Sopoaga Says Eagles Will ‘Shock the World’

Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga opened some eyes at the introductory press conference for he and tight end James Casey Wednesday. After politely thanking the Eagles, God and the city of Philadelphia, he amped things up.

“We are here to hunt. We are here to win. I promise that we’re going to shock the world,” said the 6-2, 330-pound veteran.

Sopoaga, formerly of the Niners, was asked to expound on that statement.

“Coach Kelly has a solid book that teams in this league haven’t seen yet,” he said. “I believe we are going to utilize it on this level. That’s what I mean. I know they are doing their best to hunt and look for the perfect guys for this system, both defense, offense and special teams. That’s what I mean, we are going to surprise and shock the world.”

Chip Kelly, who was on the stage alongside Sopoaga, Casey and general manager Howie Roseman, appreciates that kind of mentality.

“If you don’t plan on coming in here and winning, we’re not going to talk to you,” the head coach said. “The statements that he makes is exactly how everyone in this football program feels and what it’s all about. But we also know that it’s not about talk, because what you say in March and April doesn’t have anything to do with what you do on Sundays.”

Sopoaga,  a 6-2, 330-pound native of American Somoa, can play nose tackle if the Eagles run some version of a 3-4, as expected. But Kelly sees a little more to him than that.

“He can line up as a nose — he’s done a tremendous job in this league doing it — but he can also provide an inside pass rush in a four-down defense and push the pocket,” said Kelly. “The more versatile you are as a player, I think it helps you as a group…You better have some versatility on the offensive side of the ball as well as the defensive side of the ball to make it into a team that’s a little bit difficult to defend or to attack because you don’t know exactly what they’re going to present.”

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  • nicksaenz1

    He must have just watched some Juwon Howard highlights from his Michigan days…

  • usmcnole

    Geez… Easy new guy

  • Nick

    Sheil/Tim: Any thoughts on Bernard Pollard?

    • daryksr

      The Eagles will be exploring other options in free agency. Why bring in sokeone who isnt afraid to level an opponent. The whole idea is to be soft as last year, while simultaneously raising ticket prices and lowering the expectations

      • Stephen Stempo

        Lol. Yeah it’s all a vast conspiracy.

      • FMWarner

        Yes, as we all know, Lurie loves to make money and hates to win. Because those things don’t go together at all.

        • daryksr

          Yea just look at the season ticket waiting list and then take a peek into the trophy case. Hand in hand my friend, hand in hand…

          • FMWarner

            I hesitate to even engage you further, but I think you need a lesson in the difference between correlation and causation.

  • B-West

    I thought he came off much better in the presser than this article gives him credit (not hating, visit this site every day, just saying). He was very humble and appreciative outside of this comment. Also, he was either very nervous or English is definitely not his first language, because he was fishing for words a lot.

  • daryksr

    LMAO, right on time with the lolipops and rainbows my man Tim. Of course the Eagles will dominate. We only have the turnover jackpot aka Mike Vick as the face of the franchise. Oh wait, he’s battling that white kid who couldnt seem to stop throwing the ball directly at defenders last year for our starting qb position. Too bad we couldnt find a way to keep Nnamdi and his 1 play of 50 yards per game avg on the team. But then again, the NT who isnt even expected to play 30% of the defensive snaps said we’ll dominate, who am I to question his logic? Thats like a backup qb saying we assembled a dream team.

    • daryksr

      At least the backup qb knew he would take all the snaps in 3 games at minimum. LMAO

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      What are you even talking about

      • daryksr

        Talking about how the only thing this team seems to be good at is talking. 4-12 and players on the team really wanted to zay we were talented enough to win a Superbowl. Thats what im talking about. Talking about how Tim gleefully wrote this column about how we’ll dominate next year because the guy expected to play less than 30% of the snaps said our coaxh has a playbook. Get your head out your…

        • theycallmerob

          I’m sure the players would love to play more than talk, but alas….it is only march. Also, Kelly will never continually to play any QB who turns the ball over at a rate Vick does. And how much Soapy played in SF means nothing as far as what he plays here. But yes, you are right at the end- who are you to question?

          • daryksr

            Exactly. Thats why we have Foles as the backup. So he can throw a couple more pick sixes. Excuse me for calling a spade a spade. Cant wait for this season to start. This is going to be very painful for you apologist

          • daryksr

            Glad I switched to beingg a Seahawks fan before its too late. Young stud at qb, best starting defensive backfield in all the nfl, young and talented recievers who are very skilled at fighting for the ball at its highest point. Running back that loves contact… all around good fun.

          • Stephen Stempo

            So you’re basically a cowboys fan? Front runner ? Well that makes sense you do seem to be fairly selfish.

          • Admiral Wilson

            So why are you on an Eagles site? Beat it.

          • daryksr

            Come here to get the latest on my hometown team. Nice to see that nothing has changed in all these years. Still hoarding cap space, still putting out a sub par product week after week, and of course, still chasing purple dragons better known as Superbowl championships.

          • peteike

            “Come here to get the latest on my hometown team” yet you switch to being a Seahawks fan, yet prob never even been to the west coast. The definition of bandwagon fan. The reason the entire country hates the Cowboys because of clown fans jumping on when they are winning. Real Philly fans stick with their teams through thick and thin. Nobody needs to hear your nonsense then, go pat your fellow seahawk fans backs although I doubt they want you as their fan. Their esteemed history is as bright as the Eagles. What a loser you are. Enjoy Wilsons sophomore slump or when his small frame gets crushed on a designed run. Ill wait for the Eagles to be good one day again. May be a while, but true fans wait

          • theycallmerob

            get on up to the mountain top! preach it sir!

          • Graham

            Perfect……………… definition of a die hard. Agreed, Scram daryksr!!!

          • theycallmerob

            AHH, now it makes sense. You have no backbone! Gotcha. Let’s see how the defense does minus a few players and their coach. Have fun with the 49ers

          • daryksr

            Oh they did though. Destroyed them in the last meeting. But its ok,you guys can have your 10 rebuilding pplan. Have fun getting pasted by RG3 2x a year.

          • theycallmerob

            Sorry dude. Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, fire beats plague, and Anquan Boldin beats Sherman/Browner.

          • daryksr

            Nice…

          • theycallmerob

            Ah yes. Of course? We should all just elect the pessimist ahole as coach, your knowledge is unabated. Please, take your trolling self elsewhere. No need for cowgirls on this site, thank you very much.

          • daryksr

            No fan of the cowgirls or deadskins, just tired of the Eagles taking fans on a ride year in and year out. Tired of the team going out of their way to get a Kevin Curtis instead of rolling the dice on an Anquon Boldin. Hate to see them xontinue to bank on the less talented for the sake of not being too aggressive and getting burned by trades/signings. Case in point, Jeremy Maclin, aka Reggie Brown 2.0.

          • BDAWKS

            you my friend are a douche bag do you go by the name charlie gardner on another site?

        • Will

          Yeah, but they’re *really* good at talking. I’m taking this time to be happy and optimistic about the Eagles, if only because it may be a lost feeling when the season starts.

          • daryksr

            Lmao, you said it best. Be happy jow while you can, because you already know where this thing is headed…

        • Stephen Stempo

          Michael Vick is a terrible Qb. No one has held him back but himself. I also think he may have Down syndrome.

          You don’t actually watch football do you ? Would you like a link that sheds light on actual stats? No if course not. That would ruin you making stuff up.

          • Thakm77

            your probably a Kevin klob fan? Smh… You probably think nick files is the next big Ben …. Smh…

        • Nick

          Tim didn’t say anything at all about how he thinks the team will do. The article is literally 80% quotes.

        • FMWarner

          Tim said no such thing. You get an F for reading comprehension, but I’ll give you a B for trolling.

          • daryksr

            Your right he didnt give much of any opinion in the article. But he could have just as easily added at the end of the article, that clearly no one in the front office showed him any of the headl8nes and other great quotes from the last 2 offseasons. Something with a little tongue in cheek to let you the reader know he wasnt too pleased to hear more talk coming from a player that is expected to have minimal impact on the end result of the upcoming season.

    • http://www.facebook.com/luke.mrzljak Luke Ivan

      You have a very annoying way of expressing yourself.

    • Stephen Stempo

      They make decaf these days that tastes just as good as the real thing my man.

      • UKEagle99

        I’ve always wondered what the point of decaf was. Now I get it.

    • Admiral Wilson

      My man, not sure you realize this, but Tim was simply reporting what Isaac and Chip said. Tim did not state his opinion of the 2013 team (on day two of free agency, no less…smh). Relax and see how the rest of free agency and the draft plays out.

  • Thakm77

    We need toget James Harrison. Not for his diminishing skills but for the leadership we lack inside that locker room since Dawkins trotter mcnabb. Bring back that intensity and have Harrison groom the young linebackers and defensive ends. We been had the talent just not that killer instinct the eagles are use to having

    • Stephen Stempo

      Is Harrison a leader or is he just really LOUD? I can’t tell. And those are 2 different things.

    • Wilbert M.

      Harrison plays the position that Graham and Curry will play in the new defense.

  • Thakm77

    Please do it draft dion Jordan… No more de ends who need time to develop!!!!! I.e. Brandon graham and curry, Kendrick’s, cox…… Dee milliner…. Could be better than Eric Allen……… A corner back we groom Philly style

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      Wait.. what? Are you saying do or don’t draft Dion? Hate to burst your bubble but he’ll need time to develop. Kendricks and Cox aren’t DE’s.

      • Thakm77

        apology I meant the eagles should “not” draft a de end or an olb first round. They will either draft dee milliner or star loutiei. You read it hear first!!!!!

    • Stephen Stempo

      Ellipses are not periods.

      • Thakm77

        No my man there are used to encourage thought. Hence my comparison of Eric Allen and Dee milliner………

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    His english wasn’t the best, I think the guy was just doing his best to make it through the presser.

    What the hell is wrong with a d-linemen saying he wants to dominate? That’s what we’re paying him for.

  • knighn

    I don’t know if the Eagles Will “Shock The World”, but I’d be pretty surprised if they win more than 4 games. This is not meant to be a slight towards Chip Kelly, but rather my opinion on the overall state of the team as left by Andy Reid. There is a lot of rebuilding to do, not just with new talent coming to the team, but with the remaining talent left on the team. There was an attitude of softness and entitlement over the last two seasons that needs to be expunged. That will take time. Let’s hope Chip Kelly has it in him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matteuwh Matteuw Hines

      Hahaha that’s shooting pretty low. I don’t think we are that far off. Sure things are being revamped but I don’t think the eagles are bottom feeders by any stretch.

    • Stephen Stempo

      6-8 easy. We weren’t that far off of 8 wins last year for god sakes. I know it was bad but a few bounces here and there and a gust of wind in the Pittsburg game and we are what 5-1 to start the season ? Yeah work needs to be done, and chip needs time to instill his ideas but seriously “surprised ” ? I’d be surprised if we don’t win 4 games by week 8 or 9.

      Step away from the ledge my friend.

      • JofreyRice

        They started the season with a last minute nail-biter against the Browns. I think you’re understating just how putrid they were. This isn’t one of those mid-decade 11-5 Eagles teams that lost in the NFCCG and then had an offseason of fans proclaiming them the worst team in the NFL, and Reid the worst coach. This team really was one of the worst in the NFL, and it’s not because they “underachieved”. This is the effect of several years of making the wrong decisions on players and coaches. They’re in the process of tearing the thing down to the foundation. I don’t think 4-12 is outlandish.

        • xlGmanlx

          They also beat the SB champs with defense and toughness. They might not be 10-6, but to think it was more talent then between the ears is a little off. The second half of the season was business decisions over winning from players in my opinion.

          • JofreyRice

            Interesting, I thought Nnamdi got the benefit of an OPI call against Jacoby Jones there, who had clowned him all game. You could also say that in the following week Reid got pretty damn lucky that the Giants kicker missed the retry after he attempted to ice him.

            I thought they were worse than an 8-8 record in 2011, as well and agree with Lurie’s characterization of those wins as “fools gold”. They beat a bunch of backup level QB’s, and aggrandized the wins afterward; what’s worse, is they knew it!

            This team is a dumpster fire. Kelly might be the guy to put it out, but I don’t think the talent level here is anything like what Jim Harbaugh walked into on the 49ers, or what Reid is walking into in KC, for that matter.

          • xlGmanlx

            Don’t forget, with the same personnel for the most part, the igg’s have done well against the 9′rs over the past 4-5 years. Again, i’m not going to say what their record is going to be, but they aren’t exactly D leaguers across the board. Leadership is usually the first thing to look at when people don’t perform as they should, and it appears the consensus was that was universally regarded as lacking in the locker room and Reid lost points in his leadership for not holding players accountable.

            Chip Kelly I hope changes that, especially when you read what he says and talks about. If you accept it, expect it – if you accept lack of attention to detail/focus/drops/fumbles/hustle in practice, expect to see it on sundays.

        • D3Keith

          Interesting. I don’t think there’s any debating that they were awful last season, and even the games they won they could have lost — but I also believe they weren’t as bad as they played after the bye and they fired Castillo.

          They just quit, and that proves the right guys weren’t on the team, or the right leadership wasn’t in place. Since they’re gutting the roster and installing a new system, I wouldn’t want to wager on how many games they’ll win. But I also think it’s highly likely that Kelly will get more out of certain players, and this roster as a whole, than the coaching staff got last season, even if there is less talent on hand overall.

          The Eagles will probably win enough games to give Kelly some credibility as a coach coming over from college, but also too many to give them their choice of QBs at the top of the ’14 draft.

          • xlGmanlx

            I believe Castillo was better than we expected, and if the offense wasn’t putrid, might have had some breaks. I would have loved to see Kelly bring Juan back and give him a chance to work on the D again as one of the assistant coaches.

      • Thakm77

        10-6 ….. Watch

  • morgan c

    Oh God… did this guy not get the memo? What the Eagles need; more talk!!!! Yippee! Haha, but seriously, shut up and play. Not like a wimp preferably (re: last year’s team).

    • Stephen Stempo

      Yeah. Honestly, I hate players that come in with that attitude that they feel they can compete and win right away. Definitely not the kind of players you want. I mean saying things like that demonstrates no leadership or attitude whatsoever. I’d much prefer quiet players who have realistic expectations and don’t expect to do well.

      • morgan c

        Me too! Vince Young proclaiming dream team was great, and Vick’s dynasty talk totally panned out. Definitely a good thing to proclaim ridiculous things and then not follow through! Right on brother!

        • Stephen Stempo

          Yeah I know. That was totally the same thing. And those two players are the only two players in the history of the nfl to ever overstate their confidence to the public !

          Two borderline mentally handicapped people spout off and all of the sudden our whole fan base is allergic to confident players.

          Dumb.

          • theycallmerob

            hahahaha stop it, I can’t take any more.

    • daryksr

      You would think the media would be the first to step up and remind this guy the team he is coming to and give him the just shut up award. But good ol Tim has to do his spin job and make this come off as a good thing. Hea we are all set for a culture change. To bad its being led by the same men who created the mess, ala Lurie and Roseman.

      • Stephen Stempo

        Um. Let me guess. You believe on Bigfoot ,ghosts, vampires , psychics , the Easter bunny and conspiracies ? Yeah. Go root for the cowboys

  • Andy

    Sweet, everybody knows Samoans are the best nose tackles. And girl scout cookies, too.

    • theycallmerob

      sorry, thin mints win. all the time, every time.

      • Anebriated

        And twice on sundays

    • Warhound

      Somoans tend to have very “male” body proportions (long torso, shorter legs) which is very advantageous for D-line play. However, an athletic Samoan will not do so well at basketball. In basketball a female body proportion (long legs relative to the torso) is an advantage.

  • peteike

    Id be happy too with a bunch of money in my pocket at a new job.

  • NK

    Is Vince Young his agent?

  • ICDogg

    LOL… well at least he has the benefit of no one actually believing him

    • daryksr

      Lmao, thats the kind of comment Tim should have thrown in at the end of his column.

      • peteike

        loser seahawks fans dont tell writers how to do their job. Theres a reason you are stuck here posting in a thread with the rest of us.

  • Myke Lowery

    Dream team. . Dynasty. . Now shocking the world.

  • LT

    Of course, we shocked the world last year……from a projected Super Bowl contender to 4th place in the draft.

  • Thakm77

    Micahel Vick will have a PRO BOWL year!!!!!!!!! You read it here first!!!!!!!! Guarantee!!!!!!!!
    *if he stays healthy

    • Wilbert M.

      I think you could be right as long as Kelly is the genius we hope he is.

  • Thakm77

    People if you know football then you know this!!!!!!
    1. Shouldn’t have gotten rid of Dawkins, Samuel, or Sean McDermott.

    2. Marty “mcfly” martinweig should have been fired the year after Jim Johnson died. How many times does 3rd and 1 mean throw the football?

    Long overdue…

    3. We should have taken earl Thomas two years ago instead of taking Brandon graham. If we did the. We wouldn’t be going through this bs now… NO MORE DE’s, OLBs, 6’6 240 pounds isnt getting to the QB

    • Graham

      Are you captain hindsight?

    • Wilbert M.

      I am fine with you being Captain Hindsight! Those who forget history are doomed to forget it. Andy was a moron for not taking Earl Thomas. And, Marty and Andy were idiots for not making a strategy to take advantage of McCoy, Bryce Brown, Jackson, etc.

      Yes! Why did Andy draft 3-4 defensive ends (Gocong, Teo’Nesheim, Sapp) when we ran a 4-3? Hopefully the new regime will not be so stupid!

  • Damien

    NO!!! NOT ANOTHER DREAM TEAM! We’re now the “Shock Team”…

  • Max Lightfoot

    I’d be thrilled (and shocked) if my Birds can get to 8-8 this year, so maybe he’s not that far off! I mean, that 4-12 record was no fluke, folks. But they can only go up. Once again, they need to start rebuilding the O-line if they want to get more than six games outta Vick (if he makes the team, that is). Still, I am optimistic, and I’ll give Kelly at least a year. Go Eags!

    • knighn

      I absolutely agree that the 4-12 record was not a fluke. People also tend to forget how close the Eagles were to 0-16. The Eagles won those 4 games by a total of 6 points. That’s right: the Eagles were only 6 points away from being 0-16!
      Now, IF the defense plays better, and IF special teams play better, and IF the offensive line stays healthy, and IF one of the QBs can clearly win the QB competition and lead the team and stay healthy, and IF the entire can learn the new systems and jell quickly then the Eagles have a chance of doing really well in 2013. Realistically speaking: that’s a lot of IFs.

      To be fair: you’ve got to give Chip Kelly two full seasons. Andy Reid and company didn’t build this mess overnight, and it won’t be fixed overnight. In the 2015 season the Eagles should be really competitive again.

  • DunedinEagle

    I hope he plays better on his feet than he thinks on his seat.

  • southy

    providing an inside pass rush and pushing the pocket in a 4 down defense? i know you spin stuff at these pressers but maybe someone can point me to the film that Kelly’s been watching??