A Good Day

Posted: November 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 194 Comments »

The Eagles had Sunday off, but it was still a good day.

Dallas was missing LT Tyron Smith and RB Ezekiel Elliott going into the game. LB Sean Lee got hurt in the game and missed most of it. The injuries made Dallas look like a pedestrian team.

To be fair, they also attempted a FG (hit the upright and bounced off). As bad as Dallas looked, don’t expect next week to be easy. Smith will probably play. He’s been banged up all year and a week of rest might be enough to get him back on the field. Even at less than 100 percent, he would be a major upgrade over the players they had at LT on Sunday.

Washington lost to Minnesota. The game was closer than I expected, 38-30, but the Skins made too many mistakes for them to overcome.

The Giants started Sunday at 1-7 and found a way to make things even worse. They lost to the winless Niners, 31-21. Yikes. The Giants entered the season with a defense that was expected to dominate. They gave up 474 yards to C.J. Beathard and the Niners. Once again, effort was a problem.

That’s not…good.

There was talk of Ben McAdoo’s job being on the line before this game. You have to think he’s in boiling hot water right now. That’s not good for the Eagles. You want McAdoo keeping his job as long as possible. The Giants are also in serious contention for the number one overall pick. The Browns are winless right now, but they are playing hard each week and could end up winning a game or two. The Giants lack talent and heart, a deadly combination.

The NFC East looks like this.

PHI  8-1
DAL  5-4
WAS  4-5
NYG  1-8

If the Eagles can win at Dallas on Sunday night, they will have the division virtually clinched. That would give them a 4-game lead with six weeks left in the season. Needless to say, that game is going to be big for the Eagles, but even bigger for the Cowboys. They are going to sell out to win. It will be interesting to see if that is enough to beat the Birds.


I put this up on Twitter during the Dallas game. More than a few Cowboys fans let me know that Sean Lee, Dan Bailey, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott were great players and the comparison with the Eagles was ridiculous. I mean, Jordan Hicks, Caleb Sturgis, Jason Peters and Darren Sproles are all mediocre players and the Eagles don’t miss them at all. Right?


After watching Joe Walker for two weeks, I can understand this move. Walker shows potential, but needs experience. With the Eagles headed for the playoffs, you don’t want a player on the field who isn’t ready for key situations.

So who is going to get cut?

The three players that make the most sense are LB Nate Gerry, DB Dexter McDougle and RB Wendell Smallwood. Let’s start at the end. I think Smallwood is a talented player and he’s had some good moments this year,  but something has happened for him to get in the coaches doghouse. This isn’t game related. This has to do with practice, classroom meetings or off-field stuff.

McDougle has been a solid role player, but would get caught in a numbers crunch. Ronald Darby has a good chance to play on Sunday night so some DB will need to sit.

Gerry makes the most sense of all. The Eagles are adding a LB so letting someone from that spot go would even things out. Gerry hasn’t played on defense, but is a STer. Ellerbe could take his reps on STs.

As for Ellerbe, he is a veteran LB. He played WLB for the Saints the past couple of years. He started at MLB for Miami back in 2013. He began his career with the Ravens, so there is a connection to Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl.

Ellerbe lists at 6-1, 236 and has 42 career starts. He has 10.5 sacks, a pretty high number for a LB.

The Eagles play two LBs most of the time. Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham are both having good years so this move won’t affect the Nickel defense that the Eagles use so much. This will give them a veteran presence when they are in a base 4-3 look or also in short yardage packages.


194 Comments on “A Good Day”

  1. 1 SteveH said at 11:24 PM on November 12th, 2017:

    Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, Ronald Darby, Fletcher Cox for a few games… Nope no stars from the Eagles out.

    The Cowboys are using the losers excuse, like the losers they are. Hell, Washington was missing like 47 linemen and still gutted out a win at Seattle.

    I can’t wait to smash the Cowboys next week.

  2. 2 Howie Littlefinger said at 9:48 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Don’t forget we have only had Ajayi available for 1 game as well 🙂

    With this team I have the feeling the best is yet to come

  3. 3 SteveH said at 11:32 PM on November 12th, 2017:

    Also I hope they sign Dak for about a billion dollars and 100 years. I want him to be Dallas’ QB for a long time.

  4. 4 or____ said at 3:58 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Seems to be a forgone conclusion.

  5. 5 Guy Media said at 4:54 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    multi-million dollar game management

  6. 6 Iskar36 said at 11:49 PM on November 12th, 2017:

    Im not sure what to make of Dallas without Elliot. Smith being out proved to be a much more significant lose than Elliot and you could tell the Cowboys didnt have a way to get the offense going with the constant pressure created by him being out. Assuming Smith is back, I do expect Dallas to be significantly better than they were today. Elliot being out will still benfit the Eagles for sure, but im not sure we saw the offense today that we will face in a week (assuming Smith returns healthy).

  7. 7 Guy Media said at 4:55 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Luckily for us, we’re significantly better than Atlanta on D.

  8. 8 Stephen E. said at 11:25 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’m sure they’ll have Smith back for our game. Could you imagine if they didn’t? I mean, if the Atlanta line could get 8 sacks (6 from a guy who hasn’t cracked that number in an entire SEASON for YEARS), what would Graham, Barnett, Curry and Long do to them? It would be a bloodbath. What’s the single-game sack record for a team, again?

  9. 9 Ankerstjernen said at 6:05 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    The Cowboys suck so much I have to write a fucking blog about it that is way too long and will annoy every one of you. Apologies, but here goes.

    I think we might have learned a lot of lessons about the Cowboys of the future in that game. First of all, it wasn’t just Tyron Smiths backup who played poorly on that offensive line. The Cowboys haven’t looked all that dominant up front this year with the changes they have made. And it would appear that they have virtually no depth at all. Smith was out with a groin injury which might be a result of him battling back problems for some time now. Serious back problems don’t really go away, you just hope to rehab it enough to be able to play with injection to make the pain tolerable. Its not like an acl where you expect the player to eventually come all the way back. So we might have seen the best of Tyron Smith at this point in his career and of this vaunted Dallas O-line as a whole as well. We also learned something about the depth of Dallas defense, and as always the hyper injury-prone Sean Lee is the Jenga piece without whom everything falls apart. Most importantly I think we saw the limitations of human coathanger, Jason Garrett. We have known for a while now that Dallas under his tenure has been a team of mainly selfish, undisciplined divas and wife-beaters, as evidenced by the absurd number of suspensions they have endured – by far most in the league. Of course, none of this has had any consequences on this team where the owner sucks up to and pays big money to players that other teams wouldn’t even consider signing in the first place because they are such horrible characters. This points to a culture under Garrett that is not conducive to team effort or resillience, just selfishness. That’s great when you are winning and everyone is blowing smoke up your ass, not so much when you are a mess. Yesterday we also saw, that without a truly dominant O-line to take over the game, Garrett was utterly incapable of drawing up schemes or call plays to help his team win. He has been hailed as some kind of offensive genius in the past with Romo and then Daks first season, but their schemes under him has always been fairly simple zone and power blocking schemes that relied on the talent level of that O-line to work. To my mind Garrett has yet to prove that he can coach around weaknesses on his offense, and sunday he looked completely overwhelmed and incompetent in an effort to control the disaster that was unfolding. HIm and whoever they have calling plays with him.

    So here is how I look at Dallas’ future: Between Zekes propensity to be an asshat and do stupid shit while getting fat in the offseason, and Jerrah’s teams completely lack of discipline and accountability, their star runningback, whom they will run for something like 450 carries per season, could be cooked before he even gets to his second contract. On top of this, Dez appear to be done as a game wrecking threat from here on out and Witten is about to die from old age. Tyron Smith most likely will never be quite the same. Collins doesnt look like a pro bowler anytime soon, whoever they have playing RG is a failed experiment and Sean Lee is on the back nine with a bazillion concussions and what not. Jaylon Smith will never be the dude he was in college and outside of Byron Jones there is literally nobody in that secondary in the pipeline. They have a few young pass rushers, but that seems to be it if you look to the future. Wentz is clearly > Dak, whom we should all hope will be signed to a Romo’esque contract as soon as possible so that he can become the Andy Dalton/Ryan Tannehill of the next ten years in Dallas. Simply put, you can make the argument that Dallas is not positioned well at all for the upcoming seasons. At the same time though, they dont seem to have any cap space for some weird reason.

    What I am trying to say is that, with a little bit of squinting, you can just make out the contours of a slow, multi-year Dallas-implotion on the horizon to go with the Giants-meltdown we are all enjoying so much right now.

    I am calling it here, anyway. It’s how I pass my time, after all.

  10. 10 A_T_G said at 12:04 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Nate Gerry is contributing. Shelton Gibson seems tough to justify on the 53. I could see him cut and hope for PS. Fast guys that can’t catch are pretty common.

  11. 11 kajomo said at 12:33 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    If Torrey Smith is gone next year they could envision a much larger role for him. Plus he is inactive so he’s not taking anyone’s active slot

  12. 12 Corry said at 8:39 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’m putting my money on Hollins to take the Torrey Smith Role if Smith is gone next year.

  13. 13 kajomo said at 8:47 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I️ don’t disagree, but that makes another WR active. Also Shelton is a better deep threat than Hollins. Hollins beats safeties deep. Gibson can beat fast CBs. Hollins is a more complete WR than Gibson who is very much a one trick pony like Torrey

  14. 14 Iskar36 said at 12:07 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    It was nice to see the NFC East struggle today. From that perspective, it clearly was a good day. However, with the best record in the NFL, the goals should include getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs (and a first round bye) in addition to winning the NFC East. From that perspective, all the teams pushing the Eagles (Rams, Vikings, Saints) kept the pressure on. It is what you would expect from good teams obviously, but with 3 teams only a game behind, any lost momentum could translate to being pushed out of the top two seeds and missing out on having a bye. So clearly we need the Eagles to continue playing at such a high level, particularly over the next couple tough games.

  15. 15 A Roy said at 12:48 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I would much rather have seen Was and NY win. Neither make the playoffs (NY…snicker), so I want wins to negatively affect their draft positions. Plus, a loss by MN would’ve been helpful.

  16. 16 Gary Barnes said at 11:17 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Agreed, much rather see the Vikes, Rams and Saints start losing. All of them looked very good yesterday. We’ll see the Rams up close in several weeks and we need to beat them. Dallas is the devil we know, we know how to beat Dallas, but the three above teams do worry me.

  17. 17 Ryan Rambo said at 12:11 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Oh it’s Dallas week! Well Eagle week on their forums……funny read!


  18. 18 A Roy said at 12:45 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Now, that’s fun.

  19. 19 laeagle said at 12:30 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    My guess on Smallwood is blitz pickup. Can’t have someone out there who exposes the franchise to danger.

  20. 20 dandynator said at 12:44 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    from me being a ravens fan some time ago i knew and followed that 2012 ravens team. Ellerbe was on it and in 2012 he was a beast alongside ray lewis. He was fast, dont know he could block shed all that but he definitively was an important part of that defense that year and made a ton of plays and key plays. def not mad at the signing could low key be a good LB for us. he’s kinda fast and has some football iq from what i remember

  21. 21 Greg Tulino said at 1:08 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Appreciate the insight, but he was probably a much better player at age 27 than at 32. There is a reason he is unsigned. He is probably better than Nate Gerry so any upgrade in depth is a positive.

  22. 22 dandynator said at 1:13 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    yea damn didnt realise he was 32

  23. 23 Ankerstjernen said at 6:15 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    You have to assume this is what they could do right now to protect from the scenario where Kendricks or Bradham goes down. They must have considered that a potential season-changing possibility.

  24. 24 Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran said at 1:24 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I think the key is actually Sean Lee – for whatever reason, he makes the Dallas D decent/good. Without him, I think we roll over the ‘boys much like the U rolled over ND this weekend.

  25. 25 Dan in Philly said at 3:22 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Cox is the key to the Eagles D and he missed what, two games? Two games the Eagles won?

  26. 26 Guy Media said at 4:59 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Seeing the rest of the division lose is amazing. Officially sticking a fork on Dallas on a national game in their own building will will be even better!

  27. 27 Guy Media said at 5:10 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    “Let’s keep this train rolling.”

    Our train is up front. If it doesn’t stop rolling down the tracks, it cannot be passed.

  28. 28 Guy Media said at 5:10 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    As I was not in favor of Nate Gerry being drafted, I’d strongly agree that he’d be the best guy to cut. I’m also not opposed to a sneaky IR trip for Smallwood to heal up his something.

  29. 29 Forthebirds said at 8:32 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    The official medical report says “broken thigamajig.”

  30. 30 Masked Man said at 9:22 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Keep Gerry for special teams I say.

    What are we going to do with 5 RBs dressed on Sundays?

    That’s too many.

  31. 31 or____ said at 10:09 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Guy Media puts his personal grudges first, what feeds his emotional drive second, and then what’s best for the team a distant 3rd…

  32. 32 Guy Media said at 5:58 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Except the emotional drive and grudges are based on people who have harmed the team. Nate Gerry is a sucky bastard who represents a wasted pick that could have been used on a better player.

  33. 33 or____ said at 6:12 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Oh the horrors of that harm. What’s that team’s record when he’s been on the roster?

  34. 34 Guy Media said at 6:18 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Immaterial to the point he was a bad pick and not a good player. I’m sure every player on the undefeated Dolphins was perfect as well.

  35. 35 or____ said at 6:29 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Hence the subjectivity, and since you are using lawyer language, your argument is speculative at best… Judging a rookie on a dominant team mid-season.

  36. 36 Howie Littlefinger said at 9:44 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Upvote for smallwood to IR

    seems like the move to make

  37. 37 Frencheaglesfan said at 5:13 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Rams at Vikings
    Redskins at Saints
    Falcons at Seahawks

    Next Week

    The week after

    Saints at Rams
    Vikings at Lions

    If we do our job they will do theirs by destroying themselves while Howie sit and watch in a beautiful machiavelli smile “Divide to reign”.

  38. 38 Guy Media said at 5:14 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    That Rams game is really shaping up to be a big deal. If Darby is back to full speed by that week, it’ll be great.

  39. 39 Frencheaglesfan said at 5:17 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    The Rams and Eagles have disturbing similarities.
    New successful coach
    New successful QB
    Good to great D
    Awesome ST

    I’ve always liked the Rams since I’ve started watching football during the greatest show on turf but let’s end the comparisons here by whooping them please although I would prefer to play against Goff than Wilson in the playoffs.

  40. 40 Guy Media said at 5:18 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’m hoping this is the year that we get over our problems with Seattle, but that is the one team in the NFC I respect.

  41. 41 Forthebirds said at 8:29 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I respect them, but I no longer fear them.

  42. 42 Guy Media said at 5:59 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Likewise, but I have to see us beat them for me to trust that we’ll beat them.

  43. 43 FairOaks said at 9:34 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Saints are worrying me at the moment — they seem to be playing well on the road, which was always their problem. They beat the Panthers handily earlier in the season, though I guess haven’t faced a really tough team since. Hopefully some of the division battles drag them down some.

  44. 44 Guy Media said at 5:59 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    The Eagles lines should smash the Saints lines.

  45. 45 Geoff said at 5:53 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    You forgot: brand new and improved WR corps (Watkins and Woods both added this year)

  46. 46 CrackSammich said at 12:59 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Watkins limped off the field last night, fwiw.

  47. 47 Gary Barnes said at 11:24 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Stud RB too, Gurley is very good

  48. 48 SuPaFrO said at 12:46 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’m in SoCAl so I know all the comps first hand. And here the media feels LA is extremely underrated and will shock the EAGLES.

    I think the biggest difference is D. And the opponents they’ve faced. The Rams run defense cant hold a candle to the Eagles. They’ve been getting better but opponents stopped running trying to play catchup. So that’s skewed

  49. 49 Ankerstjernen said at 6:17 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Saw a stat that Goff has thrown 6 TDs behind the LOS so far this year. He is playing well, but he is getting by far the most YAC out of any QB from his receivers. That game will be about tackling in the open field, and I like how we match up on defense with them on this issue.

  50. 50 xeynon said at 12:00 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Yep. Everyone is so caught up in the tough games the Eagles have down the stretch that they ignore that their competition for the #1 seed also have to play each other and thus at least one of those teams, more likely two, will be taking some losses as well.

  51. 51 Anders said at 5:18 AM on November 13th, 2017:


    This would be very funny if it even came close to happening.

  52. 52 Guy Media said at 5:20 AM on November 13th, 2017:


    Jerry, we’d like to buy you out.

  53. 53 Mac said at 10:08 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Funny, but not helpful.

  54. 54 Guy Media said at 5:33 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    So going into the unofficial 2nd half of the season (given where our bye took place), I’d like to see the following things happen.
    – get home field wrapped up for the NFC. I don’t have an ounce of respect for any of the team in our conference not named Seattle at this point. Our destiny is in our hands, lets get it done.
    -improve the sack total. We’re currently tied for 10th, but I’d like to see more 3rd downs become 4th downs, and FG attempts become punt attempts because we got to the QB and ended the play.
    -see an increase in Wentz’s completion %. Having some additional talent in the RB group should increase the number of easier throws for Wentz to complete. He’s having a great year already, but why not be greedy and get that comp % up from 60.5% to 64% ish by the end of the year……without having to go the checkdown route.

  55. 55 Geoff said at 5:51 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I think I could live with that, lol

    I also think that just having better RB receiving options, Ajayi seemed good at catching checkdowns in Miami, (just please keep those passes to 2nd down) and improving the TE/RB screen game would lead to that 64% completion rate.

  56. 56 Rob Jarratt said at 6:27 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I agree mostly with what you say, but you have to put LAR and NO in the category of respect. They are both rolling over the competition.

  57. 57 or____ said at 10:06 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’ll take wins. The rest really shouldn’t matter, at all.

  58. 58 D3FB said at 12:57 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    We’re 3rd in the NFL on 3rd down conversion %.

    Funny enough, Denver is 1st.

  59. 59 Guy Media said at 5:57 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    That is funny! And I just like the finality of seeing the QB on his butt rather than worry about what might happen if the ball is in the air.

  60. 60 Forthebirds said at 8:18 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Okay,Dallas was missing its best offense lineman, but 8 sacks! We lost our JP but our line still plays well. Dallas has no depth. Their defense looked terrible, their running game nonexistent. An Eagles win next week will not just virtually lock up the division, it will put a serious dent in the cowgirls’ payoff hopes/

  61. 61 Ryan Rambo said at 9:19 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    No pity! Kill em’ all!!

  62. 62 kajomo said at 9:52 AM on November 13th, 2017:


  63. 63 Someguy77 said at 12:35 PM on November 13th, 2017:


  64. 64 Gary Barnes said at 1:11 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Sweep the leg!!

  65. 65 suthrneagle said at 1:57 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    not appropriate, the guy got his ass whupt

  66. 66 laeagle said at 4:57 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    To preemptively answer your next question, no. I do not have a problem with that.

  67. 67 Masked Man said at 9:20 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    We gonna crush dem suckerz bad next week.

    They are already a 10 seed out of contention.

  68. 68 Dave said at 11:11 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I question how different that game would have been if Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan would have had their RBs and/or TEs chipping Clayborn.

    I’m blown away that they gave the left tackles no outside help.

    That might have been one of the worst game plans and lack of in-game adjustments I have seen this year. Heck, Pederson was chipping Von Miller, even with Lane Johnson blocking him.

  69. 69 xeynon said at 11:59 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Adrian Clayborn is not Von Miller, so I can see going into the game without planning to give him extra attention. But after he beat Green for his 2nd sack you’d think they’d alter the initial plan. Certainly after his 3rd, 4th, and 5th sacks.

  70. 70 Bert's Bells said at 11:11 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    You’d think Dallas would be able to throw up ALL DEM RINGZZZ to stop Atlanta’s mediocre pass rush.

  71. 71 Gary Barnes said at 11:20 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Agreed, the team needs to keep their focus, not believe the hype and win as many of these games as possible. Long way to go.

  72. 72 Sb2bowl said at 11:21 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Can you imagine what the Linc will be like if we can secure HFA and have a bye week to boot?

  73. 73 Gary Barnes said at 11:31 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Jason the Mediocre strikes again and thankfully Jerry and his son Stephen keep him employed (mostly b/c Garrett is a sycophant and will never question anything). He is one of the best assets the Eagles have!

    I hope the Giants keep McADoo as well for the same reasons.

  74. 74 Insomniac said at 11:32 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’m rather jealous of his paychecks though..

  75. 75 Gary Barnes said at 11:52 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    True, Jerry loves his butt kisser coaches and pays them well

  76. 76 Julescat said at 12:41 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Giants have to clean house.

  77. 77 Insomniac said at 11:35 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    We’re gonna see Ajayi run free and Darby bait Dak into a pick. Are we gonna see a new Cowgirls killer be born this week? Bradham? Cox? Graham?Jernigan? Barnett?

  78. 78 Bert's Bells said at 12:09 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I hope Hicks is allowed to roam the sidelines. His presence should be enough a turnover or two out of Dallas.

  79. 79 A_T_G said at 11:49 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    Okay, who had McDougle getting cut in the pool?

    Remembering that we traded for him in the preseason, and that the guy we traded away saw more time on the field, I guess Howie lost that trade. Still, those are the low level dice rolls that you don’t mind losing.

  80. 80 Corry said at 12:19 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Howie lost a trade? Fire him.

  81. 81 Someguy77 said at 12:33 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Not stunned given how the other CBs have played and Gerry being a regular on ST coverage.

  82. 82 A_T_G said at 12:36 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I never liked the idea of Gerry getting cut. I think Gerry is developing into a Maragos that might actually play on the defense without being a huge liability.

  83. 83 Someguy77 said at 12:50 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Maragos injury likely played a role too. Doubt Maragos will be back next year and they likely want to see what Gerry can do the rest of the year on ST.

  84. 84 suthrneagle said at 2:01 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    hire him as a SP assist. coach

  85. 85 D3FB said at 12:51 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Gerry’s worth on defense will be at subpackage linebacker, maybe in a few years he can play more in base. He’s basically redundant with KGH at the moment.

  86. 86 A_T_G said at 6:27 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    He and KGH definitely seem to be competing for the same role. Do you have a preference?

    When Gerry was forced into action by injuries he wasn’t a complete liability. That is already more than you can say for Maragos.

  87. 87 D3FB said at 9:17 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    KGH has the larger body of work and I beleive in him as a quality ST guy. Gerry probably has the better chance of ever becoming a functional LB.

  88. 88 nicolajNN said at 12:48 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Who did we trade for him? I honestly can’t remember

  89. 89 D3FB said at 12:49 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Terrence Brooks

  90. 90 Tumtum said at 1:20 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    He made a good play a couple weeks ago. I didn’t! I guess not being able to make an impact with the 2ndary injuries is saying something.

  91. 91 Sb2bowl said at 11:55 AM on November 13th, 2017:

    With the release of McDougle, will this be the return of the vaunted 4-5-2 defensive alignment?

  92. 92 Corry said at 12:20 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    It will likely be the return of Ronald Darby.

  93. 93 Sb2bowl said at 12:29 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    So, Darby and Jenkins as our safeties?

  94. 94 Corry said at 12:31 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    No? Darby on the outside opposite Mills, Robinson in the slot.

  95. 95 Sb2bowl said at 12:43 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    You can only have 2 of those 3 with our alignment. That’s how the defense works.

  96. 96 Corry said at 1:31 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Oh jeez, I’m dumb….

    and it’s McCleod/Graham at Safety. Jenkins is one of the 5 until Ellerbe gets up to speed. We use the version with no corners and more safeties.

  97. 97 Sb2bowl said at 2:02 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Lol. Now you’re into it!

  98. 98 A_T_G said at 12:32 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Is this the 4-5-2 Circle defense, or the 4-5-2 Studebaker defense. I can’t remember if we use the version with no corners or no safety.

  99. 99 Sb2bowl said at 12:42 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Let’s go bareback- no safeties!

  100. 100 since1961 said at 2:25 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    It’s the Edsel, the hole is in the middle

  101. 101 xeynon said at 12:05 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    To paraphrase Rorschach from “Watchmen”: the Eagles shouldn’t be worrying about facing those other teams. Those other teams should be worrying about facing the Eagles.

    I think the Rams and Saints are very solid teams, the Vikings and Seahawks less so, but none of these is an opponent I think the Eagles can’t beat or shouldn’t be favored to beat. The Eagles are a really good team. That doesn’t mean they’ll be NFC champions or even should be favorites over the field, but they should be favored against any of their competitors individually.

  102. 102 Someguy77 said at 12:53 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Here is hoping Ellerbe doesn’t give up a huge crossing pattern in the NFC Championship at the Linc on 3rd down . . .

  103. 103 Sb2bowl said at 1:04 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Thanks, I just threw up.

  104. 104 RobNE said at 1:05 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    no the throwing up was in an entirely different game

  105. 105 Gary Barnes said at 1:16 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    After running for his life all day in the JVille sun (and throwing 3 TD & 350 yds), I cannot blame McNabb for being exhausted. Unfortunately, the INTs and another poor performance by our D in big games sealed our fate that day.

  106. 106 RobNE said at 1:21 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    there were certainly many factors, it’s just a shame that with all the success each final season loss brought its own unique heartache.

  107. 107 suthrneagle said at 2:04 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    you forgot the cheating

  108. 108 Someguy77 said at 5:27 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Belichick doesn’t “cheat” but just seeks every competitive advantage. If he gets caught, just give a half-heartened apologize and accept the token punishment.

  109. 109 FairOaks said at 9:26 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Anything’s legal as long as they don’t get caught, I guess

  110. 110 suthrneagle said at 9:55 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    his half hearted apology cost him $500,000
    (Fined by the league,which must have been for playing fairly, and winning)

  111. 111 unhinged said at 4:29 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I guess Blaine Bishop won’t be getting a Christmas card from you.

  112. 112 laeagle said at 4:55 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    “Blaine Bishop, old school.”

    I want to punch something.

  113. 113 unhinged said at 6:03 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Doesn’t that name just bring back that moment of pique, where hatred was too mild a word to describe?

  114. 114 Guy Media said at 5:55 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    How about an appointment at New Bolton Center? He can ask for the Barbaro special. Same for Barry Gardner.

  115. 115 Guy Media said at 5:55 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    That game was such an all time choke job.

  116. 116 nicolajNN said at 12:53 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Why wouldn’t we have signed Ellerbe last week btw? Could’ve used the bye to study the playbook

  117. 117 Howie Littlefinger said at 1:06 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Team had off last week. Probably the coaches got a good chance to self study. I think this was the right move. Walker looked lost on a bunch of plays

  118. 118 Tumtum said at 1:19 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Good point.

  119. 119 A_T_G said at 6:50 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    This makes a lot of sense, and I hadn’t considered it.

    Maybe they didn’t go into the bye saying it was time to bring Ellerby in, maybe when they were self scouting they said, wow we need to do something here.

  120. 120 Howie Littlefinger said at 8:25 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I mean Walker was SO bad out there he made Jaylon Smith look like another first round pick!

    The self awareness on this coaching staff if underrated.

  121. 121 D3FB said at 1:20 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    1. You’d have to pay him to pick up the playbook and go home
    2. The gameplan isn’t really even ready until the end of the week
    3. He’s a vet brought in to play 15-20 snaps a game. He’s here to bang between the tackles. Crazy formations and shifts won’t effect his positioning much.

  122. 122 RobNE said at 1:22 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    why wasn’t he on any team this year? Is it odd that someone you think can contribute (even in a limited back up role) is just not on any team?

  123. 123 D3FB said at 1:27 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Got hurt over the summer sat out and was waived Aug 25. So he was an older, limited LB coming off an injury without having had a camp.

    Teams would rather use the backup spot for a young player they can develop rather than spending more cash (cap impact pretty negligble) on a vet, and no one wants one on the roster week 1 because their whole salary becomes guaranteed.

  124. 124 RobNE said at 5:12 PM on November 13th, 2017:


  125. 125 Tumtum said at 1:03 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    You forgot we are missing our best CB Tommy!

  126. 126 xeynon said at 2:46 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Ellerbe just needs to come in and not be a liability on obvious run downs, which is the only time he’ll be playing with the seasons Kendricks and Bradham are having. I’m sure he’s not the same player now at age 32 as he was four or five years ago, but I suspect he can manage that.

  127. 127 Tumtum said at 8:50 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    The only question is can he be better than Walker. However, I think you are looking at it wrong. It isn’t the obvious runs that eve Walker is a big issue on. What looked like the bigger issue to me, was getting us in base then passing the ball.
    Of course this is just a dumb average fan guessing. D3 or Tommy will elaborate for us I’m sure.

  128. 128 D3FB said at 9:22 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I wouldn’t bet on a 32 year old holding up against a WR on a crossing route 25 yards downfield either.

    Personally I’d rather to continue to blood Walker because he has a role on this team in 2018. Vaitai isn’t this solid if the Eagles had gone out and signed a vet after the WAS game last year. But it’s such a low money low impact move I can’t be bothered to get too worked up.

  129. 129 Howie Littlefinger said at 10:23 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Was watching the game tonight and Panthers had a LB on Landry. They went with a run play. I can’t help but think Wentz would be throwing on that mis match all day

  130. 130 Tumtum said at 2:15 PM on November 14th, 2017:

    Maybe this is more an indictment on the guys behind Walker?

  131. 131 TO BLACKS said at 1:18 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Dallas will be desperate Sunday night and the Eagles won’t be since they are 3 games up.

  132. 132 RobNE said at 1:25 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Didn’t Smallwood just score 3 TD’s in a game recently, odd that he would go from that to Tommy thinking maybe he could be cut.

  133. 133 SteveH said at 1:25 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    That was Clement.

  134. 134 RobNE said at 1:26 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    oh! thanks.

  135. 135 SteveH said at 1:25 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Darby confirmed for the Dallas game. I think he’d match up very well on Terrance Williams, seems like exactly the kind of receiver he’d be perfect for.

  136. 136 Guy Media said at 5:53 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    That lets you be really clever with taking Dez out of the game with Mills and using a combo of guys to shut down and shut up that uppity rat looking piece of trailer park shit Beasley.

  137. 137 Sean E said at 6:12 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Honestly other than Zeke, Beasley is their best player on offense. I think at this point I’d rather have him than Dez.

  138. 138 SuPaFrO said at 8:21 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Tbh. I would keep Robinson on Beasely. He’s floated around more and I wouldn’t worry as much with the quickness

  139. 139 A_T_G said at 6:21 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Let him follow Williams and give Mills help over the top so he can be aggressive with Dez?

  140. 140 BlindChow said at 7:30 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Douglas might be a better match against Dez, considering his size.

  141. 141 A_T_G said at 6:47 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    “I’m going to go out there and give it my all,” Darby said. “And if I’m real winded or something, we’re going to take a few plays off. They’re going to like help me work back into everything.”

    Maybe Darby should line up against Dez. He takes plays off all the time.

  142. 142 Tumtum said at 9:00 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I don’t think he is going to get as many snaps as he thinks. Not because he is be saved, but because Gym Shorts.

  143. 143 Howie Littlefinger said at 2:00 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Ranking of NFCE QBs

  144. 144 or____ said at 2:26 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Announcers included?

  145. 145 Bert's Bells said at 2:26 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Where does Simms rank?

  146. 146 or____ said at 2:58 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Behind Aikman but ahead of Fouts?

  147. 147 Howie Littlefinger said at 3:28 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Just saying. Dak is not better than Romo lol

  148. 148 Bert's Bells said at 3:44 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Romo is, typically, unfairly maligned because F— Dallas.

    He was a very good player.

  149. 149 Howie Littlefinger said at 4:06 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’m happy for him and us. Romo would probably have won yesterday.

  150. 150 unhinged said at 4:25 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Doubt it with that OL.

  151. 151 Howie Littlefinger said at 4:44 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    U can’t picture Romo scoring more than 7 on that D?

    Or doing that damn spin to evade pressure and make a few plays? Those were the kind of games that fucker pulled out of his ass and I am happy the chose Dak over a better QB/ passer

  152. 152 unhinged said at 5:59 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    On the subject of elusiveness only, I don’t think Prescott is lacking in that category, but with Lee missing most of the game, Ryan was getting time enough to carve “em up. Falcons were pushing Cowboys DL around. I guess Romo may have been more productive overall than Dak, but TR may have been taken out on a gurney the way Claiborne was abusing that left tackle.

  153. 153 Howie Littlefinger said at 8:23 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Half of those were on Dak. He had zero pocket movement. He’s better than he showed yesterday but he is not in the same league as Wentz. If Wentz was sacked 8 times he would have still thrown 4 TDs (He does that after every other sack lol)

    Further more Romo played with a crap Oline more often than not. That’s the best part about this for me: If they kept Romo they are better at passing. Romo never had a Zeke either…..

    Anyways FUCK the cowboys , Go birds

  154. 154 daveH said at 7:40 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Loved him the the playoffs. .

  155. 155 Tumtum said at 8:56 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I agree with you but I won’t upvote on principal.

  156. 156 Guy Media said at 5:52 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’d buy that for a dollar.

  157. 157 Ryan Rambo said at 2:18 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Zach Ertz (hamstring) said he was a full-go in Monday’s practice.
    Ertz sat out Week 9, but he was fully expected to return following the bye week. This practice puts him on track.

  158. 158 since1961 said at 2:31 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    So i was thinking about Howie’s trades, and getting more draft choices, and suddenly! — he got Jernigan and Rasul for a third (like for trading a 2nd), and got Ajayi for a 4th. But that’s a next year 4th, which is equivalent to a this year third, and we still have two fourths, so that’s all our draft picks recouped! Therefore, he got Wentz for Bradford! Genius! (you’ve just gotta let the logic flow)

  159. 159 CrackSammich said at 3:21 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    If next year’s 3rd is equal to this year’s 4th, then the 7th rounder in 6 years is currently worth a 1st! Howie has like 30 firsts! GOAT

  160. 160 Bert's Bells said at 3:39 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    It’s like getting all the first round picks.

  161. 161 daveH said at 7:40 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    In 6yrs there will be driverless drones taking players directly to hospital

  162. 162 suthrneagle said at 3:22 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    isn’t next year’s 4th like this year’s 5th?

  163. 163 unhinged said at 4:19 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Orange is the new black and Democratic Party is old Republican Party.

  164. 164 Rob Jarratt said at 6:56 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Good one, unhinged. Your post is not allowed to go unnoticed by the masses.

  165. 165 Masked Man said at 10:44 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Up is down. And down is up.

  166. 166 FairOaks said at 5:09 PM on November 13th, 2017:


  167. 167 unhinged said at 4:24 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    “I mean, Jordan Hicks, Caleb Sturgis, Jason Peters and Darren Sproles are all mediocre players and the Eagles don’t miss them at all. Right?”

    Look at the sarcasm. Think our closer has found a new pitch. Nice one, Tommy.

  168. 168 Ryan Rambo said at 5:05 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (hamstring) is not expected to play in Week 11 and is in danger of missing “several games.”
    He won’t play against Philadelphia in Week 11, and is unlikely to be back for the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game in Week 12. Lee has battled hamstring problems all season long, and even when he was on the field in recent weeks, he could often be seen limping around. A true difference maker, Lee’s absence improves the outlooks for all offenses facing the Cowboys going forward.

  169. 169 FairOaks said at 5:08 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Yeah, he’s a tipping point on that defense, much like Lane Johnson was for our offense last year.

    With a replacement getting first-team reps all week, they will be better than they were against the Falcons the rest of that game, but that’s a huge hit for them.

  170. 170 Howie Littlefinger said at 8:31 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    That was Coleman running wild on them. He is not really much of a runner more like a Sproles type.

    I expect us to be smoking Jays and Blounts all night

  171. 171 Bert's Bells said at 6:06 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    He’s the only factor on that defense that represents any threat to the Eagles moving the ball at will.

  172. 172 Someguy77 said at 5:34 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    No Cowboys’ fan under 30 really has really seen that team do anything of merit except choke in the playoffs when they actually made it.

    Days of Irvin showboating and Smith grinding down the Eagles at the Vet are a generation ago.

  173. 173 Howie Littlefinger said at 8:29 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I am 30. They have been all flash and hype with little winning when it matters

    The excuses why are always fun and entertaining tho

  174. 174 Tumtum said at 8:52 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Heck I’m 32 and don’t remember when they were good really at all.

  175. 175 HawaiianEagle said at 9:04 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’m 57. Grew up an LA Rams fan as a kid, saw the light around 20. Either way, I’ve hated DALLAS since 1970. 2-0 or 44-0, i dont care. Just beat the boys.

  176. 176 A_T_G said at 7:13 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I think Blount and Ajayi might be good fantasy plays this week…

    Hell, Clement, Barner and Smallwood might have value.

  177. 177 xeynon said at 7:44 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Their defense is mediocre even with Lee. It’s outright terrible without him, especially against the run (5.5 YPC average when he’s not in the game this season). A bit sad that we won’t have the pleasure of pounding them at full strength, but such is life.

  178. 178 A_T_G said at 9:14 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    We aren’t at full strength either. No team is in November. A beat down is a beat down. No reason for regret.

  179. 179 EaglesHero87 said at 7:30 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    While I know injuries are an inevitable part of the NFL, I am going to cautiously state that the losses of Zeke and Tyron Smith speak volumes of just how vulnerable (and dangerous) the Cowboys are. I am all for gaining any strategical advantages to destroy the Cowboys this Sunday, but either our very last game against them this season – depending on whether our starters get benched – and all of our future games against them will bring a decade’s (and hopefully longer) worth of exciting rivalry games. When Zeke and Smith are back on the team at full health, I expect both them and our Eagles to bring a shootout game.

  180. 180 Howie Littlefinger said at 8:27 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    They were over hyper (Shock) More pain is coming for them this week. The fact is the cowboys need this one more than the Eagles but I like how are team matches up with them. Personally I think we beat them as we are now with or without them at full strength.

    It’s gonna be a fun one for sure

  181. 181 Masked Man said at 10:34 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    We gonna crush dem in their own stadium on national TV.

  182. 182 bobeph said at 9:26 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    dude, I dare you to post here again, ever, I dare you

  183. 183 Howie Littlefinger said at 10:15 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Also please be around here on Sunday night when the Eagles smash the cowboys. The cowboys are only a danger to themselves. I’m pretty sure garret wants to get his QBs killed so he can continue employment with a built in excuse.

    I mean its either that or he is terribly incompetent. Why else wouldn’t he make an adjustment to help out Quincy Carter jr?

  184. 184 Tumtum said at 8:58 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Karma for Cam. Don’t be an insufferable prick.

  185. 185 SteveH said at 9:21 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Listening to Gruden go on and on about how important Cam’s mood is to his performance, I’m really happy we don’t have a quarterback who has to be in a good mood to play well.

  186. 186 Howie Littlefinger said at 10:11 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I had never disliked someone instantly. The first time I saw him smile i knew I hated him. Only later did i realize what a douche he is and my (pre) judgement of him was accurate.

    Was really fun watching Cox wipe that smile off his face

  187. 187 bobeph said at 9:25 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    kiko sux, mccaffrey making him look like a fool, holla

  188. 188 A_T_G said at 9:36 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Remember how we pined over Conley, the corner prospect who wasn’t tainted by Lattimore’s hamstrings of dental floss or Jones’ injury? Yeah, me too…

  189. 189 Howie Littlefinger said at 10:07 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    Weird to see it be a shin….

    Only thing I could think is really bad shin splints or a deep bone bruise? Just weird to see guy get shut down on the year for that.

    In any case to this point he did more for his team than Darby or Jones have this year so far. I hope that changes soon

  190. 190 A_T_G said at 10:18 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    That Twitter doctor guy was opining that severe shin splits over a long period can cause some kind of radial fracture. Apparently Conley is planning on surgery.

  191. 191 Insomniac said at 10:20 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    I’d still take an All Pro dental floss over Jones and Conley.

  192. 192 Insomniac said at 10:22 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    McCaffery continues to suck. I always thought that his running style/speed wouldn’t transfer over well but damn does he suck more than I expected.

  193. 193 A_T_G said at 10:26 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    His TD run was impressive, but he is definitely not providing top -10 impact.

  194. 194 A_T_G said at 11:08 PM on November 13th, 2017:

    The TD catch was pretty impressive as well.