Twitter Mailbag: Ratings And Expectations

Much of the credit goes to the offensive line in the Eagles' win over the Lions in the Lincoln Financial Field Snow BowlQuick note to get things started:

The Eagles-Lions game pulled a monster rating of 34.9 in the Philly market. Per the team, that is the third-highest rated 1 p.m. game dating back to 1997. The other two both came in 2004 during the Super Bowl run.

Also, the Week 16 Eagles-Bears game has been flexed to Sunday Night Football, bumping Patriots-Ravens to 4:25. There is a chance the Eagles-Dallas game gets flexed as well. The NFL typically makes that decision on Monday after the Week 16 games.




Now onto the Twitter questions.

From @SellBlock18: 2 of the next 3 games will be played in a dome...how do you envision this offense playing and will anyone stop them??

I'm not ready to call them unstoppable, but the offense is pretty-well suited for dome ball. You don't have to worry about Nick Foles' accuracy being affected by the elements, and guys like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy have the skill set to take advantage of a fast track.

Chip Kelly believes the notion that teams are built for certain conditions (dome, cold weather) is "writer-speak" and does not factor such things in when putting together a roster.

"We don't get that technical," he said. "Can they run and catch and tackle?"

But you can make the argument that this offense is suited for whatever environment they play in. If it's a total mess, like this past Sunday, they can lean on one of the top running games in the league. If the game is played in pristine conditions, they can deploy more of a precision attack.

Another way to put it is it pays to have a balanced offense.

From @bmbarlet: Do you think part of the Eagles 5 game win streak is attributed to their overall health compared to most other teams?

I think in part, yes.

Earl Wolff returned to practice today, leaving Najee Goode (hamstring) as the only spectator. That's pretty remarkable for this time of year.  And the energy level at Tuesday's session was pretty high. The Eagles are one of the few teams in the league to practice this early in the week and they are coming off an emotional game, but the practice was upbeat and no one seemed to be dragging.

I'm not sure how much credit goes to sports science, or how much luck is involved when it comes to their good health. All I know is that the Eagles are healthy and looking fresh, and it's hard to overstate just how important that is for a football team this time of year.

From @addisonroberts: should we still have low expectations for this team? They keep making me think they are legit SB contenders but I know better.

One of the great things about this fresh start is it re-sets the expectation levels. For much of the fan base in the latter stages of the Andy Reid era, the mentality was: "Wake me up when the Eagles are in the postseason."  That takes some fun out of the process. This year fans have been able to live moment to moment, and I see no reason to stop that now.

Do I think they are Super Bowl contenders? My first instinct is to say no, that Seattle and San Francisco and New Orleans may be a cut above this Eagles team. But Kelly's group is healthy, as we just discussed, and appear to be getting stronger as the year goes along. Who knows what is possible?

The season ends in disappointment for 31 teams, so the odds aren't in your favor to begin with. But it's much more fun to ride the ride rather than sitting it out in fear that they let you down.

 

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  • Brennan Hildebrandt

    By the end of week 17 you’ll see just how good this team actually and can be once they reach the playoffs.

  • Media Mike

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    I agree with Seattle and New Orleans being clearly better than the Eagles, but I’m not buying the Niners – especially if they have to visit Philadelphia for a playoff game.

    The Niners have to run really well in order to win games. They have an read one and run dolt at QB. We’ve been much better vs. the run than vs. the pass. The Niners have a substandard secondary and require pressure from their front 7 to win games. We have an excellent o-line.

    • aub32

      Are you talking about the guy that took his team to the SB last year? Cut the kid some slack. Who has he had to throw the ball too? He also just beat those Seahawks.

      • Media Mike

        He’s a scramble bum with limited abilities to do anything other than read one and run. Their D and run game took them to the Superbowl along with some genius playcalling by Roman to mask Kaep’s limited mental abilities.
        If you check out Greg Cosell’s commentary on Kaep, you’ll really understand how poor his abilities as a passer truly are. He’s on Ross Tucker’s Sirius NFL show every week. The analysis of why Kaep isn’t that good is very solid football.

        • Andy124

          “Bum” is a bit strong, which is your thing, I get it. He’s certainly not as good a passer as what we get to watch on a weekly basis. But like Nick, he’s not done growing as a QB.

          I would warn against any kind of confident proclomation of his limitations. Same for Cam.

          • Media Mike

            That style of football is very limited, so I prefer it be relegated to wildcat status sooner rather than later. Chip adapted it perfectly to the NFL when he only had 2 or 3 called runs per game for Vick. What Kaep, Scam, RG3&10,Manuel, etc. do while playing “QB” creates a magnified injury prone situation.

          • Andy124

            Pretty sure they’re trying to take him down the Steve Young route. Develop in to a great passer who can run when the situation calls for it. He’s not there yet, but it took Steve a pretty long time to get there himself, and he got to learn from the great Joe.

          • Media Mike

            I can see that logic, but the sheer number of called runs (or scrambles) are going to get his career massively shortened due to big hits.

          • Marilyn Monbroe

            Steve young always had it. Look at his stats when he would spot start for montana.

          • Andy124

            It wasn’t until his 5th year in the league he that he managed to top 54% completion percentage for a season and it wasn’t until his 8th year in the league that he managed to top 20 touchdown passes in a season.

            He’s on record as saying that his career turned around when a coach got in his face and told him he’d never win anything until he learned to rely on his arm instead of his legs. Anybody have details on that? What coach, what year?

      • Stephen Stempo

        Anquan Boldin accounts for 1/3 of his passing yards I’d say him and vernon davis are pretty good… Kap just throws it up and Boldin makes circus catch after circus catch to prop up the kids stats. He’s talking about the same guy who has only passed over 200 yards 4 times this season and who’s posted QB ratings of 20,49,42 and 67. He’s completing 57% of his passes which is pretty good…. in 1980. Listen Kaepernick has his moments and has put up a few good games this year but I wouldn’t say he scares me.

        Colin Kaepernick can be shut down. I think we have an athletic enough front 7 to counter san frans offense Cox is an athletic freak for his size and curry and kendricks are athletic in their own right.

        • aub32

          You clearly haven’t been watching them. Boldin gets no separation from anyone. There’s a reason the Ravens traded him away. He had a great playoff performance last year, but that’s it. He did nothing of note in the regular season. He isn’t even one of the top #2 guys in the league anymore. Davis has missed quite a bit of time this season. So like I said he hasn’t had many guys to throw to.

          • Stephen Stempo

            …. I watched him in Week 1 be single handedly responsible for almost every passing yard Kaep had… I guess those near 1000 receiving yards by week 13 are an anomaly. Surely a good WR would have 2000 yards with the mighty and wonderful Colin Kaepernick at the helm… I mean wtf? I want to buy whatever glasses you’re wearing.. Unless you’re like his cousin or something. Back your shit up.

  • Andy

    Yes the team is healthy, but that’s only because they got all their ACLs out of the way in the first two weeks of training camp.

    • Chris

      Yep, we lost 3 contributors in Maclin, Benn and Phillips before the season started, so no one can say that the Eagles didn’t get hit with the bug. The fact that there were so few IN SEASON injuries, however, is remarkable.

      • Adam

        Important to note they hadn’t been participating in Chip’s program that long before they were injured.

        • TNA

          I thought Maclin was adhering to Chip’s program since OTAs. I could be wrong.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Ya everyone was adhering, I think Adam just means overall they hadn’t been participating very long in the program as it was still new.

      • Media Mike

        The loss of Phillips was the worst of the bunch when you consider he was supposed to be our ace special team guy to compliment Colt.

        • Damien

          ??? He was our starting safety… Also Maclin was clearly worse…

          • Media Mike

            Jason Phillips was LB depth.

            http://www.nfl.com/player/jasonphillips/2507765/profile
            And Maclin’s output has been matched by Cooper, much to my shock.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Matched by Cooper? what about the idea that Maclin would have been that much better as well. Something to ponder

            Agreed tho, Cooper has far exceeded expectations, but it’s not fair to say that Cooper in this system has matched Maclin in Reid’s system without considering what Maclin would have done in this system

          • Media Mike

            Maclin had ample opportunity to prove his value, but turns in 1 catch 6 yard efforts when we’ve needed him most. Arizona game in 11. Titans game the year prior. I think he comes up small when Jackson is out.

          • GW.Fisher

            Cooper was the very definition of “small” until Chip came along…

          • Media Mike

            I agree, I’m just not a fan of Maclin’s body of work and I really cannot stand the anti-DeSean people that try to claim Maclin is as good, or even better, than DeSean.

          • EaglePete

            enh, Maclin had some bad outings but they were on bad teams/chemistry. Same can be said of Djax and I think Maclin still has huge upside. Would love to see what he could do in this offense but also wouldnt be the worst thing to let him walk. Depends if we draft a WR, would love a big one that can ball opp Djax.

          • GEAGLE

            Yes and no…Coop and FOles connection already showed some signs last year..they just have that chemistry. It makes sense since they were working together on the second team last year when Vick was getting reps with Desean…Coop just isn’t meant to play with a QB with no anticipation and timing like Vick…Vick waits til your open then uses his laser to deliver..Coop doesn’t really get open much, you have to throw him open and let him go get it, which Nicky seems to do really well…Coops chemistry with Nick has literally made himself indespensable to this franchise. The last thing you can do is take Coop away from Nick, and with his blocking being so important to our offense, has a free agent ever been in a better position then Coop there it is? Lol

          • cliff henny

            i can stand losing cooper if he gets a stupid contract. foles will go into net yr as #1, and with kelly’s crazy reps, new wr will get on same page with foles

          • GEAGLE

            I don’t think Coop wants to leave and having to deal with being welcomed in a new locker room is something we have in our favor…I’m sure he would look good in Denver,GB,NO,NE tho…Jax probably makes him an offer, and you figure dirty banner throws money at him just because he is on our nuts…ultimately I’m shocked if he isn’t here. I think Shady,FOles,Coop,Desean,Ertz are the cornerstones of our future

          • cliff henny

            careers are just so short, cant blame them for chasing money. forgot Landry and lyoria!

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah but Howie is crafty..can always offer him a higher bonus, so that the yearly salary is manageable…I really don’t think they will be ok with losing Cedric’s or Coop…Maclin,Nate,Colt is what I.dont know…Kurt Coleman is GONE! Cleveland here comes Kurt Coleman, and Banner I will puff out his chest and act like he stole him from Howie lol

          • Media Mike

            Cooper – 5 years $ 45 million from the Redskins! Book it!

          • GEAGLE

            Coop will stay…book it

          • Media Mike

            I’m not sure on what players they’ll spend the money, but the Skins are going to overpay a ton of dudes because they’re getting back that $18 million they lost due to cheating the salary rules in 2010.

          • Andy124

            booked

          • G_WallyHunter

            Agreed, not saying Maclin was that good. Just that no one knows what he woulda done if he was in this system, jeeze imagine a productive Maclin Djax and Cooper that’s lethal.

          • Andy124

            Taking my weekly moment to mourn the lost opportunity to see what Benn could do here with a fresh start.

          • G_WallyHunter

            ya, it creates a lot of frustration thinking what a healthy Benn and Maclin would be doing in this system, in ADDITION to the current production. Jeeze, better to not think about it lol

            Might as well be thankful for all the players who DO get to take part in it, the unbelievable health of this team (minus Benn and Maclin, of course…)

          • GEAGLE

            THATS the loss that EATS AT ME!!!

          • Media Mike

            I’m down with that, I guess I’m still overly fixated on how horrible the special teams tackling was on Sunday as to why I’m missing Phillips.

          • G_WallyHunter

            agreed, but shouldn’t rush judgement on the ST on Sunday, sure it was even playing ground and DET did much better in the category, but I’d rather wait and see how they contain Cordarelle this week in a DOME before passing any meaningful judgement. I’m not excusing them for Sunday, but it would be ignorant not to consider all the circumstances.

            Like someone said yesterday, kind of like giving them a mulligan for Sunday.

          • GEAGLE

            You might think I’m nuts!!but I honestly would be more excited about adding a healthy Rejus Benn to this offense than a healthy Maclin. I drool over what Chip would do with a healthy Rejus

          • G_WallyHunter

            Maclin know’s he’ll have to come in and prove himself again, agreed with you, Benn and Maclin both bring lots to the table, Benn just can’t stay healthy. period. so that’s crap

          • GEAGLE

            I hold out a smidget of hope that chips voodoo/sport science can put humpty “Rejus” dumpty back together again lol

          • cliff henny

            this is why i have no idea why people think he could play the slot. outside, he’d get some RAC, but inside with big boys, he gets gator arms or falls down.

          • Media Mike

            Tommy’s good ole’ “Self-tacklin’ Maclin!”

          • cliff henny

            is a top5 all-time nickname. izell jenkins was my favorite as a kid, toast, but learned it wasnt as original as i thought

          • Greg Rosen

            Kelly will draft a WR with much more upside. Coop, Maclin or Avant will come back. Just one.

          • Andy124

            Mike is talking about Jason Phillips, ILB and Special Teams ace, not Kenny Phillips.

          • Eric52036

            Jason phillips. Jason

        • GEAGLE

          Yeah I really look forward to getting Phillips back especially if we sign Colt this offseason…I don’t know, but I assume Phillips would provide better defensive depth than the ugly duckling mathews

  • CTAZPA

    Thinking about the health/freshness issue: Chip’s teams at Oregon didn’t get the benefit of being healthier than their opponent at bowl time because each team was coming of of a several week rest period. I wonder if the NFL playoffs will give the Birds an advantage because nobody gets a long rest and we’re in great shape?

    Oops, I’m getting ahead of myself … Beat Minnesota!

  • G_WallyHunter

    Flexing both games? Chip gonna be pissed. He wanted that consistency.

    • BlindChow

      I wonder if he’ll flex practice.

      • Andy124

        I’m sure Ed will flex during the game.

    • Johnny Domino

      Does Ed Hochuli ref all the flex games?

      • G_WallyHunter

        Hopefully, either way, wish they would keep Bears at 1, bullshiz, I’m fine with Dallas being flexed as last game of season, would make it epic especially if for division. They’re gonna wait until after week 16, as Tim said, to see if it’s worth it to flex. Profit! Profit! Profit!

      • Chris

        It’s probably in his contract

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ed “The Honourable” Hochuli

  • Kev_H

    I was firing up the Super Bowl bandwagon since before they played the Bucs. Everything is right on schedule.

  • Adam

    The season ends in disappointment for 31 teams

    Don’t agree. This season has been about the farthest thing from a disappointment for me.

    • Media Mike

      Yeah, I was WAY more disappointed at the end of the 2002 and 2008 seasons when we would have easily won Super Bowls over garbage reps from the AFC (Raiders / Steelers) as opposed to the 2004 loss to the Pats that I expected.
      The “bar” for this season for me is now a division win, a win over one of the two mental midget QBs (Scam Newton / Kaepernitwit) in a home wild card game, and a close shootout loss to the Saints.
      I was looking for 6 wins and a pulse when the year started. If we don’t get a title this year, I’m not going to be disappointed.

    • aub32

      Very true. We have found our coach. Our playmakers are performing like stars again, and our role players are much more than the dead weight some expected them to be. We seem to have fixed our draft woes, and the rest of the division looks to be in trouble for the next year or two. I want a SB as much as anyone else here. Though winning the division and losing to what I feel are 3 of the top 4 teams in the NFL (SEA, NO, SF) would still be a good season imho.

      • Media Mike

        Agree except I’d expect to beat San Fran here due to their sub-standard passer situation at QB.

        • GEAGLE

          I also tend that the better PASSER wins the game

      • Richard Colton

        and QB

        • GEAGLE

          We have a QB that has a chance to be special, and months ago the talk was that we would have to mortgage a draft to trade up for a QB, and THEN wait and develop him…the emergence of Nicky the saint is like skipping 3 steps in the rebuilding process lol…we practically skipped a year. Most of us didn’t realistically expect something like this til year two..it’s like we are almost man entire year ahead of where we should be….looks like be took a MAJOR SHORT CUT on he the road back to the top..
          ,.,
          So excited to see Wolff play with this IMPROVED defense!

          • Andy124

            Yeah, but now we’ll be picking near the bottom of every round instead of near the top. Kills our ability to stock up on talent. This sucks. I knew we should have went with Barkley.

          • GEAGLE

            With these coaches, I don’t even think it matters…I expect them to continue to look at all the talent! find one that compares to the rest but who is the smartest and is DIE hard about football the most…

            Picking 23 isn’t the end of the world if you know what you are doing…what does that really mean? That you will get the 3rd best prospect in an entire draft at a certain position? We just drafted the 3rd best OT and you can bet YOUR ASS Lane would be the first OT drafted if Jax and KC could redraft now…
            Picking 25th, you won’t get the 3rd best OT, or QB..but you still have a chance at the 3rd best WR…and in a word of inexact science the 3rd best could turn out to be the best especially if he is getting better coached up then the player at his position who was picked 10 spots higher

          • Marilyn Monbroe

            Niners were mediocre or worse for many years before harbaugh. They had the top picks.

          • GEAGLE

            What top picks are they really still counting on?
            Willis
            Staley
            Aldon
            Navaro
            Vernon
            Who else?

            We still have some youngins of our own who are on their way to being as good as those guys…Cox is a BABY, it’s insane that he has two years of quality under his belt. Lane is NOTHING compared to what he will be..Shady and Desean belong on that list…and I’d take Mathis!JP,Kelce over staley TODAY

          • Explorer51

            Actually, Navorro Bowman was the 91st pick in the 2010 draft, the 27th in the 3rd round. I was hoping that we would pick up this Penn State LB, particularly since we traded our second round pick to Dallas(!!!) who grabbed another PSU LB…Sean Lee. Of course, we outsmarted everybody in that 3rd round and snagged the immortal Daniel Te’O-Neisheim. God, I’m glad those days are gone!

          • jon h

            agree – it also allows you to potentially pick the best guy at a more undervalued position on the field. The best safety or even linebacker could be available at that slot, right?

          • Richard Colton

            I’m excited too. But is Wolff good? Did Allen remember how to play football after a year and a half? Or does a rising tide lift all boats?

          • Tom w

            Having foles more importantly turned cooper into a legit wr 2 so that is another hole we upgraded. And our dline is atleast a year or two ahead of what we expected and Logan’s development as a legit nt starter in this league is huge. The hit on Thornton at 5tech and Barwin and Kendrick’s working out all leaves our future bright without having any glaring holes. We basically replanted this team in less than a year to the point where we can truly go bpa in the draft. I’m thrilled we will pick late like the steelers always do …. Grab the stud talent that falls like a Rodgers Wilkerson reed Kiko chandler jones etc.

          • jon h

            totally agree with this – Cooper has been a pleasant surprise this year.

  • cliff henny

    as crazy as super bowl talk was 2 months ago, this team doesnt have to play NO or SEA next week. those games are 4-5 weeks out…4-5 weeks ago they were just coming off NYG/Dal debacles. just imagine where this team could be in a month.

    • Jason

      Absolutely, and as we’ve seen by both of them the last two weeks they are capable of playing poorly. Albeit, on the road. This team and performance is what I expected two years ago, those two seasons have just made us/me skittish to believe in SB talk. We might be a piece or two away, but so is every team.

      • GEAGLE

        I don’t know that we can win a Super Bowl, but I don’t see why we can’t be better than those Giant teams that got hot at the right time and won superbowls…those were not very good teams..If we remain hot I don’t see how we can’t be better then those giant teams were, what that ultimately means, we are about to find out

        • OregonDucker

          Remember, we have better coaching than the Giants did.

    • GEAGLE

      So true…if we get THAT far, this team will be ridiculously better then they are today…

      As long as your QB continues to be accurate, fearless and make the smart decisions taking care of the ball, we continue to play united and Discaplined, and continue the trend of shooting ourselves in the foot much less then our opponents, while remaining drastically healthier then everyone else..we will be a formidable test that’s tough to beat for anyone.
      ,..
      A HOT team is the most dangerous team, and TODAY there is no team on 5 game streak hotter than us! I doubt teams still scoff at the thought of playing the eagles

      • GEAGLE

        I don’t think people understand how good their defense was against the lions..in a game like that, who makes less mistakes is going to win. One small gap mistake in elements like that lead to 6 points the other way…
        ..
        “what are the odds that not a single eagle slipped during a big pass or slipped out of his run gap for 60 minutes giving up a long pass or run for a TD in a game like that?”-Richard Hoffman
        ..
        that’s SOOO true. Not a single time did you see Cary or Brad slip and fall with Calvin streaking open down the field after the great stafford and his cannon of an arm delivered it, yet The Coop and Nick connection came thru like the Wu…. it’s baffling how our defense only gave up 8 points against a team that has a WR who has an advantage over ANYONE and a QB who is allegedly better than the kid we have…Desean was able to get into the ENDZONE! Coop there it is was able to catch Blizzard Bombs and two point conversions…where was the great Megatron? Getting his face smeared into the snow!!

      • cliff henny

        being stuck in panther country, man, do i hope cam has to come to philly in the cold!

        • GEAGLE

          I have too much respect for their front 7 to actually hope for them to come…but I totally get where you are coming from.

          I’m a big admirer of Kuechly,Star,hardy

          • cliff henny

            well, eagles are going to be playing sf or car unless something crazy happens. wont be any passes in east to get to SB

          • GEAGLE

            Rather play San Fran, I think…

          • cliff henny

            really? not like san fran isnt cold and windy, plus playoff experience.

          • GEAGLE

            Think it be easier to rattle kAp in year two! then Cam in year three…but I’m not sure, I gotta think about that. What’s Jonathan Stewart and Aldon smiths status?

          • Media Mike

            bad knee and bad morals

          • cliff henny

            think stewart is blown knee, like honey badger and gronk

      • OregonDucker

        No GEagle, they FEAR the Eagles. With big play potential and a “bend don’t break” defense, opponents should be concerned. This team is growing into a multi-headed monster (Offense, Defense, and ST when the snow is under 8 inches).

  • Brian

    Flex, you say?

  • Addison

    thanks for taking my tweet. I am loving the ride so far. I feel the same way you do. My instinct is no but this team pulls me in. Since week 1 I get so excited to get through my weekend so that I can watch the Eagles. Love this season and I sincerely hope it is the beginning of an era

    • Media Mike

      Agree 100%. We need to own this division for another decade!

      • GEAGLE

        Considering Washington being in complete shambles and not even having draft picks to attract a decent coach and build around that over rated mcBABY junior, and Dallas is a perennial JOKE which won’t change as long as jerry calls the shots and romo is the QB…OWNING the division for a decade shouldn’t be too much to ask lol, especially when I start looking at the age and cap situations of our competition lol

        • OregonDucker

          There is truth and hope to this.

    • cliff henny

      it’s certainly fun to win, but this team is really fun to watch. it’s well played football, at a great pace and players really seem to be enjoying themselves. think we’re going to get not only oregon/kelly fans, but people who just like style. hope they are better than vick fanboys

    • OregonDucker

      The promise that hope brings is reason enough. Chip brings possibilities that were not there before.

  • GEAGLE

    TM: to your point about today’s energetic practice..last night BRAMA Bull Barwin talked about how he is so much less sore then he normally is after a game..between the snow padding your fall and players don’t have their footing so they can’t explode as they normally would , significantly reduced the impact of the collisions…we have less sore players this week to add to our super sports science..

    • cliff henny

      their legs have to be rubbery though. know running in soft sand is 50% harder, figure about similar. sure kelly/hals had all sorts of heat treatments and electrodes hooked up to players sunday night.

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah that game def took more of a toll on their legs…heck just getting out of that vs game healthy was all I could ask for. didn’t the Vikings play in snow on Sunday or am I mistaken?

        • cliff henny

          more like sleet. they didnt have a picnic either. AP getting hurt has to have them mailing it in.

          • BlindChow

            The Official Minnesota Vikings Team Photo

            https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bak6OQBIUAAmlmL.jpg

          • GEAGLE

            Gerhardt too…they have to play their practice squad RB this week

          • cliff henny

            poor minne, only reason to watch. get up early and should offer little resistance. sounds like eagles are ready to play today. in the parking lot, like how kelly joked 6months ago

          • GEAGLE

            I hope to see a team HUNGRY to step on throats, prey and victimize on their way to some serious stat padding :)…T hats the dream!!…a shut out is probably my wet dream

          • cliff henny

            glass half full for Vikings’ fans…they still get to see best runner in NFL, he’ll just be wearing midnight green

          • Andy124

            I’m hoping to see 8…

          • GEAGLE

            Nah cuz 8 would mean our defense gave up too many points lol..rather see FOles throw for a modest 4(two passes to shady because he has to get his) and have FOles run a 5th in…with Vick or Barkley coming in to get some work and FOles bowing out early like the BAWSS that he is! :)….4TDs run a 5th in, NO turnovers works for me
            ..
            I BETTER see an angry and focused ST that doesn’t allow the Viking ST to junk up the game

          • Andy124

            If he did get 8, would they keep the same display in Canton, and just remove Peyton’s gear? :)

    • IAteLunchToday

      I go running a lot, and I hate running in the cold. I often feel more sore afterwards. It’s like I can never get really warmed up. The ground could have been frozen, too. I do, however, imagine that the snow would have softened the landing, but I don’t know. Just stuff to think about.

  • Dr Rick

    Great article by Timmy Mac!
    Lots of good basic football stuff here, by both The Tim and Coach Kelly.

    When Chip arrived at Oregon he said a lot of the same things then that he is saying now, only the format is different.

    He has always worked to be innovative within whatever rule set he plays, but his football strategy always relates directly back to old school football. This is the part the pundits have mostly missed.

    So it makes perfect sense to have a balanced team and have the run, even in 2013, as central to the game plan, and to work to have the TEAM as healthy as possible. These are core football concepts.

    FWIW, I predicted 8-8 with a stretch to 9-7. And 8-8 was generally felt to be overly optimistic.

    Kudos to Tim and Sheil for the quality of the reporting as well as the quality of the writing.

  • Cyrus Robinson

    The team that wins the Superbowl doesn’t need to be the best, just good enough and lucky enough. Ask every Superbowl favorite that’s lost.

  • Cyrus Robinson

    I know this sounds a little fanboyish, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 10 years down the road, we look back and think “we had all those great coaches together in Philly at the same time?” I really feel like our talented personnel is equally matched by our talented coaching staff.