All the Right Moves

Posted: September 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 236 Comments »

Every now and then the Eagles have an offseason that draws universal praise. This was not one of those years. Fans and the media didn’t like the moves at Safety. The lack of a serious move at kicker bothered many. Mark Sanchez was seen as a terrible addition. And so on.

I wrote about the offseason moves for BGN. Simply put, without the new guys the Eagles would have no shot at 3-0. To this point, it sure looks like the Eagles made a lot of good moves. Obviously time is needed before knowing how the players will fit long term, but you can get an idea of how some guys look right away.

Beyond the players the team added, the Eagles made some smart choices in who they kept around. There was a lot of discussion as to whether the team should keep Chris Polk or not. They did, despite an injured summer, and Polk looked very good as the KOR last Sunday. There was some question about whether the Eagles should deal Brandon Graham. They kept him around and he’s playing well.

The big move that everyone would love to talk about is 1st round pick Marcus Smith. I need to cover him in a post where I can look at the whole situation and provide some context. It is absolutely fair to be disappointed in him so far, but that hardly means he is a bust or bad pick. He needs time to show what he can do.

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Skins vs Giants. One argument says to pull for the Skins since we already beat them.

Another argument says to pull for the 1-2 Giants since they look like less of a threat.


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I’m behind schedule with my DGR. I’ll be posting that a bit later this evening. Sorry for the delays. I started a new job back in February and matching my work schedule with my writing schedule hasn’t been the easiest task. I’ll get better as the season goes along.


236 Comments on “All the Right Moves”

  1. 1 the guy said at 8:25 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    My only hope is that this game is truly worthy of the name “Thursday Night Football”.

  2. 2 McNabbulousness said at 8:40 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    who to root for? neither, you just root for one team to lose in the most demoralizing way possible.

  3. 3 Anthony Hart said at 10:21 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Hey it worked!

  4. 4 McNabbulousness said at 8:42 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    btw is anyone watching the nyg/was shit show?

  5. 5 anon said at 8:50 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    It’s making me wonder how bad our defense is. Or how much djax really gave them about our O and D. B/c cousins looks terrible.

  6. 6 mrparabolic said at 8:55 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Our secondary is below average and Cousins is inconsistent.

  7. 7 anon said at 8:59 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Giants DL getting a lot of pressure. I guess we weren’t able to jam or disrupt the skins receivers or maybe we just hadn’t game planned for their scheme? i don’t know.

  8. 8 mrparabolic said at 9:18 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Cousins was getting the ball out very quickly last week. There wasn’t much time for a pass rush.

  9. 9 anon said at 9:43 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    yeah but why didn’t we jam receivers — isn’t that how djax was stopped last year. Feel like that’s the way to stop WCA — see superbowl?

  10. 10 mrparabolic said at 6:39 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    One reason is that the Redskins were playing receivers off the line. This is what we did last year to keep DeSean from getting jammed. Also, if you miss a jam you run the risk of getting beat deep. Maybe Billy doesn’t trust these corners to jam consistently.

  11. 11 OldDocRoss said at 5:50 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I’d hug this post if I could but you’ll have to settle for an upvote. If ever there were a game to jam WRs at the line it was this but instead we gave our usual big cushion to a team that lives for the dink and dunk and a QB who can’t do much else. I like Billy Davis but there are times when his decisions and game plans are infuriating.

  12. 12 Anders said at 3:09 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    No, we had soft coverage and when they went deep we had zero pass rush

  13. 13 McNabbulousness said at 9:02 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    yep, was thinking the same thing

  14. 14 GEAGLE said at 10:22 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Im wondering how much the physical war, and emotionally draining loss is effecting them on such a short week…

  15. 15 McNabbulousness said at 1:38 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    good point, that short week is a killer

  16. 16 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:50 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I’m hoping Giants-Snyders produces lots of embarrassing stupid stuff that wrecks their confidence. Either that or a really good game.

  17. 17 mrparabolic said at 8:52 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I hate the Redskins more than the Giants right now, so I’ll be rooting against them.

  18. 18 mrparabolic said at 8:56 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Nice hands DJax.

  19. 19 Ramiroquaaii said at 9:10 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Let’s root for a tie rs

  20. 20 Mike Roman said at 9:11 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I’m of the one-by-one philosophy. Get one team out of the way, then the next, and so on. So I’d rather get the Giants out of the way then work on the other two. I’m starting to have a bad feeling about Dallas…

    Any chance of Marcus Smith spying Kaepernick on Sunday? He’s athletic enough and it’s a way to get him involved. If we can tighten our coverage even a little bit, I don’t think he can beat us with his arm because he just isn’t consistent enough.

    Anyone hear Billy Davis on the WIP this morning? Very smart but I almost think too smart for his own good. “We couldn’t do X because of Y and Y wasn’t working because of Z…” – it really sounded to me like he’s trying to draw up the perfect scenario where we take away the big plays, stop the run, AND stay out of 3rd and short situations. I dunno…

  21. 21 GEAGLE said at 10:18 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Bad feeling about Dallas? Why? I’m sure you have met December Romo before…

  22. 22 Scott J said at 8:59 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Romo’s has a bad back and won’t make it through the season. The way to beat the cowboys is to get a lead, stop Murray, and have Romo throw the ball and get a few shots on him.

  23. 23 Dragon_Eagle said at 9:14 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I think I noticed this on Sunday, but Jay Gruden is a proud graduate of the Andrew Reid School of Challenge Flags and Clock Management. Go Jay!

  24. 24 SteveH said at 9:25 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I can’t decide if I want Kirk Cousins to suck to disappoint the Cousins bandwagon or be awesome so the inevitable QB controversy when RG3 gets healthy is even more spectacular than it already will be.

  25. 25 Dragon_Eagle said at 9:29 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I’m going with hoping he sucks so that the Snyders can’t trade him for some ridiculous bounty to a QB-desparate team.

    Let RGIII come back. He won’t stay healthy or learn a West Coast offense.

  26. 26 SteveH said at 9:33 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Probably this.

  27. 27 shah8 said at 9:42 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I don’t have to hope that Cousins sucks. He’s the picture underneath the Bill Walsh aphorism about being “good enough to lose.” Cousins does, ultimately, suck. High floors can’t really disguise the excessively low ceiling.

  28. 28 GEAGLE said at 10:05 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Yeah it’s definitely a hard call.. On one hand I want them to suck and just be horrible so they have no hope and Desean and the trash in that locker room spiral out of control, on the other hand, I would love to see Cousin succeed with a supporting cast that RG3 looked like trash playing with, and see the embarrassment of RG3 losing his job and becoming a backup…

    Hard call, guess the compromise is to see them completely suck with both Cousin and RG3 with Cousin being the lessor of two evils

  29. 29 anon said at 10:46 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    It worked cousins is playing terrible. Just like last year. one great game then terrible after that. Now gotta hope his confidence isn’t totally blown.

  30. 30 P_P_K said at 11:58 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Life is good when either option is grand.

  31. 31 xeynon said at 8:30 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Cousins is a poor man’s Andy Dalton. And the original Andy Dalton probably isn’t good enough to win with.

  32. 32 shah8 said at 9:37 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Jaysus! Donnell is really playing out of his mind, and that last TD is something that Riley Cooper hardly seems to be able to do!

  33. 33 SteveH said at 9:38 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    2013 Riley Cooper might have, 2014 Riley Cooper would probably trip over the goal line.

  34. 34 shah8 said at 9:39 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Actually, the only real fade I really recall Cooper doing right is 2012 against Dallas right before Vick was knocked out for the season. Not sure I recall Foles throwing him a fade, but I certainly can be mistaken.

  35. 35 SteveH said at 9:37 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    So much for that #1 ranked Skins defense. The dangers of small sample sizes.

  36. 36 SteveH said at 9:49 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I am very confused about the defenseless receiver rule. In what way was Paul defenseless there? He actually lowered his head before contact which is the only reason there was helmet to helmet at all

  37. 37 Chris said at 11:42 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I agreed that he caught the ball, turned, and lowered his head. If anything they should have called helmet-to-helmet since demps lead with his helmet on the tackle, even though paul lowered his head. Defenseless made no sense there.

  38. 38 teltschikfakeout88 said at 9:50 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Hit by demps…..flag worthy……looked to me that demps lead with shoulder

  39. 39 suthrneagle said at 9:51 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    wash needs to lose in front of the home crowd…
    as far as the offseason and the draft,i think it was a big success.
    Chip saw the talent of Sanchez first hand when at Oregon and was extremely eager to put an eagles jersey on him. Parkey is a great addition. 7 rookies made the team,5-6 contribute on gamedays, 5 more on the PT helpin out there.
    It`s been exciting since the season ended, and to be off to a 3-0 start couldn`t be better.

  40. 40 Dragon_Eagle said at 9:58 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Over/Under: 3 years. Length of Jay Gruden’s head coaching career.

  41. 41 SteveH said at 9:59 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    It’s Snyder, so you figure he gets about a year and a half.

  42. 42 shah8 said at 9:59 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Eeeh, under. Bengals knew what they were doing when they let go of Gruden. Very overrated OC.

  43. 43 GEAGLE said at 10:07 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Under… The imploding or RG3 is going to get ugly with jack asses like Desean in the locker room

  44. 44 P_P_K said at 11:57 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    But DeSean caught one pass for 9 yards. In his mind he’s earned the right to a big mouth.

  45. 45 anon said at 10:24 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    They gave shanny a long tenure and they were terrible except for one year.

  46. 46 GEAGLE said at 10:26 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Think shanny earned a longer leash than “the Casey Mathews” of the Gruden family

  47. 47 anon said at 10:45 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    yeah fair point. Djax shut down by DRC today.

  48. 48 Mac said at 2:51 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Haha I forgot the Giants have Run DRC aka mile marker 23.

  49. 49 xeynon said at 8:31 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Under. As a coach, he’s shown me nothing to be excited about so far, and Snyder has shown he can and will fire HoF-caliber coaches after a much shorter period.

  50. 50 GEAGLE said at 10:02 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    IMO the argument to root against the Giants is to not let them gain momentum after Sundays win since we play them in two weeks.

    Argument to root against the skins, they are dirty cheap scumbag pieces of crap..

  51. 51 Dragon_Eagle said at 10:04 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    You forgot racist. …dirty cheap racist scumbag pieces of crap.

    But I agree with point 1.

  52. 52 GEAGLE said at 10:16 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I’m sure most of the impatient dopes calling Marcus a bust were the same dopes that wanted to replace Bennie Logan because a rookie NT wasn’t dominant in his first play off game against all pro interior linemen,,
    All summer, all the crap that people spewed about needing to replace Bennie Logan, and he is taking some tremendous strides in year two development. The Kid is playing like a FORCE. Hopefully the fan base gives that kid the respect he is earning…

    Of course I took a peak at other comment sections today and I see people complaining about Logan! and how he should be moved to DE…SMH

    Kid just played his 20th game and he is already the only NT in the NFL leading his team in tackles, last two games averaging 8 tackles per game, 3 for no gain last week..all while having lateral agility to play the zone stretch run, while also having the veteran Savy to not get caught by the weakside guard so the running back can cut it back,,..
    Cox is turning into a playmaker, and Bennie is playing at a scary level for it only being the beginning of his second year…
    Our defensive line practically has an opportunity to win the next game for us. They are going to try and run the ball down our throat. They struggle scoring points, so they are going to need to play ball control, time o possession and keep our offense off the field if they want to have any chance of beating us.
    If our DL steps up, shuts this run down, doesn’t allow the Niners offense to keep moving the chains, the Niners won’t be able to score enough points to win..
    Tremendous opportunity for the defensive line and front 7 this week…they are going to step up, answer the bell and win us this game! Niners won’t average more than 3 yards a carry against us!!!

  53. 53 eagleyankfan said at 10:35 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Good stuff re: Cox n Logan…Think they can put pressure on the QB this week? Should be a great game. DL doesn’t scare me — it’s Crabtree and the TE. DC Davis should have Nate blitz on everything single play. At least he’ll be doing something. (I’m only half kidding with that).

  54. 54 GEAGLE said at 4:52 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    We need to get QBs in 3rd and 6 or longer so he has to drop back and go thru a couple reads to have time to pressure him. If we give kAp a bunch of 3rd and 3’s, we won’t get much pressure on him…

    Rather than Sack him, I would just mush rush him, keep him in the pocket, get our hands up in his throwing lanes, and force him to rush throws from a messy pocket. Bet anything he can’t handle that and will throw a few picks..especially if our offense is putting pressure on Kapernick by forcing him to keep up with our scoring…

  55. 55 GEAGLE said at 10:19 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    LOL @ Morris Claiborne.. He says he “DESERVES” to keep his starting job HAHAH! Apparently he doesn’t understand the meaning of deserve

  56. 56 Mitchell said at 11:05 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Trade a 7th for Claiborne.

  57. 57 Mac said at 2:49 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Straight up Casey for Mo.

  58. 58 GEAGLE said at 8:27 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Don’t even want him,.. Entitled cowboy trash, he isn’t worth his high first round pick pro rated salary

  59. 59 Mitchell said at 10:28 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Whats going on with Amukamara tonight? He is playing…..well?

  60. 60 Mr. Magee said at 10:37 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Tommy, can’t believe you have a day job in addition to all the Eagles stuff you do… Think I can pretty confidently say you are underpaid.

  61. 61 anon said at 10:38 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Cousins looks terrible. Skins look terrible.

  62. 62 shah8 said at 10:46 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Cousins really looks terrible. Looks deflated after TOs and throwing even worse.

  63. 63 anon said at 10:50 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Makes me think even higher of Big Nick who didn’t crumble in Jags game.

  64. 64 shah8 said at 10:52 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    It was the Jaguars.

  65. 65 shah8 said at 10:52 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    And right after that. Another INT. OMG, but it probably is Colt McCoy time. Or Sexy Rexy…

  66. 66 shah8 said at 10:53 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    And Trent Williams gone on top of that.

  67. 67 SteveH said at 10:53 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Kirk Cousins implosion mmmm tastes so good.

  68. 68 Mitchell said at 10:53 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    What Cousins is going through now is the perfect example of what happens when you actually pressure the qb……. we need pass rush so badly.

  69. 69 anon said at 10:54 PM on September 25th, 2014:


  70. 70 shah8 said at 10:55 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    But we got a brand new second round talent!

  71. 71 Mitchell said at 11:05 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Yeh, something is going on with Smith. I refuse to call him a bad draft pick at this juncture but I would love to see what he can do on the field.

  72. 72 shah8 said at 11:08 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    There’s nothing wrong with him. It’s just that…no…really, he’s a second round talent, and very evidently so. And honestly, you have to pick first round talent in the first round. That’s where the players who are really going to help you out are. Tyson Alalu games are bad ideas and always have been bad ideas.

  73. 73 Mitchell said at 11:10 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Who would you have picked? Regardless of late first early second. He still should see playing time. It’s not like late first/early second is that much difference. I don’t think ANY of the pass rusher taken before him have done much of anything.

  74. 74 anon said at 11:11 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    OL, but i think we HAD to get OLB and they were nervous — hard picking at the back of the draft.

  75. 75 Mitchell said at 11:13 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Yeh we did, I don’t think there was ANYTHING left where we picked. All the next OL to be picked were in the second and we did need some kind of pass rush. Marcus fits what we want to do. The only person I would have thought about was Dennard.

  76. 76 shah8 said at 11:13 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    There were just two guys worth anything at that point: Kelvin Benjamin and Dominique Easley. Either Attaochu or Smith would have been available with a up move in the second.

  77. 77 anon said at 11:14 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    wow could you imagine us with one hand catch kelvin making highlight plays. I think Jordan has a better brain, but Kelvin is definitely talented.

  78. 78 Mitchell said at 11:14 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    We moved up for Matthews, who is better than Benjamin. Newton literally has one “big play” person to throw to, Benjamin.

  79. 79 shah8 said at 11:15 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Benjamin would have ended our long franchise nightmare of Cooper as a serious number 2.

  80. 80 shah8 said at 11:15 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Benjamin is not trivially better than Cooper.

  81. 81 Mitchell said at 11:15 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    But we have Matthews….. He will end it.

  82. 82 anon said at 11:51 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    unclear whether matthews is better than benjamin, have you seen him catch the ball?

  83. 83 Mitchell said at 12:07 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Besides some “new to NFL” drops, the opposite argument is equally true.

  84. 84 Mitchell said at 11:18 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I mean the last person we could have targeted in the first round was Brandon Cooks who got picked 2 spots ahead of us. We made the best move possible by trading down, picking up a pick, and still being able to draft Smith. For some reason Chip didn’t like Benjamin/more enamored with Matthews and we already have the talent on the D-line so Easly doesn’t make sense. Especially when we run a 3-4 and it is predicated on LB’s.

  85. 85 P_P_K said at 11:55 PM on September 25th, 2014:


  86. 86 SteveH said at 10:55 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    This reminds me of a Chipism, about quarterbacks being like a bag of tea; you don’t know what you’ve got until you put them in hot water.

    Right now Cousins is in some hot water and is coming up tasting like shit.

  87. 87 sonofdman said at 10:56 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Seeing Cousins look like crap makes me happy.

  88. 88 anon said at 10:57 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    this was him last year too honestly.

  89. 89 Stanimal said at 10:56 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    The biggest winner of the is game is RG3…

  90. 90 Stanimal said at 10:57 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Also whoever has Larry Donnell on their fantasy team.

  91. 91 anon said at 10:58 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    yeah they almost went to him again.

  92. 92 Stanimal said at 10:58 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I started him over Vernon Davis this week and possibly for the rest of the season.

  93. 93 anon said at 11:08 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    smart move, i’d been watching him but hadn’t pulled the trigger b/c he wasn’t getting TDs.

  94. 94 Stanimal said at 11:10 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I only picked him up because of the Davis injury but he didn’t do shit for me last week.

  95. 95 SteveH said at 10:58 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    If you have Larry Donnell on your fantasy team you deserve to win all the money.

  96. 96 anon said at 10:58 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    i had niles paul knockout champion

  97. 97 xeynon said at 8:36 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I picked up him last week but then dropped him when somebody in my league waived Vernon Davis. Oops!

    (Well, he would’ve been on the bench this week anyway. It’s not like I’m going to start a stinkin’ Giant over Zach Ertz).

  98. 98 NinjaP said at 11:03 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Watching this game makes me question why Billy Davis has a job in the NFL.

  99. 99 anon said at 11:08 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    thats EXACTLY what i’ve been thinking.

  100. 100 shah8 said at 11:09 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    me three

  101. 101 Insomniac said at 11:10 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    The faster they score..the faster we score again?

  102. 102 Mitchell said at 11:21 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Our poor defense. Can we just get a good outside corner? When was the last one we had Samuel? Hell, I’ll even take a secondary that doesn’t blow assignments (looking at you Nate).

  103. 103 Stanimal said at 11:06 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I live in the DC area and I am really looking forward to going to work tomorrow.

  104. 104 Mitchell said at 11:08 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I wouldn’t say shit to them and let them talk. When they “try” to say why the Eagles are “lucky”, that’s when you throw the facts in their face.

  105. 105 Stanimal said at 11:09 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I just look forward to all of the dejected faces after all of their trash talk last week.

  106. 106 Mitchell said at 11:12 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    I live in Illinois and I don’t really get shit from anybody but that because I don’t give any shit out. I guess it’s mutual respect. I like to get in on the Bears/Packer arguments though.

  107. 107 Stanimal said at 11:14 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Yeah I normally just respond with a smile and we’ll see. Most of the time they have nothing to say Monday morning.

  108. 108 SteveH said at 11:14 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Be sure to give a little extra smarm to any enthusiastic Cousins supporters.

  109. 109 McNabbulousness said at 6:30 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    live in skins territory myself (va), know the feeling

  110. 110 Stanimal said at 7:40 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Yeah I work in Arlington and about 60 percent of the people I work with live in DC or Maryland and they were talking about the beatdown they were going to put on NY. Whoops.

  111. 111 SteveH said at 11:10 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    This Cousins meltdown is reaching critical mass. How many more interceptions before he’s benched?

  112. 112 Stanimal said at 11:12 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    If the giants score here we will probably see Colt and Silas Redd.

  113. 113 anon said at 11:13 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    why bench him — you’re going to start him next week.

  114. 114 SteveH said at 11:13 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    To try and salvage whatever pieces of his rapidly deteriorating psyche that you possibly can.

  115. 115 Mitchell said at 11:19 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Man, idk if there is any left, you know?

  116. 116 shah8 said at 11:25 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    And nearly another INT.

  117. 117 anon said at 11:49 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    yeah giants had him figured out

  118. 118 shah8 said at 11:47 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    Worst thing about it is…It’s another night game after this, and it will be the Seahawks. Obliteration is a possibility, worst than the Giants just now.

  119. 119 anon said at 11:54 PM on September 25th, 2014:

    on the article seems to me the FO did a better job with FA than with the draft (though too early to say anything definitive about the picks).

  120. 120 anon said at 12:11 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Was talking to skins fan during the game. He said “is RGIIIs rookie season the best it’s going to get for me”. I died. Then Kurt tossed another pick and my friend went to bed.

  121. 121 GEAGLE said at 9:28 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    His rookie season was such a sham, and it showed how dumb fans and analyst are… Everyone going gaga celebrating a QB who wasn’t even getting to his second read lol, as if there was any chance he could maintain that level of play without developing some average QB skills…

  122. 122 Kristopher Cebula said at 12:36 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Heard a stat on WIP today that the 15 teams that played the week after playing chip’s eagles have gone 4-11. Probably not used to playing that many plays on either side of the ball. I guess it’s 4-12 now

  123. 123 anon said at 1:17 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    very interesting stat. though gotta think today was mostly on cousins mental mistakes.

  124. 124 suthrneagle said at 10:56 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    cousins mental mistakes…a residue of the second 1/2 and the final possession

  125. 125 Norweagle said at 12:39 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Hey everyone!

    I’m a Norwegian 23 year old, and I’ve been a die-hard Eaglesfan for 8 years now. Even
    though I’ve never commented here before I’ve been following every
    discussion here for the last three years. The day just isn’t the same
    without my daily dose of Igglesblitz-goodness 😉 Kudos to you, Lawlor! Your insight is great as usual. You make my day!

    The foremost reason I am writing this
    is that next Sunday my longheld dream of experiencing our beloved
    Eagles live in Philly will finally happen! I am so looking forward to
    it and would like to experience everything! So I would be very
    grateful if you have any advice and/or tips to make this slam-dunk!
    For example any particular spot you recommend for the tailgating, and
    do you hang out anywhere after the game?

  126. 126 McNabbulousness said at 1:40 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    whatever you do, don’t wear a santa claus suit to the game

  127. 127 Norweagle said at 2:05 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    haha, I’m not that stupid.

  128. 128 McNabbulousness said at 6:28 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    if there aren’t going to be snowballs with batteries inserted inside, i guess just batteries

  129. 129 GEAGLE said at 9:26 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Geez our anti Santa reputation has even reached Norway lol

  130. 130 Norweagle said at 10:38 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    you bet!

  131. 131 GEAGLE said at 4:48 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Lol that’s awesome!

  132. 132 mtn_green said at 1:46 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Chicky and Pete’s is pretty awesome before and after. Next sunday is in sf though.

  133. 133 Norweagle said at 3:16 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Definitly on my to do list. I’m attending Rams-Eagles, so no worries.

  134. 134 Mac said at 11:26 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Last time I went to Philly i hit up Paesano’s (in the Italian market) and had a Diavlo. Best sandwich I’ve had all year.

  135. 135 GEAGLE said at 9:02 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    If you are still here on Monday, you should wait til then to go to chickies so you can catch the weekly sports radio show airing live from Chickies… They always have a guest eagle on Monday night and former eagles like trotter and Ike Reese are always around

  136. 136 D3FB said at 2:35 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I would suggest Jim’s on south street to get your cheesesteak on saturday night.

    Chickies and Petes for a couple beers and Crab Fries a few hours before the game since it is right across the street.

    Go watch the Eagles kick the Rams ass.

    I would suggest Prime Stache for a post game meal. I haven’t been but it’s Brent Celek’s restaurant and I know fellow commenter GermanEagle went after the Jags game and Graham, Peters, Curry, Kelce and a bunch of the other players were there and got to meet them, so I would suggest that.

  137. 137 Norweagle said at 3:10 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I’m staying in the old city, so I was considering Prime Stache. Thanks man, much appreciated!

  138. 138 xeynon said at 8:45 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Not an Eagles-related thing but you should check out the Reading Terminal Market. Amazing variety of cheeses, cured meats, sandwiches, etc. and the best pretzel you’ll ever have in your life (Fisher’s).

  139. 139 Norweagle said at 10:43 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Good advice! Will do!

  140. 140 xeynon said at 8:44 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Tony Luke’s all the way for cheese steaks. John’s Roast Pork is great too but it’s never open.

    Jim’s, Geno’s and Pat’s are all decent but overly touristy IMO.

  141. 141 D3FB said at 11:52 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    While I disagree that Jim’s is a tourist trap, the thing is though, he is a tourist. It’s not like Pat’s or Geno’s where the quality of the sandwich isn’t up to snuff, it’s just well known and popular. Plus like Geagle mentioned, it give him a chance to go walk down south street.

  142. 142 GEAGLE said at 9:24 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Really good food at Celeks place, he also has an excellent food truck

    And Jim’s is the perfect place to send him to, not only do they have elite steaks, but someone visiting philly will want to check out south street

  143. 143 Insomniac said at 3:15 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    If you really want some of the best sandwiches/cheesesteaks in the city, you have to go to John’s Roast Pork. You’ll have to go early and wait in a long line though.

  144. 144 GEAGLE said at 9:23 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Johns roast pork is an annoying location for him to get to unless he is renting a car

  145. 145 GEAGLE said at 9:10 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    As for tailgating,,, don’t worry about looking for a specific section…as soon as you get to the stadium you will see a legion of eagles fans partying everywhere in the parking lot…your best bet is keep walking around, stop and meet eagles different eagles fans… We are a city of assholes… But at the eagles game it’s like the comradrie of one big family, and fans are all happy to share their tailgate food with other fans they never met….so your best bet is to just keep walking around the parking lot at the tailgate party and take it all in…

    By 10am, tailgate is already packed… Your best bet is to take the subway to the game… Cost you two dollars.
    Enjoy mate.

  146. 146 Norweagle said at 10:39 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Thanks man! Looking forward to it!

  147. 147 Mike Roman said at 2:26 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Maybe this article will help in your cheesesteak hunt:

    The living legend, Ray Didinger, helped in compiling this list.

    I used to be a big fan of Jim’s but when I took an out of town friend there a couple years ago, the meat was dry and tasteless. I was thoroughly embarrassed that it was her first introduction to a philly cheesesteak.

    If you’re in Old City, check out Sonny’s and let me know how it is. That’s #1 on this list and I haven’t been downtown to check it out yet.

  148. 148 Norweagle said at 1:46 PM on September 27th, 2014:

    I’m on it! I’ll get back to you on that one.

  149. 149 Anders said at 3:11 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I know we are 3-0, but I dare say the Giants look like the better team right now. They have destroyed Redskins and Houston last two week.

  150. 150 BlindChow said at 7:22 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    And they have a competent defense. They were saying they saw on film that Cousins stared down his receivers. And the Eagles somehow couldn’t capitalize on that? Ugh.

  151. 151 RobNE said at 8:32 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    they beat the Colts?

  152. 152 xeynon said at 8:46 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Still dealing with very small sample sizes. The Giants still have a bad O line and a bad secondary. I’m not exactly terrified of them.

  153. 153 P_P_K said at 9:37 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Eli is getting the hang of their new offense.

  154. 154 anon said at 12:21 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Nah — of course you’ll look great against the skins that gave you the ball 6 times a game.

  155. 155 Anders said at 3:21 PM on September 28th, 2014:

    They still forced those 6 TOs

  156. 156 Mark F said at 8:04 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    …and the DGRs take longer and longer to manifest themselves. Jeez, by this point it’s like, why bother? Time to get ready for the Niners…

  157. 157 anon said at 8:09 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I wouldn’t disrespect him on his free blog site, but I agree.

  158. 158 Mark F said at 4:41 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Relax guys, I’ve been enjoying Tommy’s DGRs since he started them on the message boards as GE99. I’m just bustin’ his balls a bit cause I just kind of laugh, as his DGRs used to be my mandatory Monday reading with first cup of coffee…then it was Tuesday’s coffee…now it’s like, ah ok maybe I’ll read it before the weekend, lol…I still enjoy them though, sorry if I gave the wrong impression.

  159. 159 RobNE said at 8:37 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    kills me how anyone can complain about made up deadlines you impose on a free blog. There are lots of Eagles articles, see the blog roll on the right. If you want Tommy’s content, then wait for it. What if he just didn’t have time for a DGR one week, the sun would still rise.

  160. 160 GEAGLE said at 8:59 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    We certainly have no right to be demanding DGRs, but if it’s the weekend, and we haven’t even discussed the Niners matchup, don’t think it’s the end of the world if Tom skips a DGR..

    Personally, late DGR is better than no DGR for me, but if Tom is having a rough week, we shouldn’t act like entitled brats the one time the man is backed up…and make him feel as thie he has to rush to get one out before the Niners game…

  161. 161 anon said at 12:20 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    And there’s a DGR on 24/7

  162. 162 Crus57 said at 8:56 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    The line for a refund starts on the right, don’t hit your ego on the doorframe on your way out.

  163. 163 suthrneagle said at 9:17 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    maybe he has a life getting in the way of your infantile impatience.
    what nerve,how dare he!

  164. 164 GermanEagle said at 8:11 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Eli and the Giants looked really good last night. The NfCE will probably be not that cake walk that many experts have projected at the beginning of the season. It even won’t surprise me if two teams out of the NfCE will qualify for the playoffs at the end of the day…

  165. 165 anon said at 8:15 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Yeah it’s interesting — SF could be odd man out which would be great in playoffs.

  166. 166 RobNE said at 8:39 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I still think the teams in the NFCW and NFCN will take the wildcards.

  167. 167 GermanEagle said at 9:14 AM on September 26th, 2014:



  168. 168 RobNE said at 9:21 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I’m not sure the point, are you ranking the 2nd tier teams here by their record to show who would get the wildcard? It’s week 4 (or 5). I like the Cardinals, 49ers, NFC W teams (pick among the non division winner, I like the Bears and Packers) more than the NFC East teams.

    I forgot the south, maybe a team from there, not sure though. Anyway, how does the NFC East get two teams in? I don’t see it.

  169. 169 GermanEagle said at 9:29 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I know it’s only week 4, however I actually only said that it wouldn’t surprise me if two NFCE teams will make the playoffs.

    Re the teams that I ranked above this is how I see them, in particular order. I am mostly certain that both the Seahawks and the Cardinals will make the p/o’s. That leaves one of 6 teams battling for the remaining WC spot.

    Re 49ers: each year some team implodes and the Niners are the one that I believe happen to be this season’s version of last year’s Redskins…

  170. 170 RobNE said at 9:38 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    yep ok, I guess I would be surprised given all the other teams that are (to me) better but who knows. I do hope SF implodes, especially Sunday. I like Trestman a lot and think the Bears will be there. Anyway we’ll see. I was surprised by the Giants last night.

  171. 171 GEAGLE said at 9:32 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Lions are a good call… They had tons of Talent, now they have a coach who will demand discipline..

    I wonder if fans in Detroit talk about what a bust Ebron is, or if even dumb Detroit fans are smarter than us

  172. 172 CrackSammich said at 10:04 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    From what I understand, they really do not like Ebron.

  173. 173 anon said at 12:19 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Ebron plays. I’d be complaining about whatever system Stafford is in because it’s terrible.

  174. 174 GEAGLE said at 9:12 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Doubt our division sends two teams to the playoffs..
    Long up and down season,,,giants playing good for two weeks, isn’t that concerning to me… If we can’t beat a team that starts Jon. Jerry on the OL, then we don’t deserve to win…. I honestly think I can block more effectively today than Jon jerry. I’m amazed that he is on a roster, let alone starting

  175. 175 RobNE said at 9:27 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    BGN has article suggesting Smith is a better fit at ILB and could eventually take Ryans’ spot. I asked about this the other day, and GEAGLE replied but can others opine on whether his skill set could be better at ILB.

    You might think having two mirror guys in Kendricks and Smith would be interesting, but you wouldn’t have a thumper (is that necessary?).

  176. 176 GermanEagle said at 9:30 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I did reply to your Q as well….

  177. 177 RobNE said at 9:37 AM on September 26th, 2014:


  178. 178 GermanEagle said at 10:21 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    no worries, mate.

  179. 179 GEAGLE said at 9:36 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    …He is playing ILB out of necessity, and we are dumbing down the position for him… He isn’t flying around making tackles like an ILB..we are either asking him to blitz the A gap, or cover a certain tight end… That doesn’t exactly make you an ILB…..

    A) OLB is much more valuable than ILB..
    B) I see NOTHING That suggests he can become a quality ILB, but not an OLB. think he is much more suited to play OLB Longterm..
    Technically he is playing ILB right now… But blitzing the A gap, and covering a TE doesn’t exactly make you an ILB

  180. 180 GEAGLE said at 9:44 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    If you really wanted To make him a ILB, 6’3 250lb Marcus would be more of a thumper… Just because he is fast and athletic, doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a thumper… The kid is bigger than Meco
    Surprised Dan K wrote that.., usually I respect his football brain…

    This I don’t understand… It’s like, people think every NFL scout an organization was wrong projecting him to be an OLB instead of an ILB?
    Doubt it! No, I don’t think Dan has some keen eye to see he can be a good ILB, when no NFL front office people saw it..

    I’m not saying he can’t play ILB… But he is definitely more suited for OLB, and if you are going to give him time to grow into an ILB, might as well give him time to grow into OLB, since it’s much more valuable than ILB

  181. 181 mksp said at 5:12 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    He has the athleticism and physicality to play inside, and at his size it’s a really intriguing idea.

    What we don’t know is how good his instincts are, but I’m curious to see it play out.

    Would allow the Eagles to show a lot of different looks defensively.

  182. 182 Mike Roman said at 9:34 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Read the last paragraph..I called this last night.

  183. 183 RobNE said at 9:48 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    so re: SF, how do we attack them? I don’t know much. Where is their D weak?

    On D, I’m afraid Kaep will run for 250 yards like he did against GB in that playoff game.

    this is still like a lotto ticket game to me, I have low expectations. We pull this win out and go 4-0, that’s something. SF really needs this game.

  184. 184 GEAGLE said at 9:56 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Not losing this game,, our front 7 will step up and win it for us..
    Question: why do you think he will run wild on us, but not the other teams he plays on a weekly basis?
    This game is very simple! They can’t score with us, and they know it, which means they are going to try to bully us, run the ball down our throat, keep moving the chains, playing ball possession, keeping our offense off the field…. If they are able to keep running on us and moving the chains, this becomes a tough game
    But if our front 7 steps up and holds them to 3’yards per carry like they did to Alfred, gets them off the field on 3rd down the Niners won’t be able to out score us….their secondary isn’t going to be able to slow down our scoring attack.

    DL has a huge opportunity to step up and win this game for us, Shut down this run game, mush rush Kapernick! keeping him in the pocket get our hands up in the throwing lanes and force him to out play FOles from the pocket which he can’t do…

    If our DL can have a really strong first half, allowing our offense to put points on the board and make the Niners play from behind, the game is ours.
    Like Eli, you don’t want to sack kAp… You want to pressure him to rush throws and force the ball out of his hands, because he will throw Interceptions.. If our DL can be stout in first half, let our offense get a lead, playing from behind, is going to cause Kapernick to force throws and turn the ball over…

    huge opportunity and test for our front 7 this week

  185. 185 anon said at 10:25 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    you beat us the same way you beat seattle. Ball control. Our D is swiss cheese so if they get a lead, then i’d just pound the ball / make short throws to move the chain.

    The upside is Kaep isn’t that type of QB. They run and pass downfield which plays to our strengths on D.

  186. 186 Avery Greene said at 11:11 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    I think Smith2 having another week on the inside will pay dividends. He may make a couple mistakes, but he’s light years better than Matthews/Acho. I agree we win this game, but imagine if Smith really starts to flash on the inside. I’m not expecting a monster game, but if he can spy Kaep, get a couple pressures, and lock down the RB//TE option – it’s a good game IMO.

  187. 187 GEAGLE said at 5:41 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I’m worried about Marcus.. In that I worry that we will be forced to ask him to play a crucial role, that he has no experience in, and that will be crucial to the outcome of this game…
    The lone LB in our Dime defense. Because we are facing such a fast QB, I don’t know who else we can ask to play this role…and it’s crazy to ask this of Marcus, but considering 5WR sets are a big part of the Niners offense, I don’t see any other option but to throw this kid into the deep end and forcing him to swim.
    If we weren’t facing such a fast QB, I’d be ok with Meco or Acho covering RBs trying to catch passes out of the backfield.But when they go 5 wide, there won’t be a running back in the game, and the lone LB in the dime will be responsible for tackling KAp if he takes off from the pocket. Meco, Mathews, Acho, do not have the speed to make the tackle. We may be forced to play Marcus in Dime which means we will be asking a rookie playing a position he never played, to have a crucial role on 3rd down… That’s worrisome.

    Dime defense against Kapernick and 5WRs is when we will miss Kendrick the worst… It’s really really not fair to ask this of Marcus, and we could end up putting this kid in a position to be blamed for this loss… Some rookies won’t recover from that….I hate to be the coaches and having to make this call.. I just don’t know that you can afford to play anyone else in that spot besides Marcus..

    Only other thing would be to play our normal Dime defense, when they are in 5 wide, and play Earl Wolff as the lone linebacker… The one thing working in our favor is this LB won’t have many other responsibility other than spying Kapernick and tackling him if he leaves the pocket.

  188. 188 anon said at 6:25 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I’d rather have Meco get beat than put Marcus in. Meco controls that front 7, he gets the play calls from Billy D. That whole line is young don’t think Meco’s role as QB should be underestimated.

    You put Marcus in there then you have him playing a VERY important role that he’s not mentally prepared for. Barwin would almost be better just dropping into coverage there.

  189. 189 GEAGLE said at 6:41 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I don’t disagree… This is a head scratched that I’m curious to see how we play it….

    Marcus would be much better than Demeco in Dime when all he has to worry about is spying Kapernick and chasing him down If he leaves the pocket, which is what would happen when they are in 5WR sets…thats a lot of responsibility to give the kid, but I don’t think we have any other LBs fast enough to catch Kapernick..
    THE PROBLEM is what will happen when we are still in Dime but they aren’t in 5 WR sets? .I wouldn’t want Marcus in that lone LB role when they only have 4 WR on the field and Marcus would also be responsible for a running back, or TE…… If there is a way to play him as the LB when 5 WR are in the game and take him out right way when a WR sub out, then maybe we can get away with it….the problem is playing him as the DIME LB won’t guarentee that they’d put 5 WRs in the game..and if the LB has more responsibility than just spying the QB, I wouldn’t want Marcus in that role, we would be better off with our QB Meco in the game…
    But when they have 5 WRs and an empty backfield, you KNOW a big part of that play is Kapernick taking off when our defense turns his back to him to cover all those WRs,,

    NOTE to defense…if we have to give up yards to 5 WR sets, let Stevie Johnson get the yards lol

  190. 190 Mitchell said at 9:57 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    The one thing we can count on for sure is Kaep making a really stupid mistake that may be the deciding factor. He is a one read type of guy so if his WR isn’t open he will probably run and we have an athletic DL so we should be able to contain him.

  191. 191 anon said at 10:24 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    3-4 is supposed to be built to stop the RO — CK / Azz should have lots of experience with this.

  192. 192 Avery Greene said at 9:59 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Tommy, I’d like to see a post about the rookies, where they are now, and how you project them by the end of the season. I can understand Boykin not getting a look outside (tho not happy about it), but isn’t this the reason they drafted Watkins? How far out is Hart from more playing time? Do you think they start to work Huff in on gamedays?

  193. 193 GEAGLE said at 10:01 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Think the number 1 rule of rookies is:
    Don’t EXPECT a damn thing from them til ATleast the second half of this season…everything we get now from a rook is just a bonus… Year two is when they should start to flash serious game
    Way more intersted in second year development from last years rookies… Like Bennie Logan stepping up and playing at an elite level! where as Wolff isn’t showing the year two improvement we had hoped for…

  194. 194 Avery Greene said at 10:06 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Wolff gives me a headache. He needs to get on the field before Allen gives me a heart attack. What’s his holdup (or injury)?

  195. 195 anon said at 10:23 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    His brain.

  196. 196 GEAGLE said at 4:45 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Last week coaches wanted him to play and thought he was healthy enough to play, but Wolff said he was too Injured to dress.
    I hate to say it, but it doesn’t look good for Wolffs future here. Kid has elite athleticism to become as great as he wants to be.. He easily has the ability to grow into a Bob sanders type… But mentally, he doesn’t seem to be there…

    I loved what I saw from him last year…. I hate that I don’t see much of a difference in his game now, compared to last year. Year 2 in the same system, he should be showing more growth than we are seeing…IF he can’t elevate his game by Midseason, it will be a really bad sign…

    Just look at the other year two players:
    Ertz is noticeably better
    Bennie Logan is playing close to a pro bowl NT level these past few,weeks..

    Wolff has all the talent, athleticism to have a really high ceiling… Mental aspect of the game is what will decide how much of that potential he will realize, and I’m not seeing any good signs that he is moving in the right direction.
    When he plays, it’s not that he plays bad, but I don’t see much difference between how he is playing this year and how he played last year, and that’s a big problem!

    Even worse then his development, I can assure you if he keeps refusing to play when the coaches think he is healthy enough to go, he won’t be in this city much longer.. I wouldn’t worry so much about him, if he didn’t have so much damn talent… But we are still waiting for everything to slow down and click for the kid.. If his football brain ever catches up to his physical ability, we will have a heckuva safety… But we should be seeing signs of that this year, and if it doesn’t click for him by November/December, it won’t be a good sign..

    Even worse, we keep dealing with his knee issue, but he never tore any ligaments, broke any bones, or had any type of serious reconstructive surgery, so why the hell are we having all these knee issues with the kid for two seasons now?

    Really starting to worry that he is going to waste a ton of safety potential…

  197. 197 anon said at 5:04 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Wow — if you’re saying that it must be already over. I don’t think he’s really touched the field in 3 weeks which is terrible b/c i know the coaches want to replace Freeway Nate Allen.

  198. 198 GEAGLE said at 5:10 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Not over for him yet… But it’s going to be very important for him that he gets it together and shows some real growth by the second half of the season..
    The kid has all the ability and potential in the world to become as good as he wants to be,,,hopefully he gets it together and it clicks for him this year…
    I’m hard on him because he has so much talent, ability and potential…if he realizes close to his full potential, he absolutely solves all our safety woes,,
    Don’t want to be too hard on the lad, just keeping it real

  199. 199 Avery Greene said at 6:02 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I can see what you’re saying. Let’s hope we see a major difference in a few games.

  200. 200 GEAGLE said at 6:32 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Yes sir… It not too late for him at all… He may be a little behind where he is supposed to be, but it’s not at all too late for him…. If he can actually stay on the field and he plays the next 4 games and gets some continuity, we could see the improvements we need to see from him come November/December….fingers crossed!

  201. 201 eagleyankfan said at 10:25 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Skins again? Is the fan base threatening T-Law they will leave if he says the curse word “Redskins”? Egads.
    Here we go with the “all the right moves”. Yes, the Eagles upgraded a safety spot. Too bad the Eagles have 2 positions at safety and a chair would be an upgrade over the 2nd safety. I checked out the all 22 on the DJ TD. 8 defenders — 3 WR’s and 2 of them were WIDE open. People have every right to question the DC. It was stated that Foles couldn’t carry this team. That comment should have been directed at the defense, including the DC. Maybe Kendricks has something to do with it? I don’t know the answers, I only see the results….
    The defense WAS questioned in the off season because of the lack of moves. Some players are young and getting better. However, not enough was done to make this unit better. I’m sure they tried. The defense is not a finished product. STILL, I don’t think Davis is doing a good job.
    They “Kept” Graham? Do we know for a fact they didn’t try to trade him? What exactly has Sanchez accomplished?
    Jenkins is king!
    The kicker — maybe the Eagles had their eye on this guy the whole time. Maybe if the Colts didn’t bring him to their camp the Eagles would have had him in camp sooner. Nobody knows. Just glad a move was made.

  202. 202 Avery Greene said at 10:37 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    To be fair, Wolff hasn’t played and has shown some flashes. He may be the answer at the 2nd safety spot. Carroll is getting more reps now and we have to see how Watkins comes along. These needs were addressed and they are better than last year (do you want Chung, Carmichael, or Marsh?) we have to be patient for some of the results.
    I don’t disagree about Davis, but missing Kendricks and replacing him with a high schooler (Matthews or Acho) makes a difference. It seems Smith is a natural at ILB, so lets see how that pans out. Based on how they played last year, I’m willing to see how the defense plays out before I rip Davis. Hindsight is always 20/20 and Davis seems to have a handle on what he has in players.

  203. 203 eagleyankfan said at 11:00 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    All valid points. I’m willing to hold judgment. The benefit of 3-0 is there is room for error and trying different pieces here and there. Davis talks a good game for sure. He’s entering his second year. This D, no matter how it’s explained, has made Cousins and Henne look like pro-bowlers. Season is still young. Still plenty of time for the D to come together.

  204. 204 Avery Greene said at 11:08 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    Exactly. This D was terrible at the beginning of last year and played well down the stretch sans Minny and NO. If the end of the season the D is still crappy, then yeah we have that conversation about Davis and his future.

  205. 205 BlindChow said at 3:02 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    The fact they couldn’t carry over their late season success from last year is an indictment against Davis imo. The only new guy is Jenkins, and he’s been doing fine.

  206. 206 anon said at 4:21 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Who did we play well against last year? Anyone in the playoffs, no? To be fair we were giving up 20points a game against OCs that didn’t know what to expect from us.

    We don’t have a dominant OLB which is the most important player in the scheme, i think we’ll be limited.

  207. 207 GEAGLE said at 5:27 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Took Seattle 4 years to build a good defense.l

    Billy is going to build us a top defense, but it doesn’t happen overnight, especially when you build thru the draft… By the end of this year this defense will have grown leaps and bounds, to where after next offseasons additions, I expect us to go into the 2015 season being talked about as a top 10 defense…
    Really consistently seeing some quality growth since Billy took over.

  208. 208 mtn_green said at 11:13 AM on September 26th, 2014:

    All but Jenkins were depth moves. Carrol, Watkins, Bair, Allen, braman, Maragos >> charmicael, Chung, sopoaga, marsh, colt Anderson, geathers.

    But started 10 of 11 from 2012. Hard to expect a lot of improvement, other than defense not knowing scheme as well last year. Same bottom 10 defense with a little improvement in confidence and 4th quarter stops.

    St is a whole different deal. Last year Jason Phillips and Arelius Benn were brought in but both got injured. Henery was left in place. This year Maragos and braman and Sproles are huge improvements. Huff, burton, Watkins are great rookie additions.

    Parkey is awesome but that was blind luck by Howie. At least he didn’t screw it up when the opportunity came, congrats to chip and Howie to trust the UDFA based on one preseason game.

  209. 209 GEAGLE said at 7:15 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Parkey wasn’t dumb luck… Back when we were deciding which UDFA kicker to sign Fipp said it was between Parkey and murderleg, and we took murderleg like idiots..fortunately we got a do over and ended up with Parkey anyway, but my understanding is Parkey was very much on out radar after the draft

  210. 210 Mike Roman said at 3:08 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I really can’t get behind Davis. I don’t buy the overall philosophy. His defense is built to stop the run first and not give up the big play. Well, the last I checked this was a passing league. It sucks getting gashed by the run for 4 and 5 yards at a pop but I’d take that over 8-12 yard completions left and right. To put it in perspective, Adrian Peterson has been the best back since coming into the league. The Vikings have averaged 7 wins a year during that span. In 2014 you win by throwing the football.

    I heard him on WIP yesterday and I’m not picking up what he’s putting down. He said we couldn’t get to Cousins because of the quick 3 step drop backs and the quick hitches. But he didn’t want to tighten the coverage at the line because that’s when you get hit over the top. Well, the Skins had 5 or 6 plays of of 20+ yards so that wasn’t working for him either.

    I thought one of the reasons for bringing in Malcom Jenkins was so we could be more aggressive and versatile in the secondary? Just take some GD chances once in a while. I’ve never seen a team (and we watched the Castillo / Bowles led defense) give up so many uncontested completions. When you have a guy like Fletcher who likes to be physical, why is he playing so much off coverage? And we don’t have great pass rushers…maybe if we could disrupt the timing of the throws a little bit it would give our rushers more time to get to the QB. And isn’t that another thing Davis likes to say — the coverage and pass rush goes hand in hand?

    I just can’t believe that the personnel is THAT bad. There has to be more to it than that. I think BD is afraid to be aggressive, until the 4th quarter for some reason, which is when the defense generally begins to look competent. What does Chip say to Foles, grip it and rip it? I think Billy needs to start doing the same thing. It’s like he’s trying to defend against three different things on any given play, no wonder there are so many blown assignments in the secondary.

    With all that being said, I predict a coming out game for Marcus Smith. I’m not saying he’s going to look like an All-Pro but I have a feeling he’ll be integral in slowing down Kaepernick and Davis this week.

  211. 211 anon said at 4:26 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I wish i could really defend BD or the scheme, but it’s hard. I understand what he’s trying to do which is make the offense one dimensional so you get a kurt cousins like performance last night. Problem is (a) we haven’t had a lead so teams can run more against us and play the short passing games and (b) even scheming pass rush we’re really not getting much pressure – it’s almost like we prefer batted balls.

    If the DL is the only good thing about your defense be a 43.

    Otherwise upvote everything.

  212. 212 GEAGLE said at 4:34 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I adore Billy Davis, and this city is going to love him

  213. 213 anon said at 5:06 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    He’s got a rather simple job as a DC, keep teams under 20. We get turnovers no doubt, but it’s no secret that you can throw the ball at will.

  214. 214 GEAGLE said at 6:24 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Not really…first of all, the defense is FOCKED in today’s NFL. It is not easy to play defense today with all the crap the NFL has stacked up in the offenses favor.

    Holding teams to 20 points Today is friggin hard! It’s even harder when your offense scores so fast or goes 3 and out and opponents get a bunch of extra possessions.,…
    Our defense hasn’t played it’s best ball yet. And they have tons to improve on right now…but it’s not like the offense is carrying them. At the most crucial times in each of the 3 games, our defense stepped up and shut the opponent down when they needed to. It’s not like our defense is just sucking and the offense gets the ball last and wins…defense has had to make key stops at the most important time in games…

    They played well against the crappy jags but the offense put them in bad positions turning the ball over, They had to come out after halftime knowing that if they didn’t get multiple stops, our offense would have no chance to get back in the game…and they tickled down and pitched a shut out the second half so your offense could go on to blow out the jags,
    The colts were able to run on us, but so the fuck what. We made them waive the white flag and abandon their game which was throwing downfield because they were afraid of letting our offense get on the field and they wanted to play ball control. We never expected them to play us like that, and I’d be down to let them run for 150 yards anytime, if it meant keeping Luck under 200 yards..way more impressed with how we shut down Luck, then I am upset about them running on us..we took them out of their game…and at the end of that game, Each young stud QB had one chance to lead his team down field and score. Our defense buckled down in crunch time and sent Luck home with his tail between his legs, while our young gunslinger comes out and starts the drive with a 20 yard pass to Ertz down the sideline, surgically leafing us all the way down field setting up a Chip shot for “Goldenleg”

  215. 215 anon said at 6:28 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Colts put up 30, skins put up 30. Jags are TERRIBLE and got to 17 (not totally the D’s fault). Yes the defense has gotten stops later in the 4th quarter, but they’ve been swiss cheese all game.

    Colts game could have easily gone the other way if we they just ran the ball the rest of the time. I put that on their OC. They had a game plan (run) and we couldn’t stop it. Skins had a game plan (pass) and we couldn’t stop it. We rank (again) deal last in passing yards allowed.

  216. 216 GEAGLE said at 7:33 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Passing yards isn’t a stat that concerns me. Honestly, I don’t even look at it because it’s not a fair indication of our defense since it has to be on the field longer than every one else’s… You are welcome to judge defense by whatever criteria you want..but personally, I judge them by:
    1) Points… Hasn’t been good enough! This number needs to go down.
    A) jags game was fine
    B) Colts scored 3 points too many(not bad on the road)
    C) Redskins so far was the only game we,really allowed too many points.

    2) Turnover:
    A) we lead the NFL in longest streak of dominating a turnover in game. 15 game turnover streak. Defense not only have been coming up with turnovers, but they have been coming up with them in crucial points that have a big hand in the outcome of these games. Malcolm and Cox been coming away with clutch turnovers…very pleased in this regard.

    3) 3rd down conversion percentage. This isn’t where it needs to be yet, especially in the first half, but off the top of my head, I wouldn’t be surprised if our defense is among the league leaders in second half 3rd down conversion percentage. None of the 3 comeback wins ever happen without the defense buckling down and getting off the field on 3rd down in the second half… A lot to like about our second half percentage, but we need to improve on it in the first half, and that starts with getting teams in 3rd and long situations instead of short distance 3rd downs..
    We are seeing defensive improvement already, but we still have a ways to go..I’d bet that we are happy with the growth of this defense in December

  217. 217 RobNE said at 3:24 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Peters fined $10k for his fight with Baker

  218. 218 GEAGLE said at 4:33 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Baker was fined 8k for grabbing peters face mask.. What a joke the NFL offices have turned into

  219. 219 P_P_K said at 5:34 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Where do I chip in?

  220. 220 GEAGLE said at 5:43 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Right,,, if I was some rich eagles fan, I would def take the opportunity to step up and pay this fine… FOles should be the one paying it, but since he is grossly underpaid, Lurie should step up and pay this

  221. 221 GEAGLE said at 5:03 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Cary vs. Bradley vs Nolan vs. Boykin?
    This weekend we will have to put our silly cornerback debate on hold because it really doesn’t matter this week. recently the Niners are going a lot of 5 WR looks. Anquan BOldin was talking about how teams don’t have 5 cornerbacks that can match up with their 5 WRs….so we are really going to need all our CBs this week, and our dime defense is going to have to be Sharp this week, and we will probably see Jenkins match up with the 5th WR…

    I think we miss Kendrick the most when we want to go dime. Meco isn’t fast enough to be the only LB in dime, that has to be responsible for kAp taking off from the pocket… Hate to thrust Marcus smith in this role, but we might not have a choice. Casey Mathews will never catch Kapernick and I don’t expect Acho to do much better… We maybe forced to throw Marcus smith right into the deep end and force him to swim……
    Niners attack is interesting.. It’s like two polar opposites. They either want to go smash mouth football, or spread you out and match up against their 5 WRs..

    Niners know they have to keep the ball away from our offense or they won’t be able to our score us…. Tremendous opportunity for some serious glory for our young DL.. If we can shut down their run, not allow them to keep moving the chains and keeping our offense off the field, we will win this game…defensive line has to be one of our MVPs this week…

  222. 222 anon said at 5:08 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I dont know what’s been going on w/ them they barely run the football. I don’t know why as soon as you pay a QB they have to toss the ball all the time.

    Agree we’ll see how boykin can match up with a tall WR (hear boldin may play the slot).

  223. 223 GEAGLE said at 5:23 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Yeah they last their minds last week and only gave Gore 6’carries, so you can count on them to make sure they run the ball this week…if we can keep them in check the way we did to Alfred Morris we can win this game..
    I don’t even want to sack Kapernick…I would mush rush him and just keep him in the pocket, get our hands up in his throwing Lanes… if we can force kAp to have to throw from a messy pocket, we will get an interception or two…ESPECIALLY
    If FOles puts pressure on him by putting up points and forcing kapemick to keep up.
    Don’t think one phase of the game can win it for us this week.
    We will need FOles and the offense to put up points because niners been really struggling to score, so it would put a ton of pressure on KAp to keep up…and instead of trying to sack him and try to use a spy, I would just turn down the pass rush and mush rush him, keeping him in the pocket. If he has to play from behind and throw the ball from an easy pocket up get back in the game, I guarantee he will turn the ball over..he isn’t developed enough as. Pocket passer to be able up lead a comeback from the pocket… If we let him out the pocket and start making plays with his legs, then we have a problem…
    So forget the pass rush…so e QBs Ike DL. You don’t even want to sack,because when you force them to throw from the pocket under pressure, they always gift you an interception or two,..

    Key to the game:
    1)’consistently score points..don’t have big quarter long scoring droughts. We need to score to put pressure on their struggling offense, make them play from behind all game, they will crack from the pressure.
    2)’Front 7 has to gave a monster game, hold the, to 3yars per carry the way they did with Alfred Morris. Don’t allow them to kill the clock no pick up first downs..

    3)’Once we get the lead and they have to play from behind, it will be crucial that our Dime defense holds up and not let them back in the game. We are going to need all 4 of our corners to have a solid game, we may even need Jaylen Watkins to play some minutes.. Our LBmcant allow Kapernick to run when we are in Dime.. This is when we miss Kendrick the most

  224. 224 BC1968 said at 5:56 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Well after watching the Jags suck it up the last two weeks, the Colts destroy a horrible Jags team, and the Redskins get trounced last night, I can tell you, I have no fucking clue what kind of team we have, none whatsoever.

  225. 225 mksp said at 6:40 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Yes, it was fantastic. Goodell-bot was amazing.

  226. 226 BC1968 said at 6:59 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I heard that was hilarious, I have to check that out!

  227. 227 Dragon_Eagle said at 7:38 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Just watched it on-line. Brilliant!!

  228. 228 GEAGLE said at 6:09 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    One of the most important positions in this game will be the lone linebacker in our Dime defense. This is a crucial element of this match up because of the Niners 5 WR looks..

    Mykal Kendrick is our Dime linebacker. I adore Demeco Ryan and still think he is more valuable than he gets credit for, but he isn’t fast enough to play the LB in Dime, especially against such a fast QB like KAp.
    Not having Kendricks in Dime, will probably be the time we miss Kendrick the most..even worse Najee is injured. Meco, Mathews and Acho don’t have the speed to spy Kapernick when they go 5WR, and chase him down when he decides to run…

    Mathews and Acho are much better suited to replace Demeco. Najee was Kendrick backup…now we are without our fastest two LBs… THATS why we are forced to look at Marcus Smith…we are Severly lacking in the linebacker speed and athleticism department…

    How are we going to defende,the Niners 5 WR attack? Any other options beside Dime? And if we play dime, who are we going to play at LB?.. Anyone see any better options than making a rookie OLB responsible for spying Kapernick on 3rd down? could we throw Wolff at Dime LB?

    The problem with Wolff at that position is that Wolff can easily get away with being the LB when they go 5 WR, because all that LB would be responsible for spying Kapernick?mBut what happens when we are in Dime, with Wolff at LB and they bring a RB or TE in the game and take one of the 5 WRs out?

  229. 229 mtn_green said at 8:11 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    5 wr set, Jenkins and Allen, Caroll, Boykin, fletch, Williams are going to have to man up, Meco will do his best. Dime maybe.

    If 9ers sub in RB or TE eagles sub in LB.

  230. 230 GEAGLE said at 8:23 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    That is the Dime defense… Meco replacing Kendrick as the lone LB in our Dime is probably when we will miss Kendrick the most…. When all our DBs have their backs to Kapernick because they are busy defending WRs. Kapernick can take off, and I doubt Meco can catch him

  231. 231 mtn_green said at 8:12 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Not sure eagles need a spy. Dline can play disciplined.

  232. 232 GEAGLE said at 8:20 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    We don’t need a spy…

    But when they have 5 WRs on the field, KAp becomes their run game, and when we have our dime against their 5WRs, that LB has to tackle Kapernick if he takes off….. In that case, I would like to see Marcus or Wolff as the LB in our Dime, the problem is I don’t want them as the LB in our dime when they don’t have 5 WR on the field…we would have to be able to Take Marcus out of the game when they go with 4 WRs,

  233. 233 BC1968 said at 7:16 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Hooray for Chip and the Eagles!
    I should mention especially yay to the Bengals for doing what they did!

  234. 234 GEAGLE said at 7:45 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    I bet Jim Harbaugh hates Chip lol…. Probably talking shit about Chip all week to his players and coaches…going to be fascinating to see the chess match between the two coaches with unfinished PAC 12 history

    That team pulled itself out of a 1-2 start last season, getting it’s season back on track… They have taken a lot of losses since then and have dealt with a lot of distractions. I don’t believe they can beat us…

    Would LOVE to see Chip Kelly as the coach who sends the Niners era into a nose dive! If we can give this team an embarrassing loss, it could be the straw that broke the camels back, Harbaugh loses locker room, and they implode…

    Lol beat them bad enough this week, and you might not have to face them in the playoffs…. If they can stay a float, whether the storm. They could be a problem in the playoffs when their guys get healthy… The Niners got over the hump and became a great team by beating us…. Wouldn’t mind a Chicago bears game type blow out to send that team spiraling out of control

  235. 235 GEAGLE said at 8:09 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Vaccarro is such an idiot, he says he “wants to make the cowboys pay for passing on him in the draft”…. WTF? You should be sending jerry jones a gift basket thanking him for not drafting you

  236. 236 GEAGLE said at 8:30 PM on September 26th, 2014:

    Mike Mayock is on NFL network admitting that he missed badly on Nick FOles.
    It’s NFL Networks “playbook Primetime”.. Check it out it’s real good stuff,Mayock breaking down FOles plays so far this year

    “I would bang the table for Nick FOles as a franchise QB”-mayock