Taking Stock

Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 178 Comments »

For my weekend PE.com column, I took a look at some things we know about the Eagles at this point. We are only 6 games into the season, but I think you can make some accurate judgments at this point. I still think it is too early to know what the Eagles are from an overall standpoint. The OL injuries have made it tough to evaluate the offense. I’m not exactly sure why the defense has been inconsistent. Was the Giants game a turning point? Or just an anomaly?

We’ll see.

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Here is an extended SFX feature from NFL Films with Chip Kelly and Nick Foles mic’d up. Great stuff.

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An odd thought popped in my head. Kirk Cousins has lost his job in Washington to Colt McCoy. Would you trade Matt Barkley for Cousins?

Cousins has proven that he can have success in the NFL, but he has also shown that he can be an INT machine. Barkley remains a complete mystery since he’s never started a game and has only played in less than favorable situations.

I doubt the Skins are looking to deal Cousins right now. The thought about him vs Barkley just occurred to me while thinking about teams and their QB situations.

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Good news on the injury front.

Is that some good news or what?


178 Comments on “Taking Stock”

  1. 1 Daniel Norman Richwine said at 11:04 PM on October 20th, 2014:

    I know:
    In the new NFL no lead is safe
    Game plan matters more than ever.
    The Eagles are Versatile.
    The Eagles can beat any team.

  2. 2 teltschikfakeout88 said at 9:15 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    channeling your inner GEAGLE today????

  3. 3 daveH said at 11:28 PM on October 20th, 2014:

    YOU CANT BEND A Dude BACKWARDS and break his leg !! well then CALL SOMETHING on it. this guys a special dude right here – you refs piss me off!

    best ever & thanks a 100000 times phillyphanatic93

    I tiny url’d it for ease of ‘travel’ – does it work?


  4. 4 Anders said at 2:37 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    It works

  5. 5 Tumtum said at 1:19 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Sounded like “that pisses me off”, not “you refs”.

  6. 6 daveH said at 3:04 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    yep. the more I quoteth of he .. the less accurate I am / also was trying to save space .. ill get it down perfect word for word soon.
    I love it!
    I love his reasoning & the way he says the same thing to the ref 3 times!!

  7. 7 Steag209 said at 11:30 PM on October 20th, 2014:

    It would be a fantastic news day if we heard about Sproles’ status too

  8. 8 Insomniac said at 11:47 PM on October 20th, 2014:

    Sports science doing it’s work? Other than that..thank god.

  9. 9 Mitchell said at 12:11 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Bring on the Cardinals.

  10. 10 GENETiC-FREAK said at 12:56 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    What’s up with no Eagles ST players up for Pro Bowl vote??

  11. 11 EagleNebula said at 2:31 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Does it matter, Super Bowl teams can’t send players anyway…

  12. 12 P_P_K said at 5:10 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Great post!

  13. 13 Media Mike said at 5:12 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Being named to the team still counts for one’s career pro bowls made. We’re trying to get guys in the HOF!

  14. 14 Anders said at 5:39 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    The only 2 guys right now with any shot is Jason Peters and McCoy. Peters just need 2 more and he is almost 100% in and consider his rep, he will get in every year he is still playing and healthy.

    McCoy even with a slow start is most likely to get in next couple of years (a few big games in the next couple of weeks will make it 100% this year)

  15. 15 NinjaP said at 6:40 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Probowls don’t matter for HOF, All pros do though.

  16. 16 Anders said at 6:50 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Pro bowls and SB rings count for sure

  17. 17 NinjaP said at 9:09 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Not in the fan voting era. pro bowls dont mean dick, hell players skip them on purpose these days.

  18. 18 Anders said at 9:19 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    and even if they skip, it still counts toward their total.

  19. 19 daveH said at 5:09 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    hope we get ONE ring before the NFL is forced to play 2 hand touch or even shut the front door .. that’s the call by many, that 10 years from now its over ..too dangerous

  20. 20 GENETiC-FREAK said at 3:59 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    haha the obvious question does it matter

  21. 21 Anders said at 2:36 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Also no Sproles for RS consider he is one of the top PR’s right now.

    Also Maragos should be on that ballot

  22. 22 Mark Cooperberg said at 2:47 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Great news on the injury front!

    That was one of my favorite Eagles videos of all time. I felt like I got to see the “real” Chip and “real” Nick. Love the passion that Foles played with as well as the leadership. He always seems to say the right things at the press conferences, and this video provides some evidence that he truly does play for his teammates…

    Should be required viewing…especially for those that dislike Foles…

  23. 23 Media Mike said at 5:11 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    From the article by infantile Roob:

    “Kendricks has not practiced since getting hurt in the Colts game in Indianapolis on Sept. 15. At the time the injury was not believed to be serious, but he hasn’t practiced since.”

    The article doesn’t go on to explain why there was so much poor information and lies about the duration / extent of the injury to Kendricks. I’d really love to know who messed this up.

  24. 24 Anders said at 5:41 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Kendricks had calf spasm, an injury just like hamstring where you have no clue how long it really takes to get over. Its the same with cramps, once you got it, only massage and stretching next few days will help (spasm is just a very crappy version of cramps)

  25. 25 GEAGLE said at 8:23 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    3’down…Sproles to go, til we get back at full strength and start kicking some monkey ass!

  26. 26 GEAGLE said at 8:30 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Watched the Cardinals vs. raiders game last night. From what I saw, Arizona isn’t as good as they were last year. Their offense may be a tad bit better, but I don’t see a defense that was as good as last season… They let dereck Carr look too good, which rarely happens to a top defense..

    Carr had more success then I expect to see…the run defense was no where near as stout as I expected but they do get Caleus back this week I think..
    raiders even were able to run a ZR out of shotgun in the Redzone and run the ball in for a TD…

    cardinals pass rush is probably their weakness, especially with john Abraham career ending due to head injuries. Their LT, the kid from the raiders is playing really well. Other than that, it’s a suspect OL that our puppies should feast on…

    We all know what a different QB Carson is when you hit him, as opposed to let him set his feet in a clean pocket…front 7 needs to rough him up, corners need to be stout against big WRs that they did well against last year… Defense can win this game for us

    Who knows what our beastly ST has in store for them.
    Chip kelly with two weeks to self scout and prepare for pig face arians?mid take chip all day after a bye week

    Cardinals are a two point favorite..,.eagles win in the dessert

  27. 27 Avery Greene said at 9:44 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Really? Wow, so technically they are dogs in their own house.

  28. 28 GEAGLE said at 9:48 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Yeah, basically we are 1 point better then them in their house…since they get the automatic 3 points for being home

  29. 29 Anders said at 1:19 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    If the pass rush from last 3 games and the coverage for majority of the Rams game the whole Giants game show up. We will win and hold the Cards to like 13 points max

  30. 30 GEAGLE said at 4:31 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Honestly… I expect like a 10 point win THATS not as close as most people think… This arizona team doesn’t impress me much. Feel like we can shut that run game down and make them one dimensional…once we get teams to abandon the run, that’s when we start forcing turnovers… And if our offense is putting up points and pressuring the opposing offense to keep up, that’s when they start to try too hard, take chances, and the turnovers start landing in our lap..

    Our defense is good enough to match up with their offense.. But if our offense is scoring early and pressuring opponents to score, those will be the games we really see our defense at its best…
    I only really worry Bout teams that can win a nice share of the battles in the trenches.. They have 1 elite OL, the LT from the raiders who is playing real well….and Caleus Cambell might be back this week, not having Dockett and the LBs is a huge loss for them…
    Good corners, so we will need our TE’s again, and our run game this week…

    Guilty pleasure: dying to see 4 fingers go up and all 4 TEs in the game… Stick Celek and Burton on one side, ERTZ and Casey on the other side, 1 RB….and see how the defense tries to match up with that…

  31. 31 Dominik said at 8:35 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    While we’re talking about stocks, I really, really hate the Cowboys schedule


    Since they have a #2 schedule, it’s just luck, not the “they were 4th last year so they have an easy schedule” road. Obviously, the Seahawks game hurts, that’s a game that they just wasn’t supposed to win.

    But other than that, they had the 49ers (lost) and they just won all the games against bad opponents (Titans, Rams, @ home vs Saints, Texans; Giants are tough to evaluate). Thing is, you normally don’t win all of these games unless you’re a powerhouse.

    But I think we can agree that the schedule was pretty easy for them, besides 49ers and Seahawks. Thing is, it gets even easier. If we look ahead, where are they really the underdog?

    Redskins game with Colt McCoy as QB – will watch it, don’t know if I should.

    At home against the Cardinals is much easier than @ Arizona – but on the other hand, the Eagles get the Seahawks at home, which is also much easier than in Seattle.

    We already had the pleasure to play the Jags.

    Bye week

    Giants, who will be out of the picture by then (what a schedule – how does that happen when they were 3rd and the Cowboys 2nd?)


    @ Bears (I have a lot of respect for Trestman, but they play a bad season so far and it looks like they have problems in their locker room)

    @ Eagles

    Colts (who could be resting their starters by then – at least it seems possible at the moment)


    Are you kidding me? Where’s the challenge?

    Believe me, I hate to say this, I hate Jerry Jones as much as the next guy. But if there’s no major meltdown (and I simply don’t see a team that will hand it to them) I don’t see how the Eagles can win the East.

    Yeah, what if Romo gets hurt? Or Murray? Or Smith? Another thing Eagles fans like to bring up is Romo in December. But we always liked to laugh about the Cowboys not running the football and they finally do it.

    There’s a long way to go for sure, but I don’t feel good at all. @ Cardinals and @ Packers are two of the toughest games you can have.

  32. 32 CrackSammich said at 9:09 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    At this point, it’s looking like the only games that will decide the division are the two DAL vs PHI games. Exactly like it should be.

  33. 33 Dominik said at 9:23 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Idk, mate. I expect us to lose in Green Bay and in Arizona. We can’t expect to simply beat the rest of the opponents (remember there are a lot of away games left, we already have 4 home games out of 6). I don’t know if we’ll even come to the point in the second Dallas game being the decider. First one yes, by the second one (if the Cowboys win at home and if we lose against Seattle, and those things can happen…) the Division crown could be out of reach.

    Good thing is, we should have solid chances for the wildcard even if we can’t win the division. We did our homework so far, we have to win 5 out of the last 10 to get to 10 wins. And we play the Redskins, Giants, Titans. Panthers and Texans are far from unbeatable. So even if we lose all the toss ups (@ Cards and Packers, both against Dallas [god forbid] and against the Seahawks), we have a solid chance of getting to 10 wins. 10 wins don’t always, but should get you into the playoffs.

  34. 34 GEAGLE said at 9:25 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Not losing this week

  35. 35 Dominik said at 9:41 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I read your post, you’re not thrilled of their Run D. But statistically, it’s the best in the NFL. And we all know how our Offense looks like if we don’t get our running game going. It’s probably the only weakness in Chips scheme, if you can even call it a weakness (show me an offense that’s great with 2 YPC out of their running game and I tip my hat to them).

    They only allowed one team to score more than 20 points – and that’s the Broncos. If you’re playing the Broncos between September and November, it’s as close to impossible to keep the Broncos under 20 as there is impossible in the NFL.

    You made one good point: Palmer isn’t the solid pocket passer he is if he feels constant pressure. We showed in three games we can deliver that. I don’t think they will win a shoot out. But I don’t think there will be a shoot out. Best chance we have is ST. But we probably will be without Sproles and that’s a HUGE blow for our punt return game. And I don’t think we’ll go all in on a blocked punt if you have Maclin back there, who needs all the help he can get returning punts.

    One final point: they are simply great at home.

  36. 36 Avery Greene said at 9:44 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I think this game is going to depend on our defense. The Cardinals have only turned the ball over 3 times this season, and no INTs. If our defense can force some turnovers, and special teams comes up with a play – I think we can win this game. Our defense is opportunistic and might be able to force Palmer into a couple bad throws.
    TLDR: If we force them into mistakes, something they don’t do much, we can win this game. -> though this sounds like a recipe to win every game. 🙂

  37. 37 GEAGLE said at 9:53 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    While it is a recipe to win every game.. Certain QBs really lose their minds when you hit them… Carson is on Eli’s level where he won’t throw the ball away. You don’t even want to sack guys like eli and Carson…you rather pressure them and force them to Rush throws, because that’s when they turn the INT faucet on!..

    Carson always unravels when he gets beat up… Imagine how Carson just getting over nerve damage will unravel when we start blasting him

  38. 38 GEAGLE said at 9:48 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Not losing this game!

  39. 39 Dominik said at 9:54 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Lol. I think you made your point clear. 😉

    Don’t get me wrong, I take it, I will freak out in front of my TV if that happens. But I have a ton of respect for the Cardinals. Only game I fear more is @ Lambeau.

  40. 40 Michael Winter Cho said at 11:29 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    My man Geagles has been kind of quiet lately, I wondered what was going on.

  41. 41 CrackSammich said at 9:58 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    You can’t expect the Cowboys to win all of their games, either. Good teams, if that’s what we’re calling the Cowboys now, lose to crappy teams all the time, and they’re just an injury or two away from a world of hurt. If they lose one of their interior lineman, the wheels are falling right off.

  42. 42 Dominik said at 10:12 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    If we lose Jason Peters, our wheels will fall off, too. That’s how it is in the NFL. We lost some very important players already, which makes the 5-1 record even more impressive (despite all the problems). Dallas hasn’t (during the season). But that doesn’t mean that there will be major injuries for them or there won’t be anymore to us.

    My point in the beginning was that you couldn’t expect the Cowboys to win all but one game until this point in the season. They did it nonetheless. That’s the scary part, imho.

  43. 43 Gary Barnes said at 9:23 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’m confident the Cowboys will fold as usual in Nov/Dec, but I think playing the “easy schedule” card for any team is silly. Who have we beaten? Jags, Rams, Redskins, Giants and Colts. Only the Colts could be considered a good team on par with the Cowboys beating the Seahawks. Both teams lost to the 49ers. The teams can only play who they have on their schedule; if we are the real deal then we’ll be standing on top at the end of the season with the division crown. If not, we’ll need to get into the playoffs however we can and make a run.

  44. 44 Dominik said at 9:45 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    “Who have we beaten? Jags, Rams, Redskins, Giants and Colts. Only the Colts could be considered a good team on par with the Cowboys beating the Seahawks. Both teams lost to the 49ers. The teams can only play who they have on their schedule”

    My point wasn’t the easy schedule until week 7. My point is the schedule ahead. We have two monster games @ Cards and @ Packers. The Cowboys have nothing. They play the Cardinals in Week 9, but the Cardinals are a different team on the road.

  45. 45 Avery Greene said at 9:48 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Still have to beat Panthers and Houston, and Houston might have Clowney back for that game. Only worry about AZ right now, we’ll worry about Houston next week. One team a week so we don’t go crazy.

  46. 46 Dominik said at 9:52 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Of course you don’t win against the Panthers and Texans without playing hard. Imho, those are very critical games, in fact. You simply have to beat the Redskins and Giants at the end of the season (they will be out of the playoff race by then, if they’re even still in it), you have to beat the Titans at home, if you want to go into the playoffs.

    Panthers and Texans are the games that would get us to 10 wins in the season, even if we lose all the toss up games.

  47. 47 Avery Greene said at 9:57 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’m hoping that we could be 12-2 or 11-3 at that point, only needing one game to wrap the division and get a bye. Kelce might be back for the Houston game and that will help w/Watt/Clowney. Take care of business this week and they really could come close to getting that record. One game at a time as we get healthier and start playing really good ball in 2 to 3 weeks.

  48. 48 Gary Barnes said at 9:57 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    So what? The schedule is what it is, nothing can change it and using it as an excuse is silly IMO. Every team has hard and easy games on their schedules. Again, if the Eagles are the real deal they will be fine and get the wins they need to advance. If the Cowboys make it too, great..I’d love the chance to smack them in the mouth and knock them out of the playoffs. The Cowboys have a good team and are playing well…it is ok to admit that, playing the “easy schedule” card to say it was just luck is off-base.

  49. 49 Dominik said at 10:08 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I don’t know what you’re reading into my posts, mate. I made it clear that I think that the Cowboys have a good team – that’s why I’m so nervous about who could stop them.

    They get a good roll on their dice concerning the schedule. But it happens, we had a good roll so far, too.

  50. 50 GEAGLE said at 9:24 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Eagles will run the table and go undefeated in the NFC east this year.
    Also, just because the cowboys have easy opponents on paper, games DONT always play out on paper,,, also TIL this point they have been able to mask all their weaknesses.. The run game is masking the week pass blocking of two of their 5 OL..run game is only asking Romo to throw 20-25 passes… Run game is making their defense look improved, when in reality, defense puts up the same percentages as last year, only difference from this year and last year is the defense has been on the field significantly less then next season..
    I get that on paper they look like world beaters against that weak schdule, but soon teams are going to expose their weaknesses.

    I’m convinced we beat them twice, and I don’t care much about their week schedule because I expect us to take care of our own business, so at they do, is significant… They will be the team fighting for a wild card birth, not us!

  51. 51 Dominik said at 9:48 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Their whole team lifes and breathes through the run game. If that’s there, they control the clock and Romo can play action his throws to his good weapons.

    Their D is (imho) still weak, but they do a masterful job of controlling the clock. Like Rivers does it since last season. I hate to say it, but they have a good recipe in Dallas at the moment.

  52. 52 RobNE said at 9:53 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    teams go up and down thru out the year. Bengals were good, now they stink? somewhere in between?

    you just can’t look at a schedule of lots of games and say well, this is what will happen then it comes down to the two games we play each other. If you can do that, stop commenting here, go to Vegas, become rich.

    as Coughlin said about the Eagles, the Cowboys are not the 85′ Bears.

    let’s just win the day, then worry about the next day.

  53. 53 Dominik said at 10:02 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    As far as the Eagles are concerned, I at least try to think game for game. But with the Cowboys, I don’t see it.

    When I look at our games against the Texans and the Panthers, I think: well, I think we’ll win them, but it could easily go the other way. I don’t see that for the Cowboys.

    The Redskins will start freaking Colt McCoy. The Jags got their first win, but they are far, far, far away from being competitive.

    Giants will be, best case, 4-6 when they travel to the, best case, 8-2 Cowboys after they had their Bye.

    Of course, on any given sunday and all of that stuff, but from a probability standpoint, I just really hate their schedule.

  54. 54 RobNE said at 10:14 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I hear you and the schedules may slightly favor them, but I think it’s less than you think. The Bears are a tricky team (they can play well), the Colts are on fire right now and will likely not have a bye wrapped up with 2 weeks left, the Cardinals are good. And the Eagles, oh my!

    And they could drop a game to the Giants or Redskins etc. It’s so early.

  55. 55 xeynon said at 11:45 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    As Howard Eskin would say, if you’re scared, get a dog.

    The Cowboys’ success to this point has been based on smoke-and-mirrors defense, Tony Romo playing turnover free football, and giving DeMarco Murray 35 carries a game. History suggests not one of those things is sustainable over a 16 game season.

  56. 56 Andy Six Score and Four said at 12:27 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    If Howard Eskin said it, I disagree.

  57. 57 Dominik said at 12:57 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    We’ll see if it’s sustainable. Other than the Cardinals, and they are a different team on the road, I don’t see a team who can stop their running game anytime soon. If you don’t stop their running game, they will win. Simple as that. Their Defense is rarely on the field and the play action game is deadly.

  58. 58 Michael Winter Cho said at 11:25 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    The Eagles are 5-1 playing an easy schedule and have one of the hardest remaining schedules. The ‘Boys are 6-1 playing a hard schedule and have an easy remaining schedule. The takehome is that to win the division will require the Eagles getting better on offense. Getting back the OL will help, so it should be a fun finish. We shouldn’t hope that the Dallas depth is tested by injuries, but it wouldn’t hurt the cause.

  59. 59 Dominik said at 12:55 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Hard schedule for the Cowboys so far? I don’t think so.

    It’s maybe wrong to judge a schedule when it comes out, but you can look at it in retrospect. The Cowboys are playing really good football, but they got a few lucky rolls of their dice. It happens all the time, doesn’t mean you don’t have to respect them.

    They had two tough games – San Fran and @ Seattle. They lost one and won the other, just like we did (win @ Colts, lost @ San Fran).

  60. 60 Michael Winter Cho said at 1:21 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    My bad, you are right. Although damn, I don’t get the Colts love.

    Still, see: “We still have Dallas as a very probable playoff team, of course. It’s tough to blow a 5-1 record, although it is easier to screw up when one of your division rivals is also 5-1. Although the Eagles are slightly higher than the Cowboys in DAVE, the Cowboys have an easier remaining schedule, so we have the Cowboys making the playoffs in 78.3 percent of simulations and the Eagles in 72.4 percent of simulations.”

    This from last week at footballoutsiders.

  61. 61 Dominik said at 1:35 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    “Although damn, I don’t get the Colts love.”

    Didn’t got it, too. But look at their last opponents: Ravens, Texans, Bengals. Texans are not elite, but it was a division showdown, it’s always something special – the Bengals and the Ravens are top teams in the AFC. And they just destroyed the Bengals.

    Their two losses: against the Broncos and against us in a very, very close game. I didn’t buy the hype when they destroyed the Jags and the Titans, because there’s nothing special to it if you consider yourself a playoff team. But right now, I think they are a good team, potentially very good.

  62. 62 GermanEagle said at 1:11 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I hear you Bruder. This is what I have been pointing out for days but people still deny to take the Cowboys for serious.
    Plus I am tired of hearing the endless repeating ‘what if’s’ that just don’t seem to apply to the Cowgirls this season.
    It would be a real shock/shame when not having at least one home game in the p/o’s after finishing the season at 12-4…

  63. 63 Anders said at 1:17 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    At worst I think we split with the Boys and we cant really focus on their schedule. If the team just take care of business, then there is no need to worry about the Cowboys.

  64. 64 Dominik said at 1:30 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I hear you, too, Bruder (never used that combination of English and German in my life :D).

    The ‘what ifs’ are what’s bugging me, too. Yeah, Dallas D still gives up a lot of yards per play, which seems to indicate that their D isn’t good, but just not on the field long enough to do enough damage to lose games for them.

    But it’s not like it’s that easy to stop their running game. They are good at it and they are good out of play action. Obviously a totally different tempo, but in that aspect, they are comparable to us last year.

    And of course they will have problems if Murray or Romo is injured. But it’s not like when don’t have problems without Mathis and Kelce and it’s not like the Packers would win many games without Rodgers. If you’re key players are injured, you will always have problems in the NFL. You just can’t assume they will get injured.

  65. 65 b3nz0z said at 9:03 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    i didn’t think the mic’ed up segment was gonna be worth my time, but i was wrong. hearing foles bitch out the ref about sproles, and chip hoping for the shut out and pushing tempo, that was awesome

  66. 66 Gary Barnes said at 9:15 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Good article, Tommy, and great news on getting our injured guys back soon

    I still disagree McCoy’s struggles can all be blamed on the OL…McCoy played a part in it too with his tendency to hesistate, dance, cut back, bounce outside and try to make 40 yd runs instead of taking what the D gave him and running the play as designed.

    In the Giants game McCoy definitely was running more straight ahead and, on broken plays, lunged ahead to get the 2-4 yds he could get instead of dancing and/or cutting back. I do not think that is a coincidence – clearly someone told him to be decisive running north/south, hit the hole harder, take what he can get and forget about the home run. It worked.

    Having Foles line up under center and allowing McCoy to get more of a running start also helped him hit the holes harder and reach the second level faster.

  67. 67 anon said at 9:20 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    hard to tell which side mccoy will run to.

  68. 68 Dominik said at 9:31 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    “In the Giants game McCoy definitely was running more straight ahead and on broken plays, lunged ahead to get the 2-4 yds he could get instead of dancing and/or cutting back.”

    It still is and will be a chicken or egg discussion. McCoy couldn’t trust his O-Line before the Rams game. They played really bad in the running game. McCoy learned to trust his guys a little bit against the Rams and then exploded against the Giants. And never forget RBs need rythm, too. Just like QBs.

    During the darkest hour of our O-Line, Foles felt pressure even if there was no pressure. But that’s not just on Foles, look at the 10 year Veteran Eli, he was there against us, too. If you have no rythm as a QB, you will look bad even if you have a clean pocket.

    Same thing for Shady. Even though he will never admit it, I’m pretty sure he thought before every running play: I won’t get anything out of this, because there is simply no push in front of me. He doesn’t think this way anymore because the Line showed that they can deliver a push.

  69. 69 Gary Barnes said at 10:03 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’m just saying it is a shared responsibility between the OL and RB to have an effective run game and that the blame does not all lie at the feet of the OL. I understand the pyschology of the RB who dos not trust their OL blocks, but McCoy cannot let that sidetrack him; he has got to be decisive, hit the holes hard and stop running scared. He did that vs the Giants and, combined with the better blocking, the run game worked well. It takes both parts.

  70. 70 Ark87 said at 9:39 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’ve been a bit hard on McCoy for the dancing and abandoning the point of attack to race to the sideline. I agree in the Giants game he was getting the yards that are there much better. But there was one play where he busted it outside, and was racing a linebacker and looking at a 2 yard loss, and I was already doing my lecture at the TV and he managed to get around the corner for a very nice gain. He’s always going to be that guy where he’s going to have habits that drive you nuts and bite us in the ass, but sometimes those bad habits pay big dividends. I guess it just comes down to if he’s “on” or not, or maybe luck, who knows.

    He is the all time leader for me screaming “nonononono-YES YES YES!” at my TV.

  71. 71 Gary Barnes said at 10:07 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    You’re dead right and there is a delicate balance in curtailing his improvisation skills which are all-world and making him run the play as designed. He and Chip have to constantly identify that balance which is not easy, but I trust both of them to get it right like they did vs the Giants. With Sproles out, it is going to be even more important that McCoy get the yards he can and keep the chains moving.

  72. 72 GEAGLE said at 9:34 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    No idea why anyone would want to trade for Cousins. I wouldn’t even trade GJ Kinney for him, let alone Barkley…. pointkess lateral move. So I would rather keep developing Barkley than have to start over with cousin..

  73. 73 jcwhy said at 9:36 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    dont let the washington (admirals) get any intel from Barkley just keep him.

  74. 74 GEAGLE said at 9:46 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    True that!

    Lol I love the Redskins.. We smacked them around twice last year, we felt bad for them, so we gave them our best WR to try and make things more fair and they still suck!! LOL!!!!

  75. 75 Ark87 said at 9:57 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    It’s become a bit of a sport in its on right, where you look at pretty much every offensive player in the league and wonder what Chip could do with that player. I think some see Cousins as a young, well rounded athlete, some of the mental pieces, and a bit of a int problem which is not uncommon among young QB’s who’ve put out some film. I’m not much interested in any trade myself though.

  76. 76 sprawl said at 10:49 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Are we still in the ‘developing Barkley’ phase of his career?

    Is Barkley ready to take Mark Sanchez’s backup spot next year when we get a 3rd QB in the draft for development?

    I wish I knew…

  77. 77 GEAGLE said at 10:51 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Yes….,year two is still,too soon to pull plug on developing QB… Heck, we are,going to have to let FOles start for another year and a half before we get to see the QB FOles matures into..

  78. 78 Anders said at 1:16 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I put Barkley perfectly in the back up QB category. He should be good enough to not lose us a game, but he cant win us any games.

  79. 79 GEAGLE said at 9:44 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Niners, Seatte, Falcons… What do they all have in common besides recent struggles?…… Injuries to their center that either force them out the game or in Seattles case, force Ungar to play injured…. Injury to your center is one of the hardest injuries to overcome… For us to lose the best center in football and hold the fort down with a inexperienced Undrafted scab Molk, is truly a testament to the coaches, chips system getting the backups ready, and an Eaglea team with an Indomnable spirit THATS learning to perservere thru anything….

    Compound losing your center by the backüp center having to play next to youñg Molk n Gardner making their first start,…and it’s absurd that this city has been down on this eaglea team…. Instead of bitching about not blowing everyone out 50-7… Not many teams can suffer the type of injuries we have and perserver to a 5-1 record, inches away from 6-0
    Eagkes don’t look as great as last year so far, but IMO this year has been much more impressive then being dominant last year with a completely healthy roster. We are learning to be mentally tough, stick together and overcome any and all adversity, and find a way to win….which is all that matters in this league

  80. 80 Avery Greene said at 9:53 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Our defense is way better than last year too – and special teams. This team is more complete than last year.

  81. 81 GEAGLE said at 10:41 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Absolutely… If we look back at last season, this was around the time when it started to click for us, and we went on a two month stampede to finish the season… Coincidence that we,destroyed the Giants the same exact time we started to get hot last year?

    And so far. Starting this year 5-1 compared to last year is a major improvement… So if you take the Eagles last year up to mid Ocober compared with this years september to mid October Eagles, this years Eagles are way better than last year.
    Now if you want to Conpare how we played in December last year to how we played in September this year, then last years team was better…..but we had a much better SEPTEMBER/October then last season…if it clicks now for us and we start to get hot like last year, combines with getting our guys back, we should be better then we were last year in November and December when we were the hottest team in football….so far we have followed the script to a T… If this holds true and we are better in November/December then we were last year, then we will be scary and without a doubt be respected as one of the best teams in the NFL
    Just wait TIL people see how great this defense starts to look in November/December…just watch how flea and them dfense look with mathis and KELCE back….. Going to be a big year for philly!

  82. 82 Avery Greene said at 10:44 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    It’s a give and take proposition. Our offense will be a lot better, which in turn will make the defense play better. I’m feeling this late season run. If we can beat AZ, then Houston, we would have done it with injuries that cripple most teams. I like being under the radar, but when we beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving we won’t be able to do it anymore.

  83. 83 Avery Greene said at 10:44 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    That is fly under the radar, but they will still be playing really well.

  84. 84 GEAGLE said at 10:48 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Totally agree… I can’t stand hearing be idiots over rate the Cowboys, but I Do love flying under the radar… Enjoy it while it last because our OL and DL are going to destroy dallas in the trenches on thanksgiving…and everyone knows, win in the trenches, and you most likely win the game!

    Our DL is way more equipped to handle their OL,and our OL will dominate the dallas defensive line if we play them with our starting OL

  85. 85 mtn_green said at 12:51 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I think the schedule dictated last year that there would be a rough start and strong finish. This year there are three games in remaining ten that are difficult (AZ, GB, sea) and always some divisional games that are randomly difficult.

    Teams change though, get injured players back, injure new ones.
    Almost guarantee that if eagles beat cowboys twice they’re in playoffs.

  86. 86 mtn_green said at 10:40 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Agree. Missing a center especially on eagles style if offense is huge. I’m ready to send coach stoutland to probowl.

    Also see eagles drafting OL depth early next year, if draft lays out right. Unfortunately teams at the moment are over drafting OL. Never thought I’d say that.

  87. 87 GEAGLE said at 10:45 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    If we pick at the end of round 1 we can just take Oregons Hroniss Grasu who chip recruited. Cemter with the freak athleticism that can compare to KELCE, and can easily play guard if we are fortunate and KELCE stays healthy… Eliminate all projections.. Draft the elite OL prospect chip knows, so we don’t have to project how the OL will transition to our high tempo offense, because he has been groomed in that tempo at Oregon… Pencil Hroniss in to replace Herremans eventually, and slide over to Center of KELCE ever gets hurt…

    Take the OL and Kendricks brother ILB early….

  88. 88 mtn_green said at 11:31 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Idk who. Picking at 32 will be tough.

  89. 89 Bert's Bells said at 12:08 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Picking a center in round 1 is a real Jerry Jones move. If he projects as a starting guard, absolutely. A swing interior lineman -we’ve seen you can find serviceable guys on the trash heap.

  90. 90 GEAGLE said at 4:21 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    He can have a long career as a guard.. We would be drafting a Center to start at Guard his entire career, and only slide in at center if KELCE gets hurt

  91. 91 Bert's Bells said at 5:05 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Rather have a backup who can step in at center instead of shuffling a guard.

    It’s very unlikely to win regularly when you’ve got two guys out of position on the line. Just shows how well run the Eagles are that they’ve more than held their own during this stretch.

  92. 92 jpate said at 11:52 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Also see Browns dominant run game got shut down by the jaguars after loosing mack.

  93. 93 GEAGLE said at 4:20 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    True That!

  94. 94 GEAGLE said at 10:26 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Skip BYless is on TV shouting about how this year Romo is better then Aaron Rogers, Peyton, Rivers and BRADY… This dude has Romo 1st in the league.. The same romo they are trying to hide and let pass as little as possible is now the best QB in the NFL..
    A OL that two of its 5 players are horrible in pass protection is now the best OL in the NFL

    A joke of a defense, that’s behind hidden and kept off the field is now a drastically improved top defense… The same defense that doesn’t have a single defensive lineman who can beat any of our 5 offensive lineman in an individual 60 minute battle is the best in the NFL?
    To let these dallas blowhards in on a little secret… You better Be able to win your fair share of battles in the trenches when you play against the Philadelphian eagles. AND the Cowboys aren’t equipped to handle us in the trenches…

    Name cowboys who can best one of these eagles for 60 minutes?
    1)’Jason Peters? He will destroy rookie Demarcus lawrence
    2) Mathis… What Dallas DL can beat the best guard in the game?

  95. 95 jpate said at 11:49 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    We struggled against the cowboys last year. Even though we beat them last game their horrible defense actually slowed us down and I don’t think that sits well with Chip at all. I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeve. Just look at Giants last year they were the only team to stop our run game and this year we REVITALIZED our run game against them.

  96. 96 mtn_green said at 11:14 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    This I agree with. It’s like he saves his new ass spanking paddle for those that posses him off last year.

  97. 97 76mustang said at 11:59 AM on October 21st, 2014:

    Skip Bayless is a turd with lungs.

  98. 98 EagleNebula said at 12:38 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    his goal is controversy regardless of truth because:

    ratings/people talking about him = advertising revenue.

    Maybe if we ignore him long enough he will go away.

  99. 99 Mac said at 2:50 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    a few years ago i found him entertaining. haven’t tuned in since about 2010 though.

  100. 100 Javi Echie said at 2:21 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Geags we’re missing these great rants of yours at birds247. You are spot on with your comment. The hell ‘Allas they are equipped to beat us when it matters

  101. 101 GEAGLE said at 4:19 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I pop in every now and then but that comment section has turned into trash, with clueless idiots like Token. It’s amazing to me how bad that comment section has become
    Hope u r enjoying the season bud

  102. 102 Ben Hert said at 12:14 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Chip just said everyone is full go for practice except Brad Smith and Evan Mathis, who will be back tomorrow. I’m not expecting Kelce to play on Sunday, but that is still phenomenal news. Very impressive.

  103. 103 Ben Hert said at 12:15 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    He’s also come out of the gate guns a-blazing at stupid media questions. So much fun to watch.

  104. 104 EagleNebula said at 12:35 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Mathis being back tomorrow is also fantastic, he should be back to form by the time he is allowed to play.

  105. 105 Anders said at 12:45 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Its super important that he has 3 weeks to get back into shape

  106. 106 GEAGLE said at 5:22 PM on October 21st, 2014:


  107. 107 Anders said at 12:26 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Coach Kelly: We still have things from the Giants game that we can improve upon. We played well, but not a complete game. #FlyEaglesFly— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) 21. oktober 2014


  108. 108 Tumtum said at 1:17 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    No word on Sproles. That sucks. The rest is very good to hear.
    That sound FX was great.

    Cousins lacks vision. Will he ever get it? Hard to know. I would rather stick with a guy who we can’t point to any flaws as a certainty.

  109. 109 Anders said at 1:29 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Kelce, Sproles, Kendricks practicing fully today. /faints— Robert Murray (@IgglesCoverage) 21. oktober 2014

    I do think he means Mathis and not Kelce

  110. 110 Anders said at 1:30 PM on October 21st, 2014:


    Seems it was actually Kelce.

  111. 111 Avery Greene said at 1:40 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I 2nd this.


  112. 112 GEAGLE said at 5:21 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Yeah KELCE practiced today, mathis joins them tomorrow

  113. 113 ACViking said at 1:31 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Re: Sproles Update (from PFT.com)

    “According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles got center Jason Kelce, running back Darren Sproles and linebacker Mychal Kendricks back on the practice field today.”

  114. 114 Anders said at 1:33 PM on October 21st, 2014:


    Polk was also back after his hamstring against the Giants

  115. 115 Bert's Bells said at 1:48 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    So many upvotes for this post!

  116. 116 GermanEagle said at 3:30 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    While Kelce is a Looooongshot for this Sunday, Darren Sproles even openly admitted that his knee feels fine and expects to play against the Cards.
    I know you should always take player’s comments with a grain of salt, but that’s really encouraging to hear.

  117. 117 Mitchell said at 2:21 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Do we not know if Kendricks will play for sure or not this week?

  118. 118 b3nz0z said at 2:53 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    we don’t know for sure yet but he practiced

  119. 119 Anders said at 2:53 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    He trained fully, so the guess is yes

  120. 120 GEAGLE said at 4:42 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Li expect him to, but I don’t know for certain

  121. 121 GermanEagle said at 4:49 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Barring any setbacks/precautions, I would say ‘Yes’. The same applies to Sproles as well.

  122. 122 Anders said at 3:06 PM on October 21st, 2014:


    Jordan Matthews or Maclin might be able to get good gains against the Hawks if this problem persists.

  123. 123 Anders said at 3:08 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    OMG just realized Kurt Coleman was the guy who sealed the win for the Chiefs against Chargers

  124. 124 GermanEagle said at 3:26 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Am happy for him. Similar to Tommy, I’ve always like Kurt.

  125. 125 Anders said at 3:53 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    If you put Kurt’s brain in Nate’s body, you would have the perfect safety

  126. 126 Insomniac said at 8:12 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Put Colemans brain into Wolffs body then we’re talking.

  127. 127 Anders said at 5:09 AM on October 22nd, 2014:

    Allen is actually a very good athlete (or at least was before his injury), his brain is just too slow.

  128. 128 Insomniac said at 6:25 AM on October 22nd, 2014:

    Allen is kinda more injury prone though.

  129. 129 Avery Greene said at 3:12 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Some of us got some really good news. I checked the games on Sunday in my area and the Eagles are showing @4. This means I can watch 4 games, including the Eagles, without having to leave my house. Friday I’ll buy the beer and the pork – put the pork in the oven Sat late afternoon, at 9AM pull the pork, and it’s football all day.

  130. 130 Anders said at 3:13 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I hate everything else than 1 pm games, because it means I cant watch em (4 PM games start when I go to sleep)

  131. 131 Avery Greene said at 3:18 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’m sorry, but at least you get the early game this week. The London game will be 4 hours before the last game.

  132. 132 GermanEagle said at 3:28 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Lightweight.. 😉

  133. 133 Anders said at 3:53 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Not all of us can move to the US 😛

  134. 134 GermanEagle said at 4:47 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Mate, I’ve had a life in Europe before. Getting up at 3am to watch the Eagles on Monday Night was the standard. 😉

  135. 135 GEAGLE said at 5:31 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I know all about Sunday night games in Europe ending at 6am, leave the pub, and be into work by 8am…
    Def don’t miss being an Eagles fan in Italy

  136. 136 EagleNebula said at 3:30 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    You are lucky, I just checked my listings and it looks like fox is showing the Bears-Patriots game over the birds for me (Southern California). I really wish there was a way to subscribe for HD live streaming for a single team…

  137. 137 botto said at 4:02 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    its very easy to watch all eagles game wherever you are.
    I live in Hawaii and have never missed a game.
    on the interent they stream live for free.

  138. 138 Anders said at 4:05 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    the quality is shit, but if you are willing to pay. Get game pass (just need to change to a European IP)

  139. 139 botto said at 4:06 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    its basically hd when I watch it. great quality. and I would take crap quality over not watching anyway.

  140. 140 EagleNebula said at 4:07 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Every feed I have found for free has been utter crap. Either over run with spam, full of static, or freezes at key moments. And I have yet to see a live feed for sale with a US IP. I do tolerate it if I can’t make it out of the house to a bar to watch.

    **EDIT: What website do you use? Maybe I just am looking in the wrong place

  141. 141 botto said at 4:08 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    on the one I use, you do have to close out some spam screens only at the beginning then its perfect the rest of the game no problems.

  142. 142 Anders said at 4:16 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I use


    For college football (I have NFL Game pass for the NFL)

  143. 143 76mustang said at 4:50 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    wiziwig for the feed(s)
    adblock to eliminate the ads
    hola if you want/need to use a euro ip address

  144. 144 botto said at 4:07 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I think its firstrowsports.eu or something like that.
    I watch every game free.

  145. 145 Anders said at 4:13 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    This is 100% the best site:


    firstrowsports and other sites just steal the streams from that site

  146. 146 botto said at 4:14 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    oh cool good to know.
    I like having a back up or another option.
    I couldn’t deal with not watching the games.

  147. 147 EagleNebula said at 4:30 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Thank you both, I needed new options. There were a few games where the video would freeze during a play, then resume for the huddle. Thankfully, I was able to get out of the house the last few games so it wasn’t an issue.

  148. 148 Pennguino said at 6:12 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Costco offers a $200 Costco card for signing up with Directv. I had Hawaiiantel. Dropped thier TV subscription, kept the interwebs and went with Directv for the Sunday Package. Saving me about 30 bucks a month. Next year when Directv goes up it will be about even. So $30 a month plus the 200 from Cosco is 560 savings the first year for me. Pays for Sunday Ticket next year even with the rate hike after the one year mark

  149. 149 EagleNebula said at 4:13 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I should just find some way to log into foxsportsgo from a PA account. That would solve the problem.

  150. 150 Matt said at 5:07 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    This is actually possible with a jailbroken iPad. Don’t know all the details but my friend did this and bought an “IPad to HDMI” cable and we have full HD live streams whenever they play. If you have an IPad and are technologically advanced you might be able to figure it out. You basically just trick foxsportsgo into thinking you’re from the Philly area. It’s a beautiful beautiful thing.

  151. 151 Avery Greene said at 5:10 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’m hoping that Google gets it this year (or Apple). They were in talks last year since DirecTV’s contract is up this year. No one wants DT’s crappy service and it would be nice to get an HD stream of either your team or any game.

  152. 152 RobNE said at 5:23 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Direct tv already renewed the contract

  153. 153 Avery Greene said at 5:23 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Sigh. That means AT&T will own them. Didn’t want that to happen.

  154. 154 MaggieMagpie said at 7:12 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’ve seen ads promoting streaming for one team right from the NFL. Try NFL.com to check for sure.

  155. 155 EagleNebula said at 11:22 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    The NFL only stream thursday night games live and those are usually through very specific conditions – for instance you can stream to your phone if you have verizon. The way they have set up the TV rights is fairly archaic and DirectTV controls the out of market content pretty strictly in order to capitalize on their contract. Hell, even the online radio gets cut. At the same time, Fox and CBS have started streaming their games live, but you have to sign on and watch the in market game. I was thinking about testing to see if I could log onto my parents account on the east coast but I was having trouble explaining to my mother that I needed her user name and not router name.

    I don’t want to sound like I am whining, I just think the whole system is out of date with current technology and viewing trends. Considering how transient our society has become, team affiliations are no longer as geographical as they once were.

  156. 156 mtn_green said at 10:57 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    NFL game rewind and watch it at nine pacific or 12 eastern.

  157. 157 EagleNebula said at 11:18 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    No way I could wait to watch the game. I probably will either watch online and try one of the other suggested sites or go to a bar… I am just being cheap and lazy in not wanting to go out.

  158. 158 Ramiroquaaii said at 4:13 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    are as good news that leave me with a little doubt whether they are actually recovered haha

  159. 159 EagleNebula said at 5:04 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    so who gets cut to make room for Mathis?

  160. 160 Bert's Bells said at 5:07 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I’m guessing Vandervelde.

  161. 161 GEAGLE said at 5:20 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    MIcheal SAM was cut from dallas practice squad… Is this the end of th road for the first quasi NFL player to come out the closet? All those months of micheal SAM headlines for a kid who might not see november as an NFL player…smh all because he was attracted to dudes? Crazy what passes as news these days

  162. 162 EagleNebula said at 5:33 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    given the amount of discrimination against homosexuality that is considered acceptable by a sizable segment of the population, it is newsworthy. It isn’t about his sexuality, but about the way people are treated because of their sexuality. Unfortunately, he is not a talented enough player to live up to the publicity.

  163. 163 GEAGLE said at 5:53 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    That’s my beef… He was never talented enough to make a real difference. It was obvious that it would end this way, so that insane amount of coverage was pointless…

    We won’t ever know, but I wonder what effect Micheal SAM has on the gay NFL prospects that follow SAM. How will they play their hand?
    Announce it before the draft so the world can hear it from you instead of someone outing you the way SAM did around the time of the combine?

    Will a player try to stay in the closet for his entire pro career?

    Or will a player let the draft process unfold, focus on making the team, and if he makes the team, maybe play out his rookie year in the closets and once he reaches a comfort level with team mates and coaches, then out himself?

    No one should have to live their lives every day trying to hide a secret of that magnitude and be afraid to be who they are..hopefully SAM has helped in this regaurd, but if 5 years go by, and we don’t hear about any gay draft prospects/NFL players, then SAM clearly hasn’t helped society take a few steps forward and improve

  164. 164 anon said at 6:33 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Used to be that people waited until they made it. But he was basically out already so it would have come out.

    You know i don’t think that’s not talented enough to make an NFL roster, but if you aren’t playing ST and you’re not a star it’s going to be hard for you to see the field. He’s not the first guy to get cut — plenty go on to have productive careers. Hopefully now that the media is tired of the story it’ll be easier for him to get looks

  165. 165 EagleNebula said at 8:01 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    But see that is the thing, it was never about Sam. The story is about the evolution of the NFL. He was a central person to the story, but really not the focus of what is changing. That is why, even though he was a long shot from the start, it was still an important story.

  166. 166 mtn_green said at 10:52 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Didn’t he lead sec in sacks?

  167. 167 EagleNebula said at 12:18 AM on October 22nd, 2014:

    not sure what that has to do with his success in the NFL. I definitely think he should have been in an NFL training camp and was very happy he was drafted. But after that, his production in college has nothing to do with it. What I meant was that he seems to be in that level of talent like Momah, where he just doesn’t seem to be able to stick on a team.

  168. 168 GEAGLE said at 5:45 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Chip shortened practice on Weds and Thurs the two most grueling days.. Since then Cary and some other players said they felt the best they have felt for a game..coincidence that we crip walked all over the New York Giants and shut those Imps down?

  169. 169 Flyin said at 6:19 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I feel like I heard or read that Chip has stated that he has longer practices in the early part of the season. I think he said it was due to the limited practice time during training camp.

    Can anyone confirm this?

  170. 170 MaggieMagpie said at 7:10 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Practice? Not training?

  171. 171 Flyin said at 9:55 PM on October 22nd, 2014:

    Thanks. I am now going to train how to practice, and practice how to train 🙂

  172. 172 GENETiC-FREAK said at 7:11 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Nah i think it was Chip plan to do it that way. Same way we train here in my sport.. Earlier in the year we are thrashed through preseason n into a quarter or half of the season.. The rest is lighter trainings, recovery, maintenance n game planning.. Can’t go all year with long hard trainings your body will break down faster n longer to recover

  173. 173 Flyin said at 9:52 PM on October 22nd, 2014:

    Nah? How does my statement conflict with your opinion?

  174. 174 anon said at 6:27 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Yeah people lambasted Cary for speaking out — we’ll be looking to see a similar performance against the Cardinals, though i think we played them pretty well last year.

  175. 175 GEAGLE said at 7:30 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    Yeah our fans are pretty ridiculous when it comes to Cary “F’in” Williams!
    I like the way our corners play against the big physocal WRs.. I feel like they struggle more against the quick burners… They did a solid job against the Cardinals outside WRs last year, and boykin will take care of the quick rookie in the slot..

    This is around the time of year where everything starts to click and we start looking more and more like that top defense we will grow into by DECEMBER..

    I know everyone expects a close hard fought game in the battle of two 5-1 teams, but I expect to pull away in the 4th and end up winning this game by 10 points…

    Cardinals have a LT THATS playing really well, but the rest of their OL, we can Feast on.. If our corners can take away Palmers first read, it will give our front 7 the time it needs to beat him up…once you beat up Carson, the turnover faucet is turned on and he will deliver INTs in bunches

  176. 176 GEAGLE said at 7:43 PM on October 21st, 2014:

    I Genuinly have never seen a special teams like this.. I have seen special teams THAT were legit weapons in a phase or two like Deon Sanders returning punts..but I can’t ever recall seeing a special team unit that was this dangerous in all the phases…and it’s not like we have 11 good special teams players..our ST backups are better than A lot of teams special team starters…

    Never seen a special team unit that is a Bonafide WEAPON in each phase.

    This group puts the “SPECIAL” in special teams……this unit is too epic to not have a nickname…we need to name this special teams unit

  177. 177 Nicodemus_09 said at 10:07 AM on October 22nd, 2014:

    Would I trade Barkley for Cousins? Does a Bear Rub his back on trees in the woods? Absolutely I would. Cousins may have turned into a “pick machine” in the mess that is our nations capital, but I think Kelly’s system would do wonders for him. It would be unfair to judge Barkley a pick machine with his limited experience & that nightmare of a Dallas game he was tossed into, but one thing is for sure, Barkley’s arm strength makes Cousins arm look like a cannon.So yes, I definitely would.

  178. 178 Jay said at 10:57 PM on October 23rd, 2014:


    tnx for info!!