An Eye to the Playoffs

Posted: November 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 128 Comments »

Doug Pederson has done a great job this year of keeping his team focused on the game at hand. The Eagles win and move on. They celebrate for a half hour and then start thinking about the next opponent.

Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas have to keep one eye on the present and one on the future. You see them tweaking the practice squad on a regular basis, always looking for a player who might contribute in the future. You saw them give the contract extension to Tim Jernigan.

They have also made some moves to help the team in the short term. The Jay Ajayi trade was for this year and the future. On Monday the team signed veteran LB Dannell Ellerbe to add depth to the middle of the defense. On Tuesday the team made another move.

The Eagles lost Jason Peters and put Halapoulivaati Vaitai in at LT. That was a smart move. Vaitai showed potential last year when he filled in for Lane Johnson at RT. This summer he played on the left side because the team wanted him to be the swing tackle, the guy who could backup both spots. Vaitai has played pretty well at LT so far.

But what happens if he or Johnson gets hurt?

That’s why the Eagles signed Beatty. They played Isaac Seumalo against Denver and he was up and down. If one of the starters got hurt, I think the Eagles would prefer a veteran taking over. Seumalo spent the offseason mostly playing G and C. He is athletic enough to play OT, but it is still a challenge for him. Beatty has started 63 games in the NFL. He could step in if needed.

With the team off to an 8-1 start, the front office has to start thinking about the playoffs. If someone gets hurt, you can’t afford to put a project on the field. You need a player you trust can get the job done. Forget long term thinking. You try to win and advance.

The Eagles aren’t making any dumb moves. Vaitai will still be the LT. Beatty is here for depth. If Vaitai started to struggle, Beatty could get a chance to show what he could do. Ellerbe is here to compete with Joe Walker for the MLB job. I think Ellerbe should win that.

It is interesting that the front office is willing to make these moves. It pretty much acknowledges that they have an eye on the postseason.

As long as Pederson and the players stay focused on the next opponent, I think it is smart for the front office to keep an eye on the future. You are always a play away from needing a key replacement.


There was another move.

Good for Marshall. I thought he showed potential last year. I’m glad someone is giving him a chance to play.

As for Jones-Quartey, he started 12 games for the Bears last year after playing in 13 games as a rookie in 2015. Joe Douglas spent a year in Chicago with him and I’m sure that is part of the reason he was added.

Jones-Quartey can help in practice, but could also be added to the roster if one of the Safeties were to get hurt. He’s young, but does have experience as a starter and STer. He was on the Jets practice squad back in October.


For those of you who like analytics, here is a good piece on the sophomore QBs…Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Jared Goff.

As much as we want this to be a competition, all three of them can be good players. There isn’t a finite amount of praise in the football universe and we have to figure out who can get the most credit. Carson, Dak and Jared can all be good.

Honestly, I like them all being good. Football is more fun when you have good QBs.

The piece was written by Sunset Shazz. You can follow him on Twitter for more good Eagles thoughts.


Jimmy Bama doing some of his finest work. Make Picasso look like a second rate hack.


128 Comments on “An Eye to the Playoffs”

  1. 1 dandynator said at 1:38 AM on November 15th, 2017:

  2. 2 ColorSgt said at 2:03 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Uncle Jimmy! It’s good to see Howie playing nicely with Joe. I thought they had a good offseason, but I was worried a little how it would play out. So far so great.

  3. 3 Fufina said at 2:20 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    “Football is more fun when you have good QBs”.

    You say that Tommy, but you know what would be even more fun. If we had Wentz and every other team in the league had Blake Bortles… oh how we would chortle…

    No but seriously if every QB in the NFC east was Bortles it would bring me so much pleasure.

  4. 4 Guy Media said at 5:10 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I’d love to see a full slate of good QBs in the AFC for my non-Eagles viewing. Our whole conference can forfeit every game against us for the next 100 years as far as I’m concerned!

  5. 5 Philadelphian said at 10:38 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I get your point, but let’s face it there’s more fun involved when you can show you are the best of the best. During Reid’s early years, the Cowboys typically weren’t very good. When they started beating Romo and Dez, it became more intriguing and exciting.

  6. 6 Masked Man said at 6:35 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Haha. Anybody notice Zeke Elliott’s bare belly in the stick figure cartoon? That’s just how he wears his shirts and stuff. Funny stuff from Kempski as always.

  7. 7 Sb2bowl said at 7:05 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I think he has something like 63 career starts, and 85 games played in total (going off of memory). He also won a SB ring w/the Giants.

    In one way, I like the idea of bringing in veteran options w/big game experience. On the other side, these moves have a mercenary feel to them, and after the failed DT experiment (when Reid was near the end of his stay) and the Chip Kelly “let’s bring in Murray and Maxwell, they’ll be happy here” situation, I’m a bit jaded.

    Hopefully they can gel with the rest of the locker room; Ellerbe makes some fill in, 2-down linebacker plays, and Beatty never sees the field.

  8. 8 Masked Man said at 7:08 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Outside of Ajayi, these guys are not starters. They’re insurance policies!

    Maybe next year Beatty can compete for a starting role if he’s still got it.

  9. 9 Sb2bowl said at 8:42 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Ellerbe will be competing with Walker for the MLB spot in our base package; it’s a quasi-starter position, and one that if Ellerbe has anything left, he should win. Walker has potential, but he’s not someone that we’ll want on the field often. Good OC’s will find a way to take advantage of him on the field in the playoffs (see deep crossing routes by Broncos with Walker matched up on WR’s).

    Beatty is insurance; I’d hate for him to see the field.

  10. 10 Masked Man said at 8:51 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Mostly Schwartz runs a 4-2-5 base. One less LB. One extra DB.

    Hicks and Bradham were like the two starters. Kendricks was in for about a third of the snaps. Now Kendricks and Bradham are the starters with Hicks out.

    But who do you count on now for that 30% of the relief snaps besides those two? That’s where Ellerbee comes in right away.

    And if Bradham or Kendricks has an injury, then Ellerbee has veteran presence to take on 60-70% of the snaps like a starter would. That would be a big load for Walker.

  11. 11 wee2424 said at 9:59 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Beatty won’t be here next year. He is here as an insurance policy for this year only hence the 1 year contract.

  12. 12 Masked Man said at 10:07 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Well that’s between him and the team. Beatty might want to stay and compete next year. The team might want him if the price is right. But that’s next year’s business.

  13. 13 wee2424 said at 10:44 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    It is possible but this just has a “1 year insurance policy for playoff push” feel all over it.

  14. 14 Masked Man said at 10:59 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I don’t want to play Ms. Cleo with my man’s employment opportunities. There could be potential there for him if that’s what he wants. I’m sure he plans to play somewhere next year if he can. He’s the kind of veteran reserve that a winning team can use.

  15. 15 wee2424 said at 11:40 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I’m just simply speculating with how it appears. After all this is a lot of what we do here since we are not employed by the organization.

  16. 16 Philadelphian said at 10:32 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Let’s hope that Seumalo and Vaitai, and possibly Gordon or Hart (believe me he’ll be back), improve to the point that Beatty won’t be necessary.

  17. 17 mattwill said at 6:22 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I’m of the same opinion many here have expressed. Development of the young O-Linemen is ideal; however, I do see the “insurance ” value of the Beatty signing. Taylor Hart wasn’t exactly “young” so replacing him on the 53-man roster with Beatty did not set any of the young players back. Who is active each week will be a bit more interesting now. For this week I expect Beatty will be inactive given his limited exposure to the Eagles playbook.

    One comment that has been made is that Beatty’s playing “style” is not a good match to the Eagles Offensive scheme. Does anyone have any thoughts about that?

  18. 18 Masked Man said at 7:11 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Don’t know about O line technique. It could mean hands and feet or it could mean spacing.

    JP was always concerned with how a new Guard next to him maintained the spacing. Maybe we’ll hear more about that soon.

  19. 19 Buge Halls said at 9:40 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I don’t mind fill-in guys this time of year. And they’re all cheap! Really, not a whole lot of downside.

  20. 20 Sb2bowl said at 11:14 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Chemistry is the one area where I get scared- but with their experience, they should be able to assimilate to the locker room culture quickly.

  21. 21 Buge Halls said at 2:11 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I think the difference is they are veterans and “work-horse” guys, not the new shiny mega-signing free agent.

  22. 22 Philadelphian said at 10:29 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Kelly wasn’t looking to strengthen his team for a playoff run, but felt his team had to be upgraded in order to become a contender. In other words, Kelly, with all his faults, realized his 10-6 teams weren’t as good as their record indicated.

    His biggest issue was on defense and his idiotic decision to switch to a 3/4 alignment. His secondary was a joke and a 3/4 alignment demanded better OL play. That’s is why he signed Maxwell and traded McCoy for Alonso.

    Kelly also saw no problem with inserting a square peg in a round hole. He got away with that tactic when he had Trent Cole and Brandon Graham playing OL, but failed miserably by attempting to insert DeMarco Murray into his offense.

  23. 23 xeynon said at 2:12 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Ehhh, I think Kelly giving away upper echelon NFL talent for nothing (releasing Jackson) and making bad trades (McCoy for Kiko Alonso, Foles + a first round pick for Sammy Sleeves) were bigger problems than the shift to a 3-4 defense.

  24. 24 Philadelphian said at 4:03 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Releasing Jackson was idiotic. You aren’t going to get an argument from me on that deal. However, the other moves made sense.

    As far as McCoy goes, yes with perfect 20/20 hindsight it was obvious that trade shouldn’t have been made, but if Alonso was anywhere near the player he was with the Bills or is today with the Dolphins, the trade made sense. This is especially true when you realize how difficult it is to find OLB’s to play in a 3/4 scheme.

    As much as I like Foles, Bradford is the better QB, when healthy. Of course healthy obviously is a big problem. However, make no mistake that the Eagles would not have gotten the Vikings number one pick with Foles because it was Pat Shumer that convinced Vikings management to make the trade because of Shumer’ s history with Bradford.

    Another thing to note was where Bradford was the good soldier when the Eagles traded up to number 2 where they drafted Wentz, Foles left and never returned when the Rams traded up to number 1 and took Goff. When Bradford was in camp helping Wentz, Foles was no where to be found.

  25. 25 sonofdman said at 4:18 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Alonso plays ILB not OLB.

  26. 26 Philadelphian said at 5:13 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    My mistake,but the Eagles needed help at all LB positions, especially considering Hicks wasn’t even there yet.

  27. 27 xeynon said at 5:22 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I don’t think an ILB in a 3-4 – even a good one – has the same value as an elite RB, which McCoy was and continued to be for several years after that trade was made. Alonso coming off a serious injury just made it that much more of a risk.

    As for the Bradford trade – I didn’t like it because it seemed like giving up premium resources (high draft pick) to make a lateral move at quarterback. For all the talk about arm talent and pedigree and what not, Bradford has never struck me as anything more than the very definition of mediocrity at the QB position. I was okay with Kelly deciding Foles wasn’t his guy, but why give up so much for such a middling performer, especially when there were cheaper experimental options (e.g. Tyrod Taylor, who I suspect would’ve thrived in Kelly’s offense) available?

    Hence I stand by my opinion that these were both bad trades.

  28. 28 FairOaks said at 4:46 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    It was Foles + a second round pick. We got better value when trading away Bradford, so not sure you can argue that was an overpay or a bad trade. Unless you really believed Foles was the QB of the future after 2014.

    Granted, Bradford’s immobility basically caused Kelly to dumb down his offense to the point it was painfully predictable, so maybe that wasn’t the best trade for him.

  29. 29 unhinged said at 5:14 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Not to defend the hated, but Kelly wanted to shed position $$ when he shopped McCoy, and Alonso was ROY. It didn’t work out for us, but Alonso was coming off an injury too soon probably, and suffered a partial tear of the same ligament that he’d had repaired. He has since shown his previous form.

  30. 30 Stephen E. said at 4:00 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Kiko, Trent, and Brandon played on the OL? No wonder we were bad.

  31. 31 Philadelphian said at 5:14 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Actually, I thought Trent and Brandon did well under the circumstances, but OLB was no where near their strength.

  32. 32 Stephen E. said at 3:57 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    This isn’t a “Dream Team” acquisition at the beginning of the season, but a move to add depth at a position which has become shallow due to injury. Since you can’t draft players or trade for players at midseason, the only moves are to sign FAs or off od practice squads. And signing the kind of raw, inexperienced player you get off a PS to fill depth when you’re looking to make a playoff run seems like the worse option to me.

  33. 33 Sb2bowl said at 8:46 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    Agreed; I’m still cautious.

    I said it earlier, if we need to see Beatty playing regular snaps, we’ve already got a problem. I’d rather have him as a backup than Hart, though I’m excited to see if Hart can continue to develop into a backup OT next year. Hopefully they bring him back.

  34. 34 Howie Littlefinger said at 1:11 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Belly shirt had me dying. When he showed up at the draft (I think) with a belly shirt I said “That looks like a Cowboy to me”

    Equal parts talent to douche

    Part of what i love about our current team is they are stacked with talented players that I WANT to root for. It’s an underrated aspect that I really appreciate about this team, coaching staff and ownership. We have true leadership

  35. 35 Stephen E. said at 4:01 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Paxton Lynch was the second douchiest looking player in the draft, so it’s no wonder Jerry Jones wanted him too.

  36. 36 SteveH said at 2:20 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler are some kind of singularity when it comes to douchey looking quarterbacks. Osweiler has the most rich boy bratty ass face I’ve seen in the NFL and Lynch looks like a solid candidate for a new scumbag Steve meme.

  37. 37 Masked Man said at 7:04 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Yeah Zeke had the belly shirt on with hairy belly and the sport jacket and bow tie on for the draft.

  38. 38 A_T_G said at 8:12 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Do you think the Giants ownership asked why the 8-1 Eagles are making improvements to their roster while the 1-8 Giants are not, prompting their signings yesterday?

  39. 39 Masked Man said at 9:03 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Giants. Haha.

  40. 40 Forthebirds said at 9:29 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    They have tanked for the season and are in the race for the pick in the #1 in the draft. Their fans don’t want to see another win. The ownership knows it.

  41. 41 A_T_G said at 11:57 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    But particularly if they are tanking (I’m not sure that’s a thing in the NFL), why are they not churning the bottom third of the roster looking to the future? Perhaps because they want to start with the coach?

  42. 42 RobNE said at 12:13 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    because they don’t trust the process.

  43. 43 Julescat said at 12:36 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    the Gm is as big of a problem as the coach

  44. 44 Patrick said at 1:21 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Jerry Reese gets a whole lot of credit, and granted he hit big time on some draft picks and generally signed some successful FAs, but holy crap he also has a gigantic part of completely depleting the Giants roster of talent in crucial areas and failing to get young on other areas he inherited. All that while he had stability on the QB position and a veteran coach for the majority of his tenure. Arguable, that HC lost his team in the end, but the hire Reese made looks like a huuuuuuuuge mistake, maybe the mistake that ruins everything else.

    Reese fell right into the classic trap of bad teams, letting his OL deteriorate to a deeply problematic level, that demands several investments through draft or FA, AND obviously hitting on them.

    Completely lacking talent at the RB position. Say what you will about Smallwood and Clement maybe just being JAGs, Blount being short term and AJ being injured, but Perkins, Darkwa and Vereen. Yikes.

    Obviously, that target core of OBJ, Shepard and Engram looks dangerous, but holy crap OBJ is gonna demand a lot of money and now you’re gonna go into a situation really quick where you have to find a new QB.

    And that defense might look good on paper, maybe they’ll even look good on the field with a new coach who they haven’t quit on, but holy crap theres some heavy investment on that unit and they’re not playing well.

    Theres gonna be a big job to do for a GM in NY, and they’re not even competing for the final years of Eli Manning. I think Reese survives, but their rapist-vibe-givin HC has to be gone right?

  45. 45 xeynon said at 2:09 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    One of the best things AR did while he was here was continuously invest resources in the OL, even when there was no pressing need there. Every year we’d take at least one offensive lineman in the first four rounds, and while we didn’t hit on all of them, it paid off in the fact that we always had depth and had guys with some talent ready to step in when we lost players to free agency, injury, or retirement.

    Conversely one of the worst things Chip Kelly did was not invest sufficiently in the offensive line, going two straight drafts without selecting a single lineman after taking Johnson at #4 overall in 2013. Reese apparently follows the Kelly philosophy.

  46. 46 Stephen E. said at 4:03 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I love how the sycophant commentators liked to pretend Orleans Darkwa was some sort of hidden gem while he ran for 3 YPC against our line.

  47. 47 Julescat said at 4:11 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    the Giants fall in love with a brand new 3 YPC runner each year as the next great runner. That never seems to work out.

  48. 48 Crus57 said at 6:12 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    To be fair, 3 YPC isn’t terrible against our D. The Panther RBs got what, 0.1 YPC?

  49. 49 SteveH said at 6:37 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I agree, I think the fastest way for a good team to get bad is to let the OL deteriorate. Unless you have a freakish quarterback with great mobility like Rodgers or Cam or Wilson you can’t survive a bad OL.

  50. 50 mtn_green said at 10:38 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    The moves since Ajayi are all guys that were on the street. 32 teams could have had them, even Chaz Green replacement teams. The improvement over the guys that were on the practice team each week and practiced in OTA and played preseason is very, very minimal.

    If any of them see the field, eagles are probably not making playoffs.

  51. 51 Howie Littlefinger said at 11:25 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Walker saw the field and we still won
    Goode saw the field and we still won
    Seumalo saw the field and we still won

    As long as #11 is playing we have a chance to win. That’s what it means to have a franchise QB.

  52. 52 Sb2bowl said at 12:02 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Walker doesn’t look great, that’s why I don’t mind the Ellerbe signing. As a 2 down LB, he should be able to offer help with the run and pass. Walker looked like he was guessing out there.

    Hart was the wildcard, but if the team feels like Beatty will be a better emergency option than Hart, then I’m okay with it.

  53. 53 Bert's Bells said at 12:06 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Yeah, Hart’s still a “developmental” player. They clearly are looking for plug-and-play depth not a guy with upside.

  54. 54 Sb2bowl said at 12:30 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Makes sense when the stakes are high- this is a veteran staff. They know opportunities don’t arrive like this every year. Strike while the iron is hot.

  55. 55 Howie Littlefinger said at 1:07 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Hit the nail on the head. Dude was def guessing out there. I like these moves because the experienced players know more what to expect if they are called upon. I also think they signed Beatty so the cowboys couldn’t


  56. 56 Stephen E. said at 4:05 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    If you’d told me in August that Vaitai would be at LT and Mills, Robinson, and Douglas would be starting at CB at this point, I’d have thought we weren’t making the playoffs.

  57. 57 or____ said at 11:31 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I disagree with your sentiments. They seem to represent surface level thoughts – no offense.

    They were mostly cut for injuries, which can heal over time – and time has passed. But your explanation leaves no room for that.

    Elerbe could work out in spot duty.

    And it’s not just for making the playoffs – it’s for performance in the playoffs.

    You seem to be suggesting “depth? Whatever….”

  58. 58 Bert's Bells said at 12:05 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Agree with you, and I’ll add that the only way Beatty sees the field is if the Eagles are fighting for playoff position or in a tight spot come January.

    Otherwise, I’m sure they’d be thrilled to have Seumalo getting reps protecting FOles.

  59. 59 kajomo said at 1:31 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    They are also older veterans. What pointbwould it be for a team like the Giants or Browns to bring in Beatty now. They are both looking at tearing apart the coachin staffs. A 32 yo OT has no benefit to them. Develop the players you have.

    We are in a different situation. We are looking for depth to make a super bowl run. They are a 1/2 year stop gap at best. Beatty likely only sees the field off an injury occurs.

    My point is that while 32 teams had a chance to sign these guys, it really only made sense for a few team based on need and playoff situation.

  60. 60 or____ said at 1:33 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Yep – that all makes sense and I agree with it.

  61. 61 Tumtum said at 1:46 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    On top of that.. how many times in the past have we seen older vets, ready to tie em up unless there is a later season opening on a contender?

  62. 62 scratcherk said at 11:36 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Patrick Robinson and Blount were on the street too and signed with us for a minimum. Getting some experienced players for depth is just good managing

  63. 63 Tumtum said at 1:44 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    If they saw the field and did well it wouldn’t be the first (or last) mid-season signing of guys off the street who make an impact. I am blanking right now, help me out team. Dan Klecko? Was Trott on the street?

  64. 64 Masked Man said at 10:44 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    Here’s Tim McManus’ account of the Eagles’ two year extreme makeover:

    March 2016

    Acquired the eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft from Miami in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso, CB Byron Maxwell and the 13th overall pick in 2016:
    The Eagles shed two Kelly players (and Maxwell’s large contract) and
    slid up five slots in the draft, the first of two moves that positioned
    them to land Wentz.

    Acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft from Tennessee in exchange for RB DeMarco Murray and a fourth-round pick in 2016:
    Murray and Philly were oil and water from the jump. It was a necessary
    parting of the ways, with the Eagles moving up 13 slots in the draft in
    the process.

    Agreed to terms with G Brandon Brooks, S Rodney McLeod, LB Nigel Bradham:
    A primary objective was to build along the offensive and defensive
    lines. Brooks has played at a Pro Bowl level since he came to Philly
    from the Texans in free agency. Malcolm Jenkins got a steady and reliable dance partner in McLeod, while Bradham has proved to be a sneaky important signing.

    April 2016

    Acquired No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 from the Cleveland Browns
    in exchange for the No. 8 overall pick in 2016, a 2016 third-round
    pick, a 2016 fourth-round pick, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018
    second-round pick: Roseman knew the Rams were selecting Jared Goff
    with the first overall pick. Confident that they could get Wentz at No.
    2, the Eagles pulled the trigger on a blockbuster and selected Wentz
    eight days later. A legit MVP candidate this season, Wentz is first in
    TD passes (23) and third in QB rating (104.1) through 10 weeks.

    September 2016

    Traded QB Sam Bradford to Minnesota for a first-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2018: Cleared the way for Wentz while recouping resources lost in the deal to move up to No. 2.

    March 2017

    Agreed to terms with WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith:
    Just like that, the wide receiver corps is formidable again. The Eagles
    had 46 offensive plays of 20-plus yards last season; this season,
    they’re on pace for 69.

    Agreed to terms on a two-year deal with DE Chris Long and a one-year deal with CB Patrick Robinson: These are two low-cost signings who have played meaningful roles for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

    April 2017

    DT Timmy Jernigan and a 2017 third-round pick (99th overall) from
    Baltimore in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick (74th overall): Jernigan
    is the team’s co-leader in tackles for loss (eight), with 1.5 sacks and
    five hurries. The Eagles have been so pleased that they just locked him
    up to an extension that runs through 2021 and includes $26 million
    fully guaranteed.

    May 2017

    Signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal: The reigning rushing touchdown champ has provided the team some big, bullying runs.

    August 2017

    Acquired CB Ronald Darby from Buffalo in exchange for WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick:
    He has been sidelined since the opener with a dislocated ankle, but
    Darby is expected to return this week against Dallas and could be key
    down the homestretch.

    September 2017

    Agreed to terms with K Jake Elliott and placed K Caleb Sturgis on injured reserve:
    Elliott hit a 61-yard game-winning field goal against the Giants in his
    second NFL game and has booted five field goals of 50-plus yards this

    October 2017

    Acquired RB Jay Ajayi from Miami in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick:
    Ajayi broke off a long TD run just days after being traded to the
    Eagles. The Pro Bowl back has a chance to make a major impact in the
    second half of the season — and beyond.

  65. 65 Someguy77 said at 2:42 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    July 2017

    Roseman made a deal with Beelzebub before the start of training camp for his soul in exchange for a spectacular season.

  66. 66 sonofdman said at 3:16 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    You really think that Bill Belichek is willing to make deals with other teams when he is still coaching in New England and his deal with Brady hasn’t expired yet?

  67. 67 Dragon_Eagle said at 6:32 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Totally unfair!! How is Howie’s soul worth all that? When I offered mine the only thing I could get in exchange was a pre-season win versus the Jets, a soiled Cleveland Browns Tyrell Pryor Sr. jersey, or a bag of soft pretzels, no mustard. I took the first one. This is bullshit.

  68. 68 Masked Man said at 1:06 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    Nah, Howie must have angels of light surrounding him, man!

    Old Beelzie would be trying to crush the team and our hopes!

  69. 69 Tumtum said at 11:14 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    F dallas

  70. 70 Sb2bowl said at 11:49 AM on November 15th, 2017:

    I love you for this

  71. 71 daveH said at 1:39 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Suck a D all ass !

  72. 72 SteveH said at 6:35 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Their is elegance in simplicity.

  73. 73 Someguy77 said at 2:40 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    But the Cowboys have Aflred Morris! He ran for a lot of yard like 3-4 years ago!

    (Drawing of Zeke makes it look like he has a nice beer belly; hopefully he gets that from ‘training hard’ out of country after consuming many mixed sugary alcoholic concoctions in an undisclosed tropical location)

  74. 74 FairOaks said at 3:06 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Morris also has a higher yards per carry than even Elliott this year, so he must be better.

  75. 75 Ryan Rambo said at 4:00 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Oh man….is it Sunday yet?? I’m starting to get restless!

  76. 76 Philadelphian said at 4:10 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I have been a season ticket holder since I was 17. Today, at 65 I have stopped wishing my life away for the Eagles or anything else.

    My friend, it makes sense to look forward to games, but hopefully you value the rest of your time as well.

  77. 77 Ryan Rambo said at 4:25 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Very good point. I’ve calmed down a lot, as I’ve grown older. Living here in Dallas it’s just hard to contain myself around this time!!

  78. 78 or____ said at 4:38 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    LEAVE dallas.

    You’re welcome.

  79. 79 Philadelphian said at 5:11 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Right now, you must be feeling great.

  80. 80 Ryan Rambo said at 5:16 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Haha!! Givin’ em HELL brotha!!

  81. 81 P_P_K said at 10:35 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    But, but it’s Dallas week.

  82. 82 ChoTime said at 9:14 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    THat is awesome !

  83. 83 meteorologist said at 5:16 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    The mother of all finger wags.. I died when I saw it live. Posting this from heaven

  84. 84 Bert's Bells said at 5:18 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Yeah, I remember seeing that and thinking “WTF, he had decent coverage but is was an uncatchable throw.”

  85. 85 SteveH said at 6:34 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    The best Green Goblin finger wags are the ones where he had nothing to do with the play failing. I actually kind of like him for it.

  86. 86 Bert's Bells said at 10:36 PM on November 15th, 2017:


  87. 87 ColorSgt said at 9:18 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    It was also first down! It’s not like it was a huge stop on 3rd or 4th down. Lol

  88. 88 Crus57 said at 6:05 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I think he might have elevated that from finger wag to finger strut

  89. 89 Guy Media said at 6:05 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Pretty good sports news day
    – Elliot quits like he should have months ago admitted that Goodell wins!
    – Sean McDermott finally listened to my almost decade long barking at his poor coaching and finally made a good decision; bye bye Tyrod.
    -Sixers about to backhand the Lakers into oblivion. I hope Embiid pegs basketball at LaVar Ball’s ignorant head and beats his rear end post game.

  90. 90 Someguy77 said at 6:39 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    LaVar doesn’t seem that he is that bad. Just his dad that is the massive douche bag.

  91. 91 SteveH said at 6:41 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Lavar is the dad though.

  92. 92 Guy Media said at 6:41 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Yeah what Steve said. And you’re right, Lonzo seems fine. But he still needs to be humbled tonight.

  93. 93 Howie Littlefinger said at 6:38 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    An aye to the playoffs

  94. 94 SteveH said at 6:41 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Saw a website with QB rankings, and I thought it was interesting they had Dak ahead of Jared Goff. IMO this year Goff is clearly having the better season. Dak’s reputation needs to be further tarnished I think.

  95. 95 Guy Media said at 6:43 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    That’s dumb. Dak Pennington is the ultimate game manager.

  96. 96 SteveH said at 6:43 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I’m pleased to report his QBR dropped 2 points after the Falcons game. If the dumb dirty birds had held onto an interception or two it would be even worse.

  97. 97 Guy Media said at 6:44 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    The number of INT balls thrown by Dak that are dropped is disgusting.

  98. 98 SteveH said at 6:45 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    You just know if it had been Carson throwing them it would have stuck to the defender’s gloves like he had the whole stick’em jar slathered on them.

  99. 99 Howie Littlefinger said at 7:01 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Dak and Goff both seem to only throw past 10 yards when the WR is WIDE-OPEN. I feel like neither have good anticipation. Wentz is light years ahead in more than a few less than obvious ways

  100. 100 Dragon_Eagle said at 7:20 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Dallas sucks.

  101. 101 A_T_G said at 8:50 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I believe it is spelled Dallllas. Soon, it will be Dalllllas, once they take another L.

  102. 102 ColorSgt said at 8:58 PM on November 15th, 2017:


  103. 103 Howie Littlefinger said at 7:48 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    The Seahawks have committed 31 penalties that have given their opponent a first down—second most in the NFL

    For those who fear the Hawks. Carson gonna eat (a W)

  104. 104 Julescat said at 8:00 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    so much for the “genius” Pete Carroll

  105. 105 Howie Littlefinger said at 8:05 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I think they are finally getting called for assaulting WR 15 yards down field.

    I for one have enjoyed seeing it called. Like a hold on the great wall of dalass

  106. 106 ColorSgt said at 8:56 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Yeah I generally don’t mind letting them play a little, but they got away with murder way too long. On the flip side I think certain receivers get away with push offs all the time. That drives me crazy too.

  107. 107 Howie Littlefinger said at 10:20 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I’m curious who you think gets away with push offs?

    Dez and Odell come to mind for me. Also everyone on the LAC seems to do it too

  108. 108 ColorSgt said at 11:23 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Agree with who you mentioned. Also, Gronk gets away with a lot, and he doesn’t need to. There is an art to creating separation and you are supposed to do it without fully extending you arms with a flat out push. But some of these guys just go right into the defender at the top of their routes and shove the guy off, turn around, and complete it for a first down.

  109. 109 xeynon said at 8:29 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I think people are overrating the threat the Seahawks pose and underrating the threat the Rams pose.

  110. 110 Howie Littlefinger said at 8:04 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Wentz has 15 TDs/0 INTs in RZ

    That’s winning football

  111. 111 P_P_K said at 10:34 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    That’s incredible football.

  112. 112 Gary Barnes said at 8:49 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Great moves, Eagles. OT and S are two of the positions left I was worried about most. Hopefully, Ellerbee will be ok at LB. Dallas Sucks!!!!

  113. 113 A_T_G said at 9:10 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    We all knew Wentz was a workaholic, but Darby shows up every day at 5:00…while rehabbing? Impressive. And, the guy there with Wentz…

  114. 114 P_P_K said at 10:34 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    What a great team this is. What a greater leader Carson is.

  115. 115 ChoTime said at 9:16 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I asked Inspirobot to make a special meme for Dallas week:

  116. 116 Howie Littlefinger said at 10:19 PM on November 15th, 2017:

  117. 117 Howie Littlefinger said at 10:19 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    This is so perfect for Zeke


  118. 118 SteveH said at 11:24 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    I feel like this combination of picture and motto is at least slightly worrying.

  119. 119 Dragon_Eagle said at 11:26 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Slightly? Its downright disturbing.

  120. 120 SteveH said at 11:34 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Well I did qualify it as at least slightly worrying… the stuff this thing spits out runs the gamut from incomprehensible to bizarre to hilarious.

  121. 121 ColorSgt said at 11:32 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    There is a lot in that picture I’d like to feel.

  122. 122 Eric Carranza said at 12:42 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    What I got lol

  123. 123 sonofdman said at 1:39 AM on November 16th, 2017:

  124. 124 SteveH said at 11:18 PM on November 15th, 2017:

    Man Lonzo Ball looks like ass. Dude can’t score at all. So overhyped.

  125. 125 SteveH said at 12:26 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    Embiid is incredible. He’s playing like a superstar tonight. Even put a eurostep on someone, what the fuck?? Simmons and Embiid both are out of this world.

  126. 126 Sean E said at 1:01 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    Absolutely unbelievable

  127. 127 SteveH said at 1:07 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    He was unreal tonight. That statline with that kind of efficiency… He is going to be one of the GOATs at center if he stays healthy.

  128. 128 SteveH said at 1:19 AM on November 16th, 2017:

    Lonzo Ball 1 of 9 for 2 points, 0 of 6 for three, 2 turnovers 2 assists.

    What a joke, Ben Simmons is shitting all over this guy for ROY.

    Article surveying owners predicting Simmons finishes 2nd to Ball for ROY: