Appreciating Howie

Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 196 Comments »

The other day I was doing some research for an article and I was looking around the state of some NFL teams. There are some teams that are a complete mess. Others only a partial mess.

* David Caldwell and Gus Bradley have been in Jacksonville for 2 years, but it still feels like that team is light years from being good.

* The Titans were 9-7 in 2011. Now they are a dumpster fire.

* The Skins remain an organization with huge problems, on and off the field.

* The Saints have been a power since 2006, but have slipped to 5-8 and now have serious cap issues ahead of them.

* The Giants are lacking in talent all over the roster.

* Carolina went 12-4 last year and then inexplicably decided to rebuild their OL and WR corps at the same time, but with adding minimal resources. How do you treat a franchise QB like that? Say what you want about Andy Reid not giving Donovan McNabb elite receivers, but he always had a good OL.

* Tampa Bay has some serious individual talent, but also some huge holes on the roster.

The Eagles had an awful seasons in 1998 and 2012. Both times there were a mixture of issues. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Injuries. Coaching disasters. Underachieving stars.

Tom Modrak was hired to run the Eagles after that disaster in ’98. The first key thing he did was to self-scout and identify which players should be kept around. The ’98 team was dysfunctional and just because a guy was talented didn’t mean you necessarily wanted to keep him around. You also had to see which players had shown flashes of talent, but could really grow with better coaching. Modrak made the right decisions and laid the groundwork for the Andy Reid era. Because of the Ray Rhodes style of team building (lots of short contracts and veteran players), the roster still needed a major overhaul. But there was a foundation in place.

2012 presented a challenge to Howie Roseman. Reid had to go, but was more than that needed? Did the Eagles need to be blown up?

Roseman didn’t panic. He went out and found the best coach he could, Chip Kelly. It took some time, but Kelly eventually took the job. Some executives would have talked about a complete overhaul of the roster. Roseman saw talent in place and knew that 2012 was somewhat of an anomaly. The Eagles didn’t have 4-12 talent. They played like it that year, but the right coaching staff could solve many problems. Roseman was able to work on upgrading the roster where it needed help.

One of the hidden keys to success was having some patience. I don’t know if Kelly or Roseman is more to credit here. Guys like Brandon Graham, Nate Allen and Casey Matthews could have been cut immediately, as a sign that “Things are gonna change around here!” Instead, they were given a chance to show if they could contribute.

Older players who didn’t fit the scheme or culture were shown the door. Mike Patterson, Cullen Jenkins, Darryl Tapp and Nnamdi Asomugha were let go. Guys like Trent Cole and Todd Herremans were kept around.

Roseman and Kelly have the Eagles off to a 9-4 start this year. And this isn’t some dream season where everything has fallen into place. The starting QB is out. MLB DeMeco Ryans is done for the year. The OL has been constantly changing due to injury. The Eagles have the right mixture of talent and character to overcome adversity and keep winning. The team should continue to improve as the players get more experience in Kelly’s schemes and the roster is adjusted to find the right players for his schemes.

Things haven’t been perfect. The Eagles patience with Danny Watkins and Curtis Marsh didn’t pay off. Nor with Alex Henery. The team missed in free agency with Isaac Sopoaga and Patrick Chung. And the QB position continues to be an issue. Michael Vick wasn’t the answer. Mark Sanchez wasn’t the answer. Matt Barkley hasn’t been good enough to even challenge for playing time. Nick Foles had one magical year and one average one. We’re still not sure what to make of him. If Foles isn’t the answer, Roseman must look for a QB who can be the answer.

Roseman has yet to see the Eagles win a playoff game with him at the helm, let alone make a strong push for a championship. Winning records and division titles are nice, but Eagles fans want more than that.

Still, it feels good to know that the Eagles were able to bounce back so quickly from hitting rock bottom. When things fall apart like they did in 2012, there is no guarantee you’ll get that turned around quickly. The Buffalo Bills have not made the playoffs since 1999. The Rams haven’t had a winning record since 2003. I don’t know how I would deal with being an Eagles fan and having to live through a period like that.

* * * * *

Roseman has made some good moves in recent years.

* 2012 draft – Cox, Kendricks, Curry, Boykin, Foles, B. Brown

* 2013 draft – Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz

* trade for Darren Sproles

* trade for Cody Parkey

* signing Connor Barwin

* signing Malcolm Jenkins

* signing STers Braman, Maragos, Prosinski

* signing Mark Sanchez (at very least, a good backup QB)

* * * * *

Tim McManus did write in a recent article that the relationship between Roseman and Kelly has “cooled”. I haven’t heard that, but McManus has excellent sources and isn’t the type to just throw stuff out there. I trust him.

Could just be egos. Powerful men are known to have them.

Maybe they disagreed on DeSean Jackson, drafting Marcus Smith or some other noteworthy move.

We don’t need them to be best friends. We need them to get along and keep the team headed in the right direction. It has always seemed to me that Howie does a good job of finding what his coach wants. The 2011 team was built to “win now” after coming off the wild 2010 season. The 2012 team was younger. Then Kelly came in and wanted guys for his 2-gap 3-4 defense. Kelly went and found them. Howie seems pretty flexible. Other GMs can be more adamant about player types and what a team absolutely needs.

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196 Comments on “Appreciating Howie”

  1. 1 GermanEagle said at 12:13 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Roseman has yet to see the Eagles win a playoff game with him at the helm,
    Please God let this be the year when the Eagles finally win a playoff game again.
    I don’t know what nightmare scenario would be worse:
    a) missing the playoffs after being 9-3 or
    b) losing at home in the wild card round to the Cowboys…
    *sigh

  2. 2 EagleNebula said at 12:42 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    losing at home in the wild card round to the Cowboys would probably be worse. I think missing the playoffs and losing to the Seahawks/Cards may be equal, but losing to the Cowboys would be a pure insult.

  3. 3 anon said at 12:44 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    we better beg we get the cardinals — but they, like us aren’t that much worse with a backup qb.

  4. 4 GermanEagle said at 1:03 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    All I want for Xmas is a 59-37 wildcard playoff win against the Lions. #RodneyPeete

  5. 5 A_T_G said at 4:18 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I would even put up with the powder blue and yellow uniforms for that.

  6. 6 Anders said at 2:17 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    As it looks now, if we make the plays offs, the Cowboys wont unless Detroit falls off down the stretch

  7. 7 GermanEagle said at 3:23 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    But both the Seahawks and Cowboys could still finish at 11-5 which would eliminate Seatlle due to the tiebreaker.

  8. 8 Tyler Phillips said at 3:27 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I wouldn’t mind that at all lol

  9. 9 GermanEagle said at 3:51 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Yes, but the above scenario would imply playing the Cowboys a 3rd time this season and we all know beating the same team three consecutive times in one year is not a gimmie.

  10. 10 Tyler Phillips said at 3:52 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    actually it usually is

  11. 11 Anders said at 3:45 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    The first tiebreaker is conference record, which means Seattle goes in over Dallas if both are 11-5

  12. 12 bill said at 3:47 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I thought that too, but everyone’s been saying that head to head is first the last two weeks. Did something change?

  13. 13 GermanEagle said at 7:41 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    See my reply above.

  14. 14 Tyler Phillips said at 3:48 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    delete

  15. 15 Tyler Phillips said at 3:51 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    only conference record if its more than 2 teams tied at same records

  16. 16 Anders said at 2:49 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    and I think it would be a 3 way tie between Dallas, Seattle and Detriot

  17. 17 Tyler Phillips said at 3:57 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    just ran the playoff machine. dallas would be in if Det wins in GB, but not other wise

  18. 18 GermanEagle said at 5:23 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    That’s not correct

    NFL Tiebreaking Procedures
    The six postseason participants from each conference are seeded as follows:

    The division champion with the best record.
    The division champion with the second-best record.
    The division champion with the third-best record.
    The division champion with the fourth-best record.
    The Wild Card club with the best record.
    The Wild Card club with the second-best record.
    The following procedures will be used to break standings ties for postseason playoffs and to determine regular-season schedules.

    NOTE: Tie games count as one-half win and one-half loss for both clubs.

    TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION
    If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.

    Two Clubs

    Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
    Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
    Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
    Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    Strength of victory.
    Strength of schedule.
    Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    Best net points in common games.
    Best net points in all games.
    Best net touchdowns in all games.
    Coin toss
    Three or More Clubs

    (Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated during any step, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of the two-club format).

    Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs).
    Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
    Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
    Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    Strength of victory.
    Strength of schedule.
    Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    Best net points in common games.
    Best net points in all games.
    Best net touchdowns in all games.
    Coin toss
    TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM
    If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken.

    If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker.
    If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.
    Two Clubs

    1 Head-to-head, if applicable.
    2 Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.

  19. 19 Anders said at 2:47 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    Then ESPN play off machine is wrong.

  20. 20 GermanEagle said at 7:04 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    I haven’t used this machine yet but head 2 head shall always come before any other tiebreakers.

  21. 21 Anders said at 1:45 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    I think 3 way ties screw it up

  22. 22 GermanEagle said at 4:25 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    This might be the case. So Dallas would be in with the same record like the Seahawks, right?!

  23. 23 Tyler Phillips said at 2:17 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    It all depends who gets the 6 seed. My guess is AZ or DET. They can beat those teams. If its GB or SEA forget about it. L

  24. 24 GEAGLE said at 2:43 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I don’t mind playing anyone at home…. Tho I would prefer facing GB in Philly, rather than seattle…. Defense travels better than a QB in January cold…
    ..
    Ideally we can avoid ATleast one of those two yeams and let them eliminate each other and deal with the winner..

  25. 25 mtn_green said at 12:26 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Good ownership goes a long way to maintaining a good team.
    Bad ownership will destroy a team…eventually.

  26. 26 EagleNebula said at 12:40 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    You hit the nail on the head. And not only can bad ownership destroy a team, but essentially till salt into the the soil. I feel bad for Raiders fans for what Al Davis did, and the legacy he left that they have yet to overcome.

  27. 27 mtn_green said at 12:52 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Eagles have great ownership, hire best people, leave them alone.

    Build great stadium, then improve it every 5 years or so.

  28. 28 Jarock said at 5:39 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Jeff Lurie doesn’t get enough credit for the mature and quiet way he handles his team. Whether the team is playing great or a dumpster fire, you don’t here him spouting off about his team on tv or anywhere else.

    Hire best people, leave them alone. Hit the nail on the head there, mtn_green.

  29. 29 Buge Halls said at 2:22 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Yep, just look a hundred miles or so south down I-95 to DC!

  30. 30 anon said at 12:44 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I turned the ATL/GB game off while Julio was still under 100yds. But that game sort of makes it clear to me that Mac doesn’t need big boy $$. $7m or he can walk. McCoy can go too honestly, anything above $7m – $8m probably too much for his services as well, he’s just not versatile enough.

    259 yds in game? Le’Veon putting up back to back to back 200yd games (plus TDs). I’d just draft guys — we’re great at drafting RB talent, I think we’re good at getting WRs too, no reason for $20m to be tied up in two guys (3 including coop), they can’t take over a game. I’ve said we need a back that can bust heads, it can’t all be on the line to get push / open holes. I like Polk but he can’t stay healthy. Despite that I think we should see more regular playing time. I would have like to see us play our “garbage time” game against seattle.

    As it comes to playoff time good teams are working honing their running games, clock management, etc. How do you win games against good QBs? Keep the ball out of their hands. Yes we can put up 30pts on average teams, but our record against playoff teams makes me think we should take a look at doing something different. I think the Dallas game was quintessentially what CK wants to do, but against Aaron rodgers, Peyton, Luck, Brady even Rivers, i don’t know if that will work bc our secondary is swiss cheese. Romo is a lot better than the game he played against us. With 10 days rest he and Dez an Witten and Williams might kill us too.

    I think the fact that our division is a dumpster fire makes this team look a lot better than it is. We are dominated on one side of the ball or another (sometimes both) in each game we’ve played. You can put it on injuries but every team has injuries and there’s nothing that makes me think us playing against a healthy SEA, DEN, GB, NE, ARI that we’d necessary win those games.

    .

  31. 31 GermanEagle said at 12:58 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Agree with the following:
    1. Do not give Mac top 5 WR money (as stated in another post). If he really goes nuts asking for 8-10 mio a year he can go.
    2. Never mentioning injuries or backups as the smallest version of an excuse. Like you rightfully said, every team deals with this intangible.
    3. The Cowboys game could get ugly. Romo with 10 days of rest shall be much better ‘prepared’ than with 4 days rest in our last meeting.
    The only thing I am unsure about is your comments re McCoy. AFAIU he’s contract is not up, unless you were talking about re-working his deal?

  32. 32 anon said at 12:59 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Yup, i’d take a re-work that cuts 5mill off in exchange for a guarantee and a couple more years. That $ can go to buying more OL depth.

  33. 33 GermanEagle said at 1:10 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Doubt Shady will agree to that.

  34. 34 bill said at 3:54 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    At this point, I’m not sold that Shady is worth elite money. He feasts on poor defenses, but is nearly worthless when his line isn’t blasting open lanes wide enough for tractor trailers. The ultimate in feast or famine, and that’s a problem come playoff time. I’d prefer to see a guy who is less of a threat for 200, but more consistent in gaining 4 ypc. Especially if that guy gets paid less than Shady.

  35. 35 Mac said at 3:58 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I don’t think McCoy is 100% healthy this year. I am hoping that some of the good performances indicate that he is getting healthier here at the end of the season, but his cuts don’t look other-worldly like they did previously.

  36. 36 anon said at 4:12 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    We need an experienced lead blocker.

  37. 37 NickS1, Armchair GM said at 4:24 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    “Lead blocker? I have five of them. They’re called the offensive line.” – My vision of Chip’s response to that statement.

  38. 38 anon said at 4:51 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Probably true but i mean a fullback. GB does a bunch with their FB, not only is he a lead blocker but you can use him to play timing games with the DL where FB rushes instead of RB. Can help with protection, etc.

    I know we “do this” with the TE spot and chip likes the versatility of TEs but it’s not like BC or ZE are (a) lead blocking or (b) getting a lot out of misdirection plays like screens, etc. that we killed teams with last year.

  39. 39 NickS1, Armchair GM said at 4:55 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Agreed. Was just being funny.

  40. 40 Jarock said at 5:43 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I tend to agree on the FB question, but Chip doesn’t believe in the position at all. I doubt Darryl Johnston would have gotten on the field under Chip.

  41. 41 holeplug said at 4:51 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Can’t see him here after 2015 honestly unless he takes a huge paycut. Running backs just aren’t worth big contracts in the modern game.

  42. 42 anon said at 4:53 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    he’s gotta know — or hopefully his agent does. I’d love if he retired an eagle, but he’s gotta forego some $$ for that to happen.

  43. 43 Anders said at 2:16 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I hope to get Maclin at 8, but I think 9 is more realistic. Which fits right around his production in terms of where he ends up slotting (once all the young WRs hit the market, 8 mill will be super cheap for a WR in the tier after the elite ones)

  44. 44 daveH said at 2:21 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    but Anon is right that he is not a game changer

  45. 45 Anders said at 2:53 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    True, but for 4 mill you get Riley Cooper or Jason Avant.

  46. 46 daveH said at 3:03 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    true indeed! pay him 8-10 if he’ll take it
    im all for and always have been for paying drafted eagles who make it bigtime!!

  47. 47 anon said at 4:52 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Sad right. The real problem with my theory is that there are no FA WRs this year. We should have upgraded last year when there were a bunch of FA that no one wanted to pay. You gotta think even Eric Decker would be performing a lot better and he’s getting paid slightly more than RC.

  48. 48 EagleNebula said at 1:47 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I agree about not using injuries as an excuse, but that said you have to say the same about Romo and short weeks. Dallas has built this season the the back of Murry, not their passing game. I have faith in our front 7 to stop any running back.

  49. 49 Jarock said at 5:45 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    The job that our front seven did in back to back weeks against DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch shouldn’t be overlooked despite going 1-1 in those games. We made two of the premier power running games look mediocre.

  50. 50 daveH said at 2:20 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    nice post Anon.
    23 second 3&Outs can kill .. its a form of clock management. cK not a fan of that.
    id have taken one set of downs and let the clock run to last second and run it / 4 times just to give our D a rest

  51. 51 Henly125 said at 2:58 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Excellent post. I do agree that Maclin should only see about a 2 million dollar increase in salary, nothing more. I also agree that Shady does lack some versatility, a bigger back would always be the preference I think.. It can’t always be on the line.

    The front office just needs to continue building this team, especially on defense. Start with the secondary, then move on to depth along the offensive line, etc. It takes time, yes, but it’s what has to be done in order to get continuity on the roster.

  52. 52 eagleyankfan said at 4:38 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I kind of agree(actually too much to write about where I disagree) with one of your points. Some players are dime a dozen. Like Huff. If you’re saying Mac and Shady are easily replaced, then Huff’s “talent” was a wasted pick….

  53. 53 anon said at 4:48 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I’m saying Mac and Maclin are Djax level. Good thing we got rid of djax he’d be wasted with MS. I can finally admit that man has no arm.

  54. 54 GermanEagle said at 1:09 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    +BREAKING NEWS+
    Cam Newton injured in a car accident. His car flipped over 3 times. Hope he will be ok!

  55. 55 Dominik said at 1:59 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000441286/article/report-panthers-cam-newton-involved-in-car-accident

    At the moment it seems like everything is alright. Fortunately. Don’t like him as QB, but when something like that happens, Football is a minor point.

  56. 56 ICDogg said at 2:08 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    They’re saying no injuries, was taken to the ER as a precaution to make sure he was OK

  57. 57 daveH said at 2:05 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    is there a co-pay for this session ?

  58. 58 EagleNebula said at 2:11 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    depends on your coverage – if you have an HMO you may need 5 referrals and an independent consultation first.

  59. 59 daveH said at 2:13 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    not sure but I think I do need to get a note from my primary care physician .. ill submit it here when I get

  60. 60 eagleyankfan said at 4:28 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    weird to have this article now…normally a winter article when fans are screaming after a playoff loss…

  61. 61 daveH said at 2:12 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    uhm no tears for the rams & bills .. rams have a ring and were close (beating funny man Jeff Fisher, his lone trip to super bowl in 25 million years – hows that for funny mr funny man- YOU ACTUALLY are rich & technically YOU SUCK!) / bills are all time with those 4 consecutive losses makes them arguably one of the greatest teams ever! in all sports .. they were playing football while we were playing golf (uhm, I cant even afford to play golf in dec & jan since it only costs money to travel)

  62. 62 GermanEagle said at 3:20 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I really get the feeling that Jeff Fisher must have cheated on you with your wife..Just WOW..

  63. 63 daveH said at 4:34 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I just think lite wtf is he snubbing anyone for? f in jeff fisher on the list of highest paid bust coaches ever, right? he’s made tons and wtf have his teams done? who would you rather draft: rg3 or vince young ?

  64. 64 A_T_G said at 4:10 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I cannot imagine the pain Bills fans experienced during those four years, and the next few as they accepted that the window had closed.

  65. 65 RobNE said at 6:12 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Are you related to the cop who killed Michael brown or something like that?

  66. 66 daveH said at 9:48 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    WTF ?? speak englis you ? get the Sea ‘ock out of your mouth buddy .. are you ? are you trying to mmmake a funny? I dont get it and glad I don’t – but cant imagine that anything close to what you are talking about is anything to mess with or make fun of.
    ..
    yeah check out that down vote I give you mister funny boy

  67. 67 daveH said at 8:13 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    delete this sh!t ..wtf you talking about like that

  68. 68 Tyler Phillips said at 2:16 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    One thing. Why, oh Why, can we not draft/develop players in the secondary? 1 starter in 12 years since the Lito/Sheldon/Lewis draft! Nate Allen is the best CB/S we have drafted in 12 years. Let that sink in. We should have ACCIDENTALLY drafted a couple more decent secondary players in that time.

    Meanwhile, Seattle has drafted 8 DBs since 2010 and 7 have started for them at CB/nickel DB/FS/SS while building the best secondary in the NFL (and the 8th starts in JAX).

    It just seems like an organizational failure at this point. How can we be so far off so many times?

  69. 69 Buge Halls said at 2:20 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Too many failures drafted on the offensive line? Or maybe it was too many “high motor” guys!

  70. 70 Anders said at 2:20 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Pete Carroll is a defensive back master mind, that is why.

    I also think outside of Sherman and Thomas, the Seattle scheme allow the DBs to be more effective then in other schemes.

    Sherman and Thomas means they can just play cover 1 robber most of the game and the other CB know he will always have help of the top, so he can be more aggressive in press and then just sit in trail.

  71. 71 Tyler Phillips said at 3:01 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    fair enough, but our drought spans 2 HCs, 5 DCs, and 3 GMs? It appears to be an organizational failure.

  72. 72 GEAGLE said at 3:08 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    how is this current regime failing in the secondary? They just made everyone look stupid with how awesome the signing of Malcolm Jenkins has been
    ..
    Wolff has as much talent and upside as you can ever hope from a 5th round safety, short of hitting the lottery with Kam Chancellor. His knee has kept him,from gaining the continuity he needs to have a chance at maturing into a good NFL safety so far, but It’s not a lost cause with him just yet
    ..
    Boykin was an,excellent 4th round pick
    ..
    Watkins and Reynolds are still to be determined.

    cary and Brad are good signings comsidering what we are paying and the market that year. Nothing special, but solid free agent evaluation..
    ..
    Nolan Carol is also nice free agent evaluation who’s best football we Probabky haven’t seen yet
    ..,
    Poyer was a solid 7th round pick, 3 different head coaches put him on their roster..

    Considering what we are spending and where we are drafting, one could actually argue that their DB evaluation has been solid

    Malcolm Jenkins for what 18mil or something? Boykin in round 4? Sounds like damn good value to me….mWe just haven’t invested enough in it to realistically expect much better…and can you really blame them? New regime came, anyone with a brain builds starting in the trenches and then working their way back,..

  73. 73 Tyler Phillips said at 3:15 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    strictly talking drafted here bud. They think so much of Boykin that he played 6 snaps yesterday. Watkins is a tweener. Reynolds will never amount to anything.

  74. 74 A_T_G said at 4:06 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    If you are just talking drafts, then Poyer is a positive. Cutting him later instead of a more deserving player isn’t part of that discussion. If you want to include cuts, then signings go hand in hand.

    Let us also not forget the Demps, Colemans, Jarretts, , etc. who looked promising, never developed here, but are now playing on other rosters. Those weren’t draft failures (well, maybe Jarrett’s round was) so much as coaching failures.

  75. 75 GEAGLE said at 4:25 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    No let’s not include those players, since they don’t have a damn thing to do with our current scouts and coaches, Gamble,etc

  76. 76 GEAGLE said at 4:26 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Reynolds will never amount to aNYTHING lol.. That solves that., ok….

  77. 77 Tyler Phillips said at 8:14 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    You are entitled to your opinion, as I am to mine. I didn’t like the pick and I still don’t. We have enough safeties whose ceilings are STer/depth only.

  78. 78 Tyler Phillips said at 10:39 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    See today’s roster move for another team’s PS Safety. Dude is a freak BTW, but this isnt great news for Ed.

  79. 79 philliesfan136 said at 2:32 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    Geagle: The NY FOOTBALL Giants drafted Devon Kennard, linebacker (current NFC defensive player of the week) approx. 13 picks after the Eagles drafted Ed Reynolds. I guess we didn’t need a 6′ 3″ 255 lb. 3 – 4 outside linebacker.

  80. 80 daveH said at 4:53 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    yeah and we all saw that one of those 6 was a key 3rd and long he was nowhere near where the ball was .. that hurt

  81. 81 Ark87 said at 6:12 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Slot CB’s typically don’t see a lot of action against power running teams that have a lead.

  82. 82 Tyler Phillips said at 10:30 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    They should have considered it. Jenkins got murdered by Baldwin in the slot all damn day.

  83. 83 GermanEagle said at 3:18 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    how awesome the signing of Malcolm Jenkins has been

    After the first third of the season I would have definitely signed this. However I wouldn’t necessarily label Jenkins’ play as ‘awesome’ as of late.

  84. 84 Tyler Phillips said at 3:22 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    yep

  85. 85 GEAGLE said at 4:24 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Actually all 22 shows he is playing at a pretty high level most of the season… Just because you don’t see the INTs, dpesmt mean he isn’t playing well
    ..
    Fantastic against Dallas, yet no one gave hm much credit for his coverage. It was so tight romo didn’t even throw that way

  86. 86 mksp said at 7:52 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    He got exposed by Baldwin vs. SEA. Wait until other teams copy that playbook.

  87. 87 GermanEagle said at 8:38 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Plus he dropped a pick 6.

    I still like his signing, but he’s not as impressive as he’s been in the first quarter of the season.

  88. 88 anon said at 9:12 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Yeah we aren’t the only ones watching tape.

  89. 89 philliesfan136 said at 1:51 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    Here is a capsulization of the comments that you made. ” upside – hope – still to be determined – considering ( what were paying ) – nothing special – best yet to be seen -solid. ” Dude …. this was your argument ? Please, never, ever try to debate something again. You actually solidified Tyler’s argument. Your argument was : Let’s hope for the best and you get what you pay for. Exactly !!

  90. 90 Anders said at 3:40 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    The current HC/GM combo hasnt drafted anything close to the talent of Lito and Brown (highest drafted DB is Jaylen Watkins)

  91. 91 Tyler Phillips said at 3:46 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Again….I’m speaking on the organization as a whole here. The current regime has an obsession with tall average/below avg CBs. Maybe that will be easier to draft for.

  92. 92 philliesfan136 said at 1:39 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    What do you mean ? They have been in the TOP 5 every year, for about 15 years …….. in salary cap money, that is. When your a owner that’s like winning the Superbowl … every year. PS – you CLOWNS with the ” oh, they need to save the money, to lock up Joe Blow next year. ” Spare me. Also, I don’t want to hear any more ” Dream team ” excuses, of why it’s dumb to spend money in free agency. It’s only DUMB, when you let people who can’t evaluate talent, go out and sign a bunch of ” NAMES ” instead of talented players! Here is their ( current ) philosophy ….. We don’t TRUST our TALENT evaluation people to recommend elite players worth getting in free agency, so we will sign them anymore. Maybe Mr. Lurie should really look within, and find out why their drafting was so terrible that they had to go out and ” BUY ” their ” DREAM TEAM ? “

  93. 93 philliesfan136 said at 1:25 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    Anders , Chip Kelly is SUPPOSED to be, a OFFENSIVE mastermind …… he sure didn’t look like one on Sunday against the Seahawks. I know Seattle has the best secondary / defense in the league ( bla, bla, bla ) …. but, isn’t that where his ” football specialty ” is supposed to come in, where he designs a scheme to neutralize a great defense ? I didn’t see it. I saw the same tired, redundant plays. Yeah, they sure were fast … they had the fastest 3 and outs in the NFL. There offense is based on a gimmick scheme. When they face middle of the road or lesser teams, it usually works great, but when they play TOUGH teams, and get punched in the mouth, their NASCAR package becomes a Edsel package. see : http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1657867_1657781,00.html

  94. 94 Anders said at 1:43 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    If you look at the game film, you see the problem was 2 places, right side of the OL and Sanchez. The Sanchez int, he had Matthews wide open, but passed to Cooper instead.

  95. 95 philliesfan136 said at 12:13 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    I think that Michael Lewis was better than Nate ( i’m late again ) Allen. He fell out of favor with Joe ( nickles ) Banner, during contract negotiations, and was later released, with no contract.

  96. 96 philliesfan136 said at 1:08 PM on December 11th, 2014:

    Appreciating Howie ….. NOT ! That’s how they are sooo far off. Seattle and Greenbay have ” REAL ” General Managers, with real player evaluation and scouting experience. Look it up. John Schneider ( Seattles GM – Superbowl 2013 ) trained under Ted Thompson ( Green bays GM – Superbowl 2006 ) who trained under Ron Wolf ( Green bays previous GM – Superbowl 1996 ) Howie, trained under Joe Banner …… enough said ! I’m not living in the past, these are FACTS. I’m happy with their current direction, but i’m offering Tyler P. with ” MY ” thoughts on his ” HOW ” question.

  97. 97 Buge Halls said at 2:17 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    “I don’t know how I would deal with being an Eagles fan and having to live through a period like that.” It would be like the 80’s and (early) 90’s again…and the 70’s…and the…

  98. 98 GEAGLE said at 2:20 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I would have included plucking the best young nose tackle in the NFL out of the 3rd round, bennie logan, up there with the drafting of Ertz and Lane… Drafting logan in round 3 May have been the best value pick of 2013’draft

  99. 99 mtn_green said at 4:14 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    @And no mention of Barkley? Come on tommy. @

  100. 100 Seth Joyner said at 11:24 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I second that lol. logan should get probowl consideration and is just a baby.

  101. 101 Seth Joyner said at 11:25 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Don’t for get about the pope Matthews

  102. 102 GermanEagle said at 2:21 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Ok, it’s Dallas week. As much as I appreciate having Howie.

    My biggest concern is that every Eagles fan I talk to seems to think the rematch will be a cake walk. I certainly hope that the players and each one in this organisation doesn’t think that way, but in hindsight I rather would have beaten the Cowboys by a mere FG while saving that ass whooping for the home game at the Linc.

    Me thinks this game will be a lot closer than most people think.

    We. Want. Dallas.

  103. 103 the DONALD said at 2:25 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    They have 10 days rest… they are gonna be HANGRY angry/hungry.. i was in the Phoenix airport on sunday watching the birds play before my flight and sure enough a Dallas fan was there to say.. we are rested and ready we are gonna take this division… I insisted that was incorrect, he did not agree.. needless to say… Dallas is gonna be primed and ready… BIRDS GOTTA BRING IT!!! no cake walk this weekend.. should be a classic NFC EAST battle!

  104. 104 GEAGLE said at 2:57 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    No one Will be angrier than the Eagle Offensive line. Proud group that knows is the key to our offense, coming off of underperforming Severly against the Seahawks.. When do we ever see Kelce and Celek whiffing on blocks on the same play? I expect or OL to be furious come sunday thanks to seattle’s BEATDOWN!
    ..
    Where as Cox and Kendrick will build on tbeir superstar coming out party after the confidence they got from performing at such a high level against the champs…
    .
    Ask BEASTMODE who some of the best DTs and LBs in the NFL, I bet he won’t forget to mention Cox and Kendrick

  105. 105 EagleNebula said at 3:22 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I am so sick of hearing the “we didn’t have enough rest” as the reason they took a whooping. The rest was approximately the same considering the Eagles had to travel to Dallas before the game. They were unprepared mentally as well as physically, that is on the coaches who had the same time to prepare including travel. If Romo wasn’t at full strength, put in the back up – after all Sanchez is a back up, and he won the game…

    But if they want to point fingers at places other than the cause of the blame, be my guest. The inability to self-scout is a reason some teams never improve.

    **Edit, the anger isn’t directed at you – but the general sentiment spouted by the Dallas faction.

  106. 106 the DONALD said at 3:30 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    from out of nowhere:
    airport guy: “you know we are gonna get that division, you know we only had 4 days rest last time… we are gonna be ready for ya..

    the Donald (wearing eagles gear): Yea, I watch football and i disagree with you but it should be a good game.

    Dumb Dallas fans are everywhere..

  107. 107 EagleNebula said at 3:44 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Sounds like you had a discussion with a pre-recorded “hot take” on infinite loop…as if sitting in a air port wasn’t bad enough.

  108. 108 the DONALD said at 4:53 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    i wasnt happy about the unsolicited comments.. or having to miss the second half.. couldnt find a good stream on the plane either.. all in all a bad plane ride home..

  109. 109 anon said at 4:54 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    probably better you missed it, it didn’t get better. It was frustrating b/c the game was winnable until the mid 4th quarter.

  110. 110 GEAGLE said at 2:27 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Yeah right… As if Romo can overcome our DL at home the way Wilson did, who had to run all over the place and had one of his best gamea IMO
    ..
    Lol @ Dallas defense against our pissed off OL that underperformed against Seattle… Good luck with that….
    ..
    Wilson could avoid or sick pass rush and overcome us shutting down Lynch. Doubt 10 days are some magic back cure that allow him to escape our rush and carry that team when we make Demarco irrelevant… Fletcher Cox is a monster.. Ronald leary is a pigeon… He won’t be any better than he was when we abused him and doug free two weeks ago

    Just because,we lost to two ex Super Bowl champs, doesn’t mean the Cowboys are any match for us, and I don’t even care who our QB is..

  111. 111 GermanEagle said at 2:31 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    That’s what I meant…

  112. 112 GEAGLE said at 2:33 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Can’t wait to smash this team… Thank god. Because I thinks Embarressing the pussy Cowboys, skins and Giants is the only thing that could wipe that seattle taste out of my mouth…NOTHNG like demonstrating our dominatin and superiority over this division

  113. 113 NickS1, Armchair GM said at 4:22 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Agreed on the all-blacks. Should have saved them for this Sunday.

  114. 114 fran35 said at 9:29 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I completely agree. I feel like some fans are getting a little overconfident. This is a very talented offense that plays well on the road. This is going to be a dog fight, I think.

  115. 115 GEAGLE said at 2:31 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Last year we went to dallas destroyed their playoff dreams and made the playoffs last year beating their backup QB
    ..
    A year later, I don’t Believe dallas has the talent or Charecter to do what did to them… I will enjoy ruining their entire season yet again, the time in our house, with our backup against Romo…can’t wait to hear those Losers excuses this time…
    .,
    We set out the year to run the table and not lose a division game, and I have seen nothing to suggest we can’t achieve that goal

  116. 116 eagleyankfan said at 4:32 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Some Dallas talk! Love it. I don’t think fans are over confident. I think fans see how well this D can play. Dallas fans are pounding their chest as a “we beat Seattle and Eagles didn’t”. Seattle also didn’t have all their defensive players like they do now. Dallas are the over-confident ones, not the Eagles….

  117. 117 GEAGLE said at 5:09 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Struggling tryng to figure out WTF Dallas is going to do.
    ..
    They learned that they cant let Romo carry them, so they finally started giving the ball to Demarco, but shutting down the run is our strength..we shut Murray down last week. and last year to make the playoffs….will they be dumb enough to try and think they can run on us this week?

    Everyone is talking about big bad romo on 10 days rest, but romo is talking about how this time he will take the painkiller shot that he didn’t take against us on thanksgiving…how great can 10 days rest be if this dude is still so banged up that he is dreaming of painkiller needles and the game is still 5 days away? Lol

    When people wrongly called Dallas the best OL in football, the truth is its a high caliber run blocking line, but it not even close to as Good at pass blocking with major liabilities in pass protection, doug free, Ronald leary, and a rookie Guard facing all are stunts and twists….. If their OL can’t run on us which is their strength, they really won’t stand a chance trying to pass block us at home. With all the noise effecting their communication and causing all types of fall starts out of fear of curry, cox, Barwin exploding off the line and getting a jump on them… They should have learned by now that they can’t run on us, but if they can’t run on us, they will get killed trying to pass block against us at the Linc.. Romo was seeing Ghosts and diving n the ground in Dallas, what’s going to happen when we turn up our Homefield pass rush?

    I don’t have any idea how they will try to attack us, because we are a terrible matchup for them….. And I didn’t even get to talking about their pigeon mirage of a defense either yet

  118. 118 anon said at 5:18 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I think this game will be a lot more competitive Romo is not nearly as terrible as he was on the thanksgiving game just as our line isn’t as bad as they played sunday or against GB, people have bad games.

    However, i do look forward to an epic meltdown if Dez doesn’t get the ball and the cowboys lose.

  119. 119 GEAGLE said at 5:32 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Think you are Severly over rating their OL.. Romo won’t recieve as good of pass blocking as wilson got, and we still had Wilson running for his life..
    ..
    Only a hand full of QBs could have ran for their life sunday to avoid our DL killing them, and Wilson happened to be one of them… I can’t imagine Romo running around being able to shake free of our pass rushers and buy time they way Wilson did…
    .
    Our pass rush had romo seeing Ghosts and diving for cover in Dallas, what’s going to happen when we have the noise screwing their communication and our players having that hometown Juice flowing thru our veins pass rushing at home.
    ..
    I Genuinly expect our pass rush to dominate this game, fans aren’t used to having a,beastly front 7, they are uses to being an offensive team, but right now, the front 7 is what will carry us these last 3 games,,. i expect our Front line and OL to be the stars of ths game…

  120. 120 GEAGLE said at 2:35 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Cowboys are capable of playing at the level of our offense with Sanchez.. Our offenses are Probably similar at this point of the season

    But our defense is so much better than theirs, as is our ST…they can match up with us in terms of sexy star power, put they lack the meat n potatoes and charchter of our team..

    I don’t view this as a good match up. Our OL had its łetdown last week. Kelce’s mathis, JP, proud players that will be jacked up to take it ur on the Cowboys..dalls DL is NOTHNG like seattles..we smash this defense!

  121. 121 Henly125 said at 4:08 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Ugh.. Just happened to see an Eagles report on SportsCenter and yet another yapper emerged: Cliff Avril said that our OL is too light, he’s used to playing heavier, stronger linemen in the NFC West and if they play the Eagles again, the defensive shutdown result will be the same.

    Man, whatever happened to being a gracious winner?

  122. 122 Media Mike said at 5:22 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Outside of Maclin expressing some confidence going into the matchup, I wonder who said something to irk Seattle that much going into the game.

  123. 123 Henly125 said at 5:51 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    They’re a bunch of gloating floppers. They always have something to say.

  124. 124 Media Mike said at 5:53 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I still think there is something we don’t know.

  125. 125 MagsMightyMutt said at 2:33 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    They can do the math too. They think there is a chance they will meet the Eagles in the playoffs. Might as well start the trash-talking early, maybe get into someone’s head.

  126. 126 Henly125 said at 4:19 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Roc Carmichael got canned – which means there’s a roster spot open.

    Maybe Ed Reynolds gets some PT finally? Or Jaylen Watkins?

  127. 127 GEAGLE said at 4:35 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Interesting… Has Roc even been dressing these last few games?

    I would have rather used that roster spot as a revolving door to take a closer look at youñg players that get cut, like bring in Antoine Cason for a look, if he looks like the same bust Carolina thought he was when they cut him, we cut him and pick up anotjer recently cut youñg player to look at, and so on, and so on.. Until we find a keeper
    ..
    Personally I still wish we would sign Terrel Prior and turn him into a WR. He could grow into a cheap big body WR who can blocks and replace Coop

  128. 128 Henly125 said at 4:42 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Roc didn’t dress this season.

    I was expecting you to mention Terrelle Pryor lol but this cut seems to have been made to give a practice squad player a chance. I would like to see Reynolds or Watkins get in there, finally.

  129. 129 GEAGLE said at 5:00 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Watkins isnt a practice squad player..he is on our roster he just doesn’t dress often…but when he did dress he had a quality ST performance… Watkins is already on the roster, I would love to see them move Ed Reynolds up, but we already recently added Prosinski who is playing some quality special teams against the seahawks.
    ..
    We could have been signed Pryor… I assume it would have happened already if it was going to happen during the season…

  130. 130 Henly125 said at 5:49 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Ah I completely forgot he’s on the active roster. He just never plays. I hope this approach pays off in the long run in terms of letting the players learn and adapt by watching. It’s the safest way, I guess.

    Prosinski has been really good on STs. It would annoy me if they promote Reynolds just to keep him inactive on game day lol … Let ’em get his feet wet. The last two games of the season is a good chance to give the rooks some PT, assuming they beat Dallas this Sunday.

  131. 131 Seth Joyner said at 11:28 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Everton griffin or wr to be named later

  132. 132 MagsMightyMutt said at 2:31 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    Maybe that safety the Saints just released? Everyone just knows that our DBs are ever so bad, therefore this guy must be better. Right?

  133. 133 eagleyankfan said at 4:29 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I like how this leads to be factual that Mathews played his way onto staying on this team. He was 60 minutes away from being cut..then an injury happened and he got to unpack his bags…

  134. 134 GEAGLE said at 4:33 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    He made the most of it,,, dude is getting us lined up, making the checks.. And our front 7 is shutting down elite running games with Mathews playing an important position… If Meco isn’t ready to go next year, I would keep Casey as the veteran to hold the spot down until Mykal Kendricks brother Erik or whatever youñg LB we drafted is ready to take over… Especially since Casey can provide depth and Special teams… Good for Casey, he was our whipping boy for years, never said a word, kept working and came threw when we really needed him to step up…proud today to call him an eagle… Never thought Id say that lol

  135. 135 eagleyankfan said at 4:41 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    He is making the most of it I guess. He’s doing what’s asked of him. Not at a high level but capable. Next year though, people come back from injury and there will be more talent to push for that spot. I’d like to see an upgrade at this spot…but — save that talk for after we pound Dallas!!!

  136. 136 GEAGLE said at 4:57 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I will be pisses if we don’t draft Kendricks brother to have an all kendrick ILB tandem. Picture two explosive kendrick boys flying around the middle of our defense, he would also be givng us another 3 down LB..
    ..
    Getting Erik Kendricks is such a perfect can’t miss opportunity to fill a major need, I will be pissed if we don’t draft him

  137. 137 unhinged said at 5:21 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Is he first round material? The Birds will be picking late, and a good LB will be coveted.

  138. 138 GEAGLE said at 5:23 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Yeah, late first rounder. 25-40 range…just as talented as Mykal… Not a case of Clay mathews and Casey Mathews beng so different… The kendrick boys are both explosive beasts

  139. 139 Mitchell said at 5:44 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Trade down into the second and pick up both Kendricks and Coates. There, now were both happy.

  140. 140 GEAGLE said at 6:23 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Works for me boss

  141. 141 Jarock said at 5:57 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Casey’s a disaster in coverage and in space. Let him run straight forward and he’s acceptable. Everyone agrees that he’s played better than expected, but no one should be happy about him being in the starting lineup.

  142. 142 Avery Greene said at 8:18 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    You don’t think they like Goode?

  143. 143 GEAGLE said at 4:29 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Cam has two transverse fractures in his lower back..sme injury romo suffered this year

  144. 144 Ark87 said at 6:06 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    same in label anyway. Cam has nothing to play for at 4-8-1…oh wait they do because they are only a half- game behind the division leader with a head to head against them in week 17. Jesus. I wish the kid well. He’s taken a hell of a beating all season long and now this.

  145. 145 SuPaFrO said at 4:41 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Does any one know much about the wr devin Funchess? Idk anything about him besides that he’s a 6’5 jr. N had alot of yards. But if he does become n eagle his nickname should be Funky D. Or if he becomes a star the group should be named Funky Bunch xD

    I kno im dumb

  146. 146 GEAGLE said at 4:55 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Keep juggling him back n fourth between playing WR and playing TE.. I like the kid, but I need to see his combine and senior bowl before I can start trying to seperate the top Wr prospects

  147. 147 Insomniac said at 5:06 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Personally I think the kid is overrated. Too slow to be a great WR. Too weak to be a great TE. He has questionable hands and for a guy that big…he doesn’t play big at all. Imagine Jordan Matthews as a TE I guess?

  148. 148 bill said at 6:16 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Know nothing about the kid, but your description sounds exactly like the tweeners Chip loves because they can be “flexed” to create mismatches. Strength can be improved, and blocking technique taught, and it doesn’t seem like Chip cares that much about having questionable hands (that was a big knock on Ertz, and a concern about Matthews, IIRC). Again, not an opinion on this kid, just noting that your description sounds like honey for Chip Kelly.

  149. 149 GEAGLE said at 6:33 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Thnk we need to find out about Charecter, football intelligence, goal oriented(did he graduate?) before we can Label chips Honey player.. For years I heard fans and media say johnny Manziel was chips dream…when in reality, Chip would never deal with that jackass as the QB of his pro team..,maybe the kid was an endearing high school senior,but he has grown into a complete donkey

  150. 150 Media Mike said at 5:51 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Bad college program with really annoying fans.

  151. 151 A_T_G said at 6:28 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    We’ll, if all of that is going to happen, we should definitely resign Marky Mark Sanchez.

  152. 152 SuPaFrO said at 7:14 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Oh i thought it was a given haha

  153. 153 GermanEagle said at 8:53 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch, let’s sing it: ‘you gotta believe!’

  154. 154 GermanEagle said at 5:13 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    With Huff most likely missing the next game hopefully Polk gets more touches against the Cowboys.

  155. 155 Media Mike said at 5:52 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I could see that, but I’d much rather see Shady go 30 carries for 216 yards or something rude like that.

  156. 156 Jarock said at 6:13 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I hate seeing a RB carry that many times. A single game, and ok, shouldn’t have too much of a negative impact. It’s rarely a single game though. Can’t help but think that Dallas is killing the milk cow with how many carries Demarco has gotten this season.

  157. 157 anon said at 1:23 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    yeah Demarco’s career could be over, DM2K?

  158. 158 Jarock said at 6:08 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    As frustrating as MSII has been as a draft pick, I think Huff’s been worse. You can see some talent, but his mistakes have been myriad. He never would see the field if he wasn’t an Oregon alum.

  159. 159 anon said at 6:23 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    some talent? He’ll be great if he can hold on to the ball.

  160. 160 Jarock said at 6:35 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Talent doesn’t overshadow mistakes or MSII would be on the field now. Huff’s hasn’t made one or two mental errors, he’s made a comedy of them. As for his talent, only skill that’s close to elite is RAC. Route running is mediocre. He’s not a deep threat. I love Chip and don’t have a huge issue with his love of Oregon players, but he took Huff a full round earlier than he should have.

  161. 161 anon said at 1:22 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    agree with draft placement — that was crazy

  162. 162 mtn_green said at 9:04 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Tease you with flawed Steve smith talent

  163. 163 RobNE said at 6:09 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    What is wrong with huff?

  164. 164 Jarock said at 6:11 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Fumbles, drops, etc . . . Oh, you meant injury??

  165. 165 GermanEagle said at 7:37 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Hip.

  166. 166 Media Mike said at 5:15 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Who is this franchise QB in Carolina Tommy mentions? I don’t see anything down there but an overrated piece of turnover prone read one and run garbage.

  167. 167 Jarock said at 6:06 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Hating on Cam? I don’t think he’s a world beater, but he’s still an exceptionally talented QB on a team that insists on surrounding him with garbage. I think the GM must secretly be sabotaging that team cause their personnel selections last offseason were insane. (or not so secretly)

  168. 168 Media Mike said at 6:12 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Not a fan of Scam at all.

  169. 169 anon said at 6:22 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    But NF is a great QB if only he had a healthy OL?

  170. 170 GEAGLE said at 6:29 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Cam has 50 starts umder his belt kid…Nick has 20. Yes developing young QB should be placed in healthy situations.. Let’s not be a donkey today

  171. 171 anon said at 6:56 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    No OL, no RBs, No WRs it doesn’t matter if you’re Peyton you wont succeed.

  172. 172 bill said at 6:29 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Playing with Division 1A rejects is an excuse for every QB EXCEPT Nick, apparently.

  173. 173 Media Mike said at 6:29 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Foles should stop making stupid decisions and/or throwing off of his back foot no matter who is on the line.

    Mutually exclusive conversation. Scam’s whole approach to the position of playing QB sucks, Foles has some poor execution issues.

    Scam sucks and so does every other read one and run bum like RGKnee, Kaepertrash, and Johnny Streetball.

  174. 174 holeplug said at 7:21 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I’ll take him

  175. 175 Media Mike said at 7:21 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    You can keep him.

  176. 176 mtn_green said at 5:41 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Stakes are too high to think Dallas is a pushover. Eagles will bring their A game.

  177. 177 Media Mike said at 5:44 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    And the Eagles A effort beat any effort Dallas can muster!

  178. 178 GEAGLE said at 6:22 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    No chance for a down game after our OL just crapped the bed and didmy play up to their potential against Seattle…

    Dallas isnt at the level teams like Eagles, seattle, arizona are in the trenches, Dallas defense is too poor to compete right now with playoff teams like us, seattle, GB, even detroit

  179. 179 shah8 said at 6:14 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    I am going to be watching the Carolina Tampa box score, and while the Browns game is more likely, I’m feeling that I might get to watch my favorite QB in a live round situation! Just depends on how the Tampa pass rush is doing…

  180. 180 RobNE said at 6:16 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Webb is playing?

  181. 181 shah8 said at 6:21 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Decent chance that he does. Derek Anderson is not good with a bad OL, and if you can take away easy passes from him, you should make him pretty horrific. Again, this is probably most likely to happen when Carolina plays Cleveland.

  182. 182 ICDogg said at 8:19 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7483/15364925974_62dfd3b40d.jpg

  183. 183 A_T_G said at 8:28 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Impressive.

  184. 184 SteveH said at 8:50 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    More Aaron Rodgers porn, because it never gets old:

    “Incredible stat from NFL spokesman Randall Liu: Aaron Rodgers had his 100th start on Monday night, and he could have gone 0-for-69 with 69 interceptions and still set a record for best quarterback rating through 100 games in the Super Bowl era. He had a 107.1 career rating coming into Monday night’s game. And he didn’t throw 70 interceptions.”

  185. 185 anon said at 9:00 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    yeah watching him play is crazy — GB is so lucky.

  186. 186 daveH said at 9:45 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    GRAB THAT SAINTS RECIVER –HE IS BIG !! WHO ESLE THEY DUMPING ??? VACCARRO THE SAFETY ??? DAM GET THAT GUY NOW !!!

  187. 187 ICDogg said at 10:00 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

  188. 188 anon said at 10:13 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Malcolm Jenkins graded poorly in pass coverage. He was targeted 11 times
    and allowed nine catches for 111 yards and one touchdown. He also
    missed three tackles.

  189. 189 GermanEagle said at 10:20 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    But what about all 22….?! *lookingdownthefloorandkickingupdust

  190. 190 SuPaFrO said at 10:49 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Ithought it was a really bad gameplan. After the 3 catches billy badass shoulda made some adjustments

  191. 191 Seth Joyner said at 11:17 PM on December 9th, 2014:

    Did he really give Howie no credit for Bennie Logan or less so jordan Matthews?????

  192. 192 The Linc – Eagles are in Dez Bryant’s head | nflfans247.net said at 7:03 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    […] Appreciating Howie – Iggles Blitz2012 presented a challenge to Howie Roseman. Reid had to go, but was more than that needed? Did the Eagles need to be blown up? Roseman didn’t panic. He went out and found the best coach he could, Chip Kelly. It took some time, but Kelly eventually took the job. Some executives would have talked about a complete overhaul of the roster. Roseman saw talent in place and knew that 2012 was somewhat of an anomaly. The Eagles didn’t have 4-12 talent. They played like it that year, but the right coaching staff could solve many problems. Roseman was able to work on upgrading the roster where it needed help. […]

  193. 193 The Linc – Eagles are in Dez Bryant’s head | Sports Feedr said at 8:40 AM on December 10th, 2014:

    […] Appreciating Howie – Iggles Blitz2012 presented a challenge to Howie Roseman. Reid had to go, but was more than that needed? Did the Eagles need to be blown up? Roseman didn’t panic. He went out and found the best coach he could, Chip Kelly. It took some time, but Kelly eventually took the job. Some executives would have talked about a complete overhaul of the roster. Roseman saw talent in place and knew that 2012 was somewhat of an anomaly. The Eagles didn’t have 4-12 talent. They played like it that year, but the right coaching staff could solve many problems. Roseman was able to work on upgrading the roster where it needed help. […]

  194. 194 philliesfan136 said at 2:16 PM on December 10th, 2014:

    ( With all do respect to Tommy ) I think that this article is faulty and misguided. I will address the issues individually. #1 ) Regardless of the excuses that people want to make for Howie, he WAS the ” official ” GM ( and was at least culpable for the 2010 and 2011 ) disgraceful drafts. #2 ) As for Trent Cole and Todd Herremans, neither contract extension, was exactly cap friendly. Most likely, this upcoming off season, they both will need to restructure or be cut. #3 ) As for the, ” Roseman didn’t panic ” statement …. why would he ? You don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Why would any GM ” clean house ” just for the sake of cleaning house ? He did what any sane person would do ( whose career depends on acquiring and keeping good personnel ) and he kept the best players. #4 ) He was also ( I know, it was ” ALL ” Reid and Banners fault ) instrumental in the 2011, free agency ” Dream Team ” fiasco. Yes, I am very happy with the drafting of Cox, Kendricks, Ertz and Johnson. Yes, there were also some nice free agency acquisitions and trades. ( see – Tom Gamble ) My biggest problem is this : The vast majority of NFL teams that have ” GREAT ” rosters, and or routinely replenish their rosters with ” NEW ” talent, have GM’s with many, many years of personnel scouting experience, and have trained under veteran, experienced GM’s. Howie has done neither. He was fast tracked by Jeff Lurie and Joe Banner, without ” Earning ” his promotions, and acquiring the requisite experience to perform at a high level. The result has been that the Eagles fans have had to suffer through Mr. Rosmans internship while he achieves the experience that he should have already had, before being promoted to the position of GM. This position ( in my opinion ) is the most important position of ANY sports franchise. The one credit I will give the Eagles is that they finally acquired several ( very experienced ) personnel people to ” guide ” Howie through his learning curve. Going in the right direction …. but ( could have ) been, MUCH further along. GO BIRDS.

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