Wake-Up Call: Curious Ending For Wolff

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Earl Wolff
sold out to break up a pass in the second quarter against the Bears and came up limping. He had missed the last four games with a hyper-extended right knee, and found himself back on the trainers table just moments into his return.

“When I tweaked it against Chicago, Cary [Williams] came over when I was sitting with [the doctor], and was like, ‘Earl, man, we need you out there. C’Mon, man. We want you out there, man.’ I was like, ‘Bro, I want to be out there. I guarantee I want to be out there and play.’ But I couldn’t.”

There were rumblings late in the season that Wolff had been given the green light for a return by the medical staff  but decided to hold  himself out. We asked Wolff if there was any truth to that.


"I wouldn't necessarily say it was that. It might have been something similar to that," said Wolff. "And it wasn't that I didn't want to play, I just felt like if I would have went out there, I wouldn't have been able to play my game. I would have been thinking about it. Not to say that I would've messed something up -- I trust them in the training room -- but just to a point to where I just wouldn't have  been able to play my game and make the plays that I can make, and I could have possibly hurt our defense more than helped.

"I wouldn't even say that I wasn't trusting [the knee]. I couldn't run like I wanted to. I couldn't move like I wanted to. I'm a tough guy, man. I've played through injury, I've played through aches and pains. I just couldn't play my game the way I wanted to, that's the way I looked at it. I continued to pray about it; my family prayed about it with me. I felt like everything happens for a reason, and me not playing those games happened for a reason."

Wolff ended up missing the regular-season finale in Dallas. He was active for the Saints playoff game but hadn't practiced all week and was available for emergency purposes only. A struggling Patrick Chung once again took his place in the lineup.

The rookie out of N.C. State, who had an interception, five passes defensed and 45 tackles in 11 games, originally injured the knee  in Green Bay on November 10. He explained that often when he tried to cut or explode afterwards, he felt a sharp pain. It would come and go.

"I thought I might be running for a deep ball and I might feel that and it might just...it was the little things, man," said Wolff. "It felt stable. There was nothing wrong where I felt like I was going to hurt myself, but I just couldn't play my game. I play fast. I don't like to think, I like to react. I feel like if I was out there playing I might have been thinking and it probably would have altered my game which would have hurt my team more than helped."

The 24-year-old has proven he can play through pain. Wolff said that he partially tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder the second game of  his sophomore season and didn't miss any time. The difference is that he could run full speed with that shoulder injury. The ailing knee restricted him so, knowing his body and game better than anyone, decided he wasn't able to contribute.

"I understand that at this level you have to battle through injuries and being hurt and try to play, but I feel the position I play it's kinda tough, man," said Wolff. "I feel like maybe if I played a different position maybe I would have had a chance to do something. They really wanted me to come back. And don't get me wrong, I wanted to come back more than anybody, I wanted to come back out there and play with my teammates and basically help us win."

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One person in particular wasn’t convinced Kelly had the makeup to coach in this league.

“I wasn't confident,” Kelly admitted Monday. “I had a system and a plan that we were going to go in, but I didn't know what the outcome was going to be until it was all finished.”

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  • NickS1

    I don’t fault the kid for not playing. It is what it is, at this point. I understand his position, and you definitely can’t be thinking about it. Seems very odd that so long after the injury happened he’s still questioning it, but, can’t do anything about it now. The positive is that it allowed Chung to be exposed for the awful player and liability that he is, and, with any luck, sealed his fate. We can only pray that he’ll be cut, but the Oregon Connection scares me.

    In other news, a buddy from high school writes for a local Baltimore sports station and always has some solid and objective insight. He’s been saying for a little while now that it’s very possible that Terrell Suggs is going to be a cap casualty since the Ravens are now joining the Steelers in the annual cap scramble. Not sure what the price would be, but I can definitely say I wouldn’t be opposed to adding him as a true 3-4 rush OLB. He’s 31 now, but this is a dude who came off a partial Achilles tear at age 30 in just 4 months, and who just matched his career high in tackles while adding 10 sacks, and is a former DPOY, if memory serves me correctly. If we couldn’t trade Graham, we could cut and eat the 3.3mil in DM or June 1st cut him and ease that hit, while still drafting another OLB to develop. Thoughts? I’m not advocating one way or the other, to be clear.

    • GW.Fisher

      I’d rather draft a guy if at all possible. No Orakpo or suggs for me unless all else faills. If we go FA then look for a young up-and-comer as opposed to a veteran rental…

      • NickS1

        I agree that you still draft a guy, but with the 22nd pick, the immediate starters/impact guys are likely to be gone. I don’t necessarily see us trading up unless a guy falls in the mid-teens, IMO.

        • GEAGLE

          People need to stop saying ish like this. If you know what you are doing, you can get BALLERS in the top 100….people are just so used to Andy’s draft picks and him sucking at developing them that people act like 2nd and 3rd round picks are chopped liver…when in reality. You should be getting probowlers in round two, let alone with the 22nd pick

          • NickS1

            With development, yes, they can turn into Pro Bowlers. But we both know the notion that they just turn up left and right in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, even the 22nd pick, isn’t valid. It’s possible, not necessarily likely. So, I won’t stop saying ish this like. Can we get a guy at 22, sure. My point is, you bring in an actual 3-4 rush OLB vet/former DPOY, and you still draft a guy to sit behind him and learn. But we both know Pro Bowlers don’t just fall into your lap. How many did we have this year?

          • Tom w

            Build through draft, depth through free agency. 32 yr old olbs ain’t happening so stop wasting your breath.

          • NickS1

            Build through both. Pretty sure we nabbed our starting corners in free agency and one of our starting OLBs in free agency, so the “depth through free agency” point isn’t valid. Is the age a concern and will it likely keep the Eagles away from Suggs if he hits FA, probably. But in his case, it’s hard to agree with if the price is right. He’d be a great tutor for the OLB we likely draft this year and makes an immediate impact to a contender in 2014.

          • Tom W

            We had obvious holes – we had to replace two corners, a safety, an olb, a nt, 5 tech in one offseason … couldn’t do it all in one draft .. .what did you want us to do start all udfas? And we got everyone for very reasonable guaranteed money .. nothing we couldn’t get out of in two years… hardly starter contracts…compare barwin’s contract to kreuger’s .. compare fletcher’s to sean smith’s .. compare chung’s to the safety Houston lost … none of our contracts last year were for big money.

            And the age and injury history of suggs is a giant reason we won’t do it .. buying rentals is not how you win championships … one player isn’t going to get us to a superbowl … paying for older players is a lose lose strategy the great majority of the time .. you end up paying for past performance not future…and you end up alienating lockerroom and team chemistry.

            Just look at what the GM and Chip have said in the last year … shit Howie just said it yesterday … they want to build through the draft … grow from within … add low risk young free agents to compete and patch holes … your impact players come from draft … suggs would want at least two years of guaranteed money close to 8 mil a year … I’d rather take Orapko at 27 over that … but honestly the birds will draft a pass rusher in the first 3 rounds and not overreact to any one position unlike our fans

            And saying people dont get probowlers in rds 1-3 is ridiculous … i can pull out the chart from eaglesrewind.com if need be and show you tons of probowlers at every position … shit the ravens, niners, seahawks, and packers have been doing it every year … pats are so so at it … houston has been very good at it …. definitely don’t need a top 10 pick to find a freaking stud at any position (except maybe qb – ha Foles!) especially at certain positions … otackle the chance of hitting a probowler is basically the same for the first 3 rounds … stop thinking this regime is Andy’s regime … he screwed up two drafts and its not the norm. Can’t buy our parade … patience.

          • NickS1

            We got starters at reasonable prices, which is the point I made regarding Suggs, and I wouldn’t sign him as a 1 year rental. The guy is good. 34yr old James Harrison is playing good ball in Cinci after being a cap casualty in PIT and is getting something like 4-5mil. So, while I get the point it’s usually a lose lose, it’s not as much as you make it out ot be. And yes, you build through the draft and go young, but that doesn’t mean you turn a blind eye to a high quality player because of age. Crazy concept called “due diligence”, which Howie & Co. aren’t bad at. Also, we don’t know what Suggs would want and what the market would pay because of age and a few injuries (see above Harrison reference). And if you’re worried about injuries, might as well not even look at Orakpo. Moreover, there’s no overreaction. It was hypothetical. There’s a legitimate case for it. And who said people don’t get pro bowlers in the first 3 rounds? That’s ridiculous. Read what I said. EXPECTING that every first round pick is going to be a pro bowler is ludicrous and a myth that has been debunked. Yes, some teams do it, most don’t.

          • Tom W

            I’m not EXPECTING shit .. I’m telling you Howie and company have said repeatedly they ain’t building this team the way you and other are proposing … we aren’t turning into the redskins and cowboyz but signing old players and eliminating cap space and stunting growth of younger players. next your gonna tell me we should trade our first rounder for a pass rusher because the pass rusher is proven even though he best years are behind him …

            Free agents who are young and have their best years (not senior citizen years) ahead of them so we aren’t paying for past production but future performance.

            there is so much more to signing players than just looking at past performance — chemistry, injury concerns, regression to the mean performance, ability to change schemes and coaching staff, cost over replacement player, etc…..

            If you want Suggs so bad … I found a similar player in the draft who is getting 2-3 round grades now but I expect to rise to the late first round after the combine and his interviews

            Jeremiah Attouchi from Georgia Tech …. serious college sack production — double digits two years in a row, scheme flexibility ,, played 4-3 and 3-4 and played them both well … 6 3 241 from Nigeria ….. smart god fearing kid … absolutely dominated Georgia and Clemson this year … can drop in coverage and pass rushing is his best ability .. still needs work on technique and run stopping … but he compares to Suggs somewhat … big big fan ….. listened to a couple of his interviews and the kid is talking about mentoring younger players … love to hear that … played for two completely different d coaches and defenses … Chip loves scheme versatility ala Dion Jordan.

            http://www.optimumscouting.com/scout-s-notes/articles/georgia-tech-s-jeremiah-attaochu-and-why-his-versatility-will-appeal-to-3-4-and-4-3-defenses.html

            Thats how you win …. find studs in the draft like the seahawks, niners, texans do …. not buy your way out of bad drafts like the cowboys and redskins do … cmon cuz.

          • NickS1

            Work on your reading comp, cuz. You’re not even responding to what I said. That said, I understand the point that you don’t like the idea of adding seasoned vets because Howie and Chip said so. I don’t entirely disagree with it, it’s a good, proven model. Moreover, I’m not proposing that they stray from it and just add a ton of over-30 players. But did SF just not add Boldin last year? A 32yr old receiver who was due 6+ mil. I mean, you just cited them as an example of the roster building strategy we’re mirroring. That’s almost the exact same case as Suggs, IF, Suggs is released, which is unlikely, but not impossible. You don’t ignore a great talent because of age if the price is right and he can help you win, NOW. I understand we’re building for the long haul, but we also thought that when Chip said we’re trying to win now that he was just saying it because he had to. Low and behold, it was a true. He tried to win now. So you add talent that helps you win now while having an eye on the future.

            And while you act like you found this college stud, he’s been brought up on this board before. Youth still has to develop. Know how many of these guys don’t pan out? There’s a lot of guess work in drafts. And many a late 1st/2nd/3rd don’t come in and produce right away. They get worked in here and there, play some ST and get DEVELOPED because they’re not always ready. So a 2yr deal for Suggs should he hit free agency while the drafted OLB develops behind a great pass rusher isn’t a bad idea. It’s trying to win now while developing talent for the future. The whole Suggs conversation was hypothetical anyway. And, Baltimore is trying to extend him anyway so he retires there.

            You’re an arm chair GM just like the rest of us. Stop trying to be condescending and act like you’re better. You’re not…cuz.

          • GEAGLE

            If you don’t get a probowler with the 22nd pick in the draft, you FLAT OUT FAILED!!! Do you understand what picking 22nd means? It’s the right to pick a top 4 prospect at a position….Every GMs will miss, but the good ones, hit on top 100 picks more often then not….sometime it’s a good pick and The coaches don’t develop him properly, since I don’t expect that to be the case with Chip here, GM needs to do his friggin job and pluck two future probowlers out of this draft

          • cliff henny

            the key to all this is kelly and developing talent. reid had/has his strengths, but who did he ever develope? we either knew from day1 the guy could play, or he was JAG. never anyone like cooper. plus, about 10 guys played better under kelly than reid. all reid did in KC is clear out the dysfunction and allow current talent to prevail. almost feel like you and i could gm for kelly.

          • NickS1

            Dude, come on. We had this convo about the 4th pick last year and we saw how many weren’t actually pro bowlers. Now we have to do it with the 22nd pick? Should the 22nd pick be a starter within the first couple years, 100%. But they all don’t make the pro bowl (a game, especially now, based more on name recognition than anything) and they don’t need to. They need to start, and the need to be quality starters in the first couple years. Now, if you want to tell me that your first overall pick better be a pro bowler in a couple years or first five years, I won’t argue, because if you screw up that pick, you’re a bum of a GM or lack the talent development at the coaching level, or some combo. But the 22nd pick doesn’t have to turn into a pro bowler, just a solid starter.

          • Michael Deen

            In the last 20 years the 22nd pick has produced 3 pro bowlers. Darrien Gordon, Percy Harvin as a KR, and Demaryius Thomas. I think it’s pretty silly to preach that if you don’t get a “Probowler” with the 22nd pick you have “FLAT OUT FAILED”. Late first round pick should be starters sooner rather than later no doubt – but even then – you hit and you miss. Just because you miss in the first round doesn’t mean you have failed – you might find a gem in the later rounds (The horrid 2011 Draft where our only good pick was a 6th rounder on Kelce – who was able to start right away). You never know. In the end ywe can only hope they hit on players more than they miss…….

          • GEAGLE

            I’m not expecting rookie probowlers…I’m expecting the right prospects who can be developed into probowlers 4 years from now…by year 3 they need to play at a probowl level, by year 4 they should have gotten enough recognition to be named to the probowl….thus I’m expecting Cox, and Kendrick to play at a probowl level next year..and the year after that I’m expecting Lane and Ertz to play at a probowl level…

        • Adam

          Do we need an immediate impact guy at 22? Let him marinate behind Cole for a season as situational pass rusher and then unleash him next year.

          • NickS1

            We need a pass rusher, I believe was the point. If a move like this were to happen I’d much prefer a WR in the first or trade out of the first to get an extra 2nd and maybe 3rd, but, likely 4th, then package the 4th and 5th from NE and get back into the 3rd, thus having 2 2nds and 2 3rds, a 4th, 5th, and 7th.

          • Token

            Cant start Cole again next year. Things are gonna be tougher next season. Brutal schedule. We dont improve the pass rush we will not get to 10-6 again. Simple as that. Luckily, Im confident the coaches know that.

          • theycallmerob

            man, lay off the schedule stuff already. that’s the dumbest conversations to have this time of year, no one knows anything about who will be good or bad next year, just like we got it wrong last year and the year before that

          • Token

            Right. Many of those teams will suck in 7 months. Stand pat Eagles.

          • theycallmerob

            never said stand pat. I’m guessing you predicted the AFC-W would have 3 playoff teams this time last year? or the Redskins would fall apart, Eli would refuse to throw to his players, and Romo’s back would crumble? I’m guessing Kaep becomes elite next year, STL and ARI get stud QBs, and SEA doesn’t lose half their team to suspension?
            good lord. un-bunch the panties just a little, Ms. Cleo

          • Token

            No i get what you are saying. But I look at next yr schedule as bad with a chance to get even worse. Dont think the Texans stay bad. Jags could be a tough out even.

            People underestimate the amount of work the Eagles still have to do I think. We had a easy schedule that got easier because of injures. Im hoping they are aggressive this offseason. Strike while the division is down.

          • theycallmerob

            I could not agree more with your second paragraph. The only upside is the division-mates have to play as tough a schedule; the only tweak are the matchups against NFC North and South, which may benefit us in that they’re so fluid. For instance, we get GB who won the north, but DAL gets CHI and NYG get DET (not easy for them). Same in the south; we get CAR, DAL gets NO and NYG/WAS have to play tough outs against ATL and TB.

            More to the point, we’re in the best position in the NFC-E to actually improve significantly going into next year- having cap space to get FA and some young guys who, in theory, improve. also, IMO, the best QB and coach situation.

          • Adam

            I’m fine with having Cole on the field for running downs, spelling him with the rookie on passing.

      • Token

        Well Orakpo may just be entering the prime of his career ready to bust out.

        People are just in love with the name Suggs. His best days are behind him. It makes zero sense to sign a guy like that.

    • GEAGLE

      Cut Graham and Cole if I could have T-sizzle

      • NickS1

        Talking about 8mil dead money in doing so. Just throwing that out there. Think you keep Cole to spell him, cut Cole next year.

        • GEAGLE

          I know…just speaking as a fanboy, not as something I think would be good for the franchise

        • cliff henny

          it’s 8m, but as you said, june 1st both, means half would go into ’14′s, and half would go into ’15. neither will be here in ’15, safe assumption for this topic, so it’s only 4m more dead. still not sure why cole needs to be cut. he can be re-assigned as nickle d-lne, back-up olbr. eagles made him a very rich man, think he could play the good soldier for a year, and at 6.6m, why wouldnt he? it’s not guarneteed, he wouldnt see that much in open market.

          • NickS1

            The reasons you mentioned are the exact reasons to keep Cole and June 1st Graham if you can’t get something for him. Less burden in getting rid of Graham than Cole, plus, keeps the Cole fans happy for another year before it finally clicks with them that he’s finished as an every down player. Love him, but he’s fallen off. Three sacks against a sh!tty WSH team padded some stats and people thought he was great in the pass rush in the 2nd half of the season. Better than the first half, yeah, but there was only one way to go from that abysmal first half of his season.

          • cliff henny

            think graham is gone. 1.6m next 2 season in dead money is nothing. i’d bury him on bench to save money, but nfl teams think differently about that stuff than regular businesses. graham’s already b!tching about being starter in philly or elsewhere’s. guy couldnt beat out 30 yr old guy on back end of contract, give me a break. now starter somewhere else, thinks he’s better than he is. always found those guys annoying to play with, as fan it still bothers me. little ego is good, but coaches arent playing favorites.

    • cliff henny

      now we’re talking! stop with the orakpo and hicks from deadbeat nfc east rivals…let’s get more ravens, steelers seahawks and 9ers in here.

      • GEAGLE

        That’s what I’m talkin bout Cliff…we don’t need NFC east trash

        • cliff henny

          puts the van noy kid on the radar. or wait till 3rd/4th, gives guy like jeffcoat yr to develope and take benjamin, landry use 3rd and 5th to get back into rd 2 and get joyner.

          • NickS1

            There we go. It’s falling into place. If only Howie were reading… Maybe I could finally get a shot at my dream job as a salary cap analyst.

          • GEAGLE

            Cliff is already our resident cap expert…but you can be his assistant bad cap joe banner type

          • NickS1

            Your words are hurtful

          • NickS1

            said below we could potentially trade out of the 1st into early/mid 2nd and get that 2nd and maybe a 3rd, but likely 4th, use that second 4th and the 5th from NE to get back into 3rd, then we have ourselves two 2nds, two 3rds, 4th, 5th, 7th.
            Hoping Benjamin falls that far, but 2WRs and S and OLB in 2nd and 3rd, then project CB/OL/QB

          • cliff henny

            think dallas only got a 3rd to drop back from 20 to 30 last yr. i want my cake and eat it too, cant we just magically create another 2nd rd pick? curry or graham trade. i’d give curry up for joyner.

      • NickS1

        I’m still not opposed to Orakpo entirely, but I’d take Suggs if possible. Ravens take our coaches, we take their players. I can dig it.

        • cliff henny

          will be when see his price-tag. rather have kerrigan anyways. orakpo never did much for me. good player, never a game changer like Suggs.

          • NickS1

            No argument there. Obviously I’d only want Orakpo if he wasn’t trying to get some crazy undeserved contract. He’ll get tagged anyway.

        • theycallmerob

          I’d definitely take Suggs in a second.

          • GEAGLE

            T-sizzle, Demeco,Cary and Barwin would whip our young defenders into shape in no time. when T Suggs is on your defense, you do your friggin job, or ELSE

    • Token

      Suggs is gonna be 32 years old. Hes about done. Hes Trent Cole. Suggs was invisible the second half of this season. Part of the reason you dont see the Ravens in the playoffs.

      But people love names, so I get why you brought him up.

      Its just completely the opposite direction the team should be looking in.

      • NickS1

        Right, their bad offense had nothing to do with it them missing the playoffs. But, the situation is more James Harrison (who’s 34) than it is Trent Cole, anyway. IF he’s released (remember, this whole thing was hypothetical), curious to know what market pays for him. He’s worth every bit of 5-7mil and would clearly benefit from some sports science. I know you don’t like when people have ideas for ways to improve the team, because the only thing you like to do is rain on parades, but it’s not an bad option, at all. Better him for 2 years while a rookie draft pick develops behind him than Orakpo, Cole/Graham, Cole/rookie.

        • Token

          I dunno, I feel many people are really undervaluing Orakpo. The guy can play.

          Suggs was a really good player. But hes on the down side of his career. Never got why people want players like that other than name recognition. Are there fans of other teams waiting with bated breath for us to release Trent Cole so they can pounce on him?

          • NickS1

            Maybe a 4-3 team. In fairness to Cole, while I’m not a huge fan of the product on the field, he did have to change schemes. Downside of the career doesn’t always equal unproductive, again, I point to Harrison. I’m more of a fan of the fact that he’s a true 3-4 rush OLB (we lack one), could be had for a reasonable sum for 2 years (3-4 yr deal, cut in 2), not long term like Orakpo would, be more productive than what we have , and could teach the rookie we likely draft, which I think is better than learning from a guy who is really a 4-3 DE who’s got 1yr exp vs 9. Trust me, I understand the reservations, I’m just of the opinion that they’re slightly overblown in his case.

            Orakpo is good, not great, but he’s 1) likely getting tagged 2) would want years and 3) is just as injury prone as someone who could possibly be had for less years and likely less money. I don’t dislike Orakpo like some others, but with Suggs,some people hear 1 or 2 year rental and think it’s this world’s worst idea, when it’s not.

          • Token

            When did Orakpo become injury prone? Because he tore his ACL? I dont remember many other games he missed.

          • NickS1

            Pectoral tear is why he missed most of 2012. That was his second of that injury.

            That said, RotoWorld’s profile stated that he graded out as a top 4 3-4 OLB per PFF.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    58.8

  • Will

    My my…thanks for your honesty Mr. Wolff…

  • GEAGLE

    Glad Wolff didn’t play,…screw the game, I don’t need the only safety worth a damn that we have jacking up his knee even more during a rookie season that deep in our heart we all knew the clock would strike twelve before we won a Sb….I don’t care what the trainer says, if A kid isn’t confident in his leg, he will be a liability on the field…Wolff playing, and giving up monster plays because he wasn’t himself could screw with his confidence going forward…..just not worth it with a rookie, even if it’s a playoff game

    • cliff henny

      just sucked the alternative was chung. never thought i could hate the play of a safety more than coleman…i was wrong

      • GEAGLE

        Preach…the sad part is Chung is probably more “talented” then Wolff and more experienced….like we should not be begging to see a 5th round rookie over Chung, that’s just how pathetic Chung has been

        • cliff henny

          my hate for coleman has subsided, mostly cause he didnt play this year i suppose. for the life of me, how could an nfl coach as smart as reid not see what everyone with minimal knowledge sitting on their couches could, coleman was over-matched, and do nothing about it? i’m as big of a homer for kelly as anyone, but if he trots chunger back out there next season, i will lose my sh!t. i’ll defer to you on byrd, but will accept clemmons.

          • NickS1

            I still hate Coleman. He needs to go. Nnamdi blew, but he obviously knew how bad Coleman was. Every mistake he could just point to Coleman and it was entirely plausible to the naked eye that it was his fault. Nnamdi may have known for the longest time just how bad Coleman is.

          • Bird of Prey

            You know who our best special teams player is right? He’s just a special teamer kept on the roster as a reserve safety. Ried tried to use him as a starter kind of like Casey Mathews. So when he’s on the field remember it’s because Wolff and Chung are out. That makes him our third stringer. Chung was never more talented than Wolff, he’s a cast-off from the Pats and they see to know when to let someone go.

          • GEAGLE

            Byrd is high end solution….if we are talking replacing Colemn and Chung, anyone would be an upgrade

      • BHOtheLiar

        Wolff’s expertise, in the eyes of the fan base, continued to grow while he was out. Not sure how much of this was due to his early season performance this year or the lack of a reasonable alternative. 2014 will tell, but the jury is still out on him.

        • cliff henny

          so true. have no idea if the kid is a keeper or not, but i know nate chung and coleman deserve to be 86′d.

        • Token

          Absolutely true and a great point. Many, including me, have penciled him in next to Byrd next year. But we have no idea if he can play yet. Anything good he did is magnified x10 because of the terrible safety play on this team.

    • Token

      The fact that he didnt wanna play in a home playoff game because he wasnt 100% may tell you a ton about the kid. Ill venture a guess that this wont be the last situation like this for Earl Wolff.

    • Chris

      Agree, no confidence as a safety = getting caught by big plays over the top. He’ll heal up and be better in 2014. I’d be concerned if this was an ongoing issue next year, him holding himself out.

    • Eagles910

      I am also glad. Earl is going to be a beast, his first 3 games weren’t great but he adjusted very well. We need another good safety ad might fin one in the draft. Chung is old news and played like crap this year. The defense will be much better next season with an entire offseason and guys knowing the system.

  • JofreyRice

    Shawn Andrews 3.0. CUT HIM.

    • cliff henny

      who was the 2.0 version?

      • Andy124

        a) Steve Smith
        b) Andrew Bynum
        c) Shawn was so big, he took up versions 1.0 and 2.0

        • cliff henny

          Bynum, that f’r was lucky i’m 700 miles away. i’d of spent a night in the pookie to take a swing at him.

  • Token

    Not many guys at 100% late in the year. Or able to play 100% of “their game”.

    The whole thing is wierd and fishy.

    This whole thing makes me second guess the idea of locking him into a starting spot next year. I think he may have a bit of weirdo in him.

    Guess we will see next year, maybe he will be healed by then. But like ive said, if the injury was this serious they would have IRed him when it happened to get the valuable roster spot. Certainly not something you should be out 2 months for.

  • Scott J

    I’m beginning to think Wolff suffers from Bynum Syndrome.

  • R. Colton’s Wine Glass

    Soft.

  • CrackSammich

    I think I’ve read about enough of players killing themselves with shots and pain meds to play through injuries and do irreparable damage to themselves. Good on Wolff for knowing his limits. Next year is another year.

  • JohnJays

    Unfortunate for Wolff and the team… Particularly Nate Allen. Nate’s play certainly took a dive with the rookie out. Wasn’t playing as loose with Chung and Coleman in the secondary with him. Can’t say you blame Nate for that…