Eagles Wake-Up Call: Happy Holidays!

As Tim and I spend the day with our families, we wanted to extend another thank you to all the Birds 24/7 readers out there.

The Eagles’ 2012 campaign will end Sunday, but this franchise faces a crucial offseason. Decisions made in the next few months will determine the success of this organization for the next four or five years – at least.

We’ll have it all covered – from coaching staff changes to free agency to the draft.

Since we launched the site in late July, we’ve been overwhelmed by reader response and traffic numbers. So be sure to keep checking back early and often as we bring you complete coverage of the offseason.

And of course, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Nick Foles broke his hand Sunday, and Michael Vick is expected to start Sunday. Tim has details from Andy Reid’s press conference.

The Eagles are risking $3 million if they start Vick vs. the Giants. Here is why.

Vick says he wants to get a win for Reid.

A closer look at Eagles snap counts from Sunday shows LeSean McCoy got a full workload.

Here’s this week’s draft watch. If the season ended today, the Eagles would have the fourth pick.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

SI.com’s Peter King named Foles his Goat of the Week, although this was before Reid revealed that Foles had broken his hand:

On the final drive of the season at Lincoln Financial Field, with the Eagles down 27-20, Foles underthrew a wide-open Jeremy Maclin in the end zone, then was called for intentional grounding on the last play of the game, which was the last play because of the 10-second runoff of the clock on an intentional grounding call. Foles has shown good potential subbing for Mike Vick, and will probably enter the offseason as the Eagles’ 2013 starter, but this last drive robbed the Eagles of a chance to stun the Redskins and affect the NFC East pennant race.

ESPN.com has the Eagles 29th in its power rankings. Writes Dan Graziano:

Not a lot left to say. They’re trying, absolutely. They just aren’t any good. Could they beat the Giants on Sunday? Sure. They almost always do. But they’re going to settle in somewhere around this spot, and they’ve earned it. Sando and I put them 28, John and Jamison at 29 and Ashley at 30.

COMING UP

The Eagles are off today. We’ll be back at it tomorrow. Once again, Happy Holidays!

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  • dislikedisqus

    Merry Christmas and thanks for running this site. For Christmas,

    Of course King omits a reference to the play in between the ones he mentions, the one in which Foles hits his TE in the numbers for a game-tying TD but the TE drops it.

    • Johngiam

      that TE should have been cut a Bonus Check from Howie Roseman for not making that catch. Foles knew what was up, missing a wide open Macklin lol..he knows we need that top 5 pick hahaha….I can’t wait to get next Sunday over with. Hopefully they aren’t stupid enough, and the giants aren’t bad enough to let us win that game, which would be a disgrace after 3 months without a win…they want to win a game, with a qb and coach who won’t be here next year, for the grand prize of dropping out of drafting in the top 5. I will be a die hard Elie/Cruz fan on Sunday,,,I just can’t wait to get this last game of Andy ball over with. Tired of this sissy girl brand of football. Stale plays that haven’t worked in half a decade…If Reid loves and believes in Vick so much, he is more then welcome to take Vick with him to his next stop lol.

      let’s get thru this last game of sissy football, and being a dysfunctional mess..land let’s start turning this mess around and ushering in a new Era of Philly style football. Line Them up, punch people in the moth type of football. Anyone see how physical the Seahawks were tis past weekend? That is THE ONLY WAY FOOTBALL SHOULD BE PLAYED IN FOOTBALL? Controlled, Violent Chaos with a stingy and opportunistic defense, with players that he have to damn near kill bere they let you cross that goal line…. And I want the same thing on offense. Use the two headed running back attack to really let the Oline get after the defense. Shady n Bryce will become damn near impossible to defend after 3 quarters of your lineman pounding on defenders…
      Which would lead to something we haven’t seen in 14 years, A CREDIBLE AND BELIEVABLE PLAY ACTION THREAT which Also happens to maximize Deseans potential and turning him back into that homer un threat that he once was…I need a complete change in Philosophy for how football is played, and what we value in players… No excuse for not having a real road grader for a blocking TE..they come cheap. We just had a coach who didn’t value the run, making that sort of player useless. Athere is a huge difference between a TE that is a good blocker, and a BLOCKING TE which are basically a 6th lineman for pounding the ball. if I could flip Macklin for a draft pick that enables me to draft the Big WR, Hunter this year…I think I do it. Tired of Macklin. Always hurt, inconsistent, can become invisible

  • Mostel

    Dear Santa:

    Please bring us:

    - a head coach who understands run/pass mix

    - full health for 2013 including a return of Jason Peters to the best OT in the NFL

    - a new D coordinator who will make our starting 11 play great 4-3 D

    - a brain for all of the idiots on here who want to switch to a 3-4

    - a tall WR to go with DeSean Jackson, maybe Dwayne Bowe

    - DaShon Goldson to help put Victor Cruz, Pierre Garcon, and Dez Bryant to sleep with shot to the head

    - Luke Joekel to play OT to help make our O-line the best in the NFL
    - A soft landing and good results for Andy Reid elsewhere, but not a Superbowl until we win about 7 of them

  • Johngiam

    Dear Santa, please bring me whatever head coach can bring the cardinals defensive coordinator Horton to run our defense

    Please bring me Star Latululei, Matt Elam, and Chase Thomas

    Please make it so small market buffalo can’t pay top dollar for Jarius Byrd…There isn’t a single player I would want to acquire more thentheyoung stud of a safety

    Can I get Seattle physical corner Truphant on a 1 year deal?

    can we get Foles a true, bug, number one possession RECIEVER

    An above average TE?

    Marty Morningweigh exiled to Norway!

    A head coach with some type of common sense.

    can I get Bill friggin Polian?

    You know how sports radio auctions off prizes. like a game of golf with Vick,dinner with Andy, drinks with Nmandi? There isn’t a better gift to offer Philadelphia fans, the a chance to play against Andy and Marty in Madden!!! I would pay top dollar to make Marty play madden against my12 year old nephew and see the type of game that Marty calls…. Make it happen McManus! Lol

  • Philly_Bigz

    Merry Christmas to Sheil and Tim…May you have a wonderful day. Thanx for running this successful site!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  • 1972

    merry xmas Sheil and Tim and all the eagle fans. Our time will come..
    Off subject, wheres the guy that wanted phillip thomas? how’d he look last night vs smu?? lol terrible

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the great reporting this season.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    Merry Christmas guys. Keep up the great work!!

    • Johngiam

      Thanks, I will. Lol

  • PaoliBulldog

    Cheers, guys. Too bad the coverage was better than the content this years.

  • http://www.jhkayejr.com Joseph Kaye

    Merry Christmas, guys. This website has been one of the few bright spots this season.