Game Review – PS #1 – PHI at GB – Offense

Posted: August 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 169 Comments »

There was a lot to like about the way the defense played in Green Bay. The offense, not so much. That was an ugly showing. Dom Capers used a very aggressive gameplan against the Eagles and his blitzing was very effective. The Eagles did not prepare for it because teams do very limited game prep in the preseason. Beyond that, the Eagles did not block well for most of the game. Matt McGloin played almost three quarters and did not have a good game. And then there were the turnovers.

Other than that…

There were good individual performances. Most importantly, there weren’t any significant injuries. A sloppy performance in the preseason opener is a lot easier to stomach than someone tearing an ACL.

QB

Carson Wentz – Good showing. Only in the game for one drive, but delivered a TD. First play was play-action pass with quick throw to Matthews. Hit hot receiver on 3rd/2 and moved the chains. Packers were blitzing and Wentz got the ball out quickly. Took a sack on 1st/10. You would rather he throw the ball away, but was swarmed by defenders and eating the ball was the right decision. Last year he might have tried to make a play. Did a great job on 4th/7. Kept his eyes downfield and shrugged off low hit from DL. Moved right and hit JM with a good throw. Showed poise, but also incredible strength. Didn’t go down. Wasn’t really even thrown off balance. You’ve all seen the TD play. Showed great poise and strength on that. Didn’t panic. Shrugged off Matthews and then found his receiver over the middle. Threw high to Agholor on the 2-pt try.

Matt McGloin – He’s had a rough summer. McGloin is the kind of guy I think of as a gamer. I thought playing in a game would bring out the best in him. It didn’t. He stunk up the joint. Poor blocking and lots of blitzing didn’t help matters, but that was still an ugly performance. Wasn’t compelling in any way. Must get a lot better to have any shot of making the roster.

Dane Evans – Showed a live arm. Good athlete. Finished 3-8-22. Pressed a bit. This was his first NFL game action and he wanted to impress.

RB

LeGarrette Blount – Only a couple of things to really note. He runs hard. And man, is he hard to tackle. Wow. Took real effort by multiple defenders to get him down on every run. Very good block of blitzer on 4th/7. Had no room to run on 2-pt try and still almost got in. It is going to be a lot of fun to watch him in action this year.

Corey Clement – Played starting on 2nd drive. Ran hard. Did a great job on 4th/1 of getting past initial defender in the backfield to almost getting the first. Great effort. Tough. Was only 7-13 for the game, but had no room. 2-31 as a receiver. Neither was tough, but still made the catches and turned them into nice gains. Did have one drop in the RZ. Good effort as a pass blocker, but needs work.

Donnel Pumphrey – First offensive play was run up the middle. Fumbled, but Eagles recovered. Got 5 yards and it was a good run, but must hold onto the ball. Caught quick pass on 3rd/4. Good route and smooth catch, but only got 3 yds. Give DB credit for flying up and making the play. Only complaint with Pumphrey is that he could have extended the ball forward and tried to get the 1st that way. Looked smooth catching the ball and finished with 5 catches. Only gained 12 yards because defenders were on top of him almost instantly. Took some big hits, but got right up each time. Tough. Showed a willingness to block.

WR

Nelson Agholor – With Jeffery sitting, Agholor started on the outside. Got ball on end around, but had to get by Green Bay’s best LB (Matthews) and DB (Ha-Ha Clinton Dix) and couldn’t do it. Lost 1 yard. Wasn’t able to haul in 2-pt try. Ball was high, but catchable. Kind of play you wanted to see him make. Moved to the slot with the #2 offense. Didn’t see any passes go his way.

Mack Hollins – Great game. Highlight play came on opening drive. Lined up outside to the right. Good release at the line and ran a good route. Came free over the middle and plucked the pass from Wentz on the move. Used the stiff arm to get free of a chaser and then to bury a would-be tackler. Did a balancing act down the sideline for the score. You can see why Howie Roseman was gushing over this kid right after the draft. Size. Skill. Athleticism. Physicality. 4-64 for the game. Showed the ability to deal with press coverage. Good hands. Looked comfortable and natural out there. Lots of potential. 

Bryce Treggs – Really good game. Looked the smoothest of any WR. 7-91, including 38-yard bomb down the right sideline. Had a TD there if the throw was better. Instead led him to the sideline and out of bounds. Vicious block of D. Randall gave him a concussion. Helmet to helmet hit on run play. Played outside with 2’s. Caught the ball with his hands. Used a good spin move for RAC yards. Ran good routes. Looked fast.

Greg Ward – Slot receiver. 4 catches for 12 yards. Eagles tried to get him the ball, but had some tough luck. Quick screen to him was batted down. Another screen was hurt by bad block from Watford. Ward had no room to run. Showed promise. Didn’t come away with a definitive feeling about him getting open and working the middle of the field.

Shelton Gibson – 2-12. Used speed to get deep down the left side, but ball was underthrown and picked off. I thought Gibson looked more comfortable on underneath routes than I expected.

Watford – 2-12. Didn’t stand out. Missed block on quick screen.

TE

Brent Celek – Up and down game as a blocker.

Zach Ertz – In midseason form as a blocker (not a compliment). Was really hoping to see him take a big step forward in that area. Not off to a good start. No passes thrown his way.

Trey Burton – 3-19. Had one bad play. Caught ball on the left side, got hit and fumbled.

Billy Brown – Better than I expected. Showed some promise as a blocker. Good effort. Technique needs a lot of work and he must get stronger. Had okay block of DB on 4th down run. Went upfield and engaged. Wasn’t pretty, but was effective. Natural receiver and it showed. Has legit NFL potential. Athletic guy who moves well and can catch the ball. One bad mistake. Caught ball late in the half near the sideline. Didn’t get out of bounds and in fighting for yards, got hit and fumbled. With his size and pass-catching ability, Brown is a player to watch.

OL

1st – Peters – Seumalo – Kelce – Warmack – Johnson
2nd – Tobin – Warmack – Wiz – Greene – Vaitai

The blocking in this game wasn’t good. I know the Packers blitzing was partly to blame, but the Eagles didn’t block well enough no matter how you slice it. Jason Peters and Lane Johnson didn’t play well. I’m guessing this was just a case of “preseasonitis”, but it was frustrating to see so many guys struggle.

The blitzing and stunting by the Packers created a lot of confusion. It had a trickle-down effect and there were multiple plays where you could see blockers were confused about what to do. This had to affect their confidence and certainly played a role in their struggles.

Buffalo runs a 4-3 look and won’t blitz as much. The OL should look worlds better. Even with blitzes, the players have now talked to the coaches about some things to do so they’ll be better prepared for that.

Isaac Seumalo – LG. Mike Daniels tried to beat him with inside move on 3rd/2. Seumalo jolted him with his hands. You could see Daniels snap back for half a second. Kept him blocked. Good block of LB on run to his side. Able to get to the 2nd level and use his hands well. Got blown up on run away from him. 97 knocked Seumalo back, got free inside and got TFL of Blount. Got knocked back by 94 on next run. I liked what I saw athletically, but Seumalo needs to play stronger.

Chance Warmack – Started at RG. Better showing than I anticipated. Good job on run to the left. Got initial block of DL, then passed him on and went to 2nd level to block LB. Good feet. Showed some pop when he hit the LB. Good block on Blount’s long gain on draw. Sealed DT and created big hole. Terrific block of Daniels on run to his side. Engaged him and then flowed with the play, eventually putting Daniels on the ground. Warmack and Kelce doubled 97 and drove him off the ball, creating a hole for Blount. Played well at RG. Moved to LG with backups. Beaten by 97 on run to his side. That blew up the play. Recovered fumble by Pumphrey. Got minimal push on inside run and Clement only got 1 yard. Looked very different at LG. Not sure if it was the position change or playing with backups. There were mental and physical errors. Still, it was encouraging to see him play well at RG. That showed promise.

Matt Tobin – Backup LT. Normally Tobin plays well in the preseason. Up and down vs GB. Some plays he looked good and others he was all over the place. Actually whiffed on a cut block. Ugh. Had some poor run blocks.

Dillon Gordon – #3 LT. I thought he looked a bit stiff initially, but settled in and looked okay. Played some snaps at FB. Didn’t have much success.

Stefen Wisniewski – Backup C. Up and down.

Darrell Greene -Backup RG. Love his size and strength. Can win if he gets his hands on you. Footwork is still an issue. Still looks like a project at this point.

H. Vaitai – Got hurt, but luckily wasn’t too serious. Backup RT actually played pretty well. Moved his feet and looked good in pass pro. Worlds better than what he was last summer. Played under control and looked confident.

Taylor Hart -#3 RT. Played with backups when Vaitai got hurt. Showed real potential, but still a project. Must finish his blocks better. Must anchor better. Knocked back more than you like. Has NFL size and pretty good feet. That gives him a chance. To think that was his first game on the OL since high school is nuts.

Dallas Thomas – #3 LG. Pleasant surprise. I had no expectations when the game started. Suddenly I see this big, athletic guy moving well. Good feet. Quick. Agile. I was impressed. To be fair, this guy is a former starter and he was going against 3rd stringers, but I like his movement skills.

Aaron Neary – #3 C. I like his size. Eagles list him at 6-4, 301. Had some good moments, but still up and down overall.

*****

Fran Duffy did his All-22 on the offense. Some good videos in there.

*****

STs

Not a good start. Gave up a PR for a score. Yes, there were some illegal blocks, but you still don’t want the other guy getting loose like that. He had another long PR later in the game.

Caleb Sturgis missed a FG late in the half. Hit a chip shot late in the game.

Weren’t able to return any KO’s.

Donnel Pumphrey was shaky as the PR. Was overly excited on the first punt and ran up to catch a ball he should have left alone. Later caught and then muffed a punt, but didn’t lose the ball. The third time was a charm. Got that and had a long return, but there was a penalty to wipe it out. Ugh.

Greg Ward did fair catch one punt. Looked smooth on the grab.


  • Dan in Philly

    Starters played limited action, but did ok. Back ups looked like back ups.

  • rosmith51

    Ward played one off his facemask while trying to make a retreating over-the-shoulder grab on a punt return. That was really terrible judgement on his part.

    • Tumtum

      God that was bad. Hope to everything green we never see him catching punts again.

  • Buge Halls

    “Was really hoping to see him (Ertz) take a big step forward in that area” Why are people STILL waiting for Ertz to take a step forward in any area? This is his fifth season – he’s not going to magically become Gronk or Gonzalez or any great TE you
    might mention over the off-season. He’s a decent TE who, while he’ll
    catch passes and make plays, is grossly over-paid for his contribution.

    Every year I hear the talking heads say “this is Ertz’s year too blah, blah, blah”.

    At this point, we all need to understand that he is what he is. A poor/mediocre blocker, a decent receiver (still has too many drops), with no YAC ability.

    • Anders

      Nobody here expects him to be Gronk, but I argue he isnt grossly overpaid and I think his stats might be sneaking up on people.

      Ertz is 7th in yards/game of TEs since his 2nd year if you put it at 12 games per year.
      http://pfref.com/tiny/TVjQF

      Not sure what more he can do.

      • Bert’s Bells

        Jordan Matthews counting stats argument

        • ChoTime

          Ertz compares better to other TEs than JM does to WRs in rate stats, primarily because of catch%.

          • fran35

            I think you have to factor in how horrible of a blocker he is in order to properly rate him. I think he has decent hands but that is about it. Doesn’t break any tackles and lacks long speed. I actually think that Jordan Matthews broke more tackles and ran harder than Zach ertz. To be honest, if you ask me if I would rather have Brent celek in his prime, or Zach Ertz, it’s a no-brainer. Celek every time. I think ertz is over paid.

          • ChoTime

            Difficult, because we don’t have stats for that, but we do have for receptions, drops, catch%, yards, YPC, etc.

          • Bert’s Bells

            I don’t want to hear any facts.

          • unhinged

            Been hearing that a lot lately.

        • Anders

          Ertz is 7th in the whole NFL in yards/game by te who played most of his teams games.

          I’m sure Jordan matthews is maybe around top 80

      • Iskar36

        On that same list, he is last in terms of total TDs and (after you calculate it) TDs/gm with 9 and 0.2. Travis Kelce who was second lowest, had 5 more TDs in that time frame. Not to mention that Ertz benefited from two years of fast paced offense with Chip Kelly.

        Ertz isn’t a bum by any means, and I certainly am not trying to argue that. At the same time, he is a guy that gets talked about often as if he is a Pro Bowl caliber player, which is also not true. The reality is, he is a solid, not great player. Unfortunately, he gets paid as a top 5 TE.

        To me, he is a guy that I am satisfied with as our starter for now, but at the same time, if a guy becomes available in the draft next year or via FA, Ertz isn’t so good that I hesitate replacing him with someone else.

        • Someguy77

          This. Ertz is a good/very good player at TE but he isn’t a Top 5 TE despite being paid like a Top 5.

          He is in the next tier down (#6-10) and I doubt he ever becomes a premier player. Doesn’t have the raw athletic skills to become an elite receiving TE, his blocking is mediocre, and he disappears way too often in the red zone.

    • meteorologist

      So after the fourth year players can’t develop? No Evan Mathis I guess

    • ChoTime

      He doesn’t need to take any steps forward. He is a top 10 TE and he is not overpaid. He does not suffer from the dropsies, in fact he was rated #1 in the league in receiving plus/minus.

      How many times do I have to post this stat?
      http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2017/2016-receiving-plus-minus

      He is not going to turn into Rob Gronkowski and he doesn’t get YAC, but he is an extremely valuable member of this team. It would be nice if we could have HOFers at every position, but that’s not the reality.

      Our weaknesses last year were at WR, CB, and QB. Not TE.

      • sonofdman

        Plus, I think this year might be a breakout year for him!

        • ChoTime

          There’s always that…

      • Sb2bowl

        I think last year he was credited with 1 drop- which is kind of amazing.

        • BlindChow

          He dropped himself to the turf plenty of times.

          • ChoTime

            There is plenty of evidence to back this up. He has a bad YPC and YAC. Part of the YPC is he’s suffered from Wentz and Bradford, both short-ballers to this point (went from 13.0 YPC to 10.5 YPC since 2013.)

          • Sb2bowl

            He’d lead the team in drops if that was a part of the criteria

      • Dave

        Ertz doesn’t seem to have the aggression to be a great blocker or run after catch guy. Personally, I don’t care as long as he excels at getting open and catching the ball.

      • Ark87

        you can’t beat a narrative with facts. You have to make up a counter-narrative.

        Your stats are no match for “he doesn’t truck people, he doesn’t block like Runyan, He’s soft

        • ChoTime

          It is an interesting thing that once you have your mind made up, you’ll latch on to things that support your decision, and ignore data that contradicts it. Even if the original impression was based on flimsy or no evidence.

          Myself, I really had no particular opinion of the guy. He is not a flashy player. But the #s show him to be a very good player, and we need those.

      • laeagle

        If you’re not first, you’re last. Or so I’ve heard.

      • Buge Halls

        Keep building him up – meanwhile we keep hearing every year that “this will be the year he takes a step forward” and here he still sits in mediocrity. And yes, he’s grossly over-paid, just like Celek.

        • ChoTime

          I’m not building him up, just properly evaluating him and combating persistent and weird complaints. He’s a top-10 TE without a doubt, and he’s getting paid like a top-10 TE.

          He’s getting $8.5M/year. Other TEs of his quality are making from $7-10M/year. You have to go down to the #19th paid TE to find someone making less than $6M/year. How, then, is Ertz “grossly overpaid”?

          Rob Gronkowski is the best TE in the game, yet three players are making more money than him. Are they, then, overpaid?

          What if the Eagles didn’t give him this contract, and we had to make do with a JAG who we paid $5M/year. Is there a particular place we could apply that extra money that would make us a better team?

    • Tumtum

      Looking around the league makes me feel happy to have him.

  • Benny6968

    What was up with GB blitzing like it was a playoff game?
    Showing the entire league all of their blitz schemes on game 1 of P.S. is a bit bewildering and even our players seemed shocked that they would call so many blitzes.
    As far as Ertz is concerned, I don’t get all the hate as he has been and should continue to be a top ten NFL TE.
    Should we expect more?
    Sure, but I think we have yet to see Ertz have his best season as an Eagle.

    • or____

      It’s Philly. The M.O. of most fans is:

      Hate
      Hate
      Hate
      Stop and take a breat
      Hate
      Hate
      h
      Hate
      Hate
      Stop and drink a bee
      Hate
      Hate
      r
      Hate
      Thin
      Hate
      Hate
      (no n or k)
      Hate
      Judge
      Bitch
      Hate
      Moan
      Whine
      Hate
      Go to sleep
      Wake up to piss
      Hate
      Hate
      Go back to sleep
      Wake up and repeat

      • Benny6968

        Actually I love love love my Eagles.
        It’s just that I hate everyone else.
        Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

        • or____

          Yeah I hear you and agree. Of course I was exaggerating and over generalizing.

          But with Ertz, Maclin, and many others, most fans mostly hate.

      • Ark87

        nah dude, the Eagles splash cartoon nailed it some time ago, couldn’t find it. Went something along the lines of:
        TV: incomplete pass.
        Fan: The Eagles stink!
        TV: 1 yard run.
        Fan: The Eagles stink!
        TV: first down Eagles!
        Fan: WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!

        Just a never-ending cycle of wild optimism and nihilistic fatalism.

        Example: Trade a player and a 3rd round pick for a corner no one had heard of. The player was useless anyway, the 3rd round pick is a lotto ticket, and the guy we don’t know anything about had a great rookie season, so he’s obviously going to be all-pro. BRILLIANT MOVE, SUUUUPER BOOOOWLLZZZZ

        First loss we take the will be calls to fire everyone, and nothing will ever be ok.

        We can work on keeping it a tad more even-keeled.

        • or____

          True true. But notice how baseline for many is “a guy is mostly his flaws and improvement and/or nuances are extremely unlikely”?

          • Ark87

            Generally yes, and it depends on the particular player and particular fan. IE, most of us didn’t like Agholor (he burned us pretty bad), so we wrote him off and didn’t see his resurgence coming. Whereas new players we tend to assume the loftiest possible version of them, then we go overboard when they aren’t that immediately.

          • ChoTime

            Not really, these things go in cycles, Ark87 is correct. During Chip’s tenure people around here were very defensive about the players on the team. Nowadays the tenor is much more wait and see, which is much more realistic.

          • or____

            Fair enough. I tend to disagree a bit, but we often see things a bit differently in terms of fan temperament.

    • Bert’s Bells

      They’re 3-4 defensive. It’s predicated on blitzing.

      It’s not like they’re coming up with some brand new way to send their 4th and 5th rushers.

      It did seem like they were doing it a lot, but if that’s what they needed to evaluate their players you have to figure the coaches have a plan.

      • xmbk

        They aren’t getting good eval on their players by blitzing against vanilla. They are just telling the players that as coaches we already know you can’t win one on one’s.

        • Bert’s Bells

          We have no idea what they’re evaluating.

          Do you think they’d get some better idea of their team by having them execute plays that aren’t in their playbook?

          • xmbk

            That’s nonsense. We have an idea what they are evaluating, they aren’t totally reinventing the wheel. Are you really suggesting they only have blitzes?

          • Bert’s Bells

            So if you know what the coaches on Green Bay were looking for in their defense, why don’t you share it and propose a better game plan for them?

          • xmbk

            Yeah, you are being ridiculous. Guys in the NFL disagree with each other all the time. They aren’t perfect. Is that your response to every opinion? “Well, he’s in the NFL so he must be right. “

          • Bert’s Bells

            I’m not saying that at all.

            I’m saying pretty clearly that Green Bay had things they wanted to practice and that’s what they practiced.

            It sounds like you’re saying they should only practice what you think is best.

          • xmbk

            K.

          • eagleyankfan

            By your logic – the Eagles wasted their time. The Eagles ran vanilla offense and defense so how can one possibly evaluate your own players running plays/schemes that won’t be used during the season? Or, a team that plans on blitzing a lot actually installed some of their blitzes already? Maybe GB knows their weakness and want as many reps as possible?
            ….
            I don’t think it’s cheap either – I think it’s smart. I always thought it’s a silly idea to do 1 series, then 1 quarter(or 1/2), then 1/2(or 3/4’s) than nothing game 4. Players are going to get hurt no matter what. I get it, long season – but how much ‘prep/evaluation’ is being done in less than 4 quarters worth of work(out of 4 games)?
            If you’re a weak team – why not install ‘more reps’? Maybe fringe playoff teams can benefit of more prep time…

          • xmbk

            No, that’s the opposite of my logic.

        • D3FB

          Ehhhh. If you’re going to run a blitz heavy defense, you have to make sure guys understand how to gap exchange and react to things under live fire. If you’re not going to have a LB sit 5 yards off the ball and have to read and fill while trying to avoid getting clobbered in the regular season, not a ton of reason to havin him do it in the PS. You want to have him blitz across the formation and see if he can still read the offense and his responsibilities while doing so.

          Is it a little bit cheap? Sure.

          Do I get why? Yes

          • SteveH

            Yeah, makes it shitty for the analysis though, fair or not.

          • xmbk

            Absolutely. But they are getting very limited Intel from doing it in the first preseason game. They also can better prepare their players in practice by dictating the looks and schemes they go up against than to do it in a game where the other team isn’t adjusting. That’s as unrealistic as anything else. They are sending the message to their players that you can’t win in base.

            Much better to do it in a game after some joint practice sessions. I like GB, they are a sound org. But they also do some wonky things sometimes, and they don’t always work out. I think the Eagles got more out of this than they did.

          • D3FB

            I disagree. They are getting the information out of it that they want.

      • Ark87

        still feels dirty to have starters doing it to starters in a meaningless game (while they had their starting QB safely tucked away so we couldn’t repay them in kind). Thank god Clay Mathews is old now, when he wrapped around Wentz swinging around him to throw him on his back I had instant week 1 2010 Kevin Kolb flashbacks. Was double happy for the TD because it meant sending our Franchise to the pine.

        • Bert’s Bells

          true

    • Tumtum

      That is their bread and butter. We want to evaluate a base zone or man look. They want to know how well their guys can pressure..though when your overload blitzing vs a team that isn’t even calling audibles..feels useless. Also as bad as that D was a year ago maybe there is a level of confidence boost they are looking for. Then again..this could be an indication of their ineptitude.

  • Someguy77

    Everyone getting worked up about the blocking is typical overreaction to a meaningless preseason game.

    It will be interesting to see if teams continue to aggressively run blitz between ‘a’ gaps if they are in a 3-4 scheme. Kelce has struggled against almost every NT when he is 1-on-1 the last few years & Blount looks even slower than I thought he would be.

    It would help if Blount would be in better shape. I don’t know if I would say he is ‘fat’ but he is at least 10 pounds heavier (maybe 15 at the start of the camp) and he has a very slow first step or two.

    Blount didn’t make the $50k bonus for reporting to camp at between ‘240 and 250’ and he has been pretty antagonistic when reporters have asked him about it. I would put him closer to 260-265 right now.

    • or____

      Shame our other 3 backs are slow….oh, my B.

    • or____

      I think your comments on Blount are also likely overreaction to a meaningless preseason game too…

      And as for his weight, well NE likes to deflate stuff… so….it might be just what he looks like sans cheating.

  • GermanEagle

    Over / Under number of beers for GE tomorrow:

    5.5

    • SteveH

      What’re we betting.

      • or____

        .5 beers?

        • SteveH

          So I pay out half a beer if I lose, but win half a beer if I win?

          Hardly seems worth the trouble.

          • or____

            I beg to differ, since it implies beers being opened, I don’t see how negative outcomes are possible.

      • GermanEagle

        Beer at Shorty’s for the season opener.

    • or____

      I’m too old for “# of beers” being the important stat. We need a nextgen stat that incorporates # and ABV. #SudsScience #HeadyAnalytics

      • SteveH

        Where are my absorbometrics. Hard to get a baseline analysis without knowing the health of the liver.

        • or____

          + bodyfat content, + metabolism, + recent tolerance, + age, + gender, + baseline hydration levels… we’re going to need Hinkie for this.

          • Guy Media

            I’d like to drink my beer, not trade it for two beers next year.

          • or____

            I believe (absent a broken neck) excess beers roll over to the following session.

          • sonofdman

            The beer is not ready to drink yet, but when it is ready next year it will be one of the best beers out there. Trust the fermentation process!

          • A Roy

            But if it’s Schmidts this year and potentially Becks next year?

          • Guy Media

            But what if you haven’t let me have a beer in 4 seasons?

          • A Roy

            Gotta admit I’m parched. As Homer once said in, I believe, either the Iliad or the Odyssey; “Mmmm, beer.”

  • Someguy77

    So no ‘Annual State of the Franchise’ by Lurie this year? I guess he’ll be a no show unless something good happens this year.

    Lots of season ticket holders I bet are still chapped by the 5-10% season ticket increase they saw last offseason. Not like the Eagles haven’t raised ticket prices recently either doing it after the 2013 and 2014 offseasons.

    Still the most tone deaf and foolish thing a Philly sports franchise has done since the Philies had the balls to raise season ticket rates after the horrible 2015 season.

    • Guy Media

      “Lots of season ticket holders I bet are still chapped by the 5-10% season ticket increase they saw last offseason. Not like the Eagles haven’t raised ticket prices recently either doing it after the 2013 and 2014 offseasons too.”

      That’s horrid on their part.

      • Someguy77

        I don’t know about horrid but I can understand why season ticket holders (my cousin and a close friend) were kind of pissed about it.

        The ticket increase after the 2014 season was around the same rate too. A lot of ticket price increases for a team that has been very mediocre over that stretch including 2013.

        • Guy Media

          Seems a silly way to add more ticket revenue. I’d rather see them add more seats.

        • Ark87

          I understand why it would upset people. We all feel a sense of ownership with our franchise. IE, in our minds, the Eagles belong to us and Philadelphia. And the owners love to foster that feeling when it benefits them, help YOUR beloved team build a new stadium, bleed for YOUR team, be loyal to YOUR team.Support YOUR team, buy shit.

          But this is another unpleasant reminder that all of that is hogwash. It’s a business. Basic business 101. You don’t have enough supply to meet the demand, you aren’t charging enough. As MM mentioned, it would be nice for them to up the supply by making even more seats (credit them for doing this once already). But that would barely put a dent in the surplus demand. We feel like loyal fans should be treated better than that, but capitalism,

    • Sean Stott

      Completely disagree. If they’re selling out all their tickets, they should raise the prices.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Name him. The star of the game for the Eagles vs. Buffalo.

    Darby is a tempting pick, but I’m going with Agholor getting our hopes up unrealistically. Even the doubters (like me) begin to think he can play.

    • ChoTime

      I can see Agholor playing well all preseason, I can totally see that happening.

      • Someguy77

        He should get his share of snaps especially if Jeffrey isn’t on the field again.

    • D3FB

      I don’t think the starters will play more than 2 or 3 drives so I’ll go with one of the backup LBs, Gerry or Walker have a couple of TFLs and PBUs.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Winner gets a whole beer.

      • Someguy77

        Much more interesting if they got a whole bear.

        • or____

          The one Carson killed with his bare hands while yelling “kill kill!?

        • Dragon_Eagle

          Jay Cutler is no longer available and Urlacherzzzzz retired.

          • Benny6968

            If your getting a whole bear, you might as well get your moneys worth and pick William “The Refrigerator” Perry.

        • CrackSammich

          Much less interesting if it were half of a beer.

          • sonofdman

            Much more disturbing if it were half a bear.

    • CrackSammich

      Hollins

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Last week he was runner-up, IMO, to Barnett. Good choice.

    • CrackSammich

      Hollins

    • Guy Media

      Corey Graham; he’s going to KTFO two different Bills.

    • A_T_G

      Nate Gerry with a pick and a forced fumble.

    • sonofdman

      Marcus Johnson. Maybe he will show to the fans why the coaches and reporters all seem so high on him.

    • ColorSgt

      McGloin…. for Buffalo.

    • eagleyankfan

      JMatt….oh wait…never mind…

      • A_T_G

        Right, can’t be. He is hurt.

    • mtn_green

      SULLIVAN!

    • Sean Stott

      McAllister

    • dandynator

      barnett

    • Mitchell

      Momah.

      • ChoTime

        It’s funny, I live in Arizona, and I heard them talking about Momah last week on the radio. They were really talking him up and saying he’s great on special teams. Apparently he was injured last year, and the radio hosts opined that this was part of the reason Arizona had such a bad season. I guess they like him!

  • Someguy77
    • Sb2bowl

      The chicken place pays to be there- that’s their decision.

      • Bert’s Bells

        Either way, it’s funny.

        • Sb2bowl

          I kind of see it as a non-issue; there will be multiple sporting events at that facility; it’ll be an entertainment center, and they’ll have plenty of time to make money.

          They paid for a spot, it’s theirs to do what they want with it- to me it doesn’t make a whole lot of fiscal sense, but then again, I’m not running the company.

          • Bert’s Bells

            Definitely.

    • Sean Stott

      There was a Chic Fil A in the Deptford Mall back in the day, and whenever I went there it was always closed. For years I wondered how they didn’t go out of business or what their deal was. Now I realize I must have gone to the mall on Sundays a lot.

      • Tumtum

        There should be some sort of law or constant that proves every Sunday after boozing Saturday, you crave Chic Fil A.

      • Julescat

        they just opened a Chic Fil A near my house. I drive by it every day at different times. Other than Sundays, the place never fails to have a crowded drive thru and packed parking lot.

        I guess than can afford to take Sundays off.

  • Dave
    • or____

      Don’t you mean Indy?

      • Dave

        I have no idea what your’re talking about ;-O

        • or____

          The injured player is on the Colts, not the broncos, however, the text in the gif says “Denver”

          Hold your horses.

    • Someguy77

      What realistically is Kelce’s value? 5th rounder (conditional 4th rounder)?

      • Tumtum

        Higher to us than any compensation we would get.

  • eagleyankfan

    Can someone check on T-Law? It’s game day and people are posting about Indy and Atlanta…

    • P_P_K

      He’s with Megan.

  • DJH

    Does anyone know what time parking lots open for these 7 pm preseason games?

    • Nailed It!

      The Eagles tweeted they are already open.

      • Nailed It!

        Anyone who shows up to a Thursday 8pm Preseason game at 2pm is a legend in my book. Absolute savage.

        • DJH

          The remaining games are sneakily @ 7pm not 8 pm like the first.

          • Nailed It!

            Oops, but point remains

  • GermanEagle

    How many fans are expected to come to the Linc tonight?

  • Insomniac

    I have some ribs and sliced pork belly on the smoker. No beer for the game tonight though (maybe) 🙁

  • GermanEagle

    Lane is playing LT because JP is absence due to death in family.

    With Tobin starting at RT don’t expect #11 out there so long…

    • Nailed It!

      agree

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Let us hope Doug agrees

  • Sean Stott

    For the out-of-towners: http://sportsarefree.com/nbcphi/

  • GermanEagle

    Does anyone have a working reddit live stream link?

  • DJH

    Jalen Mills hair wtf lol

  • Dragon_Eagle

    OL sucks

  • Sean Stott

    Holy crap Blount is slow

    • RC5000

      He’s a little heavy and out of shape. There’s still time hopefully.

    • meteorologist

      So is Anquon Boldin! Darby can toy with him. Might be slower than Blount lol!

  • Crus57

    Kendricks getting all his INTs out of the way before the season

    • SteveH

      We’re playing the long con with Kendricks, get his value up and up and up… then TRADE!

  • SteveH

    Yuck, first team O looks like poo tonight.

  • Nick C

    Horrible play calling.

    • meteorologist

      Nah it was good

      • BlindChow

        Left sweep with Blount!

        • meteorologist

          Rather run right behind Tobin? 🙂

          • BlindChow

            I’d rather not run Blount on a sweep.

          • meteorologist

            It’s not as bad as bringing Dillon Gordon into the game as FB. Great in theory but rarely gonna work because the defense is tipped off. As least Blount has quick feet, can set up him blocks, and can break a tackle

          • BlindChow

            I’d love a play-action with Dillon. Used to be a Tight End, no one would bother covering him.

        • meteorologist

          Or middle behind Kelce:)

    • meteorologist

      Inside the 10 runs are underrated and then we want to see Alshon obviously

      • meteorologist

        Plus the box was light

  • SteveH

    Welp, now for 3 quarters of McGloin… Maybe i better open that whiskey.

  • SteveH

    Whew, this run game. Wentz gonna throw for 6000 this year.

  • meteorologist

    Think (hope) we’re keeping Lane on the right side after JP retires…

    • RC5000

      Is that a spoof on WIP callers?

      • meteorologist

        Nope, he’s been shaky when called over to the left side

        • RC5000

          He needs an entire camp as starter on the left side to be fair. He has the athleticism .

  • Crus57

    Buffalo trying to collect every illegal block in one STs play

  • SteveH

    McDermott looks about 15 years older than he did when he was here.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Was just thinking the same.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    OL really sucks

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Is Kendricks tonight’s star?

    • SteveH

      So far. Hasn’t been a good night on the whole though.

  • SteveH

    Shit, #37 trying to collect all the fouls on one play.

    • Nick C

      He will be putting in 37 used car and insurance agent applications in a few weeks.

  • kajomo

    New post is up

  • meteorologist

    Pathetic special teams this preseason