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.

FoxSports.com sat down with Evan Mathis for an edition of ‘Get to Know An Offensive Lineman:’

FOX Sports: Who’s the smelliest guy in your locker room? And please describe the odor.

Evan Mathis: Todd Herremans smells like a very fashionable runway model.

FS: What’s the best or most unique locker room prank you’ve witnessed (or pulled yourself)?

EM: I used a spoofing program to text people from Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ cell phone to inform them they’d been cut.

FS: Most memorable block of your NFL career?

EM: Hard to say, but I enjoyed my most recent block. The players on the winning Pro Bowl team get a $53,000 check, the losers get $26,000. We scored a touchdown on the last drive of the fourth quarter and we were down by 1. We elected to go for two and it was a handoff to Mike Tolbert right behind myself, Nick Mangold and Tyron Smith. I told myself it was a $27,000 block, Ndamukong Suh ended up on his back and we scored to win by 1.

ESPN.com has released its Week 1 power rankings with the Eagles moving up two spots from the preseason poll to No. 7:

With 27 touchdowns and two interceptions last year, Nick Foles is a lock for regression. But will he regress enough for anyone else to pass Philly in the NFC East?

Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com ranks the league’s passers by his preferred metric: Adjusted Net Yards Above League Average (ANY/A):

9) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

If you’re an Eagles fan, this seems absurdly low; after all, Foles ranked 1st in ANY/A last year, and 2nd in the value metric by which we’re projecting passers. But even if you don’t think Foles is a “system quarterback” he’s still the worst quarterback in my top 10. The loss of DeSean Jackson is one reason to expect worse numbers this year, and regression to the mean is another. I’m a big believer in Chip Kelly, but I’m just not prepared to predict another top-five season for Foles, and he doesn’t have the track record of a Romo, Brady, or Rivers to rank in my top eight, either.

The MMQB put together its 2014 predictions in which the Eagles were pegged by all six analysts to win the NFC East, although no one had them making the NFC championship:




The non-quarterback who, if lost to injury, would derail his team the most ...

Greg Bedard: LeSean McCoy, Eagles. He’s so special in that system, Philadelphia couldn’t overcome that loss.

The one offensive lineman you should make a point of watching ...

Robert Klemko: Run blocking is more fun to watch than pass protection, and nobody does the former better than Evan Mathis in Philadelphia. The left guard drafted in 2005 is as essential to LeSean McCoy’s success as anybody on that team.

The under-the-radar player who becomes a star ...

Jenny Vrentas: Zach Ertz, tight end, Eagles. The former second-round pick will be one of the ways Philadelphia makes up for losing DeSean Jackson. He’ll share time with veteran Brent Celek, but Ertz’s combination of size (6-foot-5) and speed (4.68 40-yard dash) will make him a favorite for Nick Foles in the red zone and up the seams of the field.

Greg A. Bedard of The MMQB is high on Vinny Curry and thinks teams with a 4-3 scheme should inquire about him and/or Brandon Graham because of the Eagles' 3-4 scheme:

7. A request: Somebody who plays a 4-3 scheme please call the Eagles and inquire about end Vinny Curry and/or outside linebacker/end Brandon Graham. Both are misfits in Philadelphia’s scheme and would be much better off playing in a 4-3. I especially have a soft spot for Curry, who would have finished third among interior rushers in our Pressure Points rating (behind J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy) if he had more snaps. I prefer Curry because he has more outside (early downs) and inside (pass rush) versatility.

Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine is picking the Eagles to win the Super Bowl and Chip Kelly to be Coach of the Year.

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press predicts that the Eagles will beat Green Bay for the NFC title but ultimately fall to Denver in the Super Bowl.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports gives 10 bold predictions for the 2014 NFL season:

7. THE EAGLES OFFENSE WON'T MISS A BEAT WITH DESEAN JACKSON PLAYING ELSEWHERE.

Guess what? Coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman know what they're doing. They wouldn't have cut ties with their top receiver this offseason if they didn't have a plan in place for 2014. Yes, the team expects to make up for the offensive production of DeSean Jackson with increased output from veterans Zach Ertz, Riley Cooper and a healthy Jeremy Maclin, but the real two keys will be Darren Sproles and rookie Jordan Matthews. The Eagles know what they're getting in the versatile Sproles and hope to get solid first-year production from Matthews, the SEC's all-time leading receiver. The potential wild card you likely haven't heard much about is a do-everything weapon named Trey Burton. A former quarterback/wide receiver/tight end/fullback at Florida, Burton is the perfect Kelly wild card. A relative long shot to make the team this summer, the four-year Florida jackknife made the final 53-man roster last week. What's Chip Kelly know that the rest of the league doesn't? Keep an eye on Burton this season.

John Breech of CBSSports.com writes that since 1990, four new teams make the playoffs each year and he believes that the Eagles will be one of four teams that won't return:

First, it's probably worth noting that since the postseason field expanded to 12 teams in 1990, there have been at least four new teams every year. That's every year for over two decades, so we can pretty much take that as fact at this point.

This means that at least four teams from last year's postseason won't be returning in 2014. So let me be the first to apologize to Chiefs fans, Eagles fans, Chargers fans and Panthers fans. You guys aren't returning to the playoffs -- but I'm sure your season will be fun.

So, who will win the NFC East?

4. Dallas Cowboys (NFC East Champ): The Cowboys went 8-8 with a historically bad defense last year -- and when I say 'historically bad,' I mean the third-worst ever. Now, lets say the defense is just slightly better than historically bad in 2014 and they go 9-7. Then you have the Eagles, who went 10-6, thanks in large part to a ridiculously amazing season by Nick Foles. I think Foles can be good this year, but not ridiculously good. I think the Eagles also go 9-7, but Dallas wins the tiebreaker. I know, the Cowboys never win tiebreakers -- or Week 17 games when a playoff berth is on the line, but the law of averages has to work in their favor at some point, right?

Sean Leahy of The Boston Globe gives the best and worst case scenarios for all 32 teams:

• Best case: Nick Foles repeats his dazzling 2013 performance and the fortified defense (welcome, Malcolm Jenkins) improves on its 29th-ranked finish last year to make the Eagles serious Super Bowl contenders.

• Worst case: Foles’s accuracy and overall performance decline sharply amid the absence of DeSean Jackson, and the slowdown in the offense can’t mask the defensive breakdowns as the Eagles fall under .500 in Chip Kelly’s second year.

• Realistic case: Foles is good (though maybe he throws more than 2 INTs) and his rapport with a healthy Jeremy Maclin makes up for Jackson’s exit. The defense is solid, and the Eagles make a playoff run.

Projection: 10-6. Loses to Chicago in first round of playoffs.

Matt Cassidy is a journalism student at Temple and an intern at Birds 24/7.

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  • jay ray

    lol @ John Breech

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      a lot of Cowboys fans that are click happy for any news, no matter how delusional it is

      • midddletownwatch

        Breech is the new Pete Prisco. looking for attention and trying to make himself relevant.. he’s a clown

    • ohitsdom

      “Now, lets say the defense is just slightly better”- why?! They’ve lost many good players, and haven’t gained any. But hey, the law of averages!

    • MediaMike

      That POS needs to be trolled and trolled HARD all year long.

      If y’all remember Eagles fans went beserk on Merril Hoge because going into the 2004 season he claimed the Eagles would be 8-8 because TO wouldn’t compenstate for the lack of a rushing based attack.

      When the Eagles were in the Superbowl, ESPN couldn’t film any Superbowl show Hoge on the panel because heckling Eagles fans stalked him all week.
      I’m not calling us a Superbowl team, but John Breech can expect a difficult life.

  • PhillySean

    What year did Cowboy Nation officially become a cult?

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Thought it’s been that way since the early 90s. I hear their youth membership has declind across America since then. Everywhere but Dallas, it appears.

    • MagatBrackendale

      1978? Btw, from ESPN:
      Perfect fit: America’s Team and Michael Sam

    • MediaMike

      Most of the loser Cowboy fans in the greater Philadelphia area either of the fake-hick variety that ride in a pickup truck with a lift kit and the country music turned up loud………… our the outskirts of West Chester and/or Cherry Hill.

      The rest are leftover old school city people who picked up the Cowboys as their squad in the mid 60s to mid 70s when the Eagles were putrid.

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

    I want whatever Breech is smoking

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      I don’t.

    • dnabrice

      Dallas D getting better this year…hahahah.

  • Joe Thomas

    Our coach is a rocketsurgeon, we aint worried about what anyone thinks, we just cant wait to witness it.

    • Michael Myers

      I think Chip is more of a brain scientist…but yeah…E-A-G-L-E-S!

      • TNA

        I get Bradley Cooper and The Roots getting behind the Eagles, but John Stephens? He went to Penn and all, but I thought he was a Cleveland boy. Whatever. Welcome to the bandwagon!

        (Michael – ICYMI – Joe was referring to the latest Eagles video narrated by Cooper, in which Cooper says our coach is a rocketsurgeon. Yeah, you heard me, rocketsurgeon.)

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Did he say it humorously? Or was it that UF education shining through?

          • TNA

            I report, you decide:
            http://www.flyeaglesfly.com/

          • TNA

            Speed-a-city (spēd-as-ǐ-tē)

            n. 1. The strategic combination of speed and tenacity.
            2. A relentless work ethic at an equally relentless rate of forward progress.
            3. An advanced rocket surgery technique recommend only for the… (unreadable)
            4. Yet another Chip innovation.
            5. #speedacity

          • Joe Thomas

            I love that video, it is great, portrays our passion

          • MagatBrackendale

            Almost made me want to run right out and buy another jersey or something.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3nPLfG9gZY
            Btw, an edited version has been my ‘Sound for opening Windows’ since 1998. Through 3 PCs and 2 laptops. Also a ringtone on 2 phones.

          • jpate

            It’s bradley cooper not riley lol

          • RandlBackScrambln

            Um, Bradley Cooper went to Germantown Academy and Georgetown. I think he may have been kidding.

        • tightlines

          I think you mean John Legend, not John Stephens, whoever that is.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    less than 4 days till prediction season is over. under 100 hrs till kickoff

    • Amar, CB who bought in

      Can we pass some grief to Tim Mcmanus for predicting 8-8 season for the Eagles when the Schedule came out ?

      • paul from nc

        Not until at least 9 games in.
        Until the 1st game is over, a 16-0 prediction is as good as 0-16.

  • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

    “Guess what? Coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman know what they’re doing.”

    I’m waiting for the day when this statement goes from “Bold Prediction” to “axiomatic.”

    • MagatBrackendale

      How about not even worth mentioning because it is a given?

      • Ghost of Pete Pihos

        I just wish there were one word we could use in place of those nine. How about “axiomatic”?

        • poetx99

          lol

  • Token

    I really hoping to be pleasantly surprised by Sproles in the offense. They showed pretty much nothing with him in the PS and for good reason.

    • Cam in Eugene

      Sprockets to the flat and Shady on a wheel…nightmares for DC’d

      • Cam in Eugene

        Stupid phone

        • Jason

          I liked the unintentional nickname

          • Tikkit, draft crapshoot

            I second that. Sprockets. Nice.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            So is Chip Mr. Spacely?

          • Tikkit, draft crapshoot

            He looks more like Elroy.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Lol!

          • Cam in Eugene

            Well then I take full credit then

          • MagatBrackendale

            Sprockets are what keeps the wheel engaged and turning so, why not?

          • paul from nc

            Hope it works better than Murderleg did.

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    So, Chicago is making up 44 points on us in 1 year?

    • MediaMike

      They signed Ditka.

    • MagatBrackendale

      Chicago? Boston Globe seems to have forgotten Green Bay.

  • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

    I’m willing to bet that Shrager got his opinion from this board. sounds like everything I’ve read the past few months.

    • TNA

      I haven’t read much smoke about Burton on B24/7. He’s like a Smith project/backup on a variety of positions and hopefully productive ST player. If Smith’s production declines over the next couple seasons, Burton will be prepared to take up his role as utility player 1A.

      It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. Lots of mainstream opinions have changed on the Eagles — with minimal changes to personnel. Either that, or every other team in the league got a lot worse.

      I’m too old to even be remotely thinking about what record the team will end up with at the end of the year, much less about playoffs or Super Bowl right now. I just want the team to beat Jacksonville and come out of it with no injuries this week.

      Any news on potential Barkley trade or status of Terrelle Pryor? Is Pryor really that bad that no team wants him or is he just holding out for a good opportunity?

  • Mr. Wu

    I saw an interview with Trey Burton on the Eagles website….Man, that dude needs an endorsement contract as a Geico caveman

    • Max Lightfoot

      We need all the cavemen we can get!

      • http://batman-news.com eaglesclaw

        I looked up Burton’s measureables and the guy is an athletic freak. 6’3″, 235 lbs, ran a 4.49 40 and catches everything that touches his hands. Celek, Ertz, Casey and Burton are a lethal group of TEs. I’d love to see how corners and safeties are going to deal with a 4 Tight End set.

  • Saunders

    15-1

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Loss in week 17 while resting all the starters.

      • DEaglesWay

        Please no! I’m going for my first ever NFL game!

      • MediaMike

        NO WAY! We need to run the score up on the Giants.

  • Amar, CB who bought in

    The law of averages is a stupid metric.
    -Australian cricket team (Winner of 3 consecutive World cups 1999-2003-2007)

    Upvote if you read it in an Australian accent the 2nd time :)

    • Dan

      Its also totally misunderstood by idiots like him who claim tails is more likely since you had a few heads…

      • Warhound KnowsHstryWarts&All

        Sometimes it’s called the “Gamblers Fallacy”. Some just don’t get that probability has no memory.

    • paul from nc

      I’m a numbers guy and you’re totally correct as well as Dan and Warhound.
      Law of averages can never predict the next event. And it doesn’t remotely apply to his example.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        this drives me nuts. and you guys are totally right.

        even smart folks fall for this trap and call it “regression to the mean”

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Well, they say so much smart stuff that it’s just regression to the mean for them to buy some dumb stuff.

  • FluxCapacitor

    I missed that Burton was a QB convert also. Is that the ultimate goal – fill as many positions as possible with guys who were QB’s at some point? How many do we have now? Three for sure…more? Pretty funny actually.

    • Birds4Life

      Lane Johnson, Brad Smith, Marcus Smith & Trey Burton. James Casey played qb for Rice in a game too. That’s just off the top of my head.

  • eaglespur

    Seth Wickersham has a Chip man crush! Sprockets! (apparently a new rallying cry)

  • birdsfanindc

    Evan Mathis deserves a raise just for being the funniest guy in the team.

  • Bryan Clayton

    Breech you are WRONG

  • Amar, CB who bought in

    Eagles Season predictions : 11-5
    Losses to 49ers,Carolina,GB, Seattle,Washington Football team.

    • MediaMike

      Same record, but no losses to inept QB like Kaepernitwit, Scam Newton, and RGKnee.
      We lose to Seattle, Green Bay, Dallas, Arizona, and Indy

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        I’m struggling with the record. I want to be conservative and say 10-6. But I don’t see us losing to AZ and their depleted D. It really isn’t the same D from last year. And while I know you can never overlook division games, I’d say we lose to WSH before DAL, and yes I’m aware of the struggles with DAL last year. IND is a toss up for me. They’re not that good outside of Luck, who I know can win them a game on his own. But I can’t call that a loss. That OL is terrible and that D, especially with no Mathis, isn’t that good, either. I see the Rams as a let down game, though.

        • Amar, CB who bought in

          1 thing I am not too sure about this team, is their ability to make a big comeback after being down in a game. We mostly took a quick lead on teams and dared them to catch up. I don’t remember them doing it too well last year. We almost did it in the playoffs and a little bit in the Giants up-and-down game.
          But, this team does not seem like the one that pulled off Miracle at meadowlands II or the Indy win of KC in the playoffs last year.

          We’re not gonna win any 13-9 games with this offense and defense. The early preseason games did remind me how fast this team goes 3 and out.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            That’s fair. We definitely need to see more there, should we find ourselves in those situations. I really don’t remember being in them much, though. Which NYG game? One thing I’ll say, I think Chip’s going to be really pissed if we’re in 13-9 games, too. Means one of two things, we’re turning the ball over or we’re racking up 3 n outs. Both of which are signs of poor execution.

          • Amar, CB who bought in

            the 1st one, we were leading when Vick left. Then Eli came back with 2 TDs and their defense stopped us on a couple of drives. Our run game was in the dumpster thanks to Patterson (NYG). Foles then brought us back and we won the game comfortably.

      • Amar, CB who bought in

        I am not too high on Indy. We are coming off a bye in Arizona, they are missing Daryl Washington, Karlos dansby, Darnel Dockett on defense.
        Carson Palmer is set to crash and burn (Matt Shaub-esqe)

        • MediaMike

          Ok, 13-3 it is! I like your style!

          • Amar, CB who bought in

            I agree, its more likely we lose to WFB than DAL.

          • MediaMike

            Even with the D getting worse down there in Dallas, I still see them at 6-10 or 7-9 and 2nd in the division. Washington and the Giants are going to be down in that 4 or 5 win zone, so I see Dallas as the most likely division opponent to whom we lose.

          • Amar, CB who bought in

            I don’t trust Romo to last until Thanksgiving.

      • paul from nc

        I see a pattern

  • Septhinox

    John Breech says:

    “So let me be the first to apologize to Chiefs fans, Eagles fans, Chargers fans and Panthers fans. You guys aren’t returning to the playoffs — but I’m sure your season will be fun.”

    And then he says:

    “The Cowboys went 8-8 with a historically bad defense last year — and when I say ‘historically bad,’ I mean the third-worst ever. Now, lets say the defense is just slightly better than historically bad in 2014 and they go 9-7.”

    How can the Cowboys defense be any better if they lost most of their playmakers and have lost the others to injury? Can anyone discredit themselves faster than that?

    • MediaMike

      John Breech is a dope.

    • macadood

      I guess whoever the fresh talent is that is replacing the lost and injured players can’t really play much worse…might have some hidden young talent somewhere there. who knows…

      perhaps Breech will put a good luck spell on them and every bounce will go their way this season

  • paul from nc

    Before I read any comments, let me make a prediction

    Posters will disagree and say how stupid Chase Stuart is
    and Praise Schrager for his wisdom

    • Mr. Wu

      re Chase Stuart: If anyone told me, last year at this time, that Nick Foles would be rated a top 10 QB in the NFL this season I would have asked where they had purchased they’re crack rock from. So no I have no problem with that assessment.

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      I pretty much think Stuart’s ranking of Foles is solid, and there’s a case for moving him a couple spots either direction. That said, I wouldn’t be so quick to call him the worst QB in the top 10.

    • NinjaP

      Well Chase admitted that Nick was the best QB in the NFL last year according to the stat to he uses to rank QBs, then goes ahead and ranks him 9th. How is that not stupid?

      • UKEagle99 à l’orange

        I know, so if he doesn’t believe his own stats why the hell we should we take any notice?

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Not much complaining about ranking Foles in the top-10.

    • Harpy Eagle

      Ummm…if he is the worst in the top 10 than logically wouldn’t that rank him 10th? OK discuss.

  • Kleptolia

    As the tram comes to a halt in the under ground, a voice above Cedric Thornton says:

    “Mind the gap.”

    “Should be plural,” he mutters, and heads toward the surface.

    • Age

      He does have a rawther British-sounding name.

  • Age

    Lol, Mathis rules.

    “FS: What was the highlight of your offseason?

    EM: I did a lot of work on growing as a person. I had grown
    rapidly as a football player the last few years and neglected to focus
    on me. After some profound soul-searching, I’ve become a much more
    balanced, healthy individual.”

  • JofreyRice

    Evan Mathis might have taken over from Cameron Wake as PFF Poster Boy for finding hidden talent. It’s funny that he’s accepted as a top 2 or 3 guard in the league now, when PFF was jumping up and down for like 2 years about how he deserved more snaps.

    • MagatBrackendale

      Wake wasn’t a hidden talent around these parts.

      • JofreyRice

        He spent almost all of 2009 on the bench. PFF was apoplectic about what a mistake the Dolphins staff was making in leaving him there. You might have known he looked all-world against CFL talent, but PFF was the voice in the wilderness saying the guy was an elite NFL talent ready to emerge.

  • KobraKai7474

    I don’t necessarily disagree with John Breech saying that the Eagles could regress a bit over last year (let’s face it, they WERE lucky at times… especially in the caliber of QBs they had to play against each week… so regression is not an unreasonable prediction though I do not personally expect it). HOWEVER, he is crazy to think that the Cowboys’ dumpster fire of a defense could play well enough this year to change the Cowboys’ fortunes. They were horrifically, horrendously, historically awful last year and, going into the season, their three best players from THAT defense are gone and the fourth best (Scandrick) will be suspended for the first 4 games. The real question is: Can an aging, oft-injured Tony Romo keep it together enough to score the 35 points per game that will be absolutely required to win 6 games? He is going to have to score 50 per game if they even want to dream of winning 9.