Twitter Mailbag: Cole, Maclin And ‘Murderleg’

 

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prepares to throw the ball as Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) and Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) chase in the first quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo |  Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prepares to throw the ball as Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) and Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) chase in the first quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo | Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Always follow the money, Nick. 

Trent Cole's base salary jumps from $5 million this season to $10 million in 2015. Safe to say the 10-year vet doesn't see that money. If he continues on in Philly after this season, it will be on a restructured contract. The Eagles, in need of short-term assistance and a long-term option at outside linebacker, selected Marcus Smith in the first round. I don't know that the Louisville product can snatch the starting gig away from Cole as a rookie, but I'm sure the plan/hope is that Smith lays claim to the spot before long.

Cornerback is another position to keep an eye on. Cary Williams' cap number is north of $8 million for 2015. Bradley Fletcher, meanwhile, is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. There could be changes coming at the position. The Eagles signed Nolan Carroll to a two-year, $5.25 million deal this offseason and just spent a fourth-round pick on Jaylen Watkins. The team brass certainly wouldn't be upset if their new acquisitions showed promise early.  I don't necessarily see any of the rookies coming in and immediately supplanting an incumbent. It's beyond 2014 when job security questions will arise for a handful of veterans making good coin, as they do every year. 

I understand why Eagles fans want Vanderbilt rookie Carey Spear to win the job: 1) they don't trust Alex Henery and 2) his nickname is "Murderleg." Sound reasons, the both of them. Before we get too carried away, it should be noted that Spear connected on 81 percent of his kicks over the last two seasons at Vanderbilt. Henery has an 86 percent success rate in the pros. He also finished his career at Nebraska as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. That's not to say the Eagles couldn't use an upgrade. Henery's numbers have dipped each of the past two seasons and the Eagles ranked 24th in touchback rate (40 percent) last year. The leader in that category, Carolina, had a touchback rate of 78 percent.

I think Spear was brought in at the very least to push Henery in camp. And if Murderleg wins the job, Murderleg wins the job. Murderleg.

They do. 

Howie Roseman was asked recently about Jeremy Maclin, and how long it takes a player to return to form following a torn ACL.

“I think it depends on the player," he said. "We saw Adrian Peterson come back after six months, and did he win the MVP award after that? So I think it depends on the genetics. And all I know is what our doctors are telling us, and he’s doing a great job in his rehab. We fully expect him to be ready to go once the season starts.”

As we all know, Peterson is a freak. Few bounce back like he did. He tore his ACL in December of 2011, and ran for two touchdowns in the Vikings' opener the following September to kick off an MVP campaign. Ridiculous.

Maclin sustained his injury in late July and will have had well over a year to recover by the time meaningful games roll around. As Roseman referenced, all of the reports have been really positive on the receiver to date. Still, it's yet to be seen how the knee (now twice surgically repaired) responds and holds up over the course of a season.

Assuming there are no issues, yes, I believe Maclin can have a big year in what has proven to be a skill position-friendly offensive system.

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  • Anebriated

    Murderleg

    • http://boyga.com/ joolyen

      Murderleg

      • ochospantalones

        Hodor

        • Breakerdog

          I would pledge my undying allegiance to Casey Spears if he went the entire spring / pre-season only saying “Murderleg” to the press.

          • Andy124

            Muderleg.

          • daveH

            gel red rum

          • ryyndynyyls

            dying

          • myeaglescantwin

            ^ the best

          • Breakerdog

            You win the internets today sir!

          • daveH

            very kind of you but ANebriated had some hilarious comments, and Andy124 nailed the proverbial bullseye with a brilliant derivate gem: “Gem Ruler D”

          • daveH

            Mutterleg

          • Anebriated

            Wait, does this mean that Henery is Whatleg?

          • daveH

            above you had typed “Muderleg” ..leaving out the R..i wasn’t sure what “muder” was ..but it made me think of the Mutter Museum (but I couldn’t get those 2 dots over my ‘u’) ..crazy museum in phila ..

          • Andy124

            Mr Red Glue

          • daveH

            really?? does this really work // THIS IS THE BEST!! I used to work at Atlantic City Racetrack .. so that would be an insane name for a horse!

          • Maggie

            Tangent: Does your avatar Phanatic look greener than usual? Or maybe those updates I recently downloaded included some improvements for the display drivers.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            That would be incredible!

            Reporter: Casey do you think you’ve got a shot to win the job over Henery?
            Casey: Muderleg
            Reporter: Can we take that as a yes?
            Casey: Murderleg
            Reporter: Okay?? So we can assume you’re confident in yourself?
            Casey: Murderleg
            Reporter: ??? How about those hits you’ve laid on returners?
            Casey: Murderleg
            Reporter: Alright, we’re done here.

          • Andy124

            We’d all think it was so cool until we found out he’d had a stroke and was desperately begging for help, but all that would come out was “Murderleg”.

          • daveH

            he would never have to beg for help … Jordan Matthews would already be standing over him offering assisstance

          • Anebriated

            Good Guy Jordan would find a way to give himself a stroke so Murderleg wouldn’t have to go at it alone…

          • Andy124

            Jordan Matthews would study film of Murderleg until he could read Murderleg’s tone and facial expressions and serve as his interpreter. Murderleg.

            I just added Murderleg to IE’s dictionary.

          • Maggie

            Your mind takes some interesting twists, but really? ;~)

          • Andy124

            Probably subconsciously stole it from an episode of House.

        • myeaglescantwin

          HODOR

    • bluecreature

      Did anyone see Murderleg laying guys out during kick returns. If not Kicker how about safety. Murderleg the next Tim Hauck!

      • Amar

        I think he kicks short on purpose, only to lay into the KR during the return. Murderleg

  • Anebriated

    If we can bring him in cheap I wouldnt mind seeing Bironas suit up in midnight green to at least push Murderleg in camp.

  • jabostick

    When Roseman says that Peterson’s quick return was due to “genetics”, does anyone know if that HGH supplier is still in business?

    Only kidding sort of I think

    • borntosuffer

      Yea, it’s hard not to think of that being involved in any unusual performance or recovery. Not that it is. But, you can’t help but wonder.

      • cheapmeat

        Allegedly there was no atrophy to the injured leg between the time he injured it and started training again. If that’s true, I don’t wonder at all.

    • cliff henny

      didnt he also go to Germany for some part of the ACL recovery process? pretty much guarantee whatever he did there wasnt totally legal.

      • Warhound

        Do you mean blood-spinning? The advanced blood spinning (centrifuging) techniques being used in Germany are totally legal there. They aren’t FDA approved here but I think that they might be legal. Anyway, that’s what healed Peyton Mannings neck. They make the best, most powerful anti-inflammatory currently available by centrifuging and heat-treating your blood. The result is an injectable “serum” which comes from your body and is tailored to you. Note: all of this is from my best recollection. Hmmmm, that wouldn’t help with the atrophy, I wonder if they were using electric pulse combined with HGH?

        • Maggie

          Informative. And we certainly saw that AD was electrifying!

        • cliff henny

          yup, that, blood spinning. who knows what those krauts are really doing. when you dissappear in Germany for 3 months and come back half cyborg, yeah, i’m questioning the legality of it. Kobe and Tiger have hidden over there too, right? these are the same people who crammed so much steriods into Olympic athletes, they turned men into women and women into men after their competition days.

          • OldDocRoss

            In fairness, slightly different Germany in those days. Not so good at the democracy, but second only to China in building massive walls.

          • cliff henny

            hope so. I’m about 90% German, can still remember the Grandma Hogandoblers and her sister Aunt Gemberling sitting around speaking German and beating me with a wooden spoon, both when having fun and happy and pissed.

          • OldDocRoss

            Of course they still seem to willingly buy and listen to the music of David Hasselhoff which is suggestive of some continued drug use…..

    • Maggie

      It’s entirely possible and while others conjecture about additives, I wonder how effective they would be for a whole season of unbelievable pounding. He was the Vikings only weapon after all. As for Europe, one of the procedures used in the Swiss clinics is bloodletting-by-leech (gag). Not sure how this would work for building strength and muscle, however.

  • Token

    Henerys numbers are inflated as it is. They dont even trust him to attempt tough FGs.

    • Andy124

      Murderleg

      • daveH

        murderleg

        • Andy124

          gem ruler d

          • daveH

            ^^BRILLIANT!!!
            ..
            rem ruler D is nuts !!
            >
            gem ruler DEEEEEEEZ NUTS!

          • daveH

            Dr Glee Rum
            ..
            not nearly as good & took me two days.

    • Philly0312

      Concur.

  • addicted2mula

    This has nothing to do with the topic but I have been watching a lot of the games last year and all I keep hearing is “he was wide open”

    • cliff henny

      not sure if you mean this a positive or negative. sort of like when hearing ‘they left alot of plays on the field’, and both QBs did. i see both as a positive, the scheme works. everyone down to coaches were learning a new offense, now all in it a year and Kelly’s getting pieces that fit. ’14′s offense might make ’13′s look like it was playing in mud.

      • addicted2mula

        I meant positive. But your right they did.

    • macadood

      Henery was always wide open

  • OldDocRoss

    The Eagles should man up, cut Henery, bring in Kickalicious and host the finest kicking duel in the history of ever.

    Rd 1.
    Murderleg attempts FGs from the 50 while Kickalicious kicks from the sideline trying to knock Murderleg’s ball out of midair.

    Rd 2.
    Tackling drills.

    Rd 3.
    Quickfire buzzer round on NFL kicking statistics from 2011-2013. Also featuring Alex Henery Facts Guy (Who Likes Facts).

    Rd 4.
    Head-to-head race with both guys having to complete FGs in 5 yard increments from 30 to 60 yards out. Coin flip decides who gets the left hashmark and who gets the right.

    In the event of a tiebreak first man to dropkick a football into the sunroof of a moving car with his weak foot wins.

    Winner gets a 1,000 year contract and rights to the loser’s nickname.

    It’s this or a month of debates in the Barkley/Sanchez race for the backup QB spot.

    • Anebriated

      The real winner is the fans.

    • Corey Dawson

      Oh man, the winner would be here even past Foles!

    • Andy124

      They need to make a reality show along the lines of TUF for this and air it weekly, hosted by Julie Dorenbos.

      • Steven Dunwoody

        Jesus. Thank you for making me google Julie Dorenbos.

        • Andy124

          I am but a messenger. Here to spread the word. Murderleg.

          • daveH

            Gem Ruler D

          • Warhound

            Wow! Dorenbos must be a mesmerist!

          • Andy124

            That, or he puts the “long” in longsnapper.

        • Chris

          See you in a week

      • OldDocRoss

        The Ultimate Kicker: Race To Be Murderlicious

        I could be persuaded to add a round where they fight on plinths with giant Q-Tips like in Gladiators. Or that one in World’s Strongest Man where they lift boulders onto beer barrels.

        If Tito Ortiz makes an appearance I’m out, but I would later watch the blooper real of all his screw ups.

        “Jadies and Lentil Men, welcome to Kick of The Ultimates. My Tortiz is name Tito!”

        • Andy124

          Fantastic! I am humbled.

          • OldDocRoss

            There aren’t nearly enough opportunities in the world to bust out Affliction PPV references, so we must grab them when we can.

          • Andy124

            Speaking of Murderleg, I’m pretty sure that’s the move Gonzaga used on Crocop.

          • OldDocRoss

            Also used less advisedly by Corey Hill and Anderson. Though I guess technically that was the Suicideleg.

          • Andy124

            Suicideleg. On your A game today I see. lol

    • JAMIN67

      I’d watch this on Pay Per View!

    • jabostick

      That would be awesome. I picture a couple of cameos to spice things up, too (“Dear God, that’s David Akers music!” etc)

      • OldDocRoss

        YES! He’ll need a nickname as well as music though.

        Eeehhhh, David ‘The Field Goal M’Akers? He can challenge Coach Reid to the QTip duel as revenge for that time Andy did the coaching equivalent of The Nnamdi Point at him after the GB playoff loss.

    • Eagles1018

      Kickers it is!

  • Anebriated

    An interesting question that I love asking other Eagle fans at bars or wherever I may run into the conversation is which would you prefer? 1 super bowl followed by 20 years of mediocrity and below or to be relevant and in the playoffs having a chance at the big dance for 10 years straight where you may or may not win the last game of the NFL season?

    Seems to me the majority of the fans just want the 1 win which I can agree with just to get the monkey of the back and stop the argument from other teams of “well your team has never won the superbowl”(because they never count pre-superbowl era but always include their wins from 10+ years ago) but I think I would rather be relevant and always have the chance to win. Pretty sure I am in the minority in this though.

    • Andy124

      Ditto. I want that 1st 1. After that, I wouldn’t trade 20 years of suck for a 2nd win. I’d trade 5 years of suck though.

      • Anebriated

        Im going to change it to keep the time frames similar. 1 win followed by 9 years of sub .500 record or 10 years of being relevant and possibly winning multiple or possibly winning none.

        • Andy124

          Same answer. I’d trade 9 years of crap for that 1st SuperFole. Once that’s in hand, keep us in contention with as many chances to cash in as possible, aka, do the Lurie.

          • Anebriated

            yeah by shortening the time table it makes that 1 win followed by 9 years of bad a little easier to stomach.

        • GreenBleedin

          NFW I take 9 years of Cowboys-like results for 1 Superbowl. I enjoy watching the Eagles too much to give up 9 years of that enjoyment. If another 10 go by with competitiveness like we had from 2000 – 2009…. then I’m OK. A few bounces our way and we would have had a couple of SB’s.

    • JAMIN67

      Why trade anything? We have our QB for the next 999 years and he’s bound to win at least one in that time frame.

      • Andy124

        I expect him to win 1,001 in those 999 years. Because.

        • Joe from Easton

          Because Murderleg is going to kick GODell so hard in the nuts that he’ll hand us three trophies after our first win.

    • cliff henny

      good lord, 20yrs of teetering on the edge only to fail, over and over (and over 18 more times)…ummm F that! been at this since age 7,that’s 35 yrs…and you want me to slam my thumb with a hammer for 20 more years?!?! might as well put my name on Liver transplant list now, 20 years and i’ll pickle that bad boy to the size and hardness of a baseball. get me a parade while im still on solid food please

      • Andy124

        No worries cliff. We’re playing in the Nick FOles League now. The SuperFOles victories will be flowing in like wine.

        • cliff henny

          no pressure Nick and CHip, but mylife is literally in your hands. if i die early, want my headstone to read:
          clifford G.Henny
          1971-2025
          Eagles fault for early death

          • Joe from Easton

            If I don’t see one before I die I then I want my headstone to read:
            Joe From Easton
            1987-2042
            Buried upside down so any former current or future Eagle can kiss his A$$.

          • Andy124

            If I don’t see one before I die then clearly I’ve died within the next 2 years…

          • NickS1

            Love the optimism.

          • daveH

            murderleg

          • cliff henny

            the old Will Smith joke, sure he wasnt first, but…i want 6 Eagles to be my paul bearers, so they can let me down 1 last time

    • Maggie

      Not to be too picky, but your sentence beginning with “Seems to me…” is one of the longest I’ve ever seen on this board! It’s okay, though, because I use waaay too many, you know, commas. ;~)

      • Andy124

        Also the runaway champion in tildes.

      • Anebriated

        Im here for the football, not the grammar. It happens.

        • Andy124

          Well, run-on sentences are more common when you’re, umm, ah geez, what’s the word I’m looking for? Drunk? Intoxicated? Help me out here, it’s right on the tip of my tongue…

          • Anebriated

            I know the word you’re thinking of but I just cant remember what it is right now. Maybe it’ll come to me as I walk to the fridge for another cold yuengling.

          • All Things Bad@ss

            Ahhhhhh … Yeungling … nectar of the gods. Jeeeeezus I wish they would ship that liquid gold out here to Cali. A cold Yeungling lager on a hot n sunny SoCal day sounds divine right now.

      • jesse

        Wow this isn’t a class room I use swipe to text idc if it’s a run on sentence in he to talk about My team not to correct my students home work. Geagle’s was spot on with you

        • Anebriated

          There’s no reason to get upset over it. I don’t think she was being mean about it or else she wouldn’t have made herself a target as well, and she was right. I’m rather proud of the honor actually. Considering how many people have come through that are unable to put together coherent sentences in their internet rage its quite the accomplishment. I’d like to thank the Eagles organization, logitech for the wonderful device that made it happen, and my lack of focus on grammar for the award. Take that English teachers from my youth!

    • Warhound

      I’ll take # two. What I find interesting about this debate is how many times I’ve seen people on either side declare, very angrily, that anyone with the other view must be a loser in life.

      • Anebriated

        I wonder how the same question(minus the run on sentence) would be perceived at some of the other blogs…

    • Kev_H

      I’d prefer not to be once in a generation, dumb luck winners. We have the Phillies for that.

      • Anebriated

        I dont want to get started on that but so I will just say one thing. It would have probably turned out differently had we kept Mike Arbuckle instead of RAJ.

        • Andy124

          Pretty sure the phanatic would do a better job.

  • Adam

    Henry needs to go, but as cool as the nickname is we need to bring a vet to compete with these two guys. Kickers are plug and play, theres no need for scheme fit or a high character guy. Can he kick? Yes? Sign him.

    Worked wonders with Donnie Longball.

    • Anebriated

      Bironas, Tynes, Lindwell and Akers are the best available.

      • reb

        Akers? That name sounds vaguely familiar. Maybe the FO should check him out…

      • daveH

        hennery at 1 mil or akers at 5 … good to see your Mr Henery
        ..

        • Anebriated

          He played for the Lions last year on a deal that paid him 1.01m for 1 year. Not quite the same as the last time he was with the Eagles.

  • Maggie

    Not sure I get the love for kicking through the end zone, or touchbacks. I’d rather see the ball somehow stop on the 2-yard line and be unreturnable, if that’s a word.

    • A Roy

      You still need enough leg to get it high, so it’s relatively unreturnable from the 2, Mags. Henery doesn’t have the leg to do that.

      • Andy124

        Henery doesn’t have the murderleg to do that.

        ftfy

      • Maggie

        Yes, sigh. Even Akers had one get away sometimes or at least poor placement.

    • JosephR2225

      He’s not a punter he’s a kicker. If you stop a punt at the 2 it gets downed at the 2. If you kick the ball to the 2 it’s getting returned from the 2. The touchback ensures you start at the 20 and gives them no chance for a great return.

      Besides, I’m still not over the Saints game.

      • Maggie

        I didn’t say it was going to happen. Just hate to give up 20 yards or more after every score. And the whole point of good players on Special Teams is to make sure it doesn’t get returned very far, no matter what kind of kick.

        • Birdgang215

          You should stop saying things.

      • jesse

        Unless flash or forest Gump played for our team think you would have to kick it in the clouds to get a tackle at the two hard line not sure how you down a kick off anywhere on the field

    • jesse

      Thats because you don’t understand football

      • Maggie

        Ah – hah- hah- hah- hah- hah!!!! Typical. Hah- hah. Snort. Oops, sorry. Got carried away.

        • jesse

          Reading your quips is like watching a female comedian not entertaining and often annoying but you went over the line when you insulted the men and women who risk their lives for the freedoms and liberties of all the free world calling a hero that gives his life everyday a little boy who didn’t know when to put his toy guns away was disgusting all that and not one period my bad

  • djack10

    isnt it worth having two kickers…one for the FGs and one that just bombs the ball out of the endzone? big kickoff returns lose games for us every year.

  • CTAZPA

    This was one of the most enjoyable threads ever.

    -Dr. Meg Rule

    • southy

      I see what u did there

    • daveH

      Dr Glee Rum
      ..
      took me a full 2 days ..was on my mind the entire time .. I like rum. rum is my personal gem ruler D / and Dr Glee Rum gets me anebriated.
      ..
      murderleg.

  • Wilbert M.

    It seems odd that people think Maclin will be better than before. He didn’t live up to his draft pick before his knee injury and now we’re acting like he’ll suddenly be a franchise WR.

  • Formidable

    Q: What does Sean Taylor and Carey Spear have in common?
    A: You guessed It . . . . .

    Better late than never.