Eagles Items From Indy

Posted: February 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 205 Comments »

This is NFL Scouting Combine week. That means every coach, GM, agent and NFL writer/reporter has descended upon the lovely city of Indianapolis. And it is story time.

The Bears like Jay Cutler, but they’re talking to QB Josh McCown. The Cardinals worked out a deal with Larry Fitzgerald so he can stay in the desert for 2 more years. The Browns aren’t committing to Johnny Manziel as their starter for 2015. And so on.

There wasn’t any hard-hitting Eagles news, but there are some items worth mentioning.

The Eagles don’t have anyone scheduled to meet the press. The Eagles writers sought out Andy Reid to get his take on the front office shake-up. Big Red offered his thoughts.

“Listen, I’m a big Howie fan, I’m a big Chip fan,” Reid said. “It looks like everybody’s happy, which is important, and in good positions. Nobody was released. That’s a positive. And whatever they’ve done, they feel they’ve done what’s best for the Eagles.”

Saying that everybody is happy is probably stretching things a bit. I doubt Howie is on cloud nine right now. But we should all be so lucky to be suffering the way he is…with job security and a big salary.

This is still different than having someone out on the street and ripping the team and keeping a negative story line rolling along. I don’t know if you can fully say there is closure, but there is some semblance of peace.

Reid also talked about Ed Marynowitz.

“Just a sharp guy,” said Reid, who is now head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. “Good evaluator. He’d tell you a good player from a bad player. Stays one step ahead of it. Could look into the future on things. I think he’s going to do a great job there.”

“Remember at Alabama, they had full trust in him,” Reid said. “Nick didn’t want to lose him.”

Nothing groundbreaking there, but always interesting to hear what someone like Reid has to say.

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The Bucs have the #1 pick and did some talking about that. Jimmy Bama has the details.

“We have over two months yet,” explained Licht, “so it would be a little ridiculous to come out and say, ‘Well, this is who we want right now.’ We want to use every avenue that we have, every resource that we have in the next two months to make the final decision. But it would be an insult to sit here after two rounds of Draft meetings and watching every play of Lovie and I, or Jon Robinson, our personnel director, Mike Biehl, our college scouting [director], all of our scouts, to watch every play and say that, ‘Okay, we have two guys tied at the top.’ We have a favorite, but we want to let the process play out.”

So they have a favorite right now, but want to let the process play out. Who might the favorite be?

Jimmy highlighted an interesting comment from Coach Lovie Smith.

“We need a quarterback that can throw the ball and make a variety of throws, we need a leader, a guy who makes great decisions. We’d like to have a guy who is mobile in the pocket.”

Like vs need.

The first two sound more like Winston than Mariota.

Check out what draft analyst Rob Rang had to say after hearing from the Bucs brass.

“I feel more confident than ever that the No. 1 overall pick is Winston’s to lose.”

Wow. That’s pretty strong.

I still lean the other way. Lovie Smith said he was okay with Winston’s character issues since the legal system had run its course with the rape allegation and no charges had been filed, but you wonder how much of that is Smith trying to say the right thing and Smith truly believing that.

There is no doubting that Winston is very talented and could turn out to be a great NFL QB, but I still question his maturity. He was a good college leader, but are grown men going to put up with any of his stupidity?

I’d love to be wrong since it would help the Eagles to have any shot at Mariota. We’ll see.

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Jimmy Bama has some random Combine notes here. Lots of OL talk because that is the first group. They’re getting measured, weighed, interviewed and doing the medical stuff.


205 Comments on “Eagles Items From Indy”

  1. 1 daveH said at 10:33 PM on February 18th, 2015:

    ice didn’t do it.
    its confusion
    ice ice baby will be exonerated.

  2. 2 A_T_G said at 10:36 PM on February 18th, 2015:

    I think your syllables are off a little, but I miss Iggles Blitz haiku.

  3. 3 Charlie Kelly said at 10:51 PM on February 18th, 2015:


  4. 4 A_T_G said at 7:34 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    That’s cold… to the extreme.

  5. 5 EaglesD3rdandwrong said at 12:10 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    He just working on that street cred for the revival tour lol

  6. 6 Weapon Y said at 10:52 PM on February 18th, 2015:

    Winston might talk his way out of the Bucs picking him during the Combine interview. The guy has the IQ of a squirrel. I can’t wait to find out what his Wonderlic score is.

  7. 7 Mitchell said at 10:57 PM on February 18th, 2015:

    IQ of a squirrel or nuttier than squirrel shit, either one.

  8. 8 EaglesD3rdandwrong said at 12:11 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Plus Tampa is a little too close to all these legal troubles. He deserves cleveland or the Bills

  9. 9 anon said at 12:29 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    hometown hero sells tickets.

  10. 10 EaglesD3rdandwrong said at 12:39 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    How many athletes or people in general have benefitted from a change of scenery.

    Also this may be the 1st and only time anybody has referred to Winston as a hero lol

  11. 11 LookLikeTarzanPlayLikeTarzanAl said at 7:01 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Chris Carter, Steve Young, Charles Barkley, Matt Hasslebeck(you know I’m reachin now), Mark Brunnell, Quinton Demps, PATRICK CHUNG

  12. 12 Andy Six Score and Four said at 8:13 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Donovan McNabb

  13. 13 EaglesD3rdandwrong said at 10:53 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Love how u mixed Charles Barkley in there “U a knuclehead”

  14. 14 A_T_G said at 12:12 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    William Bradford.

  15. 15 Cafone said at 1:10 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    But he’s from Florida State. He’ll get no love from Gator fans and University of Florida alumni are the ones with money to buy tickets.

  16. 16 Weapon Y said at 9:18 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    The Browns. They could have Manziel and him at the same time. Or better yet, the Browns cut Manziel and the Cowboys sign him.

  17. 17 EaglesD3rdandwrong said at 10:53 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    In Madden when I want to banish a player he goes to cleveland to fall off a cliff lol!

  18. 18 Media Mike said at 5:16 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Put me down for a score of “9” for Winston.

  19. 19 Weapon Y said at 11:08 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    I say 3. He’ll finish one point behind Vince Young.

  20. 20 Anders said at 5:53 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    People who talks with him say he has brilliant football IQ.

  21. 21 Weapon Y said at 9:17 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Forget football IQ. How about the ability to stay out of trouble with the law?

  22. 22 germs33 said at 11:28 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    My favorite thing in the world is people of mediocre intelligence railing about ‘dumb’ atheletes

  23. 23 A_T_G said at 12:06 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Mine is really good sex. And sushi. But not together.

  24. 24 Weapon Y said at 2:54 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    There are plenty of smart athletes. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin were both very good students in college and are articulate speakers. Winston is a special kind of stupid.

  25. 25 Anders said at 12:09 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    But that has nothing to do with how he will do at an interview at the combine

  26. 26 Weapon Y said at 2:52 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Sure it will. They get interviewed about behavioral questions too not just football ones. You don’t think any coach is going to ask about the rape?

  27. 27 Anders said at 3:16 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    But that has zero to do with IQ, unless you are using IQ wrong…

  28. 28 EaglesD3rdandwrong said at 12:57 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    This^^^ Life IQ is lacking. Maybe he gets that corrected. I wouldn’t want the Eagles to get him with a top pick, too many red flags.

  29. 29 LookLikeTarzanPlayLikeTarzanAl said at 6:58 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    “Wait, you want me to lick this test? But it’s just a piece of paper, I ain’t lickin that nasty sh%t! How bout homegirl over there with the box of #2 pencils…Hey,Hey,- come here sweet heart, you ever been licked by a quarterback?”

  30. 30 BreakinAnklez said at 12:09 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Lol. He was accepted to Stanford and almost went there. They don’t make accept ions for athletes. He had a 4.0 in high school and has like a 3.8 or something at FSU. He’s not dumb. You might not like him and he might be immature, but he does have smarts.

  31. 31 Weapon Y said at 2:51 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Trust me. Tutors are definitely doing all the work for him in his classes. And he probably takes the easy classes at FSU.

  32. 32 anon said at 3:21 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    There are hard classes at FSU? And if that’s the case why doesn’t every athlete have a 4.0?

    Granted i’ve been less than impressed when i’ve heard him speak as well.

  33. 33 Weapon Y said at 3:33 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It would be a little too suspicious if every athlete had a 4.0. They knew he was their star QB and wanted to remove any threat to him getting suspended for academic reasons. No comment on FSU classes lol

  34. 34 BreakinAnklez said at 9:24 AM on February 20th, 2015:

    Ah! The trust me i know better despite all facts to the contrary argument. I guess I must admit defeat.

  35. 35 Weapon Y said at 10:34 AM on February 20th, 2015:

    What facts? You’re speculating just as much as I am. My theory just happens to be better supported when you actually listen to Winston talk.

  36. 36 BreakinAnklez said at 11:20 AM on February 20th, 2015:

    He was accepted to Stanford- Fact.
    He graduated high school with a 4.0- Fact.
    He is an ACC-Academic All American – Fact.


    I think that proves he’s not dumb. Is he immature? Absolutely. Has he made some bad decisions? Absolutely. The kid is smart. He has the football IQ. He has made some awful decisions. I get you don’t like him, but atleast be accurate in what you are saying.

    He’s dumb- Speculation
    He has tutors doing all of his work- Speculation
    I heard him speak, therefore, he’s dumb. – Speculation

    See the difference…?

  37. 37 Weapon Y said at 11:22 PM on February 20th, 2015:

    I have no idea why you’re so defensive of Winston, but whatever.
    Fact- Plenty of academically unqualified kids get accepted to “elite” schools just because they’re good athletes. A guy from high school with a SAT score 300 points lower than my own got into Princeton to play football.
    Fact- High schools in Alabama are awful. It’s not that hard to get a 4.0 there.
    Fact- Winston sounded like a total idiot during his Heisman speech, acts like an idiot (i.e. stealing crab legs, “F*ck her right in the pussy” outburst).

  38. 38 unhinged said at 1:50 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    The same tune was used for Terry Bradshaw, and Pittsburgh didn’t listen. I think the interview is huge. If he can take coaching (which Jumbo says he can), and if the lawyers don’t squash it, Bucs take him, and, my guess, he’s their franchise for 10 years, and several playoff runs.

  39. 39 Weapon Y said at 2:49 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Bradshaw is actually a smart guy in real life. His dumb old country boy shtick is just an act. Not a good comparison.

  40. 40 GEAGLE said at 11:56 PM on February 18th, 2015:

    ive always assumed Bucs are going with Winston. Thats who i would go with, even in chips offense,,, from following these last few days from a far, i agree that they def give off a pro jameis vibe, but thats not a shocker. one QB got to becoming a top prospect making good decisions and throwing to wide open guys, the other got to becoming a top prospect throwing with NFL anticipation, throwing players open.. Big difference between college open, and NFL open. and marriotta has little experience throwing with anticipation in NFL windows.

    its really not even close. Jameis will easily be the top pick. If Marriotta was on his level maybe his speed and character would be a tie breaker,… but Jameis is so much more prepared to throw against NFL defenses, marriottas college tape wont show you anything that says he is that type of passer…im not saying Marriotta wont go on to be a great QB. in a good situation im sure he can thrive. but you cant pick him over Jameis, not even close.. and dont recite that 3rd round grade scout bullshit to me, if Jameis is a 3rd round prospect then marriotta is a 5th rd prospect

  41. 41 Andy Six Score and Four said at 8:24 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    “Too nice” is just silly. And football talent aside, teams need to be really confident that Winston isn’t going to blow his chance. I’m not sure what tools they have at their disposal, but I’d want him analyzed to an extreme before I’d consider drafting him. Maturity issues don’t tend to get better when the consequence for years of immaturity, and possibly much worse, is being the #1 overall pick and millions of dollars. Great motivation to change right there lol.

    It’s not going to happen, but the best thing for him may be to slip pretty far in the draft and put a chip on his shoulder. A figurative chip, not a Chip Kelly.

  42. 42 GEAGLE said at 12:06 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    the only reason the Bucs would consider passing on Winston is because the PR pain in the ass that the team that draft him has to deal with. If you draft Jamies, that civil suit can drag on for over a year, thats a long time to have your name associated with that negativity. spending the top pick on a guy who has a lawsuit lingering over his head during his rookie year is a major head ache in todays climate… but i dont see how you can draft Mariotta ahead of Jameis…. its so hard to watch an oregon game and find something that you can point to that says, “now that would tear the NFL up” other than his legs speed. good decisions and solid touch on deep balls. But you dont see him attempt or make throws that you have to be able to make in the NFL… so I dont know how you can evaluate him as a passer and put him on the same level as Jameis, who you can easily see him make plays that would work against NFL defenses
    if it were me, i wouldnt draft Mariotta til like the 17-24 range, like Aaron Rodgers range, clear first round ability, but dont exhibit that legit cant miss ability to go in the top 10, like Rodgers he can go on to be great and make teams regret not taking him top 10, but when you take everything into account, for me, no way is he one of the best 10 prospects in this draft… he should go no earlier than 14-no later than 24, but he wont fall past 6

  43. 43 Phil said at 9:57 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    All the points u make are valid. But aren’t we (cause yeah I include myself) trying a little too hard to believe that the Chip-Mariotta reunion could happen for real ?
    17-24 in a class with 5-6 teams picking in the top 15 who are QB needy in a draft class not so great in QB. I dont think Mariotta will pass the 12th pick.

  44. 44 EaglesD3rdandwrong said at 12:09 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    “We need a quarterback that can throw the ball and make a variety of throws, we need a leader, a guy who makes great decisions. We’d like to have a guy who is mobile in the pocket.”

    “a guy who makes great decisions”…. Not Banana peel Winston. Major character issues and makes bad decisions on and off the field.

  45. 45 NinjaP said at 1:46 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    If the bucs want to be a good team they take Winston. He is a better QB prospect than Mariota . Just a shame he is an immature idiot off the field that this is isn’t a slam dunk for the Bucs.

  46. 46 Media Mike said at 5:18 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    If they want to be a good team, they’d take neither player. They’d trade down. Winston will be out of the league in a few years and they’re not running a system conducive to Mariota’s skills.

  47. 47 anon said at 10:36 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    and do what at QB?

  48. 48 Jarock said at 5:59 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Winston has Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell written all over him in bold red ink. I wouldn’t touch him, regardless of round.

  49. 49 Media Mike said at 5:20 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Reading all of this about the limitations of the QBs in this year’s draft makes me wonder how the F Indy was able to time up their two worst seasons to get Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.

  50. 50 Anders said at 5:52 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Because the Jags in 2010 decide to win a few meaningless games by the end of the season

    Indy also original drafted Elway

  51. 51 A Roy said at 7:58 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Technically, that was Baltimore…but I get your point.

  52. 52 LookLikeTarzanPlayLikeTarzanAl said at 7:06 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    uh, there’s a horseshoe on the side of their hats…duh

  53. 53 RobNE said at 8:47 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    They tanked. Only he Sixers get blamed.

  54. 54 GermanEagle said at 7:04 AM on February 19th, 2015:


    Would you personally roll the dice and take a flier on a top 10 talent guy like DGB or MP who both present huge character and maturity concerns?!

    I actually feel that – sitting at #20 – that it might be worth the risk this year. Some AFC personnel guy has compared DGB to Calvin Johnson. If that’s anything close then hell yes I am spending my 1st round pick on a guy like that. Imagine what it would be like to have our own Dez Bryant?!?

  55. 55 LookLikeTarzanPlayLikeTarzanAl said at 7:20 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Any type assault, or violence against women is gonna be the line for these guys in today’s climate. I would take a kid with a marijuana charge without hesitation. Passing on a talent like MP because he hit a joint would be beyond stupid. If that’s outside the parameters of your culture test, you’re making your job way more difficult than it has to be. But the violence won’t be accepted in this climate. It’s not worth the potential loss of of the player to suspension/jail, and not worth the PR backlash.

    Marcus Peters act of contrition seems very genuine. He’s a coaches son, you know pops went upside his head for being an idiot. I would gladly take the kid at #20.

    The only reason DGB didn’t get charged with assault is because the girlfriend plead with witnesses not to testify, stating that ” Football is all he really has going for him. “

  56. 56 GermanEagle said at 7:22 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    So you are saying that you’d draft MP but not DGB?

  57. 57 LookLikeTarzanPlayLikeTarzanAl said at 7:22 AM on February 19th, 2015:


  58. 58 EagleNebula said at 1:08 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Also, it is worth noting that marijuana legalization has a significant political backing. As it gains public support, the will the league rules governing how and if use will be punished will change. Just as domestic violence is being more harshly punished (justifiably in my mind).

    Furthermore, from a culture standpoint, you want people who can reason out their arguments without resorting to violence. And I would argue that someone who is more easily provoked to to lose control is more easily manipulated into making mistakes on the field due to frustration or talk. Sorry to go into psychology – I know it is off topic.

  59. 59 anon said at 1:16 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    They still drug test you in colorado.

  60. 60 EagleNebula said at 1:34 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Technically, it is still illegal from a federal standpoint, though the state legalized it. Just like there is contradiction in the use and production of medical marijuana in California. So the political climate is not quite there, but it is headed in the direction of national legalization. The question is when will the NFL or other major sports stop testing for it, before or after national legalization? When is the tipping point?

  61. 61 anon said at 1:37 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    After, and probably after the next CBA. NFL is crazy about the image situation. Although it’s true that you do see pot consumption all over pop culture now especially as it relate to millennials, but they don’t own football teams.

  62. 62 EagleNebula said at 1:45 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    That is a fair argument. NFL does tend to err on the side of conservatism.

  63. 63 LookLikeTarzanPlayLikeTarzanAl said at 5:16 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    That’s a great point On the on field translation of high character

  64. 64 Anders said at 7:21 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    I 100% take Peters, but not DGB at 20.

    I rather have the great CB talent than great WR talent consider it seems we can produce great offense without that WR talent

  65. 65 GermanEagle said at 7:23 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    I wouldn’t mind a game changer at WR. The Eagles never really had one.

  66. 66 GermanEagle said at 7:24 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Apart from one season. Lol

  67. 67 Bert's Bells said at 7:54 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    I was going to say, “except that one time…”

  68. 68 GermanEagle said at 8:20 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    In which we reached the SB……

  69. 69 Andy Six Score and Four said at 8:24 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    No way we win those playoff games and get to the SB without him…

  70. 70 GermanEagle said at 8:27 AM on February 19th, 2015:


  71. 71 Anders said at 7:24 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    I do not think we need one. Would Dez Bryant win us more games last year? Not so sure.

    OL, RB, QB is more important than WR for me in this scheme consider how good Kelly is at getting pass catchers open

  72. 72 GermanEagle said at 7:25 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    But not having one before doesn’t automatically imply it won’t make a difference having one.

  73. 73 Anders said at 7:30 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    No, but I just think those other positions are worth more and I think the jump from ToastFletcher to Peters is bigger than the jump from Cooper to DGB in terms of helping us win games

    Peters could in theory let us shade all our safety help to 1 side and play the other safety in the box, limiting what offenses can do against us.

  74. 74 anon said at 10:34 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    It’d be nice to have a game changer at either position. You see what happened when we didn’t have a WR that people respected last year. People stuffed the box and we had to pass 40+ times a game. Maclin is good but he’s not going to dominate.

    But I agree i don’t necessarily think Kelly cares about having a dominate WR in this scheme. Just good route runners.

  75. 75 Mitchell said at 10:47 AM on February 19th, 2015:


  76. 76 BlindChow said at 11:14 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    No, that’s what happens when you have a QB that no one respects. If Foles or Sanchez could actually hit the guys who were running open downfield, opposing teams wouldn’t be crowding the box.

  77. 77 anon said at 12:12 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I don’t respect RGIII, but you gotta respect Djax breaking loose over the top. I don’t respect Eli, but you gotta respect that he can throw a lob to ODB and he’s going to haul it in and probably score.

  78. 78 Anders said at 12:24 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Eli has the arm to make that pass, Sanchez does not.

  79. 79 BlindChow said at 8:38 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It’s kinda the same thing, though. You know those two QB’s can get him the ball. It was pretty hit or miss for us this year, even when we had a WR open.

  80. 80 botto said at 12:37 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    yeah Dez would not have dropped the pass in san fran that the coop dropped.

  81. 81 MattE said at 4:41 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I just read this after i posted above lol

  82. 82 MattE said at 4:41 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    He deifnately would have helped against the 49ers

  83. 83 botto said at 12:35 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I remember one, or TO

  84. 84 GermanEagle said at 1:00 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Word play of the day!

  85. 85 jshort said at 5:31 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    That was good! Can’t believe I’m the only one about to give an up vote.

  86. 86 jshort said at 5:36 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Oops! Just refreshed the page.

  87. 87 Greg Richards said at 12:40 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I prefer being a fan so if the Eagles pass on DGB and he dominates with another team I can say “What the hell were those idiots thinking?”. Of course if they take him and he flames out, I can also say “What the hell were those idiots thinking?”

  88. 88 eagleyankfan said at 7:46 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    Asking Andy Reid about the Eagles is like asking J. Aniston to comment on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Don’t care either front. What was AR suppose to say? Chip sucks and really screwed HR and Mayo is dumb as a stump?

  89. 89 Ark87 said at 11:18 AM on February 19th, 2015:

    “My theory on fans is they’re like mushrooms, feed ’em s*** and keep em in the dark” – Chip Kelly?

    This off seasons has been tough. Tons of QB talk, an endless debate with no answers and questionable relevance at #20. There’s plenty of great scouting, half-baked scouting, and just plain ignorance, but honestly it all worth about the same having so little insight on the thinking of the people who matter.

  90. 90 Mac said at 12:33 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    You should consult your sword of omens, use the sight beyond sight.

  91. 91 Ark87 said at 12:44 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Only if Ifeanyi Mumm Ra tries to get back on the team again, we may have to call the rest of the Thunder Cats if that happens, *snyaaarf snyaaarf*


  92. 92 Mitchell said at 2:41 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    MOMAHTRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring it back!

  93. 93 anon said at 2:44 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    you forget how big he is. Sadly he doesn’t play “big”. They gave him two chances…

  94. 94 Mitchell said at 2:45 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    3rd time is a charm. Let’s roll the dice one more time on that behemoth.

  95. 95 A_T_G said at 3:31 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I wanted to expose my children to the wonder of the Thundercats, so we sat down to watch as their bedtime show. I had no memory of Chetara on the ship in the pilot episode, apparently wearing only a belt.

  96. 96 A_T_G said at 3:32 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    exhibit A.

  97. 97 Ark87 said at 4:36 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Now to be fair, she IS a cat of sorts, that belt may in fact be a bra.

    Why am I getting the urge to photoshop Liono into a driver seat with cheetara leaning into the passenger side window?

  98. 98 Ark87 said at 3:35 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Now they know what the 80’s were like…so much body hair

  99. 99 Mac said at 3:41 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I had the same problem a few months ago… my son got Thundercats for Christmas. My wife and I had fun trying to explain that!

  100. 100 Anders said at 12:23 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    #GaTech WR DeAndre Smelter: 6'2" 226 lbs – 32 5/8" arms – 11" hands.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) 19. februar 2015

    Potential late round target for the Eagles imo. Great size, giant hands, devastating blocker and had great YPC in college (no he is not even close to Thomas or Johnson in talent)

  101. 101 NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC said at 1:44 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Is he close to Riley Cooper, though?

  102. 102 anon said at 12:34 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Roto actually does some really good reporting: http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/46279/311/wr-size–and–red-zone-efficiency

  103. 103 anon said at 12:36 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Talks about height and weight and red zone efficiency.

  104. 104 Anders said at 12:52 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    but also talk about how Marvin Harrison is overrated (we talk about maybe the 3rd best WR of all time)

  105. 105 anon said at 12:58 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    And reggie wayne. I can understand that. Look at Peyton past his prime – with much better WRs and he’s putting up crazy numbers. Imagine if he had decent guys generally throughout his career.

  106. 106 Anders said at 1:03 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    So you think Wayne+Harrison is overrated?

    Have you ever wondered that when Harrison was in his prime, we had a total different passing enviroment? There is a reason why they adjust ERA in baseball by season.

  107. 107 anon said at 1:10 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    i’m not saying he’s not HOF, I’m saying his numbers benefit from Manning being the man. It’s sort of hard to judge bc neither WR left manning in their prime so no way to compare really – but he makes a compelling argument, especially w/ respect to red zone.

    The red zone argument is why i can understand cutting djax. The reality is that we move the ball generally, pretty effortlessly between the 20s. Red zone efficiency is terrible, and historically that’s a size weight issue. Be interesting to see what they have to say about red zone running backs as well.

  108. 108 Greg Richards said at 12:43 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Rob Rang

    34m34 minutes ago

    Washington State QB Connor Halliday says he’s met w/ Miami, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Dallas & Tampa Bay among others.

  109. 109 anon said at 6:36 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    you thin we bother meeting with mariota?

  110. 110 anon said at 1:47 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Wow, orange julius turned down $8m from broncos last year. I guess he understands that Peyton won’t live forever and wants to get paid instead of being on a competitive team.

  111. 111 MagatBrackendale said at 1:17 AM on February 20th, 2015:

    There are other competitive teams though. Also heard a rumour that the Broncos might not let Peyton have his own way so much this year.

  112. 112 mksp said at 1:47 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    This is not surprising:

    Adam Caplan ‏@caplannfl 1m1 minute ago
    #Eagles are going to release TE James Casey today, per source.

  113. 113 anon said at 1:53 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It is a little. Chip has spoken highly. If i was Casey i’d just have them split that $4m into two $2m years to keep me employed.

    Also means that we have someone else in mind which i think is great. #Virgil Greene

  114. 114 Ark87 said at 2:09 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Pretty much makes Celek Bullet proof for the moment. I figured at some point Casey would fill Celek’s role as the veteran TE who can block and is willing to do everything as a back up to Ertz when Celek’s body finally broke down.

  115. 115 A_T_G said at 2:13 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Maybe Celek underwent a procedure to make him actually bulletproof, rendering Casey redundant?

  116. 116 Ark87 said at 2:18 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I heard he absorbed Casey’s vitality like the mummy (#sportsscience) and we are just cutting his dried husk from the roster, just good roster management, really.

  117. 117 A_T_G said at 3:22 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It is good to see they are learning from their errors. Last year, Cooper was allowed to remain after his life force had been drained. I guess we need to expect these lessons when we are breaking new ground.

  118. 118 Media Mike said at 6:34 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Celek is still the only TE we have that can block,but his days are numbered as is. I doubt we see him longer than one more year.

  119. 119 anon said at 6:36 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    you think? i think he can retire here. He’s still starting and i don’t see them bringing in a big money guy. Different will be if the land virgil green then Celek is probably gone.

  120. 120 Media Mike said at 6:40 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    HIs contract is WAY high for a two catch a game player.

    I doubt his catching numbers get any better this season, and I’m not paying him $5 mil in 2016 to be a blocker.

    I love the guy’s career here, but the end is near. He’s welcome to play for vet minimum for a few more seasons after this one if he’d like.


  121. 121 anon said at 6:47 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    i’d split 5 into 2.5 twice. I think if the OL is better he’ll have more opportunities in a 2 TE set. I’d keep him until he gets beat out. If you cut him it’s just Ertz and Trey Burton, unclear what Trey’s ceiling is.

  122. 122 Media Mike said at 6:51 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    That’s why I don’t cut this year or mess with his money………….but I’ve been eyeing TE in mocks often this year. Not a problem to keep Ertz, Celek, Burton, and draft pick this year and get aggressive with Celek into 2016 instead.

  123. 123 Greg Richards said at 4:24 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I hope this means Howie has the freedom to swing the axe. Really, they should have cut Casey last year.

  124. 124 Javi Echie said at 2:15 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    James Casey set to be released, Eagles will save $4 million by releasing him. Good to know his replacement is already on the roster in Burton, who is a monster special teams player.

  125. 125 Mitchell said at 2:20 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Some names worth mentioning at WR measurements: Coates 6’1″ 212 lbs, 33.5 hands, 9.5 hands. Devante Davis 6’3″ 220 32.5 arms, 9.5 hands. Jaelen Strong 6’2″ 217 lbs, 32.5, 9 hands. I thought Strong would come in a little bigger, especially the hands but he doesn’t drop balls so I dnt think it matters much. Devante Davis is a guy for later rounds. Very bug guy with tremendous blocking and point of catch ability.

  126. 126 Ark87 said at 2:35 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I wish Dorial Green-Beckham wasn’t a punk, was interested to see how he would stack up with the other WR’s of the draft. I was perusing some highlights (for fun, won’t pretend i can scout or that highlights are a good place to do it) that dude showed up as I was chaining a bunch of you tube videos together, so I go to google him and there are no articles about football where he is concerned.

  127. 127 Mitchell said at 2:40 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    He got weighed in at the combine so I’m assuming he will workout. 6’5″ 237lbs, 32.5 arms and 9 inch hands.

  128. 128 anon said at 2:41 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    not huge hands given size.

  129. 129 GermanEagle said at 3:03 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Hard to imagine the rule by thumb ‘small hands, small d****’ will apply in DGB’s case.

  130. 130 anon said at 3:06 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    that chick did say that football was the only thing he had going for him…

  131. 131 GermanEagle said at 3:24 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    There you go. Lol

  132. 132 Ark87 said at 2:44 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Is he eligible for the draft? I thought he had to wait for the supplementary draft.

  133. 133 D3FB said at 4:07 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    He is 3 years removed from high school.

    Supplementary draft is for guys who get kicked off teams after the jan 15 filing deadline and the summer. They still have to be 3 years removed.

  134. 134 A_T_G said at 3:18 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Really, though, the draft is all about finding trends and exploiting them (see Mac’s research).

    What would lead you to think a wide receiver known by a three-letter monogram, with a last name of Beckham is going to turn out to be any good? That is a giant leap.

  135. 135 D3FB said at 4:13 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Background on Beckham:

    Was the top player in the recruiting class. Stayed close to home and picked Mizzou. Underwhelmed as a freshman, especially given Mizzou’s spread system. Broke out as a sophomore, got kicked off team for domestic violence and drugs. last offseason. Transfered to OU. Declared.

  136. 136 GEAGLE said at 2:40 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Hopefully we steal Virgil Green from the Broncos with James Caseys money

  137. 137 Media Mike said at 6:32 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    How is J Thomas greedy? These teams are able to blast a dude out the door the second they feel like it. I don’t begrudge any pro athlete a penny if they can get it.

    I just reserve the right to badmouth them and wish evil upon them if my team signs them and they don’t provide production equal to that salary.

    So J Thomas; go get paid. Riley Cooper; find a way to get suspended for life because you’re a f-ing thief and I’m tired of your unproductive rear end on my team.

  138. 138 mksp said at 7:05 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Better not to engage him.

  139. 139 Media Mike said at 7:11 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Ha ha. G is my boy on some issues, not on some others. I’ll deal.

  140. 140 Mac said at 2:54 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I’ve cracked the code:

    2007 Kolb
    2008 Laws
    2009 Maclin
    (2009 1st round traded for Jason Peters)
    2010 Graham
    2011 Watkins
    2012 Cox
    2013 Johnson
    2014 Smith

    As you can see, the best possible pick this year is Marcus Peters, and Chip will select him because: he fits the “best Marcus available” strategy and also has a last name that is easily used for phallic jokes. Since 2007, our best top draft picks have had phallic last names with the only outlier being Maclin in 2009.

  141. 141 A_T_G said at 3:10 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Wow, you must have greater range in your phallic references than I do. Watkins?

    This trend really highlights the bungling last year that led to us missing out on Haha Clinton-Dix.

  142. 142 MagatBrackendale said at 1:12 AM on February 20th, 2015:



  143. 143 botto said at 3:01 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I hate bruce arians, what a baby

  144. 144 RobNE said at 3:22 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Why? Link

  145. 145 botto said at 3:57 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    complaining about college offense again and the qb’s having no leadership because they don’t huddle.
    its on phillymag.com

  146. 146 A_T_G said at 6:11 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    What, he needs a reason?

  147. 147 MagatBrackendale said at 1:03 AM on February 20th, 2015:


  148. 148 MattE said at 4:35 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I hate that bald headed fu*k

  149. 149 Joe Minx said at 3:22 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    So the Sixers just traded MCW & KJ….

  150. 150 GermanEagle said at 3:26 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    So much of Hinkie’s having a plan. lol what a #choke.

  151. 151 Joe Minx said at 3:27 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    At this rate we might not be good again before the Phillies.

  152. 152 GermanEagle said at 3:28 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Tbh I couldn’t give a fuck about the Sixers. Philly is a football town, was and will always be.
    Let’s hope Chippah will lead us to the promised land. #Eagles

  153. 153 Insomniac said at 4:57 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Hey fuck you pal. We love every team here except the soccer team.

  154. 154 D3FB said at 5:01 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I like the Union as well, if there is one team that Philly fans can legitmately complain about being pennypinchers though the Union would be it.

  155. 155 Media Mike said at 6:59 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    So true. That Nick Sackless guy is brutal.

  156. 156 GermanEagle said at 5:10 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    What’s wrong with the soccer team, bloke?!

  157. 157 anon said at 5:19 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    speaking of do you follow german soccer?

  158. 158 GermanEagle said at 6:58 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Yes I do. Originally from Munich my team is 1860. Unfortunately they’re in the second Bundesliga and have to look out of not going one league down again this year.

  159. 159 Media Mike said at 7:03 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It’s good to roll with your squad no matter how far down they go. I “adopted” West Ham United on a trip to London a few years ago while they were related. Now I’m the only person who shows up anywhere in their gear.

    I hope you own some high quality 1860 stuff!

  160. 160 GermanEagle said at 7:17 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Yes I do. Thanks to my dad playing for them in the 60s and being On the Bundesliga winning Team 1965/66.

    Speaking of West Ham: my dad played them in the Wembley final 1965. 😉

  161. 161 Media Mike said at 7:20 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    That’s awesome! Small world.

  162. 162 GermanEagle said at 7:26 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It is indeed.

  163. 163 anon said at 7:22 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    that’s pretty cool, it’s like having your dad play for the browns in terms of them being good.

    never tempted to cheer for bayern (though the fact that your dad played for them is a pretty good reason to stick around as a fan)

  164. 164 GermanEagle said at 7:27 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Yes I didn’t have a choice to not root against FC Bayern Munich. Though I gotta admit that I will support them in the champions league. Besides Dortmund.

  165. 165 RobNE said at 3:45 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Why is this a choke?

  166. 166 GermanEagle said at 3:46 PM on February 19th, 2015:


  167. 167 RobNE said at 3:51 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Ok why a joke? You think mcw will be a star? He can’t shoot

  168. 168 D3FB said at 5:00 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    So far today Hinkie has:

    -Gotten a late teens/early 20s pick for free.
    -Traded a struggling MCW (who we have a comparable PG Micic eurostashed at Bayern) for a possible top 10 this year or at worst pick 6-15 next year.
    -Traded KJ (who wasn’t going to be back next year) for a player and an early second round pick.

    If we end up getting all of the 1st rounders in this years draft they could walk away with something like:
    -D’Angelo Russel
    -Mario Hezjona
    -Montzrel Harris
    -Tyus Jones
    and a bunch of lottery ticket 2nd rounders.

  169. 169 GermanEagle said at 5:10 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Big IF though. Likelihood is higher that he keeps trading and trading and trading. Lol

  170. 170 Media Mike said at 6:46 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Should have gotten more for MCW than a protected pick, but I dig the total outside of that one quibble.

    And it’ll be great if they can keep McGee for the year and dump him to a team in need of an expiring deal next year for another draft pick.

  171. 171 mksp said at 7:04 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    1-5 going to 1-3 is pretty limited protection. Great trade.

  172. 172 Media Mike said at 7:10 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Limited limit I’m sure, but I still wanted more. MCW, but virtue of winning the ROY award should get you more than the 6th pick this year or the 4th pick next year.

    Small quibble, but I’d like more than just one protected pick.

    I do admire cutting bait from a guy that you believe is maxed out on talent and won’t improve as a shooter or a distributor.

  173. 173 GermanEagle said at 3:32 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Can someone check on Roob?! He might have just got a heart attack….

  174. 174 Joe Minx said at 3:34 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    First Chip won’t speak & now this. Poor guy.

  175. 175 teltschikfakeout88 said at 7:08 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    KJ was on a one year deal…..they can resign him this year if they think he is worth more money…..however he turned down a contract that offered more money than the league minimum (which is what most second rounders get if I recall)… The catch was that back end of the contract was not guaranteed…..KJ declined and took a one year deal…..if we get extra picks (LOL more 2nd rounders) for the trade it is not that bad….also KJ was another offensively challenged player on this team which we seemed to have in spades…….as for MCW….I am not so torn on that as he shot under 40″percent from the field, shot under 70% from the line and committed too many turnovers…..he was ROY but so what….we can’t expect to make a long term commitment to a guard that gets turned over and does not really shoot well from 2 or 3…..

  176. 176 GermanEagle said at 3:46 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    The fact that you can trade for other team’s players by receiving a first round pick in return should tell you everything about the NBA. #choke.

  177. 177 Anders said at 4:04 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    The problem of fully guaranteed contracts. In the NFL that player had just been released

  178. 178 GermanEagle said at 5:12 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    This is one the many reasons I don’t follow the NBA not much anymore.

  179. 179 Greg Richards said at 4:25 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Eagles have met with QBs Brett Hundley and Blake Sims at the combine.

  180. 180 anon said at 4:37 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Wilson may get a fully guaranteed contract from SEA. wow. Althuogh if i had a franchise guy that would seemingly make some sense. Lower #, but guaranteed $$.

  181. 181 Greg Richards said at 4:38 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Sounds great, but what do you do when your starting QB blows his achilles tendon?

  182. 182 anon said at 4:57 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    early in the deal, you’re probably paying him anyway, late in the deal you’re probably cutting him anyway. But if the number comes in closer to $13-15 and Luck’s number is closer to 20+ the savings is big in terms of using that $$ to pay for a RB.

  183. 183 NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC said at 4:42 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Funny, JLC has on article up on CBS saying he thinks he might Flacco them.

  184. 184 anon said at 4:58 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Aside from “What does JLC know” i’d say that both are equally likely.

  185. 185 Media Mike said at 6:58 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I don’t blame Wilson if he does. That INT, in spite of what a lot of people have to say, cost him a few mil / year. If he plays this year on that bottom rung deal and then forces Seattle to tag him or really pay him, he’ll cash out to a greater extent. I’d also think he’ll have a better year passing in 2016 than he did in 2015 because Seattle will have a better plan than Harvin going into the season.

  186. 186 D3FB said at 4:49 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Basically the exact opposite of Kap’s deal.

  187. 187 anon said at 4:55 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    basically the opposite of Kap?

  188. 188 D3FB said at 5:02 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Kap’s deal is a high cap number every year, but after year 2 it becomes a pay as you go where they can cut him at any time.

  189. 189 Media Mike said at 6:38 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Figure that’ll happen in another two seasons. His garbage play will get Tomsula fired after a trainwreck of a 4-12 season in 2015 and the new coach they hire for 2016 will be real clear about not wanting to own Kaepernitwit for more than a season.

  190. 190 Media Mike said at 6:36 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I’ll believe the fully guaranteed nonsense when I see it. It wold be incredibly stupid for an NFL team to give out a full guarantee given the salary cap. Fully guaranteed deals in a capped environment ruin the sport. The Flyers not being able to cut (or execute, publicly flog, tar and feather) Vinny is a prime example of the stupidly of guaranteed contracts with a capped environment.

    If that becomes a trend Seattle starts the league needs to turn around and put a ban on that in the next CBA because it’ll ruin the game.

  191. 191 anon said at 6:39 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    yeah I’m thinking about Staudemire w/ the Knicks. That said it’s an interesting solution for a guy like Wilson, Qbs end up earning that $$.

  192. 192 Media Mike said at 6:43 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    That’s a great point, but NFL will always be slang for “Not for Long” in my book. I don’t want to live in a league where teams get buried long term with bad guaranteed deals.

  193. 193 Insomniac said at 5:07 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Just a day away! Time to watch the big guys work their magic tomorrow.

    They have the bench presses for them up right now. Wtf?

  194. 194 anon said at 5:18 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    viewable on internet?

  195. 195 Insomniac said at 7:15 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It’s always live on nfl.com

  196. 196 anon said at 6:23 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Brandon Spikes, the new meco? He doesn’t offer much in coverage but neither does meco.

    Is little Kendricks big enough to run stuff in the pros from day 1?

  197. 197 wee2424 said at 9:54 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    I think him adding another 10lb will greatly assist him. The good Dline with the 2 gap system greatly helps him though.

  198. 198 SteveH said at 6:47 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Hmmm… Sixers may regret not trying to keep Mcdaniels in the offseason… he’s got tremendous potential.

  199. 199 Media Mike said at 6:49 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    He signed a one year deal in order to try to find another team after this season. So we auctioned off his rear end for some value before he split on is own.

  200. 200 Insomniac said at 7:20 PM on February 19th, 2015:


    Wow not really expected but Collins and Scherff didn’t put up the bench reps like you think they would.

  201. 201 Media Mike said at 7:24 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Those are some tampon level bench numbers for a few guys. That is some Mike Adams style nonsense.

  202. 202 Media Mike said at 7:43 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    TE numbers are encouraging though. James doing 26 should bode well for blocking and Walford doing 20 is nice. Same with the DE kid doing 20.

  203. 203 D3FB said at 10:35 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    It’s a flawed metric of strength.

    I’ve been saying for years I’d much rather see these guys power clean.

  204. 204 Media Mike said at 7:27 PM on February 19th, 2015:

    Mid-combine mock draft. Inclusive of ridiculous trade downs.

    Yeah boy!

    Round 1 Pick 22 (PITT): Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State (B)
    Round 2 Pick 22 (DET): Denzel Perryman, ILB/OLB, Miami (Fla.) (A-)
    Round 2 Pick 24 (PITT): Hauoli Kikaha, OLB/DE, Washington (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 20: Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State (A)
    Round 3 Pick 24 (DET): Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame (B-)
    Round 4 Pick 14: Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF (A)
    Round 4 Pick 20: David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa (A)
    Round 5 Pick 20: Clayton Geathers, SS, UCF (A-)
    Round 6 Pick 20: Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan (A-)
    Round 7 Pick 20: Ben Beckwith, OG, Mississippi State (C+)

  205. 205 MagatBrackendale said at 12:58 AM on February 20th, 2015:

    “I’d love to be wrong since it would help the Eagles to have any shot at Mariota.”

    Pleeease. Not again. Not here among some intelligent people.