Looking for Talent

Posted: January 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 98 Comments »

The East-West Shrine Game is today at 3pm and that really kicks off draft season. The Shrine Game won’t have 1st round talent, but there will be a few guys who will be Top 100 picks. Most will be late rounders and UDFAs. Those guys can be role players and some even starters.

Packers WR Geronimo Allison played well in the win over Dallas last week. He was in last year’s Shrine Game. So was WR Tajae Sharpe, who played well for the Titans. Patriots G Joe Thuney is starting in the AFC title game a year after playing in the Shrine Game. The same is true for Steelers DL Javon Hargrave. DL Dean Lowry and LB DeVondre Campbell will also play in the title games. There are players to be found.

Joe Douglas and Eagles scouts have been at practices all week. The Eagles will have some other eyes on the players.

This is a good thing. Coaches get to work with the players on the field and in the classroom. They get to see how players respond to coaching. They get to see the players interact, which can show you who the natural leaders are. You also get to see if someone is a jerk or selfish. The coaches see how quickly players pick up the schemes and what they are being taught.

East Roster

West Roster

I’m sure the Eagles will check out every WR and CB, but they will look for good players at all positions. The Eagles have a solid core of players, but the roster needs more young talent. No position can be overlooked.

Some guys I’m interested to see:

OT William Holden – Played LT. Good frame. Might be worth developing.

OL Gavin Andrews – Versatile blocker with excellent size. Eagles showed they love versatile OL.

OL Sam Tevi – Played RT at Utah, but probably a G in the NFL. Very good run blocker. Feisty, physical. Pederson’s kind of OL.

RB De’Veon Smith – 228-pound RB. Eagles need some size in the backfield. Physical runner will also go to the Senior Bowl.

RB Marcus Cox – Had a great career at Appalachian State, the greatest institution of higher learning in the known universe.

RB Joe Williams – Incredibly productive player, but has to answer questions about why he initially “retired” before coming back and having a great year.

TE Eric Saubert – From Drake. Talented TE that I’m curious to see in action.

TE Michael Roberts – Huge TE who can block and catch. Eagles could carry 4 TEs if they found the right guy.

WR Kermit Whitfield – If the Eagles insist on those annoying WR screens, at least find someone with good RAC skills. Whitfield is small, but speedy & dangerous.

WR Quincy Adeboyejo – Good receiver at Ole Miss. Has some size, athleticism and pretty good hands.

WR DeAngelo Yancey – Really like this guy. Played on terrible Purdue teams, but did everything he could to win. Good size.

WR Jalen Robinette – Had a terrific week of practice and earned an invite to the Senior Bowl. Big and athletic.

WR Gabe Marks – Always enjoyed watching him at WASU. Productive WR with good hands.

WR Austin Carr – Great player for NW. Curious to see how he does in all star format.

CB Jack Tocho – 4-year starter. Has some size and is a physical player.

CB Treston Decoud – Tall, long corner with athleticism and cover skills. Would be nice to have a CB that is 6-2, 203 and can cover.

CB Fabian Moreau – Good cover corner for UCLA. Only 5-10, but is 205 pounds. 4-year starter, but played his best as a Senior.

S Tedric Thompson – Eagles don’t need a S, but Thompson is a productive playmaker with good ball skills. Can play in the box or back deep.

DE Trey Hendrickson – C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. Good pass rusher and terrific STs player. Might be better 3-4 OLB than DE.

DE Bryan Cox – Good pass rusher at Florida, but best football might be ahead of him. Okay size at 6-3, 264.

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BGN has a list of the players Eagles scouts were seen talking to. Doesn’t always mean anything, but those lists are fun.

Turron Davenport has all kinds of Shrine Game coverage in his Twitter feed.

So does Mike Kaye.

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Speaking of Joe Douglas…good piece here by Dave Spadaro where he got Douglas to offer some thoughts on players the Eagles have added to the roster since the season ended.

Those players all have flaws. Good scouts don’t obsess on flaws. They find players who do something well and see if the coaches can find a way to use those skills. Most of those players don’t pan out, but if just one or two do, that can really help.

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Spuds had a very interesting nugget in a recent column.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2014 from Oregon, Taylor Hart has not distinguished himself much at all in three NFL seasons as a defensive tackle, playing in a total of 15 games, 14 of them in 2015, with the Eagles and San Francisco. When Hart comes back to the NovaCare Complex in the spring, he will try to make a name for himself as – an offensive tackle. The Eagles gave Hart some work late in the season on the scout team at offensive tackle and liked what they saw, enough that they’re going to see what he’s got in 2017 on that side of the football. Hart has length at 6-6, he’s a very good athlete and he’s got long arms. He was a first-team all-state offensive tackle in high school. Add Hart to the “project” department that includes Dillon Gordon, a converted tight end from LSU, working with line coach Jeff Stoutland.

Hart is big. And athletic. And physical. He hasn’t panned out as a DT, but the Eagles like his positive traits and are trying to find a spot for him. Moving from DL to OL isn’t natural or easy, but can be done. Steelers LT Alejandro Villanueva played DL for the Eagles in Training Camp a few years back. This can be done. Odds are against it, but why not take a chance. Hart is cheap. He has no trade value. You either leave him at DT, cut him or see what happens with the move to OL.

And if he doesn’t pan out at OL, maybe try him at WR.

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98 Comments on “Looking for Talent”

  1. 1 Looking for Talent - said at 2:49 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    […] Tommy Lawlor The East-West Shrine Game is today at 3pm and that really kicks off draft season. The Shrine Game […]

  2. 2 The Answer is Fo' Fo' Fo' said at 3:21 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Just a thought, you might want to update your links section on the side…Since Birds 24/7 is sadly dead and Sheil and Tim are long gone from it. Otherwise, keep up the good work! I love your perspectives.

  3. 3 P_P_K said at 5:03 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Vick, DJax, and I think DeMarco Murray are still up on the Header. Change comes slow ’round these parts.

  4. 4 daveH said at 6:57 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Well if JetBlue flies direct to Reno as it says above Mike Vick (thebest NFL spiral ever) Tahoe was getting dumped in snow

  5. 5 P_P_K said at 7:49 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Could be, but on my screen I’m seeing an ad for comfortable mens underwear.

  6. 6 SteveH said at 8:14 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I have 2 ads for Havana-Style Eggs. I’m curious what’s in my internet history that says I’d be interested in Havana-Style Eggs.

  7. 7 P_P_K said at 8:16 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    How do you think I feel? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  8. 8 SteveH said at 8:17 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Hey man, we all need comfortable underwear.

  9. 9 P_P_K said at 8:48 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    The alternative is damn horrific.

  10. 10 A Roy said at 9:25 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Depends…do you keep them in Havana-Style briefs?

  11. 11 SteveH said at 10:50 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Sure, in my Havana-style home with my Havana-style decor.

    I was almost tempted enough to click the link just to find out what the hell Havana-style eggs are.

  12. 12 daveH said at 10:49 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Damn glad that Tommys advert algo is reading me properly .. when i start seeing indian surf chicks ill know he’s got the Ai down pat

  13. 13 P_P_K said at 10:00 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Indian surf chicks as a replacement for the Eagles cheerleaders?

  14. 14 daveH said at 11:21 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    As a compliment to them

  15. 15 P_P_K said at 11:57 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    In a world of cruelty and violence, beautiful women just might be our best hope.

  16. 16 daveH said at 5:10 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    World of abundance … ill see if i can find the link ..
    But: in this world of abundance, its not the eagles cheerleaders “or” exotic indian surf chicks but how to have elements of both

  17. 17 daveH said at 5:13 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Evidence of abundance :
    Very interesting
    http://diamandis.com/data

  18. 18 P_P_K said at 5:38 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Cool stuff. Thanks.

  19. 19 anon said at 9:34 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    more snow in 3 weeks than all of last year

  20. 20 iceberg584 said at 9:55 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Pretty sure it’s a rookie Shady McCoy (when he wore #29)

  21. 21 P_P_K said at 10:03 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Wow, good call. I had completely forgotten about that.

  22. 22 Buge Halls said at 4:26 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Watching the game, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Both defenses however are looking pretty good.

  23. 23 Fufina said at 5:02 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Will be the same at the senior bowl. This is a loaded defensive draft.

  24. 24 Buge Halls said at 7:57 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I’m actually okay with that – defense is where we need the most help (except receiver)

  25. 25 Fufina said at 8:11 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Not sure i agree – we have legit Safety pair, stud LB in Hicks and Cox/Graham on the DL. Need new CB’s and some depth/upside on the DL but the group is not fundamentally flawed.

    Offensively we need 1 interior OL, 1 OT, 2 RB’s and a 2-3 WR’s.

    Hopefully we will get another interior OL, RB and a WR this draft and hope the 2018 draft will let us continue to build the offensive depth and talent.

  26. 26 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 4:28 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I’m intrigued by the Hart move…although Villanueva might not be the best comparison, as most of his college starts came at LT, before the Eagles inexplicably decided to try him out on the DL.

    Oh, Chip.

  27. 27 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 4:46 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I’m so over the Villanueva thing. Its not even in the top 5 Chipisms that bug me the most

  28. 28 Media Mike said at 7:16 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    It isn’t even a thing. The guy isn’t any good and wouldn’t play here.

  29. 29 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 3:32 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    It comes up way to much. i hate Chip but people make it seem like he cut a Jason Peters or somethings

  30. 30 Stephen E. said at 11:16 AM on January 23rd, 2017:

    He wouldn’t START here, but it’s hard to argue that he wouldn’t be the first OT off the bench.

  31. 31 FairOaks said at 5:32 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    He would have been laughably undersized for OL in his training camp with the Eagles — he was 250 pounds when he arrived. Pretty sure he was packing on weight during camp etc. but nowhere near fast enough. The next year with Pittsburgh, he was 340.

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/nfl-pittsburgh-steelers-news/2015/8/13/9146491/pittsburgh-steelers-alejandro-villanuevas-massive-weight-gain

    There are many things to be annoyed with about Chip, but this really isn’t one of them.

  32. 32 Media Mike said at 7:17 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    PED suspension coming soon.

  33. 33 FairOaks said at 7:32 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Eh, if he hasn’t been nabbed to this point, either he isn’t on them or knows how to not get caught. The guy does have the frame for 340 — no way he was getting there in the military though.

  34. 34 Dave said at 8:39 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    On the flip side, Evan Mathis stated on his Twitter account that he will be in the 260s by April, down from over 300 lbs.

  35. 35 A Roy said at 9:23 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Military like you lean. I was 6’3″ and 203 lbs and they tried to tell me I was 14 los overweight.

  36. 36 Media Mike said at 7:13 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Villanueva

    – is massively overrated
    – wouldn’t have started here
    – was roasted by Eagles DEs all game week 3
    – pulled some cheap late shove bullshit on a loose ball in that game week 3; so fuck him

  37. 37 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 7:02 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    – is an American hero.

    While you were posting unsolicited mockdrafts, that guy was killing terrorists. GTFO.

  38. 38 Media Mike said at 12:44 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Hey Koy: FUCK OFF YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT

    Nobody was talking about the dude away from the field. You’re a complete fucking asshole you dumb mother fucking piece of garbage. Go slap the fuck out yourself while you’re at it fuck face.

  39. 39 iceberg584 said at 9:45 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I believe he was more of a TE in college.

  40. 40 Dave said at 5:45 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I’ve been away and don’t know if this was posted in the past week, but the Offensive Line was ranked #8 overall this season by PFF.

    8. Philadelphia Eagles (7)

    Top overall grade: LT Jason Peters, 88.3 (No. 7)

    Top pass-blocking grade: LT Jason Peters, 89.1 (No. 6)

    Top run-blocking grade: RT Lane Johnson, 86.7 (No. 6)

    The Eagles line would have been far higher on this list if RT Lane Johnson could avoid getting himself suspended. Johnson is arguably the game’s best right tackle, but was suspended for 10 games, forcing the team to use fifth round rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Allen Barbre and then Matt Tobin at right tackle as injuries prevented a settled unit. New import Brandon Brooks was excellent in his first season with the Eagles, allowing just one sack all season at guard and narrowly missing out on a spot on the PFF All-Pro team. Between injury and suspension, the Eagles were disrupted pretty significantly up front, and this unit has the potential to be better than they showed overall this year.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/pro-ranking-all-32-nfl-offensive-lines-this-season/

  41. 41 Media Mike said at 7:14 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Their o-line is an exoskeleton. Hard exterior (tackles) soft middle (Kelce).

  42. 42 Dave said at 8:36 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    It’s been understated in the media, but Brandon Brooks (and Rodney McLeod) were excellent free agent signings. Unheralded guys on the upside of their careers.

    The line will be more stout next year with Semaulo shoring up the middle and a draft pick/free agent at left guard.

  43. 43 Media Mike said at 8:40 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Brooks was really really solid. McLeod was also good, but I hope he cleans up some of the missed tackles. He’s a huge upgrade from what was there however.

    And agree 100% on Sem.

  44. 44 Dave said at 8:42 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    McLeod will be much better when he doesn’t have the responsibility to cover the entire width of the field on deep passes, as our CBs continuously let receivers run right past them.

  45. 45 Media Mike said at 8:42 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Stop
    Playing
    Jenkins
    In
    Slot

    would be an additional aid to that point.

  46. 46 Greg Richards said at 6:24 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Eagles hiring Mike Groh as WRs coach per Caplan.

    Also, Colts firing Grigson. Pray Howie leaves well enough alone and doesn’t try to bring Grigson back.

  47. 47 FairOaks said at 6:32 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Indy is keeping Pagano though. Interesting. But yeah, please don’t bring Grigson back.

    Wonder if Eagles will try for Jeffery in free agency.

  48. 48 Insomniac said at 6:33 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I don’t think Grigson has a shot anywhere with his track record.

  49. 49 Media Mike said at 7:15 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Hopefully Grigson goes into some nice career far away from football.

    And hopefully Groh knows more about football than his dolt father.

  50. 50 laeagle said at 5:01 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Grigson is of the “I Hate Howie” school of former Eagles personnel. Don’t think it’s happening.

    He’s also the guy who said that the Colts wanted players who believed in “football, family, and faith”, quite literally announcing that the Colts hiring policies would be in violation of federal law. So, yeah. Fuck that guy.

  51. 51 D3FB said at 7:51 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Grigson and Howie are actually friends.

    I think the scouting department already has alot of lieutenant types though so I wouldn’t worry about Grigson coming back.

  52. 52 bushisamoron said at 8:16 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    nice work as usual. However, living in south carolina I was not aware that App State is the Harvard of the south. good to know

  53. 53 Media Mike said at 8:30 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Look no further (killed me not to take trade downs, but………)

    Round 1 Pick 15: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida (A)
    Round 2 Pick 11: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (A)
    Round 3 Pick 10: Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 12: Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 1: Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown (B)
    Round 5 Pick 11: Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 10: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 12: Matt Milano, OLB, Boston College (C+)

  54. 54 Patrick said at 8:48 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Please not McCaffrey. My biggest fear is that Doug falls in love with his catching ability and wants him high, only to never run the ball again.

  55. 55 Media Mike said at 8:48 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    ha ha ha ha ha; so you’re also taking the McCaffrey = Westbrook comps seriously?

  56. 56 Patrick said at 8:59 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I dont see any succesfull NFL running back in McCaffrey. I really dislike what I see from him, but I can’t put my finger on a specific flaw, i just cannot distance the feeling of him not being able to run the ball continuously. He seems to have good vision, good burst and quickness. He looks a little skinny, especially compared to similar sized Dalvin Cook, but he should be able to put on weight and he doesn’t look scared of contact or without the ability to get the extra yard.

    Theres just something that scares me, and I can just picture Doug drooling when thinking of using him in passing game, leaving us to drafting him too high and never getting an at least semi balance offense.

  57. 57 Media Mike said at 9:04 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I could certainly go another way at RB and be fine as long as we add a guy with return ability. I’d be totally fine with 2 rookies, Sproles, Smallwood, Marshall, and/or Watson as what we have at camp to sort out to find our 3 or 4 we keep.

  58. 58 Patrick said at 9:07 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Maybe i’m just too worried about drafting RBs high.

    I really like Cook and Fournette as prospects, but still can’t help thinking i’d rather draft another position than RB in the top half of the first round.

  59. 59 Media Mike said at 9:09 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I 100% don’t mind looking for RBs later in the draft. Seems like a position where you can string together talent from places other than the first round.

  60. 60 Patrick said at 9:13 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Yeah, its literally a position where teams regularly bring in players of the street and get production. I prefer to add the later too, and I can see the very good point of McCaffrey in the 2nd, I just dont like him as a prospect.

    Its too soon to make a decision, we need to see FA play put first, but WR, CB, OL and DE are all preferable to RB with our 1st and 2nd IMO.

    Needs to be an amazing RB prospect to change that and Fournette/Cook in the 1st and McCaffrey in the 2nd, I’m just not sure are that prospect.

  61. 61 Media Mike said at 9:15 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    I think D3, mostly on Twitter, has been banging the anti-RB in round 1 drum.

  62. 62 Patrick said at 9:19 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Usually a good drum to bang. I said it when the Cowboys drafted Zeke and his monster year doesn’t change that.

    Purple Jesus is literally a given HoFer despite being an awful human being. He is arguably a talent that had the same effect on the NFL as Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Walter Peyton etc. Depending on how long he plays, his suspension might be the difference between him and Smiths all-time rushing record.

    Aaaand yet, the Vikings have been pretty much thrash his entire career despite him putting up numbers. I cannot remember the last time the SB winner was carried by a high draft pick RB.

  63. 63 anon said at 9:27 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    they’re good when they have a qb. that OL fell apart quick, which is why the FO is getting back to looking for OL anywhere they can find them

  64. 64 D3FB said at 8:22 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Too many other good backs in this draft.

    A first round back basically has to be a 10k career rusher to be worth it.

    Especially given the injury nature of the position, it’s such a risky proposition.

    To me the Falcons approached it from the right perspective. Get two good mid-round guys.

  65. 65 Fufina said at 9:22 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Other issue with 1st round RB’s is salary value. Zeke might be a great back – but he needs to be at over $6mil a year (all fully guaranteed), making him a top 10 paid RB.

    Compare that to a more premium position like WR, CB or DL and you are saving a lot of money compared to the free agent cost of a comparable player.

  66. 66 SteveH said at 10:49 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Theoretically, are there any backs in this draft you think would be worth picking at 14/15?

  67. 67 D3FB said at 7:15 AM on January 23rd, 2017:

    I’ll be annoyed but could live with Cook (off-field stuff bugs me too). Against Fournette because you have to build the entire offense around him.

    If they are hellbent on drafting a RB high I’d be much happier with Marlon Mack or Jamaal Williams in round 2.

  68. 68 Media Mike said at 12:46 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Good deal. Glad I wasn’t putting incorrect words into your mouth.

  69. 69 Tumtum said at 9:30 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    You left someone out…

  70. 70 Media Mike said at 12:46 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    You see what the RFA tenders are? I’m not paying that for Barner unless he wants to be back for vet minimum.

  71. 71 anon said at 9:25 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    his whiteness?

  72. 72 Tumtum said at 9:29 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Wait, so people are saying McCaffrey is like Westy, and that it is a bad thing?

  73. 73 xmbk said at 9:21 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Shoot, McCaffrey in the second would be a great pickup.

  74. 74 Media Mike said at 12:59 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    If the Eagles go Reid style and avoid RB in round one, the conversation around our 2nd pick is going to get very interesting. I think you and I might like him more than others.

  75. 75 xmbk said at 10:50 AM on January 23rd, 2017:

    Lot of intangibles go his way. I’m a fan of metrics, but they frequently end up discounting attributes that can’t be objectively measured.

  76. 76 Tumtum said at 9:27 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Positions look ok. Might want to see one more big ugly

  77. 77 Media Mike said at 12:59 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    That’s always on my mind as well. You think how much better this team would have been with a better LG or RDE.

  78. 78 Media Mike said at 8:50 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Embiid not playing made watching Flyers over Sixers WAY too easy of a call.

  79. 79 The original AG said at 12:31 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Wasn’t good either way. 🙁

  80. 80 A Roy said at 9:20 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Kermit Alexander…49ers…even played a year for the Eagles way back when.

  81. 81 iceberg584 said at 9:41 PM on January 21st, 2017:

    Teddy Roosevelt’s son was named Kermit.

  82. 82 The original AG said at 12:32 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Not a fan of Pederson, but things like this (out of the box thinking) could sway me over time.

    https://twitter.com/zberm/status/822908024201342977

  83. 83 Sean Stott said at 3:41 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    They’re pissed about what happened with Alejandro Villanueva

  84. 84 eagleyankfan said at 12:13 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    I’m of the same opinion on Pederson(not a fan)…why are you not a fan of his?

  85. 85 The original AG said at 5:12 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    I think he displays all the elements this season of a coach that was overhelmed at times calling plays. I don’t think he has a good feel for the game, which is why at sometimes he’s over-aggressive. I think the thing that really displayed this was having his QB as a lead blocker 5 plays after coming off concussion protocol. Why any coach would put their star QB in harms way, especially after coming off concussion protocol, tells me that he’s similar to Andy that whatever plan he drew up – they are going to stick with regardless off the circumstances.

    So long-term I see him doing well during the regular season building up a great overall record, but never getting over the hump in the playoffs.

    There is the Aaron Rodgers caveat where the QB is so good, that he is able to overcome the coaching deficiencies. Or conversely the talent is good enough that they are able to overcome the bad decisions and mistakes by the coach and win games like they did against the Giants in Week 16.

  86. 86 eagleyankfan said at 8:33 AM on January 23rd, 2017:

    Thanks. At least you have a pulse on why your not a fan. Maybe that’s part of it for me as well. The game appears bigger than he is. I have no facts to back it up .. this hire didn’t seem to be about Pederson. It appears Lurie needed a “safe” place to be. An “I failed with CK, so let’s all go back to AR because that’s the only thing that works”. I’m sure Lurie talked to a lot of people about Pederson. Those people sold Lurie on Pederson, probably more than Pederson sold himself. I hope he learns. Maybe give up play calling(I think he’s calling the game)? Every good(to great) coach has a stamp they put on a team. What stamp is Pederson trying to put on this team? Where is his uniqueness? As you said — in a spot, will he know what to do or will he panic in the moment? It wasn’t the greatest of a 1st year under a new coach — here’s to hoping he grows as the team grows….

  87. 87 Insomniac said at 1:27 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    I hope the Falcons win it all. Matt Ryan is a local guy and I’m sick of the same old teams trying to win it all. Oh and he’ll finally put his dumb haters to rest.

  88. 88 Media Mike said at 1:26 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    I’d like Ryan better if he’d made a proper HS choice, but the Falcons would be a nice change of pace.

    I can see why folks are fed up with New England and I find everything to do with the Stillers completely impossible to stomach.

  89. 89 GaEagle1023 - Tom said at 5:47 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Any RB that has ’Veon in his name is worth a look.

  90. 90 Media Mike said at 12:55 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    ………………for a drug test

  91. 91 xmbk said at 9:23 AM on January 22nd, 2017:

    More Patri*ts cheating.

  92. 92 Media Mike said at 12:45 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    You know Lewis pulled that alarm.

  93. 93 Dave said at 12:19 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    The Redskins hire Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator.

    Here are the rankings of his defenses while employed as a defensive coordinator, according to NFL.com:

    2015 Colts (26th)
    2014 Colts (22nd)
    2013 Colts (13th)
    2012 Colts (7th)
    2011 Chargers (17th)
    2010 49ers (20th)
    2009 49ers (18th)
    2008 49ers (20th)
    2007 49ers (8th)

  94. 94 Media Mike said at 12:56 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Excellent.

  95. 95 Stephen E. said at 11:32 AM on January 23rd, 2017:

    That’s some Rob Ryan-level fraudulence going on there.

    Then again, it’s pretty clear that drafting hardly any defensive players in rounds 1-3 had an effect.

  96. 96 HawaiianEagle said at 1:46 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Speaking of drug tests, odds on LJ playing entire season if healthy?

  97. 97 A_T_G said at 5:10 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    There is an app for that…

  98. 98 teltschikfakeout88 said at 9:13 PM on January 22nd, 2017:

    Any prospects in the NFLPA bowl game.