Division Champs

Posted: December 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 116 Comments »

The Eagles went 10-6. They won the NFC East. This is a heck of an accomplishment in Year One for Chip Kelly. It also says a lot about the players.

Remember that last year the Eagles went 4-12. There were some talent issues, but sloppy play was as big a culprit as anything. Think about Mike Vick’s awful showing in the loss at Arizona. Brent Celek had a key drop and key penalty in the loss to the Lions. STs gave up a PR touchdown that broke open the first Dallas game. Bryce Brown had crucial fumbles in a couple of games. Nick Foles made his share of bonehead plays in multiple games. The entire defense was a disaster after the firing of Juan Castillo. That was a combination of tackling and coverage.

The Eagles made good personnel moves in the offseason, but just as importantly, Chip Kelly eliminated a lot of the mistakes. The Eagles went from leading the league in turnovers to having the 4th fewest. That is huge. Brent Celek was money in the Red Zone. He had 6 TD catches, the 2nd most of his career. The receivers became good, if not very good, run blockers. Tackling improved dramatically. There were still some coverage issues, but this was a completely rebuilt secondary and they were learning a new scheme.

For the first time in a while, the Eagles were a smart team. Celek went down instead of scoring against the Lions. That sealed the game. Just last night Brandon Boykin went down after picking off Kyle Orton. Boykin could have run around and tried to make a play, but there was no need for that. Be smart, be safe. Nick Foles took sacks rather than throwing the ball up for grabs. In the Red Zone, he threw the ball out of the back of the end zone rather than taking sacks. Always try to put yourself in a favorable position.

The players could have fought Kelly and his “interesting” ideas. That didn’t happen. The players embraced Kelly and ate up everything he was selling. There were some bumps in the road early on, but nothing too big. These guys wanted to win. They were willing to adjust the way they trained, practiced and played.

Just look at some key veterans. Trent Cole became a pretty good OLB. Brent Celek caught his fewest passes as a starter, but had the best blocking season of his career. Jason Avant had his fewest catches since 2008, but did a great job as a blocker. Todd Herremans moved to a new position. It took time for him to adjust to RG, but he played better down the stretch. Michael Vick lost his starting job. He never complained once. He never made an odd comment that the press could try and read into. This is a group of high character players that helped the team on and off the field.

So often we think of leaders as rah-rah guys. That’s somewhat of a media myth. Leaders can be fiery in your face guys, but just as important are guys that talk to and teach other guys in more basic ways. DeMeco Ryans might be the best leader on the Eagles. The other 52 players respect him. They listen to him. Ryans isn’t getting in someone’s face all the time. He’s just a veteran player who has a gift for knowing what needs to be said and when to say it.

Let’s also give credit to the young guys. Nick Foles handled the QB situation well. He could have complained to the media when Vick got the job immediately, but Foles said all the right things. He could have expressed frustration when he wasn’t named the starter after beating the Bucs and Giants, but again said the right things. Vinny Curry could have been tough to deal with after being inactive for the first 2 weeks, but he stayed pretty quiet and worked his way into the lineup.

Almost across the board, players chose to buy in to Kelly’s ideas. This was a huge part of the team’s success in 2013. It also gives you a lot of hope moving forward.

The Eagles are a work in progress. This should be just one step on the way to the top. Time will tell how close the Eagles get to the ultimate goal. The good news is that Chip Kelly didn’t sell out for this season’s success. This isn’t the 1995 Eagles, loaded with veteran cast-offs and one-year signings. The 2013 Eagles have plenty of young talent.

I don’t think winning the division will distract the team from loftier expectations. The Eagles have won plenty of division titles in the last 15 years. This isn’t going to be like the 2012 Skins, where winning the division was a landmark event. That city and organization acted as if they’d just won a decade’s worth of Super Bowls. Kelly will keep his players hungry. The leaders on the team will keep the players focused.

It feels great to get back to the playoffs, especially to be hosting a game. No matter what happens on Saturday night, the 2013 season has been a success. That said, I’m greedy. Let’s go beat the Saints and keep this ball rolling.


116 Comments on “Division Champs”

  1. 1 Thiago Pereira Vital said at 1:37 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Tommy, here in Brazil we also have many fans of the Eagles! We were ecstatic with this win over the Cowboys! We have a facebook group with over 400 people always very moving! A big hug.

    ps:.’ve used google translate, sorry for any grammatical error or inconsistency.

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 1:50 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Good job with your comments.

    Great to hear the Eagles have a strong following down there. That’s really awesome.

  3. 3 teltschikfakeout88 said at 1:55 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Tommy you’ve gone international bro!!! Google Translate…..what a world we live in….

  4. 4 bridgecoach said at 4:58 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Google Translate: PBR – did you mean Por Beber? Why yes, I suppose I did.

  5. 5 mtn_green said at 2:40 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Maybe nfl should expand south. Futbol and football. Surprised football isn’t more international.

  6. 6 bdbd20 said at 2:49 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I never understood why they keep trying England when Mexico City would be a much easier transition.

  7. 7 iceberg584 said at 2:53 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I wonder if there are security considerations that would deter a franchise/the NFL from considering Mexico City as a permanent location.

  8. 8 TheRogerPodacter said at 3:01 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    i hate that city. its awful and i pray i never have to go back!

  9. 9 iceberg584 said at 3:21 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I was probably more concerned for my personal safety in Mexico City than I was in Baghdad.

  10. 10 TheRogerPodacter said at 5:03 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    yea man, i hear you. granted, haven’t been to baghdad, but mexico city scared the ish out of me.
    i was there for an overnight work trip and hated every second of it.
    the crazy thing to me was the air quality. it seemed like Smog City to me and i had some trouble breathing, even in the hotel. of course, the restaurant we went to for lunch was jam packed with more of those ionic breeze air purifiers than actual wait staff. lol.

  11. 11 P_P_K said at 8:23 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Wait, what… oh, I thought you meant Philly.

  12. 12 Neil said at 3:03 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    The short answer is yes.

  13. 13 iceberg584 said at 3:19 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Yeah, plus, try convincing rich American athletes to live (possibly with their families) in Mexico City for six months. Not happening.

  14. 14 theycallmerob said at 3:34 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    eh. they’re in DET and BAL. we can handle Mexico. Keep players on a tight leash, though; screen the hookers at the hotel door and have 15 drug tests a week

  15. 15 P_P_K said at 8:22 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  16. 16 Mac said at 3:52 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Money is in London or Mexico City?

    Next expansion after Europe is Asia not South America…

  17. 17 D3FB said at 6:06 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    I think it would be for sheer health concerns of opposing players. Mexico City makes Denver seem like a beachfront. There would be huge issues with altitude sickness.

  18. 18 jshort said at 3:36 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Gladiatorial games were more popular in the Roman empire. Interesting thought though.

  19. 19 P_P_K said at 2:55 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Muy bien mi hermano!

  20. 20 Neil said at 3:03 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Muito bem, meu irmao.

  21. 21 iceberg584 said at 3:18 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Brazil = Portuguese

  22. 22 P_P_K said at 6:47 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    My language skills, as you can tell, are limited. Once, in Costa Rica, I thanked someone for being a dog. Anyway, TPZ, welcome to Eagles Nation.

  23. 23 theycallmerob said at 3:34 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    please link to facebook group!

  24. 24 Thiago Pereira Vital said at 2:15 AM on December 31st, 2013:


  25. 25 Stephen Stempo said at 6:09 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I agree thanks tommy big hugs from all of us!

  26. 26 Alex Karklins said at 1:45 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    It’s really anyone’s game in the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles made a run or lost in the first game. Right now I’m just enjoying playing with house money. Maybe they can pull of a Giants/Ravens string. Stranger things have happened to teams with bigger holes than this team.

    Also, a great new video from the Eagles: “Crashing the Party” https://vimeo.com/82963876

  27. 27 mtn_green said at 2:43 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Best I’ve seen this year.

  28. 28 Alex Karklins said at 3:12 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Definitely rivals the “Brotherly Love” video.

  29. 29 OregonDucker said at 2:47 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Thank you. This reflects my view of the season. Now the playoff journey led by Chippah can begin.

  30. 30 Alex Karklins said at 3:14 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    For me, anything more that 8 wins was going to be gravy, but now I’ve got an appetite for the whole turkey dinner, including dessert.

  31. 31 bdbd20 said at 1:48 PM on December 30th, 2013:


    Do you think playing indoors had a negative effect on the guys? They struggled in Minnesota and played a little below standard yesterday (especially the big guys). Just curious about your opinion.

  32. 32 mtn_green said at 2:38 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    They practice indoors. I think the quality of competition has more to do with it than indoor/outdoor, home/away, bad weather/good weather. Maybe max of 3 point swing total for for all those factors. Goes for NO too they played tougher competition on road in open air.

  33. 33 TommyLawlor said at 3:12 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Indoors? No biggie.

    Veteran QBs who got rid of the ball quickly? That was the big deal. The fact that both QBs were at home in a cozy environment did help them to perform well, but it didn’t hurt the Eagles per se.

  34. 34 GEAGLE said at 4:50 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Alex henrey certainly didn’t struggle..Chip said Donnie hit the jumbotron booming a punt pregame

  35. 35 Yuri said at 1:49 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I would also add (on the “let’s not overreact” theme) that the Eagles got more than their share of luck this year (and probably less that ‘fair’ share in some other years). We have faced lots of backups to the stars on other teams. But on the other hand, from 3-5 to 10-6 is a very good story of players + coaches ‘growing into the system’ that bodes well for the future.

    Let’s see where the playoffs take us, we have not been eliminated yet. The next year challenge #1, to me, is personnel. A successful team returning intact is usually a recipe for disaster, and it is doubly hard to continue to rebuild after a good year. As Tommy pointed out, 2013’s cuts have been pretty easy to live with based on where those players are. This offseason the decisions should be harder.

    The other major challenge is of course the copycat nature of the league. Teams will implement similar offenses (of course they need a De/LeSean to be explosive) and defenses will do better against them. The youth of most key players should work well for us though!

  36. 36 TommyLawlor said at 3:14 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    The Eagles did get some lucky breaks and those will be factored in when evaluating this season. No one is going to try and make this season into something it wasn’t.

  37. 37 Stephen Stempo said at 6:07 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    You play hard, play smart and limit mistakes and you tend to get those lucky breaks

  38. 38 GEAGLE said at 6:44 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    No one ever won a Super Bowl being unlucky

  39. 39 Nah__Roots said at 1:52 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    As far as the Eagles, I'm not sure. There is alot of speculation about players being disgruntled it does not look promising.— Leonard Weaver (@LeonardWeaver) June 10, 2013

  40. 40 TommyLawlor said at 1:52 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Ha, I forgot all about that. Heard it was totally bogus at the time. Turned out to be completely false.

  41. 41 Andy124 said at 1:54 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  42. 42 Nah__Roots said at 1:59 PM on December 30th, 2013:


    I don’t think I would have even remembered about it if it wasn’t for this article.

  43. 43 Andy124 said at 2:12 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Couldn’t ask for better context than that. Ha!

  44. 44 iceberg584 said at 2:00 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Well there was the documented consternation involving DeSean…and in his presser yesterday, McCoy seemed to indicate there was some early skepticism of Chip Kelly.

  45. 45 Stephen Stempo said at 6:04 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    That’s when Kelly wasn’t naming any of his starters (desean was taking snaps with 2nd and third teams in some of the mini camps) and people in the media were all like “It’s not college these aren’t college players these are man and you have to give them the respect..” blah blah blah…

  46. 46 iceberg584 said at 1:54 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Tommy, any thoughts on Dallas succeeding in shutting down our screens? That seemed to really diminish much of our arsenal, and undoubtedly made things tougher for our offensive line in the second half.

  47. 47 mtn_green said at 2:45 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Noticed that too. Seemed 2 or 3 of the sacks were busted screens where Foles couldn’t throw or illegal man downfield. Smart play by Foles.

    I recall an article saying that cowboys were really good at sniffing out screens and opposing QBs had low QB rating on those.

  48. 48 TheRogerPodacter said at 3:06 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    take a look at the chip wagon breakdown of this one.

    turned out, it wasn’t a screen play at all. we had two places to go and they were both well covered.


  49. 49 TommyLawlor said at 3:16 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    The biggest thing with screen passes is awareness. Dallas expected screens and did a great job of taking McCoy out of the passing game. Kelly can tweak some things, but defenses can shut down the screen pass if they focus on the RB.

  50. 50 iceberg584 said at 3:24 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Well hopefully Chip works something in to take advantage of that tactic. It looked like Ware and Co. were basically bear-hugging McCoy the moment that Foles gave ground implying a screen.

  51. 51 bill said at 3:49 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    If they focus on the RB screen, doesn’t that usually tend to slow down the pass rush a little? It seems like the Eagles had a “tell” for their screens, because the Cowboys were getting to the QB pretty quickly, even with playing the screens well.

  52. 52 ACViking said at 2:12 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Re: 6-day forecast

    Saturday night’s weather: clear, mid-20s, 8 mph wind.

    Friday’s weather? 30% chance of snow, high of 19 degrees, 22 mph wind.

  53. 53 HipDaDip said at 2:41 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    On an interview with Boykin on PE.com, he said that he was trying to run the interception back for a TD, but Connor Barwin told him to go down. Boykin said he realized his mistake. Yet another example of the trickle down of good coaching and good personnel decisions, helping groom the young talent. Of all the positives, the progress of the young players is the most exciting part of this season (other than the Jerry Jones “glory hole” video).

  54. 54 mtn_green said at 2:44 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Link to video?

  55. 55 HipDaDip said at 2:46 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  56. 56 mtn_green said at 2:49 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Thanks. I meant the glory hole video.

  57. 57 HipDaDip said at 2:50 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  58. 58 Sokhar20 said at 6:15 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    wow….what the hell was he even trying to say?

  59. 59 SteveH said at 12:11 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Jerry Jones wants some glory hole. Seems pretty self explanatory.

  60. 60 D3FB said at 6:00 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Apparently glory hole is an oil term for having found a really profitable well. Supposedly the younger front office guys and PR guys in the room were just trying to get him to shut up after he said it.

  61. 61 ICDogg said at 2:50 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I think Dallas has been well prepared for the most part to play against other teams in the division, perhaps at the expense of teams not in the division.

  62. 62 Richard O'Connor said at 3:16 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    5-1 in the division is going to get you into the playoffs 9 out 10 times if not more. It’s a decent strategy -especially for a team whose lack of depth kills them every December.

  63. 63 GEAGLE said at 4:42 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Totally agree…they were extremely well prepared last night, for our RB screens, playing man to shut down our bubble screens…they were well prepared and played their ass off and have been playing the division tough all year..
    A team like the saints is going to really struggle with us when they see us for the first time, assuming our Oline plays better then they did yesterday

  64. 64 OregonDucker said at 2:51 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Many wondered why some duckers started visiting Eagles blogs. Now you know.

    Philly now has “the master magician”. Kids are growing into men. Football in Philadelphia is fun again. “We’re from Philadelphia. We fight!” again.

  65. 65 jshort said at 3:12 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Many of us became Duck fans too…..Looking forward to knocking off Texas this evening.

  66. 66 Mitchell said at 3:59 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Lookin forward to watching jeffcoat.

  67. 67 P_P_K said at 2:59 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    This is my favorite Eagles team since the glory days of Trotter, Dawk, Runyan, DMac, and Westy. This a young team with character and guts. Going from a sloppy, lazy 4-12 team to a 10-6 Division Champ (including 7-1 down the stretch) is huge.

    Now let’s roast some Saints in the fire of Lincoln Field hell.

  68. 68 fran35 said at 3:57 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Ditto here. It is the most fun and optimism I have had in 8-9 years with the Eagles. Honestly, even if we lose Saturday, it has no bearing on my optimistic feelings. We are absolutely a team on the rise and will be a force for the forseeable future

  69. 69 HipDaDip said at 3:00 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I think I can blame (read: thank) this website for my hatred of Ashley Fox. The opening of her espn.com article: “Six wins are what I predicted for the Philadelphia Eagles in Chip Kelly’s first season as their head coach. That would’ve been progress. That was realistic. For a team coming off a two-year stretch that had produced 12 wins and players who hadn’t exactly given it up for their head coach, six wins would indicate progress after 14 years of Andy Reid football.”

    No, following a 2-year stretch that produced 12 wins, 6 wins would not be progress. 6 wins would be the expectation after averaging 6 wins for 2 years. Why not just make the argument based on last year? I do not understand this person.

    Edit: Also, “Although running an up-tempo offense, Kelly has repeatedly said he doesn’t care about time of possession.” That is exactly why he doesn’t care about TOP! No “although” about it.

  70. 70 TommyLawlor said at 3:10 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Many don’t.

  71. 71 Miami_Adam said at 5:00 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I can’t believe you have me defending Ashley Fox, but the opening of that article is, “I was wrong.” Ignorance aside, you have to give her at least a little credit for accountability.

  72. 72 HipDaDip said at 5:02 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I’d give her credit if she opened with “I am perpetually wrong.”

  73. 73 Miami_Adam said at 5:07 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  74. 74 ICDogg said at 3:13 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Super Bowl Odds posted

    Seahawks: 9-5.
    Broncos: 5-2.
    49ers: 13-2.
    Patriots: 8-1.
    Panthers: 9-1.
    Packers: 12-1.
    Bengals: 15-1.
    Eagles: 20-1.
    Colts: 25-1.
    Saints: 25-1.
    Chiefs: 28-1.
    Chargers: 40-1.

  75. 75 BlindChow said at 3:28 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Wow, I’m surprised the Saints have worse odds than the Eagles. They must be taking the road game thing pretty seriously.

  76. 76 Ark87 said at 5:42 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    The Eagles are favored to win the head to head against the Saints. So being favored to get out of the wild card round is a huge advantage in the over-all super-bowl odds.

    Either way your point stands. Nobody really likes the saints when they’re not in their dome.

  77. 77 Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran said at 3:54 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Ha-ha, better odds than AR!
    So much for that 9-0 start – reality is about to hit the fan over in KC!

  78. 78 OregonDucker said at 5:37 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    So, there’s a chance?? Heeeeheeee

    The Chip Train is rolling. Get on Board or get off the tracks – cause we’ll roll right over you!

  79. 79 BreakinAnklez said at 11:08 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Based on history…take the Chargers.

  80. 80 Tom33 said at 3:23 PM on December 30th, 2013:


    I can’t believe I was worried for even a minute….

  81. 81 BlindChow said at 3:26 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Haha! That is terrific.

  82. 82 TommyLawlor said at 3:33 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    That’s awesome.

  83. 83 ICDogg said at 4:17 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  84. 84 austinfan said at 4:40 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I thought this team had 10 win talent, they had underachieved for two years and Howie did a good job with the draft and free agency, but the switch to Chip’s offense and the 3-4 convinced me that they might well end up winning only six games, and the key was how they performed after the bye week, when they would have had time to get comfortable with the new schemes. They managed to hit that point a month early.

    However, this team is more like 2000, if they win a playoff game it’s gravy, more important is a lot of young players are going to get playoff experience. There’s a lot of work needed on the roster, and Foles’ statistics are a bit of a mirage, he’s far from a polished playoff QB at this point though he’s done a good job of working on his mechanics and improving his accuracy, his field vision and reaction time need lots of work (compare to say Rodgers after he shook off the rust).

    It’s a fun ride, and I’m not going to be bummed out when it ends, rather, they’ve laid a great foundation, and another solid offseason could build them into a perennial contender. In the same fashion I just want to see Foles to continue to develop, I expect a few pratfalls on the way.

  85. 85 TheRogerPodacter said at 4:53 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    i think the comparisons to the 2000 season are pretty good.

    i’m with you – i certainly didn’t expect the team to reach 10 wins or make the playoffs so if they win anything from here on, its just bonus experience for the young guys.

  86. 86 Mike Roman said at 5:01 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    This team is starting to remind me of the 2001 group. We’re young and hungry and where nobody expected us to be. This wasn’t supposed to happen for at least another year. We have a legitimate shot at making a run, and even if we fall short I think you can safely say that this group of players aren’t fully ripened yet.

  87. 87 Tumtum said at 5:31 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    “This isn’t going to be like the 2012 Skins, where winning the division was a landmark event. That city and organization acted as if they’d just won a decade’s worth of Super Bowls.”
    Ha so true. There aren’t enough beans in the world to count how many times I heard Redskins fans say the phrase “division champs”. Honestly, big deal. Its an accomplishment but sheesh. Ever read the comments on PFT from the guy “logicalvoice”? He could be considered only a slightly aggressive Redskins fan after last year.

  88. 88 Scott J said at 6:02 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I just read an article by Ashley Fox where she admitted being wrong about Chip Kelly. I give her credit for eating crow.

  89. 89 ICDogg said at 7:28 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  90. 90 Cafone said at 8:40 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    She should be comfortable admitting she was wrong. It happens a lot.

  91. 91 OregonDucker said at 6:26 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Playoff Match-up: 2 QBs from West Lake HS. Each a standout record holder. One 10 years older than the other. One who bested all the records of the first. Foles verses Brees. You can’t make this stuff up. Two hometown heroes battling for The Prize.

  92. 92 GEAGLE said at 6:43 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    “Time for the student to kill the master!!!”

  93. 93 jshort said at 7:31 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Time for the latter to get a SB ring too.

  94. 94 McNabbulousness said at 7:25 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    has anyone posted this inspirational piece of art from deadspin yet?


  95. 95 A_T_G said at 10:27 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I noticed a theme…

  96. 96 BC1968 said at 7:35 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Did anyone see this or post this yet? Best Gif ever


  97. 97 BC1968 said at 7:48 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Not sure how this will come out, had to cut this down big time. Who’s the weirdo pulling his shirt over his head? LOLLL Edit: Sorry didn’t come out as a gif. Iz aint noez computa wizzard

  98. 98 ICDogg said at 8:34 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  99. 99 Mitchell said at 8:38 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Jeffcoat has me salivating this bowl game.

  100. 100 ICDogg said at 11:03 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Hard to believe they didn’t call a face mask on this one


  101. 101 Flyin said at 11:59 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    No clear evidence. He could have been grabbing a loose decal on the helmet.

  102. 102 SteveH said at 12:09 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Hard to believe his head wasn’t separated from his body.

  103. 103 D3FB said at 5:51 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Facemasks should only be called in the event of decapitation.

  104. 104 ICDogg said at 11:24 PM on December 30th, 2013:


  105. 105 ICDogg said at 11:26 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    Boathouse Row in Green


  106. 106 ICDogg said at 11:28 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    I believe this is at the Constitution Center

    Even our Founding Fathers are going green! #Eagles Tweet me your pics! pic.twitter.com/pBlO1BRU9J— Jamie Apody (@JamieApody) December 30, 2013

  107. 107 ICDogg said at 11:35 PM on December 30th, 2013:

    There are also a bunch of Eagles cut outs on the Art Museum steps. But this is the only picture I can find so far.


  108. 108 Mitchell said at 12:40 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Trade out of the first round, pick up a/some seconds or thirds, grab Jeffcoat, successful draft.

  109. 109 Insomniac said at 1:15 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    New man-crush already?

  110. 110 Mitchell said at 1:19 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    I have one every year. My upper-tier man-crush was John Cyprien, and the later rounder was T.J. McDonald. Unfortunately we didn’t get either. hopefully that changes 🙂

  111. 111 Insomniac said at 1:50 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Already over Justin Gilbert? Lol I kid.

    I’m not as high on Jeffcoat as you are though. He’s way too inconsistent for me to view him as a 2nd round talent. I’m pretty lukewarm on the idea of trading down. Kelvin Benjamin and Rashede Hageman are pretty hard to pass up if they’re there.

  112. 112 D3FB said at 5:50 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    I would be shocked to see big shede be available when the Eagles pick. Benjamin is going to rise during the offseason process and also probably won’t be around but I have some reservations about him. He turns 23 before the draft despite being only a redshirt sophomore. He failed 2 grades and also got in some legal trouble as a kid. Tons of talent, but also red flags.

  113. 113 Mitchell said at 8:39 AM on December 31st, 2013:

    Still like Gilbert and was hoping we could get Jeffcoat in the third, sadly he will be gone by then.

  114. 114 GEAGLE said at 5:55 PM on January 1st, 2014:

    Yes and yes…love Benjamin and shede

  115. 115 GEAGLE said at 5:54 PM on January 1st, 2014:

    Rather have Kony Ealy..

    I want the huge beast of a WRnfor FSU

  116. 116 Mitchell said at 10:34 PM on January 1st, 2014:

    Can he play OLB and DE? What I really want for Christmas is to draft Justin Gilbert!