Something Special

Posted: February 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 126 Comments »

Dave Fipp is a darn good coach.

Not only does he have the eyes to back that up (and steal your soul), he’s got the stats.

I remember the 1995 Eagles, where STs were a joke. Tommy Hutton had a punt blocked and returned for a TD. Gary Anderson hit 73 percent of his FGs, and he was a weak-legged kicker at that point who specialized in accuracy. His longest FG was 43 yards. 43!!! Those Eagles allowed a pair of PRs for TDs. They gave up 26 yards per KOR.

Ray Rhodes loved veteran players so he loaded the roster with those guys. Players in their late 20’s and early 30’s are not great STers for the most part. They want to play on offense or defense. If they weren’t the worst STs in the league, they were close.

The current Eagles are worlds different.

The Eagles impacted the game in every way on special teams this past season. The Eagles ranked second in the NFL with a franchise-record 27.3-yard per kickoff return average, thanks to a promising rookie year from Wendell Smallwood. Philadelphia led the league with five kickoff returns of 50-plus yards, and was the only team with multiple kickoff return touchdowns. The Eagles also finished second in punt return average (12.9 yards per return) with Darren Sproles leading the way. Another benefit from the special teams unit was that the Eagles had the best field position following a kickoff on both offense (27.2-yard line) and defense (22.7-yard line) in 2016.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis also made history for the Eagles’ special teams. In his first full season with the team, he connected on 35 field goals, both a career high as well as the most by any Eagle in a single season. Sturgis began Training Camp in a battle with Cody Parkey, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2014 but was placed on Injured Reserve with a groin injury the following season. Sturgis won the job and Fipp is excited about the future with him.

Fipp is a very good coach and the organization uses resources to build up STs. They traded for Darren Sproles. They signed Chris Maragos and Bryan Braman. They added Kamu Grugier-Hill last summer because they thought he could be a stud on STs.

I’m interested to see what happens this offseason. Braman is a UFA. Will the Eagles bring him back or will they try to find a 4-3 LB to fill his role? Braman played a little defense this year as a DE, but was almost exclusively a STer.

Sproles has said this is his final year. Will the Eagles try to add someone to learn for a year or will they wait until next offseason and just fully replace him at that time? Could Byron Marshall and/or Kenjon Barner be his replacment(s)?

Doug Pederson was very wise to keep Dave Fipp around. He’s done a terrific job of working with the kickers/punters, the cover guys, the blockers and returners. I can’t imagine where the Eagles would have been the past 3 years if they had mediocre or bad STs. Things were hard enough with them being an elite unit.


Gregg has a feel for these things. That doesn’t make him right, but he’s worth paying attention to.

I don’t want the team to be overly-active. I want them to be smart shoppers. As fun as it is to see them make a lot of moves in March, offseasons like that rarely pay off. You need to add a big piece or two and then find some good fits.


A lot of times we see teams get active before the Scouting Combine. That starts on Feb 28th this year. Cuts could happen next week or early the next week. Teams cut veterans they know they can’t deal before free agency to give those players a chance to shop themselves. That’s how you maintain good relations with players and agents.

It would be nice if the Eagles were able to deal guys like Mychal Kendricks, Connor Barwin and Jason Kelce. I think Barwin is cut. The other two I think will be dealt, but that might happen in March or it might drag out a bit. We’ll have to wait and see.

The Eagles will be making some cuts soon. They need the cap room.


126 Comments on “Something Special”

  1. 1 daveH said at 11:11 PM on February 16th, 2017:

  2. 2 daveH said at 11:15 PM on February 16th, 2017:

  3. 3 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 7:11 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    plz stop

  4. 4 Something Special - said at 11:11 PM on February 16th, 2017:

    […] Tommy Lawlor Dave Fipp is a darn good coach. Not only does he have the eyes to back that up (and steal your […]

  5. 5 A_T_G said at 11:20 PM on February 16th, 2017:

    We had the best average starting position at 27 yards and allowed the worst starting position at 22 yards. That makes me think the average isn’t a good way to measure that stat. I bet the range is much more telling than the average.

  6. 6 ProbablyDrunk said at 12:29 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    I hate being 20 and not witnessing most of our history ):

  7. 7 John Galt said at 12:37 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Fortunately for you, unfortunately for the rest of us, you caught the best period and didn’t miss much. Although the late 80’s early 90’s were a lot of fun on D

  8. 8 anon said at 3:11 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    enjoy being 20.

  9. 9 A_T_G said at 7:27 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Don’t worry, there is plenty of time to be old later. Enjoy where you are at.

  10. 10 Mitchell said at 8:22 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    *replied to wrong post*

  11. 11 eagleyankfan said at 8:23 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    history? You missed a gas shortage and a Flock of Seagulls and that’s about it….

  12. 12 HawaiianEagle said at 1:09 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    And several dallas sb wins…

  13. 13 P_P_K said at 9:19 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Don’t worry, young man, there’s a whole future of Eagles disappointment ahead. Such is our fate.

  14. 14 Corry said at 9:29 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    My earliest football memories are of the early 90s Eagles. Those were some fun defenses. We don’t talk much about the times in between then and the Reid era.

    I think the disappointment of the Eagles has made me a tougher person though.

  15. 15 Media Mike said at 6:13 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    I feel for you. I’m 40 and came into my fandom of the team just as Buddy was getting into swing here. I’ve been able to see Buddy’s teams goon people, the greatest D in the history of the concept of defending anything in 91, Ray Rhode’s “they’re coming here to rape your whole family” pep talks, the Reid ascendancy, the Chip roller coaster, and now the impending Wentz dynasty.

  16. 16 anon said at 3:11 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    So only cox remains from 2012? Foles about to be out of the league.

  17. 17 Dave said at 8:05 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Vinny Curry and Mychal Kendricks

  18. 18 Mitchell said at 8:23 AM on February 17th, 2017:


  19. 19 Sb2bowl said at 11:15 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Foles will latch on somewhere, but not for the $6.8m he was scheduled to make.

    It’s stupid to pay a veteran backup QB $7m a year.

    Oh, wait…………..

  20. 20 ChoTime said at 8:40 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    ST is such a strange little corner of the NFL. We have a bad offense despite investing lots of resources in it, and we have a great ST despite getting some no-name kicker. We hired the best ST coach in Bobby April and it didn’t worked. This Fipp guy seems to be doing a great job and any returner he puts back there is busting long ones.

    In the picture, only one of his eyes is crazy. It’s like it’s too early in the morning to be THAT intense.

  21. 21 Sean Stott said at 1:05 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    You can tell he’s a morning person.

  22. 22 Buge Halls said at 9:23 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Sturgis set a record with 35 field goals. The one thing that tells me is they couldn’t get the ball in the endzone often enough (I know, I had to go negative!). Change even 25% of those FGs to TDs and who knows what this season would have been like!

  23. 23 Corry said at 9:26 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Negative, but totally true. They got bogged down in the red zone way too often.

    I also have to wonder how many of those dropped passes directly lead to long field goals instead of moving into the red zone (where we’d probably kick a field goal anyways).

  24. 24 BobSmith77 said at 12:36 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Mediocre to lousy red zone production has been a long-term issue here going back to the early days of Reid despite some really productive offenses

  25. 25 Corry said at 9:31 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    I’m eager to see how the team shapes up between now and the start of the season. I’m assuming we get receivers in FA and then go heavy on defense in the draft.

    It shouldn’t be a boring offseason.

  26. 26 Sb2bowl said at 11:13 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Ya- probably bring in one 2a tier receivers and maybe a 2b (as opposed to 1a and 1b- think Jeffrey and Stills). Ensuring a starting CB probably should be up there as well so that we don’t need to reach for one or specifically draft for need come April, though I think we’ll add 2 in the draft to grow in the system.

  27. 27 scratcherk said at 11:12 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Sign me up for a ticket on that Kenny Britt bandwagon. Window seat please! Choo choo!

  28. 28 Mac said at 11:47 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Anyone else want to join in the Nickel Standard?
    (In honor of Joe “Nickels” Banner)

    Criteria: meets a team need, offers the hope of being better than nolan carroll, not going to break the bank (Cool Sunglass Dave: you can include one or two expensive, but not elite guys money players if you want 🙂

    1. Kenny Britt
    2. Marquise Goodwin
    3. Stephon Gilmore
    4. Marcus Cooper
    5. Bennie Logan

  29. 29 Mac said at 11:48 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    D3FB’s list (which I like)

    Britt (7-8 mil), Goodwin (2mil), Gilmore (12mil) and keeping Logan
    (7mil) plus Keenan Robinson or Paul Worrilow (2-3mil) is pretty much
    what I’ve come to view as the optimal FA season.

  30. 30 Corry said at 1:27 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    I think we’d be in good shape for the draft if we ended up with this group in free agency.

  31. 31 meteorologist said at 1:03 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Kendall Wright
    Robert Woods
    Logan Ryan

  32. 32 Insomniac said at 1:25 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Trumaine Johnson
    Zach Brown
    Chance Warmack
    Stephen Paea
    Marlon Brown

  33. 33 Mac said at 4:26 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Warmack and Paea are compelling possibilities.

  34. 34 Sb2bowl said at 1:56 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Not sold on Gilmore, but he’s got to be an option since he was with Schwartz in Buffalo.

    Johnson and Mcleod played together in St. Louis, so there’s an advantage for that potential, though I’m not a huge fan of Trumaine.

    I like Ryan from NE, seems like the type of quality character we could groom some young guys around.

    I’m hoping we bring Britt in, I think he could help DGB mature and they have a similar story (troubled early in their career, big bodied receivers who didn’t live up to their potential initially).

  35. 35 Mac said at 4:25 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    I’m kinda hoping the down year/schwartz connection gets a small discount on Gilmore.

  36. 36 Sb2bowl said at 4:44 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Wouldn’t bother me one bit- gives him a chance to make his name in a city bigger than Buffalo as well. We need a CB with lock-down potential, and he’s got the ability.

    I didn’t realize that he had 5 Int’s last year on that team; he isn’t typically a ball hawk as he only has 13 over his career. Typically, he’s good for about 3 per season, with last year being the anomaly.

    What scares me is this- he’s probably going to get close to $13m/year from a team that really needs the help; what’s a discount on that, $11.5m for us? He’s 26, so this is the contract where he makes his money.

  37. 37 Mac said at 5:04 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    And at 26, he could be part of the real solution to CB. Or he could be another complete waste of space… We’ve gotta keep trying to find that guy, which is why I’d like to see some effort in FA and the draft at the position again this year.

  38. 38 Tumtum said at 2:08 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    1. Mario Williams
    2. Alshon Jeffery
    3. Benny Logan

    Did I do a good job?

  39. 39 Mac said at 9:59 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Everybody gets a trophy for trying these days.

  40. 40 BobSmith77 said at 11:54 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Still wonder if Fipp is going to try to make the leap to a Head Coaching spot ala Harbaugh in the next year or so.

    What is the realistic next spot on a coaching staff though if you are the Special Teams Coordinator? Seems like a dead end unless you can somehow defy the really long odds to get a head coaching job or pivot to a offensive/defensive coordinator position.

  41. 41 Sean Stott said at 1:05 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    They can always just keep paying him more. From a hierarchy level, off/def/st coordinators are all equals.

  42. 42 laeagle said at 1:12 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Based on history, the next spot would be secondary coach…

  43. 43 Sb2bowl said at 1:33 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Perhaps we can make him our Offensive Line coach, and then promote him to Defensive Coordinator?

  44. 44 A_T_G said at 1:35 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Wow, that is a little scary…

  45. 45 Sb2bowl said at 1:35 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    You and I posted this at almost the exact same time………. truly a tortured fan base.

  46. 46 D3FB said at 10:04 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    The beats don’t think it’s likely at all. He’s a good coach but pretty private and doesn’t exude the personality of a head coach.

    I think there’s a chance he may look to become a DB coach at some point but I don’t think he’s terribly interested in becoming the head man.

  47. 47 Anders said at 11:20 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Great news for us. I guess its bigger to be considered the best ST coach in the NFL over been a DB coach

  48. 48 D3FB said at 2:53 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Money is pretty much the same, just comes down to what he wants to do.

  49. 49 BobSmith77 said at 11:59 AM on February 17th, 2017:

    Nice example Tommy of why Rhodes was an poor and overmatched head coach. We differ on what we think of Rhodes as a head coach but he struck me as a guy completely out of his depth as a head coach who was largely saved by Gruden as the OC & a veteran defense with some quality players.

    ’98 Eagles were still the worst single season of Eagles’ football I have watched. Crumbled offensively after Watters left and they errantly though Hoying was the answer at QB.

  50. 50 ChoTime said at 3:12 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    I didn’t watch either, that year, just getting into the job market and all. Was it worse than Chip’s last year? That was not a fun season.

  51. 51 Media Mike said at 6:09 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Yes. MUCH worse. They were the worst team in the NFL that year, but didn’t draft #1 overall because the Browns were awarded the pick as an expansion team.

  52. 52 ChoTime said at 11:25 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Ouch! Chip’s last year was bad because of expectations more than actual record, of course.

  53. 53 Media Mike said at 6:08 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    That 98 team was soooooooooooo bad.

  54. 54 GermanEagle said at 1:27 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Predict that the ‘usual annual shocker move nobody has expected from the Eagles FO’ this year!

    Time’s yours.

  55. 55 Insomniac said at 1:30 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    We don’t draft Corey Davis or Dalvin Cook.

  56. 56 Sb2bowl said at 1:32 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    And we take Joe Mixon with our first round pick!

  57. 57 Insomniac said at 1:36 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    At least McNabb wouldn’t be the most boo-ed player that we drafted if that happened.

  58. 58 A_T_G said at 1:34 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Move Dave Fipp to OL coach as a stepping stone to replacing Schwartz as DC.

  59. 59 Sean Stott said at 1:42 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    so meta

  60. 60 Tumtum said at 2:10 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Might be a good idea. Apparently Harbs is on the hotseat this year. Ravens might go right back to the well.

  61. 61 Sb2bowl said at 2:52 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    So, do we get rid of Doug in favor of Harbaugh?

  62. 62 Tumtum said at 4:05 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    When the Ravens steal Fipp, Harbs just takes that job.

  63. 63 Sb2bowl said at 4:07 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Those bastard Ravens. NEVERMORE!

  64. 64 Tumtum said at 2:04 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Jason Peters moves back to TE.

  65. 65 Stephen E. said at 2:13 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Re-sign Greg Lewis… at WR.

  66. 66 scratcherk said at 2:14 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Cutting JP.

  67. 67 scratcherk said at 2:16 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    oh didnt realize this was a joke thread. ok how about….

    Dorenbos to QB and he magics the ball into the WR hands… who then still drop it.

  68. 68 Corry said at 2:14 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Carson Wentz: super-star cornerback.

  69. 69 P_P_K said at 10:46 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Ah, man, that’s too easy — signing Romo.

  70. 70 A_T_G said at 10:47 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    You have a sick, twisted mind.

  71. 71 P_P_K said at 10:21 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    That’s a compliment in some circles.

  72. 72 Media Mike said at 6:07 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Public execution of Norman Braman to fully exorcise the demons of the past.

  73. 73 Mac said at 6:39 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Increased ticket prices?

  74. 74 daveH said at 1:45 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Im interested to see what we do this offseason

  75. 75 P_P_K said at 4:39 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Me too, which explains why I am checking Iggles Blitz so frequently. Something has to happen soon.

  76. 76 daveH said at 8:01 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Yesh shud be interesting

  77. 77 unhinged said at 4:27 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    At the risk of waking the dead, a ton of credit for the status of the Eagles ST goes to Chip whatshisface. He emphasized it and infused it with youth and TALENT THAT IS STILL PERFORMING.

  78. 78 Media Mike said at 6:06 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    That’s 100% fair. Fipp was a great hire does a great job with special teams.

  79. 79 Mac said at 1:35 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Maybe Chip’s future is as special teams coach somewhere.

  80. 80 A_T_G said at 10:46 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    With the draft in Philly this year, does our FO feel any pressure to draft a crowd pleaser, like WR or CB, over OL of DE?

  81. 81 NinjaP said at 11:17 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    well i would hope anyone that cares about that sort of thing has no say in the draft room. But I do think we will take a CB anyway.

  82. 82 Insomniac said at 11:21 PM on February 17th, 2017:

    Don’t we already boo everything?

  83. 83 BlindChow said at 1:34 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    I’d like to think the FO is looking at prospects based specifically on which the crowd is most likely to boo. I mean, we have an image to protect!

  84. 84 Media Mike said at 6:06 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    I feel a lot of pressure to exclude 31 other fan bases from our premises and to let the Giants, Dallas, and Washington know that their picks are all busts.

  85. 85 ChoTime said at 11:24 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    I’d think they feel pressure to draft a Lurie pleaser at this point.

  86. 86 HawaiianEagle said at 1:13 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Trump not all bad. He just signed exec order stating dallas no longer America’s team. Cool.

  87. 87 P_P_K said at 10:21 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Real or fake news?

  88. 88 ChoTime said at 11:23 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Strange, since I’d assume Dallas fans skew Repug big time.

  89. 89 P_P_K said at 11:58 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Probably accurate, except in Austin.

  90. 90 Bert's Bells said at 3:04 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    They’re mostly Longhorn fans in Austin.

  91. 91 ChoTime said at 4:23 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    The only Texas city I’d live in. 🙂

  92. 92 P_P_K said at 4:28 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    A lot of Austinites don’t think of their city as part of the Lone Star state.

  93. 93 ChoTime said at 4:24 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Down the line we’ll find out that Trump Industries bought the Patriots or something and there’ll be an executive order that they’re the new America’s Team.

    And Tom Brady will be appointed Minister of Fair Play in Games.

  94. 94 Bert's Bells said at 3:05 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Just another swipe at Christie.

  95. 95 HawaiianEagle said at 3:26 PM on February 18th, 2017:

  96. 96 九州套图 said at 2:59 AM on February 18th, 2017:


  97. 97 Media Mike said at 6:44 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Early morning mock…….

    Round 1 Pick 17 (WASH): Sidney Jones, CB, Washington (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 11: Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 10: DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State (A)
    Round 3 Pick 17 (WASH): Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte (A)
    Round 4 Pick 7 (WASH): Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 12: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 33 (COMP): Julien Davenport, OT, Bucknell (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 11: Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas (B)
    Round 6 Pick 10: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 12: Nate Hairston, CB, Temple (A)

    I’ve kind of moved on from Marlon Mack at RB due to Duffy from the Eagles pointing out how often he likes to turn just about any run into a sweep. Been there / done that Bryce Brown, so I moved onto Hunt at this point.

    I think I’ve obtained starters ar CB, LG, WR, and RB (Jones, Dawkns, Jones, and Hunt)

    Walker and Ogunjobi upgrade the depth on DL, Davenport does so for OL.

    Sprinkle is here to goon people and take over Celek’s role for 2018. Henderson is a shot at some WR depth and Hairston is the same for CB.

  98. 98 D3FB said at 10:13 AM on February 18th, 2017:

    Henderson is probably going to go top 50.

    Dawkins that’s early.

    HATE Walker.Tape does not match production.

  99. 99 Mitchell said at 3:10 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Why do people always point out the negatives? At least you could give him something you like about it too.

  100. 100 Media Mike said at 3:18 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    I don’t mind D3’s feedback, but good looking out. His stuff is usually good.

  101. 101 Mitchell said at 3:23 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    I know brother, just giving him a bit of a hard time. Henderson is gonna go way earlier though. I thought he wasn’t coming out for the draft though.

  102. 102 Media Mike said at 3:25 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    No doubt. It’ll remain odd on the valuation end until we get closer to the draft.

  103. 103 D3FB said at 9:02 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Because I’m mean.

  104. 104 Mitchell said at 9:18 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Lol I know you are. I need to know your thoughts on Marshon Lattimore. I see a project but idk.

  105. 105 D3FB said at 9:19 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Too many corners that require too much tape time.

    In general he’s super talented but taking a kid with 800 college snaps super high is terrifying.

  106. 106 Mitchell said at 9:49 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    I watched him last night and I’m not impressed. I see the athleticism and what he CAN be but I dont trust it.

  107. 107 D3FB said at 9:16 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Since I was so rude here’s my mock offseason

    Keenan Robinson

    Draft (assuming we get back one extra 6th from a trade because I’m not greedy)
    1: Cam Robinson OL Bama
    2. Marlon Humphrey CB Bama
    3. Daeshon Hall DE TAMU
    4. Chad Hansen WR CAL
    4. Matt Dayes RB NCST
    5. Xavier Woods S La Tech
    6. Ben Boulware LB Clemson
    6. Trent Taylor WR La Tech
    7. Nate Hairston CB Temple

  108. 108 Mitchell said at 9:19 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Henson seems like an interesting player. Jumping on the Patriots white guy trend?

  109. 109 D3FB said at 9:22 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    More that he worked out with Wentz and isn’t 24 like Kupp. Can make contested catches down the field, and showed some nice wiggle on quick screens (which we need). Route running needs alot of work but he can have a short term role and maybe you get lucky long term.

    I fucking adore Trent Taylor though. (T.O. Tears) That’s my jitterbug slot WR.

  110. 110 Mitchell said at 9:49 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Havent watched him but Im going tonight probably.

  111. 111 D3FB said at 9:24 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Dayes is a monster, Woods is being underrated because this safety class is batshit, Boulware is a bad propsect but good football player so worst case he becomes a FB or ST nut.

  112. 112 Mitchell said at 9:50 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Im gonna watch some of these guys so I can tell you how shitty your mock is!

  113. 113 D3FB said at 10:00 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Fight me doctor boy

  114. 114 Insomniac said at 3:00 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Less than 10 days away from the combine.

  115. 115 Dave said at 3:38 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    I’m very thankful I have a DVR as I will save the combine (after watching it twice), and then rewatch it after the draft to see what Mayock had to say about each of our draft picks. I did the same with Wentz in the Senior Bowl last year.

  116. 116 Tdoteaglefan said at 3:43 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Nice, thats exactly the same thing i do each year. I also record the senior bowl

  117. 117 Insomniac said at 3:01 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    14: R1P14
    43: R2P11
    74: R3P10
    117: R4P12
    138: R4P33
    156: R5P11

    Wouldn’t be mad at this draft honestly.

  118. 118 Media Mike said at 3:18 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    What board did you use?

  119. 119 Insomniac said at 3:38 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    I always use CBS.

  120. 120 Dave said at 3:47 PM on February 18th, 2017:

  121. 121 Insomniac said at 3:58 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    You’re damn right and you’re going to love every second of it. He has nift, just not Shady level nift.

  122. 122 Dave said at 4:12 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    too funny

  123. 123 ACViking said at 8:13 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    This is precious

  124. 124 Media Mike said at 3:50 PM on February 18th, 2017:


  125. 125 BobSmith77 said at 10:21 PM on February 18th, 2017:

    Reuben Frank was on WIP and I was tuning around on the drive home. Actually made a few decent points for a change:

    – Eagles had the oldest average player under contract at the end of the season in the NFL; they are only the 3rd oldest team now
    – Advantage of Wentz’ early years is having a franchise QB tied at cheap salary cap numbers and a team can spend in others areas but where is the talent on this team 25 and under (Wentz, Hicks, Matthews, and a huge failoff after that)?
    – As tempting as it is to draft Cook with the 1st round pick, RBs picked in the first round have been incredibly disappointing the past decade.
    – Vehement against them signing Jeffrey or even a huge contract to a FA CB even though they have a big need for starters
    – As much as the Eagles really need a CB (they don’t have a starter on their roster right now) and WR (Matthews and a bunch of underwhelming options), they need to focus on taking the ‘best player available’ in the first 2 rounds this year and seriously think about trading back a few spots to get extra picks this year and next

  126. 126 Fufina said at 11:06 AM on February 19th, 2017:

    Eagles age point is stupid – we have some of the oldest specialist in the NFL – Jones 36, Dorenbos, 36 – getting younger at those positions is hardly an issue – and replacing them with a pair of guys in their early 20’s knocks off 1/2 a year in our age average.

    Over 30 players are – Tulloc (32), Celek (32), Barbre (32), Sproles (33), Peters (36) and Jones 36, Dorenbos, 36.

    Peters is tough to replace, but while Celek/Barbre/Sproles are good players finding blocking TE’s, swing OL and 3rd down RB’s is not that tough. Replace those guys and you have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL.

    The 25 year old line is a #hot-take because Cox, Ertz, Johnson and McLeod are all 26 and some of our best players and will be around for 4+ years in their peaks.

    Eagles do have long term needs – all teams do, but short term we need a WR1 and a pair of outside CB’s and this roster is pretty legit. We faced the hardest NFL schedule last year with a rookie QB and won 7 games and should have frankly won more. Team is in a decent place and 2 savy free agent signings and a good draft could make this team have the potential to go a long way in an NFC lacking great teams. (Cowboys will loose 4-5 starters in FA and have no cap to replace them – and their defence will regress because it lacks talent).