What They’re Saying About the Eagles

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week, including one man’s evaluation of Nick Foles and a safety name to keep an eye on.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at the 12 playoff teams and ranks them in order of how likely each is to return to the postseason next year. He has the Eagles seventh:

I don’t think Chip Kelly could have been much more impressive in his debut season as the Eagles’ head coach. Winning 10 games and ranking fourth in scoring would have been tough enough with a stable quarterback situation and established program. Kelly had neither. Yet, while Philly could be in good position to repeat atop a flawed NFC East, the 2014 schedule serves up tougher defenses. The Eagles will play the four NFC West teams and Carolina. Two other opponents, Tennessee and Houston, have good defensive personnel. Some of the teams Philly lit up last season — Oakland, San Diego and Chicago come to mind — aren’t on the upcoming schedule.

Andy Benoit of The MMQB looks at why NFC playoff teams got bounced:

Foles, because he takes such good care of the ball, is generally perceived to be an intelligent progression passer. But like most second-year quarterbacks, the reality is that he relies on his system and needs to have his progressions limited to two, maybe three, depending on the route designs.

Ashley Fox of ESPN.com writes that she would like to see Michael Vick in a Super Bowl before his career is over:

No, the Michael Vick I’d like to see play in a Super Bowl is the one who emerged from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., humble, appreciative and nearly broken. He is the one who didn’t take football for granted. He is the one who embraced the second chance then-coach Andy Reid, owner Jeffrey Lurie and the Philadelphia Eagles gave him when it seemed no one else would.




This Michael Vick is so different from the player and person the Falcons selected first overall in the 2001 draft that he is hardly recognizable. This Michael Vick gets it. He changed. He evolved. He grew up.

Brian Billick of NFL.com offers his thoughts on LeSean McCoy's heavy workload in 2013:

The demise of the workhorse back is real. Though many have commented on the running game's postseason resurgence, just two backs (Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy) eclipsed 300 carries this year. Counting pass receptions, McCoy logged a punishing 366 touches in the regular season. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles back can get anywhere near his 5.1 yards-per-carry average in 2014. In general, I think that the 300-carry running back is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com mocks Louisville safety Calvin Pryor to the Eagles:

Based on the strength of Chip Kelly's offense, the Eagles won the NFC East. The Eagles finished 30th in pass defense over the regular season, however, making it easy to imagine which unit they'll be looking to improve for 2014. Physical, athletic and instinctive, Pryor could be a significant step in the right direction.

Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com also has the Eagles going with Pryor:

Chip Kelly wants to get faster and tougher on defense and adding an impact safety would help. Pryor is a physical presence who can also cover with his rangy athleticism.

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  • Will

    I’m happy…lmao…Justin Ellis – (if OLB you want is gone), along with the rest…Calvin Pryor, Mike Evans, Khali Mack, and Kevin Van Noy would all fit the bill at #22…

    • cliff henny

      yeah, not bad…Ashley Fox is still annoying.

    • RIP illa

      Whoa whoa whoa!!!! U don’t take Ellis in the 1st. Hell, unless there’s some stupid desperate team out there and you know they’re gonna take him early, you don’t take him until the 4th and maybe even early 5th. If he has a great game this weekend and does real well at the combine, I can see some teams making him a sure-fire third rounder. But I’d still see it as more of a reach.

      Side note: This is what I hate about the draft tho. There’s usually a one to several teams, each year, that F’s it up for everybody else by overvaluing a prospect, and then causing a ripple effect or “run” on certain positions!!!

      • Will

        He’s projected 3rd round….

        • RIP illa

          Let me tell you what I do. It’s not perfect but I haven’t been wrong about too many projected rounds over the years.

          I use NFLdraftscouts and CBSsports round projections. You can use Walter football, but sometimes he’s a little vague and a site like drafttek is really hit or miss. Anyway, then I read/watch practices and games of the East West Shrine and Senior Bowl. Followed by the combine to see if anybody has a great performance. Those things all can make a player jump up a round or two, in extreme cases. Save for a reach by teams (Jaquian Jarret to us and Fredricks to the boys) and character issues, that can push a prospect further down…it’s pretty much been accurate.

          Right now both if the sites I mentioned have Ellis projected in the 4th. He did show well during the East West Shrine game and has had a decent/good week of Senior Bowl Practice so his stock is due for an up swing!!! But until after the game (barring an explosive performance) and after the combine, it will not move up much right now.

          • Will

            That’s a nice way to view the whole process…it’s all speculative but nice to have input from everybody on here on who they might take. Plus people’s opinion on the player’s so you have a rough idea who they may select…I do like and favor Walterfootball myself…NFLDRAFTscouts and CBS also have good scouting reports and everybody has there favorites…but cool to look at who may be BPA at #22…and then #52…

  • cliff henny

    lynch is stacked, but i’ll bet good money McCoy feels alot fresher after 366 touches than Lynch’s 300+. not all touches are created equal. would like to get polk or pay some kid 600k to take those 3rd/4th and 1 slam into line touches. other than those,shady didnt take many clean hits. Catches shouldnt even count, most of those he either went OB on his own, tripped up going into end zone or got 6. overall, kelly’s offense does a great job space RBs/TEs/WRs didnt take any big hits.

    • Will

      Shady’s style of running he rarely takes hard hits…

    • JofreyRice

      Lynch has more zuzu than people give him credit for. He finishes runs, and can break tackles, but I don’t think he’s quite that Brandon Jacobs/Marion Barber/Legarrette Blount pure straight-line headbuster, with the resultant limited shelf-life. He’s got a little wiggle, and his balance is fantastic.

      That said, I agree with you that Shady’s running style is kinder to his body.

      • cliff henny

        yeah, just no other example. we want the ball in shady’s hands, but dont want the shaun alexander effect. take those 3rd/4th and 1’s, specifically ones where defense can get set (while in hurry up mode no need) away, shady should be able to stay around 300-350. only 25, hope they can squeeze another 3 or 4 great years out of him.

  • JofreyRice

    I don’t usually get in on the Ashley Fox bashing, but she wants to see a “nearly broken” Michael Vick play in the Super Bowl? Who the hell is she, Gandhi? I’m sure she’s got some skeletons in the closet that if they came to light, would nearly break her. She seems giddy at Vick being laid low by the mistakes he made. It’s over, it’s been over, it’s been been over. Move on, already.

    • reb

      I actually do occasionally join in the Fox bashing, but in this case I’m not sure she meant it the way you are saying. I didn’t read it that way, anyway. I think she’s actually lauding his changed life and improved work ethic, etc… , though it did come from being so far down.

      • anon

        Agree…more like oh he changed it’d be nice if something good happened professionally. But i’m sure she’ll get 1mm comments and a promotion for not saying anything.

    • Andy124

      Huh? I got the impression she wrote that piece after doodling Ashley Vick all over her notebook with little hearts for the dots on top of the i’s.

      • JofreyRice

        eh, you could be right. Beyond just the trite “he’s really turned his life around”: narrative, I think there’s an air of arrogance of looking at him from on high and judging him to be worthy, now. I guess the phrase that annoyed me was “nearly broken”.

        • anon

          How is the narrative trite?

          • JofreyRice

            It’s old. It’s tired. It’s done. I don’t even think it’s a point of contention anymore that Vick has completely turned the page on his old life. Why do we still need articles written about it? An article about how Tom Brady’s recovering from his knee injury in 2008 would be about on par with this.

          • anon

            That’s ridiculous but ok, it’s really not worth arguing about.

          • JofreyRice

            So you think Fox is breaking some new ground with her thoughts on Vick?

          • anon

            No i think her story is stupid so i don’t want to argue about it. Vick is obviously super polarizing so why write a story with a rather innocuous point that you know is going to engender a billion comments.

            Frankly I didn’t understand the totality of Vick’s transition (leadership wise) until this year, we could talk about how the dog stuff still follows him, etc. To compare what he went through to Brady’s ACL seems a little dismissive, but why waste time on it?

          • JofreyRice

            Generate page hits, I guess.

            The larger part of her article is disagreeable for me, as well; that Vick should play in the Super Bowl because of his tribulations. Uh, what about guys that just put their heads down and work their asses off, and try to inspire their teammates from Day 1? A guy like Jason Avant. I don’t crucify Vick for what mistakes he’s made, but I’m also not going to deify him for bouncing back. I give him credit: the situation revealed an element of character that seemed to be dormant, or undeveloped early in his career. He handled the Foles thing really well, something a lot of guys would not–Brett Favre, for instance.

            The comparison to Brady’s knee was used as an extreme example of something the case is closed on, not as a direct comparison to his absence from football while serving time in prison for his role in the dogfighting ring. I respect your position about not wanting to waste time on an old argument, but trust me, I’m not the guy that’s going to go nuclear if you disagree with me. I try to avoid that kind of thing.

          • anon

            America loves a redemption story, see your favorite sports movie. But i mean the same could be said for anyone, i wish B. Dawk won a SB (with us), westbrook, Marino, i wish everyone that was a good guy could win a SB.

          • JofreyRice

            I agree, that ideally, you’d want every NFL player who is genuinely a good guy to be able to win or at least play in, a Super Bowl. But Fox is singling Vick out. Is Vick a better guy. or somehow more worthy than anyone else, because of his journey? It’s laudable, but I think it turns a blind eye on the guys that came in with the right attitude right off the bat.

          • anon

            You missed the part about redemption story and page hits. If he won a SB someone would make a movie.

          • UKEagle99

            How is Tom’s knee, Ashley? He didn’t look quite right this year…

          • NickS1

            So you loved that New Yorker piece on why no team should sign him? Think it was New Yorker, may have been NYT.

        • Andy124

          To be fair, it’s an Ashely Fox article. Meaning I only skimmed it.

  • Will

    http://draftbreakdown.com/?s=Calvin+Pryor

    5 cut up video’s of Calvin Pryor…

    • cliff henny

      Will, i’m starting to worry for you. feel like you’ll fall on a sword if Eagles dont take Pryor.

      • Andy124

        Kerry Rhodes all over again. lol

        • anon

          Kerry Rhodes?? Where?

          • cliff henny

            coming out of the 12th street gym

      • NickS1

        Hope we sign in FA S so we can avoid the fallout of not landing Pryor.

      • Will

        Na ….I just do not think the Eagles will ever go 1st RD or all out for a Safety in FA or the draft…Good Safeties are part of a good Defense but most likely they resign Allen to go with Wolff and call it a day…or they could go Dix, Pryor or Bucannon…not a wide margin btw the 3…

        • cliff henny

          they do that, need to get a Hatori Hanzo cause about 500k eagles fans will be using it.

          • Will

            LMAO….I’m bracing for the worst case scenario…

          • cliff henny

            chung/coleman is worst case. free up a bunch of sunday afternoons at least.
            .
            i think ward or Byrd will get signed. Lurie aint scurred. think howie’s just playing possum

          • Will

            That’s unthinkable they go Chung/ Coleman….I think I would after 43 seasons change teams to support….neither should play Safety …Chung should be cut…Coleman may survive for ST sake…Chung/Allen/Coleman/Wolff….I mean C’mon Man…..A QB’s wet dream…LMAO…

          • cliff henny

            add Anderson…not exactly murderers row, is it?!

          • Will

            Yeah really that’s who we start with going into the off season Colt,Coleman, Chung and Wolff……..Yikes!

          • cliff henny

            no. i think howie is smoke screening and lurie is calling his mommy’s trust fund manager to get the ok for byrd. really hoping buchanon falls to 3rd, if they dont go with joyner. saw 1 game, guy was laying people out, legally, and sideline to sideline. then read where kempski stated his muscles have muscle, like dawkins, and any safety that gets anything close to weapon x, is good enough for me.

          • Will

            Yeah i’ve watched a lot of tape on Dix, Pryor and Bucannon all not bad will come down to 40 times to see who’s best in coverage all bring a mean nasty hitting streak to there game…someone wrote we have the 2nd pick #52..so comes down to who’s still on the big board…was trying to find a complete draft order for the birds number wise…

          • levdog

            Ward or Byrd will be signed, they use their 1st round on a wide receiver which is deep and talented in this draft.

    • Brandon Boykin, OLB

      I went to Louisville!! If the Eagles draft Pryor I’ll lose my sheil.

      • Andy124

        BS. You went to Georgia!

        • Brandon Boykin, OLB

          Darn it! Cover’s blown.

          • Andy124

            #worstkeptsecret

  • Andy124

    OT, but I enjoyed this:

    I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the veteran quarterbacks here and absorb what they say to me and enjoy the friendships. They’ve accomplished a lot, so I’m going to pick their brains and see how they prepare. It gives you more wisdom when you learn from others. I’ll be around the quarterbacks the most, so I willl be a sponge. ~Nick Foles from Hawaii.

    • Brian

      Love that kid.

  • NickS1

    Two or three reads for a 2nd yr QB who’s only played a season’s worth of games isn’t bad. At all. If that’s what he’s building on going into next season, he’s better off than the other 2nd and 3rd year QBs not named Luck.

    • RIP illa

      I get your point…just wanted to say, I really would like to see Cam w/ actual (meaning good) WRs not named Smith around him. Just from a development standpoint. Carolina’s draft should go something like this…
      1) WR
      2) WR
      3) Corner
      4) WR

      • Andy124

        Would love to see Cam turn in to a special QB (except when he plays us).

        • NickS1

          Not I. I don’t like him, his me-first mentality, or his stupid celebrations. Loved the comic where he opened his shirt to the “Hello Kitty” undershirt.

          • Andy124

            <— Auburn homer (though they're a distant second to PSU).

          • NickS1

            I like Auburn, was pulling for them in the NCG. However, never been a Scam fan. All the raw talent in the world…. Wait, does this sound familiar?

          • Andy124

            See, now I’m going to spend the rest of the evening fantasizing about Guthries, Toomer’s lemonade, ‘Q House pulled pork platter, Willy’s Wings and 32oz. long island iced teas.

          • anon

            Think he’s trying to find his groove, he did pass for 4000k yards as a rookie. But this league is hard to stay successful year after year, especially when you’re a defensive oriented team.

            Agree cam had some “me issues” first couple of years, he was a champ coming to a shitty team. But i think he’s maturing and learning to be a leader / work within team.

          • NickS1

            Still needs a lot more maturing, but agree, he’s still trying to find his groove. Threw for 4k after a strike season. Throw in the *. Just don’t see the leadership yet, but, as you said, still developing. Would love to see him quit the BS antics, though.

          • Uncle Wonder

            What are the antics? I havent seen anything. Nvr hr of an arrest or fight or anything of the such.

          • NickS1

            I meant on the field. The celebration for every first down he rushes for, the “superman” (read: Hello Kitty). You don’t see other successful QBs doing that outside of Kaep’s bicep kiss, which at least has a slight bit of meaning, from what I understand.

          • Uncle Wonder

            lol, if thats all I can live with it…I love the entertainment in the game, and as long as its not excessive and drawing flags Idk why it matters…but thats just me…fwiw, i thought it was strange to see Tom Brady spin the ball like Santana Moss after he ran in a TD being down double digits w < 5 mins left.

          • anon

            Yeah i sort of love the dances I do the same thing when i play sports.

          • NickS1

            I don’t mind the end zone dances from receivers/rbs and defensive players. To me, and this is obv just my opinion, QBs shouldn’t be concerned about me-first antics generally speaking. Imagine Foles doing that stupid first down dance Cam does. Aside from being completely unnatural, Chip would yank him. He has an offense to run, the next play to be concerned with, getting his guys lined up.

        • Uncle Wonder

          Cam may never break out in that town…They are a defensive team 1st, with a defensive minded coach. The fans and media blasted Rivera cpl yrs back for his overly vanilla offense. Steve Smith is on his last leg, they need major upgrades. Our offensive personnel is head and shoulders above.

          • anon

            They need to go WR in first round or the GM needs to go.

          • JofreyRice

            Gettleman seemed to do a fantastic job in his first year as a GM. Longtime scout that finally got the call. I have a feeling he’s going to get Cam some help very soon.

            They have a very solid team around him, but I agree he needs better receivers. Marty Hurney locked up waaaaay too much money in RB–Stewart, Williams, and Tolbert. Paid the top 2 both starter money, and then went out and added Tolbert as one of the highest paid FBs in the league.

            I do think that Cam’s got some inconsistency in his game, specifically when he’s got to stand and deliver from the pocket. Maybe he just tries to do his thing and be the best Cam Newton he can be–playing his game–but it just seems like if you want to take that next step, you have to learn to really get comfortable in the pocket and deliver in third and long, with the D bearing down. I’m interested to follow his development,he can be a fun player to watch.

      • NickS1

        I get your point, but 1) he had Olsen, as well, and 2) if someone gave me the option of Ginn/LaFell or Cooper/Avant, from a pure production/ability standpoint, I’m leaning toward the former. Just noting that Foles worked with comparable talent after their #1s/TE and Foles does more.

        • anon

          Yeah our wr corps needs an overhaul.

          • NickS1

            Fact.

          • BirdGang

            Are you blind or just crazy? We have a much better supporting cast than Cam. We have the best RB in football. And look at the system Foles plays in.

          • NickS1

            Anon and I were discussing receiving corp. Yes, McCoy > Williams, but Williams isn’t a bad receiver. D-Jax > S.Smith except at going after a jump ball. TEs are a wash. Ertz will eventually be better than Olsen, he’s not now. And as for the 2nd and 3rd receivers, I’d probably take Ginn/Lafell over Cooper/Avant. Nothing crazy about it and I’m clearly not blind. System plays a part in it, but if you swapped QBs who do you think runs this system better, Foles or Cam?

          • BirdGang

            Well let me start by saying my bad. If you look at just WR then fine I can see what you are saying. But to answer your final question. I think Cam would do more damage in our offense. He might have more INT I think he would have more touchdowns. Now let me also say I dont want Cam I am happy with Foles. But sometimes man i think we need to pump our breaks on these young players

          • NickS1

            I agree on the brake pumping, but it’s never going to happen. It’s something to discuss, and as long as there’s no Eagles football, it’s going to be discussed. I had a feeling you’d say Cam would do more damage. Is it because of the running? As a pure passer, I take Foles 7 days a week, twice on Sundays. I don’t think Cam is making the reads that Foles is in this offense, especially as quickly as Foles started doing it, nor with the accuracy. Foles is already setting people up with eyes and pump fakes (most of the time, have seen him lock on a few times) and I have yet to see Cam really work on the nuances of his game. I’ll admit, I don’t watch Carolina religiously, but you catch enough drives on the Red Zone Channel to have a general idea about a guy. As always, time will always be the deciding factor. However, as a reference, of the five young QBs who made the playoffs (Foles, RW, CK, Cam, Ginger), only two were top 10 in total offense (Foles/Ginger) and only one didn’t have a top 5 total defense (Foles). Yes, that’s extremely general, yet still a worthwhile point.

          • Andy124

            I don’t think you can have him twice on Sundays, but I hear you can have him 1.5 times against divisional opponents.

        • Uncle Wonder

          Ted Ginn is on a different team every year lol…LaFell is nothing to write home about, you cant be serious, its a push at best. Ginn only has a job cuz he is dynamic as a return man.

          • NickS1

            Have to get Ginn the ball. LaFell has underperformed but I’d still take his skill set (aside from hands) over Avant. Cam’s another one who usually makes a read and runs if it’s not there. But as far as Ginn, I’d take Ginn in a heartbeat over either Cooper or Avant. Kelly would have a field day with that kind of speed.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Idk man…he is fast but…just look at his career. He has never been a playmaking receiver anywhere this side of OSU. He is a quality return man and thats pretty much it…and honestly I would gladly take him and put him on ST cuz we havent had a good KR since…since…Vai?

          • anon

            Car loves him, their going to keep him and prob. cut lafell. But hear what you’re saying.

          • NickS1

            Mitchell? Vai was better though…. I know what you’re saying, but he’s played in SF and CAR, not exactly offensive minded teams.

          • Andy124

            Plus he kicked Canseco’s azz. Bonus points!

          • anon

            My point was that the fact that it’s even close means we need to do a lot better.

    • anon

      Who cares about those other guys. I don’t even care in NF is even good right now. He’s got the right mentality i’m confident he’ll reach his ceiling, however high that is.

      Too bad PM won’t be there — i’d like to see him work on that snap count. We looked like amateurs in that game. Sorry bad flashback.

      • NickS1

        Agreed on all counts. I read Benoit’s post as if he were trying to knock Foles for “using his system and having only two or three reads”. Was using the others as a benchmark of similar experience levels more so than a outright comparison for debate. Just seemed like the guy was trying to take a shot, but the best that he could come up with was negatively stating that Foles is basically where he should be, if not a little further, given his 17 games started compared to 25+ for others in the same class or a year ahead. And that’s with Foles having to learn two offenses in two seasons. Obviously, we’ll have an even better gauge of his progression next season.

        • cliff henny

          it wont ever matter long as kelly’s coach. Foles should be a wizard of oz character…he could sign ‘if only i had legs’

    • Eagledelphia

      hell hes better off than Luck too

      • BirdGang

        Can I ask you a serious question? Do you really think Nick Foles is better than Luck?

        • Eagledelphia

          nope but I also don’t think Luck is the demigod waiting to assume the QB throne he is made out to be

          • BleedGreenJames

            Luck also has maybe the league’s worst offensive line, no great running game and one reliable target to throw to after Reggie Wayne went down. 11-5 in each of his 1st two years is crazy good no matter how you slice it.

          • peteike

            more importantly hes proven already on many occasions the ability to take over games in the 4th qtr and close out. That is huggggeeee in the NFL, more important than a lot of stats imo. Dudes got serious clutch factor

  • anon

    If we manage 10-6 next EVERYONE will be on our n**s. I’m excited to see how we perform — no one will be able to discount the quality of our opponents.

    • cliff henny

      sure they will. read a Cowboys blog, they ripped on Eagles easy schedule-or dodging starters, when in fact they played against more backups. they spun mccown and cousins better than cutler and rg3. and that’s not counting Foles as a backup, twice. or barkley! god i hate them!
      .
      but, do get your point. problem is, about 8 of those teams next yr are 1 rolled up knee from being this yrs Falcons.

      • NickS1

        All teams are 1 rolled up knee away, depending on who’s knee. Take away Marshawn from Seattle and all you need to score is 17 to win.

        • anon

          Was gonna say it, glad you did.

          • NickS1

            Random thought just popped in my head, but this is Sherman’s third year. What are the odds he holds out this offseason for his new deal?

          • anon

            Unclear. Oddly you haven’t heard anything about $$ with him, he’ll have to get paid, but seems like he really loves the secondary up there so maybe hometown discount to keep the team together. If they win the SB he’ll probably cost someone else a lot of money.

          • NickS1

            Yeah, something to keep an eye on. I’d extend CW simply for the possibility of pairing Sherman with him. That would be one hilarious D-backfield.

        • cliff henny

          eagles werent. it’s more about schedule. cant tell till kickoff. and the ‘no one’ part, well, that’s just not true (agree it should be) cause fans will spin it just like Cowboys did this year.

          • NickS1

            A pretty strong case could be made for “if Shady went down…”. Schedule is definitely a factor, but it’s hard to say we’re scoring 27ppg without Shady. Over 20, probably, but how much over would be hard to tell. This past season, we probably still win a good bit of those games, but certainly not all, and likely not in playoffs.

  • Jon Smith

    Calvin Pryor….YES PLEASE

  • cliff henny

    what in the world is Jerry Jones doing? just extended his kicker thru 2020. guy’s good, but why?

    • anon

      Cap issues

      • cliff henny

        no doubt they have that, but kicker isnt going to do much. they dont make that much. it’s just odd. there’s no reason to extend them that long. more his overall thinking, it’s just weird.

    • Andy124

      what in the world is Jerry Jones doing?
      Being himself.

      • cliff henny

        i know, right?! he staring at the cap, seeing deminishing aging overpaid talent and a twice back surgeried waaaaaay overpaid qb crushing his cap and possibilities to sign some nice young talent and thinks…let’s extend the most eractic position thru the rest of the decade.
        .
        long live jerrah

    • NickS1

      Don’t question what Jerry does. Embrace what Jerry does. If you don’t learn to just embrace it you’ll always be confused by it.

      • Andy124

        It’s like trying to understand women. Counterproductive. Just enjoy them for what they are.

        • NickS1

          Boom.

    • anon

      We might play in the silliest division ever. Between JJ and the perennially bad redskins…

    • GEAGLE

      Seriously? Or is this another Gerruhs joke? When absurd Jerry news is released I can’t tell if it’s a joke or the absurd truth lol

      • cliff henny

        yup. guess there’s technically nothing wrong with it. sure kicker is making normal money. more the why, what going thru his head? it really strikes me as odd and unnecessary.

        • Token

          Im starting to wonder if hes in the early stages of dementia. Not joking at all.

  • Sean

    Sure, Shady had 350+ touches, but think about how he avoids contact and hits, especially towards the ends of plays (goes down on his own, goes out of bounds).

    He & Marshawn were the only ones to eclipse 300 carries, but think about the styles of each runner. Shady has the most sustainable style in my opinion, and he’s 2/3 years younger than Lynch, I believe.

    • Uncle Wonder

      Still, we should try to get him less reps nxt year…Its sad to see how badly Ricky Williams and Steven Jackson got ran into the ground in their early careers…we gotta keep that kid fresh as long as possible. Bryce ‘Slip and Fall’ Brown added nothing. I wouldnt be surprised if Chip is schemin on DeAnthony if he falls to the 4th.

      • anon

        That was annoying but hopefully fixable, he needs to do a lot of offseason work.

        • Token

          Bryce? I doubt hes on the team next year. I dont think hes held in nearly as high of standing with the team as us fans may perceive.

        • Dominik

          Didn’t like his comments about that slipping, though. Didn’t show that he recognize the problem and without recognizing a problem, you can’t solve it.

          Possible that he just said those things to the media, but I didn’t like it. It could have been a running gag how often he slipped, but it was too sad to be a joke. Could have had at least 100 Yards and a few TDs more without that.

    • JofreyRice

      It seems like a lot of Shady’s runs end out of bounds. I’d love to know if someone charts that, but I would imagine it helps a lot.

  • cliff henny

    chip kelly coach of the year

    • anon

      I wish. Bill Belly.

      • cliff henny

        did i hear it wrong? he lost by 1 pt?

        • anon

          haha i was just giving my view…he’s literally coach of the year?

          • cliff henny

            swear i heard it on espn, but cant find anything on it. maybe they were just repeating maxwell.

  • Token

    I keep hearing Pryor.

    But when I see the words “physical presence” at the safety spot I think of a dinosaur in todays NFL. I dont know this kids game. But I want a cover guy first. Big hitter isnt something Im looking for.

  • Guest

    But what does Pete Prisco think????

  • KobraKai7474

    It seems like first round safety picks are a lot like first round QB picks. The bust to star ratio is uncomfortably high. I agree the Birds have no choice but to roll the dice in the draft on a safety with one (or more) high picks. My concern is that the Eagles will end up grabbing a couple of workout wonders who, when push comes to shove, aren’t particularly good football players. They’ve done it more than once in the recent past so, clearly, they have a blind spot.

  • Mrkraxx

    Pretty sweeeeet system then…

  • peteike

    “needs to have his progressions limited to two, maybe three, depending on the route designs” yes yes, thats genius, lets limit a young players ability to make more reads while he is still learning. That way when he messes up those same reads in years 3 or 4 trying to learn them the mistakes will be much less catastrophic because a 10-6 playoff team wasnt good enough for a first year coach/qb (well season n half for Foles)

  • jon h

    I was at the SD game and didn’t remember lighting them up. I do remember watching our safeties playing 20 yards off the LOS and watching Rivers pick them apart.