Play Smart

Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 355 Comments »

Nick Foles is a pretty smart young man. He is humble and shows good self-awareness. He is willing to take the blame when things go wrong and he seems to understand why things went wrong, which is always important.

But there are times on Sundays when he makes you want to pull your hair out and scream “WHY???”.

Foles threw a pair of INTs on Sunday night that were just awful.

* 1st/10 – from the Giants 16 – up 20-0 … It is freaking 1st down. Throw the ball away. You’re already in scoring position. Foles threw to Sproles quickly and didn’t see that he was covered. Foles has to know that things are condensed in the Red Zone. You can’t assume someone on the backside will be open because they were on previous plays. It is better to be safe than sorry in that situation.

* 3rd/5 – from the Eagles 35 – up 20-0 … Chip Kelly said he thought Foles might have been trying to throw this ball away, but it sure looked like it was headed right for Jeremy Maclin. Foles has got to have better situational awareness. When you are up by 20 points, don’t force things on 3rd down. Punt the damn ball. Punts can be our friend. They aren’t all bad. The defense and Tom Coughlin bailed Foles out on this, but he’s too smart to be making mistakes like this.

So what’s happening?

Over the course of the weekend I saw a slew of awful INTs. Colin Kaepernick made the worst decision of them all on MNF when the Niners were in the RZ and he basically threw a pass up for grabs while being slung to the ground. Amazingly, it wasn’t picked off. And he was bailed out by a penalty anyway, but that might be the worst QB decision of the year.

It seems like young QBs are just forcing things when they don’t have to. It’s one thing to not see a defender on a play over the middle or for a Safety to make a great pick on a deep throw. I”m talking about QBs throwing a pass when there is literally no way the outcome can be positive.

I wonder if part of Foles problem is not his background. Arizona was a mediocre team during Foles time there. As a Senior, Foles led the team to 31, 41, 27, 31, 21 and 29 points…in losses. That team was desperate for every point they could get. Foles had to take chances. He had to force things.

Foles is now part of an elite offensive unit. He has playmakers all over the place. There is no reason to force things in the average game. There are going to be times when the Eagles are struggling and he has to do that, but Sunday was just the opposite. The team was dominating. You have to adjust your QB brain setting to “We’ve got a big lead…play smart”.

There is plenty more to discuss with Foles and some areas he needs to improve. I can live with a lot of things, but not the QB being dumb, especially when he’s a smart guy. Foles knows better. He’s got to start playing smart. The Eagles won’t always be able to pitch a shutout (still sounds so beautiful, huh?).

And don’t turn this into “Foles sucks, we need to bench hm” or “Why is everyone so hard on Foles”. He is a good young QB that is working through some issues. I have no problem with being patient. All QBs need time to develop. Theses brain lapses should be easy to fix, in theory. Footwork and mechanical issues often have to wait for the offseason.

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Great news about Darren Sproles. The Eagles have a bye this week and Sproles will be evaluated week-to-week after that. It is possible he won’t miss any time, but more than likely will miss a game or two. Based on what Michelle Tafoya said on Sunday night, it sure sounded like the initial check on the field meant bad news, possibly a torn ACL. The medical staff did a further check in the locker room and that led to the conclusion that this was an MCL sprain. And a mild one from the sound of it.

The Eagles can get by without Sproles for a week or two. Losing him long term would have been a huge problem. Sproles has been a big time playmaker this year and you just can’t afford to lose those guys during the season.

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Vinny Curry had 4 sacks last year. He’s already got 4 this year. The coaches know how to use him this year and Curry is making plays.

The funny thing is that a couple of those sacks are gifts. One time he was unblocked. Another time the QB ran out of bounds and Curry was the closest defender. Curry has nothing to apologize for, though. He is incredibly disruptive on a regular basis. Sometimes he draws penalty flags. Other times he gets held, but there are no calls. Sometimes Curry forces the QB to move or rush a throw. Curry shows up on tape.

It will be interesting to see if he wants to leave in free agency so he can play in a 4-3 or if he’s now happy as a backup / specialist in the Eagles 3-4 scheme.

The DL and OLBs are playing well this year.

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I loved the reverse to Josh Huff on Sunday. Okay, the execution was bad, but I loved the call. Sproles tossed the ball under his off arm and the ball hit the arm. Ugh. I really wanted to see Huff on the move with the ball. He had good RAC skills at Oregon. It would be nice to have another player to get the ball to on short throws who can then make things happen.

I hope that stays in the playbook.

The Eagles tried to get the ball to Huff on the final offensive play. He just dropped the quick screen. I think Huff is dying to make something happen and his lack of playing time and touches is killing him. He had one big play in every Oregon game last year. Huff did have some good blocks and some good moments on STs so he’s at least willing to do the dirty work. A lot of young players struggle with that concept.


355 Comments on “Play Smart”

  1. 1 anon said at 7:58 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I really like this column, good job.

  2. 2 NinjaP said at 8:19 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Do you think Vinny being a lifelong eagles fan will help us keep him as a role player?

  3. 3 GEAGLE said at 8:41 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I think Brandon Graham will….not sure about VINNY tho

  4. 4 shady25 said at 1:29 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Howie has to try and keep both of them. Nothing wrong with being a situational pass rusher, those guys still get paid. BG on the other hand? I know he wants to start, but I guess it depends on what they do with Trent Cole’s contract and if they want to get younger at the position.

  5. 5 Scott J said at 8:47 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Because they can have short careers, football players care a lot about money, and if Vinny can get more somewhere else, he’s gone.

  6. 6 Matthew Verhoog said at 9:33 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Vinny remembers #20. Loyalty is to the dollar.

  7. 7 GEAGLE said at 9:40 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    None of you have any clue what’s n Vinnys pretending like we know,how he will play it is silly..

  8. 8 Matthew Verhoog said at 11:32 AM on December 17th, 2014:

    2 months late, but. Totally right, it’s hard enough to know why we make decisions ourselves, impossible to judge other people’s motivations.

  9. 9 James said at 11:21 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’d love for him to stay, maybe if he saw an increase in playing time we might be able to keep him. Cedric Thornton is also playing really well, so I guess it’s a nice problem to have. I don’t know how long he has left, but if he keeps on getting sacks, he may be a valuable trade commodity.

  10. 10 James Adair said at 7:06 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I think he should be starting over Thornton. You lose a little in the run game but gain a lot against the pass.

  11. 11 GEAGLE said at 8:31 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Much to do about nothing,,,surprise surprise, a baby still has plenty of growing to do…..

  12. 12 eagleyankfan said at 8:38 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    yeah — not sure it’s even worth reading. since it’s a by week I guess I’ll eventually read this “stuff” about a non-concern of mine. Would rather read another article about the punter…

  13. 13 GEAGLE said at 8:50 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I didn’t read it… I just agree to disagree with Toms opinion of Nick.

  14. 14 Ben said at 9:30 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Tommys not hating on Foles, and he agrees it was a solid game (or better), but you can’t deny that the Sproles pick and Maclin pass were mistakes that could very easily lose us a playoff game. It’s one thing to throw picks, it’s another thing to make high-school-horrible decisions.

  15. 15 GEAGLE said at 9:35 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I expect to see 5 bad passes..I understand I’m not watching a finished product.

  16. 16 Ben said at 9:40 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Right but a bad pass for mechanical purposes is different than a bad pass because of a brain fart.

    It’s the difference of us giving up yards because Jenkins got bulldozed (not ideal but hey it happens we live, he made the effort and was in the right spot), vs. Jenkins pulling an Antonio Cromartie and just watching the guy run right by him.

  17. 17 GEAGLE said at 9:43 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Huh? Mechanical and mental often both factor into the equation.. Please.. I watch Kap and Luck throw INTs every single week and then get hailed as some King for winning the game.
    Talking about a QB who is still in the infancy stages of his development.. His early success doesn’t change that fact

  18. 18 GEAGLE said at 11:25 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Absoluteky,… But I can probably point to two horrible decisions that each winning QB made on Sunday..

    Look, there was plenty from that game that wasn’t good enough and needs to improve on… But when I’m watching a kid who only has 20 starts under his belt, I expect that to be the case every game for ATleast anofher year….
    Believe me dude, I’m not thrilled about seeing him throw the ball to Sproles with his mechanics all out of WACK, feet,pointing the wrong way, without even looking at Sproles first… I can’t defend that. I want to see that to improve as well..
    But in my mind this type of stuff is the cost of doing business growing a young QB….
    There are a few plays that were flat out bad…but as a whole I would classify that as nice improvement from the week before… Hopefully I see a little more improvement this week, some more improvement the week after, and so on and so on…

    I don’t think its debateable that he needs to cut that shit out(throw to Sproles)… Isn’t that obvious?

  19. 19 FairOaks said at 8:34 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I thought Kelly said it was the first INT that Foles was trying to throw away. Not that I buy that either. Overall I thought Foles looked much better and played well the whole game. Having all day to throw sure helps. If we can eliminate most of these dumb throws he may be back to last years Foles. Last year was a dumb throw every other game this year twice a game. Mostly encouraged though.

  20. 20 RobNE said at 8:51 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    yes I also read Kelly said it was the first one.

  21. 21 eagleyankfan said at 8:36 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    With the Navajo Nations President sitting with the Redskins owner — while wearing a Redskins hat — will that ease the tension and allow T-Law to actually the teams full name of Washington Redskins or will he forever write “Wash” and “Skins”?

  22. 22 CrackSammich said at 9:12 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Considering that Najavo president was recently just voted out of his office in disgrace, I doubt it.

    It’s still a really odd thing for you to have to such a strong opinion about.

  23. 23 eagleyankfan said at 11:55 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    can you print a link to where he(Shelly) was just recently voted out in disgrace?
    Since he was just at the game on Sunday.
    I’ll wait for your link. Take your time.
    while you think it’s odd — I think it’s ridiculous for people who are not native American to have any opinion on it whatsoever…like people what can’t type Redskins.
    Try posting facts please…..

  24. 24 holeplug said at 1:01 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    He’ll be out of office in January. Finished 7th in their august primary election after just 1 term in office.

  25. 25 eagleyankfan said at 3:20 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    That there — just might be a fact. He has fallen way behind in a poll. Then again, polls aren’t 100%. the FACT is, he’s still President — at least until Jan.

  26. 26 CrackSammich said at 1:15 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Not sure why you think facts are so hard to come by. You’ve been dealing with sports commenters too long.

  27. 27 eagleyankfan said at 3:18 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Well, the FACTS are — he’s still the president. You said he wasn’t. So, I’ll stick to facts while you spew garbage.

  28. 28 xeynon said at 2:25 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    So I’m not allowed to be offended if someone utters a slur directed at a gay, black, or Asian friend just because I’m not gay, black, or Asian myself and there are some members of those groups who aren’t offended by the slur? That’s odd logic.

    Every poll I’ve seen is pretty clear that a majority of native Americans consider the name of the Washington team offensive, and I’m going to defer to the wishes of the majority rather than one guy who was brought into the owner’s box by Dan Snyder in a transparent PR ploy.

  29. 29 eagleyankfan said at 3:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    There are 100’s of reason’s where your argument is off the mark. I’ll assume you wanted to use real offense slurs because Black/gay/Asian are not offense. Second — you’re taking it personal. Nobody is calling anyone an individual name. My friends who are Asian/Gay/Black are proud to be who they are….
    OF COURSE it’s a political move. Actually, I expect better of you on this point — because why do you think this IS an issue at all?
    Sure — you can be offended. Are you really offended or are you just sensitive to your friends?
    Washington Redskins is part of American History as any other sports name.
    In parts of the country, through history — a “Yankee” was a slur word. If you were a Yankee, in the wrong part of the country — you were a target. Where’s the pitch forks and torches? Stretch of an example, but 100% true.
    When was the last time, any time, anywhere on TV, in your life or ANY media means YOU saw Redskins treated as a slur. I’d imagine a name that could be(or was) actually used as a slur towards American Indians would be savage. Never — and I grew up in the greatest city with the greatest diversity — ever was Redskin considered a slur.
    The point is — if Redskins were an actual slur name, I’d be right besides you. If you’re truly, to the core offended — are you supporting any Native Americans organizations? I mean, are you donating anything to a cause to help them? Are you fighting for what little land they actually have(and no, gambling doesn’t count). So you’re offended by a name and not doing anything about it? Or are you using the internet to take a stand? ….. And my logic is odd? (of course, when I say you here, I don’t mean you personally)
    Every poll? Give me a break. (again, political agenda)

  30. 30 suthrneagle said at 3:17 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    every poll i`ve seen taken of native americans is the opposite of what you stated. 4 NA got some wone ion the senate to voice their opinion and all the dudley doo rites of the world are jumping on the band wagon. Why has no one ever protested Cleveland`s baseball team?

  31. 31 eagleyankfan said at 3:23 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I mean — that’s mostly my argument. 2 years ago — were people typing Redskins in articles? Or were people objecting to any article that contained the name? No. It just seems like people are all up in arms about it because “it’s the thing to do”….

  32. 32 xeynon said at 3:27 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Could find plenty more. Regardless of what poll you choose to believe or how you choose to parse the data, a significant number of people find the name offensive, and it originated as a racial slur. That’s a good enough reason for me to change it.

  33. 33 eagleyankfan said at 3:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    interesting — go to search on Redskin on Wikipedia. The history(with using as much factual findings as possible) is interesting. Maybe the ‘red’ referred to the paint used? Maybe Redskins derived from the Indians. Maybe it because a slur because of Hollywood?

  34. 34 germs33 said at 6:57 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Lol wikipedia

  35. 35 Spooonius said at 2:59 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    That’s a stupid thing to say. If it were ridiculous for people to show empathy for those different from them, nothing would ever change. This society wasn’t perfect when it was created and it isn’t perfect now. It’s the right of every american to voice his opinion of what is right and wrong in this country.

  36. 36 eagleyankfan said at 3:14 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    no shit — it’s freedom of speech. You’re also you’re comparing anything remotely related to what’s going on with the Redskins.

  37. 37 Spooonius said at 3:56 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m not sure of what point you’re making, but I don’t have anything to add to what I’ve already posted. Back to football now.

  38. 38 quiyaomah said at 9:13 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Wow. Never thought I would come to this forum to read about Navajo politics. Pretty cool. And for the record, Ben Shelly is still inn office, with the election coming up in November, he’ll be voted out.

  39. 39 James Adair said at 7:09 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I prefer Native American Haters myself.

  40. 40 GEAGLE said at 8:39 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Curious as to why no one ever points out the improvements Nick has made from last season?

  41. 41 FairOaks said at 8:42 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I haven’t noticed any offhand but maybe my memory is rosier than reality… :).

  42. 42 GEAGLE said at 8:45 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    A QB who held the ball too long and took untimely sacks last year…and you haven’t noticed that he isn’t taking sacks this year, playing behind a line that is terrible compared to last season? Not seeing any improvement lol really?

  43. 43 bill said at 9:04 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m actually more impressed by the increase in his arm strength when he uses proper mechanics. There’s no doubt he’s regressed in using those mechanics consistently, but as you note, that’s not surprising given the number of times guys that have been “covered” by a lineman have gotten free runs at him. Hopefully, he can recover the consistency of mechanics he had last year.

  44. 44 GEAGLE said at 11:10 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    True that… When his mechanics are on point, for me his arm strength is no longer even an issue…when he throws with his mechanics all out of WACK, then you see his weakness..
    Fact is some QBS are such great athletes that they can overcome not throwing with proper mechanics…like KAp throwing across his body for that bs TD they got on us..

    FOles isn’t that type of athlete, but that’s ok… Put a good line in front of FOles and we seen that he is capable of being lights out….now there will be some rough patches…but overall, I expect him to keep growing and Max out into a quality QB

    Personally, I believe we have the coach, QB and DC to bring a SUPERBOWL to philly…. I can’t really say I ever really felt this way before, with the exception of 2004…
    Not sure how soon we will win it, but when we do win it, I think FOles and Chip will be hoisting up the trophy

  45. 45 Mitchell said at 9:39 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    You’re right he definitely has taken less sacks which shows, that given an offseason, he can fix mistakes he’s had in the past.

  46. 46 GEAGLE said at 9:49 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    And that was one of the main things he wanted to work on this summer, and he has been drastically better at this than last year…shown that he will address weakness and that he can improve on it,. OF COURSE no one gives a crap…we arent seeing perfect performances so no one cares to mention any of the improvements this kid is showing..

    For a young QB to play behind a drastically worse line than the year before, that’s giving up insane amount of pressure, yet the kid managed to drastically cut down on his sacks is very impressive..
    Doubt a philly article will mention that tho…

  47. 47 Mitchell said at 10:14 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I give a crap……

  48. 48 GEAGLE said at 10:39 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    No, I know… Just people are prisoners of the moment who get to caught up with what they most recently saw… Football season is about Growth..all types of adversity will occur, the teams that can overcome it and continue to grow, peak at the right time…will give themselves a chance to compete for a SB..
    Some times too many injuries occur, bad locker room problems, lack of work ethic to where a team can’t overcome the adversity that presents itself while continuing to improve..

    Who FOles is in September is such a small part of the equation.. If he is who we think he is, he will grow significantly over the course of the season…sometimes we have to take a step back or two to then take three steps forward…..but from everything this kid has shown, the adversity he overcomes..the way he commands the respect of our locker room….I’m confident that we will be pleased with his growth..
    But it’s going to be another year or two before we really start to see Veteran Foles…

  49. 49 suthrneagle said at 2:17 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    maybe he`s getting rid of the ball faster because the Oline is not as good as last year and he understands he doesn`t have the luxury of those extra few seconds to hold onto the ball…

  50. 50 mksp said at 10:44 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    He’s taken less sacks but he’s thrown what, 8 picks already?

    Let’s not mistake activity for achievement.

  51. 51 Mitchell said at 11:31 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m not sure what the last sentence means. Some of those picks have been very bad but in his defense at least 2 were at the end of halves where they didn’t really mean much any way.

  52. 52 mksp said at 12:36 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Not a perfect analogy by any means, but point is that he’s replaced one flaw with another related flaw, so he hasn’t actually achieved anything yet.

  53. 53 Mitchell said at 2:02 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    ok, I see your point. That’s a fair assessment.

  54. 54 BlindChow said at 12:14 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Seriously, not making dumb mistakes was his hallmark last year. So were deep passes. This year has definitely been a step backwards.

  55. 55 Scott J said at 8:44 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Are you being facetious?

  56. 56 bill said at 8:41 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I agree, Tommy. Foles is making some dumb choices. I also agree that it has to do with his past AND his present. He’s got to find a balance, and adjust it according to time and score. He can’t just play it safe for three quarters and rely on the defense and running game (or maybe he can :)) to keep it close like some of the other young QBs can. Foles has to make plays all game long for this team to be successful long term. It’s harder to flip that switch to off than it is to turn it on after being conservative for most of the game. That’s how Big Ben was developed, too.
    It’s a tough act to learn, but he will have to in order to be successful under Kelly. No guarantees he’ll get better, but he should be given the opportunity.

  57. 57 GEAGLE said at 8:47 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Players work hard and they might not improve? Persnally I can’t recall too many situations in life where a human dedicates himself to his craft, works hard, works smart….and doesn’t improve,. How does that happen?

  58. 58 bill said at 9:02 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    All the time, especially at QB. It’s a difficult position, and the mental skills require lots of reps and an OL that doesn’t consistently give up unexpected pressures. Young QBs often lose their ability to work the pocket at all if they are getting hit too much – instead of progressing, they regress.
    There are also natural limitations – e.g., Nick can work 24/7/52 on sprinting, and he’s never going to be better than below average speed; it appears Kaep’s never going to be better than below average on making read progressions in the pocket, despite the fact that he’s been in the perfect situation to develop that skill for the last few years – I’m sure Harbaugh’s been working on it with him a lot.

  59. 59 BC1968 said at 9:53 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Let’s hope he’s not Iverson. He’ll grow up, he’ll stop doing stupid things. Like your record 5-1 at this point you are who are you. He can’t throw like Rodgers under pressure, he needs a pocket and still he’ll miss guys. He did get out of good situations on Sunday, but man, I hope he learns cause there’s much better teams out there. He never throws a good long ball. He’s not Chip’s guy when he came in, but he’s done a fine job. Chip, with options, wouldn’t made him his first choice by a mile if he had a choice when he came in.

  60. 60 suthrneagle said at 2:22 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    in what way was he not Chip`s guy?

  61. 61 BC1968 said at 8:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Andy drafted him, Chip wants a fast qb, he loves the read option. The reason Foles is playing is because he was amazing last year.Chip didn’t draft him and wouldn’t have drafted him.

  62. 62 suthrneagle said at 7:47 PM on October 15th, 2014:

    Chip played against him a number of times when coaching at Oregon and is quoted as saying he`d love to him on his team to coach…i venture that Foles being here was one of the reasons Kelly took the job

  63. 63 P_P_K said at 11:55 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    “It’s harder to flip that switch to off than it is to turn it on …”
    Boom! You’ve got it. I’d rather have a guy who has too much fire than not enough. The “too much” guy can learn to control himself.

  64. 64 RobNE said at 8:52 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Was Sproles supposed to hand the ball to Huff or pitch it?

  65. 65 GEAGLE said at 8:53 AM on October 14th, 2014:


  66. 66 RobNE said at 2:12 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    why? isn’t that harder than just handing it to him?

  67. 67 GEAGLE said at 6:10 PM on October 14th, 2014:


  68. 68 Scott J said at 8:58 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I think making bad decisions are part of a QB’s personality. Guys like Favre, Jake Plummer, Romo, Kaepernick – these guys are gunslingers. They’re always going to heave the ball up when under pressure. And they never seem to change no matter how long they’re in the league.

    I don’t think Nick is a gunslingers so his decision making can get better. Maybe Nick just isn’t seeing the defenders or he has too much faith in his arm? In any case, the more he plays the better he’ll get.

  69. 69 GermanEagle said at 8:59 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Kaepernick may have made the dumbest throw of all QBs this season so far, but boy is he off to a great start in his Young career:

  70. 70 bill said at 10:02 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Different eras, the comparison doesn’t mean much. How about we compare Foles’s first 16 starts with McNabb’s? More relevant than that graphic, and yet, still totally meaningless.

  71. 71 GermanEagle said at 10:21 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Isn’t every stat meaningless, in the big picture of today’s even bigger world…?!

  72. 72 bill said at 10:23 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Hard to argue too much with that – stats have meaning in many cases, but often far less than most people believe. Often, the most important thing about stats are the definitions and assumptions that lie under them.

  73. 73 Michael Winter Cho said at 10:45 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    An amusing book that might help raise the level of discussion in football. Well, probably not.

  74. 74 Neil said at 1:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    This is a book I’m gonna have fun with. Thanks.

  75. 75 BC1968 said at 10:41 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Totally meaningless. I’m so tired of guys like Collingsworth throwing things like, “At this point in his career he compares to Joe Montana” What does that say/ He’s playing pretty well at the time. Kirk Cousins played pretty well in a game. At that point in his career he almost beats the Eagles. What happened after that? lol

  76. 76 Mitchell said at 10:30 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I didn’t get a chance to watch Steve play much but looking at those stats makes me wish I could have! I wish they would have included rushing tds though.

  77. 77 ACViking said at 11:37 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Re: Steve Young

    He was fortunate to land with a 49ers team larded with talent and at the top of the NFL.

    Young first 10 starts — 7-3 record — spanned four seasons (’87-’90), during which the 49ers won 2 SBs and played in the NFC title game once, and the divisional round the other time.

    In 1991, Young got his next 10 starts and went 5-5.

    The other 6 starts for the 49ers in the ’91 season went to journeyman QB Steve Bono.

    Bono, however, went 5-1 — ensuring that the 49ers reached the playoffs.

    So in his first 20 starts on a true dynasty, Young was 12-8.

    In his next 16 (nos 21-36), Young went 14-2. And the 49ers lost to the Cowboys in the NFC Title game . . . at home.

    Young was a fine QB. As much as anyone, he benefited from being on an ultra-talented team.

    I’d have liked to see Young lead a team like the Dolphins of that era. I not sure he’d have had the success that Dan Marino had.

    . . . which means I’m not sure that Young’s a HOF QB if he’s on another team. (Same w/ Aikman?)

  78. 78 Stacks209 said at 12:29 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Great Point about Steve Young.
    I think this is also a great way to examine a young QB’s success. As Tommy always like to point out, consider the context.
    If you had a rookie QB on your team and you wanted to give them the best chance at success, what other pieces would you want to support your young QB?
    1. A great Defense
    2. A Strong Offensive line
    3. A Strong running game
    Seattle or SF anyone? This isn’t to diminish the accomplishments of either Keap or Wilson, but if you put either of those guys as rookies in Oakland, Jacksonville, Cleveland..etc. You would see completely different QB’s.
    Conversely, if you put ANY of the top 25-30 QB’s in the NFL on either of those squads, they still make strong playoff runs with “lesser” QB’s.
    Even Blaine Gabbert or Christian Ponder could have lead either of those teams to 10 win seasons.

  79. 79 holeplug said at 12:57 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Decent chance Aikman would have been a bust had he not landed on that dallas team. His numbers just aren’t that good for as stacked as those teams were. Young’s career numbers blow Aikman’s away.

  80. 80 RobNE said at 2:14 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    didn’t he also spend a few years in the USFL first

  81. 81 Mac said at 4:19 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    oh snap!

  82. 82 GEAGLE said at 9:09 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    This over rating of dallas is starting to get absurd… Sorry but if you think that’s the best OL in football, you are a moron who doesn’t know OL play..
    ..They have some really nice pieces to their OL, but 2/5ths of that OL is suspect, and I bet our young DL exploits them
    They have a GREAT LT, solid Rookie Guard, and a Quality young Center.. Fortunately Beau Allen spent a lot of time in practice at Wisconsin going head to head against Dallas starting Center…I’m sure Beau will have some nice Intel to share with us about the tendencies of Dallas center…

    Ronald Leary is on Alan Barbre level at best.. Solid to good run blocker, shitty pass protection.l drives Dallas crazy with his inconsistent pad level.. Too many times he comes off the line too high…our DL hit the sled every day, our fundamentals are on point…bet we have plenty of opportunity to get under Ronald’s pads and Dominate him… He is no better than the caliber OL the Giants had..

    Doug Free…. His old ass is a complete liability in pass protection. No surprise the TE always lines up on his side. Struggles against speed rushers, struggles against power rushers… Ok in the run game…I’m sure our front 7 can exploit him..
    You can’t have the best line in football if 2/5th of your line is average at best

    Not to mention our D does really well against power run games like Murray,..rather face a strong back like him instead of a burner like Jamaal Charles or Gio Bernard..

  83. 83 Ark87 said at 9:27 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Saw this coming from a mile away dude, and I know you did too. They annually got crowned every off season for years and years (so talented! Miles Austin=Andre Johnson, Romo=Peyton etc etc). Finally the media was skeptical after being fooled all these year, am I surprised that they were all dying to jump back on this band wagon? No.

  84. 84 GEAGLE said at 9:31 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Absolutely…I actually don’t mind it.. I like that the nation is talking them up and not giving our players their due respect… I’m glad the nation is over rating these bums…., but I don’t want to see Eagles,fans bow down to these over rated clowns..

    Costas did a all hail the Cowboys segment during halftime of an Eagles/Giants game…what a joke…

    Thanks to the Cowboys and national morons…this division crown will taste even better

  85. 85 Ark87 said at 9:57 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I like Costas well enough but that thing was such bull. The only people watching the game at that point were Giants and Eagles fans, they don’t want to hear all that, even if it wasn’t bull. Making it sound as if the NFL’s popularity rises and falls with with Cowboys’ relevance. The Cowboys have only won 2 playoff games in how long? The NFL is doing just fine, thanks.

  86. 86 GEAGLE said at 10:20 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    That’s what I don’t get… You air that in the middle of a NFC east battle, where the two fanbases are watching that despise the Cowboys the most? Fuckin rude.. I’m watching the Eagles fight for the division…and you give me a cowboys halftime show? How is that ok? Who decided that?

  87. 87 Steag209 said at 12:08 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    That really pissed me off, that and all the half-time/post-game “analysis” wasn’t even about our own game! It was all slobbering for the Cowboys

  88. 88 GEAGLE said at 12:46 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I never seen anything like that… Pretty disgusting, and rude to the fans of the teams who were playing..

    Like they couldn’t wait Til the Monday might game to profess their love for the Cowboys?
    I was hoping to catch a couple seconds of the boys to men performance, but instead I got a Cowboys segment… Real poor Choice of production. Would love to know who was responsible for that decision

  89. 89 Spooonius said at 3:09 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    It’s just going to make the inevitable late season collapse that much sweeter.

  90. 90 GEAGLE said at 4:42 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Of course.. Even better is, that we get to cause their collapse… Beating them on thanksgiving in jerry world will be glorious, and whatever bit of hope they have left, we can squash the last game of the season… Chip Wont sit his players even if we clinched… We kicked Chicagos ass when we didn’t have to

  91. 91 Wiztopher said at 9:20 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Foles is the key to making this offense become a consistent juggernaut. We’re gonna see defenses load the box more n more, forcing Foles to beat them. He HAS to play smarter, Timmy nailed that point. Our STs has become a weapon, even our punt game. Foles must be actively conscious during games that we r able to pin the ball deep via a punt. I’ll live w defenses making great plays on the ball from time to time, but those picks last game we’re terrible n yes, Foles knows better. I believe in the kid, but it’s time we see the same mistakes NOT being made.

  92. 92 Dan said at 11:34 AM on October 14th, 2014:


  93. 93 GEAGLE said at 9:21 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Still haven’t seen any national praise for Sunday’s domination… Everytime someone is asked…should we be impressed by the Eagles or dissapointed in Giants….everyone says dissapointed by the Giants… It’s like we didn’t even do anything… Smh

    Keep giving us no respect, you will fuel us to new heights

  94. 94 Mitchell said at 9:35 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’ve noticed the same. It was a real slap in the face, on Sunday night, when Costas gave the Cowboys a bj and when he asked Dungy about our performance, Dungy turned it into talk about the Cowboys.

  95. 95 GEAGLE said at 9:37 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I wanted to bite dungys nose off like the Danny Devito as the penguin on Sunday night….mdungy was despicable on Sunday night..and he usually isn’t such a blow hard

  96. 96 bsuperfi said at 10:19 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    It’s even more impressive that it was a division game that’s just about always a dogfight. If there’s any team I wouldn’t expect to have such a lopsided victory against, it’s be the Giants.

    Part of it may be the Giants’ overconfidence in their new offense. They started to get the hang of it, but they also put down some tape. Clearly demeco knew what was coming and got his guys aligned all the time. That guy is worth way more tha his physical abilities.

    Anyway, Even if the Giants offense was primed for a letdown when facing a smart lb making adjustments, our offense still took them to school, even with leaving points on the field. And their d has been looking pretty decent. It’s a serious win.

  97. 97 GEAGLE said at 10:56 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    True that! I can’t even fathom how bad I would feel to be shut out by one of our rivals.. That’s one feeling I hope I never experience,,..extremely impressive that we could do that to a rival on a 3 game win streak, scoring 30 points a game.. They came into the game one of the top 5 teams on 3rd down…we destroyed them on 3rd down…something like 2/12 on 3rd down conversions..
    The real impressive part was that Our CB were crucial to this weeks matchup..if they didn’t jam gIants quality WR corp at the line of scrimmage and take Eli first option away forcing him to hold on to the ball…they would have gotten the ball out too quick for us to hit him, like Kur cousin did…. Our CBS had to step up, and battle a tough group of Giant WRs to win… And they exceeded all expectations… It’s not like one or two corners played well…we were in Dime a lot, and all our corners stepped up and played such a great game.. Heck like two of our sacks were coverage sacks..

    Very impressive performance…

  98. 98 Michael Winter Cho said at 10:47 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    All I’m hearing about on talk radio is Dallas. I keep waiting for them to say something like “Well, what about Philly, that was a pretty good game there against the Giants” but no–nothing! I didn’t even hear Amani Toomer mention a word on his show last night (from the parts I listened to). I did hear a blurb where they said Philly fans had sunk to a new low–I presume they followed that up with saying fans were cheering at Cruz’s injury or something.

  99. 99 GEAGLE said at 10:51 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I swear I haven’t heard anyone mention the Eagles yet either…other than to talk about how bad the Giants were…no one has praised us for making them look so bad….and that’s fine.i actually prefer it this way.. Keep disrespecting us and letting us fly under the radar… It’s just baffling to me how we are being treated…but I’m fine with it… I hope when we are 12-2 they still aren’t giving us credit,,,, keep our players pissed off and feeling disrespected…

  100. 100 Ark87 said at 11:00 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Bill Barnwell (Giants’ fan on Grantland) gave it some nice recognition. Isn’t down on Nick Foles, bad ints happen to young QBs, very impressed by the pass rush these past 2 games, saying it was capable of winning the game single highhandedly it was that dominant (but everyone chipped in to make it a blow out). Sees the Eagles as a high upside team once we finally get healthy.

  101. 101 GEAGLE said at 12:00 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Curious to see how inside the NFL talks about the Eagles/Giant game tonight…Hope they start by showing the Giants stomping on our Eagles logo at center field…

    I don’t like us in the big favorite roll anyway… Let us fly under the radar…Crazy that by Gametime the line had fell all the way to only Eagles minus 1… When we gave 3 points just for being the home team…sounds like a lot of people bet the giants lol

    I had us winning a 34-20 blowout….but I didn’t give our defense enough credit…
    Not many would believe if before the game they were told our corners would force coverage sacks against the i ants ts WR corp..

    Funny to see people not give the corners credit and pin the win on the DL… Guess people dont understand the concept of a “coverage sack”

  102. 102 Ark87 said at 12:17 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    It was good to finally let them play physical. Kudo’s to Billy D for calling the game for with the intentions of a shutout, not the conservative “just don’t let them score 27 points in x minutes and we win”. Not one more point, stay agressive, love it.

  103. 103 GEAGLE said at 1:30 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    True that… Look forward to the Cardinals game, see if we can build on it…it wasn’t just this past week..for a few weeks now we started getting go a pass rush wifh our front 4.. We used to live and die by the blitz to create pressure but the 4 man line on 3rd seems to be doing the trick…with kendrick coming back, we get our best blitzing weapon back.. Goimg to add Kemdricks to the mayhem we bring at QBs
    With the level Casey and Acho have played, we can also afford to give our ILBs a breather every once in a while which we haven’t been able to do since chip arrived…maybe rotate casey in for a series or two, and try to get a fresher kemdrick flying around in the 4th…

    ATLEAST we now comfortably have that option.

    Guys get to rest their bodies..prepare well for the trip out west…this is a MATCHUPS where our defense can really have an impact on the game. Their OL is suspect, and you hit Carson and he turns on the turnover faucet. Hope to see a hungry defense out for blood in Arizona..

    Keep in mind…chip Kelly coached Eagles team Has NEVER lost coming off a bye 😉

  104. 104 Mac said at 4:17 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I tend toward being anti-Coughlin, but he earned points with me by not kicking a spite field goal on Sunday.

  105. 105 GEAGLE said at 4:40 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Huh? He was calling timeouts considering it… It should have been a no BRAINER..just the fact that he showed that he was thinking about scoring 3 points made him look bad…

  106. 106 Mac said at 5:03 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I figured the speech prior to sending Nassib into the game went like this: “Listen up you ballerinas, the point of this game is to get the oblong shaped ball to cross that line. If you can’t make it happen, I can’t guarantee you a seat on the bus for the trip back to New York.”

    So I guess this is a multiple choice test. Did he call time out to:

    a) give his guys a chance to score a TD
    b) consider taking a FG
    c) ensure that Nassib will need a chiropractor in the near future

  107. 107 Ark87 said at 6:57 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    that brings his grand total to…-437 from -462, which started at -457 in the beginning of the game, lost some points for calling all 3 timeouts on the final drive, got some points back for not spiting the Eagles with an easy field goal. Though had Nassib thrown the ball away with 2 seconds left (instead of taking the sack allowing the final seconds to run off), I have to wonder what Coughlin would have done with those 2 seconds

  108. 108 GEAGLE said at 9:28 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Loved hearing chip tell the dumb media that they dont know shit and our corners are much better than this dumb city gives the, credit for …
    The truth shall set you Freeeeeee!!!!!!

  109. 109 BC1968 said at 9:49 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Cause the coach always tells the truth to the media…are you kidding me? He’s pumping those guys up, they need it. Now dumb is taking the coach for every word he says as truth. If you think he’s standing pat with these guys next year that would make you dumb.

  110. 110 GEAGLE said at 9:53 AM on October 14th, 2014:


  111. 111 BC1968 said at 9:54 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Exactly, this secondary is only as good as the defensive front, Chip knows that, everyone who doesn’t have downs syndrome knows that.

  112. 112 GEAGLE said at 9:54 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Thumbs up… That statement shows a serious lack of football acumen… Corners sunday helped the front 7 more than the front 7 helped them..l believe it or not the secondary was the MVP sunday

  113. 113 BC1968 said at 9:56 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Just like your silence when the Cowboys were destroying the Seahawks, you know when it’s time to crawl out of the wood works.

  114. 114 GEAGLE said at 9:57 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Lol you just played yourself..

    Secomdary was the MVP sunday.. U just showed a serious lack of acumen….

  115. 115 BC1968 said at 10:00 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    WOW WOW nice comeback, they sucked all year and finally had a good game thanks to the d-line not giving Eli a chance to set up. I played myself, like I said you said the Cowboys would get smoked, said one thing during that game post and Germaneagle was slamming you into the ground. Good for you, you just played yourself. Hopefully things don’t get bad wouldn’t want to see you leave the blog.

  116. 116 GEAGLE said at 10:11 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    LOL I didntnsee the Cowboys,game you blowjob.. I was taking a nap.. Lol this is reaching a new level.. You stalking me now? What the fuck do you need me to comment on Cowboys seahawks game for? Are you that much on my nuts? You think I honestly have noticed you enough to b able to throwing anything you did or said in your face? ARENT you Embarressed of being obsessed with someone who you are invisible too? Lol this is reaching new heights…

    “I am NOT a Role Model”…get off my nuts, and stop sweating a man that barely knows you exist…tomorrow, I Genuinly will have forgotten who had this debate with.. Yet, tomorrow you will still have some inferiority complex and be on my nuts.. Find a new hero.. I’m not a role model-cHarles Barkley lol.. Get help… Next step you will be dressing your kids up as GEAGLE for Halloween! Hahaha what a blow job
    No reason why I should have to deal with constant blow whores when I’m having a football combo..

  117. 117 Mitchell said at 10:13 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    wow, that escalated quickly.

  118. 118 GEAGLE said at 10:14 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    What do you want me ton d?. How do you respond to a cocksucker who talks shit during a football debate?

  119. 119 BC1968 said at 10:15 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    He’s an idiot, he’s right about 50 percent of the time, but he’s a cunt pussy and you see him cryng like a bitch when you see a foles threw int that’s not good. OMGGGG He cries like a bitch, I hate seeing crying Eagles fans, it ruins things around here.
    BTW My mouth isn’t wrapped around any cock, you know an Eagles QB you may have heard of.

  120. 120 GEAGLE said at 10:18 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    50%??? Hahahahahah some nerve. Classic

  121. 121 BC1968 said at 10:26 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    How much do you want buddy?

  122. 122 P_P_K said at 11:53 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Hey, just so you know, my 11 year-old son is a huge Eagles fan and I steer him to Tommy’s blog. At virtually every other site, guys curse each other out for having differing opinions, using language which just isn’t right for kids and, in my opinion, mature adults. I guess you could say I should keep my son away from Iggles Blitz but, maybe, you could join the rest of the guys here and try and keep the cussing out of your posts. I’m not saying you don’t have a right to your opinion and I always respect an Eagles brother who has passion but, as a favor, chill the language.

  123. 123 Spooonius said at 3:12 PM on October 14th, 2014:


  124. 124 GEAGLE said at 5:47 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Someone clearly forgot their meds.. This comment section is Embarressing

  125. 125 BC1968 said at 10:14 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    You’re a fucking liar you cunt. YOu fucking were there, made a comment. YOu must’ve deleted it. Hahah…Anyways, give you credit for your passion on the Eagles, but hey you look at it at a way were you should be the team motivator. I gave you an excellent write up the other day, and I stand by it, but you weren’t sleeping during that game, sorry. Unless you woke up to tell me something. It might be better if the Cowboys win this game..or some shit..I don’t what universe that happens, but anyways, at least you were well rested for the game.

  126. 126 GEAGLE said at 10:17 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    yiou give me credit? Like yesterday when you were blowing me, and I wouldn’t even acknowledge your praise? Awww sweetie, I didn’t show you the love? Not enough attention,? It’s like the little boy who sees his baseball hero, tries to get an autograph and gets mad when his hero doesn’t acknowledge him..LOL you think Im reading more than a sentence of your posts? You read me! You will read me tomorrow…and you will care enough about my opinion next week… You, I will just confuse you with some othe worthless internet clown tomorrow… Tomorrow I seripusly won’t remember it was you who I was arguing with…

    Keep hanging on to my every word… But don’t forget to breathe every once n a while… Brush your teeth when you done

  127. 127 BC1968 said at 10:29 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    You’re a cunt when people say thing you don’t agree with, you made some right calls, but you’re a bitch, no doubt about it. I’ll give credit where credit is due, but you still say this secondary is playing well. When they suck you shut your mouth, they when they are MVPs you talk shit again. You want to be right, but if you’re not you bitch up.

  128. 128 fran35 said at 11:00 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Please take your filthy and vulgar posts to another message board. Tommy takes the time to provide insightful and well written articles. Please follow his lead and keep your posts professional. This is not the Jerry Springer Show.

  129. 129 BC1968 said at 11:39 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Trying to get the name calling out of here. No one else does it.

  130. 130 Michael Winter Cho said at 10:50 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Hey guys, why not have some respect for Tommy and go meet at the TATE or something?

  131. 131 GEAGLE said at 10:57 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Excuse you? I ignored it 3 times…at some point you don’t get to disrespect me..

  132. 132 BC1968 said at 11:13 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Where’s the TATE? And he’s been disrespecting people all year long, I’m sticking up for the board.

  133. 133 BC1968 said at 10:10 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Where’s the thumbs up?

  134. 134 suthrneagle said at 2:46 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    just wrote my comment, scrolled down one more and you wrote about coverage sacks…eery

  135. 135 GEAGLE said at 5:46 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    It’s what happened lol…that’s the reality of the situation. Without to corners playing like studs, they Prob get the ball out too fast for our pass rush to get their like Kurt Cousins did.. And then when you see multiple coverage sacks, you are just WRONG if you think the secondary didntn have a quality game….

    NOt that surprising…this was around the time last season after Denver game when our defense buckled down and held teams under 24 for two months…with Cary and Brad stepping up having to face a bunch of tough WR tandems,.
    What I liked about this games was our dime and Nickel was also working really well…so we had multiple DBs that were playing good defense..and we didn’t have a dime in our tool belt last year, and Nolan Carrol is balling in our Dime In a quasi backer role

  136. 136 suthrneagle said at 2:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    however, much of the pressure on Manning was due to the fact that he had to go thru his progressions of the various receivers and could not find anyone open to throw to, and then the sacks came… before he left the game (to save him from getting killed), after a couple of seconds of no one open, he just went down to avoid the punishment of being sacked…those are coverage sacks

  137. 137 scratcherk said at 9:39 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Do you guys think that Coughlin was being a good sport by not kicking a field goal on the last play? They probably could have made a 41 yard field goal…

  138. 138 Crus57 said at 9:40 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    It’s a FG against us, knowing our luck with that they could have made it from 71yds over half the time.

  139. 139 anon said at 10:34 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    we would have blocked it and taken it for the td.

  140. 140 Cafone said at 10:20 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    No, I think he was a very poor sport for calling timeouts during that last series with a backup QB in the game.

  141. 141 GEAGLE said at 10:21 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I was embarressed for him…seriously

  142. 142 BC1968 said at 10:30 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m embarrassed you for the whole board. Letting people know you hide when things don’t go your way. Calling people names constantly. Aren’t you embarrassed for yourself? You think it’s ok to downgrade people with your name calling, so I figured I throw it right back in your bitch face. So please, keep up the good work,you’ve never been wrong, but if you are, you play this fucking hide and seek game.

  143. 143 BC1968 said at 9:55 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    People crying about the cowboys’ o-line crack me up. I saw germaneagle talk about how good the Cowboys were, they dominated, but not a peep from anyone else. It’s funny when the coach roaches crawl out of the wood works when things are going well. I believe he can do much better and a franchise QB but if you think it’s written in stone, I have a bridge to see you, not sure where it’s at yet. but what does it matter? You’ll buy it anyway.

  144. 144 BC1968 said at 9:58 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Chip doesn’t give a shit about national praise why should we? I laugh at that shit, don’t pay attention and live my life. It’s so stupid, ME ME ME..It makes Philly looks so small and the LOVE ME DADDY SYNDROME, stop being pussies.

  145. 145 BC1968 said at 10:02 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Anyways, I’m rooting the shit for Foles, hope he becomes a 4 time Super Bowl MVP winner, but my mouth isn’t wrapped around his cock yet.

  146. 146 Mitchell said at 10:12 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    LOL, our d-line is becoming one of the best in the league. I consistently see all 3 off our lineman in the backfield.

  147. 147 BC1968 said at 10:24 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Yea, I agree, it’ll be shown on the field, the Cowboys Oline doesn’t suck, we have to live with the fact that if they do something a little over mediocre it’s going to be thrown around all over the country they are the next dynasty. Who cares about those blowhard mfers. I’ve seen it, I’ve see NYer’s calls us NY jr. We give ourselves our inferiority complex, it’s all over this blog we’re begging for respect, fuck respect, that’s for the dead, I want Super Bowls. We should just worry about us, and we’ll kick the shit out of the Cowboys. Respect, people like Dangerfield cared about that, even then, he used it to his advantage and made a career out of it….I don’t hate GE I love his passion, he loves every part of this team, I’ve seen things though, the 46 defense that was supposed to destroy and take us all the way. I’ve seen a million things Ray Rhodes crying after beating the Cowboys to go to 7-2 and then blowing it, winning 2 games after that and then losing in wildcard…..sometimes I feel I shoud explode cause it looks like a bitchfest around here. We need this team to not care about respect or emotion on the outside, keep things good and just win baby!

  148. 148 Cafone said at 10:19 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Please try to moderate the crude and graphic language in your comments. We try to keep the discussion at a more sophisticated level on this blog. Thank you for your cooperation.

  149. 149 BC1968 said at 10:25 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I tried to keep that, but calling people names all over the board because they have opinions? Can’t stand that. Sorry Tommy didn’t mean to blow this board up trying to just let people know that we shouldn’t be crying, we should be enjoying our 5-1 and let things play out.

  150. 150 eagleyankfan said at 11:43 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    You need a hug

  151. 151 BC1968 said at 4:01 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Your yankee status nullifies your Eagles fandom. it’s fact.

  152. 152 BC1968 said at 10:32 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Don’t need the name calling now do we? See how stupid it sounds? Well there you go.
    Now let’s go ahead and see the names, let’s do a count. let’s obsess on the smartest guy on the board and see how he downgrades people. Enjoy!

  153. 153 mksp said at 10:50 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    How are people still questioning Dallas? They just went into Seattle and won. Legitimately.

    If the Eagles did the exact same thing we’d all be falling over ourselves with excitement and talking Super Bowl.

    Some of you need to grow up and look at the world a bit more objectively.

  154. 154 BC1968 said at 11:04 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m not questioning Dallas, it just people get pissed cause of the media attention. They are over hyped but it doesn’t bother me in the teeny weeny bit. But I say like Chip says, WHO GIVES A ####. We give ourselves our own inferiority complex. Chip said we worry about ourselves, keep up the sports medicine and they’ll be sweating bullets when we play them in the 4th quarter lol hopefully .

  155. 155 Sean Stott said at 2:45 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The Cowboys were a 3-1 dog in that game. So everyone agreed, before the game ever started, that the Cowboys should win 25% of the time.

    What if their win was simply them getting two heads in a row?

  156. 156 iceberg584 said at 10:51 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Great insight on Huff’s struggles, as well as efforts to get him involved not working out due to bad luck. Some people are already concluding that he doesn’t have NFL skills, but this was a much more sensible take on the situation

  157. 157 eagleyankfan said at 11:42 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I don’t remember reading anywhere that Huff doesn’t have nfl skills.

  158. 158 iceberg584 said at 4:10 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’ve mostly heard it on the radio. Standard overreactions to a couple of negative plays by a guy who is clearly pressing / trying to make the most of his limited opportunities.

  159. 159 Avery Greene said at 10:53 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Philadelphia will never be a media darling. The win over the Giants is most impressive. They felt disrespected all week and came out to prove a point. Dallas’s win was good, and I think there’s a blueprint to beat the Seahawks. The Cowboys are running the ball well, and you have to do that to beat the Seahawks defense. I don’t know why they didn’t give the rock to Lynch more in that game.
    We get a week to get healthier and focus on beating another division leader next week.

  160. 160 GEAGLE said at 11:03 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Bet Giants beat Dallas this week…
    Dallas is playing some good ball, but they still have holes that can be exploited, and they simply imploded too many times in crunch time for it to not be a legitimate cause for concern…they imploded too many times for me to assume they won’t,,… They seem like they will put themselves in position to have a chance and break that tradition this year, but I have to see it too believe it… Too many times, in too many clutch situations they folded…
    Personally it doesn’t really matter to me what dallas does.. If we played them in September or October it’s one thing… But we get to play them twice during the last 5 weeks when it’s crunch time and teams are jockeying for position…we control our own destiny against them, and I’ll take that all day…..we have an opportunity to give them two losses in crunch time…I can’t ask for more than that.. If we are the tem I think we will grow into, then we will take care of business…. But I’m not bowing down and crowning the Cowboys in october

    I also know that how a team looks in early October can be very different from what they look like in late November

  161. 161 Avery Greene said at 11:13 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I don’t think they can keep winning like this. Murray is averaging over 25 carries a game. He’s kind of brittle, and I don’t expect him to last the season at this pace.

  162. 162 GEAGLE said at 11:14 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Surprise he lasted this long the way they area running him… I’d be pretty shocked to see him play 16 games

  163. 163 cliff h said at 11:25 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    doug free is out 3-4 weeks. you know they have zero behind him. what always happens to ‘allas, the attrition of the season wears on them. JJ has cap so banged up they have no depth. now run game will suffer, Romo will be exposed to more passrush attempts. and he does not look right at all. great couple moves on Watt and that last throw in Seattle, but his arm looks much weaker and he isnt moving like he used to

  164. 164 GEAGLE said at 11:18 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Plus I look at the game in simple terms..

    Lineup their OL against our Front 7
    Lineup our OL against their Front 7

    Who wins the most individual battles? I say we win like 7/10 of those matchups when we are healthy (and we play Dallas after KELCE and Mathis come back)

    If we have that type of advantage in the trenches I will always assume we win.,.

    Now early this season, we took a beating in that equation because we had to play so many young raw lineman and faced some quality DLs…
    But with the way our young DL continues to grow, and getting mathis and KELCE back for the Dallas game, I expect us to win 70% of the individual battles in the trenches…amd anytime we win that percentage of the trenches, I assume we will win

  165. 165 eagleyankfan said at 11:41 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Agreed on this. As sure as I was last week that Dallas can beat Seattle — I would not be surprised if the Giants come put punchy this week and beat Dallas…

  166. 166 GEAGLE said at 1:08 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    It’s just the way football works, everyone will be a prisoner of the moment..Dallas just beat Seattle, Giants just got shut out, obviously dallas will steam roll them….and then the beauty of the NFL shows up and bites them in the ass…Dallas is a much improved team. Considering how crappy their roster looked, you have to respect their improvement… But they aren’t the world beater half of the nation is pretending they are.
    Injury karma is strarting to catchup with our rivals.. No one went thru the injury crapstorm we went thru, and we overcame it to a 5-1 start…now let’s see how our NFC competitors handle the injuries…

    Feel bad for vIctor Cruz, but they are calling his injury worse than an ACL team.. “The type of injury that can really Rob him on what makes him great”….they are kicking the tires on trading for bills WR mIke Williams who is on trade block

    Dallas lost its RT Doug Free for the next month…Undrafted Parnell will replace him.. Free did some solid run blocking this year, but was a liability in pass pro… Let’s see how his backup looks..I expect him to ATLEAST struggle in his first start and angry Giants should capitalize on the win.

    Seahawks Bobby wagner having toe trouble which can linger..their center is banged up, and LT Russell Okung tore his labrum in week 3 and is playing thru it and will have surgery after the season…if COLE and BG can’t eat alive a LT with a torn Labrum, we don’t deserve the win..
    Niners still dealing with Vernon being dinged up..Iuapatti got a concussion yesterday, Patrick Willis got hurt…

    Let’s see if all these teams train their back ups as well as chip kelly does!!!

  167. 167 BC1968 said at 11:12 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    They didn’t feel disrespected. Chip doesn’t give a shit, doesn’t let his team concentrate on stupid shit. He said it would be a waste of time if we worried about other stuff, so why? Who cares about Dallas? He’s so great at those press conferences, especially the way he works over the media, It’s hilarious. The fans are letting this get out of control, geez I can’t wait til they finally play those asswipes. Until, then I’m not thinking about it anymore. I wasted too much time rooting for Seattle as they got blasted by that team. I’m hoping for 2 SB”s at least from this team, Andy screwed us out of at least 2. The Raiders roasted us because we made that NFC Championship game our Super Bowl. That sucked.

  168. 168 Avery Greene said at 11:16 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    In Sal Pal’s Friday interview, he said being around the Eagles this week he realized they were an angry team. That they did feel disrespected about how little respect they were getting. Yeah they say it doesn’t bother them, but behind closed doors this is one hungry team.

    Here’s the interview:

    Also, besides his Tue/Fri interviews, I check out Baldy @10.

  169. 169 BC1968 said at 11:29 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Thats why Chip is a great coach. He stays grounded, great clock management, and can make adjustments. Sal Pal is not my favorite don’t listen to him.. But you I don’t doubt what you say, and you know more about Sal and how good he is then I would. Maybe there’s more stock in it. I just hope and wish they could take this week off and get better. Get Sproles back, and be ready. That’s another example of a coach saying something to the media he really doesn’t mean if Sal is correct. He can lie to the media all he wants, Chip I mean, but he is doing a great job in the locker room. Well it seems like it, I’m not here…haha

  170. 170 Avery Greene said at 11:32 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I like Sal Pal and he’s covered this team for quite awhile. He’s also a fan of the team, and funny thing is – he said this team was #2 in the NFC behind the Seahawks when we started the year.
    And you’re right about what Chip is doing in the locker room. The coaches have done a tremendous job of taking 2 practice squad-level players (Matthews/Acho) and they play well in the scheme.

  171. 171 BC1968 said at 11:37 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    haha not like when Jim McMahon was playing hangman during halftime of a Kotite game because bubble head didn’t have a clue.

  172. 172 BlindChow said at 11:55 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Yeah, the key to beating the Seahawks seems to be hoping they use the Andy Reid gameplan. 2 runs in the first half? Ugh.

  173. 173 ACViking said at 11:57 AM on October 14th, 2014:


    Much wisdom in those 24 words.

  174. 174 Gary Barnes said at 11:09 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    The announcers on Sunday night and also some local media have quoted Foles saying he had decided to stop being tentative/careful and that he was going to “grip it and rip it” like Kelly told him to last year…could the INT be examples of that approach? Foles is trying to be assertive and decisive (which he was most of the game and is good), but in the pursuit of that he just made two mistakes?
    I’m not faulting the approach, I want him to be decisive and aggressive, but the reads still need to have at least a decent % chance of being positive plays…that will probably only come with more experience and confidence…

  175. 175 BlindChow said at 11:54 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Except last year when he “gripped it and ripped it” he didn’t make these stupid mistakes. Now he’s making them every week.

  176. 176 eagleyankfan said at 12:00 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’d disagree. They were the same throws as last year…but there was some extremely good luck on a few of those plays last year…

  177. 177 BlindChow said at 12:16 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Fair enough. And he’s had quite a bit of luck this year as well. He’s tossed a few up in a panic this year that easily could’ve been picked.

  178. 178 Michael Winter Cho said at 12:29 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    People giving him credit for not being sacked need to understand the INTs are the other side of that. It’s probably that Foles is and will prove to be, a turnover-prone QB. Which is not good. Sacks are better.

  179. 179 BC1968 said at 11:23 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Eagles lost to Dallas 38-0 in 96 on a monday night at home, that was a drunken terrible, night. Dallas fans in Philly are such assholes,, I’m getting a shirt that says that. But not with the bad word, done with the bad words. Their gloating is the worst part, screw the media, they are blowhards looking from the outside rooting for the Cowboys. I hate fakes, that’s what we have here in south philly, southwest, northeast and delco. Bunch of fake and phonies. Bailed on your team cause the Cowboys won Super Bowls in the 70s and 90s.

    Can’t understand how the national media can have a say on anything, they should be required to talk to our best local guys, Didinger the only one I can think of, before they go on and say stupid things. Although Ray says the Cowboys are real and are a real threat, he doesn’t give them holy status like the media. It’s kind of funny actually. Warren Sapp,was sucking bad last night and I was laughing thinking who was walking around with the Super Bowl ring he sold cause he’s a broke ass mf’er. Now he does some internet crap, unless that’s a feed from a real show or something,

  180. 180 NinjaP said at 11:25 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    That was the only eagles game I have ever been to

  181. 181 BC1968 said at 11:29 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    OMG I apologize for that. That was a disgrace, I can’t imagine the stands when the game started to get out of hand…lol…any good stories?

    Edit: Like flares or anything crazy like the 49ers game, which I believe was Rhodes last year, the disaster year.

  182. 182 D3FB said at 11:43 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    It’s ok my only Eagles game was the Tuesday night Vikings game.

  183. 183 BC1968 said at 11:44 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Ewww you guys should be in some Hall Of Fame wall together.

  184. 184 Michael Winter Cho said at 12:24 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Both of my Eagles games were losses to the Cards. One involved Mike McMahon. The other was pre-Donovan, but post-Randall. Can’t even remember who…

  185. 185 BC1968 said at 12:33 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Rodney Peete?

  186. 186 P_P_K said at 11:45 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Dude, you have to go to another. Can’t have that be your one game.

  187. 187 Mac said at 3:11 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    My one Eagles attendance game was the Thursday night loss to the Bengals in 2012.

  188. 188 Flyineagle45 said at 11:24 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I think Nick just needs to hit his head really hard.

  189. 189 BC1968 said at 11:33 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    That happened in the Skins’ game, I thought it was great when he came back in the huddle and said make them pay for it. Shit, I hate if I make it all sound bad about him, he did a good job of putting team back on it’s feet in that game.

  190. 190 James said at 11:26 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    The INTs may be a by product of the ‘Grip it and rip it’ advice that Chip gives him. Foles mentioned something in an interview about having to take shots in the red zone and it sounded like they wanted him to be less conservative. Barring the INTs I think he played very well against the Giants and I think that may settle his nerves for the coming games… Now that the O-line has more cohesion, the running game is more effective, there will also be less pressure on Foles, both in his mind and in the game… I’m optimistic.

  191. 191 EagleNebula said at 1:31 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I wonder if he is overcompensating trying to limit his sacks. I remember the big criticism last year was taking too many unnecessary sacks, and the sack numbers have definitely decreased. If that is one of the factors, then I have faith that he will lower the INT numbers as he finds that happy medium.

  192. 192 RogerPodacter said at 2:52 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    i think it all comes down to risk-reward, really. its better to take a sack than throw a ball up for grabs, but its better to heave it 10 yards out of bounds than either of those. if for some reason, he’s not in position to throw it out of bounds (can’t get an angle or not enough arm strength/can’t get feet set/whatever), then you have to take that sack.

  193. 193 Anders said at 11:37 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    I really hope the Eagles keep this denfesive game plan against most teams. Play press disrupt timing and then show crazy blitzes to mess with OL and then omg its nice watching guys winning 1v1 in pass rush situations (not sure it is sustainable, but I take it).

  194. 194 BC1968 said at 11:40 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    The Super Bowl Giants did it with a great front and average secondary, this front looks like it can be really dominate. Let’s see against the Cardinals if things are good. Probably not the same, but there were times this year the QB was sitting resting in the pocket while even our blitzing was getting there.

  195. 195 mtn_green said at 2:22 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I think with non-giants teams you worry more about getting popped over top, or playing zone more to stop the run.
    I’m with you though.

  196. 196 Anders said at 3:30 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Most teams play some version of a spread WCO, so timing passes is a big part of it. So playing press is better than constantly giving up 7 yards

  197. 197 ACViking said at 11:55 AM on October 14th, 2014:

    Re: Re-post of P_P_K’s earlier comment . . .

    Hey, just so you know, my 11 year-old son is a huge Eagles fan and I
    steer him to Tommy’s blog. At virtually every other site, guys curse
    each other out for having differing opinions, using language which just
    isn’t right for kids and, in my opinion, mature adults. I guess you
    could say I should keep my son away from Iggles Blitz but, maybe, you
    could join the rest of the guys here and try and keep the cussing out of
    your posts. I’m not saying you don’t have a right to your opinion and I
    always respect an Eagles brother who has passion but, as a favor, chill
    the language.

  198. 198 Ark87 said at 12:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I respect that. Smart football should start young.

  199. 199 BC1968 said at 12:30 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I sent an apology to Tommy, explained how sorry and wrong I am. To me it’s about hey, why name call whether it’s the f-word or you’re an idiot. My kids are older and I always tried to instill that in them. They are girls so fights usually don’t break out at a ddrop of a hat. I could be wrong? You can disagree without being rude. I know I curse during games when I’m mad, that can be avoidable too.Kids want to come to blogs and don’t want go to school and say to other kids you’re an f-face if you call Foles is this or that…but you don’t want them to go to school to say you’re an idiot, jerk, bozo, etc…not nearly as bad, but say it to the wrong kid and things blow up. For people who don’t like Foles, I respect your opinion whether I agree or not, and same vice versa. Hey but I guess poopyhead is said all the time at schools. Anyways, I respect everyone’s opinion here, there are no dumb questions to ask Tommy, there’s nothing wrong about not being as smart as someone else in football. I don’t know who is m/f on here, but that would even make it worse to call them just anything. Idiot, or dummy. Whatever.

    I apologize, my words were much stronger, I’ve seen them here before during games, but as far as saying towards other people it was totally wrong. I will call myself an idiot. And hey, don’t even dislike anyone on here.

    Edit: Sure there are stupid things said here, I should make the point that leave that person alone, maybe they are learning. Or sometimes things are just said that don’t sound right.

  200. 200 P_P_K said at 2:03 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Cool. Thanks.

  201. 201 BC1968 said at 2:22 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Thank you for taking the time to read. Hopefully understand that i’m not a total Appreciate it though

  202. 202 A Roy said at 1:19 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Thanks for jumping in. I was disappointed by the back and forth in this article in particular and in many others recently. I know that Tommy has become more popular, and as he does, more people come here with diverse backgrounds, ages, levels of football knowledge and vocabulary. Still, a high level of civility absolutely must be maintained.

  203. 203 BC1968 said at 2:04 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I agree and I apologize to everyone with everything I have.

  204. 204 ceteris_paribus1776 said at 12:16 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Re: the “no respect” issue.

    I don’t every really watch ESPN or NFL network, so I guess that’s where I don’t understand what our Eagles fans’ gripe is with the media. I have Sirius and every single program host throughout the day yesterday host mentioned how dominant the Eagles performance was.

    The reason why others may not be mentioning them is pretty simple and predictable, in my opinion. Philly had pretty much been handed the division by everyone before the season started. So the fact that the Cowboys are actually looking very impressive and provide a legitimate threat IS a story. Nothing wrong with that.

    Dallas has won 5 in a row and are probably the hottest team in the league riding a renewed sense of running the ball and playing pretty good defense. Those are two things that no one saw coming. Now they have everyone’s attention. The did just handily beat Sea in Sea where they hadn’t lost a game in over 2 years. That game wasn’t as close as the scoreline.

    If the Eagles put together another dominant performance I’m sure the rest of those who aren’t talking about the yet will be. Dallas is currently the hot story and for pretty good reason.

  205. 205 BC1968 said at 12:36 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    What an excellence point. How about last year? THe Eagles were king of the castle, they were running this crazy offense, and when they started finally winning the praise couldn’t be enough. It was crazy, all over the place, it was dominating a lot of sports stories. The Cowboys have surprised people, still, it’s a little much, but who cares. Again I say it, WHO CARES?

  206. 206 Tom33 said at 1:15 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The thing I love about the NFL is that all these “Power Rankings” and other lists mean absolutely nothing. The teams with the best records get into the playoffs and every one of them has a chance to prove how good they are. So I don’t get why people get so hung up on how some writer has their team “ranked” in the middle of October. I hope Dallas gets ranked #1 in every article and they believe every word of it right up until week 13.

  207. 207 BC1968 said at 1:32 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Agreed dude, why get worked up over nothing? The Super Bowl is in Feb I’m enjoying the bye week I don’t care what Dallas does. We still play them twice. Like I said before Respect is for the dead, The Eagles need the Lombardi Trophy.

  208. 208 EagleNebula said at 1:41 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I want to agree, but I would still love to watch an over confident Cowboys team get blanked by the downtrodden Giants. As hard as it is to watch the Giants win, the humiliation of the Cowboys would be worth it (given how Sunday turned out). I know it is childish, but I can’t help it.

  209. 209 BC1968 said at 1:56 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Oh without a doubt dude, I want the Giants to be mad and kick the crap out of the cowboys. I didn’t want to sound like I was rooting for them to do good now so they can rot later. I don’t want to make the mistake of sounding like I want them at the top of the rankings so we can laugh at them later, I want the Giants to lay a whoop ass on them, and it could very well happen after that embarrassment put on them. A little tougher though since it’s at Dallas. I am rooting for them to fall as fast as possible, I don’t even like see Dallas fans be a little happy. lol

  210. 210 Sean Stott said at 2:41 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    “where they hadn’t lost a game in over 2 years”

    That’s simply incorrect.

  211. 211 ceteris_paribus1776 said at 3:42 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    you’re right, they lost one game prior to Dall since 2012 at home…including playoffs. 19-1 in the past two years. doesn’t really change the fundamental point being that it is an extremely difficult place to play.

  212. 212 BC1968 said at 12:45 PM on October 14th, 2014:


  213. 213 Mac said at 1:41 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Tommy, are you suggesting Kaep was channeling his inner Ronnie Brown? Worst pass in NFL history?

  214. 214 EagleNebula said at 2:13 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    why did you have to post that video, and why did I have to watch? The horror, the horror.

  215. 215 BC1968 said at 2:25 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The horror of the CHicago one where our other Henry(?) punter threw and missed a wide open 4th down play. Stupid plays here and there adn that 4-12 could’ve been an 8-8. Eh, what’s the difference? lol

  216. 216 EagleNebula said at 2:36 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I had successfully blocked that from my memory,,,

  217. 217 BC1968 said at 3:01 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Hopefully the whole season, I used a weird lady with the balls. Gypsy, she helped.

  218. 218 iceberg584 said at 4:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    They *were* 8-8. If they get one more win, they would have won the division over the Giants, and even if they got bounced, it would have prevented Eli’s second Super Bowl. In addition to this horrifying play, Alex Henery also missed 33 and 39 yarders in a game that we lost by a point. A win here would have meant a lot.

  219. 219 BC1968 said at 4:10 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Could’ve been, even at that, I doubt it prevented anything other than 5-11 or 6-10, that team was putrid

  220. 220 iceberg584 said at 8:02 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    5-11? 6-10? That 2011 team was a disaster, but they were still super talented. Even as a dysfunctional mess, they finished at 8-8. Not hypothetical, that was their record. You can look it up. And if they won one more game (the SF game was eminently winnable), then they would have won the division and a NYG team that won the Super Bowl doesn’t even get in.

    Are you confusing the 2011 team with the 4-12 team in 2012?

  221. 221 BC1968 said at 11:19 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Yes I am thinking of that team.’re right, sorry.

  222. 222 Spooonius said at 3:29 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    You almost got me. I’ve probably watched every eagles game in the last 35 years, and somehow I have been lucky enough to never see that play.

  223. 223 GEAGLE said at 2:10 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Dallas RB Randle, the backup to Brittle Murray was arrested last night for shoplifting underwear and cologne,,
    I love the Cowboys! Can’t wait to watch Giants beat them

  224. 224 GermanEagle said at 3:52 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m afraid the Gnats will not beat Dallas. No Cruz + no CBs = Dallas 34, Giants 20.

  225. 225 GEAGLE said at 4:31 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Dallas lost its RT… And 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2 in a division game,,

    Curious to watch ODB…he is now in a big role like Kelvin Benjamin…he went much higher than KB and was supposed to be much more polished than KB…Curipus to see how ODB does having to be counted on in a big role… Sucks to have to root for Giants this week, but they are pathetic after being shut out so F it… Hope you enjoying life in Giant town this week

  226. 226 GermanEagle said at 5:29 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Life’s great in the big apple.

  227. 227 BC1968 said at 2:31 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    This Randle thing goes back to the NFL and these guys being banged in the head. Can’t understand a guy with money shoplifting. It makes no sense, it’s a mental issue, guaranteed too many hits to the head. Man, NFL is going to be extinct someday. This is a bigger issue then some guy shoplifting, there is so many mental things going on with these guys. The guy who shoots himself in front of the coaches a few years back,, guy knocks the shit out of his g/f in an elevator. Other guys knowing how serious it is, still being arrested AFTER the Rice incident. Don’t forget about the suicides, including one of our own, Andre Waters, Man, someday it’s going to be a flag football game. The best sport in the world has a big mental image and mental problem, no doubt.

    Edit Other than Shady’s shady tipping, glad we’ve been staying out of trouble (knock wood). Two weeks guys, stay home with the family.

  228. 228 SteveH said at 2:37 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m not so sure, plenty of people who don’t get banged in the head shoplift so the probability that in this case there is a correlation is pretty low in my opinion.

  229. 229 BC1968 said at 2:46 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    With that much money? Yeah there’s cases where people with money shoplift but it would have to be mental. Anybody with the money to easily pay for stuff doesn’t shoplift unless they are screwed in the head. Plus, all the other things I added with these NFL things, seeing if there could be a tie in. These guys are shooting themselves in the chest to get their brains examined. This is an old, ongoing story but it’s another thing the commish hid and fucked people on. Not caring about his money-makers.

  230. 230 suthrneagle said at 3:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    maybe he`s a clepto, and old habits are hard to break?

  231. 231 Avery Greene said at 3:12 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Just check out Winston. He can’t seem to go 3-4 weeks without getting himself into trouble.

  232. 232 suthrneagle said at 3:48 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    some people are just stupid…what are ya gonna do?

  233. 233 BC1968 said at 4:03 PM on October 14th, 2014:


  234. 234 BC1968 said at 3:20 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    That’s a good point actually. Such a weird habit, but then there are the people who eat chalk..I shouldn’t even say it’s a weird habit, being a clepto i mean, considering the chalk. Depends on his history I guess. Who knows?

  235. 235 Spooonius said at 3:31 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Why the rich shoplift more than the poor

  236. 236 BC1968 said at 3:39 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    That’s very interesting. I don’t if you remember, people were being paid to go to places like rite aid and cvs and mass steal, I mean a boatload of shit. DOn’t know how they got away with it, but it was a mult-millionaire business. Can’t quote on everything it’s off the top of my head, but Tide, the detergent, was a big thing that was being stolen. They were making tons of money off that crap, now if you go into the stores you’ll see Tide locked up like it’s Fort Knox. That energy shit too, that comes in the small bottle. At least in the drug stores. Now for these petty people, it’s just the thrill it seems like. Plus a lot of that article is good and explains the stuff.

  237. 237 D3FB said at 4:38 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Concussion are a major problem with modern football. That being said, the stupid stuff players get in trouble for isn’t due to brain damage from concussions. They don’t affect behavioral patterns in the short term. The issue with players doing dumb shit stems from a sense of entitlement.

    Most of the players have been praised since middle school. They were likely the best player at their high school as early as freshman or sophomore year. That certainly causes one’s ego to expand. Then comes recruiting where they are endlessly pursued by college programs, with the year round circus that has become. Getting phone calls from Nick Saban, Kevin Sumlin, Les Miles, when you’re 16 years old is pretty amazing. Then they get to college and at most programs are revered by the majority of the student body for 3,4,5 years.

    Now they get drafted. Rookie minimum this year is $420,000. Median household income in the USA in 2013 was 51K, that’s household income, meaning alot of people have dual earners and the median is still only 51k. So for even the UDFA guys they are making as much money in a pay check as their parents make in a year.

    All of that leads to a sense of entitlement in a small percentage of players (because lets remember that the NFL has like 1800 active roster players). Plus they are 21-35 year old males. The demographic most likely to get into legal trouble. So you’re simultaneously having a framing issue, in which you are projecting a small minority to be far more representative than it is, and you’re also assigning blame for the matter on concussions, which is a loose correlation at best.

  238. 238 BC1968 said at 8:27 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Def shouldn’t said it was a positive thing why it happened. But I don’t buy the 16 year old entitlement thing because the stories you hear about these kids getting their heads bashed in when they are in high school is astounding. They are twice as likely than a college or pro to get a concussioin and it’s much easier to hide for them. Some people go along the racial lines as to why they’re punks, which I don’t, I think these kids have been getting their heads banged in for years and nobody tested or really though it was a big deal. One kid stated on a show, wish I could quote it’s only hearsay, it was a comcast show, that he hid about 30-40 and still kept playing. I think he may have made some lower bound college, , but he has memory loss and all that bad shit. Also, the kid said he would do it all over again if he could. By the time he’s 30, forget about his life. Mothers are not wanting their kids playing going forward. I blamed way too much on what happened with the stealing and I should’ve said maybe, not that it is def a reason.
    Roger Goodell hid it, they are hiding this shit and the kids in high school, the bottom of the barrell are getting the worst of it cause they get the least amount of treatment and protection. Hey, the proof is in the pudding, baseball and basketball players aren’t doing this crazy shit at an alarming rate, so I’ll stick by the fact these guys are getting hit too much as youngsters. Suicide, shooting themselves in the chest so their heads can be examined, If you want to go to entitlement you can, but their heads get blasted just like older guys do.

  239. 239 D3FB said at 10:46 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    As a someone who just finished his Division 3 NCAA playing career last year I could not disagree more. Yes concussions are a major problem. Yes, it’s causing cognitive issues for some former players later in life. Yes it’s worse at the high school level where you still have too many old school, rub some dirt on it and walk it off coaches. That being said, concussions aren’t causing the players to do dumb shit.

    NFL players aren’t even arrested as much as the public at large. Like I said it’s about about the scope of frame you have from the media. ESPN doesn’t run hours of coverage when the dumbass that lives down the street from you dines and ditches. Also as far as other leagues being better? You’re wrong. See the attached link for stats.

  240. 240 BC1968 said at 12:04 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Wow that does surprise me with the other leagues over the NFL. Never hear about it. But football is easily the most ruining sport of any athletes career when they retire asides from boxing in my own opinion. And MMA? That some crazy shit haha … As far as doing the crazy shit, yeah no excuse, you did change my mind about that about recent guys although it’s not 100 proof that it means it’s true again, in my own opinion. Some get lucky, some don’t. Doesn’t mean some guy has lost some kind of brain structure cause he’s young. Andre Waters was in his 40’s and had the brain of a guy in his late 60’s when he killed himself. Junior Seau wasn’t out of the league that long . The facts aren’t all in, they’ve been hidden in some cases, but I’d take my chances with baseball over the long term. I do add, your article did surprise me, and made me think more about it. I don’t want to make excuses for assholes believe me, but I’m not going to laugh out loud if someone has a sickness, be it football or clepto. The whole world is fucked, nasty motherfuckers cutting people’s heads off? And mass murders people? It’s happening all over the world and here I am arguing on here, not with you, just conversing with you, but some other person, In the comfort of my own home, sometimes it makes me wanna go get a machine gun and go fuck them motherfuckers up. those guys meaning isis guys….Just hate seeing the petty name calling to people here who are talking the game, it’s uncalled for again that’s my own opinion. Some people learning the game, maybe women, maybe some of the smartest things aren’t said. So it made me curse that person out today, probably a lot of people are on his side, whatever, he’s so imformative i guess. There’s many blogs where anyone can be an asshole, I didn’t think this was one. So anyways, thanks, def going to read up more and I really wanna learn more about these pros in all these sports and what goes on.

  241. 241 SteveH said at 2:39 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Foles looked worlds better against the Giants than he did against the Rams or the Niners. I mean aside from those 2 stupid interceptions he actually had a great game, looked really sharp. That TD pass to Ertz was just money.

  242. 242 RobNE said at 2:40 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    are you guys surprised the players are off until next week? so then what gives teams such an advantage off the bye? I thought they basically had double the time to install game plans. I’m sure (well, I think?) the coaches work this week so that’s a benefit, but no extra time for the players.

    what do I know, but I just didn’t realize they were really off this week.

  243. 243 SteveH said at 2:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I think the rest probably helps a lot. Their bodies have to get tired and beat up pretty hard, plus its a chance to mentally relax.

  244. 244 RogerPodacter said at 2:47 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    maybe they still do meetings, but no practice?

  245. 245 mtn_green said at 2:54 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Ar did it too. I think teams might have to under CBA. Coaches self evaluate, look at tendencies and more highly technical stuff, like ‘tells’.

    The rest is huge.

  246. 246 BC1968 said at 3:00 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I could be wrong, but Chip and the coaches are still working the game plan the whole time. The advantage is the rest and being able to get extra time to prepare for the Cards.

  247. 247 CrackSammich said at 3:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents players from meeting with the team on their bye week.

    As to why it’s advantageous… The same reason vacations are advantageous for everyone else.

  248. 248 RogerPodacter said at 4:08 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    thanks for clarifying this for everyone!

  249. 249 D3FB said at 4:21 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The week off give the players a chance to get away, get their minds off of football, take care of any family stuff that they don’t always get a chance to do during a normal week, in some cases go back to their hometowns and visit their parents and extended families.

    For the coaches it let’s them work a few less hours during this week. They’ll self scout, look at tendencies they need to break, maybe toy with some ideas on the whiteboard, etc.

    As far as game plan stuff, there’s not much that needs the extra week. Unless a coach has been fired or there’s a QB change the playbook and overall plan of attack remains the same. Game plan installation is more picking a handful of plays that give the offense or defense optimal looks in certain situations based on the opposition personnel and packages. There may be some new window dressing on how you want to disguise looks but nothing major. The entire gameplan can be installed in an hour long meeting, no need to have the extra week.

  250. 250 McNabbulousness said at 2:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    foles sucks, we should bench him…

  251. 251 BC1968 said at 2:47 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Playing NHL15 right now, he just scored 4 goals and made 25 saves, third star of the game.

  252. 252 McNabbulousness said at 2:54 PM on October 14th, 2014:


  253. 253 BC1968 said at 2:57 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Seriously though, anything above rookie and I suck in the game, they want to poke check the puck away they take it. I want to poke check the puck, they pass and score. I suck. When I get mad I go into rookie mode, still play freaking close games!!! I could use Foles and those 4 goals and 25 saves actually.

  254. 254 BC1968 said at 3:23 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Wow, smart headline of the week. Shows a bunch of Cowboys’ cheerleaders dancing and says: Let’s hope these Cowboy cheerleaders don’t catch ebola.

  255. 255 BC1968 said at 3:24 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Also, the reason this Costas thing got so much news is, get ready: Giants fans were pissed too. So you know, nobody cares about us. 🙁

  256. 256 RogerPodacter said at 4:08 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    whats this Costas thing? i must have missed it…

  257. 257 BC1968 said at 4:11 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Some dude who makes SNF halftime a time to make his lecture of the week. Costass

  258. 258 RogerPodacter said at 5:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh right!!!! i forgot all about that!
    it was painful to listen to…felt like he was just sitting there reading whatever the teleprompter said. ugh…
    had to mute the tv and walk away while he was on.

  259. 259 jpate said at 3:39 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    off topic but I saw Chargers ranking top spot so I checked out their schedule and besides seattle on the road they beaten jaguars, raiders, jets and buffalo. Kind of overrated. I think their offense is legit but no way their defense stays this good.

  260. 260 BC1968 said at 3:40 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Oh shit, that’ll piss Cotas and the NBC crew off big time!! lol good.

  261. 261 Insomniac said at 3:50 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    We beat the Redskins, Rams, and Jaguars. It’s that really much of a huge difference..

  262. 262 jpate said at 3:53 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    HEYY Redskins had a top 10 defense coming in.

    But yeah not a big difference

  263. 263 EagleNebula said at 4:57 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    You can make qualifiers for every team, but the bottom line is 5-1 is 5-1. “Bad” teams beat “good” teams every week, no one should be penalized for the perceived ease of their schedule. As Chip said: “You are what you are. I don’t care. I have nothing to explain to anybody.”

  264. 264 GEAGLE said at 4:26 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Colts on the road… Hot Giants team…(2-0 in our division),,.,re-established a homefield advantage,,,Next game will be 5-1 Eagles @ 5-1 Arizona..thankfully, after we beat them no one can take anything away from us…. Tho I worry about the trap game with the Texans the following week…. After that Kelce and Mathis will be back to beat Carolina!

  265. 265 fran35 said at 5:03 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I desperately want to beat the Cards. Yes I want to be 6-1. But more importantly, I want to beat them badly because of Bruce Arians. Hate that guy.

  266. 266 Mac said at 5:04 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    You can’t beat Bruce Arians.

    But you can make him make excuses for why the refs or some other unfair act caused his team to lose a game they could have won.

  267. 267 GEAGLE said at 5:34 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Even more than my hatred for that pig look a like…I really want to beat them because I know that they will want to beat us so bad after last year, so I want to crush them again. Love to go into their house when they are foaming at the mouth and just smack them around again!….. That OL is very penetrable, and once you hit Carson, he loses his mind.

  268. 268 Insomniac said at 5:08 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Does that change the fact that we beat 3 bad teams and they also beat bad teams?

  269. 269 GEAGLE said at 5:35 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    All they beat was bad teams besides Seatle on the road,,, we have more than 1 quality win on our schedule… So NO, it’s not the same

  270. 270 Insomniac said at 5:39 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Even if they had a similar level of opponents as we did, the Chargers have been more consistent than we are. We struggled against all of the teams we’ve played. We had higher peaks but that’s it. It’s kind of silly to say some teams are overrated when we probably are the most overrated team besides the most of the NFC west teams right now.

  271. 271 Avery Greene said at 7:26 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    If they beat AZ and beat the Texans, I think this team gets at least 13 wins. I think they can beat GB in GB and Carolina at home. We have to travel to Dallas on a short week (doesn’t bode well for road teams on TNF) and maybe an angry Seattle team. But the next 4 games can be key – especially if they go 3-1.

  272. 272 BC1968 said at 10:39 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    lol I saw the nfl network if the playoffs started today…all the division teams didn’t play each other yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF:?? LMAO

  273. 273 BlindChow said at 9:26 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    And they barely beat Oakland.

  274. 274 suthrneagle said at 3:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    about being able to keep the D`s front 7(and interchangable parts) together for the next few seasons…If the success is there, and all are as ego-free as is reported, the the limited number of plays works out well for all as this would be one way to add a couple of years to the older players bodies and give the younger players more experience, and less wear/tear on their bodies as well,keeping everyone fresher,healthier into the playoffs.
    As a side note, the last time the NY football giants were 27 points behind in a game was 1980…So the Iggles put a whooping on the gints like they hadn`t experienced in 34 years…hahahaha

  275. 275 D3FB said at 4:11 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The entire DL will be here through at least 2015.

  276. 276 BC1968 said at 4:06 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    LOL@NFL rankings in October.

  277. 277 Henly125 said at 4:16 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Can’t believe Dallas is #3.

  278. 278 BC1968 said at 4:16 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I’m surprised they aren’t ranked ahead of Jesus….where are we?

  279. 279 Henly125 said at 4:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:


  280. 280 Henly125 said at 4:15 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    But why is Dallas ranked higher than us in the latest ESPN power ranking?

  281. 281 BC1968 said at 4:16 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    It’s Dallas they get the love, it doesn’t matter at this point. Where are we?

  282. 282 Henly125 said at 5:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:


  283. 283 Spaceman Spiff said at 4:45 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Let’s just keep flying under the radar…

  284. 284 Insomniac said at 5:33 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Why do we care? We’ll get our chance to prove we’re better soon.

  285. 285 BlindChow said at 9:25 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Because they beat Seattle, and Seattle was ranked much higher?

  286. 286 GEAGLE said at 4:22 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I have Shane Vereen…with Steven Ridley done for the year, is he worth keeping on my bench or are the patriots giong to give too many carries to Bolden and a bunch of other RB I never heard of?

  287. 287 SteveH said at 4:56 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Patriots RB’s are such a risky play. You just never know what they’re going to do and often it is not what you expect.

  288. 288 GEAGLE said at 6:00 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I know I know…This is the problem…
    Was thinking about stashing Rams rookie RB Tre Mason on my bench, figure soon when playoffs are out of reach they will turn the RB duty over to the rookie RB.. Stash him on my bench now, in case he does well and becomes someone I wamt to keep for next year since its dynasty league..

    I need a RB I can count on as a 3rd back…and I need a LONGSHOT runback like tre masons hat I ian investment that could pay off down the road…I thought about Cowboys rAndle since Demarco always gets hurt but the idiot just got caught shop lifting..
    And I need defense n special teams since Eagoes are on a bye.. Thinking Patriots drive Geno smith bonkers.. Darrel Revis should be hype for the matchup… Or Texans againsg steelers.

  289. 289 anon said at 7:59 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    what about that dude on the falcons?

  290. 290 GEAGLE said at 8:28 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    They have so many RBs.. I assume they have to start giving the rookie carries

  291. 291 Jernst said at 10:01 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Antone Smith and Justin Forsett are available in most leagues and putting up consistently good numbers

  292. 292 Avery Greene said at 7:23 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I picked up the Lions defense for this week. I’m dropping them after that. I also picked up Blair Walsh for the week, but may change to another K this week.

  293. 293 GEAGLE said at 8:28 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Lions have a real nice D…wish they were avIlable ing league

  294. 294 Jernst said at 9:59 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Vereens touches will see a slight up tick but the main 1st and 2nd down running game will go through Bolden. I’d go with Houston vs the Steelers who look like trash, even tho the jets look even worse. I just like Houstons ability to score points with Watt.

  295. 295 RogerPodacter said at 4:56 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    question for Tommy and the rest of y’all:

    Now that Billy Davis has a shutout under his belt, how much of a ‘free pass’ does he get? Everyone has been a little skeptical of him, myself included. Now that he brought us a shutout, can we all look at him and say “yes, he’s the guy for this defense”? yet?

  296. 296 suthrneagle said at 5:26 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    this is a `what have you done for me lately` world…the next time an opponent does well against the eagles most everyone will lose faith and the ?`s will arise again…personally, think the the defense is better than most give them credit. They`re missing starters and still winning. The game planning for Sundaymay have had some inside help as one of the coaches(i read)had worked with the new O co-ordinater of NY before. So, we need to see if he can follow up this performance with an equally devious plan in 2 weeks.

  297. 297 Insomniac said at 5:30 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    He has to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

  298. 298 GEAGLE said at 5:55 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Dude,,,you don’t hold an NFL team to a goose egg by accident. Nothing can take this away from them.. I don’t know about you but I always viewed NFl shut outs as special… And when its against. Team that scored 30 plus the past 3 games and was top 5 on 3rd down….gotta respect that!…

    With that said, offense and ST also had to play its part in the shutout… It doesn’t mean anything going forward..but a shut out is to be respected,. You don’t “prove” a shut out was legit.
    Either way, this defense will be operating at a high level by December. It’s right on schedule

  299. 299 mtn_green said at 6:31 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Agree with Geagle.
    Shutout is rare, comes with complete domination, instantly puts a DC in conversation for best in league. Especially against a hot offense, and in prime time. Id argue that doing it with the hot mess that is the eagles defense is even more impressive.

  300. 300 GEAGLE said at 6:34 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Billy had Meco so prepared that he knew everything Eli was doing, it was beautiful,,, we knew that if you lineup a certain way, they react in a certain way, so billy was baiting them into doing what we wanted them to do.. Took a two time SB winning coach and Mc-a-doo-doo from the packers and played them like a puppet master.. Coach on down the defensive display was beautiful… Everytime Eli audibles, we were prepared and knew exactly what they were doing..just beautiful

  301. 301 Insomniac said at 7:27 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The Giants are the same team that the Panthers shutdown last year 38-0. I’m not discrediting Davis, I’m just saying he needs to prove that this defense isn’t just a one week wonder.

  302. 302 BC1968 said at 7:33 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    He’s really improved though you have to admit. The shutout took them from 27 points to 22 a game, still not great but a shut out means a great scheme was put together. But he has yet to succeed anywhere, the book is still out hopefully this is his coming out party.

  303. 303 GEAGLE said at 8:27 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    And the panthers had one of the Best defenses in the NFL..

  304. 304 BlindChow said at 9:20 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    And his unit let the Rams score 21 unanswered points the week (before because of his playcalling). Let’s see how the rest of the year goes.

  305. 305 BC1968 said at 8:41 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Not even close yet, not naming him with Bud Carson and Jimmy Johnson that’s for sure. You have to be a top rated d coach to do that,

  306. 306 GEAGLE said at 5:30 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Skeptical? Personally since we signed him I have typed a million times: “philly will fall in love with Billy Davis”… I’m just waiting for YALL to catch up. Let me know when you get there

  307. 307 P_P_K said at 7:27 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Since I didn’t like the hire, I can say that I have now caught up. He has done a great job at developing our D.

  308. 308 GEAGLE said at 8:26 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Welcome!! All aboard!!!

  309. 309 BC1968 said at 6:57 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    The schedule will tell you everything. A shut-out will give you new life, but the three weeks before, not so great. Hopefully things go up from here because it was the special teams and Sproles that covered this team’s ass in a lot of these games. Foles was great in the skins game, he did great sunday night along with the d-line effort so that was the sixty minutes we were looking for. If you really think about it, he’s Jim Johnson’s successor….that’s a hard thing to live up to. We’re talking about under 2 years though, the mediocre start is forgotten about thanks to the shut-out. But still, Cousins, and that guy from the Rams. It’s coming around, but this is not a complete team. Well that’s according to the coach. I don’t make all my own assessments, I pretty much have Didinger the god who tells it like it is. He does a great job in assessing this team, hang on his every word. Addiction

  310. 310 GEAGLE said at 5:51 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    eagles signed C Julian Vandervelde. Waived Wade Smith… Vandervelde will backüp Molk and they will basically compete with each other for who gets to stay when KELCE gets back

    Terrell Pryor worked out as a WR for The Bengals but didn’t make it. I would cut Maehl and sign him IMMEDIATELY! Even if he doesn’t pan out this year.. 6’4, 235lbs, 4.38 speed…you invest in growing him into a WR… Take advantage now that he is giving up his QB dreams… That’s a super ahlete

  311. 311 Sean Stott said at 6:44 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Pryor is 6’6 and runs within .03 of Desean’s 40 time. And he definitely has a second gear.

    Dude glides.

  312. 312 anon said at 7:58 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    we do love failed QBs on this team.

  313. 313 Nicodemus_09 said at 6:10 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Regarding going to that 5 receiver set deep n the red zone, I HATED that call. I was yelling at my TV before the ball was snapped. Like it or not, Foles is having real trouble with reading the field & his footwork.He is amazingly leading the league in turnovers. Why in gods name didn’t we call for runs from there? Our running game was on fire & it sure worked beautifully when Sproles breezed in from 15 yds out. That call was HORRIBLE. I worried in the off season when they talked so much about focusing on Foles getting the ball out more quickly. I understand the philosophy, but I worried that with a guy like nick & his style of play, that this would cause him to press more & mess up his footwork. Yes, he was holding the ball too long sometimes, but my belief was that rather than mess with what was not perfect, but still was extremely effective, let the young man mature & develop rather than have him press & see what we’re seeing now. It’s just my opinion, but I believe they pushed him to change his mechanics and pushed him right into being unsure of himself. I’d rather see him take a couple more sacks than see those turn into in many situations, turn into picks. I don’t know if it’s Musgrave pushing him into etting into getting rid of it quickly, but that IS IMO forcing him to change his footwork. Let the kid develop, use the style that was working very well for him & grow naturally.Lazors & last years style was certainly preferable to what we’re seeing now.

  314. 314 SteveH said at 6:12 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    My perception is that he sometimes gets panicky when the pocket is collapsing and he doesn’t see any options. Those seem to be the situations where he makes poor choices. We’d be better off if he just threw it away in those situations rather than try and make something happen.

  315. 315 Nicodemus_09 said at 6:28 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I certainly can’t argue with panicky. Whatever is causing it, he’s pressing badly, that sidearm throw to Sprolesvwas just as awful as it was completely unnecessary. I still REALLY hated the call going to 5 wide in the red zone given Foles struggles & that our run game was on FIRE.

  316. 316 SteveH said at 9:59 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Yeah the call might not have been great, but Foles needs to learn to keep his cool when things are breaking down. He tries to do too much I think, rather than just taking the sack or throwing it away.

  317. 317 BC1968 said at 10:36 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Happy feet, or nervous feet, whatever, I mean we’re talking about a guy who is with the right team right now and has a chance to turn it around.

  318. 318 MaggieMagpie said at 1:37 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Foles footwork?

  319. 319 Sean Stott said at 6:42 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Panicky is a good word. It’s very palpable when he is flustered in the pocket. He does this awkward thing with a double clutch and going flat footed.

  320. 320 RobNE said at 7:36 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I felt the same when I saw the empty set. If running the ball is working, why take away even the threat of a run. Though I think they did send someone on motion, but he was back away from the QB before snapped. It was more a decoy to see if they were in man D.

    why go empty backfield? That’s when we tee of on everyone.

    I’d like to see us run more and/or do more spreading out in the red zone.

  321. 321 SteveH said at 6:16 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Off topic but maaaan I could have used a little more out of Ertz. I finished 21 out of 5000 on fanduel, but the big cash doesn’t start till places 6-8. If Ertz had managed 1 more long TD I might have finished first overall since no one ahead of me had him. Still pleased to win 22X my buy-in but… would have been a real happy camper if he had had just 1 more TD.

  322. 322 GermanEagle said at 6:30 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    How much was your buy-in?! Might have to try this fanduel…

  323. 323 SteveH said at 9:55 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I typically do about 15-20 1$ games… I won 22X my buyin so 22 dollars, but I was a Zach Ertz TD away from about 150-400 dollars (top finishers).

    I do lots of 1$ games instead of a few 5$ games or whatever for 2 reasons, 1 is hedging my bets and 2 so I can scratch my degenerate gambler itch without going broke :).

  324. 324 SteveH said at 10:05 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I should add if you decide to try it let me know, you can use me as a referral and you’ll get whatever the best current promotional deal is and I’ll get you as a person referred so I get something or the other for that.

  325. 325 GermanEagle said at 8:48 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Wanna pm with?! That being said, there is no PM feature on Disqus, is it???

  326. 326 SteveH said at 3:03 PM on October 15th, 2014:

    Yeah no PM… I’ll put it in code then, just so its not all out there for some bot to grab. The first letter of each word in the following sentence is my email:

    Fairly Underrated Eagles Results Typically Indicate Systematic Irregularities Motioning On During Organized Series @ Your Average Hosted Overbearing Ocelot . Carry On Man.

    Feel free to use, but I take no responsibility for loss of funds ;).

    Also, if I was really smart I would have figured out how to turn that into a Rick Roll. Oh well.

  327. 327 GermanEagle said at 7:17 PM on October 15th, 2014:

    Smart. Arse. You got mail. 😉

  328. 328 Sean Stott said at 6:41 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    These fanduel sites are very interesting. They popped up out of nowhere, now they are doing blitz-style advertising. Seems like an inevitable bubble.

  329. 329 anon said at 7:56 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    no they just got a TON of VC financing. people love betting they aren’t going anywhere.

  330. 330 Sean Stott said at 10:13 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    LOL you don’t have to tell me that. I’m the guy who posts about the lines and spreads often.

  331. 331 RobNE said at 8:20 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    How is this legal?

  332. 332 SteveH said at 9:59 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    They are loads of fun in my opinion. Beats the hell out of yearly fantasy where your whole season can be ruined by 1 injury.

  333. 333 P_P_K said at 7:26 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    21st is very cool. Maybe it will work out even better in the future as Ertz is still not a well-known guy.

  334. 334 SteveH said at 9:56 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    They will adjust his price if he does well enough, and trust me people who play on there are not casual viewers generally, they know their fantasy shit. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost a small 3-5 person game because someone started some teams 4th string running back that they just knew was poised for a big game.

  335. 335 GEAGLE said at 6:22 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Rex Ryan, Geno Smith, Mike Vick, Marty Morningweigh…. They are like a KOTITE short of my personal nightmare… I wholeheartedly pitty Jets fans… Do Jet fans understand how screwed they are?

  336. 336 ACViking said at 7:07 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    “They are like a KOTITE short of my personal nightmare”

    Top shelf.

  337. 337 anon said at 7:55 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    what’s wrong with sexy rexy? you gotta put john idzick in that mix.

  338. 338 BC1968 said at 8:33 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Two AFC championships,very easily could’ve won one. Football is you’re great today, suck tomorrow sport.

  339. 339 BC1968 said at 7:13 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Wow interesting fact, from a Cowboys writer who rank these teams as basically identical so I wouldn’t wouldn’t tear up about the lack of respect from the fake media. The Eagles and Cowboys have combined to beat one team with a winning record each, Nothing to write home about, but you have to beat the teams ahead of you.

    edit: The combined record of the Cowboys’ and Eagles opponents is just 10-14 and 8-16 respectively

  340. 340 BC1968 said at 7:21 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Cowboys have Giants, Redskins, Cards @ Jags @ Giants before they play us…….We play @ Cards @Texans Panthers @Packers Titans…before we play them……Looks like fun when Thanksgiving comes around. Happy meal for anyone that can make that record prediction by the times the teams meet. Nadda lol

  341. 341 GEAGLE said at 8:24 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    NFL network just did a segment on “what if the playoffs started now?”
    Eagkes would be #1 seed with Homefield throughout
    cardinals would be #2 first round bye

    #3 Lions vs. Cowboys wildcard round

    #4 Panthers vs. Niners… Winner plays Eagles

  342. 342 anon said at 8:34 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Going to be interesting to see how we power through next 3-4 games.

  343. 343 GEAGLE said at 8:37 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    “Indeed” (in my best Omar “scar” Little voice)

  344. 344 NinjaP said at 9:11 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    If the cowboys special teams plays like it did against seattle, we score 3 tds on them.

  345. 345 SteveH said at 9:34 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    lol, which bimbo are you referring to? I happen to think most of the NFLN women are pretty good at their jobs.

  346. 346 MaggieMagpie said at 1:29 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Yes, many of the women on NFL Network are knowledgeable. It often goes unnoticed because they are half undressed, in skin tight outfits cut nearly to the crotch, while ALL of the males, knowledgeable or not, are dressed from collar bones to the floor. I don’t know if dress is a requirement of the job or not. I do know that most of the males they work with must have a hard time taking them very seriously as sports reporters/announcers. It saddens me that nothing ever changes.

  347. 347 SteveH said at 5:41 PM on October 15th, 2014:

    I don’t think its hard to take them seriously as reporters and announcers, and I’m willing to bet a lot of men feel the same way.

  348. 348 GermanEagle said at 9:36 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    What was the Eagles franchise record for sacks given up? Note to myself: the Eagles are on pace to give up 18.6 for the season.

  349. 349 BC1968 said at 9:52 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    Randal Cunningham of all people had the record in 86 with 104. That’s a league record by the way. But, if you check better I thought it was broken I’m going by memory because this was just after he replace Jaworski, who you would’ve think would’ve got the record from Lawrence Taylor alone lol…Taylor abused that man, it was a sad to watch, but epic at the same time.

    Edit: It was an Eagles two man effort…probably a combo of Jaws and Cunningham. If you remember Randal would come in on those 3rd down and long plays til they finally just said screw it you’re benched Jaws.

  350. 350 SteveH said at 10:02 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I think he might have meant fewest sacks rather than most… Also, 104 sacks?! Are you sure that’s accurate? That’s like, 7 sacks a game!

  351. 351 BC1968 said at 10:06 PM on October 14th, 2014:

    I swear it’s accurate…LOL..Not sure about fewest though

    Edit: Actually that question could go either way, but I only have the bad one. Figures.

  352. 352 GermanEagle said at 6:34 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    Yes that’s what I meant. Anybody has the answer, maybe AC?! I like to find out, especially since Jason Peters promised us this before the start of the season.

  353. 353 Tom33 said at 1:36 PM on October 15th, 2014:

    Not sure if it’s the record, but in 1981 they gave up 22 sacks in 16 games. In 1971 it was 26 in 14 games.

  354. 354 Mark F said at 7:17 AM on October 15th, 2014:

    As long as Huff keeps showing he can block, he should continue to get minutes.

  355. 355 Phyxius said at 1:24 PM on October 15th, 2014:

    It’s been 3 days since the Eagles have been 5-1 and I’m still thinking about Foles’ interception.

    Good lord, what the heck was he thinking? I don’t know how long I can continue to watch that hot garbage. :/