What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

Mike Tanier of Sports On Earth released his All-Hinge Team, which includes Jeremy Maclin:

The Chiefs have one No. 2 receiver and a bunch of No. 3s in search of a numero uno guy. The Eagles have a fleet of No. 2s, led by Maclin, who returns from his ACL tear to a world where his signature 64-catch, 800-yard season stat line may no longer be enough. If Maclin cannot lift the lid on opposing defenses, the release of DeSean Jackson will be Exhibit A in the angry Philly Boo Birds’ case against Chip Kelly.

Peter King of The MMQB offers his thoughts on owner Jeffrey Lurie:

A frustrated Eagles fan said to me at training camp a couple of years ago he was exasperated with the Andy Reid regime and the team’s inability to ever win the big one. I said to him that almost every July, you look at the Eagles and feel they can contend to play football in January, and there aren’t many franchises you can say that about. I understand that franchises, and ownerships, are ultimately measured by the number of titles they win. So the Eagles, obviously, need to win one to show that Lurie is making all the right calls and putting the right people in position with his franchise. But I like the consistency of the ship he runs.

Football Outsiders has the Eagles’ early win projection for 2014 at 10. Aaron Schatz explains:

Some teams do have a tendency to have more injuries than average year after year — the Packers and Patriots keep making it to the postseason despite this problem — but for the most part, we should go into every season expecting each team to have an average number of injuries. That change alone would do wonders for the Giants.

It’s also the biggest reason to believe they could top Philadelphia for the division title, as the Eagles were among the lowest teams in adjusted games lost last year. On the other hand, we know offense tends to be more consistent than defense, which in turn is more consistent than special teams. That means teams that significantly improve based on offense, such as the Eagles, are more likely to maintain their improvement the next season than teams that significantly improve based on defense, such as Carolina.

Chris Burke of SI.com has Jordan Matthews among the favorites to win Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Perhaps the best offense-to-player fit of all the non-QB rookies. Matthews waltzes into a phenomenal opportunity in Philadelphia, where DeSean Jackson has departed and Jeremy Maclin is coming back from injury. He can work all areas of the field, giving him a chance to blow up in Chip Kelly’s creative passing attack.

Field Yates of ESPN.com pegs Eagles tight end Zach Ertz as one of 10 second-year players who could make the leap:

Ertz managed four touchdowns in his last six games as a rookie, a precursor to what looks like a breakout season as a sophomore. The Eagles offense will need to account for the loss of DeSean Jackson, which will be aided by re-signing Jeremy Maclin, trading for Darren Sproles and increased production from a player such as Ertz. A critical cog in his ascension: beefed-up blocking ability, as Ertz has said himself.

Louis Riddick of ESPN.com lists Taylor Hart as one of his developmental rookies to watch:

Program and scheme familiarity are two of the most important variables when it comes to projecting future player performance, and Hart has both working in his favor in Philadelphia. Having played for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon in a 3-4 scheme very similar to the one that is currently being run in Philadelphia, he will immediately be able to hit the ground running both in terms of what is to be expected from a training and preparation standpoint, as well as from a schematic and technical one. Look for Hart to continue to make strides in terms of his muscular/physical development, as he already has shown the competitive character and fundamental understanding of how to play the DE position in the 3-4 at a high-enough level to suggest a bright future in Philadelphia.

Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com is rather generous in his re-grading of the Eagles’ 2011 draft, giving them a C-:

Some thought LB Casey Matthews could develop into a consistent NFL starter, but that has yet to happen in Philadelphia. A member of one of the most prestigious football families, Matthews hasn’t had a NFL career like his brother, Clay, but he has the attitude to stick around as a quality backup.

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  • George

    C- is a very generous grade

    • Big Balls

      you sir, lack football knowledge.

      • We’re talking about the 2011 draft class right?

      • Chris

        You kidding? 2011? Danny Watkins (1), Jarrett (2), Marsh (3), Casey Matthews (4)… Kelce is the only stud to come out of that draft, and if we want to reach we could say that Henry has been OK but not worth a 4th in that draft.

        • DEBO 215

          Alex Henery is the worst kicker ever drafted.

          • OldDocRoss

            Sadly/fortunately for Alex, Russell Erxleben has that title locked down for the next ever.

          • Guest

            “Erxleben was a three-time All-America punter (1976, 1977, and 1978). He was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft”


          • Dominik

            wtf? I had problems to load that gif up, but deleted the posts I thought wouldn’t work. Now two are posted as “Guest” and they all work.

            Sorry for that bs, boys!

          • Dominik

            “Erxleben was a three-time All-America punter (1976, 1977, and 1978). He was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft”


          • Dominik

            “Erxleben was a three-time All-America punter (1976, 1977, and 1978). He was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.”


      • Amar

        I’m with you, I think F would be a generous grade, C- is an inside job.

  • Will

    I’m giving the Eagles a B+ in the draft which is really hard to grade at this point…I would wait and re-visit this question after 3 seasons of football and see where the drafted player’s are at that point in their careers. Still a C- is unfair and overly generous to the negative side of things…

    • ken

      It’s the 2011 draft… Watkins, Jarrett, Marsh, Henery, et al

      • Will

        2011 merits a big fat D- easy enough…

        • Andy124

          I don’t know man, we got Alex Henery and two solid centers, Jason Kelce, and Jason Kelce’s bear out of that draft didn’t we? Or do I have my years mixed up. I mean, that sound like an A++++++++++++++++++++++ to me.

          • Maggie

            Took the snarky pills this morning? ;tilde)

          • Andy124

            Maybe. Sure didn’t take my typing pills though. I had no fewer than 3 typos in the original post. Ugh.

            Love the new smiley. :D

          • OldDocRoss

            Was one of the typos that you meant to put an extra + after the A?

            You seemed unnecessarily harsh in your grading of the draft that yielded one of the all time great beards (and the centre it is attached to).

          • Andy124

            Ok, 4 typos. Also left the ‘d’ off of beard, the ‘s’ off of sounds and had a period instead of a questions mark after ‘up’.

            I’ve corrected all 4 now.

          • OldDocRoss

            You should’ve left the beard thing. I’d buy up every unsold Patrick Chung jersey the Eagles have lying around if they somehow drafted Jason Kelce’s bear.

            Mostly I’d just be pleased to live in a world where Jason Kelce owned a bear.

  • Richard Colton

    Dane Brugler’s review of the Hindenburg was about as accurate: “…while the airship comes up small in the safety department, the stylish frame is enough to salvage a solid B-…”

    • OldDocRoss

      He said Casey Matthews hasn’t developed into a consistent NFL starter “yet”.


      By which I mean, “Dane Brugler has watched Casey Matthews play zero downs in the National Football League”.

      • George
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          • Corey Dawson

            Are you trying to say that this is what Casey Metthews should do?

      • Dominik

        “By which I mean, “Dane Brugler has watched Casey Matthews play zero downs in the National Football League”.”

        Dear Lord in heaven, please watch some film. Or watch his spider graph. Then watch his spider graph again, because it’s incredible. Then watch his tape again, shut up about Matthews and give this freaking draft the D- or E+ it deserves. Imagine if we wouldn’t have picked Kelce in the 6th. It would have been one of the 10 or 20 worst drafts by a team ever, if you exclude the Raiders and the Cowboys.

        Still: how can you give a draft a C- if your first two draft picks (rounds 1 and 2, where you pick the stars of your team) aren’t on your team anymore, round 3 won’t be when TC is over while the two 4th round picks shouldn’t be on an NFL roster.

        • OldDocRoss

          “It would have been one of the 10 or 20 worst drafts by a team ever, if you exclude the Raiders and the Cowboys.”

          Not to defend the ’11 draft (because really, who’d do that?) but it’s actually surprising just how many god awful drafts there are each year. Just using the Patriots as an example for no better reason than they’re mostly thought of as a well run franchise*, their 2006 draft was basically a kicker (pfft) and Mincey (ha!).

          They followed it up in 2007 with Brandon Meriweather (eh), Corey Hilliard (:-|) and several scrubs. Then in 2008 they drafted Jared Mayo (yay!) before changing tack completely and exclusively targeting men who can’t play football.

          Like I say, not defending the 2011 draft but if you were really of a mind to you could probably find 10-20 worse ones just since 2000.

          *Occasional acts of espionage and drafting of alleged murderers notwithstanding.

          • Dominik

            With the Pats, you should never forget Belichicks *make something out of nothing*. That’s true for the Defense as well as the Offense (Welker, Edelman).

            But good argument. You tend to forget it, but the odds are against you when you draft.

  • steve

    Kelce saved that draft class, but I don’t know if he brought it all the way up to a slightly-below-average one

    • OldDocRoss

      Redeeming factors of the Eagles’ 2011 draft:

      1=. Jason Kelce
      1=. Jason Kelce’s beard.
      3. Weren’t tempted to trade up for Blaine Gabbert.
      4. Or Christian Ponder.

      That’s about it.

  • NickS1

    No inclusion of any of the Crossing Broad articles or highlights from Connor Barwin’s Reddit AMA, Sheil?

  • DEBO 215

    Sorry guy. F. Flat out fuggin’ FAILURE.

    Danny Watkins, Jawanna Man Jarret, Curtis Marsh, Casey Matthews, ALEX HENERY!? WHAT!?
    Worst draft of all time.

    • OldDocRoss

      Technically, only Watkins and Greg Lloyd Jr haven’t got a team by my count.

      Five of them are still gainfully employed by the Eagles, but hopefully we’ll get that number down substantially before next season starts.

      • myeaglescantwin

        where’s Jarret play?

        • OldDocRoss


          And still sucks.

    • John E. Zang

      Yeah I think one can make the argument that it was the worst draft by any team in a very long time. They would’ve been better off trading all their picks except for the Kelce one to move up in the first round to get just one other player in hindsight. Anyone remember Teo Nesheim or Ricky Sapp? Haha I don’t think most people around the league can tell you who they are or who they were on draft day.

  • Glenn

    I have seen several posts regarding the kicker. I think we have a consensus that Alex Henery should be upgraded. Any reason why Havard Rugland, aka Kickalicious isn’t on an NFL roster. This guy looks like he has a strong accurate leg, and looks like he could probably punt as well. He sounded like he did well for the Lions in preseason. Does anybody know more? Murderleg, has a killer nickname, and looks like he could play safety. But I don’t think he would truly be an upgrade from Henery.

  • eaglefansocal

    I think we are making way to big a deal about a kicker! Henery is not the worst kicker in the NFL or anything. If we could get someone who can get more touchbacks on kickoffs, kick a 50+ yard FG once in a while, and still be accurate, great. If not, I don’t see that Henery is so bad that we have to have a new kicker. Better special teams and hopefully some improvement from Henery and we will be fine. Sorry for being so optimistic!

  • Max Lightfoot

    I don’t think we’ll miss DJax half as much as some pundits say. He was a great downfield threat, but he disappeared in the Red Zone, where he didn’t have that 30 yards to separate himself. Chip’s wildass plays will still leave teams gasping. Go Eags!

    • borntosuffer

      Miss who?

  • John J. King

    I’ve spent two years wondering and worrying about how that 2011 draft would be re-graded. Whew, what if we only got a ‘D’?

  • jon h

    Still trying to figure out what the hell that Football Outsider article is saying

    • Brandon Baltic

      Basically the eagles had great injury luck last year. Something that they think will not be sustainable this year.

  • Tom W

    Funny Pete king is a rational mind trying to decipher the front running media led negadelphian minority of fans in this town that can’t appreciate a forward looking franchise like the eagles or pleasantly innovative franchise like the sixers …. Keep feeding the sheep 610 and 975