OTA Notebook

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 31 Comments »

There wasn’t any action today, but we’ve got a few reports to check out and talk about.  Let’s start with Sheil Kapadia of Moving the Chains.  I don’t always link to his stuff because I fall into the trap of assuming that everyone follows him on Twitter and goes directly to his stuff.  I’ll work on that.

Sheil posted some thoughts on the OTAs.  Clearly Sheil needs help.  He never once says “Pro Bowl” or “Hall of Fame”.  What’s wrong with that man?

Sheil does make a good point in regard to Dion Lewis.  He’s getting offseason work for the first time in his career.  That should help him with his blocking and working on the little things a RB has to do aside from running the ball.

I’m thinking the Eagles will go away from having a true #2 RB and will be more situational with the backup runners.  Last year it was Shady spelled by Ronnie Brown, with Dion getting mixed in maybe 1 to 2 plays a game.  I think Big Red would like to mix in Dion with whichever rookie wins the #3 job.  Reid could go situational with the rotation or just ride the hot hand.

If Dion has a really good summer, that could change.  If he really impresses the coaches, they’ll focus on him as the key backup.  There is just this weird vibe with Bryce Brown, like he’s the shiny new toy that everyone wants to play with.  If Brown lights up Lehigh and the preseason, he might just pass Dion.  If Brown turns out to be a mere mortal, then he’ll just be part of the mix and Dion will remain the primary backup.

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Sheil has a new feature called 5 Eagles Numbers That Matter.  Very good stuff.

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Domo wrote a good column on Jason Kelce.  It features one of the best lines I’ve read this year.  In reference to Howard Mudd taking over an O-line of misfits and castoffs…”By season’s end, though, F Troop had turned into Seal Team 6.”  Literary greatness.  I can only hope some of you remember F Troop.

The biggest revelation is that Kelce will help make the line calls and blitz adjustments this year.  Last year Vick did almost all of it.  Kelce is no longer a confused rookie.  He’s now a confused 2nd year player (cheap shot alert!).  I kid, of course.  Kelce looks to be on his way to a very good career.  He knows the playbook now and is going to be a lot better at identifying blitzes and exotic fronts.

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Dave Spadaro posted his OTA thoughts so far.  He had some praise for P  Chas Henry.  Dave is no expert on punters (who is?), but it is good that Henry looks better than last year.  Henry finished the year hot, but was disappointing prior to that.  If he carries the fast finish over to this year, he should be fine.

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Jeff Garcia was on WIP and told them he’d love to come back and play for the Eagles.  I’d love to see the Eagles sign Garcia.  Just make sure to have him bring a time machine along.  His run in 2006 was a ton of fun.  The offense clicked.  We had a 6-0 stretch, beat the Giants in the playoffs, and almost beat the Saints on the road.  But that was a lifetime ago.  To put that in perspective, Mike Labinjo was still on an NFL roster and Tony Hunt had an NFL future.  I also think there was an Ice Age and mastodons and stuff like that.

All joking aside, it is kinda cool that Jeff is so fond of his time with the Eagles.  He played here one year and was on the roster for part of another.  Yet…he feels like an Eagle.

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Off-topic…the SciFi Channel (I refuse to use their idiotic spelling) has put out some crazy movies recently.  Someone showed me a trailer for Super Shark.  Wow, this is the Citizen Kane of giant shark movies.

Must see to believe.

31 Comments on “OTA Notebook”

  1. 1 Arby1 said at 10:13 PM on May 25th, 2012:

    Thanks for the Super Shark trailer. Now I won’t be able to sleep all night.

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 10:27 PM on May 25th, 2012:

    Just get inside a tank that can kick and you’ll be fine.

  3. 3 bridgecoach said at 10:35 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Walking tank for a walking shark… classic

  4. 4 Cliff said at 1:56 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    This can NOT be a real movie. Really?


  5. 5 Kenneth Davis said at 10:57 PM on May 25th, 2012:

    I will never get that 1:30 secs back that I used to watch the Super Shark trailer. Thanks Tommy.

  6. 6 TommyLawlor said at 11:21 PM on May 25th, 2012:

    You’ll thank me for it later on. Your life will improve by 37% after seeing that greatness.

  7. 7 Thunder_lips said at 11:28 PM on May 25th, 2012:

    SciFi is strictly for Twilight Zone reruns. In unrelated news, I am a robot alien who killed the real Thunderlips in order to enslave the human race through covert sunglass ads on moderately popular Eagles fan sites!

  8. 8 TommyLawlor said at 12:03 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Well played, sir.

  9. 9 Cliff said at 1:59 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Ah, Sunglassgate rears its ugly head again.

    On a related noted, I get more relevant ads on this site than I do anywhere else on the web. Even when I switch between my phone, personal laptop, and work PC to read the site; I always have ads showing up for similar stuff to what I’ve been looking at elsewhere. Creepy.

  10. 10 deshawnbentley said at 7:30 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Google uses your search history and emails to put relevant ads on websites you frequent. Quite intrusive and scary if you ask me.

  11. 11 TheRogerPodacter said at 11:54 PM on May 25th, 2012:

    tommy, i highly recommend shark attack 3: megalodon. quite possibly the greatest/worst saturday morning shark movie scifi has ever played.
    i’m sure there are plenty of “highlight” videos lol

  12. 12 TheRogerPodacter said at 11:55 PM on May 25th, 2012:


  13. 13 Cliff said at 2:00 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Oh. My. God. Is this its own genre or something – “campy sci-fi shark movies?” What the hell.

  14. 14 deg0ey said at 12:08 PM on May 26th, 2012:

    Neither of the two shark movies mentioned so far are a patch on ‘Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus’

  15. 15 A_T_G said at 7:16 PM on May 26th, 2012:

    I was even more impressed with the “Sharkopus” video that came up as one of the choices after the video ended.

    “The Navy has a new ultimate weapon.” Apparently, the oppressive rule of bikini-clad coeds is about to end.

  16. 16 Flyin said at 1:15 AM on May 26th, 2012:


    The horror. I will tell you what the horror is… your name is not listed in the new personnel division of the Eagles. I had been a supporter of Howie until this… Yo Bruno!

  17. 17 Steve H said at 1:23 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    The Syientists of the world thumb their noses at you Tommy. Also if they cut out all the shit with the sharks and the walking tanks and whatnot and just left the chicks in bikini’s that movie wouldn’t be half bad.

  18. 18 austinfan said at 1:43 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Where’s Roger Corman when you need him?

  19. 19 A_T_G said at 2:07 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    With Brown, he is definitely the media’s shiny new toy, at least. I imagine none of them wants to be the guy who didn’t mention him much when he turns out to be THE pick of this draft.

    I am glad to hear that Kelce has progressed to being able to make the line calls, but last year we were told Vick was doing it to help his. Kutz recognition. What happened? Did they decide that approach wasn’t successful, or was that just a bill of goods we were sold to cover for Kelce?

  20. 20 Cliff said at 2:30 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Fortunately we didn’t face many Kutz’s last season.

  21. 21 Tyler Phillips said at 8:39 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Some of the talk has been that this is how the system worked with Peyton and Saturday. Saturday made the calls and Peyton adjusted if necessary.

  22. 22 TommyLawlor said at 10:57 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Good question, ATG. They decided to let Vick do the calls prior to drafting Kelce so it wasn’t directly him. Maybe the plan was to go with a young C no matter what and that’s why they wanted Vick to do it.

    In Indy, Mudd was used to Peyton making most of the calls. Maybe Andy changed to help his system out and thought it would benefit Vick.

    No matter what the reason, they are changing back to the old ways where the C and QB split the duties.

  23. 23 NoDecaf said at 2:43 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    That was some literary prose by Domo wasn’t that? I dug it.

    Besides being shiny and new, Brown also has the more intriguing back story.
    (Dion was a what round pick, slotted to go where?)

    Tommy, if you link it, they (me) will read it.

    Has no one mentioned how fiery Garcia is? 😉

    As for the movie, I only want to watch if Crow T Robot, Tom Servo, Mike and or Joel are heckling from the front row.

  24. 24 Benjamin Soskis said at 9:29 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    That’s what I’m talking about! An MST3K reference on an Eagles site. About as good as it gets.

  25. 25 A_T_G said at 1:00 PM on May 26th, 2012:

    Sorry, I just assumed we had all migrated to using the term Garcia in place of fiery. It seemed redundant to mention it.
    “Man, that guy screaming while standing on the railing and jumping up and down is sure a Garcia.”
    “I like my women Garciay.”
    “Hero rescues children from Garcia home.”

    Well, maybe no that last one.

  26. 26 bridgecoach said at 10:34 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    Kelce was a 6th round pick in 2011. Domo confusing him with Vandervelde?

  27. 27 GeorgeFleep said at 10:47 AM on May 26th, 2012:

    The eagles D will not only should be successful but should be fun to watch. It seems as if it is built around getting to the QB before the receiver is open. Simple football but great football. A DL that goes all out and should come close to getting a sack every passing down. And with some of the top CB in the game and probably close to the fastest LB core in league it will it will be difficult for the opposing offense to string together consistent plays.

    The defensive line will be mixing it up when they need to. Whether they would slide the UT out to LDE or use what i call the Juan Nine (DT line up outside and DE are stand up). The corners are doing simple stuff that every college and NFL team does. There will be focused on their athleticism. During OTAs Nnamdi and DRC played both left and right side. In effect of the man to man players will be moved around for the best match-ups, whether its Boykin on the outside with Nnamdi covering the TE or … lets think crazy Marsh and DRC outside with Boykin in the slot and Nnamdi covering the TE. This is defense is built off of pure timing with getting DL in the QB’s face before receivers get into position for the ball.

  28. 28 Chris said at 12:56 PM on May 26th, 2012:

    Hey Tommy great read on the eagles D. Quick question… with the Eagles being so deep on the D line, I’m having a tough time seeing how many we can keep (great problem) could we possibly keep say 10 D line guys and go with 3 guys at safety with possibly Thomas on the practice squad? I know last year for the majority it was mainly allen, coleman, tackle missing specialist page, and anderson for st

  29. 29 laeagle said at 2:50 PM on May 26th, 2012:

    Tommy. Super shark. I have no words.

  30. 30 dropscience said at 4:12 PM on May 26th, 2012:

    Not one Ernie Sims reference!? Shocking

    Also, with all the shark talk, we’re gonna need a bigger blog.

  31. 31 Dennis Robinson said at 9:49 AM on May 27th, 2012:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZv53oRJBlo&feature=fvst Sharktopus….nuf said.