Game Review – PHI 29, CHI 14 – Defense

Posted: September 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 188 Comments »

Another week, another good defensive showing. The Bears aren’t explosive, but Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffrey have been to the Pro Bowl, as have OL Kyle Long and Josh Sitton. That offense isn’t completely without talent. The Eagles limited them to 284 yards and one offensive TD. To be fair, there was also a drive that resulted in a missed field goal. The Eagles came up with 3 takeaways and knocked Cutler out of the game.

Good defense.

This wasn’t some X’s and O’s showcase. The Eagles simply executed better. They won the line of scrimmage. They covered well. They tackled well. They made key plays.

The defense did get some help. The Eagles offense won the TOP battle, holding the ball 36:05. Field position also played a role in the game. Give credit to the offense and STs for not giving the Bears favorable position. Only one drive started outside the 35-yard line (and that was at midfield). There were a pair of drives that started inside the 15-yard line. That means even if the Bears strung together 5 or 6 good plays, they still weren’t necessarily in scoring position.

The Eagles only played 50 snaps on defense and 10 of those came in the 4th quarter when the Eagles had a commanding 29-7 lead and were rotating players and working the clock.


Brandon Graham is playing at a high level right now. He had a sack, TFL and 4 overall tackles. He was good against the run and pass. He opened the game by chasing a run away from him and getting the RB down for no gain. Graham beat the RT for a sack. He showed great hustle on a 2nd half pass play when he rushed from one side and then chased the ball outside the far numbers. The QB had thrown the pass right at the LOS and Graham just kept running when he saw the ball released. He didn’t make the tackle, but did hit the receiver. Coaches love to see that kind of hustle. The TFL came when he got under the blockers pads, drove him back, shed him and then got the runner, who was headed to that side. Can’t run at BG….can’t run away from him.

Vinny Curry played well. Stat sheet only shows a couple of tackles, but he was disruptive. So fast on a screen pass that Cutler had to throw the ball away. Couldn’t wait for the RB to get clear. Curry drove the RT back into Cutler’s face on one pass play. Came off the edge and got a big hit on Cutler in the 1st half. Connor Barwin was a bit up and down. Beat the LT to get a hit on Cutler early. Got some pressure on late 4th down play. Got burned on a reverse that came his way. Went inside and let runner get wide. Has to contain that. Bears ran bootleg at him and threw to TE. Barwin could have made that tougher by staying wide as well.

Marcus Smith had some nice snaps. Set the edge on a GL run and helped bottle that play up.  Used hard inside move to beat the LT and get pressure on Cutler. Unfortunately Jay slid away and got the pass off (deep ball to Jeffrey). Smith lined up at LDE and drove the RT right back to Cutler’s face on another series. Tried more power rushes after that and they weren’t as good. Needs to work on mixing his moves up. Steven Means played some DE and even DT. Was inside in the 4th Qtr when the Eagles wanted as many pass rushers out there as possible. Got pressure on a snap at DE. Great effort on the inside, but not much success.   


Fletcher Cox was a bit quiet for part of the game. Part of that is due to the Bears double-teaming him a lot. There was one pass play where they had 5 OL and 2 TEs blocking 4 rushers. Cox eventually got loose and made his impact on the game. Credited with 2 tackles. Disrupted run play where Graham got his TFL by driving the C backward. Lined up with a wide angle in the 3rd Qtr. Unfortunately for Bears, the blocking slide the other way. Cox came free and got in Cutler’s face, forcing a hurried throw that went right to Bradham. Cox just blew up the blocking on the 4th down play late in the game. I don’t know how he didn’t get Josh McCown on the ground.

Bennie Logan was good against the run. His highlight was when he fought through being blocked and hit the RB, knocking the ball out. Beau Allen was in on a couple of tackles. He had a chance to blow up a 3rd/1 play, but couldn’t get hold of the RB. Destiny Vaeao had a key moment in the game. He sacked Cutler and knocked the ball out. Vaeao was blocked initially, but hustled out wide and hit Cutler in space. Excellent effort from the rookie. That hit knocked Cutler out of the game.


Nigel Bradham has been outstanding so far this year. He was only credited with one tackle, but was around the ball a lot and made a huge play when he picked off a pass and returned it inside the 5-yd line. Blitzed up the middle on one play. Got blocked, but got his arms extended. Was in the QB’s line of sight and affected the throw. Jordan Hicks had a quiet game. He was in on one tackle. He did recover the fumble after Vaeao’s strip-sack. Stephen Tulloch got some snaps at MLB. He had 3 solo tackles. Maybe the highlight moment was when he knocked the crap out of Jeffrey after a pass over the middle. Clean hit, but Tulloch laid the old man lumber on the WR. Jeffrey turned away from one defender and boom went the dynamite. I thought Tulloch could have done a better job on the TD run. He took on the lead blocker, but didn’t blow him up. Mychal Kendricks was up and down. Got burned by TE on pass play. Made terrific play at the GL. Blew up the lead blocker, got by him and tackled the RB. Looked like he might have been at fault on a run that got outside for a decent gain. Had 3 solo tackles.


Malcolm Jenkins had a pretty good game. Was in on 4 tackles. Had a sack on the second play of the game. Lined up at the LOS and flew off the edge. Cutler turned around and MJ was there to bury him and set the tone for the game. Looked like he could have done a better job on the deep ball to Jeffrey. Didn’t get deep on that. Missed a tackle out in space, but generally tackled well. Rodney McLeod had 4 solo tackles and played well. Chased down Royal on the screen pass that went for the long gain.


Jalen Mills played second most snaps at CB. Solid game. Got burned by Murray for long play. Bit on double move and Jeffrey got behind him for gain of 49. Jim Schwartz was okay with that because it was an aggressive mistake. Mills came up quickly to tackle Royal, but failed to get him down. You would think a rookie would get down on himself, but Mills stayed focused. Tackled Jeffrey after a short catch and got him down cleanly. Had tight coverage of Royal from the slot and forced an incompletion. Covered Jeffrey well on some throws, even in the end zone. Really impressed by this young CB. Instinctive and confident.

Nolan Carroll gave up some short catches to Jeffrey. Carroll got called for PI in the end zone and that kept a TD drive alive. Ron Brooks tackled really well in the game. Had 5 solo tackles and recovered the fumble that Logan knocked out. Highlight moment came early on when he read a play perfectly and broke on the ball. Should have picked it off, but couldn’t hold onto the ball.


Erratic game. Caleb Sturgis nailed a 53-yard FG, but also missed an extra point. Suffered from cramps in the game and it was hard to tell how much that affected him. Donnie Jones had a 55-yd punt and a 32-yd punt. His final punt got returned for a TD. No return yards for Darren Sproles, but Wendell Smallwood did have a 30-yd KOR. Brent Celek recovered the onside kick late. Very smooth. Josh Huff did an excellent job of covering punts for most of the game. You like to see a young guy who isn’t getting the ball much still finding a way to contribute.



188 Comments on “Game Review – PHI 29, CHI 14 – Defense”

  1. 1 Game Review – PHI 29, CHI 14 – Defense - said at 1:29 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    […] Tommy Lawlor Another week, another good defensive showing. The Bears aren’t explosive, but Jay Cutler and […]

  2. 2 Media Mike said at 5:15 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    “The Eagles simply executed better. They won the line of scrimmage. They covered well. They tackled well. They made key plays.”

    What a difference a year, and a real DC, makes.

  3. 3 Dan in Philly said at 6:59 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    I always like a defense which beats you on talent and execution rather than scheme. You can always tailor a game plan by changing scheme if necessary, but if you can beat a lot of team just by playing regular defense, that’s special.

  4. 4 Media Mike said at 8:36 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    And I think we’re trending that way. I don’t see this as a top 5 D by any stretch due to the periodic coverage breakdowns by the corners and Kendricks, but the talent and execution are quite solid.

  5. 5 Tumtum said at 8:58 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Could of said the same thing about the D at this time last year. The only difference was the number of snaps.

  6. 6 Media Mike said at 8:59 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Maybe you could have. I had nothing but contempt for Billy Davis immediately after the home playoff choke loss to the Saints in Chip’s first year.

  7. 7 Media Mike said at 5:17 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Kendricks being slow as molasses to recognize the run play design and even slower fill the hole is why the TD was allowed. Kempski was all over it on Twitter when it happened. Several other writers as well.

  8. 8 Media Mike said at 5:18 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    If Smallwood is looking good returning kicks and running the football; we can start a countdown clock on Barner and Huff.

  9. 9 Bob Brewer said at 7:57 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    I may be drinking the Kool Aid, but I actually feel good about the game this week.

  10. 10 Media Mike said at 8:34 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Pittsburgh is really a better team than we are, but they’re far from infallible. The predicted point totals for the Steelers are flat out disrespectful of our D. I’m not predicting an Eagles win, but seeing point totals of 27 and 31 for Pittsburgh with that overrated O-line of theirs is a bit much. We’re certainly not going to keep their pass catchers bottled up all day, but our D line will whip the Steeler’s O line’s ass at the point of attack.

    I can see us losing 16-13, 20-17, etc for sure.

  11. 11 iceberg584 said at 8:42 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Our safeties need to play at an elite level to give us a chance.

  12. 12 Media Mike said at 8:43 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    They will. I think we lose due to lack of decent blocking.

  13. 13 eagleyankfan said at 10:19 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    and not Mills getting toasted?

  14. 14 Media Mike said at 10:28 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Not really.

  15. 15 Tumtum said at 8:43 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Ok Ertz put me in a hard place by being out. Do i drop Cole Beasly or Jordan Howard for a scrub temp TE?

  16. 16 Media Mike said at 8:45 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    What scrub temp TE did you use last week?

    And if Kendricks plays, you should pick up Jesse James from the Steelers, James has a favorable matchup with Kendricks and an impeccable college background.

  17. 17 Tumtum said at 8:50 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Kyle Rudolf who worked out decently i suppose. More worried about who I have to drop.

  18. 18 Media Mike said at 8:51 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Is Jordan Howard going to start for the Bears anytime soon? If not, you can drop him.

    Beasley has some value because Dak can’t seem to throw it far enough downfield to use Dez much.

  19. 19 Tumtum said at 8:52 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    The fantasy geek line of thinking is that he could very soon be in line for a starters work load. As soon as this weekend even.

  20. 20 Media Mike said at 8:52 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Sounds like the reason I drafted Christine Michael.

  21. 21 Tumtum said at 8:53 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    I dropped rudolf for him. Now Im stuck with no players I dislike.

  22. 22 Rambo said at 9:13 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Are you in a ppr league? I still say drop Beasley and hold onto Howard. Langford could be losing his spot soon. May even be able to trade him to the Langford owner.

  23. 23 Media Mike said at 9:14 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    ALWAYS trade over cut.

  24. 24 Tumtum said at 10:31 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Tried. Doesnt look like im getting bites. Interesting tidbit. The guy with Pitta languishing on his bench thinks that he is way better than “always hurt” Zach Ertz. Some people lol.

  25. 25 Tumtum said at 10:10 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Yeah PPR… gonna drop Beasly. Just picked up Howard. Thinking his value only rises so im gonna hold on.

  26. 26 Dan said at 10:01 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Its really matters on your depth. Beasley is playing at the top of his ceiling, Howard can take over as starting rb, which has more value.

  27. 27 Tumtum said at 10:10 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    You think JJ over Trey? Feel like he is a sneaky bet to go off this week.

  28. 28 Tumtum said at 8:48 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Do I almost certainly hang an L and roll out no TE? I could actually still win…

  29. 29 mksp said at 12:07 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I was in same spot, picked up Ebron, has been serviceable.

  30. 30 Tumtum said at 4:39 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I tried to trade the guy who has him and he wouldnt budge. He is never going to start him either.

  31. 31 A_T_G said at 8:47 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    “Laid the old man lumber on the WR” made me picture this…

  32. 32 Media Mike said at 8:48 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Looks like a typical Giants fan.

  33. 33 Insomniac said at 9:10 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Do we roll the dice and try to get Seferian-Jenkins?

  34. 34 Media Mike said at 9:11 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Who are you cutting to add him?

  35. 35 Insomniac said at 9:12 AM on September 24th, 2016:


  36. 36 Media Mike said at 9:13 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Ok, so you want him on the P-squad. Not sure if he takes that offer b/c somebody else might want him on their 53.

  37. 37 Insomniac said at 9:14 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    I’m fine with losing him too if they don’t add him to the PS.

  38. 38 Media Mike said at 9:15 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    I guess he’d be worth a look due to size / skill and age of Celek. I’m just not sure if he’s that into being a professional football player.

  39. 39 Insomniac said at 9:17 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Yup but things can change when you have Dawkins motivating you though.

  40. 40 Media Mike said at 9:19 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    I’d like to avoid giving Dawk too many projects at one time.

  41. 41 Aaron said at 9:37 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Cant see us winning this one, but I hope wentz plays well, pitt is an elite team this year, we’re up and coming, maybe, wentz you better learn to slide tomorrow

  42. 42 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:55 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    If the best team won every game, the NFL would be boring

  43. 43 unhinged said at 9:41 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Okay, not to stir the pot, but this article featuring some comments from one of the most eloquent professional athletes I have ever heard, raises a BIG question for the billionaires. If they see fit to prepare their black players for plausible, undeserved consequences, solely based on the color of their skin, why hasn’t the whole friggin’ league gone on the record as supporting a national change in policing procedures? Are they afraid of the racists among their customer base? Or could it be that SOME of them are racists?

  44. 44 Rellihcs said at 9:53 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Most definitely both.

  45. 45 Julescat said at 10:07 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    why is the NFL getting involved in police procedures?

    stick to playing football

  46. 46 unhinged said at 10:14 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Because, Julescat, just as they don’t want their employees, many of whom are or will become big stars, getting on the wrong side of the law because it will hurt the return on their investment, they also don’t want those same investments to be killed because they happen to be stopped by the police. They want to protect their investments.

  47. 47 Julescat said at 10:22 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    you do realize that “hands up don’t shoot” was a lie?

    your premise that the police are attacking black people is incorrect and offensive. If the NFL truly wanted to protect their investment then pull out of Chicago. Over 3,600 blacks have been murdered by other blacks in that city in the last 8 years. Protest that.

  48. 48 unhinged said at 11:06 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Do you even watch the news? You think these phone videos are staged events? I don’t have a premise. The number of unarmed black males stopped for whatever reason (may be perfectly legitimate) who end up being shot by LE is a symptom of bad policing, thugs with badges, and constituencies that choose to ignore their own laws. This isn’t fabricated, it isn’t incorrect, and if you find it offensive then stop excusing it.

  49. 49 ChoTime said at 11:37 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    I believe Shaq and Johnny Cochran both admitted to having been stopped for DWB.

  50. 50 Julescat said at 1:32 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Rudy Giuliani said that blacks made up 30% of the NYC population but were involved in 70% of the homicides. NFL players are protesting the wrong thing. They should be asking why black people are still living in poverty and have no opportunities. This cop thing is a distraction put up by the politicians who don’t provide them jobs.

  51. 51 ACViking said at 1:36 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    “Rudy Giuliani said . . . ”

    Julescat —

    As soon as I saw “Rudy Guliani said . . . ,” I stopped reading.

    No longer believe anything the guy says.

  52. 52 Julescat said at 2:19 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    how did I know you would attack the name and not address the content?

  53. 53 ACViking said at 4:32 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    How did I know you wouldn’t read what I wrote?!

    I said, I believe nothing Guiliani says or is reported to have said.

    Ergo, I did respond to your comment by telling you the information you’ve posted — by attribution to Guiliani — is not reliable enough to merit a response.

  54. 54 Media Mike said at 2:29 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Guiliani has put out some extremely dumb statements over the year.

  55. 55 Bert's Bells said at 2:29 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    He’s the worst. I know a chick who works at his law firm. He’s completely unstable.

  56. 56 KillaKadafi said at 5:34 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I’m not surprised

  57. 57 mksp said at 12:06 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Can you please leave this board?

    You’re a disgusting piece of shit trash racist human.


    And you’re calling it a lie.

    Please go crawl back in whatever alt-right hole you came from.

  58. 58 Nailed It! said at 12:16 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    She will never realize this unfortunately. She will just open breitbart and read more propaganda and then continue spewing hate.

  59. 59 Aaron said at 12:28 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    mksp, you are complete loser,

  60. 60 Nailed It! said at 12:32 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    you are a* complete loser.

  61. 61 Bert's Bells said at 2:28 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    U R a compleate looser!

  62. 62 mksp said at 5:23 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    What even is this.

    Sure, please tell me how not be complete loser,

  63. 63 ChoTime said at 12:53 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    May I suggest using the brand new ignore feature? I actually considered using it on her/him this morning.

  64. 64 Will Mahoney said at 2:02 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    That person isnt even an Eagles’ fan. Just here to stir up stuff

  65. 65 Bert's Bells said at 2:27 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I’m not an Eagles fan either, I got here by googling “Funyuns Pr0n”.

  66. 66 Julescat said at 1:14 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Michael Brown robbed a store and tried to take a cop’s gun yet people proclaim he had his hands up

  67. 67 mksp said at 5:20 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    This isn’t even true, you’re just making shit up.

  68. 68 KillaKadafi said at 5:36 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    look mate get with the program; whatever the racist says must be true

  69. 69 HawaiianEagle said at 11:55 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    If we can turn to the NFL as a beacon after 9 11 then we can also turn to the NFL when problems need addressing from within.

  70. 70 SteveH said at 12:59 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I personally think its a mistake to turn to the NFL for anything but I’m glad the players are being disruptive. It’s amazing how freaked out some people get about what someone else does or does not do during the national anthem.

  71. 71 Julescat said at 1:16 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    the point is that the NFL should have no say in public policies.

  72. 72 unhinged said at 1:32 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    So Jeff Lurie shouldn’t spend a dime on community service…after the tax payers gave him a stadium? The NFL has total control over all of the pictures of all of its games, and most of them are played in stadiums that tax payers built. The billionaires get a shitload of $$$ from the public. It damn well has an interest in promoting peace in those communities.

  73. 73 Julescat said at 1:33 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    charity and proposing laws are 2 different things

    but you knew that

  74. 74 Bert's Bells said at 2:26 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    The irony here is that the Republican Party has been saying for the past 100 years that private enterprise should take care of social services.

  75. 75 Julescat said at 4:21 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    and your post has nothing to do with the topic at hand

  76. 76 SteveH said at 7:23 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I don’t think the NFL has any say in public policies, unless it became the 51st state and Roger Goodell was elected senator while I wasn’t looking.

  77. 77 unhinged said at 1:26 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    From Ben Johnson…”Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

    Similarly, from Thoreau, “Patriotism is a maggot in their heads.”

    George Bernard Shaw has said…”You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the
    human race.”

    Oscar Wilde said “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”
    Leo Tolstoy described patriotism as “the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers”.

    from JR’s Free Thought Pages

  78. 78 ChoTime said at 1:33 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    “Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.”

    “The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.”

    David Hume

  79. 79 FairOaks said at 1:57 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    And then there is Ambrose Bierce…

    Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit it is the first.

  80. 80 Bert's Bells said at 2:24 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    After that you know what Killery did to Bierce!

  81. 81 mksp said at 12:04 PM on September 24th, 2016:



  82. 82 Julescat said at 1:18 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    an NFL player was pulled over yesterday for DUI

    he wasn’t shot.

    please get a clue

  83. 83 mksp said at 5:20 PM on September 24th, 2016:


    Why are you pretending like this problem doesn’t exist?

    Are you so fragile that you can’t admit that black men shouldn’t be afraid of being shot by police?

  84. 84 Media Mike said at 5:24 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    “Are you so fragile…..”

    That is 100% at the core of people who think these things aren’t real problems.

  85. 85 mksp said at 7:08 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Agreed. White male fragility is responsible for so much of the division in this country right now it’s sickening.

    Obviously Trump and his alt-right minions are the poster children, but it goes deeper than that as well.

    So sad.

  86. 86 Nailed It! said at 12:26 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    History will look back unfavorably upon people like you.

  87. 87 Julescat said at 1:25 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    look at pictures of Martin Luther King rallies. American flags are everywhere. Seems he wanted to bring people together and not divide this great country.

    that’s what history should be telling us

  88. 88 Will Mahoney said at 1:51 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    America has always been what it is. Its just harder to sweep issues under the rug now.

    This isn’t anything a bunch of football players caused by taking knees.

  89. 89 Julescat said at 2:16 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    no idea what you’re posting there

  90. 90 Nailed It! said at 1:56 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    What are you talking about!? How is what they are doing unAmerican? Have they said that they are any less American? This is a false equivalency Julescat. Do not twist what they are doing into a Nationalist dialogue. This is a fight for social change and equality not who gets to be the most ‘Merica. He is actually trying to bring people together by talking about the social injustices that people of color feel day in day out. Unlike you who just turn their backs and say that these unjustices do not exist, hence why I said history will look poorly upon you.

  91. 91 KillaKadafi said at 5:41 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    LOL, using MLK jr when it suits your agenda, you’re probably the same people who wanted to put those ‘uppity so-and-sos’ in their place for riding in the front of the bus

  92. 92 KillaKadafi said at 5:45 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    BTW, this is the same flag that black men fought under and for in every war since the Revolution, yet they were still treated like sh*t

  93. 93 Rambo said at 8:36 AM on September 25th, 2016:

    His intent nor those flags didn’t keep him from getting murdered did they?

  94. 94 Tumtum said at 11:16 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Just out of curiosity which procedures should be changed in particular?

  95. 95 unhinged said at 12:51 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I don’t presume to know, but I believe that is where it has to begin. There seems to be a widely accepted view that the police have an inherent right to impose themselves on anybody for any reason. I am not suggesting that the wide majority of LE abuse their authority, but how many times have we all experienced an instruction by an LE officer turn into a command that is not to be questioned? Many, many bystanders to police shootings have been treated as if they were accomplices to the guy that was shot. If you get stopped by a cop and you ask why you’ve been stopped, you MAY get a response, and you might not. Where do cops learn that they can bully law-abiding citizens into stopping their phone recordings? It sure looks like all LE officers are taught to “establish absolute compliance” regardless of the issue. This is a green light to escalation of minor disturbances. If a citizen politely asks a cop on the beat why he is doing what he is doing, THAT guy is first and foremost a problem. It appears that standard police behavior is on the belligerent side to convince THAT guy to know his place and keep his mouth shut.
    I know that LE has its hands full with violent and mentally-dranged, hard-core criminals, and I don’t think anybody blames them for “establishing total compliance” in such confrontations. But when those confrontations are not in evidence, the cops who take that approach alienate community supporters and isolate the PD from the people it is paid to serve. And when it becomes routine, we get what we have now.

  96. 96 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:51 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    They may have to do something like start police officers out with High powered Tasers at the beginning of their career, and pair them with gun carrying veterans, and as police officers gain experience, they can work their way up to carrying a gun.
    I think there are two different types of these bad shootings
    1) Genuinly hateful Racist police officers that are much quicker to pull the trigger when facing people of races that they are hatefully racist against. unfortunately thís sick hateful Ignorant mentality still exists in our country
    2) some of these bad shooting I think are cases of police officers being overly nervous, and they are quick to pull the trigger out of fear.. Now it could be a sort of racism that makes you fear confronting suspects of other races, or it could just be an overly nervous fearful police officer happening to patrol a neighborhood of different races of people… Im sure some of these bad shooting or just scared, overly nervous cops who would be just as nervous regardless of the race of suspect that they are confronting… For these types of cases, we may have to start cops off with Tasers, and wait TIL they are experienced enough to be able to better control their nerves and adrenaline and think clearly during police encounters before we trust them enough to put a gun in their hands
    The argument against this is are we certain that a rookie with a Taser and a veteran with a gun, is enough fire power to be able to reasonably defend themselves in typical police matters? It’s not an easy job, It’s a scary job, but we can’t put guns in the hands of police that can’t control their fear/adrenaline which leads to quick trigger finger and premature, unlawful shootings that should have easily been avoided like the killing we saw in Tulsa.
    This is a serious subject, and people should be aware of the current climate and also take it upon themselves to realize that it may not be a wise time to be defiant when confronted by a police officer aiming a gun at you…. Regardless of if you are doing anything wrong or not, or whether The cop is wrong to stop you in the first place, it may be wise to worry about that later, and for now concentrate on putting your hands up, doing anything you can to show that you are cooperating and make it clear to the cop that you are not a threat and you will fully comply, because your life is more important than whether he was right or wrong to search you.. Make sure you are safe first, and later you can worry about whether or not they were wrong to stop you,,. First and Formost worry about complying enough so that you can walk away without a bullet in your body, because whether you deserve it or not, Bullets hurt the same..

  97. 97 Tumtum said at 3:51 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I really like that as a start. It does seem like the fear shootings could be avoided this way.

    I think implementing higher qualifying standards for new officers would help. Of course they would have to increase pay rates to attract higher quality candidates.

    All in all I didnt expect such good stuff from you GE. Bravo.

  98. 98 Julescat said at 4:20 PM on September 24th, 2016:


    do you realize how tough it is to put your life on the line every night?

    cops do

  99. 99 ChoTime said at 11:35 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Maybe they do. They have rookie orientation camps, I think–perhaps this will become part of the deal. The thing is NFL fans skew fairly racist (present company excluded) so they have to tread carefully. Look how many white folks hate the NBA because the players have more power there.
    Thing is, the very rich tend to be moderate conservatives. They don’t want much change in either way. The system right now is working for them (rich getting richer, etc). It was the ultra rich who set up a lot of charities during the Civil Rights unrest (for example, Ford Foundation), because they sensed real revolution was brewing. Of course, they’ll also fund detectives to put hits on labor union leaders if they get a chance (ancient history, but the principle stands).
    Individuals vary, but on the whole, the rich are less racist than the people they make those truck commercials for.
    But they’re a whole hell of a lot greedier.

  100. 100 mksp said at 12:04 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Good questions, and good article.

    People tweeting @ Malcolm have been disgusting.

    Check your privilege for a moment, and allow a black athlete to use his platform to try to make this country a more open and free place for those that are objectively oppressed by the police.

    Complaining that it detracts from “the game” makes it about you (in the royal sense). It’s not about you. It’s about something much bigger.

    I was disappointed when Jimmy Kempski tweeted his reaction to this story as well. He can fuck off with the rest of the old white guy journalists whining about this.

    In the “it pains me to give him credit” department, Chip has handled this really well.

  101. 101 Nailed It! said at 12:13 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Psst, we can’t talk about that on this board because some commenters think there is no racism in America…. It’s just crazy that we want all athletes to be perfect role models for our children yet when they actually start leading and standing up for what they believe in then we say woahhhhh there lets not get crazy here. Let us watch you destroy your bodies and brains but not create social change and awareness.

  102. 102 daveH said at 4:53 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    My family from the carribbean. We can talk about race all the time and be very judgemental and say things that imost could never get awsy with. What a freedom we have.

  103. 103 Tumtum said at 12:36 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    The beauty of the first ammendment is that everyone has it. Even those who disagree with you. So perplexing how so many think it is ok to pick and choose who is allowed to freely express themselves.

    In one breath (on many occasions in the last few weeks) I have heard a person hold up one person in the name of freedom of speech and spite another for exercising theirs.

    Not meant to pick on you at all. Just felt like a appropriate place to put this. Having seen your posts over time I know you are aware enough not to make inferences of my feelings on matters I have not expressed opinion on though…cheers

  104. 104 unhinged said at 1:17 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions, but they aren’t entitled to their own facts! Fox news is not carried in Canada because it doesn’t pass a BS meter. We have a huge swath of our culture raised on hate-promoting, fake news that panders to fears and prejudices, and simultaneously demonizes the government as some supreme evil. You can’t get away with sleeping on most doorsteps, but you can lie, distort, misinform, disinform all in the name of ideology, and you’ll get paid very well for doing it. It yields a pathetically ignorant portion of America that hates the very government that it depends on.

  105. 105 Julescat said at 1:20 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    a liberal government that bans opinions they don’t like?


  106. 106 unhinged said at 1:46 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    No a government that does not want its cherished waves to be subjected to hate-monering profiteers. Roger Ailes was an advisor to Richard Nixon, who took his ideologically-driven ass to Rupert Murdoch and became a billionaire by peddling hateful lies to the likes of you. If you think that is what is meant by free speech, then you have a child’s understanding of democratic process.

  107. 107 Julescat said at 2:15 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    is Al Sharpton a hate-mongering profiteer? What about Jesse Jackson?

  108. 108 Bert's Bells said at 2:18 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Fill in another square on your “I’m a not a racist, but…” BINGO card.

  109. 109 Julescat said at 2:21 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    oh wait, when liberals are in a logic corner they yell “racist”

  110. 110 Bert's Bells said at 2:23 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    When ignorant doofuses continue their nonsense spiral they drool out “Sharpton!” “Jesse Jackson!”

  111. 111 Julescat said at 4:18 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    still can’t answer?


  112. 112 Bert's Bells said at 4:28 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Are you one of those Russian prisoners forced to post reactionary garbage on US blogs?

  113. 113 Media Mike said at 4:29 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Moscow Don’s best friends.

  114. 114 unhinged said at 2:45 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    No they ARE exercising free speech. See how that works?

  115. 115 Tumtum said at 3:37 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I agree that the bias of national news outlets is shaping a culture of ignorance and hate. Very sad that 99% of people are nestled firmly in the blanket of one or the other.

    My suggestion is to get off national news all together or watch all of them, take everything with a grain of salt and form unique opinions.

    All that said, my original post really had nothing to do with news.

  116. 116 unhinged said at 8:43 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    There was a lot of quick twitch commentary going on, and I may well have clicked reply under your comment, when I was in fact responding to another’s comment.

  117. 117 CrackSammich said at 1:35 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I think you’re misinterpretting what he’s saying. Yes, 1st Amendment. Sure. That’s basically a legal litmus test and doesn’t really apply. What he’s saying is that people should take the time to hear out what these protesters are talking about, and that many people, including Kempski, are not doing so. He did not say Kempski wasn’t allowed to say it, just that he’d rather that he not be a dick about it.

  118. 118 Tumtum said at 3:12 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I hear that and wasnt trying to single him out. He didnt do it overtly. Just sparked the thought to hit paper.

    Seems like it is showing up on a ton of issues anymore. Not just isolated here.

  119. 119 mksp said at 5:22 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I don’t think I’m following the insinuation 100% – feel free to expound, my feelings wont’ be hurt.

    People can’t express whatever they want on this board, no government agency has or should have the right to stop them.

    Similarly, when someone holds racist, bigoted, moronic, harmful, and flawed opinions I have the right to call them out on it.

  120. 120 Tumtum said at 7:10 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I meant to insuate nothing friend. Just sparked the verbalization of a thought I have had a lot lately. I posted that before 90% of what you said today. Meant only what I said.

  121. 121 Media Mike said at 2:40 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I’m in the “I have no problem that they’re doing it, but not how I’d approach it” group. Why people have to pillory players over this is beyond me. The “stick to football” people seem to be doing an excellent job not sticking to football themselves.

  122. 122 D3FB said at 5:08 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Honestly I think Jimmy tweeted that more as an oh jesus my mentions are about to get blown up by shitheads

  123. 123 ACViking said at 1:16 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Here’re NFL players thoughtfully expressing themselves about an issue with which the young men living in communities of color live every day.

    Some fans have reacted with vile racial slurs and lightly veiled racially disparaging comments.

    Compare the reaction to what Jenkins et al. are doing to . . . Riley Cooper’s appalling act at the Chesney concert.

    Lots of “nothing to see here, move along, Riley was just drunk.”

    No, actually Cooper gave us a window into his (very small) mind — and it’s pretty damn ugly in there.

    The folks who poo-pooed Cooper’s racial taunts seem like the same type who call out Jenkins et al. for trying to get a productive dialogue going.

  124. 124 unhinged said at 1:18 PM on September 24th, 2016:


  125. 125 Julescat said at 1:22 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    ummm Colon Kaepernick spit on a player and called him the N word.

    what were you saying about Cooper’s small mind?

  126. 126 ChoTime said at 1:30 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    The evidence against you is as follows:
    *egregiously bad comparisons, showing poor judgment and intelligence
    *apparently limited experience of the world
    *stirring up contention with people who’ve contributed far more than you here
    *non-ironic use of 1st amendment while attempting to deny players theirs
    *complete absence of evidence, information, or logical thought
    on ignore

  127. 127 Tumtum said at 7:26 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    In his defense I think im the only one who mentioned the 1st today.

  128. 128 ACViking said at 1:32 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Just so we’re clear . . . you’re saying that a white guy screaming the n-word at a black guy is exactly the same as a black guy screaming it at another black guy?

  129. 129 Julescat said at 1:34 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    so one guy using it shows a sick mind

    but the other player spitting and using it shows what????

  130. 130 ACViking said at 1:37 PM on September 24th, 2016:


  131. 131 Will Mahoney said at 1:37 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    You cant reason with people like that. He/She doesnt get it or they dont want to get it.

  132. 132 Julescat said at 2:14 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    in other words, you have no point but want to be noticed

  133. 133 Will Mahoney said at 2:25 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Funny you say that? Are you even an Eagles’ fan?

  134. 134 Media Mike said at 2:33 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Great question!

    I wonder if Jules realizes it might be possible for Kaep to be out of line for using that word AND be correct for calling attention to racism.

  135. 135 Jarock said at 10:08 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Same point should be made about Kaep being a privileged athlete who’s made millions and still be the victim and witness of racism. He has every right to protest. I don’t love the way he’s chosen to go about this protest, but he’s right that there is an issue here.

  136. 136 Bert's Bells said at 2:34 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Is it like me calling my dad a “motherF—-r”? Cuz he is, right?

  137. 137 Media Mike said at 2:35 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Unless you’re the mailman’s kid………

  138. 138 ChoTime said at 6:48 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    More like, your buddy calling you a motherfucker is _exactly the same thing_ as some dude on the street calling you a motherfucker and expecting you to get out of his way.

  139. 139 Jarock said at 10:05 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    And this is a part of the problem that makes me crazy. I don’t approve of the use of the n-word, but we’ve turned it into the equivalent of walking into a church and screaming blasphemies, but only when done by a white person. When done by a black rapper who makes millions while doing so, we’re told “nothing to see here.”

  140. 140 KillaKadafi said at 11:39 PM on September 24th, 2016:


    Its a word that was created by white folk to disparage black folk all the while enslaving, raping, beating, lynching, whipping and humiliating them in everyway possible.

    A perfect example of white fragility

    Get a grip!

  141. 141 Jarock said at 8:04 AM on September 25th, 2016:

    I’m not pure white. I’m half-puerto rican and my extended family has white, hispanic, black, you name it. As I noted, I do not approve of the word. As to the ‘it means something completely different’ argument? That is complete bullshit. I’ve heard it used by a few black members of my family in jest, but rarely and even by them it falls flat. Insisting it has a different meaning depending on the color of the skin of who said it is racism pure and simple.

  142. 142 KillaKadafi said at 1:41 PM on September 25th, 2016:

    How is that racism? There are certain boundaries that apply certain people in certain contexts. Non-blacks do not have a right to use the word, especially one that is so heavily charged. Do I agree with elements of the black community using the n-word so blaize? no, especially considering the normalisation of a word that the black community fought so hard to overcome but its not my perogative, its an internal issue.

    For me or any other non-black to think they have a right to a say on the issue or to feel victimised as they can’t use it is shockingly out of touch with reality and reeks of self-importance

  143. 143 Jarock said at 2:04 PM on September 25th, 2016:

    That boundary is set by race. That is the definition of racism. Racism is whenever you decide that certain rules apply to one race but not to another. I’m aware that a significant percentage of the world falsely believes that minorities cannot be guilty of racism, but it is a joke. I have been the victim of racism by both whites who believe I’m not white enough as well as blacks for whom I am not dark enough. I do not have a right to say the n-word. Neither should any black person if they are going to become offended the second a white person uses it.

  144. 144 ChoTime said at 11:43 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    You need to get over that. Black people are allowed to call each other n’s, whites aren’t. It’s just how it is. The meaning is _completely_ different depending on who is saying it.

  145. 145 Media Mike said at 2:31 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Thank you for stirring the pot. You seemed to have knocked one rather stupid turd on here loose in doing so.

  146. 146 Jarock said at 10:01 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I will note that the instructions that were described are good advice for ANYONE regardless of color getting pulled over. Showing your willingness to cooperate with the police. Letting them know what you are going to do, before reaching down to the floor or rooting through your glove box helps make them feel safer. A cop who feels safe is much less likely to do something asinine or tragic. I read about acting that way in a book written by a police officer about avoiding getting ticketed AFTER you’d been pulled over.

    Yes, it is kind of ridiculous, and clearly racism is real. I will note it’s not just black people who are the victims. Mexicans are hated and feared by a large part of the population. Japanese were kept in internment camps during World War II. Meanwhile, we excuse any racist actions by black people as ‘they have the right.’ If a white person said, “I don’t trust black people,” that person is painted as a bigot and either in need reeducation or irredeemable. But, if a black person says “I don’t trust white people,” the public says “we understand, you’re right, and that’s ok.”

    Racism may never be completely eliminated and as long as we insist on special treatment of certain people based on race it will remain a problem. Even if that special treatment is for people who have been the victim of discrimination.

  147. 147 ChoTime said at 11:28 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Reposted, RE “Carson Wentz throws everything behind the line of scrimmage.” Is it true?

    Here’s one possible answer. Air yards is the % of a QB’s total yards that were, well, in the air.

    According to the fairly shaky stats at this site, he’s 22nd in the league.

    Sam Bradford is 32nd! Big surprise there…

  148. 148 Tumtum said at 11:47 AM on September 24th, 2016:

    Wonder how much the holding penalites on two deep throws would change his ranking.

    Wouldnt put a ton of stock in this after two weeks anyway. The short pass game supplimented the failing run game last week.

  149. 149 Bert's Bells said at 1:38 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    The coaches have also planned for these short throws. They’re not checkdowns, they’re by design.

    It’s not like he’s missing a lot of downfield reads and throwing it to outlets.

  150. 150 Will Mahoney said at 1:41 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Yeah I’ve noticed this too. A lot of the times all of the pass catchers are all running routes at the same level, normally around 10 yards from the LOS

  151. 151 Bert's Bells said at 1:44 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    It’s smart design for a guy with limited experience. It’s “putting the player in the position to succeed”. On top of this, they’re not completely limiting the playbook like Dallas is. He’s throwing sideline to sideline and taking shots downfield in the seams and corners.

    I think it’s been smart coaching by Reich and Pederson. Very encouraging.

  152. 152 ChoTime said at 1:53 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I wonder if part of this is defensive playcalling. If you have a rookie QB, maybe you try to take away the run game and make the QB throw.

  153. 153 Bert's Bells said at 2:15 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Could be. The Eagles oline also appears to be doing a good job at taking away the running game.

  154. 154 SteveH said at 1:01 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham are really playing well right now. If we had one more stud to line up next to Cox our line would be ridiculous.

  155. 155 Will Mahoney said at 1:02 PM on September 24th, 2016:


    There were times during the Chicago game where they had double both of them.

  156. 156 thedtrain12 said at 6:55 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Yeah I saw some of that. Seriously this line can be special. Graham is benefitting from Logan and cox eating up defenders.

    Edit: that’s not to take away anything from BG either. He’s killin it

  157. 157 SteveH said at 7:24 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Logan is a nice player but he’s not a stud.

  158. 158 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:32 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Sheil Kapadia tweeted something about compared to last years defensive snap count, at the rate of the defensive snap count so far this season, we are on pace to play 5 entire games worth of snaps less than what last years defense was on the field for.. We are playing like 20 snaps less per game so far than last year. That Big for positions that rotate like the DL, and it really makes a world of a difference for positions that never come Off the field like starting DB’s..
    Factor in that our defense ISNT taking as many reps in practice as last years defense, because Pederson does his correction on the field and practice ISNT designed to get every snap possible in like chip was obsessed with.
    So when you combine the fewer game snaps and practice reps our defenders are taking over the course of a full season compared to last years work load, it probably makes a staggering difference in how much more fresh our defenders should feel this year.
    And with Injuries being such a big part of the game, the less snaps we play, the less chance of a freak injury occurring.
    Slowing it down in Practice seems to have had a good effect on our players attention to detail. We look like a Discaplined group that has excecuted well for the most part even tho we are in the early stages of mastering new schemes. We aren’t beating ourselves with penalties, we aren’t beating ourselves turning the ball over…
    If we can find a way to pull off an upset against a Bonafide contender like the Steelers it could be huge for us from a growth and confidence standpoint. confidence in each other, confident in the new coaches, confident in the new schemes.,
    The Steelers haven’t won in Philly in over half a century.. Throughout that stretch of time, im sure many of our wins came against Steelers teams that were considered favorites who were supperior to us at the time. I like our defense enough, and the rookie QB may have enough Moxy and “It Factor” to pull it off.. We have a lot of young still developing talented kids. Never know which one will use such a great opponent like this steelers team as an opportunity to elevate his game and make a name for himself… DGB? hicks? agholar? Burton? jordan? mills? Smallwood? barner? smallwood? Destiny? Who wants to step up in a big way and use this great steelers team as a stepping stone to stardom?

  159. 159 Will Mahoney said at 2:34 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Agholor gets free deep again.

  160. 160 Media Mike said at 2:37 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Whatever. FU dude. Why are you liberals trying to give Agholor deep for free. He needs to go work for it.

  161. 161 Will Mahoney said at 2:43 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Im feeling charitable and tomorrow is Sunday; so I’ll throw DGB getting his first TD too.

  162. 162 Nailed It! said at 3:18 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Because ah uh ummm affirmative action! *what I imagine the garbage humans on this page think*

  163. 163 A_T_G said at 9:43 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I bet you wouldn’t be crying about liberals if someone suggested making the Birds Barner-free!

  164. 164 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:23 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    He had no trouble getting free against Joe Haden, beating him deep at least twice (the ball only came his way on one of those times)
    And he beat the Bears corners deep like what 3 times? Two drops/PBU’s and the no Call defensive pass interference
    The Steelers corners arent scaring anyone. They have some young talent, but nothing close to Joe Haden caliber of player that Nelson did just fine against.. And the steelers Corners DONT get anything close to the caliber of safety support we get from McLeod and Malcolm.

  165. 165 HawaiianEagle said at 6:02 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Nothing is free, someone pays for it…

  166. 166 Bert's Bells said at 2:36 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    The snap count is a big thing. The numbers bear out that the defense was top-10 for the first half last season. They just got worn down and lost their punch down the stretch.

  167. 167 BlindChow said at 11:44 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    No, they didn’t get worn down. They had an epic collapse against two bad teams half-way through. I’m dubious about the “too many snaps” narrative being the main cause of our defensive problems. They played six extra snaps per game (over league average). That doesn’t explain what happened against Tampa and Detroit…

  168. 168 ChoTime said at 6:49 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    The D was very good early on the last couple years, it only started to suck after midseason. That’s when we should be able to start seeing if the extra reps really made a difference.

  169. 169 Tumtum said at 7:23 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Up vote!

  170. 170 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:34 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Think we are going to need to put Sproles on the field as a decoy to keep Ryan Shazier away from being able to match up against our Tight Ends… Trey Burton can do some real damage against Safety MIKE Mitchell, but to make sure we get that much we need a threat like SPROLES to occupy Shazier and take him out of the picture…
    And any time they dare match up someone besides Shazier against Sproles, we need to throw his way every time.
    Basically put our Pass catching Tight Ends and pass catching Runningbacks on the field, and throw to whoever Shazier ISNT matched up against. Most of the other Steeler LB’s and Safeties are stronger against the run, than in coverage.
    Of course the Steelers are probably going to play a ton of zone coverage. They do that anyway, but they will also see that most of the shots Wentz has taken down field came when the defense was in single high, playing man on the outside. It’s only been two games, but Wentz has already shown opponents scouting him that not only is he not afraid to take shots down field, but he is a dangerously accurate deep ball thrower.. play us in Zone, and we can go to Jordan Mathews who has done a lot of damage in this league running his crossing routes, DGB is also dangerous coming across the zone,,, zone is also a good time to go to the veteran Celek who has made a nice career out of being crafty, knowing where to sit down in the zone coverage.
    We should get plenty of opportunities in the passing game. But you don’t beat a team like the steelers if drops keep your WRs from taking advantage of every accurate throw the kid delivers. penalties and drops kill drives and lead to Field Goals, and FGs probably won’t be enough against Big Ben taking shots down field all game to Antonio. Can’t shoot ourselves in the foot, need to capitalize on every opportunity we get this week

  171. 171 ACViking said at 4:39 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    we are going to need to put Sproles on the field as a decoy to keep Ryan Shazier away from being able to match up against our Tight Ends

    Sproles isn’t nearly the threat he was 5 years ago.

    That seemed apparent in the Bears game.

    Particularly, his lateral quickness. (On punt returns, still a threat — but punt returns aren’t like plays from scrimmage.)

    In any case, the Steelers — under DC Keith Butler — are playing lots of 8-man zone, rushing only 3.

    Even on blitzes . . .

    Pittsburgh doesn’t play much man-to-man pass defense (as noted in your comment). And they haven’t since (disastrous) 2014 season.

  172. 172 Media Mike said at 4:40 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    So we need to put Smallwood on the field more.

  173. 173 ACViking said at 4:41 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    That’s something Belichick (aka, D3FB) has advocated.

  174. 174 Media Mike said at 4:42 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    He’s clearly the best change of pace from Mathews available at this point.

  175. 175 Will Mahoney said at 5:03 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    You hate Barner so much 🙂

  176. 176 Media Mike said at 5:07 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    No, I just like talent.

  177. 177 Tumtum said at 7:19 PM on September 24th, 2016:


  178. 178 Dragon_Eagle said at 6:23 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    How dumb am I?

    I was looking forward to observing the development of our rookie QB, watching the growth of a truly stout defense under a knowledgable, experienced DC, learning about our new head coach’s approach, determining what key draft/FA holes needed to be filled and which are surprisingly solid, and, in other words just relaxing and enjoying a mediocre season of a rebuild year as the Eagles go somewhere between 6-10 and 8-8. Doing all that while sitting calmly in my living room, sipping lemonade, taking care of things about the house. No pressure, just enjoy the ride this year.

    F#$@. Two wins against crappy teams plus a six pack of Koolaid down and I’m now all hyped that this team might possibly be something more than decent and beat the Steelers tomorrow. Screw cautiously optimistic. I can’t wait for 4 PM tomorrow. I’m gonna don my fading Westbrook jersey, let the blood pressure skyrocket, the brain freeze, the lungs explode, scare the hell out of the dog, and flirt with having divorce papers served on the grounds of transforming, Jekyll & Hyde-like, into an unrecognizable midnight green creature on Sundays. I may even have a beer during the game.

    I will never learn.

  179. 179 unhinged said at 6:36 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Long may you run.

  180. 180 Tumtum said at 7:18 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Ill tell you what. I think we are getting smashed tomorrow but I still like us to win the division.

  181. 181 HawaiianEagle said at 9:40 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Well…If Eagles get smashed I will too. It’s a tough job but I’m just the guy to do it.

  182. 182 Tumtum said at 10:59 AM on September 25th, 2016:

    I believe in you.

  183. 183 daveH said at 9:36 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    I will never learn w you. All of you in fact. Even the mean ones, the trolls, the funny ones and even the racsists.. ill be kneeling with both fists up and one hand ovrr my heart. m my Montgomery westbrook cunningham dawkins owens, and jackson jersies on .. one day maybe a ‘white’ jeresy to wear ….




  184. 184 逆向直销网赚 said at 9:23 PM on September 24th, 2016:


  185. 185 ICDogg said at 10:53 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Steelers blog breaks down our defense and does an unusually good job of it.

  186. 186 Duracell said at 11:01 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    That is one of the least homerific articles I’ve read on an sbnation site. A few things to quibble about, but it was a fair and interesting breakdown from an opposing perspective.

  187. 187 HawaiianEagle said at 11:16 PM on September 24th, 2016:

    Im no WA fan but MAN, I hope the ginas lose tomorrow…

  188. 188 Gian GEAGLE said at 4:19 PM on September 25th, 2016:

    Wow Cody Parkey was a disaster today, blew an easy game winning kick, his 3rd miss of the day #SameOldBrowns
    Miami is a joke… Perfect lesson to people why having quality WRs doesn’t matter if you have too many other weaknesses