel the chances are dwindling that it will ever happen. […]