Good Reading

Posted: September 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 124 Comments »

I’ll post something tonight. For now. lots of good material to read.

Tim McManus rode to work with Carson Wentz and had a 30-minute Q&A with the QB. Some fluff, but lots of good info as well.

TM: You got the starting job eight days before the start of the regular season [last year] coming from North Dakota State, having to learn a brand-new system, so I can understand why you had to get the early jump. One person described you as, like, almost a ghost because you had to be in the film room all the time cramming for the final that was right in front of you. Are you able to kind of pick your head up a little more now and breathe and interact and do that whole thing?

CW: Yeah, a little bit. Last year, like you just said, eight days before the season it’s like, “Hey, you’re up, let’s go.” I loved it. I wouldn’t trade that for the world. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. You’re trying to learn. You’re still trying to master your own offense to some extent, and having a new coaching staff there’s different looks. The biggest thing for us last year is what’s our protection plan each week. When a coaching staff is for the first time together, they’re kind of learning how they want to do it together, as well. Between the coaches, me, [center Jason] Kelce and the other quarterbacks, it was definitely a process that we were all in together. That’s where you spend the most time. At least for me. Just blitz studies. You never want to be hot, you always want to be protected. So that was the big thing. Not just learning your own offensive schemes, but the calls you wanted to make and how you wanted to go about protecting different looks. You have to go watch the blitz tape like crazy. I do think I can breathe a little bit more this year. Plus, I know what to expect.

Really, the first five weeks we truly didn’t have a true normal in-season week. We had the Monday Night Football Week 2. We had a bye Week 4. It was just all over the place. I was always kind of just scrambling. Wasn’t sure what to expect, until later in the year, when I finally got in a routine. That’s where I could finally start to breathe because I kind of knew what to expect, I had a routine down, and now going forward this year it’s definitely a lot less stressful already. I’ve always enjoyed it, but I kind of know what to expect and I can breathe a little bit more, like you said. I’m thankful for that because there’s days where it would be stressful and exhausting. Not that it is not going to be this year at times, but just kind of knowing what to expect is a big difference.

Make sure you go read the whole interview.

*****

Jeff McLane wrote a lengthy piece on Wentz’s mechanics. He got good info from John DeFilippo and Mike Mayock.

The touchdown thrown to Torrey Smith may have seemed easy — the receiver was wide open when the ball landed in his arms 50 yards later – but Wentz had to first hop to his left when Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake nearly bull-rushed Lane Johndson into him.

“Most young quarterbacks would feel that pressure, their eyes would come down, and they would be looking to get out somehow,” Mayock said. “To me, that’s the most telling thing you can look at on film. Forget how [the ball] came out. That’s what separates quarterbacks with great arms that never make it in the NFL and quarterbacks that thrive.”

DeFilippo pointed to two other plays. In the first preseason game, at the Packers, Wentz had to shake off an unblocked Clay Matthews. And against the Bills, Wentz had to check to his third read after Jeffery ran a wrong route.

NFL quarterbacks rarely get to throw from what DeFilippo calls the “perfect position” – a clean pocket in which their arm angle is ideal. So the assistant likes to throw obstacles at his quarterbacks in practice to get them out of perfect position and see how they get back.

“That’s what I see more out of Carson right now,” DeFilippo said. “His movements are more subtle, even when he has to move to get out of perfect position, he gets back into it quick and sets his target line to the receiver.”

Wentz couldn’t get back to perfect position after he eluded Matthews. He threw across his body to receiver Mack Hollins, who would run for a touchdown. But that kind of athleticism and instinct can’t be taught. It’s why many analysts like to compare Wentz to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Another must-read piece. Very well done.

*****

Doug Pederson recently talked about re-watching Alshon Jeffery’s cut-up reel from 2016. Jimmy Bama can let you watch that as well.

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  • Someguy77

    http://www.espn.com/blog/philadelphia-eagles/post/_/id/21722/carson-wentz-eagles-should-be-on-brink-of-playoffs-in-2017

    Predictions rolling in. McManus has the Eagles at 9-7 but likely missing the playoffs.

    SI has the Eagles at 8-8 (3rd in the NFC East) with Giants and Cowboys at 10-6 & Skins at 7-9.

    • SteveH

      9-7 seems fair. A tough schedule, still young QB, lots of question marks on offense…… But, that homer part of me, totally can see 10-6 or 11-5 if the defense comes together in a big way and the Wentz to Jeffrey/Ertz connection is there. Bonus points if the Agholor thing works out.

      • Fufina

        I think anything from 6-12 wins is possible this year, which is a much bigger range than i expected at the start of camp. I think our secondary is better than expected at this point and the front 7 looks disgusting, so those are big positives.

        The question i have is over the OL. They were poor all preseason and i expected them to be a pretty damn good unit when all the starters played. If they shake off the rust and are top 5 unit then i think we will win 10+ games. If they are just good, then 8 games, and if they play like training camp we are looking at a 6 win disaster.

        • Ark87

          i think that’s a fair assessment. It was encouraging to see Wentz operating pretty well under duress. That blunts my concern a little bit, but I don’t want to see him get killed. The wheels can come off at anytime once key injuries start to happen. So hopefully that O-line gets it together.

        • ChoTime

          God, I hope they can get the run game together.

          • Insomniac

            Blount force trauma will either be good or bad for us. Lets hope it’s good.

    • TO BLACKS

      A prediction is like an asshole, everybody has one.

      • peteike

        ya like you. How is this asshole/trash not blocked

        • or____

          You can block him yourself. Tommy’s not a moderator.

        • TO BLACKS

          You are asking the wrong person, you DUMBFUCKER.

          • bobeph

            you keep talking you milf, i bet you’re a transgender

          • TO BLACKS

            Crybaby

    • Insomniac

      This team will go as far as Wentz can take them. I think he’ll still have some growing pains but hopefully he’ll cut down on the INTs. It should be down with better WRs + more experience but no one knows for now.

      I have them at worst 7-9 and at best 10-6. That might not be good enough to make the playoffs depending on how well the Cowgirls can do for the 6 games without Zeke and if the Cardinals/Panthers can rebound from their bad seasons.

  • TO BLACKS

    I don’t give a shit about the player and his personal life, just play ball and STFU.

    • bobeph

      you cock biter, I would beat you to death like i beat your papaw

      • TO BLACKS

        Come do it!

  • CrackSammich

    I am so over offseason articles. You’re doing the lord’s work, Tommy, but I’m sure you can agree that it’s time to start writing about something that actually happened.

    • Gary Barnes

      Agreed. The fluff ones especially

      • Donald Kalinowski

        Yeah. There’s always these articles that go into a player’s life and I really don’t care about them. Journalists think they bridge the gap between the player and the fans, but I feel like fans don’t really care for the players outside of the field.

        Same thing goes for the press conferences. I listen to sports radio and people go crazy over everything that is said as well as the attitudes and the reactions that are displayed.

        Players and coaches want to reveal as little as possible especially after a tough game and they try not throw their teammates under the bus. Personally I feel like their a bit useless.

  • Nailed It!

    Eagles 100% healthy going into the season. Not much else to talk about right now but I do like that lil nugget.

  • Gary Barnes

    So, what did Lurie say in his State of the Team presser today?

    • Dave

      Funny, I watched the same press conference and saw something completely different, with the exception of the effusive praise for Howie.

      I thought Jeff was very clear in his assessment that he was extremely happy with Doug. Not sure where you saw it as lukewarm.

      He didn’t throw shade at Kaep as much as he just didn’t want to talk about him individually. He kept referring to his approval of players “respectfully” (he repeated this word several times) using their platform to advance social issues (i.e., Jenkins). Kaep and his police pig socks obviously don’t fall into the respectful category. Edit: Now that I think about it, he did throw shade at Kaep.

      As for the record this year, I think he made a very valid point that Atlanta and Dallas were both non-contenders in 2015 that really turned their 2016 season around. The team is not elite, but has a chance to go either way based on performance, opponents, injuries, etc.

      I was curious about the Washington Post analytics article he referred to on the draft.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/sports/nfl-draft-history/

      Pretty good read. Spoiler alert, the Eagles rank 8th over the past 20 years in drafting players according to their evaluation.

  • Sean Stott

    Gotta be honest, the “Are you interested?” campaign is really, really stupid.

  • SteveH

    The Factory of sadness rolls on, Myles Garrett with a high ankle sprain, and Calvin Pryor cut for fighting a teammate in practice.

    If the Browns won’t convince you hexes are real, then nothing will.

    • Sb2bowl

      I don’t even like driving near Cleveland. Bad mojo

  • Insomniac

    I checked the comment section on my phone without logging in first, what a mistake.

    • Tumtum

      Made that mistake the other day!

  • CrackSammich

    Can’t wait for the opening touchback and immediate commercial break of the season!

    • ACViking

      Turned on the game just in time to see the Chiefs received the kick off from the Pats. And to see the score was 7-0 Nea England after four minutes. Turned the game off. No further interest in watching.

      • CrackSammich

        Yeah, Chiefs fumbled on their first play.

  • SteveH

    Early scouting report on the Chiefs: Secondary is a mess outside of Berry, lots of speed on offense.

    • CrackSammich

      And/or Patriots LBs are a liability.

      • Tumtum

        Look really speedy to me.

      • SteveH

        I mean, speed is kind of a more objective thing. Tyreek Hill is fast as fuck no matter who he’s playing against.

    • GermanEagle

      I wouldn’t call Marcus Peters a mess..

    • Tumtum

      Pass rush seems very meh.

      Remember who they are playing though. Don’t be deceived.

  • Insomniac

    Brandin Cooks would have looked good in an Eagles uniform.

  • SteveH

    If Im the Eagles Im gameplanning to throw at 39 and 23 as much as I can against the chiefs.

  • Sb2bowl

    Hunt looks like a good Rb. Glad we didn’t draft him 🙁

    • GermanEagle

      We have Pomphrey….

      • Sb2bowl

        But he doesn’t look as good a Hunt right now and we all know that one game during a rookie season defines a players career.

  • Insomniac

    After 2 quarters of watching Smith dinking and dunking, I sure as hell hope Doug lets Wentz sling it down field more often compared to last year.

  • GermanEagle

    This will be a ‘fun’ game in week 2…

  • Insomniac

    Justin Houston is a bad bad man.

  • GermanEagle

    Omg. #39 and #23 make Nolan Carroll look like a Pro Bowler…

    • SteveH

      #23 especially, he’s awful.

      • GermanEagle

        Any word if KC’s starting slot CB will still be out against us?

        • D3FB

          IR expected to return. So he’ll be out

  • SteveH

    Jesus Christ, the Patriots D looks awful, that’s the second 70 yard TD they’ve given up.

    • GermanEagle

      But hey. We have Pomphrey!

  • Insomniac

    Taco Tuesday vs Scrappy Gym Rats is actually an better game than expected. Smith’s stat sheet this game looks more like Brady’s usual stats and vice versa. What is going on? Is this real life?

    • SteveH

      The pats just failed their 2nd 4th and short so I have no idea what’s going on. Someone tore up the scripts for this game.

      On the plus side Bratty Tom and the Gremlin are losing, so that’s a good early birthday present for me.

    • Ark87

      Big Red and the Chiefs have given the Patriots fits these past few year it seems. I have no doubt Andy circles those ones on the calendar, and as bad as Andy is at thinking on the fly, he may be one of the best at meticulously stacking plans A,B,C,D and E if you let him prepare long enough.

  • SteveH

    Man we give Ertz a lot of shit for going down easy but Kelce had to lay out and get that first down. Hurdle, dive, do something, don’t just get upended a yard short.

  • GermanEagle

    We better win on Sunday…

  • SteveH

    This is starting to look like the fastest 16-0 season in history.

    • GermanEagle

      ??

      • SteveH

        Pats are prognisticated to be a legitimate 16-0 contender this year. That might end on the very first game.

        • GermanEagle

          You just jinxed it. Against Brady. Well done mate.

          • SteveH

            No fear, my jinx powers are weak.

  • Ryan Rambo

    Anyone see Tyreek come up lame? Happened at the end of his last kick return.

  • Ark87

    Dammit I resent the west coast so bad when these games drag past midnight. Neither team is from their timezone, they can afford to miss the first quarter T.T

  • SteveH

    Man, Hightower must be worth like 8 guys because Collinsworth keeps banging on about how losing him has forced the Pats into preseason type defenses. Is their depth so poor that losing 1 guy has crippled their whole defense?

    • GermanEagle

      We better not lose Hicks.. similar impact.

      • SteveH

        IDK man, I think we could still run the same D with Walker or Bradham taking his spot. We might not be as good but we wouldn’t have to toss out the whole playbook.

        It looks like the Pats went into the game with their only backup MLB having been signed 5 days ago. What the fuck is that?

  • GermanEagle

    I am so gutted that Hunt got picked 3 Picks before I was on the clock…

    • Ryan Rambo

      That guy has made my night. 34 pts.

      • Tumtum

        I don’t even want to know what pick you got him. I regret not putting a higer grade on him.

        • sonofdman

          42 points in my league. Got him with the 10th pick of the 3 round in a 14 team draft (38th overall) after I took a chance with no RBs in the first two rounds (paired Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers). Very happy right now!

          • Tumtum

            Damn. I was hoping he would get to me at pick 25 and didn’t get him. Then I passed on him at 22 in a other league because I had Bell. And Baldwin was on the board, who I actually don’t like, but accroding to experts….ahh well.

          • sonofdman

            Yeah it’s hard to blame you with Bell already and Baldwin should be a good pick. I couldn’t believe he was there for me in the third and then I got Carlos Hyde with the fifth pick in the 4th round. I feel pretty good about Rodgers, Nelson, Hunt, and Hyde in a 14 team league.

          • Tumtum

            Rodgers in 2nd is risky, but it looks like it is gonna pay in spades. That is a nice looking line up in a 12 teamer if this keeps up!

        • Ryan Rambo

          I got him in the 5th round in our 12 team work $$$$ league. I think that makes him like my 34th overall player. I picked 7th in a snake draft.

          • Tumtum

            Isn’t it closer to pick 70? Either way amazing value… I imagine that HAD to have been before Ware was hurt. Back then I would of passed in the 5th… because I am bad.

    • D3FB

      He went right before me and I had to settle for Smallwood

      • GermanEagle

        Ouch…

  • Ark87

    F-yeah Big Red. Take those smug bastards down

  • Ryan Rambo

    Eric Berry down on the field. No contact.

  • SteveH

    Only cramps for Tyreek Hill………. Soooooo….. We still get to see him.

    • Ryan Rambo

      That dude is a problem.

  • Ark87

    I wonder if literally anyone had Alex Smith in Fantasy this week.

    • Tumtum

      Couple of drunk guys in KC maybe.

  • Mitchell

    Kareem the dream Hunt bb!

    • sonofdman

      KaREEEeeEEEEMMMM!!!!!!!!

  • SteveH

    Eric Berry with an achilles injury. Feel bad for the guy… What cancer isn’t enough bad luck?

    • Insomniac

      Damn that really sucks

  • GermanEagle

    Hunt = offensive rookie of the year.

    • Insomniac

      No. Derek Barnett will be.

      • Ark87

        We putting Barnett at RB? It may come to that if the situation looks dire enough

        • Insomniac
          • Ark87

            Can’t believe he didn’t win MVP that year. The Texans were basically forming the proof for “defensive players can’t win MVP anymore”

          • Insomniac

            Even Reggie White couldn’t win an MVP so it’s not realllly surprising Watt didn’t win one. It’s like these guys have to get like 25+ sacks or something.

      • sonofdman

        Just based on strip sacks returned for TDs?!

        • Insomniac

          and more.

  • SteveH

    The Pats are toast. Would never have guessed after how this game started.

  • Tumtum

    I actually drafted this shitfence in one of my fantasy leagues.

  • sonofdman

    How soon do the hot takes about Brady and Garrappolo start?

    • SteveH

      Probably already have.

    • Insomniac

      give it 2 seconds.

    • Ark87

      they better pull him now, the game is over, the Chiefs are feasting. Pats are at their best when they can be balanced.

  • sonofdman

    Brady looks like he just wants to go home.

  • SteveH

    Jesus, the Pats looked shell-shocked. This is ugly. I’m loving it.

    • Ark87

      I hope RobNE is out there somewhere, completely obliterated, dancing in the streets

  • Insomniac

    Welcome back Justin Houston. Please sit out week 2.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Guess who started Kareem Hunt in FF this week? 🙂

    • SteveH

      someone who is going to win this week, for sure.

    • sonofdman

      This guy!!!!

    • Tumtum

      Im sure everyone who was lucky enough to draft him

  • SteveH

    Maybe they shouldn’t have traded Jamie Collins if they had literally no one to play behind Hightower.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    So KC gets 10 days after this major blowout and confidence high to prep for their week 2 opponent. Who are the sorry loser who have to pl…. ah,….,… shit.

    • SteveH

      In KC too. Shit.

      • Ark87

        Hopefully Doug is taking notes:
        A) that rookie, Hunt, the truth
        B) Justin Houstin, plan for him please

        God we have to beat the skins (breaking a 5 game losing streak vs them), or we are staring down the barrel of a lost season fast.

        • sonofdman

          Tareek Hill is a little banged up though. He could use a week off to get healthy for the rest of the season.

          • Ark87

            hopefully we can hold them under 20. Eric Berry is an amazing player, hope somehow his injury wasn’t as bad as it sounds but he still misses next week. Arrowhead is tough though, yeesh

          • Rambler

            Potential serious injury to Berry also, which I do hate to see. But if he is out, lots of seam passes in the middle of the field.

          • sonofdman

            Yeah, I was gonna mention that, but as it seems like a serious injury I felt bad joking about it. Your right though, he was shutting down Gronk. That defense will be very different without him.

          • Ryan Rambo

            Rest him for the playoffs Andy!

    • Tumtum

      They gonna eat BBQ birddie.

    • P_P_K

      Chiefs get overconfident and lazy. KC has the ball on the Eagles 20 with 5 sec left in the game, but Andy has used all his time-outs. Eagles pull off the upset 27-24.

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Except, wait, no!!!! Doug Pederson calls a timeout on top of Andy’s timeout and the Eagles had already used them all in the first 2 minutes of the 3rd quarter when they couldn’t line up correctly and missed on a challenge for a 2-yard gain. Penalty on Eagles. KC makes a 70-yard field goal with 1 second remaining.

        🙁

        Much more realistic.

        • P_P_K

          Impossible. With one second left and the ball on their own 40, Andy would definitely call a shovel pass.

  • Ryan Rambo

    Just changed my FF team name to Kareem & The Dreamers.

  • Ryan Rambo