Saturday Night Musings

Posted: January 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 175 Comments »

I assume we’re all sitting in a room full of empty pudding cups and sipping on PBRs as we watch the playoffs on a Saturday night. That’s pretty much the way Norman Rockwell painted it.

Anyway, here are some random thoughts bouncing around in my head.

* Chip Kelly didn’t watch a lot of NFL football at Oregon because he was always coaching or recruiting. I sure hope he’s watching NFL football this weekend. I don’t think he’ll have any startling revelations, but it can’t hurt to watch these teams in action and try to see if there are any nuggets of wisdom to be had.

* I know we all were drooling as that Seattle defense flew around the field. The Eagles looked like that a few times in the past. Sure hope we get back there.

* That said, Seattle outplayed the Saints, but only had a 1-possession lead late in the game. You really do need to be able to score some points to create separation. Russell Wilson sure didn’t look like a star QB today. That throw late in the game was part of a great play, but the real special parts of that were the play-call and the catch.

* NE lost their Punter so the PK stepped in and looked great. Maybe the Eagles should just make Donnie Football the PK. Heck, tell him he gets an extra $50 a game if he does the holding as well.

* I’m not sure what is more impressive…Andrew Luck’s talent or his mental/emotional toughness. He won’t put up the passing numbers that Peyton Manning does, but I bet he’ll be a better postseason QB.

* The final play of the Saints-Seahawks game was bizarre. Thank god the Eagles didn’t lose like that. I’d be going nuts for 6 months. Marques Colston is right there by the sideline with a few seconds left. He can step out, stop the clock and set up a short Hail Mary attempt. Instead, he turned and threw the ball across and up the field. It wasn’t anywhere close to a lateral. I’m sure Sean Payton had that built into the design, but I’m guessing the throw-across was probably only to happen if Colston couldn’t get out of bounds. A veteran player like him has to get out and give Brees a chance to win the game.

* I miss Eagles football. I’d love to see one more dynamic cut from Shady. One more batted pass from Connor Barwin. One more missed tackle from Pat Chung.

* Jason Peters is going to skip the Pro Bowl. That’s just fine with me, big man. Get well rested so that you can go out and kick some butt in 2014.

* I’m hoping SF wins tomorrow. Want to see them and the Seahawks battle for the NFC title. My apologies to Rivera, McD and Quintin Mikell. If the Chargers win, the streak of SB champs coming from the Eagles home opener will be significantly closer to staying alive. Beating the Donkeys in Denver is never easy.

* Did you miss James Franklin’s PC today? Check this out. You’ll like him.


175 Comments on “Saturday Night Musings”

  1. 1 Anders said at 10:45 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I love Chip’s PCs, but Franklin’s PCs would be very very interesting here in Philly.

    Is the media covering PSU just as crazy as the Eagles media?

  2. 2 Insomniac said at 10:54 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Not really. All of our major sports team gets more coverage than PSU and college football in general. Don’t think we’re as crazy as the South/SEC people but I don’t watch a lot of college football in the first place so don’t take my word for it.

  3. 3 SteveH said at 10:47 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    The amorphous blob that is New England’s offense rolls on. Bill Bellicheck doesn’t give a F, he’ll roll with whatever’s working.

  4. 4 Insomniac said at 10:50 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Colts are getting outplayed so hard. I wonder where the white jerseys were when Blount ran for that long TD.

  5. 5 SteveH said at 10:52 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Not getting that INT killed Indy, a pick in the end zone there basically resets the game after Lucks INT.

  6. 6 SteveH said at 10:56 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Yep. Brutal. Colts have absolutely no mastery of the moment. They’ve come up short in virtually every critical situation tonight.

  7. 7 BlindChow said at 11:00 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Man, Luck has 3 ints (one not his fault (Havili!)). Imagine the field day the Foles haters would have with that stat line.

  8. 8 shah8 said at 11:03 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I don’t know…Luck makes better throws, but his decision-making is absolutely terrible at times.

    Then again, I’m not look at the box score as anything but supplemental to what I see on the field.

  9. 9 Stephen Stempo said at 7:04 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Because you know… magic!!!

  10. 10 anon said at 11:35 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Luck brought them back from down 30 last week. He did have a bad game today.

  11. 11 phillychuck said at 12:21 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Luck also threw a ball that should have been intercepted when the NE corner and safety knocked it out of each others’ hands. Let’s not absolve him for Havilli and not remember the other one where he got lucky.

  12. 12 SteveH said at 11:03 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Colts punt on 4th and 1 down 3 TD’s with 10 minutes left in the game. Promptly commit 15 yard penalty on punt. The undisciplined and boneheaded play continues. Remind me again why Pagano is a good head coach?

  13. 13 SteveH said at 11:05 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I stand corrected on the penalty, the punting point stands.

  14. 14 xeynon said at 11:05 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Agree with you there. You’re down by three TDs with 10 minutes left in the game, and your defense couldn’t stop a Pop Warner running game. You can’t afford to give up possession and 2 minutes (at least) in clock time here. Who cares if you lose by 4 TDs instead of 3? Winning the game is a longshot here, but you have to take the chance you have. More fraidy-cat coaching from an NFL head coach.

  15. 15 SteveH said at 11:06 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Pats promptly get 1st down, milking clock. So glad we have big balls Chip.

  16. 16 SteveH said at 11:09 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Colts might not even get the ball back. So glad Pagano isn’t our coach.

  17. 17 Media Mike said at 7:39 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Pagano admitted after the game that was a stupid call.

  18. 18 xeynon said at 11:11 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Wow, the Eagles may have some defensive issues they need to address this offseason, but nothing like what the Colts face. 87 points (and counting) surrendered in less than 2 playoff games? That defense is an embarrassment.

  19. 19 SteveH said at 11:11 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    They got run on something fierce tonight. They’ve basically quit at this point.

  20. 20 xeynon said at 11:14 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Do they have one player other than Mathis (who’s one-dimensional) who could be described as an above-average NFL defender?

  21. 21 SteveH said at 11:16 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Bethea, Laron Landry on a good day (which is not today), Eric Walden, Darius Butler has actually been pretty good for them.

    Edit: to clarify, I agree their defensive personnel is lacking.

  22. 22 xeynon said at 11:18 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Bethea is decent, I’ll give you that. Laron Landry is a journeyman. Complete liability in coverage. Walden is below average and that signing was derided by both statheads and traditional talent evaluators as one of the worst in free agency last offseason. Butler is a JAG, which granted makes him the best corner Indy has, but he’s still mediocre. I’m going to answer my own question with an “other than Bethea, no”.

  23. 23 SteveH said at 11:19 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Well you said, average, the average NFL defender at every position is like, Nate Allen.

    Walden might not be worth what they paid but I think he is an above average player regardless.

  24. 24 BreakinAnklez said at 11:04 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Vontae Davis…but he’s been hurt

  25. 25 TommyLawlor said at 11:20 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I put a similar note on Twitter and got some nasty tweets from people who were more focused on Luck’s INTs.

    Huh? The guy has no running game, a mediocre OL and so-so weapons. He’s a young QB. He will make mistakes, but the D can’t seem to even hold someone to a FG. I’m not asking for the ’85 Bears. Just hold a team to under 35.

  26. 26 SteveH said at 11:22 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I like the fact that Luck is willing to take his lumps. It will help him in the long run. Peyton Manning was one of the most intercepted quarterbacks in history his first couple seasons and he turned out ok.

  27. 27 xeynon said at 11:23 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    The QB always takes more blame than he should when things go poorly and gets more credit than he deserves when they go well. Luck has been pretty mediocre in this game and has made some bad throws, but he would’ve had to have been perfect to even give his team a chance given how terrible their defense is.

  28. 28 BlindChow said at 11:27 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Their defense is pretty bad, but giving the Patriots the ball on a short field doesn’t help. I think you can absolutely criticize Luck for his bad decisions. The announcers sure are falling over themselves to excuse him, though.

  29. 29 TommyLawlor said at 12:02 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Luck absolutely deserves to be ripped. My point is that some people acted liked he’s the biggest problem with that team. INTs were bad, but the D was the biggest postseason problem for them.

  30. 30 Stephen Stempo said at 7:03 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    It’s a reaction to the media slobberng all over the kid as if he’s the love child of Peyton Manning and Dan Marino left in the forest to be raised by Joe Montana only to be kidnapped by John Elway and tortured into being the all powerful GOD of quarterbacks.

    ALL you seem to hear about is the kids toughness and resolve and blah blah blah. If Luck were say a 3rd round pick who didn’t begin the season as a starter and played like he does at times people would be a touch more critical.

    At least he got his completion percentage just over 60 this year.

  31. 31 GEAGLE said at 7:53 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    So true…

  32. 32 anon said at 11:37 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Lets not forget they beat the 49ers, hawks, Broncos and kc. Their defense is good sometimes. Pats might make it to the sb.

  33. 33 xeynon said at 11:21 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Anybody else not getting as misty-eyed about Dan Dierdorf’s last game as Greg Gumbel is? He’s one color analyst I won’t miss a bit.

  34. 34 SteveH said at 11:25 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I’m not sure there’s a single television football announcer I’d miss.

  35. 35 xeynon said at 11:29 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I actually get something from Collinsworth. Gruden can be good too. But Dierdorf is just a fountain of blustery cliches.

  36. 36 A Roy said at 8:11 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    How many “third down situations” can one take without going crazy?

  37. 37 TommyLawlor said at 11:29 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Nice guy. Great player. Lousy analyst in the last decade. Was better for ABC when he was on MNF.

  38. 38 xeynon said at 11:31 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    His MNF stint was before my time (and his playing career was way before my time). I just remember him from the last fifteen years or so. Can’t remember one thing I learned from him about the game of football, which isn’t a great track record for a color analyst.

    He does seem like a nice enough guy though.

  39. 39 Joe Minx said at 11:40 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Totally agree. I used to really like him on MNF, even after the whole Andre Waters incident. Since he came back to CBS though it’s been mostly a bunch of garbled noise for me.

  40. 40 Media Mike said at 7:42 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    He should be forced to commit ritual suicide for his anti-Eagles rants (Watters, etc)

  41. 41 laeagle said at 4:40 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Oddly enough, he was actually pretty good tonight. So he sucks at timing, too.

  42. 42 Media Mike said at 7:41 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    He SUCKED on MNF! F Dan Dierdorf. He ranted at length in ripping Andre Watters. He was stupid enough to once claim on a MNF game at the end of the 91 season that the Redskins D was better than the Eagles D. FALSE! The 91 Eagles D was the best in the history of the concept of defense and has the record for fewest yards allowed in a 16 game season. Dierdorf and go now and never return. F him.

  43. 43 Media Mike said at 7:46 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Don’t feel bad. Dierdorf is a vile human being. His trashing of Andre Watters on MNF has never been punished properly and his idiotic and non-math reasons for calling the 91 Skins D better than the 91 Eagles D should result in him having to kill himself in public like a disgraced samurai lord.

  44. 44 GEAGLE said at 7:51 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Always must up toe Hari Kari ref

  45. 45 Media Mike said at 7:55 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Dude, I was screaming at the TV when he trashed Watters and I went thermonuclear as a 14 year old when he said that crap about the 91 Skins D being better than the 91 Eagles D. F him.

  46. 46 GEAGLE said at 8:12 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I can’t even think of an announcer that I like

  47. 47 ICDogg said at 11:21 PM on January 11th, 2014:

  48. 48 Stephen Stempo said at 6:56 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Shouldn’t andrew luck be in that picture too?

  49. 49 Media Mike said at 8:05 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    That is actually the NYG 12th man. Care to look at the aggregate penalties and penalty yardage in all Eagles / Giants games since Eli has been QBing the Giants? It’s disgraceful.

  50. 50 suthrneagle said at 2:09 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Extremely aticulate;couldn`t have said any better

  51. 51 RobNE said at 11:25 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    My friend is franklin’s neighbor in TN and says he is a great guy. The press conf clip was great.

  52. 52 TommyLawlor said at 11:29 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    Cool. Good to hear that.

  53. 53 xeynon said at 11:33 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    I’m not a college football fan but I hope Franklin continues the turnaround at PSU. The way the whole Paterno edifice came down was pretty awful.

  54. 54 RobNE said at 11:29 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    And the Pats roll on. Beat a flawed team and now play one game to get to the SB. That is the way to do it.

  55. 55 SteveH said at 12:39 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Game got out of hand late, wasn’t nearly as entertaining a finish as it could have been. I think Chiefs would have been a much better matchup than the Colts were, much better run D and overall D, good running attack which could better exploit the Pats injuries on defense. Probably would have been a better game.

  56. 56 Mitchell said at 11:57 PM on January 11th, 2014:

    So, who do we pick with #22? I am looking forward to FA but the draft? The possibilities are almost endless!

  57. 57 SteveH said at 12:40 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Jadeveon Clowney, after he falls all the way to 22 because of “character concerns” ;).

  58. 58 GEAGLE said at 10:35 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    We joke, but Anthony Barr is in for a fall all the way down to the 15-20 range

  59. 59 Neil said at 12:05 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    What happened to barr that you’re anticipating such a fall?

  60. 60 GEAGLE said at 12:18 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Nothing at all…just think that OT is now the sexy safe position, and that it’s a deeper QB and OT class then last year..I think OTs slated to go 15-20 will come off the board sooner…alot of the teams that people mock defenders to early have desperate Oline needs,,
    I also think Barr is hurt by the defenses the teams in the 11-15 range run…Rams aren’t drafting a edge rusher when they just paid Chris Long and when they have the top rated DE mighty Quinn lining up across from Long…I think teams like the Titans,Cowboys,Giants have no use for OLBs and I drafting Barr to play 4-3 would be the same mistake the dolphins did with Dion….

    He still has all the ability in the world. he has about as much potential as any defensive athlete you will ever find, it’s just he is raw..Guys Like Clowney and Khalil mAck are much more NFL ready then a kid who was a running back a few years ago….I

    It’s not an indictment of Barr! it’s just that he was mis mocked to begin with..I still think he has all the talent and potential you want in a top 10 pick, but a guy like Mack has similar ability, but is more proven and game ready
    Once you get to the steelers,jets,Ravens that when he will come off the board If he falls out of the top 10..don’t think he would ever get passed Arizona at 20

  61. 61 Neil said at 12:43 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Understood. I hope you’re right.

  62. 62 GEAGLE said at 12:59 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Now that we have coaches who are proven teachers and who seemed to do really well developing young players, Im all about drafting raw SUPER talent, and just let our coaches mold’s even more comforting that Chip isn’t even going to put a kid on his draft board unless his football commitment is thru the roof…

    if we still had last years coaches, I’d probably rather have Khail Mack, much more ready proven commodity..but with our coaches, I’m all about giving them the most special athletes with the highest upside. Super athletes at their position. If super athletes weren’t raw they would be top 5 picks…I’m just hoping we add a kid who will be the best athletes on our team at his position. Super athletes at their position like:
    Anthony Barr, running back playing OLB
    Kelvin Benjamin, Raw super talent Alshon Jeffry type
    Mike Evans…Vincent Jackson type of athlete
    Rasheed Hagemen 6’7 305lb DT who was agile enough to be a TE a few years ago..

    Just give our coaches supreme talent who have a burning desire and commitment to be great on a football field, sit back, and watch our coaches groom BALLERS!

  63. 63 Mitchell said at 12:45 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Has anyone ever noticed how fresh Peters’ beard is?

  64. 64 GEAGLE said at 12:13 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Freeway taught him

  65. 65 Mitchell said at 12:54 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Check out this exchange between Roob and Spadaro. I lol’d

  66. 66 TommyLawlor said at 2:28 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Good stuff. Those guys are old friends. Fun to watch them bicker.

  67. 67 Media Mike said at 7:43 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I didn’t realize Roob was able to take McDermott’s johnson out of his mouth long enough to talk.

  68. 68 GEAGLE said at 8:07 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Love to see Billy n McDermtt swap talent…then we will see who’s a damn good DC….no one made a dollar out of fifteen cents this year like Billy…he should be the NFL coach of the year

  69. 69 Media Mike said at 8:09 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    And McDermott should be permanently vilified for having the 32nd red zone D here.

  70. 70 GEAGLE said at 8:09 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Genius made Graham a DT

    Give me 16 first round draft picks on defense and Juan Castillo can coach em

  71. 71 Media Mike said at 8:23 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    And Trent Cole a coverage player.

  72. 72 GEAGLE said at 8:01 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Can’t stand spads

  73. 73 BlindChow said at 4:18 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Andrew Luck’s playoff stats (3 games):

    77 of 140 (55%) for 1062 yards – 6 TD, 8 INT – Passer Rating 70.0

  74. 74 GEAGLE said at 7:50 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    This is his second year in the playoffs and he has over 30 games of NFL experience…I compare FOles with what Luck did in last years playoffs…..advantage Nick!

  75. 75 GEAGLE said at 7:49 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    wtf did the pats punter think he was doing? Was he really trying to complete a 40yard pass for a first down? Lol bonehead

  76. 76 A Roy said at 8:05 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    If he can throw an incomplete pass, the line of scrimmage changes dramatically.

  77. 77 GEAGLE said at 8:02 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Anthony Barr is going to Fall into the 16-20 Range…trade up to snag him?

  78. 78 Media Mike said at 8:04 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    As was the case yesterday, I need to see his actual height at the combine first. Unless he’s a legit 6’3″ he isn’t going to fit.

  79. 79 GEAGLE said at 8:04 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Fair,..I wouldn’t want a 6’1 rusher either

  80. 80 Mitchell said at 11:02 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Beasly lol

  81. 81 GEAGLE said at 11:05 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Hoping that mofo grows two inches by the combine lol

  82. 82 Mitchell said at 11:06 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I mean it’s important to draft talent but we can’t afford to draft a bunch of small high motor guys, like we did with Reid. I am totally in love with Kelly’s “big guys” approach.

  83. 83 GEAGLE said at 11:11 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Totally agree… I had enough undersized fastballs to last a lifetime..I’m all about bully ball

  84. 84 Mitchell said at 11:05 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I’m kind of weary about trading up for anyone right now. How much better is Barr than someone like Van Noy or someone we could potentially trade down for and instead of losing picks, gain them. That being said, I have to watch Barr’s tape and didn’t because I really didn’t think he would fall that far.

  85. 85 GEAGLE said at 11:10 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I’m a huge van Noy fan but it’s not even close.
    I’m literally expecting a Von miller type future out of Barr. However it will require patience,.dude was a friggin running back two years ago…sooooo explosive! He needs to add weight but projects to develop into an explosive pass rusher, and he is the closest thing we can probably ever find to be able to do some of the freak things Dion Jordan does in coverage. Like Dion! he needs a year to put on weight! but that’s usually the pice you pay for so much potential..

    Why don’t people give Dion credit for covering Gronk as well as anyone has covered him in years?
    If Barr gets the right coaching he will be a special player, and trading up to 16 from 22 shouldn’t be that expensive..

  86. 86 Mitchell said at 11:14 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I’m not really that concerned about his coverage ability because he will cover like what? 10-15% of the time. We need someone who will develop into a stud predator with an array of pass rushing moves. However, I trust this coaching staff and if they believe he is the right one for the job then by all means trade up and get him keeping in mind we will still lack a pass rush for next season and we will have some of the same problems.

    The question is how much production can we get from Cole? Idk how much to expect from an aging OLB. Will Graham step up? He looked a bit better in coverage towards the end of the year. Maybe it will take him a full two years to learn a different position.

    On a related note, how much does trading up, say 5 spots, in the first round cost? Literally cannot wait for the draft to roll around.

  87. 87 GEAGLE said at 11:20 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    If we took Barr, Instantly I would use him as a Nickle pass rusher…Coverage isn’t that important, buy having the ability to be credible in coverage is extremely valuable to a 3-4’s disguise…you Line up a pass rusher who is credible In coverage and Olines and QBs don’t know who is coming and who is dropping between Barwin and Barr..that MATTERS, it’s not CRUCIAL, but it does help…

    I damn sure wouldn’t draft Barr because he can drop in Coverage…I’d draft him if we believe he will develop into the explosive edge rusher that his potential suggests he has in him. Cover skills is an added perk…I sure wouldn’t cross a guy Like Kony Ealy off my board because he can’t cover

  88. 88 Mitchell said at 11:23 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    That’s what I mean. The staff has to be confident in his development as a pass rusher. Agreed.

  89. 89 GEAGLE said at 11:25 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Fortunately Azzinaro and Chip got an up close view at Dion Jordan, so they have a very nice reference point for a comparison…Dion was a WR 3 years ago, Barr was a RB two years ago

  90. 90 GEAGLE said at 11:26 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Everyone is loving the Nigerian Attachuo from Gtec because right now people think they can get him in round 3.,.but by the time the draft process unfolds that Kid wil shoot right into the top 50, maybe even sneaking into round 1…Same with Louisville safety Calvin Pryior…everyone thinks we can just snag him in round 3, but the kid probably ends up the second safety drafted after Dix

  91. 91 Mitchell said at 11:35 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    In regards to safety, everyone wants a playmaker playmaker playmaker. Well I think we should get someone who is a proven playmaker. We could easily get bucannon and is the safety I would like.

  92. 92 GEAGLE said at 11:38 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I would be happy with Clinton Dixhead, Calvin Pryor, Dion Bailey or Deonne Buchanon

  93. 93 Insomniac said at 11:42 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    You see Attaochu being drafted in the 3rd because that’s where all of the mock draft simulators have him. I love Attaochu’s play much more than Van Noy (who I think is way overrated). Pryor is talented but the immaturity is a huge red flag for teams that aren’t the Bengals so yea I can see him dropping.

  94. 94 GEAGLE said at 11:44 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Attouchuo will never last til round 3

  95. 95 Insomniac said at 11:49 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I never said he would. He’ll be drafted by us in the 2nd because that’s where I have him in my mock draft if Michael Sam is off the board.

  96. 96 GEAGLE said at 12:11 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    I suspect he will end up going in round 1

  97. 97 Insomniac said at 1:43 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    He could but it depends on his combine. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Seahawks or the Broncos drafted him in the first though. Lets hope they don’t..

  98. 98 GEAGLE said at 11:40 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I like Van Noy ALOT!! I would love to draft him, but for me he wouldn’t solve our impact pass rusher problem..Since Casey Mathews backs up Barwin! I would have van Noy take that spot, and in two years when Demeco moves on, have Van Noy Slide inside to take his spot…he brings the size and Physicality of Meco but with better cover skills

  99. 99 GEAGLE said at 8:03 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    A bunch of us were right about Jamie Collins…that dude was beasting

  100. 100 GEAGLE said at 8:11 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Jimmy Graham got PUNKED again

  101. 101 Mitchell said at 11:09 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    It’s amazing what playoff football can do though. Would you have ever thought Graham would have little/no impact in both playoff games this year.

  102. 102 GEAGLE said at 11:14 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Crazy isn’t it…when you get to this level teams really do take your top weapons out of the game..We eliminated Graham! they eliminated Shady and their supporting cast did more then ours..

    You know a guy like bellicek is taking your number option out of a playoff game
    Speaking of Coaching, I think Peyton calling that lateral instead of Colston just running out of bounds seemed like a too cute Chip mistake

  103. 103 BobSmith77 said at 11:52 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    He had a bad game vs Seahawks but I do wonder how healthy he is. Supposedly has a pretty bad foot and a possible undisclosed hip injury.

  104. 104 GEAGLE said at 12:11 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Oh he is definitely playing thru injuries…definitely!!!

  105. 105 GEAGLE said at 8:14 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    It’s going to hurt today watching the Carolina game…we coulda beat them.,

    I also think a playoff bye week hurts a young inexperienced team like the Panthers more then it helps them

  106. 106 Media Mike said at 8:24 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    In either case, I’ll be rooting for the “winning” QB of this game to get destroyed in Seattle next week. I can’t stand these read one and run type guys.

  107. 107 GEAGLE said at 10:29 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Same…plus,Seattle is my fav non eagles team to watch

  108. 108 A Roy said at 11:55 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Too many steroid users for me to be able to root for them.

  109. 109 GEAGLE said at 1:15 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Good point

  110. 110 xeynon said at 11:00 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Everybody seems to be underestimating Carolina. Mistake. That team is fierce. Basically Seahawks south. I don’t think the Eagles would have been likely to beat then in Carolina by any means.

  111. 111 GEAGLE said at 11:04 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Good defense, but like FOles, I suspect cam will have to take his playoff lumps, before he can be successful…I just think the bye week will be bad for them

  112. 112 bill said at 9:30 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Yeah, I don’t think there’s a simpler, less demanding game plan out there than what Russel Wilson executes (well, attempts to execute) each week. His team was up 13-0 with him having gone 5-6, 28 yds. Talk about Captain Checkdown. His inability to look off safeties led Harvin to get destroyed not once, but twice. He really didn’t make multiple reads until the play broke down and he was improvising, so I really don’t count those as reads. He absolutely stared down his receivers on any play he stayed in the pocket. He’s a great improviser, but he’s got a LONG way to go before he’s even adequate at executing an NFL level offense.

    And this will probably be sacrilege around here, but Lynch absolutely outplayed Shady against that D. Took the holes that were there and just made plays by doing what he was supposed to. He’s not as dynamic as Shady, but in the playoffs, he’s probably the better RB.

  113. 113 GEAGLE said at 10:33 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Congrats to FOles for being named to the probowl…..well deserved!!

    One of the 3: Rivers,Peyton or Brady will play in the SB, so it ensures FOles gets the spot-Phillymag

  114. 114 xeynon said at 11:03 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Haven’t you heard? The commissioner has ruled that Foles is ineligible for the Pro Bowl because shah8 says he doesn’t have talent.

  115. 115 A Roy said at 11:54 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Ah, but the Pro Bowl is played at a less-than-pro level, so shah8 will be able to say that, since Foles played in it, he is less than pro. Thus shah will be vindicated!

  116. 116 ConcussedFB said at 6:50 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Best part is that you don’t have to buy Webb a plane ticket, he just walks across the water.

  117. 117 Iskar36 said at 11:02 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    “* I’m not sure what is more impressive…Andrew Luck’s talent or his
    mental/emotional toughness. He won’t put up the passing numbers that
    Peyton Manning does, but I bet he’ll be a better postseason QB.”

    It was impressive to see Luck not fold against the Chiefs after 3 INTs, and he had moments of incredible throws against the Pats, but before we say he will be better than Manning, you have to acknowledge that he threw 7 INTs in two games. He got unbelievably lucky on the rushing TD against the Chiefs with a fumbled ball bouncing perfectly back to him. Yes, he made the play ultimately, but he has also put his own team in incredibly difficult positions throughout the playoffs.

    There is no question that he is a talented, impressive QB, but I’m going to wait until he is not averaging 3 turnovers a game before I say anything about his postseason success.

  118. 118 BreakinAnklez said at 11:14 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Luck is his offense. Look at the weapons Peyton had to work with compared to Luck. Peyton is has won 9 of 20 postseason games in his career…not like this is some unstoppable postseason dominance.

  119. 119 Iskar36 said at 11:21 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    I understand Peyton has not been incredible or anything in the postseason, but 3 turnovers per game is still a HUGE number. As impressive as he has been at times, Luck has put his team at major disadvantages in the postseason.

  120. 120 GEAGLE said at 11:46 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    We would be drafting QBs according to our fanbase if FOles threw 3 picks

  121. 121 Michael Winter Cho said at 12:09 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    I think I read each turnover drops your chance of winning the game by 20%. You need a lot of talent to make up for that kind of blunder.

  122. 122 BreakinAnklez said at 2:16 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Peyton had 12 games wi at least 1 INT in playoffs and he had 6 multi-game INTs. This was with weapons like Dilger, Pollard, Faulk, Edge, Harrison, Wayne, Clark…etc. I’m not trying to say Luck should be forgiven for his mistakes, just putting it in perspective. He has NO ONE outside of TY this year, and he isn’t in the class of any of Peyton’s receivers.

    Did he make some bad throws? Of course. But he shows resolve. He isn’t afraid to keep making tight throws and he’s a fighter.

    Why bring up the fumble? How is that his fault? Lucky play for sure, but has no bearing on his play (bad or good).

  123. 123 ACViking said at 12:49 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Manning’s won-loss record in his first 3 playoff games was 0-3.

    Colts lost at home to the Titans (19-16), at Miami (23-17 in OT), and at the Jets (41-0).

    Manning’s QB rating in his fist three playoff games was 59.15.

    His collective numbers were: 50-112 558 1 TD 2 INT.

  124. 124 UKEagle99 said at 8:54 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    There is no question that he is a talented, impressive QB, but I’m going to wait until he is not averaging 3 turnovers a game before I say anything about his postseason success.

    You daredevil, you! Going out on a limb to play it safe!

  125. 125 BobSmith77 said at 11:59 AM on January 12th, 2014:

    Dumbest move the entire season had to be to be Indy’s trade of their #1 pick for Richardson.

    Amazing to continue to see them use Brown who does nothing particularly well and would be a #3 RB on some teams while Richardson rode the bench during the 2nd half.

    If the Colts had been able to generate any kind of consistent rushing attack, they might have had a chance to steal that game in NE yesterday. Instead the Colts’ defense just got bludgeoned and was completely out of gas early in the 4th quarter. Lots of guys were standing up with their hands on their sides/thighs.

  126. 126 GEAGLE said at 12:08 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Cant believe how bad that trade was…that first round pick would have gotten luck a heckuva WR in this draft, so teams could stop keying on TY hilton…what a short sited, horrible trade

  127. 127 BreakinAnklez said at 2:18 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    What do you think it is with Trent? He was a beast at Bama. He had a pretty solid rookie year. Colts have NO line so that has to have an impact…but I can’t explain the fumbles.

  128. 128 Mitchell said at 2:21 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    It’s another example of why you dnt draft rbs I’m the first anymore.

  129. 129 shah8 said at 2:21 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    No training camp. Seems to be slow in making decision, and doesn’t have the advertised burst. However, that OL *is* bad at making holes, even if Donald Brown can work it. But Donald Brown isn’t genuinely that good.

  130. 130 BobSmith77 said at 12:09 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Really want to see one more Brady/Manning showdown next week in Denver.

    Really surprised last night to see how much zip/velocity that Brady has lost. He’s fine on anything under 7 yards but his throws on anything more that last night were really pedestrian at times.

    Brady’s last legit chance to win a 4th and final SB this year too and as much as I loathe Belichick he’s the best coach in the NFL & likely all-time.

  131. 131 GEAGLE said at 12:10 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Brady has has some really bad performances this year

  132. 132 GEAGLE said at 12:46 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Is not carrying Fullbacks hurting our ST coverage avid return units?

    I look around the league and teams have a lot of key ST players who are fullbacks, we don’t have any on our roster. Celek and Ertz don’t play ST, so they only guy we have like that on ST is James Casey, so we are having to resort to guys like Brandon Graham on ST…
    Since I doubt Chip will all of the sudden decide to incorporate fullbacks, I’m really hoping we can get our hands on a young, gritty,athletic TE to be our 4th TE and BRING IT on ST…If Colt Lyeria doesn’t get drafted, you know he will sign with Philly…anyone know if Lyeria can or will run in the combine?

    Most of our team played it’s best ball down the stretch, not our ST units.
    Coverage problems against the lions
    Gving the ball to the Vikings on the 40yard line all game
    Saints kicking, and last drive coverage debacle..

    Now we do have some fantastic pieces in place like the Donnie Longball/Boykin connection on punt Coverage, and Brad Smith was running down field making all kinds of tackles like a beast. Casey made an impact all year long..but hopefully this years infusion of young talent will help get us where we need to be on ST.
    Donnie Longball will be franchised if need be, he ain’t going anywhere. I can’t even ever remember the last punter who was the weapon that Donnie was for us this year.
    our Coverage units need more help. But we can not continue to have non exsistent return games..We have to get an athletic WR who is a weapon on offense, but who is also feared on ST and has the ability to break one. It’s been too long since we had adequate kick off return production.
    Coverage Units need to be Reliable, and return game needs to be FEARED!

    Alex Henery won’t be cut…If he isn’t our kick next year it will be because he lost a camp competition…FINGERS CROSSED someone good comes in and blows him out of Philly

  133. 133 ACViking said at 12:57 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    This article suggests Lyerla will be at the Combine.

  134. 134 GEAGLE said at 1:02 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Can’t wait to see how his numbers measure up with Ebron,Jenkins and Jace…wonder how well he has taken care of his body, or if he even stayed in shape lol

  135. 135 ACViking said at 1:09 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Prego. Come stai?

    Lyerla ha molto talento. Ma che cosa circa il suo cocainia convinzione?

  136. 136 GEAGLE said at 1:14 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Bene bene..tutto apposto….e difficile non avere una partite di Eagles di guardare…
    Cocaina e pure alcolizato..e un matto scattenato…se ero Chip Kelly Lo facevo vivere con me tutto il suo rookie year…
    If he wasn’t such a disaster he would be the perfect eventual replacement for the bruising Celek

  137. 137 ACViking said at 1:35 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Qual e la sua quantita misurabili, la sua velocita? Suppongo si aggiusta al profilo di Chip Kelly vuole, perche Kelly assunto lui. Si?

  138. 138 BreakinAnklez said at 2:20 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Non piu italiano

  139. 139 A_T_G said at 2:48 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    It depends on where the FB would fit into the roster. If it is in place of a safety, like Colt, or a LB, it wouldn’t help much if at all. If it in place of Damarius or a lineman it could help.

  140. 140 GEAGLE said at 1:18 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    I can’t watch’s just turning into a joke..they really just had the audacity to call personal foul on Carolina’s safety for a perfectly good all shoulder hit on Vernon Davis…WTF is wrong with this game?

    They made 600 new pussy rules already and a million restrictions of what defenders can no longer do…with all the ridiculous restrictions, refs have the audacity to call BS like a perfectly good hit by a safety who delivered the Play off BOOM!
    What a joke

  141. 141 SteveH said at 1:24 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Yeah that was a junk call on Mitchell. It’s sad to see officiating have an impact on the game like it does, its been a really bad year for the zebras. They were bad last night too but I don’t think it would have made a difference, the Colts just got run over.

  142. 142 ACViking said at 1:37 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    e’ ora bandiera football

  143. 143 Patrick said at 1:56 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    I think the flag was because he hit him late, not because the hit itself was dirty. If it was, it makes a little more sense since the play most definitely was over and done. In my opinion, not a flag in the playoffs either way though.

  144. 144 GEAGLE said at 1:22 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Watching Phil Dawson Boom FGs all day just stings!!

  145. 145 SteveH said at 1:30 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    In fairness, its a lot easier to kick long field goals in perfect conditions.

  146. 146 SteveH said at 1:25 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Hah, 10 bucks says Steve Smith, or someone involved in a scrum with him, gets tossed before the game is over.

  147. 147 shah8 said at 1:51 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    SF-Car is a great, great game so far… NFC>>>>>AFC. Maybe Peyton can outscore the NFC, but, all three DL still going in the NFC can truly rush the passer.

  148. 148 mksp said at 1:59 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Cam throwing dimes. Kap looking uncomfortable. Carolina would have beat us I think. We’re just not on the same level physically as either of these teams.

  149. 149 SteveH said at 2:00 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Niners don’t look to be playing at the same intensity as Carolina. Kind of surprising but we’ll see how it develops.

  150. 150 shah8 said at 2:14 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Nah, all those goal line stops? The difference in the game is Cam’s intermediate accuracy. Got-dam. Just one semi-bad throw behind the receiver. Everything else is about a foot, maybe two feet away from perfection.

  151. 151 mksp said at 2:23 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    That seam throw to Olsen was pretty.

  152. 152 shah8 said at 2:36 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Just…an awesome game… Action packed, great plays on offense and defense, geez, everything a football fan could ask for.

  153. 153 SteveH said at 2:39 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    I could ask for Michael Crabtree to step it up a little since he’s on my DFB team. He needs to get me at least 15 and the first half was not awesome for him.

  154. 154 shah8 said at 3:30 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    And Gore brings the hammer down on this game. Car’s OL and defensive backfield gets exposed as weaknesses.

  155. 155 SteveH said at 3:32 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Color me unenthused. Kaepernick did his part for me, but Crabtree’s been invisible. Boldin was the play.

  156. 156 Mitchell said at 2:28 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    In regards to the full back position. Someone had mentioned how they would help in special teams and I agree but wouldn’t they also be beneficial in some short yardage situations? I always got nervous in our 3rd and 1’s. Maybe utilize Polk a bit more? It doesn’t help that our line isn’t necessarily built for power.

  157. 157 SteveH said at 2:29 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Quentin Mikell hurt, shame to see former Eagles go down.

  158. 158 UKEagle99 said at 8:44 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    You will never make president of the former Eagles wives club making statements like that.

  159. 159 SteveH said at 2:54 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Wow, officials missed 12 man penalty at the end of the first half. Really really bad year for NFL officiating.

  160. 160 Mitchell said at 3:34 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Also we need more dreadlocks and Samoans on our team.

  161. 161 SteveH said at 3:36 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    I want an all Samoan OL.

  162. 162 Mitchell said at 3:38 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    We just need some “crazy” on both sides of the line. Like crazy intensity, like spitting crazy intensity.

  163. 163 SteveH said at 3:39 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    5 Andrew Lucks at OL = most intense line ever.

  164. 164 Mitchell said at 3:47 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    5 Ray Lewis

  165. 165 xeynon said at 4:05 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Reno Mahe, Fenuki Tupou, Sopoaga… We haven’t had much luck with Samoans over the years. Vai Sikahema is the last Pacific Islander we had who was any good.

  166. 166 bentheimmigrant said at 4:28 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    How dare you. How very dare you besmirch the great name of Reno Mahe. Shame on you.

  167. 167 xeynon said at 4:40 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    You’re right. Not sure about THE greatest, but he’s certainly one of the top 5 servers in the history of Chickie and Pete’s.

  168. 168 SteveH said at 3:47 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Wow, Niners just got jobbed with a terrible call. NFL officiating is garbage.

  169. 169 shah8 said at 3:49 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    That one was a new one on me. Vick needed those calls in 2011…

  170. 170 shah8 said at 3:49 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    On plays where he’s already thrown the ball.

  171. 171 shah8 said at 3:49 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    In the process of a sack?

  172. 172 SteveH said at 3:49 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    Yeah man, if that was a flag we deserve about 10 retroactive ones.

  173. 173 xeynon said at 4:07 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    It was a bad call, but they have gotten even stricter on hits on the quarterback over the last few years. I have a feeling the 2011 Vick would get more calls with today’s rules.

  174. 174 shah8 said at 5:01 PM on January 12th, 2014:

    San Diego doesn’t really look like they belong.

  175. 175 A Big Butt and a Smile said at 8:31 PM on January 13th, 2014:

    They never did. It was always odd seeing the team in the playoffs and then “Oh the San Diego Chargers” lol. They played a good game though. Rivers had a GREAT year.