Your Starting DL?

Posted: July 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 48 Comments »

This could be a pretty fun group.





That is one impressive set of players.

And keep in mind that Vinny Curry, Chris Long, Beau Allen, Elijah Qualls, Steven Means and others will be coming off the bench.


48 Comments on “Your Starting DL?”

  1. 1 gherbox said at 11:54 PM on July 12th, 2017:

    Yeah, should be.

  2. 2 ColorSgt said at 1:26 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Awesome, Tommy. Timmy made that look easy. CBs just have to play tight coverage long enough. They don’t have to be great. Nothing is more frustrating than the opposing offense having all day to throw. I don’t think that will happen with this DL.

  3. 3 Ankerstjernen said at 5:39 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Who knows, they might make CBs like Mills and Douglas – physical and competetive CBs without long speed – look like mobsters in this kind of defense.

    For what its worth, I think the Eagles have identified the right strategy for dealing with the likes of Dez, Odell and formerly Jackson in Washington. you prioritize getting a great pair of safeties, and you build your D-line to force the quick throws to these scary receivers. It turns the onus on your safeties to limit YAC in stead of winning contested catches down the field, and it allows you to use bigger cornerback with some succes even if they aren’t super fast – the kind of players that are easier to get in FA or a little later in the draft. The downside of course is that it puts a lot of pressure on your LBs to handle the run game and those big athletic TE’s at the same time. We saw the downside of that in the games we lost to the Redskins last year. Which means that right now, lack of LB depth is the scariest part of our defense. Hicks is really important this season, can’t afford another injury to him.

  4. 4 CrackSammich said at 6:17 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Vinny Curry sack, or did MSIII’s hand get there first? #controversy

  5. 5 CrackSammich said at 7:10 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    (Either way, I’m a little sad the linebacker didn’t get a chance to hit him. Can’t read the number– Tulloch?– had Wilson dead to rights.)

  6. 6 SteveH said at 11:26 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    MSIII? Shit did we get another one?

  7. 7 Guy Media said at 7:16 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    I’m very curious to see how many of these guys make the 53 man roster. 9? 10? Will it wind up being a lost (or last) season for Beau Allen? Is is wise to start Barnett right away or use him in a situational role until he gets used to 3 down NFL work? How well does Jernigan play and how to that alter his chances of staying here on a long term deal? Does Curry improve his sack totals or does he get cut and indicted for grand theft contract on the same day after the season? Does Graham improve his sack total? Will people stop baselessly criticizing Fletcher Cox?

  8. 8 CrackSammich said at 7:31 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Beau’s injury may have ended his Eagles career after this season. I like the player, but he’s like 4th or 5th down the line when it comes to contract decisions (Hicks, Jeffrey, Jernigan, whatever RB we need to sign next year), and especially since Jernigan is going to eat up a lot of DL money, he’s not getting the contract he wants. If Qualls shows anything, Beau is gone. They’re already using Gordon in the FB/extra lineman role.

  9. 9 Guy Media said at 7:38 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Yeah; he’s on the final year of his deal. I’m not sure what his price point would be for an extension, I’m not sure how well he comes back from the injury, I’m not sure how annoyed they were that it came away from the team, and we’ll see what guys like Qualls do when given the chance.

  10. 10 D3FB said at 8:43 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Why the hell would the team be mad that a guy tore his pec in training? Shit happens. Was the team pissed when Peters tore his Achilles the first time working out? No. (The second time they were def pissed but that was about murdering everyone involved in the roll-about industry).

  11. 11 Anders said at 8:53 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    There is also a reason why teams dont ask for too much money back because if they do, they know the NFLPA will use it the next time for the CBA

  12. 12 Guy Media said at 10:19 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Don’t teams NFI guys for that sometimes?

  13. 13 D3FB said at 8:48 AM on July 14th, 2017:

    Sure but that’s just business. Teams get it. It’s not like he was benching 135 and ripped his pec up.

  14. 14 RobNE said at 12:58 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    by the way how did his lawsuit turn out?

  15. 15 D3FB said at 8:45 AM on July 14th, 2017:

    Won $2million

  16. 16 D3FB said at 8:50 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Beau’s probably gone after the season (I’m dubious he’s going to play much until close to November anyways).

    He could be back though if Jernigan wants big big money. Non pass rushing 1techs don’t cost a ton of money. Ced is a better player and got 4/17.

    Also I don’t think we’re going to sign a RB next year. I’ll be shocked if we don’t take one in the first three or four rounds.

  17. 17 CrackSammich said at 10:28 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    They *should* take one high next year, but these things have a way of always being infuriating. I’d put our draft needs next year as exactly the same as last year, honestly.

  18. 18 or____ said at 10:58 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    I mean you could argue de and cb might be much less of needs nexr year, and ot much more… Backup mlb, another lb, and starting rb, I’d say draft needs will be different next year.

  19. 19 D3FB said at 8:52 AM on July 14th, 2017:

    Unless it’s Bell no back we would pick up would be a big money expenditure.

    It’s probably roughly similar but I’d say a T is probably top of the list, and S could be too (Malcolm gets pricey next year)

  20. 20 Corry said at 7:28 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    These guys were fun to watch for stretches last year too (The Vikings game was ridiculous), but then they just sorta disappeared. Here’s hoping they’re more consistent this year.

  21. 21 Guy Media said at 7:40 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Clearly the pass rush / pass coverage wound up out of sync with itself last year. My preference would be to blame the whole thing on Vinny Curry, Kendricks, Carroll, and McKelvin; but that won’t quite pay the bills.

    I just need to see them get off of the field more often when they’ve got the other team stuck in a 3rd & 4 or longer.

  22. 22 Corry said at 8:38 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    The 3rd and long situation I think managed to double my blood pressure over the past few years.

  23. 23 Guy Media said at 10:20 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    It is easily one of the most unacceptable elements of the team.

  24. 24 Chiptomylou said at 8:09 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    D-Line gonna eat this season boyeeee

  25. 25 Tom33 said at 9:51 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    OT – but any chance the Eagles can sign DeAngelo Williams once Matthews gets cut? He’s my new favorite free agent:

    “My fandom for the team I was raised as will not allow me to go to the Cowboys,” Williams told Schefter. “I’m an ’80s baby … and the 49ers ruled the ’80s. The Cowboys somewhat did something in the ’90s; I even refuse to give them that.

    “The Cowboys, they win. They just don’t ever show up during the playoffs. They always disappear in the playoffs. I’ve got a great depiction of the Cowboys’ fan base. During the regular season last year, they were on cloud nine. You couldn’t tell them anything because they were going to win the ‘ship — that’s all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying. Then, the minute they lose, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt — the excuses start flowing. It’s just amazing to me. That fan base just in general can’t handle defeat. Still, to this day, they say that the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch!”

  26. 26 CrackSammich said at 10:30 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    No. Mathews isn’t taking up a roster spot, so he doesn’t need to be replaced.

  27. 27 Guy Media said at 10:31 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    I don’t know what he actually adds to the team vs. what’s here now. Maybe if there is an injury and you can add him after week 1 so his money isn’t guaranteed.

  28. 28 or____ said at 10:53 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Love the quotes, which is why i posted yesterday. But Sproles is better and smallwood + Pumphrey are more important to keep compared to what he’d theoretically add.

  29. 29 Sean Stott said at 12:38 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    I mean, Smallwood is OK, but I don’t really see how he’s important to keep.

  30. 30 or____ said at 12:41 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    Depth next yr when probably Sproles and Blount leave. Versus going heavy on aging vets.

  31. 31 izzylangfan said at 11:11 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Yeah, lets mess up some QBs.

  32. 32 Guy Media said at 11:12 AM on July 13th, 2017:

    Eil first due to his rude number of games played in a row being more than Jaws.

    Dak next; just to humble Dallas

    Cam after that

    That’s my top 3 for the year.

  33. 33 Ark87 said at 1:53 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    Eli brings me too much joy to wish ill upon.

    Skip Dak, if they’re under the illusion that Dak is a good QB, they won’t look for another QB, thus avoiding any chance of them getting a legit QB and launching another Cowboy’s dynasty.

    Cam plays through a broken back, he’s easy to injure, hard to take out. One of the toughest QB’s in the league, and I know you don’t want to hear that.

    Only people I wouldn’t mind see getting beat up are the Winston’s and Mixons of the world

  34. 34 Benny6968 said at 2:15 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    I love me some D line talk.
    I have not been this hopeful for our D line, since the days when Reggie, Clyde and Jerome and Mike were making life impossible for any offense they faced.
    It didn’t matter how good they were at blocking or what they did schematically.
    Nothing could stop them, especially whenever Reggie decided to display his dominance.
    He was beyond amazing and just short of impossible as he defied all logic in the way he could manhandle anyone and sometimes two 300+ pound men at the same time.
    I can remember like it was yesterday where Reggie would literally toss massive grown men out of his way.
    I have never seen a DE since then that could dominate at the level Reggie did on a regular basis.

  35. 35 Guy Media said at 2:17 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    Extra credit for leaving “Mike” without a last name to include both Mike Pitts and Mike Golic!

  36. 36 Guy Media said at 2:18 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    And your explanation of White’s amazing level of skill and power is why White will forever remain the greatest defender in the history of the NFL; New York fluff on Lawrence Talyor be damned.

  37. 37 daveH said at 2:21 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    Splitting hairs over 2 GOATs

  38. 38 Guy Media said at 2:24 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    No “2 GOATs.”

    Reggie is the D GOAT in football.
    Wilt is the Basketball GOAT

    Any other answers get you dealt with like the loser in the Rangers jersey in the Pat’s Steaks line.

  39. 39 daveH said at 10:03 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    Name the 1 GOAT in his respective sport. .that tramscends to overall all sports included GOAT … ??

  40. 40 TXEaglesFan said at 11:31 PM on July 13th, 2017:


  41. 41 daveH said at 4:21 PM on July 14th, 2017:

    The Great One. And Greatest nickname ever

  42. 42 Insomniac said at 5:54 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    That Jernigan sack. Hnnnnnnnnnnnnng.

  43. 43 Sean Stott said at 8:51 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    Crazy how far Curry has fallen. He’s just a small footnote in this article about the defensive line. Too bad about his top-5 salary though. The highlight of him was against literally the worst offensive line in the league, and the sack took him the better part of ten seconds.

  44. 44 ColorSgt said at 9:52 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    Yeah I really hope he bounces back this year. The other guys on the line might help bring out the best in him, where at least he could be a key part of the rotation.

  45. 45 bobeph said at 10:11 PM on July 13th, 2017:


  46. 46 Flyin said at 10:55 PM on July 13th, 2017:


  47. 47 Flyin said at 11:25 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    The starting front four has the potential to be fun, but it is all about the chemistry and fluidity of the back 7 meshing with the D Line that will actually make it fun.

  48. 48 Flyin said at 11:32 PM on July 13th, 2017:

    I was at the game Hicks broke Romo’s collarbone. Great fun for two minutes Big plays need to backed up by solid play.