Wake-Up Call: Defense Regains Its Edge

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The consensus within the Cary Williams circle of trust was that the cornerback wasn’t playing with the same type of edge that he had in Baltimore. Sounds strange, seeing as the feisty corner always seems to be an inch away from throwing haymakers on the field, but this has more to do with what’s been going on between the whistles. His brother said something about it. His best friend. Even his pastor felt he needed to be a bit more ferocious.

But when his wife, Amanda, broached the subject, that was the tipping point.

“When my wife said it, it really kind of sunk in,” said Williams. “I listened because she has been following me for a long time and watching how I played, and she said I just didn’t have the same aggressiveness like how I used to,” said Williams. “I gave a bunch of excuses why, but then when I look in the mirror it just is what it is. I am what I put out there on the field.


"I just wanted to get back into character."

The defense as a whole was trying to do the same thing. It had just been injected with a big dose of humility after allowing 48 points to the Matt Cassel-led Vikings, who were operating minus Adrian Peterson. Now they were up against the No. 2 scoring offense in the league, a group that Billy Davis afterwards described as "probably the most talented offense we've faced," even above the Broncos. And the Bears, with a chance to clinch the NFC North, were motivated. The Eagles didn’t have as much on the line.  It appeared that Chicago owned both a personnel and psychological advantage.

Instead, it was the Eagles' defense that dominated, limiting Chicago to 257 total yards and 11 points on the night.

Matt Forte, the No. 3 rusher in the league, was limited to 29 rushing yards. Alshon Jeffery (six catches, 76 yards) and Brandon Marshall (four catches, 36 yards, TD) were held in check by Williams and Bradley Fletcher, who were often locked up on the standout receivers one-on-one.

"Our corners stepped up on their own and handled them," said Davis. "I had a lot of things in the plan, but as I watched it unfold and saw how the corners were holding up -- and they really were holding up well -- I let them out there on their own and they did the job, they did a great job tonight."

The front seven generated pressure all night. Jay Cutler had been sacked just 13 times in nine starts coming in; the Eagles got him five times. Trent Cole had three of those. It was his third multi-sack performance in the last five weeks.

"I don't think he realizes the type of energy and the type of charge he gives the offense when he makes those type of big-time plays on third down," said Mychal Kendricks. "Or even us. When we see him make a play, we know, here' s a guy, how many years he's been playing, still doing what he's doing, raising the bar every day. He just goes, man. I wouldn't want to play with anybody else. That guy right there is a big part of this team."

Cedric Thornton, a terror all night, forced a safety. Brandon Boykin, a week removed from suffering a concussion, returned a Cutler interception 54 yards for a touchdown. The 5-10 corner decided to celebrate by finger-rolling the ball through the uprights, but his lay-up attempt clanged off the bar and fell short. That was just about the only thing that went wrong for the Eagles’ defense.

One of the major questions coming out of the Vikings game was whether the performance in Minneapolis was an anomaly, or something more. The defense made a pretty strong case Sunday night that suggested last week was just a one-week downturn during an otherwise impressive stretch of ball. They got back into character.

"It's a great sign," said Davis. "It's a testament to our leadership. Our leaders in the locker room are really doing a fantastic job keeping us on edge, keeping the guys ready, preparing as they are because they are the hardest workers. I think the leadership from a players' standpoint really stepped up and made a difference this week."

WHAT YOU MISSED

Chip Kelly on playing the starters: "We're from Philadelphia and we fight."

Sheil provides his observations from the Eagles' win over Chicago.

Sunday's big showdown with Dallas has been flexed to Sunday night.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Reuben Frank on the impressive play of Nick Foles:

This is incredible: Donovan McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and is considered a borderline Hall of Famer. Yet he had only two seasons with more touchdown passes than Nick Foles has in the equivalent of 9½ games this year. In about 60 percent of a season, Foles' 25 touchdown passes are sixth-most in franchise history. Insane. The five ahead of him: Sonny Jurgensen (32 in 1961), McNabb (31 in 2004), Randall Cunningham (30 in 1990), Norm Snead (29 in 1967) and Ron Jaworski (27 in 1980). Just insane.

Mike Sielski writes that Kelly's gamble paid off in a big way.

Yes, the Eagles have wiped away the memory of that alarming loss last week in Minnesota, and regenerating some momentum and self-confidence in his own players would have been an obvious motivation for Kelly to treat Sunday's game with the utmost importance. But whether he intended it to be or not, this performance had to be a powerful play on the Cowboys' fragile collective psyche, too...

Now, instead of relaxing under the presumption that Kelly would make the safe and easy call to rest his starters, the Cowboys spent their Sunday night watching the Eagles play their most dominant and complete game of the season, never giving the Bears a chance to breathe.

COMING UP

Dallas week. We'll talk to Kelly at 1.

  • RIP illa

    If nothing else (and I’m a fan) C-Will has provided the Philly media and faithful w/ one great story after another since the off season. Personally I would love to see a reality show staring him just to get that much more of a glimpse into what goes on in his life and head. Lol. Never thought sconces could be so fascinating, and I’m a big fan of home decor!!!

    Seriously, I do agree w/ Geagle when he says that Chip and other coaches like this guy a lot more than fans know. I think he pretty much made himself an intrical part of this team and more specifically this D. I get that he’s abrasive, but also think that’s what makes him the player he is and don’t mind it (hell, look at some of my post). As long as Chip, Davis, and his teammates trust him, then that should go along way w/ us fans.

    • GEAGLE

      Mr. December was fantastic last night….
      ,..
      Everyone is gaga about the defense but we are only operating at 70-80 % of our potential….young ins still have plenty of growing to do, add in some more talent…we will have a scary defense in no time.

      Most of the pieces for an eventual top defense are already in place

      • RIP illa

        Perhaps…although I’m definitely leaning towards your optimism in a big way. I’m so happy that Davis ran man last night (I have an unreasonable hate for zone and blame McDermott for it) and I don’t know if this was cause of CHI’s routes, but even when we ran zone, it was not as far back as usual. Can’t wait to get more talent.

        • GEAGLE

          I’m telling you, if we wanted to sit back.play off in Zone, Cary and Brad wouldn’t be our CBs…they were signed to get physical, play press man, and jam WR at the LOS, yet we are mostly seeing them play off….that’s indirect reflection of how little we trust our safeties….the entire motto of our defense is not to let anyone get behind us..which can look passive at times…after this season, we will see the defense evolve into more of an attacking defense and that’s when we will really see our CBs playing press and battling WRs at the LOS….

          once we have Safeties who won’t let anyone get behind them, and once we have Safeties that will shut down YAC if our pressing CBs give up a catch…we will really see Cary and Brad play their game! and we will see a more aggressive attacking defense….Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this year we are seeing Billy adjust his defense to cover up the holes that we haven’t filled yet…

          Next year our pass rush will be improved, QBs will have to get the ball out faster, and our CBs will be able to do what they were brought here to do which is battle WR at the LOS, and disrupt the offenses timing….CBs will screw up the timing by pressing, the pass rush will get home quicker…QBs will have to rush throws and I expect to have added a ballhawk safety playmaker who will be ready to pounce on the INT…if QBs make a play on our pressng QBs, our new ball hawking safety will be in place to limit the yards after catch….
          …,
          Chip Kelly is one of the most agressive coaches in the league,,,he didn’t sign two physical CBs who press, so that they can play off, bend but don’t break, keep everything in front of you…That’s just the year 1 foundation…safety and pass rush help is on the way and we will evolve into more of an attacking defense, that allows Cary and Brad to play more to their strengths then how they were permitted play this year

          • Maggie

            Two things. I was most impressed to see the starting corners making tackles with special Teams! Maybe showing some of the others how it’s supposed to be done? Second, why do I never hear Kelly mentioned as Coach of the Year anywhere on TV?

    • Warhound

      …integral…

      • RIP illa

        Thanx

  • bentheimmigrant

    Dallas week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dallas sucks!

    • GEAGLE

      I don’t just want to beat them I want to Embarress them, I want dudes to get fired, I want it to hurt…blow the doors off that stadium and go get us some “glory hole” jerry style

      • Cranky Caucasian

        No no no, I want to keep that Dallas team completely intact. Same for Washington. Last thing in the world we want is some sort of competence to show up and make them good.

        • GEAGLE

          Lol this is true…

  • BleedGreenJames

    Remember when I said “Kendricks blows”?

    Yeah, I was wondering if some of you guys could help me get all this egg off my face. Great game by 95 last night.

    • GEAGLE

      Remember when I said you were WRONG? Lol

      Fans need to seriously stop tearing down our players before they have had a chance to grow into their Big Paws

      Don’t worry, you were far from the only one trashing Kendrick..idiot prince Joeffry wouldn’t know what a LB looked like if one slapped him in the face :)
      I don’t even understand how people could have looked at Kendricks and not seen a future stud in him

      • Daniel Spector

        He was just being used the wrong way….Keep him in attack mode and do not let him cover TEs 1 on 1 or RBs out of the flat.

        • GEAGLE

          Uhh NO…last year was the first time being asked to play man coverage….just because you look at a young player TODAY and see that he can’t do something at a high level, that doesn’t mean he won’t grow into it later

          Btw, our ILB is coverage, were some of our top performers last night…

          I don’t get why people look at a young kid, see how the play in the present, yet think it’s as good as it’s going to get? Why would you NOT expect it to IMPROVE?
          ..
          Kendricks will grow into a well rounded stud backer..one of our most versatile pieces who can
          Blitz
          run with TEs
          Cover Pass catching RBs out the backfield
          play the run
          Spy athletic QBs
          ..
          Kid is tied for league lead for fumble recoveries

          All I know is that by the end of next year, no one in Philly will care about Lavonte!Wagner, or Burfict…

          Our ILBs were fantastic in coverage last night and it was nice seeing them get recognition during the broadcast

          We have an amazing coach, with tons of coordinator experience, who’s sole responsibility is Mykal and Meco….how is there any doubt that Kendricks will be manning the middle for us for a long time?

          • Daniel Spector

            I disagree, while I think Kendricks will turn out to be a really good player he does have his problems in coverage. He gave up that 4th and long to the RB while playing zone and got beat by Martellus Bennett over the middle a few times in man coverage.

            I feel like at this point Kendricks is our best blitzer and should be utilized as such.

          • GEAGLE

            Yes, that most likely isn’t going to be the last completion he gives up…

          • Daniel Spector

            You can not deny that he has had his problems in coverage over the course of the season. Even look back to last week against the Vikings. Good news is his problems in coverage I think come from being over aggressive, which can be fixed. Hopefully in time he can become a complete player, but right now he is at his best when he is attacking.

          • Joe from Easton

            Pretty much all of his miscues are aggression issues. He’s a freak athlete and I think he’s starting to learn that playing within the scheme will allow that to shine instead of playing balls to the wall and trying to obliterate offensive players constantly. Don’t get me wrong, I love the attitude, but once he reigns himself in and plays with “controlled” aggression, he will be a player. His only downside is you can’t learn length, and he’s short; heck-of-a vertical leap though.

          • Daniel Spector

            Exactly, I worry about him at this point covering Witten 1 on 1 in a 3rd and 5 situation. I would much rather have him attacking Romo

          • GEAGLE

            Schematically, defending TEs should fall more on these shoulders of Barwin and the safeties….the fact that we are using an ILB to drop with TEs is a testament to his ability and versatility

          • GEAGLE

            Duh!! I don’t deny anything…he has had PLENTY of issues that extend past coverage…but nothing insurmountable.
            .,,
            Do you think he is a dumb football player? Do you think he just cares about the money and doesn’t work at his craft? Do you think our coaches are Incompetant?……if you DONT, then I don’t get what limitations you see in his game that would hinder him from becoming the player you would like him to be?

            Who a player is today, can be drastically different from who he will be this time next year…my excitement doesn’t come from him Meeting my needs for instant gratification…there is plenty mistakes he still makes, there are plenty of times he pisses me off….it’s not about who he is TODAY, it’s about who the kid grows up to be…and few players have more potential on our defense then Mykal….and unless you don’t believe in his Charecter or the coaching that he is getting, I don’t understand how someone could NOT be excited about his future….the kid has all the making of a high quality LB..give him time and scheme continuity and he will get there…I have very little doubts

          • dollamakeuholla

            This is Ridiculous!!! He is a second year LB who is in his First year in a new system. Of course he is going to make mistakes! Cox was doing the same thing and he is figuring it out now also. Do People really think he will come into the league with two different Coordinators in two years and not make mistakes. The guy will be a pro bowler in 2 years. Chalk it up. And I’m sure Ray lewis never let up any passes to tight ends his first couple years!! LOL

          • RIP illa

            A I read your comments, I think you’re using the word coverage in a broad sense of staying tight w/ the wr, ball skills, reading the QB, etc…correct? If so then you’re not really wrong. Kendricks got beat twice last night in coverage. On play he was flat out burned by Bennett and the other was when he got the holding call against Forte.

            The 2nd, was more of a mental lapse than anything else. CHI was continually keeping Forte in as a blocker or making him chip before he would go out into his route, which mostly was him delaying then running through his line and running a shallow cross in the middle. Both Mecco and Kendricks played that well for the majority of the game. If Forte stayed in then Kendricks or Meeco had the green light to rush. The two previous plays before the holding call, CHI kept Forte in. This lead to Forte faking like he was going to block then exploding into his route which Kendricks was was caught off guard cause he was lulled into a false sense of security instead of being focused and dialed in. Other than that, there were several plays where he was really solid in coverage even the one where he went for the pick on the sidelines and missed allowing a completion. You have to have good coverage to be able to make an attempt on the ball.
            Same thing last week when Ford got his big catch over the middle. Kendricks was an inch away from making the pick. He really should have just opened his hand up and knocked it down, but that’s ball skills. His coverage led him to the right spot and to be in a position to make a play on the ball.

            We are talking about a LB here, and a lot of people sometimes hold him up to CB standards for “coverage”. That in itself should give a clue about how good his coverage skills are. Not only is he our best coverage LB but he’s a pretty good one throughout the entire league. There aren’t too many LBs that cover better. Granted he does need to work on his route recognition, reading the QB in zone, and ball skills. But as far as actually staying w/ his man in coverage…he’s been pretty damn good since he came into the league, although he does struggle w/ anticipating QB check downs to the flat. But that’s still more of the mental side and him learning.

            Also gotta remember that the kid is 5’11 w/ 31 1/2 inch arms. That plays a big factor as he goes up against 6’3-6’7 TEs and his ball skills. Not an excuse as it’s up to him to compensate, but it is a factor. Having short thick arms is also a reason why he sometimes struggles to get off OL blocks if he doesn’t get proper hand placement before they get to him.

            So yes he’s still learning and has things that he needs to work on in coverage but his speed and athleticism serve to make him a better cover LB more often than the times he is not.

      • JofreyRice

        You’re a cheerleader buddy. You have as much credibility as swoop.

        Btw, Kendricks was the LB I wanted most in the draft. Got tired of watching him miss tackles and get trashed in coverage. They let him attack much more in this system, which is good, because the other stuff still has to come along.

        • GEAGLE

          Blah blah…you think I will read your posts today. Haven’t they proven worthless enough?

          • JofreyRice

            It would seem you read them pretty closely, g-kegel.

            besides your constant spam draft and news and notes posts, endless self congratulations, and shameless recycling of other peoples opinions, your dumbing down of reasonable critique into “hate” just annoys me. I apologize for observing the fact that you’re a fraud.

          • GEAGLE

            Be honest….if you were me, would you read what you write? Lol

          • JofreyRice

            considering you are just sitting there waiting for a diaper change and for your meds to kick in, what else do you have going on?

            remember when you didn’t want chip Kelly as the coach, o wise one? You were all about that Gus Bus.

          • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

            I have no skin in this game, but for who ever cares, as soon as I see GEAGLE’s post I scroll right past it. FOles is enough to drive me nuts.

          • Andy124

            Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?

          • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

            “Yea its a secret tunnel like in Hogan’s Heroes…”

          • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

            Heeey why didn’t it post the picture?

          • Andy124

            Can’t you two just not talk to each other?

          • JofreyRice

            desktop Disqus has been jacked up for me for like 3 weeks, so it will probably happen due to extenuating circumstances. I just saw him begging for my attention here so I figured I would give him some.

          • Token

            Thats odd. Wonder why that is. Browser issue? Im on Chrome with no problems.

          • JofreyRice

            Actually, it’s working for me at the moment. Using Chrome, Firefox, and IE, it’s just been showing up as this long list of comments for like three weeks now. Tried a few things, clearing stuff, etc., but couldn’t get it to work. Disqus updates their interface pretty frequently, maybe there was some patch or something. Hopefully it holds out.

          • Andy124

            I’ve seen that behavior a couple times, but never had it persist.

          • RIP illa

            Wonder where you have been. Yeah I noticed mine was acting weird last night also…hmm!

          • G_WallyHunter

            Come on guys, can’t we all just be friends

    • Daniel Spector

      Just keep using Kendricks as a blitzer, he is a liability in coverage

    • Andy

      Change your avatar, that’s your penance.

    • Richard Colton

      He played a good game, not a great game. Made some HUGE hits and plays, which (lets be honest) is what this defense needs the most. But it was far from a perfect game. He looked out of position a few times.

      I’ll say this though – he’s a second year guy. I was ready to give up on him at the end of last year. Now – I see him as a very good second year player with room to grow.

      • GEAGLE

        It’s not just yesterday…when you watch the film of his last 4-5 games, he really jumps out at you…around the raiders game it started to click for him….that kids been jerked around so much..from 4-3Sam to 3-4 WILB..asking him to spy, cover TE and RB out of the backfield, play the run,Blitz, all 3 downs…..just because one young player gets it right away, it dosmt make the other young player who needs more time any less of a player….as soon as this kid gets a little continuity, his second offseason in the same role in the same scheme, his career will really take off and we will have a heckuva stud LB on our hands….I have very little doubt about him…..with coach minter and Meco’s tutaledge. He couldnt be in better hands..

        Speaking of Meco…last night Collingsworth said Billy gives Meco two plays and Meco picks the one we run?

        • southy

          I heard that too G. I think that’s just Collinsworth freelancing. I suspect BD calls two plays and Meco starts in one and can check to the other at the line if he needs to.

          • Philly0312

            Southy…birds 24/7 tackled this a few weeks back. It’s basically exactly what you said, he has a play he can check to. He als sets alignments, which is huge.

        • Joe from Easton

          Kendricks is the one guy I haven’t let myself get down on for the same reasons you’ve mentioned. Nate Allen is similar to me, although I think Kendricks has more raw potential. I will say, though, that I do jump off of my couch in anger for every (once, maybe twice a game) time he decides to forget the fundamentals of “break down” to tackle and goes flying right by a guy and turns what should be a drive ending underneath throw into a first down.

      • RIP illa

        not trying to argue, but it was really only one series where he looked out of position and got abused by CHI. Ruined what might have been a perfect game for him. But sometimes that’s all it takes for the next O-Coord to see and find away to exploit. 2nd year…can’t wait to see what he grows into.

        • Richard Colton

          totally. I thought I saw a few spots where he lost the TE or gave up too big a cushion. Announcing crew called him out for it once. Biggest thing was the missed tackles – which (as far as I can tell) he’s eliminated. Im with you on Kendricks.

    • dave H

      I remember several people touting Vontaze Burfict ! what a call those commenters made because that guy is having a great season and he was free for the taking! undrafted. darn, its just that Fat Andy hated LB’s and Receivers so much that I hate to see us miss out on such valubale talent.
      Ill bet that Coach Kelly has way less player turnover than Fat Andy and we really benefit from that a ton.

      • Maggie

        Why not Coach of the Year for Kelly? Who else has started from scratch this year, brought in all new assistants, changed the culture completely, brought a fresh approach and subtly dissed several reporters? All in less than 1 year!

        • Weapon Y

          Ironically, Andy Reid (minus the part about reporters)

          • Maggie

            There is another difference or two. Andy started with several Pro Bowlers on defense and began winning, then losing. Kelly began with a large number of under-valued or rookie players, or fed up veterans on both sides of the ball. They began with losing but have been getting better and better and winning!

  • jakethesnake

    it all comes down to pressure from the front 7. Billy Davis called a great game and the d is peaking now….compared to the way the foreskins played against the last cowgirls drive is night and day…..shanahan’s incompetence cannot be overstated…..never mind that….this team is on the verge of shocking the league….forget next year, forget 2 years from now…..stars are aligned……go for it all now….looking to stomp Dallas next week and then blow the doors off the wild card team……go birds

  • nicksaenz1

    Celebrated X-mas here a few days early due to crazy schedules and travel for the holidays. Opened presents in the AM and they kept coming until 11:30 last night. What a great day. 2 100 yard rushers, Foles completes 84% of his passes, with most of the incompletions being throw aways. And that D, capped off with a Boykin pick 6. Wow. This is our first complete game of the season and I’m pretty sure this is exactly what Chip’s been waiting to see all season. What a thing of beauty.

  • EuropeanEagle

    They have to bring Cole back next season, they just have to!

    • GEAGLE

      Don’t have a choice really

      • EuropeanEagle

        Would they owe him too much to just terminate his contract? I’m not familiar with FO moves in the NFL so pardon my ignorance…

        • GEAGLE

          Yeah. It’s almost cheaper to keep him. No worries

          • EaglefaninAZ

            I think the locker room will benefit in keeping him too.

        • G_WallyHunter

          I believe it’s about 5 million dead? 6.5 million against the cap?

          Someone can correct me, but quite basically yes it probably costs only a million or two more to keep him, lot’s of guaranteed money still due next season in his contract.

          Edit: better details ^^^

        • Andy124

          Yeah, even if we cut him, he still counts 4.8 million against the cap. I believe we’d save less than 2 million by cutting him.

    • Token

      Hes making it tough. Just bringing it.

      Either way, a pass rusher is still at the top of the list in the offseason. Maybe you can keep Cole 1 more year and rotate the rookie in? I dunno, but its still a priority.

      • Andy124

        Agreed. Pass Rushing OLB is still priority #1 for me. Even with Cole’s surge, he’s getting old and we can’t count on him for much longer.

        • GEAGLE

          Same

      • anon

        Considering he’s a 30 yrd learning a brand new position. it took him the first half of the season to get accustomed. if you extrapolate based on his last 6 games he’s a 12-14 sack guy this year.

      • JofreyRice

        Well, we do have the preferable scenario of winning into a worse draft pick. Tough to get an immediate edge terror in the mid 20′s.

        Cole’s really coming around. Besides just smoking the running back’s pass protection, he actually beat the tackle, Bushrod, for one of the sacks. He’s another guy that they are figuring out how to use better as the year goes on. No more putting him on guys like Dez Bryant in coverage. Davis only had him drop only 7 times last night, and he had his hand in the dirt quite a lot. Like you said, if they can get a guy that has potential, and Cole is playing OK, they can rotate the rookie in, and give him some time to develop.

        On another note, I wonder if Washington will have the cap room to franchise Orakpo? He’s really the only 3-4 OLB that jumps out as a difference maker. I don’t think Washington is in the same cap hell they usually are.

        • Adam

          Redskins are pretty healthy cap wise. I think around 30 mil in space. They’ll have to be aggressive in FA though, due to the lack of draft picks.

          • JofreyRice

            Wow, that’s pretty weird. Gotta be the first time in a while.

          • Andy124

            I think it’s only because of the cap penalty they got hit with, so they were literally forced to a lower number than they’s usually be at.

          • Adam

            And some big contracts coming off the books

          • Adam

            There’s like 4 big contracts coming off their books this off-season… Fletcher, Orakpo, Merriweather and Morgan. So they’ll have some holes to fill immediately.

        • Token

          Yea Cole has been playing well. And maybe they do keep him for another year. But they still do need another pass rusher. In the Orakpo scenario Cole would be the one coming off the bench.

          Orakpo is interesting. He can create problems as a rusher. Hes come on in the 2nd half of the year, coming off that injury. Hes a guy who could be really good next year. How has he done dropping back in a 3-4? Not that I think thats a deciding factor. I dont think the primary rusher should be dropping enough to really make it a big factor.

          I didnt think about draft position. You are right that we wont be in reach of the difference making rusher. Maybe theyd trade up, but we need a number of things so id rather not spend a bunch of picks to trade up.

          Byrd priority #1. Him and Wolff, hopefully your set there. Still need depth at S.

          Orakpo is interesting. Havent really thought about him much. PFF had him as the #2 3-4 OLB.

          Should be noted that hes said he prefers to sign with the redskins. “The Redskins will have the cap space to bring back Orakpo if they wish as their penalty from spending in an uncapped year expires.”

          • JofreyRice

            Yeah, I’d love to see them get Byrd, if possible.

            I think Orakpo’s underrated in coverage, as a 3-4 LB. He’s not covering guys the way Patrick Willis or Derrick Johnson do, but he’s more than solid.

            It sounds like Washington has the option of franchising him, if they can’t get something long term worked out.

            That probably leaves us with grabbing a younger guy in the draft that might not be able to contribute at a dominant level right away. I have watched Michael Sam from Mizzou a bit, and he seems like he could be a pretty good edge rusher. I think the big knock on him is that he’s a little squatty. As an OLB, that’s not as big as a concern as Reid loading up on “fastball DEs” that weigh less than the division’s running backs. Probably needs to add some strength, as most college players do, and get more comfortable in coverage. I think he’s projected somewhere from the second to fourth.

  • GEAGLE

    Guys..hate to say It, but we just don’t have the talent defensively to keep up

    • Andy124

      You with your doom and gloom all season. We’ve been trying to tell you this defense would be playing some damn good football by the end of the season. I guess you’ll just never believe.

      • GEAGLE

        I just don’t see it!!!! :)

        • Brian

          I’m SO OVER your negativity!

          • GEAGLE

            Another year of historically bad defense….live with it

    • Joe from Easton

      You’re going to wake up the trolls with these kinds of posts.

  • GEAGLE

    What were some of the negatives from last night?
    1) FOles 4 incompletions lol
    2) I will say that I saw too much of the OLD Celek last night for my liking…
    3) The Time out challenge where Chip wasted one..
    4) What negatives am I missing?
    …..
    We didn’t commit our first penalty til the 3rd…if that’s not a disciplined well coached team, I don’t know what is

    • nicksaenz1

      I’m not gonna be mad about Celek’s 2nd career fumble. It happens.

      • GEAGLE

        Absolutely….Celek is like on an 8 game streak of quality play. I can live with a bad one…
        ,..
        Celek and Casey had some awesome blocks on the inside zones

        • nicksaenz1

          Yeah they were killing the DEs/OLBs last night coming across the line. Loved it. Even Collinsworth made note of how much that play was being run with success. I won’t speak anymore of Collinsworth because his opinion is generally meaningless and varies game to game.

          • GEAGLE

            He is a blowhard like the rest…..but there are so many commentators that get on my nerves way more then him…

            Say what you will about him. But i don’t sense Bias against us when he speaks. He isn’t against giving us credit….actually, I think he likes us…ATleast he isn’t some old school dude who resent Chip for doing something different…

            He Is awesome compared to that hack Simms…Reggie white banged His brain around 1 time too many

          • nicksaenz1

            I just hate listening to him because he’s on prime time games and just talks out of his arse most of the time. Can’t stand it. He definitely doesn’t hate Philly, actually, he’s probably more favorable toward Philly than that clown Sal Pal is. But, no one hates Philly like Joe Buck hates Philly.

          • GEAGLE

            Moose,and lynch are pretty bad…

            I wish I was old enough to see Collingsworth play

        • anon

          they are making the RO work we that TE scrape to pick up the unblocked de.

      • G_WallyHunter

        He must have been so mad, probably wanted to retire with 1 career fumble.

    • Andy124

      5) Next week’s game got flexed.

      • GEAGLE

        HATE IT!!! Although, if our Sunday night mojo carries over to next week I can live with it

      • GEAGLE

        6) we pretty much shutdown devin Hester without Colt…did we really hAve NO shot at stopping Cordarell?

        • Andy124

          7) Nick just threw screens all game. Anybody could do what he did. :)

          • GEAGLE

            Charlie check down at his finest

          • EaglefaninAZ

            You guys are cracking me up… lmao

    • cliff henny

      just wait till kelly get’s his guys, and truly figures out the league. the only negative i saw last night was Foles took couple sacks. i had no problem, cause the only way chicago was going to ever be competitive was for a forced throw/TO.

      • GEAGLE

        Lol can’t even rip henrey today

        • Broadcasting Wisdom

          Esp since Justin Tucker missed a FG

          • nicksaenz1

            Well, if he was ever going to miss one, that was the game. Would have been useless anyway.

      • nicksaenz1

        I think it’s more of him figuring out the league than getting “his” guys. While I get the point, and that he’s playing with mostly Reid’s guys, the cupboard wasn’t exactly bare when he got here, just misused. We’ll be looking at Reid’s guys, at least the most notable ones, for a few seasons to come: the ‘Seans, Foles, good bit of the OL has a couple more years, over half of the front 7 on D are Reid guys, Boykin. This is why I say it’s more figuring out the league. The way he has Reid’s guys playing, this could have been an 11 win team and that’s downright scary. Think of the easily winnable games, notably the losses to DAL and NYG which are fluke games. We should be realistically talking about 11 wins right now and a first round bye… I just don’t buy into “his” guys so much because if they’re going to be that much better, we’re looking at 12+ wins a year most of the time for his tenure, which isn’t impossible, but it’s just hard to imagine that his guys are going to be that much better than what’s currently here.

        EDIT: Forgot to mention that CK’s favorite player, Celek, isn’t “his” guy.

        • anon

          12 with a made kick from henery

          • nicksaenz1

            Touche

    • Mr. Wu

      gad…your such a hater man!

    • IHD

      How many of those incompletions were intentional throw-aways?

      • Andy124

        three

        • IHD

          That’s a damn good night at the office.

  • GEAGLE

    Folesy was surgical!!!

    He was deadly throwing on the run and RIP to his arm strength “issues”.. He was throwing lasers all over the field last night. His command of the offense and his decision making were impressive.
    ..
    Kid just GETS IT….a lot of HATERS officially became believers of Nick last night.
    The kid was awesome, as efficient as you can get….if Andrew luck!Wilson,RG3 had a performance like that, they would be the hottest story in the NFL

    I really liked how we are re-establishing our home field

    • GEAGLE

      Not to mention he has the ball fakes and nuances of the position down like a seasoned vet

      • anon

        he’s good with the fakes.

    • Token

      You know thats what im looking for. Last night he threw with confidence. He has a tendency to not rip it in there, as if hes not 100% sure of himself. I felt like that would get better as we go. Sometimes maybe hes just trying to make the ball more catchable, might be true. But I want to see more throws like last night. Confident. Decisive.

      • GEAGLE

        I realized his arm clicked for him on a failed two point conversion throw to coop in the snow against the Lions in a tight window.

        Just watch how decisive he becomes after another offseason in this offense..he is barely scratching his surface and that’s scary

  • cloisterwater

    People are really ripping the Sunday night crew? There the best duo in my opinion. Some people just hate all commentators I guess. I mean do you really prefer listening to “35, 30, 25, 20, 15…..” or ” Foles goes back. He’s looking, looking, still looking…”

    • Adam

      John Lynch and Kevin Burkhardt aren’t too bad either, compared to some of the others.

      • JReamer

        I disagree implicitly. Lynch is terrible. Absolutely terrible.

        • BlindChow

          That was more of an explicit disagreement.

      • cliff henny

        best combination is Mute and Button

        • GEAGLE

          Gotta have a 3 way cliff…mute,button and merril

          • cloisterwater

            Dude, I may not be popular for saying this but Merril is pretty brutal.

          • Token

            lol yea, was gonna say the same thing. Its like bashing someones mom to most Philly people. But I think Merril is as terrible as the rest of them.

          • anon

            any players or announcers that you do like?

          • Mr. Wu

            I agree he is

          • cliff henny

            it was the delay that always got me. in car, he was fine.

          • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

            You’re insane. Literally insane.

          • Explorer51

            If you compare Reese and Quick to other teams’ local broadcasters, they are pretty good. Having lived in other cities, and listened to quite a few radio teams, I gained a better appreciation for the Philadelphia area announcers in all the sports. Take, for example, the Deadskins present team…they have four, that’s right four, guys in the booth (including an almost senile, mumbling Sonny Jurgensen); they were laughing it up yesterday (I live in the area and was listening to the game) until their loser team gave up the lead in the last minute. Then they didn’t have much to say. Liking or disliking broadcasters is always subjective so if you think Reese is “brutal” that is a valid opinion; but after hearing others, you may change it.

          • cloisterwater

            There are a lot of better guys too. More descriptive than 45, 40, 35, 30…Nice guy, but people put him on the same level as Kalas which is insulting to Kalas.

          • Explorer51

            If you get a chance, let me know who you think are a “lot of better guys.” I’m not trying to be argumentative, I’m genuinely interested in your selections since my career is in TV (on the management side, not as talent). I would agree with you that he is not on Harry Kalas’ level but then few are.

          • Richard Colton

            Dude, that’s the Eagles equivilant of saying you hate Tastycakes. You can think it, but you can’t say it.

          • cloisterwater

            People are just bias to the hometown guy without looking at it objectively. But you’re probably right.

          • Richard Colton

            Look man. I’ve been to the Liberty Bell like five times. I’ve never been overwhelmed. I’d never admit it though. Merril is an institution – “THEY GIVE IT TO SMITH AND THEY STOP HIM AGAINNNNNN”

          • cloisterwater

            I’m not trying to disrespect the guy, but he’s no Harry.

          • Andy124

            That stand. Wow.

          • Rohan Patel

            My favorite is when the Eagles’ get a sack and he yells, “DOWN HE GOES!!!”

          • Andy124

            As well we should be. :)

        • cloisterwater

          Haha, great response. Every commentator can be annoying at times, but I generally enjoy the Sun night guys and to my disgust Aikman and Buck

          • cliff henny

            my mother and her book club could have been announcers last night, wouldnt of bothered me one bit

          • IHD

            Aikman and his f-ing comments about time of possession. I give Collinsworth credit for mentioning it last night and not harping on it. Of course, commentators usually only mention it when the Eagles are losing. They seem to forget the narrative when the Eagles are ahead.

  • Corey Dawson

    The stadium was absolutely rocking with chants of “We Want Dallas” for entire fourth quarter last night. Most amped up I’ve seen the Philly crowd in a long time, this team has home field advantage back on its side.

    • GEAGLE

      The crowd was friggin NUTS!!! They were so wild Nick would constantly have to ask them to be quiet when we were at the LOS on offense…loved seeing The,corporate hell hole ROCKIN like that

  • Token

    You watch Dallas, and they want to quit. When things get a little tough just look at that bench. Fingers get pointed. A fast start next week would really go a long way.

    • Adam

      If that Eagles team that played last night shows up next weekend, Dallas doesn’t stand a chance. They could barely pull out a win from a putrid Redskins team.

      • nicksaenz1

        Not trying to rain on the parade but we let the Redskins in both games we played them, and that was with their actual starting QB. While I don’t like RGMe, I do think he’s a little better than Cousins.

      • JofreyRice

        It could be a coincidence, but it seems like when Kelly’s team has been embarrassed–against the Giants where they got shut out, and last week’s Minny game–the team has rebounded into the stratosphere, utterly crushing the competition the next week.

        I’d love to see that same mojo working against the Cowboys next Sunday.

        • anon

          most teams are like that. that said with the boys i think that loss in october is still fresh in everyone’s minds.

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

    Pre-season, I was really skeptical of Cary Williams. I’ve said it once before, but I’ll say it again: I was wrong. The Philly D has really benefitted from his attitude and sense of accountability.

    • cloisterwater

      Agreed. I think we can let the sconce thing go now.

      • BlindChow

        He will always be Sconces to me.

        • anon

          term of endearment

          • Andy124

            ^This

    • Token

      Cary Williams sucks.

      I realize a game like this everyone looks like a pro bowlers and people are gonna go a little overboard.

      But we can do better than Cary Williams.

      • cliff henny

        think CW is good against bigger physical guys. refs let him push, shove and hold more cause wrs are doing same. when he gets the guys that just want to run all day, he has issues.

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

        Sure, he’s not the “best” CB in the NFL. But Namdi Asmough (sic?) was the “best” when we got ‘em – for this D, I’ll take attitude over athleticism for the time being. All the talent in the world doesn’t do any good if you leave it parked in your car.

        • JofreyRice

          He’s definitely better than the worst free agent signing in franchise history and a guy we paid 4 million dollars to just walk away, I’ll give you that. Very low bar, though. Asomugha had the double whammy of being an apathetic competitor along with the lack of cornerback skills.

          For all the badmouthing of “the media” around here, Williams as the fiery heart and soul of the defense is one of the biggest media-driven crocks I’ve seen. Reporters love this guy because he’s opinionated and generous with his time, and the stories reflect that. They are the ones creating this narrative. On the field, his play has been poor. If there is a “heart and soul”, the players quotes would seem to indicate Trent Cole is that person.

          • EaglePete

            dude the fire matters, its the NFL for …sake. I get when that stuff is over blown but come playoff and crunch time it makes a difference. Throw in last seasons mess and just seeing them make the tackles goes a long way. We shall see coming up here. I know there are better out there but he also can still improve and get better at this stage of his career. .

          • JofreyRice

            Meh. The guy has missed 13 tackles. I’ve said it before, but those are Asante #’s, without the benefit of Asante’s coverage.

            I’m all for a mouthy corner if his play backs it up, like Richard Sherman. Otherwise, I think his personality quirks are aggrandized into being something meaningful for the defense, as a whole. Fletcher doesn’t do any of that crap, and outside of the job Minny did on him, has been a much better player than Williams.

            I just think the guy gives up too many first downs, TDs, etc. I think they can do better.

          • theycallmerob

            ….yup

          • Token

            They can and should do better. Games like yesterday can cloud judgement, its understandable. Overall, Cary hasnt been very good.

            Fletcher seems to be around his man most of the time. If only he had just a little ball skills he could be quite good. But I think the skill of looking back and locating the ball while running with your man is hard to teach, if its teachable.

            Right now the only playmaker in the secondary is Boykin.

            And im not one who thinks you need a stud corner. I think thats quite overrated nowadays. Id rather have a stud safety. But you need corners that can play a bit. I think Fletcher is good enough for one spot. They need someone else opposite of him. And they seem to just hate the idea of Boykin outside ever. Im guessing when Boykins contract comes up we lose him to FA because someone will be willing to put him outside.

        • IHD

          Attitude, desire, effort. A bunch of B-grade talents with those attributes can go a long way on defense. See: T Cole, Barwin.

    • Broadcasting Wisdom

      I liked how upset he was at Chung after the Bears’ successful 2 point conversion, when he and Chung were clearly supposed to switch on a pick play, and Chung didn’t switch.

  • jon h

    It was really refreshing listening to Collinsworth last night and how he led off the broadcast (I haven’t seen this team play yet and I’m looking forward to it). Thought he was very objective, particularly when talking about Foles. I’ve heard Aikman during broadcasts AND on talk shows, and he’s constantly ripping Foles. In all honesty, Foles seems very similar to Aikman as a QB. Back to Collinsworth, I also thought he had a great observation in terms of the Bears D and how the pass rush was just gassed by the end of the second quarter. That’s a huge area of the Eagles O that no one really talks about. It’s not just about the inability to substitute, it’s the longer term. Kelly seems to have prepared our guys for a marathon, not a sprint – why should he rest our guys when they’re not tired?

    • cloisterwater

      Not really a marathon, but more a series of continuous sprints.

    • EaglePete

      Collingsowrth is one of the best imo. I hated him in the early days but it took years for him to grow on me. Now it seems hes been liked for too long so fans now throwing the hate his way. Always a matter of time until someone wears out their welcome and the train goes the other way. There just arent enough good ones to go around unfortunately.

  • cliff henny

    wow, was skip bayless just talking out his @ss in 1st take. his main point was monte kiffen has the blueprint to shut down kelly(this is so wrong on many levels). 17-3 was painfull to watch, but could be huge blessing in disguise. a, hopefully dallas is slightly over confident that scheme works and b, foles ‘seans and the rest of offense has something to prove.
    .
    mri on romo’s back…pump kendricks and cole full of shakes, they’ve got a hobbled qb to destroy

    • cloisterwater

      As long as Foles has another concussion, Monte will draw up another masterful gameplan.

    • nicksaenz1

      Could you imagine the look on Jerry’s face when the Eagles, already up something like 24-3, get a sack/fumble on Romo that ends Romo’s season as well as Dallas’? I mean, I don’t want to see anyone get hurt, especially career threatening, but dude’s already got a bad back going into this game against a team that can lay some hits on QBs. Things could get ugly for Dallas really quickly with one hit, and not just for this season…

      • GEAGLE

        Hopefully Romo plays another ten years

    • GEAGLE

      NFL network saying coach of the year comes down to
      Andy
      Ron Rivera
      Bruce Arians….

      WTF? Chîps offense has produced TWO NFL MVP candidates FOles n Shady…so tired of the lack of respect because Chips from colege

      • anon

        Agree – Arians beating Seattle at home is what gives him that nod. Rivera — that team is playing well but he’s been there fore years sucking.

        Obvious i think it’s chip,but i wouldn’t give any creedence to what nfl network says they don’t know anything.

      • cliff henny

        ah, chippah be too busy watching film or scouting to accept award.

        • GEAGLE

          True dat

    • Token

      Skip says whatever is the most controversial for ratings.

      He says all the pressure is on the Eagles next week. As if that makes any sense at all.

      Eric Allen was on there at least schooling him some. Told him how the type of offense Chip runs basically ran Monte out of college football.

      We will never know the full story of that first Dallas game. Maybe Foles got injured earlier. Maybe not. I do know Dallas played man, when they were typically playing zone. Maybe that was part of it. I think we will be better prepared Sunday night. I look for Foles to get some revenge.

  • anon

    what i love is how different players get off in different games, according to play. one game, TEs dominate, another game it’s DJAX with 200yds, another game its the RBs, McCoy blowing up. BB on that beautiful read option play — i really hope that helped him get some confidence back I would love to see more of that. Even polk getting his. Who’s it going to be next week?

    MAybe they should sprinkle Vick in every once in a while — let us bust a real read option joint — TD.

    • JofreyRice

      Even without the read option, they seem to have really hit a sweet spot with that play where the TE (Casey, last night), came back and nailed the End on a wham block, while the tackle sealed off the LB’s inside. They were gashing the Bears D every time they ran that play.

      • cloisterwater

        Love that play. I don’t think the Bears stopped it once. I say we milk that baby until Dallas figures it out Sunday night.

        • JofreyRice

          It seems like that’s Chip’s MO, too. Fortunately, if the D does figure it out, he doesn’t just keep beating his head against the wall with it like a certain other coach that looks like a large seagoing mammal (not naming names).

          • Token

            Yea. Pretty safe to say im sold now on Chip. I have full confidence in him going forward. Lurie picked the right guy again.

            I wanna see how the personnel part of it goes tho.

            Hopefully Chip is able to get over the hump that Andy never could.

      • anon

        They fixed the problem of the DE automatically crashing on the RB every play. But Vick game in and gave that lacksidasical handoff and BB was gone. I think a lot of that is on the Bears D being done, but i had flashbacks to that skins game.

        • JofreyRice

          You really think Vick’s presence is what made that play happen? Are you a huge Vick fan or something, because no offense, but I think that’s a bit of a reach. The Bears had completely thrown in the towel at that point. Briggs got sealed outside, and Conte took an awful angle to Brown–probably misjudged his speed. Jennings was about the only Bear that gave a crap. Reminded me of the Eagles D last year.

          • anon

            Yeah that did give me flashbacks to last year. Do i think the RO is more effective with Vick? Yes – it’d be hard to quantify that now b/c there’s no way to measure that would be fair (Foles has more attempts, but his percentage of big runs would also be lower b/c of more attempts). But bringing Vick in EVERYONE is afraid he might go for 30 or at TD himself – it happened once a game basically while he was playing.

            I’m not saying Vick should be the starter at all. I was more happy for BB than Vick on that play, but i’m glad he got involved. But made me wonder if we’d see that sprinkled in ever.

          • Richard Colton

            It’s pretty easy to quantify. Per Tommy L at IB:
            “Shady set the Eagles single-game rushing record with Foles at QB. He also went for 155 at Green Bay. He ran for 116 on the Bucs and their solid run defense.”

            The running game has been as effective or more effective with Foles at QB. It’s another narrative we can put to bed.

          • GEAGLE

            That narrative was soooo stupid!!!

            Talking about Vicks threat to run lol….NOTHING opens up your run game, like the THREAT of your QB accurately throwing the ball 40 yards down field!!! How do these ridiculously stupid narrative even start? I get that one dope initially says it. But don’t people stop to use their brains instead of spreading stupidity like wild fire?
            ..
            It’s like Philly “reporters” saying Accurate QBs can’t play for a coach unless he runs fast enough…or like our reporters saying we didn’t have talent on defense…how does this crap spread?
            It shouldn’t take Ozzie Newsome to realize that Cox,Curry,Graham!Barwin!Mykal Meco had “talent”
            ….
            I don’t blame the initial idiot who creates the Incompetant Narratives..i blame the idiot reporters that don’t use their brain and just spread the BS because they are lazy…
            ….
            I’m sorry, but if you said(not talkng to anyone specifically) that our coach couldn’t successfully run the ball with the best back in football unless he had a fast QB, you should absolutely not be getting paid for your football opinion, and you shouldn’t have a platform polluting the impressionable brains of eagles fans….when you really stop and break down some of the narratives,,,it’s Embarressing

          • Andy124

            To be fair, I don’t recall any journalists saying the Eagles “couldn’t” run it with Foles in the game. Just that they coud run it “better” with Vick. Maybe I’ve blocked out the worst articles.

            There were certainly some posters who declared that the run game was simple to shut down with Foles in the game, and similar statements. But how much to they really count?

          • nicksaenz1

            Where’s BBaaS???

          • Andy124

            I’m sure she’s just very busy, or this became a very unpleasant place for her to spend her time.

          • nicksaenz1

            Prob back on Philly.com.

          • Token

            Yea hes one of the 3 real Vick fanatics. One of them appears to be gone now.

          • JofreyRice

            who, that Big Butt and a Smile dude? It’s funny, he was like “I’m an Eagles fan smdh, I will follow no matter who is playing quarterback (sigh)”. Meanwhile, crickets. I still don’t understand that kind of hero worship, it’s just weird.

          • Andy124

            She did pop in to IB last week to upvote a bunch of shah’s babblings.

          • JofreyRice

            Yeah, I think Foles “miserable” outing last week brought a few people out of the woodwork. Hard to believe, Harry.

      • RIP illa

        I know what you’re talking about. I was begging for a play similar to what the 49ers run, using the TE to “crack back” and seal the edge at the beginning of the year. Then they ran it several weeks ago and Casey literally destroyed a blitzing DB as Shady ran for 10+ yards. They’ve been using it ever since!!! Oh happy Day!!!

      • theycallmerob

        Chris Brown was ripping the announcers a new one on last night on twitter about that play. No read, no option- just a simple split zone with a wham block on the backside. Football 101.
        The best part was watching Kelly run it over….and over…and over….and over….and CHI could do nothing about it. Reminded me of the last drive against GB. Beautiful to see.

    • GEAGLE

      Is Sean Lee playing next week or is he done? He is one of their few defenders who I respect…the week they beat us, Sean wAs either defensive player of the week or month(don’t remember which one)
      ….
      Really like how FOles spreads the ball around, throws on the run, manipulates safeties…kid just keeps growin…I expect a monster 2014

      • anon

        I think he’s done. Almost feel bad for Dallas, Almost feel bad for the skins giving a top 2 pic away. But that’s beside the point. Foles is playing great. But CK with the scheme, the skill players knowing what they are supposed to be doing helps a lot. I really credit Foles for not making tough passes, take the sack or throw it away, don’t turn the ball over. He’s becoming the man with the fakes too — that’s a strong part of his game.

        • GEAGLE

          Yes sir..not just the fakes, but also fearlessly holds the ball til the last second, taking big hits so that he can allow the screen play to be properly set up

      • Explorer51

        And, of course, Dallas can thank Andy and our Front Office in 2010 for trading them our #2 pick (which we then stupidly wheeled and dealed those picks for numerous lower rounders all through out the draft) letting Jerrah select Sean Lee. I was hoping that we would then consider the “other” PSU LB Navorro Bowman but we decided Daniel Te’O-Nesheim was the better pick in the 3rd round. Man, I am glad those days are over!

        • anon

          There will always be draft misses and busts — but agree hopefully we’ll have fewer and fewer of them.

        • GEAGLE

          Oh man…would love to forget that memory lanes adrress

        • Michael Deen

          Oh man – that draft was the worst. Graham over Thomas. Allen over Gronk, Daryl Washington, and Sean Lee. Decker, Bowman, and Jimmy Graham all taken within ten picks after Te’O-Nesheim. Trevard Lindley before Geno Atkins! Imagine that dude on our line…

          • Explorer51

            If you really want to torture yourself…not advisable at any time but particularly on Christmas Eve…Google 2010 NFL Draft Transactions and you’ll relive the nightmarish swaps in almost every round, jus so we could accumulate low (read cheap) picks. Then cap it off (no pun intended) with a stroll down the 2011 memory lane. Actually, it’s better to savor the promise of 2012 and 2013, and then great days in the future!

      • RIP illa

        Lee’s done for the rest of the season…I’m pretty sure.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    Is it just me, or did I see the Chicago WR’s giving up on plays later in the game? I’m wondering how much of their great success this year is more attributable to zone defenses being the norm. Even with our little guys, they really didn’t react well to all the man coverage.

    • anon

      Pass rush was getting home and we had brack coverage on everyone. Not sure while Cutler didn’t try to loft some balls in there to help my fantasy team but sometimes when you get crushed like that in the first half you never really get into the game. And for them they just need to win next week so not a big deal.

  • cloisterwater

    Best part about last night: NO INJURIES

    • EaglefaninAZ

      Yeah. That sports science stuff is a bunch of hooey.

    • anon

      ehhh, i thought it was seeing how fresh our guys stay at the end of games when the bears were straight gassed.

      • cloisterwater

        If given the choice of having guys not look as fresh as I’d like or Shady tearing an ACL, I’ll take the former.

        I realize I took my example to the extreme, but you get the point.

        • anon

          We got BB and Chris polk. I’m a BB homer so i’ll take seeing him all day.

          Although shady’s spin move on the TD run was beautiful.

          • cloisterwater

            Dude, losing Shady would be devastating.

      • GEAGLE

        Lack of injuries, being fresher team late in games, not committing a penalty til the second half,,consistently winning the turnover margin, being one of the NFLs best road teams…looking like the ONLY team who overcame QB instability to make the playoffs(you won’t find other teams In the playoffs that started different QBs). Consistent improvement with one of the youngest….,.I don’t see how anyone had a better coaching hire

        • anon

          Not true — either Bears or Packers will be in the playoffs. But agree with all of that. Even if the NFL doesn’t give him the award its pretty clear he’s one of the best coaches in the league.

          Wonder i if bears D is missing lovie smith at all

          • GEAGLE

            Bears and packers only have QB issues,due to injury. when Cutler and Rodger are healthy, they are the QBs!….
            ..
            FOles came in because Vick got hurt initially, but FOles was t playing yesterday because if Vicks injury….

  • cliff henny

    listening to kelly’s presser, how focused and assertive he was when saying-paraphasing ‘we’re from philly, we’re ready to fight. just tell us where and when the game is…’ got me so jacked wish i could put some pads on. think Dallas is in for a world of hurt!

    • GEAGLE

      Right..gave me goosebumps!!
      …the Only thing that scares me is the entire world will be picking the eagles this week

  • EaglePete

    oh man, Im still bitter at the skins giving that game away. Really Cousins, thats your throw on 4th and 6. Sure, would have been tough but not impossible to get in FG range but at least let your WR have a chance and dont get me started on that coaching staff. Ugghhhhhhh. 4th and goal, we should be celebrating a playoff berth and div win. Someone on the other article about not clinching mentioned the holding calls. I thought I was crazy, and it wasnt just the skins game. So many times yest I saw sweep run plays and the defender being yanked back from behind in pursuit and no flags. I actually thought maybe I was crazy and they never call this stuff anymore or its always that arbitrary. Some of it was so blatant and the non calls were strange. Oh well, loved the Dallas sucks chants. Hope the D saved some of that play for next week.

    • TheCatalyst

      You’re not the only one. I’m sure Tim or Sheil can set us straight but it seems like holding calls are down and I saw plenty yesterday in that Dallas/DC game that were not called.

    • GEAGLE

      Can’t believe the pathetic zone coverage on that 4th down TD….Murray was the only cowboy player in the vicinity of 3 defenders and he catches a pass and walks in?…..i was convinced the skins would win that game’….that hurt. But it’s an opportunity to really establish ourselves as the king of the division

      • TheCatalyst

        When you watch that play again, whoever the LB was basically watched Murray slide out into the flat without moving. He only broke on the play after Murray caught the pass. If he would have jumped the route when he saw it, he would have met Murray at the 3 or 4 yard line and the game is over.

        • GEAGLE

          And you are only talking about 1 defenders incompetence lol..there was no one near the other two defenders…and of the 3 should have stopped the TD….really pathetic to let a choke artist like Romo get a gift like that

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Cole and Kendricks were obviously the stars spending the night in Cutler’s lap. Sconces and Fletch were both pretty darned good last night as well.

    • Token

      It cant be understated how fortunate they are that Thornton became the player he has. Having him and Cox play so well in this system has really allowed the D to be ahead of schedule.

      Few more difference makers on D. Another weapon or two on O. And things are gonna get really interesting. This year is a success already. Its all gravy from here. But if they get in, nobody wants to see this team.

      • GEAGLE

        Safety and OLB will make a world of a difference…
        ,..
        When you watch our offense play like they did last night, it’s scary to think what it will look like when we keep adding Weapons to it…especially since Folesy is just scratching the surface…Even of you only add two Starting Quality offensive talents in the offseason, we become scary…especially as our young guys improve, and players get more and more comfortable with the coaches and the scheme

        Eric Allen was asked what QB going forward has the best chance of breaking Peyton’s season record of 51 TDs…Allen took Nick FOles, because of Brady and Brees age

  • dollamakeuholla

    I have to admit i am finally ready to say that Foles is our QB of the future. I was always on board with him playing however i wanted a guy who could run A LITTLE in this offense. I mean Foles has close to 300 yards rushing. I could only imagine what he could do if he could be Kelce in a race! LOL But i have to say the guy has sold me. I can’t get over this. I kept waiting for him to come back to earth but i guess this is who he is. And I remember when Chip came here he said he didn’t need a running QB and just one who makes quick decisions and doesn’t turn the ball over. Chip is the best thing to happen to Foles and this city. Love this offense. At the end of the game one of the players on Bears who was in street clothes came up to Foles after he shook Cutlers hand and told Foles that he loves watching him Play. Crazy! It never is Us who gets the new revolutionary coach or player!