Eagles Notebook

Posted: July 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 16 Comments »

Sorry for the late post today.  I was working on my SB Nation Philly column and that went longer than expected.  I’ll post a link when the column is up.  I took a look back at the offseason and all the moves the team made.  Is it just me or does it seem like the draft was ages ago?

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Jimmy Bama and I are working on the podcast.  We did a 1-hour show last night.  I doubt we’ll post it since we’re still working through some of the technical kinks.  I hope we’re posting shows for you guys early next week.  You’ve got to let us know what you want us to talk about.

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Troy Vincent is going to be put in the Eagles Hall of Fame.  Great news.  Troy is one of my all time favorite players.  He was a big corner that could be physical.  He was also athletic and able to cover speedy receivers.  Troy had good hands and could make plays.  He was willing to hit and tackle.

Possibly the best move Joe Banner ever made was signing Troy to an offer sheet in the 1996 offseason.  The Dolphins couldn’t match and we had our star corner.  He helped groom Bobby Taylor and later Al Harris.  I’m sure Troy also was a good influence on that young, punk Safety named Brian Dawkins.  Ah, the good ol’ days.

I can’t think of a single Troy play that highlights his career.  He was just consistently good.

The lowlight was a game against the Cardinals in October 2001.  We had a 20-14 lead with not much time left.  The Cards drove down the field.  Troy lost WR MarTay Jenkins somehow and Jake Plummer hit him for a 35-yard TD to win the game.  That dropped our record to 2-2 and I was bummed.  We then went 9-3 the rest of the way and won our first division title in over 200 years, give or take.

I was heartbroken when the Eagles let Troy walk after 2003.  How do you let that guy go?  It was a hard lesson for me.  The Eagles made the right move.  You don’t want to hold onto descending players too long.  That will hurt the franchise.  I’m glad Troy understands it is all business and he’s ready to be an Eagle again.  Very cool.

Also getting in is Leo Carlin.  He is somewhat of a legend, having worked for the Eagles for 53 years.  I can’t do his story justice so read the PE.com report.

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The Eagles made a couple of cuts, letting go of DT Tevita Finau and P Ryan Tydlacka.  Cutting Finau is no biggie.  I’m surprised to see Tydlacka go.  The Eagles have wanted competition for Chas Henry.  Maybe Tydlacka wasn’t kicking the ball well and the team will look elsewhere.  While Chas Henry finished the 2012 season well, he didn’t punt well enough overall for the team to be completely comfortable with him.  The goal was to challenge him and hope that Henry responded well and kept his job.  Maybe Henry has had a really good spring and the team is now comfortable with him.  I guess we’ll find out.

One note of interest (to wackos like me), Frank Trotter is now listed at DT.  I think he was listed at DE when the team originally signed him.  Trotter is just 6-1, 275, but played mostly DT in college.  He’s built for a 1-gap attacking system.  I don’t project him as anything more than a camp body, but I do like him at DT more that DE.

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Most of you have probably already seen this, but for those who missed it…OL Julian Vandervelde dressed up as Batman and appeared on a local newscast in Iowa to help with the weather report.  Pretty hilarious stuff.

I realize in light of last night’s events anything having to do with Batman is awkward, but this was done before that and is worth watching for those who enjoy cheesy humor.  Very cheesy.

These news people aren’t too bright, referring to Batman’s butler as “Arthur”.  Uh, try Alfred.  Later they tell the weather guy who the person in the Batman suit was…”Julian Vandervelde, American Football League offensive lineman…”.  AFL, huh?  Iowa is a tad behind the times.


16 Comments on “Eagles Notebook”

  1. 1 dropscience said at 7:03 PM on July 20th, 2012:


    Any thoughts on Reid’s comment that Asante is in a “steep decline”? The “no longer fits scheme” part I can understand. Thought the former to be hyperbolic.

    (Yeah, I’m the same guy who is annoyed whenever T.O. is so quick to come out of people’s mouths, and yet I’m asking about a former Eagle.)


  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 11:57 PM on July 20th, 2012:

    This will be the subject of a post.

  3. 3 dropscience said at 1:29 AM on July 21st, 2012:

    Even better.

  4. 4 P_P_K said at 9:38 AM on July 21st, 2012:

    To offer such a critical comment about an individual player is unlike Andy. I wonder if he is pissed off at Asante about something.

  5. 5 ICDogg said at 1:52 PM on July 21st, 2012:

    yeah, it annoyed me to see

  6. 6 Cliff said at 8:18 PM on July 20th, 2012:

    I think I started to see the writing on the wall with Troy after the NFC Championship game against the Rams. If I recall correctly, Troy was hurt and had no business playing in that game but didn’t want to let the team down, especially against the Greatest Show on Turf. Tough game to watch him in.

  7. 7 TommyLawlor said at 9:20 PM on July 20th, 2012:

    He played the 1st half, but then sat out the 2nd. Wasn’t a liability (we led at the half), but he was hurting.

  8. 8 Cliff said at 9:30 PM on July 20th, 2012:

    Hmm… that actually makes me happy to find out I mis-remembered his game.

  9. 9 Alex Karklins said at 10:13 PM on July 20th, 2012:

    You’re right about Troy Vincent’s consistent, yet unspectacular play. This play is the exception that proves the rule:

    Troy Vincent finished one of the most memorable sequences in my time as an Eagles fan. 1996 season, in Dallas, up by 3 thanks to Ty Detmer’s yeoman-like performance. The Cowboys were knocking on the doorstep, after Michael Irvin hauled in a long catch and celebrated like he had just won the game.

    After stuffing an Emmit Smith run on first down, Vincent strung him out on second down, leaving a third and goal. This is what happened next: http://www.myspace.com/video/anzalone/1996-vs-cowboys-j-willis-to-t-vincent-103-yd-int/745270 (MySpace is the only place that has this video?)

  10. 10 TommyLawlor said at 11:57 PM on July 20th, 2012:

    How did I forget that?

  11. 11 Alex Karklins said at 9:06 AM on July 21st, 2012:

    It happens to the best of us! I just love how this clip has everything: exciting play to win the game, confused Barry Switzer, sad Jerry Jones, and pouting Michel Irvin. It’s basically 1990s Eagles porn.

  12. 12 DaO_Z said at 8:24 PM on July 21st, 2012:


  13. 13 Ben Aven said at 10:50 PM on July 20th, 2012:

    A topic I would absolutely love for you guys to talk about is Vick and his unconventional style of play. I know he’s gotten much better passing from the pocket but with his skill set, he will never be a pure drop back passer. Does that hurt the offense in some ways or limit us at all? And could a hybrid player like him ever become one of the truly elite quarterbacks?

  14. 14 Vinh Truong said at 9:10 AM on July 21st, 2012:

    Just throwing it out there. Kevin Goldstein and Jason Parks over at baseball prospectus do a great job with their podcasts. It starts with an intro song then an overview of what they will be discussing for that podcast. They spend about 30 minutes on selected emails (about 7-8 emails) and answer them in depth. Afterwards they talk about what they wrote earlier in the week as well as other recent topics they may have not touched upon yet.

    Its really great and find it extremely entertaining. In full theirs is around 1:45-2:15 hours long.

    Anything like that I think would be great!

  15. 15 wee2424 said at 11:28 AM on July 21st, 2012:

    Tommy, PFT ranked Eagles 9th in the league. You agree with that ranking?

  16. 16 Arby1 said at 9:23 PM on July 21st, 2012:

    “You’ve got to let us know what you want us to talk about.”

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