What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about this weekend’s Eagles-Cowboys game.

ESPN.com’s John Clayton on the league’s running backs:

It’s been a tough year for running backs. LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles is running away with the rushing title with 1,476 yards, but the role of feature running backs seems to be changing. Not a single back is averaging 20 carries a game. There were only five last year. There may be as few as 14 1,000-yard runners, two fewer than last year. The most amazing drop is in 100-yard rushing games by running backs. There have been only 87 this year. There were 121 last year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter handicaps a close coach of the year race:

Kelly has taken his up-tempo style and transformed the offense and entire culture in the Eagles organization, leading a team that finished last season tied with the Detroit Lions for the NFC’s worst record to the point at which Philadelphia is 60 minutes away from an NFC East title Sunday night in Dallas.

LeSean McCoy makes Bill Barnwell’s All-Pro team on Grantland:

That being said, if you wanted to make a case that Shady McCoy has been a better back this year, it wouldn’t be impossible. McCoy has averaged marginally more yards per carry than Charles has over 28 additional carries. Charles has more receptions and receiving yards than McCoy, but that has required more plays: Charles has caught 67 percent of the passes thrown to him and averaged 9.9 yards per catch, while McCoy has caught 82 percent of the passes thrown in his direction and picked up 10.5 yards per reception. Charles has nobody around him, but are Alex Smith and Dwayne Bowe really that much more fancied than Nick Foles and DeSean Jackson? Their production has been about equal. I guess you can make the case that McCoy’s playing in Chip Kelly’s system, but he’s been significantly more effective than backup Bryce Brown, and he was a success in Andy Reid’s system, too …

Good Eagles-Cowboys breakdown from Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders:

The Cowboys are very strong in a couple of specific ways that counter common Philadelphia strategies. For example, screens are a big part of the Eagles’ passing game, but the Cowboys have allowed the lowest QBR in the league against screens (7.7). And the Cowboys have allowed just 3.24 yards per carry on read-options, fourth best in the NFL.




Much of the Cowboys' strength against these plays has to do with Sean Lee, who won't be playing this week. But why even take the risk that the Cowboys are good against such plays when it will be open season when Foles sets up with more conventional passes? Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne have each given up more than 9.0 yards per pass, according to our game-charting data. The Cowboys also rank just 30th in DVOA against tight ends, so Brent Celek and Zach Ertz should play much bigger roles than they did in the first game.

SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles winning, 33-20:

Kyle Orton is no Curtis Painter or Caleb Hanie, so the Cowboys have a chance with their backup quarterback starting in place of the hobbled Tony Romo. But even if Romo were available, the Eagles have too much offense and Dallas too little defense for the Cowboys to hang for four quarters with Chip Kelly's Gang Green. And the .500 trend continues for yet another mind-boggling year for the Cowboys, as does their abysmal failures in Week 17 NFC East title games. It would be the definition of insanity if Dallas stays status quo after this year's instant replay-like finish to the season.

Nick Foles got snubbed for the Pro Bowl, writes Chris Burke of SI.com:

A few quarterbacks might feel slighted right now, including Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. But in Foles is a player that some are starting to push for league MVP, thanks to his work in guiding the Eagles to the edge of a playoff spot. Heck, 25 touchdown passes to two interceptions sorta speaks for itself. Likely holding him back, though: He has started just nine games.

Greg A. Bedard of The MMQB says the Eagles' defense has been key to the second-half run:

Defensive coordinator Bill Davis has worked wonders transforming his unit from a 4-3, wide-nine defense in Andy Reid’s final seasons, to a multiple 3-4 defense in just a year. As always, change takes time, and it has for the Eagles. Once near the bottom of the league in scoring defense (27.5 points per game allowed in the first four games), the Eagles have been near the top of late (19.2 in the last 11). Toss out the one outlier since Sept. 29—a 48-30 loss at Minnesota—and the Eagles have given up an average of 17.4 points without surrendering more than 21 points in that span. The Eagles are tied for second with the Seahawks in holding opponents under 21 points in 12 games this season. Only the Panthers (13) are better.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles, 34-28:

This is the game of the week, sorta. I don't know if any of you out there have heard this, but Tony Romo has a herniated disk in his back and will be placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery. I was watching "The Hobbit" the other night and HBO broke in with a report from Larry David informing me that Romo was out and Kyle Orton will start for Dallas. On the Orton front, I expect neckbeard to do well. He succeeded in plenty of pressure-filled situations in Chicago, and he's proven to be effective in spurts, as during his time in Denver. That's great. But here's what's not: The Dallas secondary allows receivers to run around like kids at a public swimming pool. Don't expect LeSean McCoy to run for 150 yards, because he won't have to.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has Foles ninth in his end-of-year QB rankings:

Foles never looks quite as good on Game Rewind as he does in the box score. Perhaps that's why he's only 16th on Pro Football Focus' rankings despite leading the NFL in many categories: touchdowns per throw, yards per attempt, yards per completion and quarterback rating.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles, 38-35:

This is for the NFC East title. If Tony Romo can't play, can Kyle Orton get it done? Can the Eagles keep their offense rolling with Nick Foles? Winner goes to the playoffs. Loser goes home. I see a lot of points and some bad defense. When they met the first time, it was low scoring. This won't be. Without Romo, it's the Eagles who win it.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com has the Cowboys in a 35-30 upset:

Chip Kelly's Eagles looked eerily similar to Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks last week. They're lights out on offense, they're a matchup nightmare, and the defense is keeping up with the pace. Guess what? I like Dallas on Sunday. No Sean Lee. Potentially no Tony Romo. But if we've learned anything this season, expect the unexpected. The Cowboys find a way, send the Eagles packing, and face the Saints in the wild-card round next week. Oh, baby.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk likes the Eagles, 27-23:

With or without Tony Romo, the Cowboys don’t have the defense to once again hold Philly to three points — especially without Sean Lee available. Another year, another 8-8 finish, another loss in the de facto NFC East championship game.

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  • Andy124

    Predictions of 28, 35 and 35 points for the Cowboys?

    One of the justifications is that it’s unexpected (translation: unlikely). Yes, I predict x will happen. Why you ask? Because it’s unlikely to happen says I. Brilliant.

    • cliff henny

      hate to be logical, but what do the Eagles average against bad bad defenses, 35? and there is no way Orton will have Dallas’ offense perform as well as Romo (seriously, know it’s fun to kick Romo around, but the guy is really good and Orton is really average). figure orton is a touchdown or twice kicking FGs instead of getting TDs, so 7 or 8 less than average. 35-17. for Dallas to even have a shot, score have to be in low 20’s. doubt they have any desire to get in shootout.

      • GEAGLE

        If we don’t turn it over giving him or short field, or give up big ST returns.,,there is no way they score more points then us,,,
        ,,,
        Our defense can do drastically better job of containing Murray then their garbage defense does against shady with an angry Kelce and mathis in front of him

        Our Oline will hold up better against their blitz packages then Dallas Oline holds up against our bLitzes…

        Prediction: Ertz/Celek combine for a much bigger game then witten

        • Andy124

          Cavs suspend Bynum indefinitely of conduct detrimental to the team hahahahahah what did he do?
          Step on the court.

          Wiedman, Browne, Rousey. Not confident at all in the first two predictions.

          • cliff henny

            saw the tate rousey weigh ins…couple little minxes. might have to catch that fight

          • GEAGLE

            Miesha is gorgeous, but Ronda will break her arm again lol….I always called woman Minxes lol

          • cliff henny

            both could take turns breaking my 3rd leg…if ya know what i mean!

          • GEAGLE

            You watching Julius Randle vs, Montrel Hazrel right now? Good game
            ,,,
            Had a dream the other night that we drafted Jabari Parker and Noah vonleh(Indiana)

          • cliff henny

            nawh, on beach…sunday is tv day.

          • GEAGLE

            Bastard! Don’t tell me you are on the beach!! Prefer you lying to me! Tell me you are shoveling snow or something! :)
            ..
            I just had visions of Cliff Channeling his inner Kenny Powers in mertle beach

          • cliff henny

            wiggins still looks like elite athlete to me. think he’s trying harder to fit in, find his place and parker is being allowed to just play. i still want wiggins. embiid and noel, if noel finds a 15 footer would be 2nd, parker 3rd. think alot of what parker does well, mcw already has covered.
            .
            other guy i like is gordon. he has nice stroke and athletic as all get-out. but vonleh would be nice, double doubles every night and never run a play for him.

          • GEAGLE

            Dude, wiggins is going to be AWESOME, people are dumb!! He isn’t American, he doesn’t have the same type of personality as people are used to in elite prospects…he will go the quiet Dirk Nowitzki route..when that kid gets comfortable he will be awesome…also, Bill Selfs Kansas program is notorious for not being good at displaying prospectl Self will coach him to be a winner, Calipari will coach you to be an attractive prospect…
            ..
            Both Jabari and Wiggins will be special…Jabari will develop quicker! but that shouldn’t matter

          • cliff henny

            wiggins is more athletic and plays much better defense. not like his shot needs remade either. what is killing him is the hype/comparisons to lebron. no one could ever be as good as he was built up to be.

          • GEAGLE

            Agreed….you can’t lose drafting wiggins…worst case scenario he will be a winner version of Tracy McGrady,,,but he has potential to be so much more…I actually think he should be the first pick still…
            We are fortunate that we have a legit star to build around in MCW already, maybe two depending on Nerlens…so we can draft Wiggins and wait a year or two for him to get comfortable, he won’t have to carry us right away with MCW here…MCW and Wiggins form a LONG, crazy athletic, Lock down defensive backcourt

          • G_WallyHunter

            TORONTO REPRESENT!!

          • GEAGLE

            Watching Anderson is like watching Jordan or Bruce Lee…I can’t pick him to lose…could see Wiedman getting lit up bad..

            Travis Browne is one tough sob. But Barnett is elite veteran.. If Travis doesn’t knock him out, barmett will capitalize on a mistake and submit him!! We never seen Travis ground game before. I have a feeling Barnett will drag him to the ground, take him into deep waters(round 3) and then Drown him(choke)…

            Ronda is a -900 favorite…I think she wins, but MEisha is much much better then those odds suggest…
            ..
            Urijah hall vs. Chris Leben on fox sports 1 should be fun..
            ..
            SIyar Baharduzada is going to deliver an epic KO of John Howard…

            Rumor has it that Dana White will announce the return of Brock Lesnar tonight….don’t know how true that is

          • Andy124

            Only went with Browne because of the miles on Josh and the lack of roids. If Josh gets it to the ground, he should have a big advantage. But Browne’s a tough dude and a finisher.

            Hate the LebenHall fight. Leben has looked soooo slow lately, I’m not sure he’ll land a single strike. And his chin has worn down from all the punishment he’s absorbed. This is tailor made for Hall to regain his form from the TUF house. I think Leben in his prime would put Hall to sleep. Leben’s not in his prime though.

            Lesnar should not come back. i’d be a bit surprised if that announcement is made.

            Brandao missed weight by almost an entire weight class. Dustin is going to destroy him.

            Meisha’s definitely better than -900, but heck, she’s coming off a loss to someone not as good as Rousey.

          • GEAGLE

            I think the world of Barmett…if barmett who fought Cormier shows up, he can be a tough fight for any UFC heavyweight,..let’s just say I think he has more left in his gas tank then you think. Travis is one bad mofo so we will find out
            ..
            Yeah I dunno what the hell is up with Brandao but he pissed Dustin off lol…

            Urijah is highly skilled, his head is a mess…him getting his head together would be really great for us…if not he is getting cut! Leben is suspect now, although I’m curious to see him training at alliance now

            Brock is still locked in a WWE contract so I don’t know why that rumor started, although he is going to the fight tonight so I get how the rumor got started…Dana is making a special announcement on TV…no idea what else it could be…better not be announcing the winner of the video game cover or something silly

          • Andy124

            Well Geag, Browne made that look easy. Neither one of us expected that!

          • Andy124

            And you see why I hated the LebenHall fight. Did you see Leben’s expression even before the fight started? He didn’t want to be in there. Still a fan of the fighter. I hope he retires for his own good. It’s pretty obviously time.

          • Andy124

            Wiedman Silva. OMFG. Did you see that?! Cory Hill all over again. Geebus. Kinda nauseating, but there should be no doubts left that Chris is the best MW in the world now. He won every second of the fight up until that horrible ending.

        • cliff henny

          Woj said he basically just came clean, saying he never like basketball and isnt interested in playing anymore. probably not the best way to endure yourself to bosses paying 6m and stinking up the joint ontop of it. guess cavs have option at jan 7th to pick up rest of contract, so they’re just distancing themselves from this clown. good thing collins is gone, sixers might have traded this guy for a 2nd time.

          • GEAGLE

            So true about Collins

          • cliff henny

            guess he had a terrible game the other night, 0-11, but was verbally abusing irving in game and went off in lockerroom afterwards, would be my best guess. got called out by management, he dropped that ‘i dont give a sh!t bomb’ and they sent him packing. f’n clown.

          • GEAGLE

            Figured he was beefing with Kyrie the golden boy

          • cliff henny

            read couple places kylie is stone stick stupid, and not well liked. does seem to be theme coming out about him. waiters is said to have run-ins with him, and why he’s asked for trade

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah I heard about waiters, if Bynum is beefing with him too you gotta wonder if Kyrie has too much diva in him…

          • cliff henny

            pulled up cavs sbnation page, reading where they want to trade 1st and bynum, since sixers can eat his contract, for hawes. hinkie will get it unprotected…turn hawes into wiggins parker or enbiid. i’d throw a bowling party for that trade!

          • GEAGLE

            Lol sign me up!!!..they need to trade Bynum before January 7th

            Cliff wait til you see highlights of what Julius Randle is doing. 17 BEASTLY points at half time..
            ,,
            We DESPERATELY need more draft picks, because I Drool over so many players in the 15-25 Range….an athletic, sñiper stretch 4 like Wisconsins Sam Dekker would be awesome next to Nerlens…Doug mcderrmott coming off the bench, with Wroten who can kick it out to him since he gets to the rim at will and BOMBS AWAY!! I see Arizonas Caleb Terzcewski as Pekovic type who will bring the beef and has good hands and footwork
            ..
            Last week Nerlens weighed in at 233lbs….wouldn’t mind 250lbs of Embiid blocking shots next to him

          • cliff henny

            just wonder if randle can be another z-bo. seems like a heck of a risk before 5 or 6 in next draft, is all. if he’s there w/ pelicans pick after getting parker or wiggins, i’m going nuts. i’ll buy a dog just so i can name it hinkie
            .
            sounds like they’ll just cut him, eat 6m and ’14s 6m goes away.

          • GEAGLE

            lol Hinkie would be a GOD to get Randle or Embiid or smart with pelicans pick…think you underestimate randles athleticism..I know you will disagree but I have a feeling he will be more Chris Webber and less z-Bo…he just had the ball on the wing at the 3 point line: Jab step, first step, cross over
            Harrel(top 13 prospect), double team came, and Randle took off, of of 1 foot like a guard and dunked on both with two hands,,,wait til you see it lol
            ..
            He runs the floor way better then Zbo…more space in the NBA game, against bigger. Thicker bodies..think you will change your mind about his athleticms..
            ,,,
            I hope we build a team that mirrors Larry Browns championship Detroit team: 5 all stars, strong team defense, different guys taking the last shot each night:
            MCW = we have our Chauncy BIllips already
            Wiggins/Smart = a better RIP Hamilton
            Jabari Parker = a Better Tayshuan Prince
            Randle/Dekker/Embid/Vonah(I can see Hinkie liking him = our Sheed
            Nerlens = we already have our Ben Wallace

      • Tom w

        Guess you read eagles rewind lol could atleast give the guy credit

        • cliff henny

          nope, actually never read that site. by time i’ve read sheil, tim, and tommy, figured i’ve spent my allotted time on eagles.

    • GEAGLE

      I’m expecting the best eagles defense we have seen all year….Dallas is Screwed!!!’the entire Eagles defense who has been playing at Seahawks/panthers type level got snubbed for the probowl…they will be ferociously out hunting for respect on national TV Sunday night…someone has to pay for the disrespectful snubbing of Demeco Ryan who teamates Adore….someone has to pay for Cox being snubbed
      ..
      You can’t tell me that with Kelce and Mathis getting snubbed, they won’t be blowing the cowboys front 7 off the line,,,having our team disrespected by probowl voters the week that our season hangs in the balance is the best thing that could have happened….National TV…STATEMENT time!

      Our run defense is SOOO legit!

      We should have a major advantage in field position. Orton will struggle at times to get the ball past midfield, and when we struggle, we have Donnie Longball, to reverse field position. Good luck naming two punters better then him….
      ..
      For the past months, our defense has been getting very valuable experience defending big, freak, pass catchers…Not only has our Brackett coverage really developed into a reliable containment weapon, but we have the ability to give different looks because Barwin has been really successful at jacking up WRs at the LOS, disrupting the timing. Giving the pass rush an extra second to get there, and then releasing the WR to a CB…
      ..
      FOles doesn’t have to be spectacular..he needs to be patient and responsible. There are two SIMPLE keys to this game:
      1) don’t turn the ball over
      2) Don’t give up ST Touchdowns..

      When the more disciplined, better coached team does those two things, it wins!!!
      …..
      Ideally the offense has a successful first two drives because the cowboys will try to establish the run early on, and our front 7 won’t be having any of that…NOT on OUR WATCH!!!

      • Beastmode

        Great point about probowl snub. I’ve been looked over that way and it’s a powerful motivator , let alone being able to show your talents on natl. TV.

        • GEAGLE

          I really think Chip has our guys looking at games as an opportunity for greatness, and he has proven to them that if they bust their asses all week and run thru the brick walls our coaches tell them to run thru, they will be successful and impressive both with wins and stats

          • OregonDucker

            And have fun playing. Chip players love to have fun because they know Chip has their back. They feel good. They love the scheme. Their ballin!

          • GEAGLE

            We call that the NFL coach of the year where I come from lol

    • Jason

      What I love, at the beginning of the week, all of the pundits were all over the Eagles. Now, a lot of them are saying that nobody believes in Dallas now, so they will win. We’ve almost went from everyone believes in us to nobody believes in us. Perfect.

  • jakethesnake

    I am a nobody named pete ahole from fox sports…I pick the cowboys because its so unexpected…I am a douche…..thanks for stopping by.

    • evanphilly

      Someone posted this in a previous reply on another thread, but if it gets the fans trolling the writers website, then they win.

      • Beastmode

        Skip Bayless has made millions that way!

  • evanphilly

    Methinks the Eagels D is still getting the short end of the stick when it comes to respectability.

    Can’t really see the Cowboys generating that much offense with Orton at the helm. Want to give the ball to Murray more? Fine, but that plays right into the strength of the Eagles D. Orton also lacks the arm strength and mobility that made Romo so good. Eagles score quickly, they take Murray out of the game but also Bryant, who will pitch a fit on the sidelines and for the coup de grace, the Dallas ‘fans’ will turn on the team as well.

    Not saying this game is a gimmie by any stretch of the imagination, but I just don’t see any part of the Dallas D slowing down the Eagles O and really don;t see the Dallas O mustering much against the D.

  • nicksaenz1

    “The Eagles are tied for second with the Seahawks in holding opponents under 21 points in 12 games this season. Only the Panthers (13) are better.”

    I appreciate Bedard’s enthusiasm toward our defense, however, this is incorrectly stated (he means 21 or less, not under 21) and it’s actually not true because there are five occasions through 15 games that we’ve given up more than 21: Washington 1, Kansas City, San Diego, Denver, and Minnesota. So even if he were practicing his clairvoyance on Sunday’s game, he’d still be wrong. Best we could hope for is 11 at this point. I really do love the enthusiasm and respect for our D on a national level, but these guys need to be fact-checked as much as politicians.

    • GEAGLE

      If those games were sprinkled across a season you would have a point…but SINCE WEEK 4 we have ONLY given up more then 21 points ONCE!!!!,that’s IMPRESSVE…and when we are talking about such a young team, what they did in September is MEANINGLESS because no Matter how good or bad you expected us to be, any rational person would expect us to be a much Bette team in December, then September(assuming no horrible injuries)

      You take September out of the equation, and YES your defense is up there with Seattle, Carolina, San Fran

      • nicksaenz1

        I understand that, was speaking to the stupidity of national writers and indirectly praising Sheil and Tim for the fact that we rarely have to double check anything they say.

    • Matt

      He could also be talking about the defense and ignoring returns

  • GW.Fisher

    Hey Gregg, what do the interceptions thrown by all those guys above him on the list look like on Game Rewind?

    • EaglefaninAZ

      So PPF ranks QB’s by how they look on replay? Wtf???

      • A Roy

        I guess PPF’s list is really the all airport team.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    Neckbeard? I thought Orton was starting, not Koy Detmer.

  • GEAGLE

    Hahahah

  • cloisterwater

    Dude picks the Cowboys with his sole reasoning being “expect the unexpected.” No analysis or potential mismatches, just “expect the unexpected.”
    ….
    How do some of these writers have jobs?

    • UKEagle99

      Meh, he didn’t even get it the right way round! Dallas needs to unexpect the expected, that’s not Chippahs plan ;-)

  • GEAGLE

    Hahaha TO says in situations like this when everything is on the line, Dallas is better off not having romo take a single snap. Hahahahahahahahah classic TO

  • Beastmode

    What will chip unveil in the playoffs? Will we see anything radical scheme wise ?
    Keep waiting for the “blur” offense we saw in the first game.

    • GEAGLE

      Guarentee t that this week you will see Desean start his ghost motion and we will hand him a reverse!!! Bet anything Desean takes a reverse out of motion this week. We started to set them up for the reverse during the bears game tape they spent all week watching

      • A Roy

        Reverse or end around? You’re gooder than that, GEagle.

        • GEAGLE

          I can’t decide..can’t decide it it’s just going to be a single or a double reverse.,,,but something like that is coming!!! We already set it up last week when we sent Desean on ghost motion like 7 times

          • Richard Colton

            “Ghost Motion” is the coolest sounding presnap alignment in the NFL since the single wing. Its like that year the weather channel became exciting after they invented “thundersnow.”

          • GEAGLE

            Lol better then McManus calling it “orbit motion” which I never even heard before

      • Mr. Wu

        I have been saying I feel a big game for Djax this week. No logic behind that just a hunch.

        • GEAGLE

          No logic behind it? How about the fact that he is playing against a secondary that compares to how pathetic we were last year?

      • OregonDucker

        Chip likes to pull out old, old trick plays. “Statue of Liberty”, triple reverses, fake Wildcat options, etc. He likes to pay homage to the old school of coaching he so admires.

  • GEAGLE

    “Can the Eagles offense keep rolling with FOles?”…,,,,.WHAT? When the hell has it rolled without him? Wtf is wrong with people? Grrrrtrtr!!!!

  • Beastmode

    Dallas looked like their mom died in the lockerroom interviews on espn yesterday. Dez, the most immature WR in the game, looked esp. bummed. Made me laugh.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Dez so funny, I remember that sound bite when him and Romo were “arguing” on sideline.

      “We’re gooder than that Tony! We’re gooder than that!! We’re the best in the league!!”
      Laughed so hard at that, he almost actually made me think gooder was a word, very convincing.

      • Beastmode

        I told my 9yr old about him saying gooder and she was loling @ it. Dude just ain’t that bright.

        • GEAGLE

          Ha

        • G_WallyHunter

          HAHA, that’s great.
          I guess give him some leeway he went to what 6 different highschools? Grew up with a crack-dealing/smoking mom?
          Still, doesn’t excuse lol.

  • theycallmerob

    LOL Pete Prisco, thinking Orton puts up 35 on us (2x what Romo did the first time).
    He’s been on a roll lately. My main man.

    @bmorerobbie You are probably one of the many who wanted Vick to play. Shut up— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) December 27, 2013

    • GEAGLE

      Hahahahaha what’s Wong with him? I would pay money to debate him on a public forum

      • theycallmerob

        we went at it for while, before he told me shut up and went radio-silent all day. Thought I broke him.

        • Andy124

          Can’t break what’s already broke.

        • GEAGLE

          Something tells me you will have a lot of fun with him after this Dallas game lol

          • Andy124

            Might be worth your time to create a twitter account just to go view that whole conversation. It was pretty excellent.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Don’t even have to create an account, I’m reading it now I think

          • Andy124

            To rob and walt, well there you go then. No account needed. I made one strictly to see the updates turing the TC QB competition.

          • G_WallyHunter

            There might be more conversation to read that you can only read with an account, but I’m getting a kick out of what I can see without one.
            The retweet of Prisco saying Chip is a college coach, classic.

          • theycallmerob

            see how fast he ran from that? linked me to another year-old article where he say Chip was #1 in demand.

          • G_WallyHunter

            HAHA ya instantly, “amended” before he was hired…
            Doesn’t matter he still said it. Idiot

          • theycallmerob

            you don’t need one to view, just reply and such.

            students finally convinced me to get on it. no looking back now!

          • GEAGLE

            I have one, but I would only really use it to follow the players…but now that you have schooled me onto your devilish ways…I WANT IN!!! Gonna create a GEAGLE account later today lol

          • Richard Colton

            need to spell it GEagle in honor of FOles

          • GEAGLE

            Lol I used to…I’ll switch back

          • JReamer

            Forgive my ignorance, but what is with the FOles?

          • Richard Colton

            his autocorrect changes it to FOles. I wish it was a better story. It’s just a thing we can’t let go now.

    • G_WallyHunter

      This is fantastic, thanks for sharing. Further proving the stupidity of this guy.
      I thought the little WATS blurbs were enough, but no, this is classic.

      • GEAGLE

        Keep posting these Rob….and in a few days send him to a link with you posting all his tweets on PhillyMag with all of us trashing him and laughing at him

        • theycallmerob

          one last gem:

          @bmorerobbie Spoken like a true Eagles fan— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) December 27, 2013

          • Andy124

            A true scottish eagles fan that is.

          • theycallmerob

            LOL he just got back to me

            @bmorerobbie He's better. Always better.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) December 28, 2013

          • Andy124

            Speaking is absolutes. The mark of a master debater.

          • Richard Colton

            just re-read the entire conversation. hysterical. Lost in all of this though – how cool is it that we can have a legitimate Foles vs. Brady debate? Imagine that back in August.

          • Maggie

            Me too! Grandma from Glasgow, great, great paternal grandfather from Aberdeen.

          • Andy124

            I’m not scottish, but I do own a bagpipes + percussion cd. :)

  • GEAGLE

    Our Blitz packages are going to destroy this Oline,,,
    ,,
    Everyone crying about how Cole will get his against the great Tyrone… Tremt has t been getting his sacks just destroying OTs..when you blitz, a guy like Cole ends up having to be blocked by different guys sporadically who maybe haven’t felt Trent’s Wrath before..
    ..
    For example, because our our blitz packages, last week, one of Coles sacks came when he was matched up against Forte. he saw a RB trying to block him, laughed, threw forte out of the way like he was a child and then jumped on cutler lol..

    We are also starting to get pretty nasty at running twist stunts, last week you saw our ILBs blitz the A gap, while Cox looped around to the outside(if that happens this week Tyrone Smith will have to stop him), while Cole crashed inside. That was one of my favorite defensive plays of this season..Kendrick makes the play by blowing up the A gap, Cutler is actually lucky that Cole sacked him because Cox was moving fast and he was right behind Cole closing in on Cutker…
    ..
    Brandon Graham isnt getting the props he deserves, Cole really is playing good keeping Graham off the field!, but the past 5 games Graham’s pass rush has really come on….Curry and Logan also look like they are really improved at stunting as well..

    The front 7 is really coming along beautifully, and I think it’s time we start running more amoeba fronts…facing a backup is as good a time to start as any

    • OregonDucker

      I honestly believe our DL is stronger than their good OL this late in the season. Why? Sports science and superior coaching.

      I also believe the Davis blitz scheme will confuse Orton. Especially when DL drop into tcenter field to cover crossing routes.

      • GEAGLE

        Agreed..I actually like our Dline much more then their olinr

  • cloisterwater

    Not that I care that much about pro bowlers, but how the hell is Peters the only offensive linemen from the Eagles to make it?
    He’s a great LT, but he’s probably our 3rd best linemen this year. Mathis and Kelce got snubbed.

    • GEAGLE

      I have heard multiple people(not just baldi blowhard) call Kelce the best center in the NFL…
      ..
      Honestly, I 100% consider Mathis an ALL PRO, so how the hell doesn’t he make a probowl?

      I think it’s a shame that Desean didn’t make it. Dude has been dailed in leader for most of the year:
      1) got back his dangerous Homerun ability
      2) Developed into a redzone weapon for the first time
      3) Developed into more of a volume WR having 8-11 catch games running short’ intermediate routes instead of always going deep.

      It’s a shame that he worked so hard, improved so much. Has the numbers, yet is being snubbed…..Hope he makes a statement against Dallas.
      ..
      our young defenders will play for Demeco!

      • OregonDucker

        Good incentive to beat the hell out of the Dallas DL and linebackers. I see a mean driven Eagles OL. Destruction and Mayhem will rule the day!

  • theycallmerob

    Also, Don Banks has no business referring to the ’13 Eagles as “Gang Green”

    • cloisterwater

      Agreed

  • Explorer51

    Just a small worry…sorry, that emotion gets tattooed onto the cortex of some Eagles fans at birth…that we have a couple of early turnovers, maybe a special teams error, that gives Orton a short field and he cashes in for ten points. And then we start pressing, with the Minny debacle still fresh, and get out of our gameplan. Talk me out of this please, thanks.

    • Beastmode

      Dallas has worst D in the league. We can spot them two tds and still win running away, the way we are playing rite now.
      But I get your doubts, Andy gave us PTSD in this regard :)

      • Explorer51

        Thanks…I need to regain the knowledge of the word success. Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, I really do believe the future is bright though. And I’m glad that Andy, and his monotonous way of doing things, is in the rear view mirror.

        • GEAGLE

          We have a top scoring offense correct?
          Ok, we are also dead last in time of possession..correct?
          You have to be a HELLUVA DANGEROUS offense to be dead last in time of possession and Still be a top offense….and we are facing a defense that’s worse then the bears defense

          If Denver was playing the cowboys and Kyle Orton, would you be worried about Dallas winning? Hell no!!! Well, as crazy as it sounds, our offense is one of the few that are up their with Denver’s….and we bring a more sound defense to the table then the broncos, which should get our offense better field position then Denver’s defense…
          ..
          We are a much more Discaplined team, we commit less penalties and turn the ball over less then our opponents,,,I don’t see how that can change against Dysfunctional Dallas…
          ..
          Since thanksgiving, the Bears and Packers have only beaten one team with a 500 record or better…can you guess who those teams were? Dallas and Dallas….

          Feel any better?

    • OregonDucker

      Foles has something to prove – to himself. He will be surgical in his evisceration of the Cowgirls.

      Chip too has learned from the Dallas and Vikes games. Parity in the NFL makes every team dangerous. Look for Chip’s scheme to morph during the game. He will destroy the Dallas gameplan. I honestly see a 60+ scoring onslaught.

      Lastly, the Dallas defense will be gassed in the second half. Sports science rules. I see Vick in the game in the fourth quarter – he puts up 21.

      “We’re from Philadelphia. We fight!”

      • GEAGLE

        Dallas will file bullying chargers when this game ends

  • SoCalEaglesFan

    Kyle Orton can easily put up 40 points against this Eagles defense. We’ve seen it before this season and Dallas has more weapons than Minnesota.

    What I don’t get is this little gem: “Foles never looks quite as good on Game Rewind as he does in the box score. Perhaps that’s why he’s only 16th on Pro Football Focus’ rankings.”

    wtf does that even mean? You need style points now? NFL football is turning into figure skating. So sad.

    • Token

      Used to be you just cared about a win or a loss. Then stats really started to matter. Now you have to look a certain way when putting up 300 yards.

      It really just comes down to the over saturation of “reporters” and “experts” that have nothing to talk about and/or lack any real knowledge to be able to come up with something interesting.

  • cloisterwater

    Over/Under on how many teams have a sports science guy on their staff next year: 14

  • Philly0312

    Ummm…Profootballfocus focus judges each snap….so for a top performer, having more snaps gives more opportunities for higher pff scores. It’s not like evan Mathis got to a score of 50 in one game. For example, Foles received something like a 7.0 positive score for the Oakland game….

  • Kev_H

    I’m not seeing a relevant Minnesota connection here. To the extent the Eagles may have overlooked the Vikings, it was because they were a last place team. The Eagles aren’t playing any more last place teams this year.

  • Beastmode

    Someone’s gotta say it

  • addicted2mula

    Almost 24 hours till game time birds!!

    • Andy124

      11 hours to go!!!

      • addicted2mula

        #BeatDallas

  • Wilbert31

    Donnie football got snubbed! He has something to prove. Dallas better watch out when our punt team comes on the field! Well, If they do.

  • cloisterwater

    We need some new material fellas. I’m sure there’s not a whole lot new to write about, but I’ll take anything.

  • Will

    Win and in…Cream rises to the top…Execute,Execute,Execute…No Excuses…