Posted: June 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 98 Comments »

A lot of drama went away when Fletcher Cox reported to Philly to take part in the Eagles mandatory minicamp. Over the top questions and crazy hyperbole were ready to run rampant, but now we’ll have to live without them. Until the next crazy situation, which always seems to be around the corner with the Eagles.

Cox didn’t miss a lot. He will primarily be the 3-tech DT (or the Under Tackle) in the new scheme. His job is to attack up the field. Over and over and over. Sure, it would have been good for him to work with the new DL coach on some technique stuff and to shake off the rust, but Cox can get up to speed in a hurry.

I agree with Les Bowen that the Eagles actually benefited from Cox’s absence.

In the meantime, Cox’s absence has helped the Eagles get a better feel for their depth at defensive tackle, one of the positions most affected by the switch from 3-4 to 4-3. Beau Allen, drafted in 2014 as a gap-filling nose tackle, has pared his body-fat percentage in an attempt to be more viable in a 4-3.

Asked about spring standouts on Friday, Pederson spoke of “some defensive linemen in there that have really shown flashes of giving us depth at that position.”

Center Jason Kelce, asked Friday who has impressed him, said: “Mike Martin . . . has given tremendous effort, each and every day. I would be doing him a disservice if I didn’t point out how much he has stood out in these OTAs, the effort level he has brought.”

Martin, 6-1, 298, the Titans’ third-round pick in 2012, signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in free agency. He’d played nose tackle in a 3-4 in Tennessee and thought his quickness and aggressiveness might be more suited to a 4-3.

“To have an opportunity to play in a defense like this, that I feel fits my playing style very well, is a huge opportunity for me,” Martin said. “I just want to make sure I capitalize on it as best I can.”

The Eagles know Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan are the starters at DT. They have Beau Allen as a backup. Taylor Hart is making the transition from 3-4 DE to DT, a position he hasn’t played in the NFL. Mike Martin is a veteran, but is new to the Eagles and to this scheme. UDFA rookies Destiny Vaeao, Connor Wujciak and Azziz Shittu all have a ton to learn.

Those players got extra reps with Cox skipping the OTAs and Allen missing time due to injury. OTA reps don’t tell you much about who can shed blocks, but they do mean something to players trying to learn a new scheme and who need lots of technique work. You don’t need contact to see how a player lines up, gets off the ball and looks on the move.

I’m still curious about Allen. He was a NT at Wisconsin as a Senior and has played that role in the NFL. He can 2-gap.

What I don’t know is if Allen can attack and be disruptive. The Eagles have kept him around this long. Maybe that’s because he’s hurt. Or maybe they value the thought of one DT being more of a run-stuffer type. I thought Allen would have been long gone by now, but he’s still here. We’ll see how he does in Training Camp.

Darren Sproles also showed up on Monday. His absence wasn’t an issue. Doug Pederson said on Friday that Sproles and Duce Staley are close and had been in regular contact.

Sproles’ absence meant extra reps for Kenjon Barner and rookie Wendell Smallwood. Both players took advantage, impressing the coaches and showing they deserved to be regular parts of the RB rotation. Sproles doesn’t know the Eagles offense, but he is a smart, veteran player and should be able to pick it up quickly. This is another case where the team benefited from extra reps going to the young guys.


This kinda shocked me.

Go read Brandon Lee Gowton’s reaction to the PFF ranking.

BLG covered that well. No need for me to comment, beyond pointing out the fact that PFF comes up with some bizarre conclusions.


98 Comments on “Coxwatch”

  1. 1 Coxwatch - said at 10:00 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    […] Tommy Lawlor A lot of drama went away when Fletcher Cox reported to Philly to take part in the Eagles mandatory […]

  2. 2 OakBrigade said at 10:10 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    1)Allen can be useful, and Schwartz can experiment some stuff with him, if he doesn’t correspond well, he will be a fit somewhere.

    2)I think Doug like more Smallwood than Barner. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t be surprise if we add another RB and cut Barner as the season goes.

    3)Sad to know about Boykin hip injury this week. Seems to be very serious as some teams reject him. Fan favorite player for some years, wish him well.

    4)Just thinking out loud about Matthews and if he can play at a high level outside. I think he can play well against average coverage and decent QB play, but against top corners I don’t know.
    Sometimes I remember Brandon Marshall while watching J-Matt play. Speed is not a problem for Marshall, but he is one inch and a half taller and can catch jump balls.

  3. 3 anon said at 10:48 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    JMatt is great for where we got him, but he doesn’t jump off the screen like Watkins or some of the other young WRs.

  4. 4 MattE said at 2:32 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    still glad we got JMatt over Marquise Lee.

  5. 5 wee2424 said at 3:06 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    I’m not sure where you are getting Pederson likes Smallwood over Barner. I would like to hear that just because I don’t think Barner is really that good at all, but all the reports have Pederson raving about Barner.

    Now that could just be Pederson being supportive of a player and putting some fluff out there, but I just don’t see a single thing that indicates the theory of him favoring Smallwood over Barner.

  6. 6 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:27 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Frank Reich also did a Q and A on Reddit where he also raves about Barner, for whatever thats worth

  7. 7 Aaron said at 10:23 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    Im first

  8. 8 daveH said at 12:18 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Double a Ron aalways first

  9. 9 anon said at 10:47 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    I couldn’t even get past the title.

  10. 10 Wintrode said at 8:44 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Lol, I just started hearing the 70s bow-chicka-bow-now music in my head… great pron title.

  11. 11 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:37 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Sounds like a spin off of baywatch for woman

  12. 12 Greg Tulino said at 10:57 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    5th ranked roster in NFL?? Most pundits think we have the 5th worst roster and record in 2016 based on their predictions and current power rankings. I am hopeful we will surprise people and compete to win our division.

  13. 13 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:25 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Roster is better than most seem to think, but not as good as PFF thinks… Silly for PFF to put us ahead of teams like Bengals, Broncos, Cardinals

  14. 14 Tumtum said at 2:38 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    I think they hit the NFC east rankings right on the head though. Not only do I think we compete for an East title, I expect it.

  15. 15 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:30 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Damn right,,,, I consider it a blatant failure if we don’t win the division. I don’t see any reason why eagle fans should be expecting, or accepting some 6 win season,.. Division crown or Bust, that’s what the Eagles decided,when they opted to keep Bradford, Peters, SPROLES instead of going with a youth movement, and im grateful that they made this decision because I see a division Ripe for the taking, and while many national dopes see us as the least talented team in the division, I don’t see the blatant holes at key areas of our roster that I see as glaring weaknesses of our Rivals..
    Why the hell should we,win the division when we have a Rival wifh No pass rush, weak sexondary and the least durable QB in the NFL? We have another rival wifh a pathetic OL who just dream teamed their way to a defense, good luck with that… And our 3rd rival still has a young unproven QB who hasn’t beat anyone with a proven record and needs to have a second season in a row before I believe he is anything more than hype like his predecessor RG3.. Why shouldn’t we win the division?
    And the fact that a moron like ESP thinks we will be last in our division, totally backs me up lol

  16. 16 Ben said at 12:28 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    I am with you my fellow Eagle fanatic.
    I eat drink and breath this team for over 40 years.

    Each season we can all dream about having our players come together for that one magical season where every catch-able pass is caught and the ball just seems to bounce our way more often than not, then and all of the sudden we find ourselves at the top of our division and dare I say dominating some opponents that have those glaring weaknesses you mentioned.

    Let me just say ANY team can have a great season and after watching what Carolina did last season made me believe that even this Eagles team can be THAT team as I feel we have more than enough talent to beat ANY team on any given Sunday.

  17. 17 Gian GEAGLE said at 8:57 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    Yes sir… Normally im patient and im all about building the right way, respecting the player development process, but these last two seasons were rough and emotionally draining, so I really need an enjoyable season to recharge my fan battery… And I don’t think too much of our rivals rosters so to not take advantage of such a winnable division would really suck..
    Here’s hoping for a divisipn crown. We aren’t winning a SUPERBOWL, but we have a young team, and there is value in them tasting success and having something to play for late in the year, playoff experience.

  18. 18 Mitchell said at 11:03 PM on June 6th, 2016:

    I came to read the latest Eagles buzz but after comprehending that title, I thought I had accidentally come to a much more…….. adult site and read further anyway!

  19. 19 TommyLawlor said at 12:00 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    We’ve had a few Eagles change their name. I’d love Fletcher to change his to Parker or Thomas or even Kempski. Would help me to avoid salacious titles and phrases.

  20. 20 Mitchell said at 1:27 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Well, at the very least you’ve stumbled across one hell of a Baywatch sequel title.

  21. 21 ICDogg said at 1:35 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    How about… Fletcher Nutsack?

  22. 22 Stephen E. said at 9:45 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Well, I was hoping that Travis Long would finally get healthy in the hope that we could get some shots of him sitting on the bench next to Fletcher. Or Lane.

  23. 23 Mac said at 10:08 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    I was hoping the name Fletch would catch on.

  24. 24 A Roy said at 3:09 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Do you mean Thomas as in John Thomas?

  25. 25 eagleyankfan said at 7:13 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Good stuff. I don’t always agree with what’s written, but it’s always good stuff. :).

    Sometime we get carried away with numbers(and I’m a numbers guy)…Numbers like: Bradford was the most accurate QB under pressure….

    Taken from the article:

    Again, Sam Bradford did not play pretty well in 2015. He ranked: 11th in completion percentage, 25th in yards per attempt, 33rd in touchdown/interception ratio, 26th in passer rating, 34th in ESPN’s QBR stat, 24th in DVOA, and 24th in DYAR. His PFF grade ranked 12th, which is why they’re not as down on him, but that’s still not overly impressive. Even if you take Bradford’s best seven game stretch of 2015 and compare it to the best seven game stretches of other quarterbacks, he still only ranks 21st overall.

    If someone(cough: D3FB for example) can help explain — they said Benny Logan will be a “fine nose tackle” … And Cox is a DE….Graham/Curry as edge rushers. Who would line up next to BL on inside? I thought that would be Cox. I’d consider BL a DT, not a NT in a 4-3. That’s where the confusion sets in….can someone explain the front 4? (I thought it was DE-DT-DT-DE)…

  26. 26 Bert's Bells said at 8:16 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    The DTs do different things. The NT typically engages two blockers and the other (Under Tackle?, can’t remember) is the attacker. In classic Andy Reid terms Hollis Thomas vs Corey Simon. They’re still DT, but with specific roles.

  27. 27 Anders said at 8:33 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    In the 4-3 you often have a 1 tech and 3 tech tackle. The 1 tech tackle will sometimes be called NT and the 3 tech will be called UT (under tackle in the under ront) or OT (overtackle in an over front, but not as used acronym)

  28. 28 D3FB said at 8:50 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Cox will be the 3tech. Logan will be the 1 tech.

    NT while classically thought of as the 34 war daddy type, is also used to describe the 1 tech DTs (because some people line them up at the 1 tech and others at the 2i technique). It’s interchangeable language, personal preference thing.

    Cox can play either but will be used at 3 tech because it maximizes his potential, Logan can play either and will start at the other position. You can play them as right DT and left DT but again you want Cox with as many 1 on 1s as possible so you probably wouldn’t. Martin is a solid backup 1 tech reminds me a bit of Mike Patterson. Beau while not ideal can at least do some run clogging and has value on short yardage situations and with Logan capable of playing the 3 and Vinny being able to play Nascar DT in pass sets you could conceivably keep him if none of the young guys step up.

  29. 29 eagleyankfan said at 9:08 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Ok –not including stunts…. Benny will line up(mostly) on the inside of the guard(strong side?) and demand the double team. Cox(mostly) will line up just outside the other guard to create the 1-on-1 (theory is, center will help block Benny, leaving Cox with 1-on-1.)

  30. 30 Anders said at 9:39 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Schwartz uses a fair bit of over front, so the 1 tech will be on the weak side

  31. 31 D3FB said at 9:55 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    In the below picture Cox is Dareus Logan is Charles. The NT lines up either on the inside of the G (2i) or the outside should of the C (shade/1tech).

  32. 32 eagleyankfan said at 10:54 AM on June 7th, 2016:


  33. 33 Tumtum said at 2:35 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    That alignment brought back so many bad memories…lol.

  34. 34 Anders said at 3:38 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    Had it been Washburn, Charles had been on the outside should of the guard, not inside

  35. 35 Tumtum said at 1:31 PM on June 8th, 2016:

    Good call. Not to mention Wash didn’t care about anything else other than his line. He obviously didn’t agree with the way Juan implemented the defense behind him, but didn’t seem to offer much assistance either. I think the two biggest problems of that era were behind the line, and the fact that it seemed like Jim got to play his line on any call he wanted. There was no Gym Shorts to reel him in.

  36. 36 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:23 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Bennie Logan = Hollis Thomas in a 4-3…….
    Hollis was big n stout enough to be able to play the NT in a 3-4, same thing with Bennie The beast

  37. 37 BobSmith77 said at 12:44 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    I haven’t seen a single article this offseason try to pimp Bradford’s value. He just isn’t a Top 10 guy and likely isn’t a Top 20 guy either.

    Other teams realize that and why the FA market (and trade market) was very lukewarm on him. Yeah he is certainly a starting-caliber QB in the NFL and isn’t among the worst options. He just isn’t very good either (20-25).

  38. 38 Cafone said at 5:05 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    I realize that he completely lacks the ability to freeze the backside defender on option plays, but I’m waiting to see how he does in an NFL offense.

  39. 39 Anders said at 9:41 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    For all people with questions regarding defensive fronts

    If offensive formations confuse you? Here is some good break downs:
    Personel groupings
    and formations

  40. 40 Cafone said at 10:00 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    While I agree that missing time does not hurt Cox at all, I doubt that his absence lead to any meaningful new information about the other guys on the roster considering that we are talking about DL and they weren’t even in pads.

  41. 41 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:35 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    You should have informed the coaches. They could have stayed home and take an extra two week vacation

  42. 42 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:20 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    According to Beau Allen, he shed some weight and trimmed down a bit per coaches request so he can better fit the new scheme. Don’t think he is going anywhere. But I think Hart ends up getting cut

  43. 43 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:34 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Sal Pal and ESPN are reporting live from Novacare of the course of the day. He “reports” that Cox is here because HOWIE and agent Todd France are still engaged in good faith negotiations and the two sides think they can get something done before training camp.
    Of course Sal Couldnt help himself from taking a bunch of shots at Chip and painting a picture that The players are all thrilled he is gone on some “Ding Dong the witch is dead” type Ish, but it comes from Sal Pal so I don’t take to serious

  44. 44 Forthebirds said at 10:55 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    The Eagles have the 5th best roster, Trump will win the Mexicañ-American vote by à làñdslde,. The Palestinians will make peace with the Israelis, PFF will win a Pulitzer for sports journalism.

  45. 45 Gian GEAGLE said at 11:07 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    What’s really crazy is how they,reached that conclusion… Basically they are going by which team has the best/most blue chip players. They give 5 eagles that status:
    jason Peters
    brandon Graham
    $ammy Dollaz
    malcolm Jenkins,
    What’s really bad is they also list 5 starters that we need to upgrade:
    1) Jordan Hicks….WTF!?!?!?
    2) Barbie doll
    3) Nigel Bradham
    4) Nolan carrol Who may not even be a starter
    5) Nelson Agholar as if they have any clue yet how good he will be
    I think we have a,better rostwr than most people seem to think, but when you start ranking us against rosters like the Bengals, Cardinals, THATS when I call BS

  46. 46 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:57 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Washington RB Matt Jones is trying to work on his fumbling issues by using a football that emits signals when the RB isnt applying pressure to all the key points on the ball
    Curious to see how technology changes NFL training in the next decade, 3dimensional cameras teams are beginning to use to record practice. I’d like to know what the NFL combine is waiting for to ditch the sop watches and do antiquated drills and start using all the advanced technology that the ESpn sports sciemce lab uses to measure athletes

  47. 47 Gian GEAGLE said at 11:22 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Cox issued a happy go lucky statement, all positive, and that any discussions about his contract or him missing OTAs will be a private matter between him, his agent and the Eagles and that he won’t be speaking publically about his holdout/contract talks
    Cox was supposed to be available to the media, but that has been cancelled and he issued this statement instead,,, Sal Pal claims that a league source texted him claiming that this “significant development” of canceling his media availablility in favor of a statement is because contract talks are heating up and they may come to a resolution in the near future…
    That would be nice, hopefully it’s true

  48. 48 BobSmith77 said at 12:56 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    How accurate is Sal Pal anymore even on Eagles’ issues? It seems like he misses an awful lot on stuff.

  49. 49 Sean Stott said at 4:14 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    He’s also an absolute jerkoff in person.

  50. 50 peteike said at 5:31 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Ive heard same thing from a source who encountered him while working for the Eagles and got the “do you know who I am” line from him, just the worst lol

  51. 51 Cafone said at 5:02 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    He may actually have more inside information now that the Chip Kelly regime is gone. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how his info pans out over the next year.

  52. 52 Ben said at 12:38 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    Sal is the Skip Bayless of Philadelphia media.

  53. 53 BobSmith77 said at 1:01 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    As much crap as Sal Pal gets too turning into kind of a hack who doesn’t really do much reporting anymore and being a talking head instead, his book on Frank Rizzo (self-entitled) is actually a good read. Leaves out some important details about Philly and broader PA politics at the time but really helps you to understand Philly & its politics from the mid-60s though early 90s of which Rizzo was very much at the center as police commissioner and mayor.

  54. 54 EaglesGameBalls said at 11:27 AM on June 7th, 2016:

    Eagles hold all the cards here. He will be franchised next year and God help him if he gets ibjured. He should just accept eagles offer. There is nothing he can do but risk

  55. 55 Lord of the Rings said at 2:29 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    and what about Bradford starting week 1?
    any thoughts?

  56. 56 the DONALD said at 3:36 PM on June 7th, 2016:


  57. 57 Ben said at 12:42 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    You can mortgage the house that he starts week one.
    If his receivers catch the balls he passes to them then he will do well IMO.
    Wish we upgraded the #1 WR spot, but getting Randal and Givens is better than Cooper and Austin and that’s not even debatable.

  58. 58 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:04 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Some promising tidbits:
    1) Bennie Logan wemt from 315-320lb NT, to around 305lbs these days to transition to the 4-3, specifically he wants to become more of a factor on pass rushing downs.

    There is NO REASON not to be excited about Logan because of the 4-3, he got plenty experience as a 4-3 DT at LSU, and there was a ton of talk early in his career from fans questioning if he was Big enough to play NT in a 3-4.. Logan often ISNT viewed as one of The players who benefit from a switch to the schwartz defense, but we could be pleasantly surprised..
    2) ROCKIN Rod McLeod impressed by Jalen Mills and thinks that Mills reminds him a lot of himself (Undrafted kid)…”Mills is doing a great job, taking coaching well,,improving each and every day. He is going to be a Good Player, man, special teams and all. He is just willing to work. You see him after practice too, getting work in on his own. You can see a good player. You like to see that from a young guy, he just looks hungry honestky”.,
    If anything, at least Mills hunger should push other young corners Like JaCorey, Countess. Rice…. Heck, he may end up pushing the veterans Nolan and Brooks for that nickel spot. It would be HUGE for us if we find out that Rowe,Mills and JaCorey are all Legit

  59. 59 Tumtum said at 1:55 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Careful I got eaten up for putting out similar sack projections a few weeks ago!

  60. 60 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:22 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    We aren’t getting 55’sacks unfortunately.
    I am however holding this defense to the standard of needing to finish top 5 in total sacks. Anything less has to be considered a failure assuming injuries dont cripple us of course,, I can’t see how this defensive rpster can consider the season a success if they don’t finish top 5 in sacks when we have the personnel and a scheme tailor made to allow the DL to Hunt

  61. 61 Ben said at 12:45 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    I would settle for having a 15th ranked D and winning our division.
    I think our offense needs to step up and give the D something to play for.
    I am not worried about Sam as much as I worry about the receivers catching the ball.
    If Greg Lewis can get those drops fixed this team can go places.

  62. 62 MagHelpsHubby.... said at 4:11 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    Agree on the D. There is much more to their jobs than sack totals.

  63. 63 truehaynes said at 3:32 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    The low end of your sack projections is 55. Pretty unrealistic. I would say 12 from Cox, 10 from curry , 7 each for barwin and Graham, 5 fom lbs, 2 from safety, 4 from other days besides Cox. That puts us at 47 which could easily lead the league

  64. 64 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:18 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Yeah there’s no chance in hell that we get 55 sacks realistically speaking..
    Not exactly my “expectations”, more like Goals Id like them to strive for, understanding that a few will definitely fall short(unfortunately) ..
    BARWIN, Curry and BG probably aren’t all going to reach 10 sacks, but in This scheme, I think they will get enough snaps to set a 10 sack goal for their caliber of player.
    Hopefully Cox is extended before training camp so we can root fpr Cox to get. Million sacks without worrying about what it does to negotiations
    BG and BARWIN are established enough to where we don’t need Sack #’s to know they are probably doing a solid job, but because curry paid his dues playing the good soldier all these years, I’d like to see him explode and really enjoy some success in this scheme. He deserves it
    I’d say Marcus Smith is the one I care the most about him hitting his mark. Invested two years of patience, so I think it’s fair to hold him to the standards of delivering 1’sack every 4 games this year, since he is playing for a future in this city
    If I had to say which group is least likely to hit their mark, it’s prbably definitely the Defensive tackle group. And if they do actually reach that sack goal it most likely means cox chased QB into their arms Half the time
    The final sack total DOESNT interest me much, but I’ll consider it a failure of underachieving if this defense Doesnt finish top 5 in sacks, we have the Coordinator, the scheme, and the horses to set that type of Loafty expectation

  65. 65 Cafone said at 5:00 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Bennie Logan only had 5 sacks in 2 years in college (we won’t count his freshman year) so a switch to the 4-3 isn’t exactly guaranteed to make him into a sack artist.

  66. 66 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:07 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Thanks, had no idea they kept track of college sack stats. Appreciate it bro. I learn something every day

  67. 67 Ben said at 12:54 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    True but Cox wasn’t forcing one on one match-ups for him either.
    Once Cox starts throwing his weight around it’s going to be fun to watch.
    Logan should see a lot of one on ones and I think he will have a better season than anyone expects in this scheme.
    Can’t wait for the leash to come off Cox.
    He is already the best player on our team, and I see him becoming the best player in the NFL this season.

  68. 68 BobSmith77 said at 12:41 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    uhhhh huuh hu huh tommy you said Coxwatch.

  69. 69 Tumtum said at 1:53 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Before I read the BGN piece, I’ll say that I’m not all that surprised at all with the PFF rankining.

  70. 70 Tumtum said at 2:30 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Yeah, now I’ve read it. Pretty junky article. Still think the roster is pretty good overall, their evaluation on the other hand…

  71. 71 mtn_green said at 2:12 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Is that player in ballers based on fletcher cox?

  72. 72 MattE said at 2:17 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    i stopped watching after episode 5…. get any better?

  73. 73 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:06 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    I could see the similarities

  74. 74 Lord of the Rings said at 2:30 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    wow happy birthday allen Iverson.
    41 years old? where has the time gone?

  75. 75 P_P_K said at 4:27 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Didn’t go to practice.

  76. 76 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:05 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Where’s the happy birthday GEAGLE? Fuck you, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to 😉

  77. 77 Lord of the Rings said at 8:56 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    oh no way you and Ai have the same birthday?
    happy birthday Mr. Geagle !

  78. 78 Gian GEAGLE said at 8:51 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    Yes sir…actually met him once on June 7th in club “glam” up at old city

  79. 79 Ben said at 12:55 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    Happy B-DAY…here’s a tissue.

  80. 80 Sean Stott said at 4:12 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Not sure why people are disagreeing with PFF on the roster position. PHI absolutely has a good roster. That’s why 2015 was such a disappointment.

  81. 81 Media Mike said at 5:23 AM on June 8th, 2016:


    1 – You are what your record says you are. So we’re sort of stuck with 7-9 being our deal.

    2 – I’m so fearful about continued uselessness out of Kelce, a further decline from Peters, and the specter of Barbre Doll haunting the LG position is going to keep this O-line as a mess that drags down the team.

    But I think there is a lot of talent here in several positions.

  82. 82 eagleyankfan said at 7:26 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    That’s where it’s easy to get sucked in…you look at last year and there were spots at the end of the season the Eagles could have taken control(even though bad play was happening). You take that ‘almost’ feeling and look at the additions made and think, these additions(RG, Safety etc) and think that’s enough to get off the 7-9 mark…even with the questions on line(Peters/Kelce)…I do think, without question – this is a better roster. As you’re fearful of the OL, I’m cautious about the rb’s durability….

  83. 83 bill said at 8:20 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    The thing that makes me shake my head at their analysis is that Peters and Bradford are listed as elite. Peters, was elite, now is very good when healthy, really don’t see him playing the whole season, and if I had to pick an o/u, would put it at about 8 games. Of course, he might play quite a few of those games with a big injury, thereby decreasing his ability further. Reminds me of Ryan Howard circa 2012 – everyone thought he still had time until father time smacked him. Age can cash in with interest very quickly.

    Bradford? I’m one of his bigger cheerleaders, and he’s never been elite, and it is highly unlikely he ever will be. He can be quite good still, but that’s very different from elite, and even ‘quite good’ is a relatively low probability.

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  85. 85 meteorologist said at 6:48 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    People are severely underrating this roster. The defense has stud talent at all 3 levels and up the middle. Bradford can be good enough and all we need is 1 or 2 skill position players to step up

  86. 86 P_P_K said at 9:35 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    I’m hopeful you are right but a bunch of things have to click together. The general thinking seems to be the Eagles are likely around an 8-8 team. I can’t quite tell if I think they are a 10-6/11-5 team because I am more knowledgable or because I’m a homer.

  87. 87 Media Mike said at 5:19 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    There is a lot to like about this roster for sure. There are also some flaws in it.

  88. 88 bill said at 8:13 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    In the salary cap/FA era, pretty much every roster has its flaws. The key is having enough talent at the most scheme critical positions to cover the flaws. I mean, Kurt Coleman was playing safety for a Super Bowl team last year. So it’s not like you have to have a flawless roster.

    To me, the Eagles have a pretty good roster. Not currently in league with the real SB contenders, primarily due to the scheme changes (players have to get comfortable in the scheme and perhaps most importantly, coaches have to learn to maximize the talent they have within their scheme), but also with Bradford, the range of likely outcomes is very large. I actually think it’ll be fun to follow this team for the first few weeks as they establish an identity. Could go really downhill from there, or it could blast off. But even in best case scenario, I don’t think I see this team winning more than one playoff game.

  89. 89 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:05 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    You want to get a good laugh?
    MUST READ: Bleacherreport article titled “Tanier Decodes Chip Kelly” by MIKE Tanier
    Basically it’s an entire article dedicated to decoding all his bullshit semantics and condescending remarks he has made since being coach of the Niners
    Great read..

  90. 90 Nailed It! said at 7:11 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    All this discussion of Cox not participating in any team drills is overblown in my opinion. I’m guessing it was clearly an agreement made between the Eagles and Cox’s agent to show up at MTA’s but to not have him practice fully, until they get a contract ironed out. It saves the litany of stories about him not being there while protecting him from a freak injury in June. Win Win

  91. 91 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:22 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    It’s actually good news IMO. Think it’s an indication that a deal ISNT too far away

  92. 92 wee2424 said at 8:40 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    Yeah, I think it may strongly hint on that.

  93. 93 Ben said at 12:56 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    If you had a chance to watch Pederson last presser, he also hinted about getting something done before preseason as well.

  94. 94 eagleyankfan said at 7:18 AM on June 8th, 2016:

    Or it’s the smart thing to do. Can’t show up cold and go 100% like the rest. Going to get injured that way….

  95. 95 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:26 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    You haven’t heard Elite quality, top shelf Eagle analysis until you hear Elliot Shorr Parker debating against PFF opinion of the Eagles. Lol

  96. 96 wee2424 said at 2:47 AM on June 8th, 2016:


  97. 97 daveH said at 10:36 PM on June 7th, 2016:

    I just got the joke .. great one Mr Lawlor !!
    Coxwatch is SASQUATCH
    .he’s our Sasquatch

    Took me til now to get it

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