Domination

Posted: September 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 267 Comments »

The Eagles played a Super Bowl contender on Sunday when they took on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles scored 34 points and the offense looked great. The Eagles only allowed 3 points and the defense looked great. What a crazy day. You see so few games where both units play at such a high level.

Carson Wentz is the headliner because he’s a rookie and had such a great day, but I want to focus on the defense for now. The Steelers were a Top 4 offense last year in points and yards. They are 4th in points this year and 7th in yards. They have the QB, skill players, blockers and scheme to move the ball and score points. The Eagles held them to 251 yards and 3 points.

The last time the Steelers were held to single digits was Week 2 of 2014 when the Ravens beat them 26-6. The last time they were held to just a field goal was 2011 when the Niners shut them down. You just don’t hold Ben Roethlisberger to a single FG. He’s so talented and so tough that at some point he is going to make a big play or two and get his offense in the end zone.

Didn’t happen on Sunday.

The Eagles D-line dominated the game, which allowed the back seven to focus on coverage. There was one play where the Steelers kept both TEs in to block. That meant there were 7 blockers for 4 rushers. Big Ben had time to look around, but only 3 receivers to choose from. He gunned the ball to his guy, but an Eagles DB was there to break up the pass. When the front 4 is able to either get pressure or dictate max protection, it changes everything.

And this wasn’t a case of one bad blocker being abused. All 5 guys up front for the Steelers were beaten at one time or another. RG David DeCastro was beaten for 3 sacks and had some holding calls as well. Fletcher Cox got 2 of the sacks and Bennie Logan the other. DeCastro is a good OL, but the Eagles were better on Sunday. The DTs exploded off the ball and pushed the pocket back to Ben over and over and over. The edge rushers collapsed things from the outside, rarely giving Ben anywhere to go.

Roethlisberger had 20 incompletions. He got sacked 4 times. There were numerous holding calls. He was picked off once, but the Eagles were credited with 12 PDs. That shows you that DBs were watching him and attacking the ball in the air.

I mentioned before the game that the Eagles wouldn’t shut down Antonio Brown. Nobody does. Let him have his catches. Just limit his RAC yards and the big plays. Brown did have 12 catches for 140 yards, but he never did get in the end zone and he was tackled right after the catch all game long. He didn’t have a reception of more than 20 yards. I actually think Ben helped the Eagles out by going to Brown too much. He threw the ball Brown’s way 18 times. That allowed DBs and LBs to key on Brown and fly his way.

The DL deserves a ton of credit for the big win, but so do Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. They always kept things in front of them. Pittsburgh had two long completions. McLeod made the tackle on both plays. I don’t think Jim Schwartz would ever say he’s a bend, but don’t break type of coach, but the bottom line is that you can live with a big play as long as you keep the runner/receiver out of the end zone. Make the offense earn those points. Just look at the Steelers opening drive. A 32-yard pass to Eli Rodgers moved them across midfield. McLeod was there to lay the wood to Rodgers and force him out of bounds. A few plays later the drive stalled. PIT attempted a FG, but Logan shot through the middle and blocked it.

Jenkins and McLeod combined for 10 tackles and 5 PDs. McLeod picked off a pass in the end zone when he stole the ball away from the receiver. Jenkins had a couple of impressive plays. He broke up a 4th down pass to Brown by driving on the ball. I think he knew Ben would force the ball there. There were several plays where Ben threw short, hoping his talented receivers could make a play. Didn’t happen. Jenkins and McLeod closed to the ball quickly and tackled well.

I don’t mean to overlook the LBs, but the DL and DBs were the stars of the game on Sunday. The guys up front never let Ben get into a comfort zone and the guys on the back end covered well, played the ball well and tackled well. It also helped that the Steelers had no run game and the offense turned predictable as they got stuck in catch-up mode.

The Eagles played solid defense for the first 7 games last year. They allowed 19.6 points per game in that stretch. A big part of that was takeaways. The Eagles had 19 of them in that stretch, with ILB Jordan Hicks helping out in a big way. He got hurt in Week 8 and the defense just fell apart. The team only had 7 takeaways the rest of the year and didn’t hold anyone to less than 20 points. Hicks is a good player, but he’s not so good that a whole D should fall apart without him.

Chip Kelly wanted to play 2-gap 3-4 because that was the defense that bothered him the most and he thought it would work best when trying to shut down elite QBs like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. You have to confuse them if you want to beat them. Okay, that does make some sense.

But Kelly inherited a team that had Trent Cole, Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham already in place. Cedric Thornton was there too. He had a good MLB in DeMeco Ryans and a talented WLB in Mychal Kendricks. That is a good front seven. All you have to do is fix a terrible secondary. Instead, Kelly ignored the talent in front of him and went about building a 3-4. Remember the early games from 2013 when Curry couldn’t get on the field, but Damion Square was part of the lineup? Yikes.

I guess we should be grateful because the Eagles did add Connor Barwin, Bennie Logan, Jordan Hicks, Beau Allen, Marcus Smith and Steven Means to be pieces of the 3-4. They are now part of arguably the best front seven in the league.

A great unit is built over time. We can’t really call the defense great until they’ve played at that level for a whole season, but this group has the potential to be a top unit. Jim Schwartz is no magician. He was given good players and is getting them to play at a high level. He is putting them in a scheme that allows them to excel. He’s not asking them to do things that aren’t in their nature. Cole, Curry and Graham all spent time learning to play OLB when they should have had a hand in the dirt and been trying to kill QBs. Schwartz has simply turned his front seven loose and they are playing lights out.

The right combination of players and scheme can produce big time results. We’re seeing that with the Eagles defense. The good news is that Schwartz is difficult to please so he won’t let his players get big heads. I can see him saying something like…

“You guys did some good things but the last time I checked 3 points is more than zero. Quit patting yourselves on the back and let’s get to work. We need to do better next time out.”

And that’s what you want. The harder Schwartz is on them, the harder they are on opponents.

It feels so good to see the Eagles once again playing good defense, right coach?

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267 Comments on “Domination”

  1. 1 Domination - said at 1:28 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    […] Tommy Lawlor The Eagles played a Super Bowl contender on Sunday when they took on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The […]

  2. 2 Greg Tulino said at 1:31 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I can’t wait for the Lions game. We owe them bigtime for last year. I would have to imagine the game will also still be of special importance to Jim Schwartz from his time in Detroit. JS should have pretty good insight on how to game plan for Matthew Stafford.

  3. 3 Dan said at 6:01 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’m sure it doesn’t matter to Schwartz, it seems he wants to destroy every team he plays, especially from his reaction to getting the ball back on 4th down from the Steelers.

  4. 4 ICDogg said at 1:58 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Not that they mean anything, but it will be fun to check out the power rankings this week.

  5. 5 Media Mike said at 4:35 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’m sure those rankings will all have the following problems
    – didn’t move us high enough
    – moved up Dallas too much
    – didn’t drop the Giants low enough

  6. 6 KillaKadafi said at 5:02 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind still being outside the top ten, I think we need to fly under the radar as much as we can for a couple more games at least (this is going to be pretty hard considering we won on MNF and routed the the Steelers)

  7. 7 A_T_G said at 6:31 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    We just dismantled a SB contender in every phase of the game. We are not flying under the radar of anyone who matters.

  8. 8 KillaKadafi said at 6:51 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    True, you would expect credit to be given where it is due but that’s not always the case – and it is exactly what I’m hoping for

  9. 9 sonofdman said at 7:42 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I bet we will still be behind the Steelers in most rankings, and still behind the Cowboys and/or Giants as well.

  10. 10 Julescat said at 9:19 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    an early pre-season power ranking list had the Eagles at #30.

    how times have changed.

  11. 11 ChoTime said at 9:32 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    We’ve been at the top of DVOA all season, dude.

  12. 12 Ark87 said at 9:56 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    yeah but that is all mathy and scientific and ish, what we need is some off the cuff opinion from someone rolling with the weekly narratives.

    Sarcasm aside, they are fun though, they get the clicks.

  13. 13 ChoTime said at 10:15 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    What’s the big deal, all rankings have numbers!?

    In any case, it is a bit fun to poke at the victimhood of fans upset their teams aren’t ranked as highly as they wished… Football Outsiders even has a handy form to use, especially funny since they just crunch the numbers and put them up there:

    is clearly ranked because . is way better than this.

  14. 14 Ark87 said at 10:38 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I think power rankings are purely social. Acknowledgment, acceptance, respect and all that. Just one of those human things that differentiate us from the computers that will overthrow us one day.

  15. 15 Mac said at 9:50 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Is Wasteam still favored to win the NFCE?

  16. 16 Cafone said at 2:00 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Well the Steelers were #2 in all the power rankings last week, so that means the Eagles will be at least #2 now right? 🙂

  17. 17 Media Mike said at 4:34 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    The level of disrespect given by a lot of folks in the our D line / their O line matchup going into this game was on my last nerve. Glad our D line showed folks what’s up.

  18. 18 Rellihcs said at 8:17 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I could say the same about some people and Barner.

  19. 19 Media Mike said at 6:07 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yard for yard, Barner didn’t deserve to be on this team and still doesn’t.

    Smallwood out snapping him by that much yesterday tells you who the coaches think is the better player already.

  20. 20 Crazymike663 said at 5:04 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    It was one Hell of a game to watch!! I hope This D can keep getting better 🙂

  21. 21 RC5000 said at 5:16 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    We need to not get too full of ourselves and stay hungry which I think we will because of the leadership we have in place but it’s easier said than done.

  22. 22 John Galt said at 11:29 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I have faith. Tommy is a great leader, and guys like D3FB will feed us objective info both good and bad. Not to mention shah8 and his negativity toward Wentz will keep the fire burning. No reason to believe that the Iggles Biltz crew will do anything other than come out of the bye still firing on all cylinders.

  23. 23 laeagle said at 4:26 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    But what if we fail to just think about one game at a time? What if we start looking ahead? As fans, that could have a real impact.

  24. 24 Nailed It! said at 7:09 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Stay Woke

  25. 25 P_P_K said at 6:15 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    In Doug We Trust.

  26. 26 A_T_G said at 6:33 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Co-counsel Lawlor, sit down. My client, the Eagles are unstoppable. That’s all you had to say.

  27. 27 Dragon_Eagle said at 6:34 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Check this out from Steelers wire. Little video complete with dramatic music is a nice touch.

    “It would be easy to point to the list of injuries suffered by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon as a reason for that debacle masquerading as a football game.”

    http://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2016/09/26/no-excuses-tomlin-says-11-on-the-grass-didnt-get-it-done/

  28. 28 Rambo said at 6:39 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    http://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/football/news/browns-cody-parkey-misses-three-field-goals-including-game-winner/

  29. 29 D3FB said at 6:54 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I really could have done without the shot of Timmons leg bleeding like a faucet.

  30. 30 Ark87 said at 9:49 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Luckily I was looking away or something, I only saw the bright red towel they cut back to.

  31. 31 A_T_G said at 10:10 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    How did that happen?

    Edit: (the cut, not showing it on TV)

  32. 32 RogerPodacter said at 10:12 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    yea, i am curious to know what happened as well. i didn’t see any of this during the game, and wasn’t sure what was going on when they said something about going to the hospital (?)

    Edit: not saying i want to see the injury or video of him bleeding, just want to know what happened.

  33. 33 A_T_G said at 10:13 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Either stitches from whatever cut him, or a cast for the the bone that cut him as it broke through the skin?

  34. 34 D3FB said at 8:43 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    I’d guess a helmet. That’s usually the cause for big gashes.

  35. 35 GermanEagle said at 7:07 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    The D and Wentz were great, but how about that play of our O Line?!

  36. 36 D3FB said at 7:08 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I did bad things when Kelce had a pancake.

  37. 37 A_T_G said at 10:10 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Between the OL play and Wentz actually going out of bounds, he was barely touched. Granted, the Steelers have 1 total sack on the season.

  38. 38 nopain23 said at 7:23 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    awesome win. didn’t see the game but mu buddies told me kelce is still really struggling and is the weakest link on the O line. Any idea what seems to be wrong? he used to be one of the top centers in the league. puzzling

  39. 39 D3FB said at 7:32 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    He had a bad snap and a hold. Outside of those two plays he was good.

  40. 40 sonofdman said at 7:38 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Complaining about Kelce or Agholor seem to be the go to for people who need something to be unhappy about.

  41. 41 D3FB said at 7:42 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Narrative takes hold and requires herculean performances to shake.

  42. 42 Rellihcs said at 8:15 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Exactly. Didn’t Peters have either just one less bad play or equal?

  43. 43 teltschikfakeout88 said at 9:45 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Come on…there have been plenty of cutups showing poor play by Kelce…I agree that maybe it is a little OOH with the media as most centers in the league will struggle with Danny Shelton…but there is plenty of smoke out there that is legit to make you wonder whether in this scheme we can’t do better…

  44. 44 Ark87 said at 3:55 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    And back when the narrative was that he was one of the better Centers in the league that can do things few other centers could, people used to find clips of him doing super athletic things and left out the gigantic NT’s putting him on roller skates, penalties, and bad snaps. You can still find clips of him doing those crazy open field blocks, but that would make it a little too complex to be a narrative, as Mark Twain said, fiction has to make sense.

    Of course we want to improve at the position, generally that is every position. But yes, Kelce needs some competition. The guy who everyone is calling on to replace Kelce did not look very good in preseason.

  45. 45 ChoTime said at 4:47 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    “Tom Clancy said, fiction has to make sense.”

    This is so true. I am an author, and it was one of the things it took me a while to realize. People want stories and stories have to make sense. Real life, of course, only makes sense occasionally.

  46. 46 Ark87 said at 4:49 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I changed it, I heard it as a Tom Clancy quote, but I think twain said it first, and something tells me it’s been around a while

  47. 47 D3FB said at 8:42 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    I was talking about yesterday. He’s taken stick despite playing very well yesterday because the running theme is he’s shit. He was very good yesterday outside a couple of plays.

  48. 48 Corry said at 8:51 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’ve been bitching about Kelce’s play through the first two games, but I thought he was solid yesterday. Bad play here and there but much improved from the first 2 weeks.

    I will say that I don’t think Pittsburgh lined up directly over him a lot. That’s when he’s been struggling the most, when he has a 0 technique lined up right on top of him.

  49. 49 Rob Jarratt said at 7:55 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Here’s hoping that Schwartz becomes the Dick LeBeau of the Eagles for years to come. If I’m correct, LeBeau left the Steelers for a head coaching job, failed, and then returned to the Steelers where he thrived in his comfort zone. Can’t let any other team poach this gem.

  50. 50 RogerPodacter said at 10:05 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    someone else’s thoughts from twitter –
    Schwartz has already tried & failed, might be more inclined to stay where he is, less likely to get poached.
    there is some fear that Reich could get picked up, though. he hasn’t had his shot at HC, might want to go that route and it would be hard for the team to keep him.

  51. 51 Aaron said at 8:01 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    we just blew out the steelers, wow, and they havea good chance of representing the afc in the SB, and we blew them out

  52. 52 Aaron said at 8:27 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    and why is huff still here, I figure they could at least get a pack of nabs and a coke for him from someone

  53. 53 RobNE said at 8:41 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I watched in a bar with no sound and was distracted by my kid’s potty breaks etc, but I was texting with my Pitt cousin during the game and he kept saying the refs were calling one of the worst games he ever saw. Now, he did say it didn’t matter (to his credit), but what say you? Hard for me to tell. Two plays we argued over:

    1. there was a PI called on Pitt on a 3rd down, guy going over the middle and a Steeler hooked his one arm. Was it the worst PI ever? no. But in the reply he clearly had his arm. My cousin was saying things like “WORST CALL EVER”. wth? I can see maybe ticky tack, maybe not catchable, but you have the guys arm and that might get called.

    2. The other was when Wentz got tapped in the head. I was like “he got hit in the head”. You might think it didn’t hurt him, and it wasn’t the hardest tap, but he clearly got tapped in the head, his head moved back, etc. That gets called. Not all the time, but when the ref sees it.

    Also thought that INT in the end zone was a bad call. That did look iffy to me. Not sure if they could have challenged that, but I had to go at that point.

  54. 54 ChoTime said at 9:31 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    When I saw that call, I wrote, “Wentz is also talented actor!” His reaction to the love-top reminded me of how Chris Paul or Steve Nash would flop when they got touched on the perimeter.

    But I’m not sure that makes it a bad call. He was hit.

  55. 55 P_P_K said at 9:56 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    My son said the same thing about Wentz. I didn’t like the call, per se, because I would have objected if it was made against one of our D lineman. I give Carson credit, though, that was a veteran-style flop.

  56. 56 xmbk said at 9:47 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Blow to the head was a no-brainer call. INT was automatically reviewed, no need to challenge. Looked like a pretty clear INT, doesn’t matter what the receiver does after they are down and the play is over.

    Couple ticky-tack calls, but I believe the Eagles ended up with more penalties. It was an old-fashioned butt-whoopin, he needs to own up and take it like a man.

  57. 57 RobNE said at 10:33 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    it looked to me like the safety didn’t have a hand on the ball, but then took it away as they went to the ground. Not sure what that means, but by then they were down 31 anyway and there was a holding call on the play too.

  58. 58 xmbk said at 11:23 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    He got a hand up and the ball was thrown under his arm. Right place at the right time. He gained control as they went down, then the receiver took it back.

  59. 59 Dan said at 5:56 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The thing is neither the WR or McLeod had possession of the ball until they were on the ground, the thing was the ball never hit the ground so was free for whoever got control.

  60. 60 P_P_K said at 9:54 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    He can use his yellow towel to dry his baby tears.

  61. 61 RobNE said at 10:51 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I did say well the Steelers can’t score and can’t stop us from scoring, so the refs seem to be a really minor problem.

  62. 62 John Galt said at 11:24 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I think it was definitely PI, although the no-call on Agholor last week was 10x worse. As for the head tap, I would say bad call there. I get that any contact to the head is a penalty, but he barely grazed his facemask, if he even touched it at all.

  63. 63 BobSmith77 said at 8:54 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    When was the last time the Eagles had a game where they had 2 DL (Graham, Cox) dominate so thoroughly from start to finish? Going back to maybe a

    Love to see the number of pass attempts where both of them gotten attention of 2 players. Seemed like a fair amount of amount especially as the game wore on.

    Wentz rightfully will get all of the attention this week but Graham has been the 2nd best player on this team through 3 weeks, a big reason why they are 3-0, and playing at a level that will get him not only Pro Bowl attention but more.

  64. 64 P_P_K said at 9:54 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Sounds like a great topic for debate: Whose the second best player? Nominees: Barwin, Coxx, Logan, Curry, Graham, Jenkins on D; Wentz, Peters, Celek, Sproles on O and ST.

  65. 65 D3FB said at 8:41 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Jenkins and it’s not close.

  66. 66 P_P_K said at 2:52 PM on September 27th, 2016:

    I could agree and say I’m hoping the other guys challenge him for the crown. I could also argue on behalf of Fletcher.

  67. 67 HawaiianEagle said at 9:16 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Bye weeks suck when you’re rolling.

  68. 68 ChoTime said at 9:55 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I predict it will be better than last year, when we were all at each other’s throats.

  69. 69 P_P_K said at 9:59 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    At the beginning of the season, when Bradford was qb1, I was hoping for 2-1, figuring on 1-2, considering we could be 0-3. Instead, yea, I agree, it’s a long two weeks and can’t wait to see the team on the field again. I’ll bet the players feel the same.

  70. 70 RogerPodacter said at 10:01 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    though with the Lane Johnson situation going on, i’d say the timing is pretty fortunate. he will likely be suspended for some amount of time, so we get an extra week of practice with whatever OL lineup we are going to go with to replace him.

  71. 71 BobSmith77 said at 12:12 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Also should get back Ertz, McKelvin, and Mathews too hopefully.

  72. 72 meteorologist said at 3:38 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The thing about this team is that it doesn’t feel like we are on a hot streak that we MUST take advantage of. These coaches have the players playing at a more or less sustainable level. At least I hope…

  73. 73 Donald Kalinowski said at 9:55 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Nigel Bradham was a pretty decent addition. I wonder if the Eagles have the cap next summer to keep Logan.

  74. 74 Anders said at 9:57 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    The big mystery will be the contract of Logan

  75. 75 Mac said at 9:58 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Are things so good that Logan considers at least a slight home team discount to stay? I could see him leaving if Schwartz is gone.

  76. 76 Dan said at 5:51 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Doubt it, he was a third round pick, he hasn’t been rolling in loot his career

  77. 77 RogerPodacter said at 10:00 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    looks like we have ~6.5 mil available for next season, for 43 players.
    http://overthecap.com/salary-cap/philadelphia-eagles/
    without bradford, i think we are good on space.
    there are a few players would could be cut/traded to free up a lot of space, too (Barwin, Sproles, Peters) depending on how they do the rest of this season.

  78. 78 Donald Kalinowski said at 10:04 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I don’t expect Kendricks, Kelce, Sproles, Ryan Matthews, or Daniels to be on the team next year. I think the surprise cut will be Barwin.

  79. 79 RogerPodacter said at 10:08 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    i could see us keeping Kelce, just because we will have other holes in the OL. not opposed to replacing him, though. But i’d rather only release Kelce if we get a guy and that guy proves he is better first.

    think Bradham will get a new deal if he keeps up his high level of play this year?

  80. 80 anon said at 10:16 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    think we drafted his replacement.

  81. 81 RogerPodacter said at 10:17 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    ah i see. forgot about Seumalo! he could definitely take Kelce’s job! (Saves 3.8M)

  82. 82 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:55 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Apparently people foolishly think Its possible for an offense to execute this well getting “putrid” center play
    ..
    Really wish people would stop talking about Kelce, #Ignorance

  83. 83 bsuperfi said at 12:17 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Ucch, I would hate to lose Barwin for so many reasons. He’s a savvy vet who seems to be a leader/great locker room presence. Our D-line is really what makes the D go, and at some point, depth will be tested. Having 3 really good ends is key. Barwin is so versatile, and though that versatility hasn’t been tapped yet this year, it’s a great trick to have in a coordinator’s back pocket. And then there’s all the social stuff he does for the city.

    I also have his jersey.

  84. 84 Bert's Bells said at 10:05 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    If the Eagles want him, Roseman will make it work.

  85. 85 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:53 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Logan is staying in philly.. Bradham might end up earning Kendricks contract lol

  86. 86 Seth S. Scott said at 9:59 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Feels soooo good. Its great to have a consistent QB, solid Defense and everyone playing as a unit. I cant even imagine if we can get some consistency at the run game……Smallwood flashed some great talent tho last night. 🙂

  87. 87 anon said at 10:15 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    great article Tommy. To be fair this same defense with those pieces had been getting trashed in the wide 9 for years. Kelly was a fool for sticking with a 3-4, but the eagles had bad defensive coaching before kelly go here

  88. 88 Iskar36 said at 12:24 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    You mean when we had an oline coach who didn’t really know what he was doing was running the show…. yea.. I don’t miss the days where we were trying to convince ourselves that there was sound reasoning behind that move.

  89. 89 MattE said at 10:17 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    we are using this Seattle blueprint pretty well.

  90. 90 eagleyankfan said at 2:48 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    except for all the illegal OTA’s ….

  91. 91 Tumtum said at 4:24 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    QB by any means necessary

  92. 92 BlindChow said at 10:23 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    One of the most impressive things about Wentz and no turnovers is I don’t remember any near-INT’s where a DB just didn’t make the catch. Roethlisberger had like five.

  93. 93 FairOaks said at 10:27 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I think there was one bad decision where the defender had the best chance at the ball if he had turned around. Pass towards the left sideline, first half I think. But other than that, yeah — and even that pass might have been thrown because the defender had his back to the QB.

  94. 94 BobSmith77 said at 12:10 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yeah the routine where Jenkins claps his hands and shakes his hands after dropping a possible INT has been a pretty regular occurrence while he has been here. Did it twice yesterday.

  95. 95 Donald Kalinowski said at 10:34 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I think you’re being a bit harsh on Kelly. Jenkins, Carrol, and Thurmond were decent additions to the secondary under Kelly. He also brought in Maxwell and drafted Watkins who is our backup safety. Hicks and Barwin were decent LB additions, and I think Kendricks was better suited for the 3-4. The defense wasn’t a disaster under Davis and Kelly. They actually carried the Eagles a lot in 2014 and 2015.

    And in Kelly’s defense this unit was terrible in the wide-9 and even worse when Todd Bowles took over

  96. 96 BlindChow said at 10:49 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Kendricks was drafted when we were still a 4-3.

  97. 97 Iskar36 said at 12:21 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yes, but based on his play in previous years and his play so far this season, he seems to fit in better under Davis than under Schwartz. Kendricks and Rowe are the two players that seemed to have declined due to the changes. You expect some of that of course, but it certainly doesn’t seem thay Kendricks is a great fit in this defense long term.

  98. 98 Cafone said at 1:54 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    If he was bigger we wouldn’t have gotten him in the 2nd round. He’s fast and that was supposed to make up for it. He may not be clicking with Schwartz, but physically he seems like he should be a great fit as weak side linebacker in this 4-3.

  99. 99 Anders said at 1:02 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Secondary players do not matter when talking 2 gap versus 1 gap.

  100. 100 (__!__) said at 10:48 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Jim Schwartz knew we had the right players in place when he decided to come here. Can’t wait to see our d-line against the cowboys o-line.

  101. 101 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:52 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    What Til you see what this DL does to the weak Giants OL, and the most pathetic RT/RG tandem in the NFl (Newhouse and Jerry)
    ..
    The DL been dominating the Giants OL the last 3 years, our DL is even better this year, while their OL is the same Shitty OL that couldnt hold up last year
    ..
    We are the best team in the division, primarily because we have the best combo of OL talent and DL talent in the division… It also helps that our rivals DONT have much talent at LB and Safety, which is going to hurt when they face Celek, Ertz, Burton, Sproles, Smallwood, Barner, Mathews, especially with a coach from KC that was really effective at throwing to TEs and RB’s

  102. 102 RobNE said at 10:50 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    So how good is Wentz. I think very, very good but I read articles where it’s like Dak, Wentz, the Denver guy, Garrapolo all are on fire. I don’t think they are doing the same thing, but I haven’t seen those other games.

    Also do you think it’s a little that other team’s don’t have much game tape on him?

  103. 103 anon said at 11:08 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    27-2

  104. 104 Ark87 said at 11:13 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’ve seen a fair amount of Simien, he goes through swaths of the game where I think he’s just not good enough to be a starter in this league, but then he’ll get hot and throw some very nice throws, or put together a very nice drive. He’s good enough with a defense like that, for sure.

  105. 105 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:47 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    He is ok. Im sure he isn’t developing, but there is a big difference between him and Jimmy G learning on the bench last year and a real rookie who played 1 quarter of preseason play before taking the field week 1 as a natural rookie

  106. 106 Ark87 said at 5:51 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Oh def, Of all the red hot new guys right now, we have the best one by a mile, I think.

  107. 107 Dave said at 12:50 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The next knock we’ll hear on Wentz is that the Philly defense is carrying the team.

  108. 108 ChoTime said at 2:25 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    No way to know for sure, but he’s done it all so far.

  109. 109 RobNE said at 11:20 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Kendricks only played 9 snaps

  110. 110 MattE said at 11:21 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    oh boy….. maybe we can trade for Erik in Minnesota lol

  111. 111 ChoTime said at 11:24 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Shark out of water.

  112. 112 Rambo said at 11:27 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    And he didn’t get injured? WOW!

  113. 113 MattE said at 11:20 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    I am thinking actually the BYE WEEK might be good timing….

    1) Shortens season to a similar length as a college season (13 regular season games left), which might help Wentz and the young guys for the stretch.

    2) LETS THE TEAM BREATH AND COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH BEFORE GETTING ON WITH SEASON. This i think is super important because Philly is going to be on the national radar for a solid week. I think Wentz has a good head too, but we just dominated the Steelers and I think catching our breath will help.

  114. 114 ChoTime said at 11:24 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Hasn’t hit yet. I didn’t hear anyone on talk radio about the Eagles. It was all about the Cowboys, or the Jets… I am not one to wallow in fan-victimhood, but even I find this very strange. They just beat Pittsburgh’s ass and are 3-0, for God’s sake.

  115. 115 MattE said at 3:34 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    …..unfortunately a lot of talk today was Arnold Palmer and Jose Fernandez 🙁

  116. 116 Tumtum said at 4:22 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I don’t want to hear a damn thing about this team in the national media.

  117. 117 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:45 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I don’t think a case can be made for week 4 bye being ideal… But it is when it is, a bye week is useful whenever it comes

  118. 118 anon said at 7:39 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Be interesting to see how we play NFCE opponents, do we fall flat and get hurt by trap games or is it something different?

  119. 119 HawaiianEagle said at 11:30 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Anybody listen to that star sucking bayless this morning? He said he had “reasons” Dak was playing better than Carson…

  120. 120 ChoTime said at 11:32 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Well, when you depend on ratings, you’re going to cater to Cowboys fans, that’s just how it is.

  121. 121 Will Mahoney said at 11:47 AM on September 26th, 2016:

    Skip Bayless is a professional troll. I pay no attention to that guy

  122. 122 BobSmith77 said at 12:05 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Just part of his basic shtick and out of the ‘Sports Talk 101’ hand book. Pay it no head.

    If he had to, he would take the opposite side of any argument including that the Moon is bigger than the Sun.

  123. 123 Birds4Life said at 1:24 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    He was also saying that Johnny Manziel was a franchise QB before he was drafted. So the guy obviously doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    Let the media keep hyping up the ‘allas cowgirls, it will be all the more sweeter when they crash and burn.

  124. 124 BlindChow said at 3:02 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The only time I’m forced to hear about this guy is when people like you bring it here.

  125. 125 MattE said at 3:34 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Skip Bayless looks like that older lesbian who can’t figure out if he wants to be the dominant or non-dominant member of a relationship.

  126. 126 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:43 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    It’s a disgrace that the national media employs him when he can’t help himself from acting like a blatant cowboy fanboy groupie… You would think that you need to be at least somewhat objective, or at least pretend to be when working for a national platform… Thankfully he is almost irrelevant now that he works for FoxSports1, that Channel is only good for UFC(cage fighting)

  127. 127 BobSmith77 said at 12:07 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Herm Edwards is a poor analyst but he can at least be entertaining. He said the Eagles were ‘juvenized’ and even though that isn’t a real word I agree with him. Wentz and Schwartz have ‘juvenized’ this franchise.

  128. 128 Dave said at 12:48 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I can’t imagine Herm using the word “juvenized”. The word “JUVENIZED” seems more like something Herm would use.

  129. 129 Cafone said at 1:50 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    It’s funnier because he meant to say juvenated which also isn’t a word.

  130. 130 parasolmonster said at 5:53 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Herm is essentially Michael Scott in NFL analyst form. “The Eagles aren’t overwhelmed by their opponents, they’re just simply whelmed.”

  131. 131 ChoTime said at 2:24 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I had a friend who’d always do this. The funny thing is the words he created were always so perfect that we knew exactly what we meant. We could also never remember them after the fact. They weren’t real words, but they should have been.

  132. 132 Tumtum said at 4:20 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I love Herm. Think he is great.

  133. 133 BobSmith77 said at 12:08 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Worst nickname for this team – Dream Team III.

  134. 134 sonofdman said at 11:43 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Not cool

  135. 135 BobSmith77 said at 12:14 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    One guy flying under the radar is Brooks. I gave him all kinds of grief given how he looked in preseason but he arguably has been their best CB so far.

    Carroll has been up and down, McKelvin has been out, and Mills has played like a late-round rookie including getting picked on a bit & giving up some big plays.

  136. 136 Dave said at 12:45 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    https://twitter.com/JoshPaunil/status/780446526694907908

  137. 137 CrackSammich said at 1:14 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Bad day for sure, but he was a 7th round rookie covering Antonio Brown for most of those, by himself, and I assume most of those came at the end of the day when we were playing prevent.

  138. 138 Will Mahoney said at 1:27 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    This was kinda all game. He had to cover AB around and he gave a deep ball to Coates

  139. 139 anon said at 1:52 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    What ca you expect really. AB gets 120+ a game weekly. No TDs though.

  140. 140 Will Mahoney said at 2:08 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    True. I wasn’t complaining. I expected him to get worked. just dispelling the notion that they were garbage time numbers

  141. 141 CrackSammich said at 1:54 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’d also add that it was clearly their gameplan to exploit the inexperience of Mills, and it still didn’t get them much but statistics.

    Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.

  142. 142 ChoTime said at 2:23 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    No, it didn’t happen in prevent mostly.

    It sort of reminds me of the game against the Falcons when Jim Mora, Jr got in DeAngelo Hall’s face and was yelling at him, “You owned him! You owned him!” even though TO got over 100 yards on 7 receptions.

  143. 143 HawaiianEagle said at 2:53 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    34 – 3 is all that matters. Brown exploits most corners, great experience for Mills moving forward.

  144. 144 unhinged said at 5:26 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Brown gets his catches against most NFL DB’s. I thought Mills did a decent job of tackling and keeping his eyes open.

  145. 145 eagleyankfan said at 2:40 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I asked Media Mike if he was worried about this match. He said no. 🙂

  146. 146 Tumtum said at 4:19 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I am very much okay with what Mills did. Stats don’t always tell the whole story.

  147. 147 Gian GEAGLE said at 6:28 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yeah think Mills has been much better than what the box score says…. We don’t get all that DL pressure without Mills playing well enough in the second half to make Big Ben hold the ball
    ..
    I have a feeling that the coaches are much happier with Mills play then then stat sheet looking fans seem to think
    ..
    He gave up a few big passes in the first half, but really clamped down in them second half of both games
    ..
    Fans also DONT compensate for the meaningless completions, like Brown catching a 8 yard pass on 3rd and 10.. Antonio Brown gets credit for it in the box score, but leting him catch passes short of the first down is what we want when we are tackling the way we did yesterday
    ..
    Surprised fans arent more excited about how Mills has played so far

  148. 148 The original AG said at 7:12 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Considering Antonio Brown is the best receiver in football, and he didn’t score a TD – I’m okay with this.

  149. 149 Nailed It! said at 12:57 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Anyone wanna explain to me what Kelce did on his illegal snap penalty?

  150. 150 Nailed It! said at 1:04 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I was at a bar and couldn’t really figure it out.

  151. 151 Birds4Life said at 3:06 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I think he moved his off-hand in a way that could’ve been interpreted as a snapping motion. I think they showed a replay of it a couple plays after it happened. It didn’t look like much, but they called it.

  152. 152 Gary Barnes said at 1:58 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Did not see the game live, was flying home from Las Vegas, but it was great since a whole group of us were doing Eagles chants after every score etc. Love Philadelphia fans. Eagles played a pretty flawless game and I just wish it was February instead of September.

  153. 153 RobNE said at 2:14 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Do the players stay at a hotel the night before home games? That seems odd.

    “Before Sunday’s game, Matthews was strolling through the team’s hotel lobby at 8:00 in the morning. He was getting breakfast. He passed Wentz in the lobby. Eight hours before he would take the field, Wentz was walking the other way, heading to study film.”

  154. 154 ChoTime said at 2:18 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’ve heard of some teams doing this to increase focus, especially if they happen to play better on the road.

  155. 155 Cafone said at 2:35 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Sleeping in a room that some stranger has just masturbated all over is usually detrimental to my focus.

  156. 156 HawaiianEagle said at 2:58 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Unless it was Christina Applegate…

  157. 157 ChoTime said at 3:49 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Have you watched Jim Gaffigan’s specials on Netflix?

    “The amount of denial we face in a hotel is staggering… If we knew that just once a stranger in our home used one of our towels, we would be like “BURN IT AND BURY IT IN THE BACKYARD! Here we sleep on beds we KNOW people fucked in less than 15 hours ago. I always sleep in the tub; whatever’s happened in there is a lot more clean than whatever happened in the actual room!”

  158. 158 Tumtum said at 4:17 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yeah think it is more common than staying at home.

  159. 159 D3FB said at 8:34 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Very common practice leaguewide.

  160. 160 CrackSammich said at 2:19 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    As much of some of you hate Huff, how about that performance by Markus Wheaton yesterday? Ouch.

  161. 161 Cafone said at 3:15 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    He was horrible.

  162. 162 eagleyankfan said at 2:45 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    “The Eagles played a Super Bowl contender on Sunday when they took on the Pittsburgh Steelers.” That was BEFORE the game. After the game it was all “well, Steelers aren’t that good” and “yeah, Eagles played well, but it was mostly Ben playing poorly”. Funny how the excuses come out after the game…

  163. 163 HawaiianEagle said at 2:54 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Just like the cowgirls beating the Bears was anything other than what they should have done.

  164. 164 Julescat said at 3:01 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    the Cowboys have an easy schedule and could get into the playoffs without trying hard.

  165. 165 A_T_G said at 5:36 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Maybe they can get in as a 13-3 wildcard.

  166. 166 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:38 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Cowboys are about to go on a Losing streak. Have you seen their next 4 games?

  167. 167 Media Mike said at 8:09 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Loss at San Fran
    Loss vs. Cincy
    Loss at Green Bay
    Loss vs. Eagles
    Win at Browns
    Loss at Steelers
    Loss vs Ravens
    Loss vs. Washignton
    Loss at Vikings
    Win at Giants
    Loss vs. Tampa
    Loss vs. Detroit
    Loss at Eagles

    4-12!

  168. 168 Julescat said at 8:12 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    loss at San Fran?
    loss at Tampa?
    loss at Detroit?

    they have to be better than that

  169. 169 Media Mike said at 8:14 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Nope. Losses, losses, losses! Bury them!

  170. 170 CrackSammich said at 3:03 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Everything about the Cody Parkey situation in Cleveland is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. The kid could have been so damn good before his injury.

    http://deadspin.com/how-deep-does-the-browns-kicking-disaster-go-1787089445

  171. 171 RogerPodacter said at 3:07 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    was just reading that. it sounds like the team made him fly from FL to OH, only to not meet with the team at all and fly back to FL. all on his own. oof.
    still have to wonder how healthy he is.shame that he had such a good season for us and may have just played his last game as a pro.

  172. 172 Bert's Bells said at 4:40 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    If he can bounce around in a semi-pro league for a couple years I wouldn’t be surprised if he made a comeback.

  173. 173 Dave said at 4:48 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    David Akers was cut several times and look how that turned out.

  174. 174 Media Mike said at 8:05 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Shame he wasn’t cut here one year earlier.

  175. 175 Cafone said at 8:33 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    “Former pro-bowler” should at least get him camp invites for a few years.

    The problem with Parkey is that, even if fully healed, he’s not that good. He needs to get back to where he was and somehow increase his distance and accuracy-at-distance.

  176. 176 anon said at 3:38 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Had heard that CLE poo-pooed signing Robby. But singing a dude on Saturday and expecting him to win a game for you on Sunday seems dumb.

  177. 177 Nailed It! said at 3:07 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’m in tears. Haha this gives me life.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtWLfrb8TwU

  178. 178 RogerPodacter said at 3:10 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Look at your hair!
    bwahahahahaha

  179. 179 Cafone said at 3:14 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    On the flipside, eatdatpussy445 took his shirt off and twerked. I am not linking it, so if you seek it out don’t blame it on me.

  180. 180 Media Mike said at 7:58 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Somebody I follow retweeted that; NOT COOL!

  181. 181 Ark87 said at 3:37 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Just skip the middle man
    just go right to the purest source
    https://vine.co/v/5vPUunmEzAB

  182. 182 James said at 8:39 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    HAHAHAHHAHAHHAH

  183. 183 Will Mahoney said at 4:19 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Just as bad as EDP or nah?

  184. 184 Bert's Bells said at 4:38 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Switch all Giants references with “Kenjon Barber” and you’ve got Media Mike.

  185. 185 Media Mike said at 8:03 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Only if Barner’s fumble vs. the Pats last year would have lost the game.

  186. 186 Media Mike said at 8:03 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    This was amazing.

  187. 187 MattE said at 3:29 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    can only imagine how Vinny Curry is taking this all in….. eagles fan growing up and went through Reid/Chip/Pederson Era’s as a player

  188. 188 RogerPodacter said at 3:34 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    a BGN comment (immynimmy) noted snaps played for each game this year vs last year.
    Week 1 of 2015: 77 defensive snaps
    Week 2 of 2015: 85 defensive snaps
    Week 3 of 2015: 76 defensive snaps
    And now for this year
    Week 1 of 2016: 51 defensive snaps
    Week 2 of 2016: 52 defensive snaps
    Week 3 of 2016: 60 defensive snaps
    Source: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/snapcounts

    Our defense has played 75 fewer snaps than last season after 3 games. At their current rate, that is more than one full game less.

  189. 189 iceberg584 said at 3:47 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    And five games (rounding down) less defensive snaps over the course of the season? Wow.

  190. 190 MattE said at 4:17 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The World is Quite Nice through Roseman Colored Glasses

  191. 191 milx said at 5:01 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    btw minor quibble it’s “rogers”

  192. 192 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:33 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The Niners should have announced the firing of chip kelly today, just because of how insanely different the Eagles playërs look with Chip gone, not because of anything that has to do with his time coaching the niners
    ..
    BG and Cox both have 3 sacks each in 3 games.
    ..
    malcolm Jenkins is balling, and ROCKIN Rod McLeod plays like a Savage!
    ..
    Bradham and hicks are balling, but Tully and Kendricks are also contributing
    ..
    Chip packaged like 3 draft picks to get Rowe, Howie plucked Jalen Mills out of the 7th n schwartz is coaching him up nicely
    ..
    If Carson Wentz and the Birds can light up the Vikings defense and win that game, then sky is the limit

  193. 193 Blackfoot said at 6:00 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    if chip was defensive coach sure it makes some sense.
    i’m just glad Wentz didn’t come here and learn QB from Chip, it would have limited his skills so much!

  194. 194 Gian GEAGLE said at 6:06 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Chip is worse than not being a defensive coach, he is an offensive coach who dictated to our defensive coordinater that we had to run a 3-4 defense… What business does he have deciding what defense we should run? He hired a 4-3under Defensive coordinator, while inherritting 4-3 personnel, And dictated that we had to run a 3-4. Even worse he couldn’t run an offense without putting a ridiculously abnormal amount of extra pressure on the defense, zero concept of Complimentary football
    ..
    If im the 49ers owner, I’d demand that chip never again publically state that time of possession DOESNT matter, because it makes him sound so Stupid.

  195. 195 PacificPurl said at 4:26 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Ridiculous. Chip had much success with QBs.

  196. 196 A_T_G said at 6:52 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Kendricks continued his pace of contributing 2 tackles per game. On the bright side (?) he did it while only playing 7 snaps.

    I am not sure that qualifies as contributing.

  197. 197 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:36 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The biggest lock of the yeàr is Eagles beating the Lions..
    .
    After how the lions Embarressed our defenders last year, the D is going to be foaming at the mouth to destroy that team in Detroit, Especially wanting to get their DC Schwartz a win in his return to Detroit.
    ..
    We are going to demolish the Lions, but the big test is what happens when the Vikings defense comes to philly

  198. 198 Blackfoot said at 5:59 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    lock?
    lets not get ahead of ourselves here.
    but I agree…

  199. 199 Gian GEAGLE said at 6:00 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Grow a pair. #DontBeScurred 🙂
    ,.
    Here is another Bold statement for you: if our DL stays Healthy, we will go into seattle and Rock their OLines World! Win the line of scrimmage, and we win the game

  200. 200 Tumtum said at 6:04 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Remember Andy Reid’s record off the bye? Doubt that was coincidence. Hopefully that secrete has carried over.

  201. 201 ChoTime said at 6:06 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Interesting charts of Wentz’ throws:

    https://twitter.com/MattHarmon_BYB/status/780265299996061696
    https://twitter.com/MattHarmon_BYB/status/780266636376805377

  202. 202 RogerPodacter said at 6:07 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    i remember this note from https://eaglesrewind.com/
    Against both the Bengals and Redskins, the Steelers routinely dropped 7-8 men into coverage, selling out to shut down the big play. With that, the underneath routes were open all damn game.

    probably explains why so many passes were so short.

  203. 203 BobSmith77 said at 6:28 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Also went with a lot of screens yesterday too and safety options underneath

  204. 204 anon said at 6:45 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I thought we hated QBs who made underneath throws.

  205. 205 Blackfoot said at 7:22 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    not if they result in a W

  206. 206 Dave said at 7:02 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Exactly, take what the defense gives. All of these sideline short passes opened up the running game in the 2nd half. Better to have 3 short passes for a 1st down than an interception into tight coverage.

  207. 207 Bert's Bells said at 6:13 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    6 out of 31 throws over 15 yards to both sides of the field is fine by me. Especially since the team was ahead of the sticks all game.

  208. 208 anon said at 6:46 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’m not the biggest wentz lover, but can’t throw downfield to WRs that can’t catch.

  209. 209 RogerPodacter said at 6:06 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Fran Duffy is dropping some really nice gifs on twitter.
    https://twitter.com/fduffy3
    would love to repost here, but i don’t want to spam the comments

  210. 210 RogerPodacter said at 6:13 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    but i will add this one:

    Entering Sunday, #Steelers Antonio Brown led the NFL with 11 3rd down targets for 6-104-1 TD. Vs #Eagles – 1 target, 0 catches on third down— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 26, 2016

  211. 211 Dave said at 6:57 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Fran is the man when it comes to all-22 breakdown the day after the game. The dude truly has an awesome job.

  212. 212 Rambler said at 7:43 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yeah I love his All-22 breakdowns. It is so awesome to see the progression of a play in a slower speed. And that 4th and 5 play that Jenkins breaks up the pass is insane. He clearly deserves the accolades he is finally getting.

  213. 213 Media Mike said at 7:58 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    He makes excellent content.

  214. 214 Gian GEAGLE said at 6:16 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    We only blitzed two times yesterday,,, our front 4 dominated against a steelers team that was keeping 6 or 7 guys into block all game long.
    ..
    If your DL can generate that type of pressure only rushiñg 4, THATS how you can put yourself on the map as a Super Bowl contender. Heck eli has two rings because they could generate pressure without having To blitz
    .,
    The best part is the defense gets stronger in the second half.. It’s been 3 games and no team passed for more than 80 yards against us in the second half
    ..
    RBA dEangelo Williams was playing really well going into yesterday and we made him completely irrelevant
    ..
    All the money they just gave to Costanzo and Bennie and Cox ate him Alive.
    ..
    They have a great pass blocking RT yet since the start of the game they had to give the RT help, using a RB to chip Brandon Graham, and BG still Beasted them

  215. 215 Gian GEAGLE said at 6:20 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I’d seriously love to know how many passes Wentz has so far that werent delivered with pin point accuracy.. I’ll be surprised if it’s more than 10 passes out of the 100 he has attempted.
    ..
    I don’t know what has been more impressive, his repetitive accuracy, or his QB Brain making Coaches like Horton, Vangio and Tomlin look helpless

  216. 216 A_T_G said at 7:07 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    For my money, it his presence. He always seems to be in control and confident. He gets up from a big hit, pats the guy on the helmet and says something to the guy while smiling. He overthrows Burton on what would have been a huge gain, and he hops and pats his helmet, but never looks upset. We haven’t seen him in a tight battle, or losing, but I am 100% confident he will handle the pressure.

  217. 217 Gian GEAGLE said at 6:22 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Skins lost Breeland (CB) for how many games? Skins lost safety DEangelo Hall for the season..
    ..
    Giants lost Shane Vereen for the season.. Any other injuries from Dallas and NY yesterday?

  218. 218 A_T_G said at 6:47 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Vereeniging might not be for the season. They put him on the IR with a possible return.

  219. 219 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:50 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Torn tricep right? ISNT that pretty serious?

  220. 220 A_T_G said at 7:55 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe there are degrees of a tear? I just saw they are hoping he is able to return.

  221. 221 John Galt said at 8:03 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Lael Collins tore a ligament in his foot. Out 6 wks. Doesn’t really matter he sux but I wonder if it happened on the play where that blitzing LB knocked him ten yds back straight on his ass. Come to think of it someone please post a gif that play was hilarious

  222. 222 BobSmith77 said at 6:23 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Favorite random stats I heard today:

    – Eagles blitzed just 4 times
    – Cox has played just 33 snaps/game through the first 3 games; last year it was 53 snaps/game

  223. 223 Dave said at 6:55 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Big difference when the youngest guy on a pro team is 22 while he’d be the oldest guy on a college team. Chip tried to treat guys who were in their late twenties to early 30s like they were teenagers.

  224. 224 anon said at 7:12 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Browns RG gets DUI after flying home after game on Sunday. Can’t blame him given the way Browns season has gone down – two terrible losses.

  225. 225 Nailed It! said at 7:14 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    On another note DE Greg Hardy was arrested on drug charges. I want to laugh at him but its just so sad.

  226. 226 Bert's Bells said at 7:35 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    The Browns hitting the bottle before kickoff would explain a lot.

  227. 227 Media Mike said at 7:54 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Won’t help. They’d need to hit the owner with the bottle to do any good for that team.

  228. 228 Media Mike said at 7:54 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    That’s definitely funny / not funny. What a dope. The NFL has a program in every city for 24/7 free car service for these guys to avoid that very thing.

  229. 229 daveH said at 8:43 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Exsctly. Dope indeed. Cant blame him for drinking but htf wtf is he thinking. . Or not thinking… meow he’s no better than johnny football

  230. 230 Nailed It! said at 7:16 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I hope everyone gets to see the moment of silence before the Marlins game tonight. Jose Fernandez seemed like a stand up guy and I was weeping at the scene holy moly.

  231. 231 Nailed It! said at 7:31 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    And the Marlins lead off with a HR you cannot write this! Unbelievable! Sports!

  232. 232 Bert's Bells said at 7:34 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    He was a really good pitcher too. Best in the NL East in my opinion.

  233. 233 A_T_G said at 8:34 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yeah, that was pretty touching.

  234. 234 The original AG said at 7:17 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I think the most impressive thing about yesterday was that they were disciplined all game long – even after they put it away in the 3rd quarter.

  235. 235 dandynator said at 8:11 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imo52ogloJI
    In case someone wants to re-watch

  236. 236 anon said at 8:13 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    ex-us only 🙁

  237. 237 scratcherk said at 8:43 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    darn wanted something since they didnt broadcast hte first or fourth quarters here.

  238. 238 anon said at 8:44 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    SF OT Anthony Davis retired again, can’t blame him really

  239. 239 Media Mike said at 8:50 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I initially saw that and had some ill comment prepared, but then I saw it was due to another concussion.

  240. 240 SteveH said at 9:45 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Just watched Fran Duffy’s gifs, holy shit we played amazing. Our front 4 is so beast, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox in particular are balling. I feel bad Curry hasn’t gotten in on the sack party yet because he’s made a lot of plays too, deserves some stats for his performance. Malcom Jenkins was a monster, if he could just hold onto some of those damn interceptions he’d be a shoe in all pro.

    Goddamn Chip and his 3-4, I hated it when we switched to that.

  241. 241 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 9:47 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Biggest shame is that Graham, Curry, and Barwin are all around 30. We wasted their primes.

  242. 242 Insomniac said at 10:23 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Chip Kelly just sucked in general outside of his first year.

  243. 243 HawaiianEagle said at 10:24 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Well then, to quote Jake Taylor in Major League… “We’ll have to win the Whole Fn thing”.

  244. 244 laeagle said at 11:41 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    That’s actually not true at all

  245. 245 sonofdman said at 11:46 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Yeah, Graham and Curry both are 28 and right in their primes.

  246. 246 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 1:12 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    *at the tail end of their primes

  247. 247 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 12:43 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Go on.

  248. 248 Howie Littlefinger said at 11:50 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I love when people don’t know what their talking about (that why Im on the inter webs)

    Dwight Freeney is around 90 years young and he had a fucking sack today. We have a long time to look forward to g=Graham and Curry. Cox and Logan too. Great young line really

  249. 249 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 12:41 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Exception that proves the rule, unless you’re saying every one of those players I mentioned is Dwight freaking Freeney.

    You’ll notice of course, I didn’t mention Cox and Logan, because, you know, they’re not 30. Or did you notice? I’ll wait for you to read it again and come back.

  250. 250 Bert's Bells said at 12:47 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    “Exception the proves the rule” isn’t a real thing.

  251. 251 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 1:09 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Neither are you.

  252. 252 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 1:13 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    And this, in this case, is a very real thing. The fact that the gentlemen above mentioned Freeney is evidence that careers like that are quite rare.

  253. 253 Bert's Bells said at 1:19 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    /scanners.gif!

  254. 254 ChoTime said at 9:24 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    “Its true, or at least original, meaning is that the presence of an exception applying to a specific case establishes (“proves”) that a general rule exists. For example, a sign that says “parking prohibited on Sundays” (the exception) “proves” that parking is allowed on the other six days of the week (the rule). A more explicit phrasing might be “the exception that proves the existence of the rule.”

    wikipedia

  255. 255 A_T_G said at 5:37 PM on September 27th, 2016:

    …and the argument above is the exception that proves it.

  256. 256 Insomniac said at 10:24 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    So the Saints stink, I wonder who else we can poach from them.

  257. 257 HawaiianEagle said at 10:25 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    Cheerleaders

  258. 258 daveH said at 11:03 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    That was instantaneous. . Didnt even think about it

  259. 259 Anders said at 4:43 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Terron Armstead is only one

  260. 260 D3FB said at 8:27 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Just signed an extension sadly :'(

  261. 261 LeatherWallet said at 11:12 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    I think Curry should be playing over Barwin.

  262. 262 Howie Littlefinger said at 11:47 PM on September 26th, 2016:

    We all think that but Barwin will probably get more this year. Vin is definitely the future. I have loved having him since we drafted him. Such an amazing first step

  263. 263 Cafone said at 1:12 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    I thought that getting snaps at DT would sort of even out his number of snaps with Barwin and Graham, but looking at the snap counts from weeks 1 and 2, that did not happen. (Snap counts for week 3 aren’t out yet but I imagine it will be about the same).

    I agree he should be getting more snaps.

  264. 264 HawaiianEagle said at 1:16 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Once teams start averaging more than 9 points against us we can look at this again.

  265. 265 Rambo said at 6:37 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Hell, we haven’t even unleashed Turner and Treggs on our opponents yet!

  266. 266 Rambo said at 6:38 AM on September 27th, 2016:

    Anyone think that Smallwood will end up starting before the season is up, or will we continue our RBBC method? (This is mostly related to Fantasy Football).

  267. 267 A_T_G said at 5:39 PM on September 27th, 2016:

    Is there any hope that Chip’s knowledge of Dallas will give him an advantage and he can help us out with a win?