Eagles Wake-Up Call: What They’re Saying

Which available free agents could interest the Eagles and fit in well?

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

This week’s roundup of national stories about the Birds:

The Eagles are the best fit for three of the top free agents still available, writes ESPN In$ider’s John Clayton.

3. Louis Vasquez, guard

I guess the guard market just hasn’t moved. Here’s a 29-year-old who hasn’t missed a start in four seasons. He has plenty of experience in a zone-blocking scheme. You would think something will happen soon.

Best fit: Philadelphia Eagles. After Philadelphia traded Dennis Kelly to the Titans, there could be an opening at guard.

7. Brian Hartline, wide receiver

Hartline had a visit with the San Diego Chargers, but they signed James Jones to replace Stevie Johnson, who is out for the season. Hartline is 29 and still has the skills to catch 60 passes a season.

Best fit: Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. The Rams need more quality pass-catchers and the Eagles don’t seem happy with their wideouts.

12. William Beatty, tackle

Beatty has been on the workout circuit. Versatility and experience work on his behalf. He can play right or left tackle. The potential Lane Johnson suspension has the Eagles studying him.

Best fit: Philadelphia Eagles. Beatty, who didn’t play in 2015, could be signed soon.

Fletcher Cox is on Robert Mays’ Scheme Change All-Stars list as one of five players who will really benefit from a new system.

Former Philly defensive coordinator Bill Davis used Cox in a lot of different ways, but on a majority of snaps, this is where Cox would line up: as a 5-technique defensive end, head-up on the left tackle. In traditional 3–4 defenses, ends are taught to play two gaps. Rather than slash straight ahead, their job is to control blockers, which both clogs running lanes and provides covering fire to the linebackers behind them.

This approach is inherently passive. The emphasis is less on penetration and more on control. If a defender does get into the backfield, it’s only after he dominates with physicality, not with quickness. And for someone with Cox’s talent, that’s going to happen often enough to make some noise (like on the play above).

On Schwartz’s defenses, the noise isn’t occasional. This shit is turned to 11 on every play. In Buffalo, Schwartz trotted out the Four Horsemen of the Sackpocalypse in Dareus, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, and Jerry Hughes. With those guys rushing the passer, the Bills were able to deploy a standard four-man rush and still become the stuff of quarterback nightmares. After being hired by the Eagles in January, Schwartz will look to make this defense equally frightening.

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks gives Isaac Seumalo a B- for his performance in Pittsburgh.

Lane Johnson’s impending 10-game suspension has forced the Eagles to reshuffle the deck on the offensive line. With Allen Barbre vacating his normal starting spot to replace Johnson at right tackle, Seumalo started at left guard against the Steelers on Thursday with an opportunity to win the job with a strong performance. The third-round pick didn’t quite seal the deal on the gig, due to a costly holding penalty and a few failed finishes, but he did flash some strength and power moving defenders off the ball

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke was impressed by the Eagles’ defensive line against the Steelers on Thursday night.

Vinny Curry and (especially) Brandon Graham were among the most active Eagles defenders during Thursday’s shutout victory. Graham had a pair of tackles, including one for loss, while only a blatant if uncalled hold kept Curry from a sack. One thing to monitor: Jim Schwartz’s upfield attack can put a ton of pressure on linebackers and safeties to fill holes, if the linemen get caught. It happened once early against Pittsburgh with Connor Barwin opening up a cutback lane, but for the most part the Eagles were outstanding.

Zach Ertz is an underrated fantasy football tight end, writes Vincent Verhei of Football Outsiders.

We’ll be comparing each player’s rank in Fantasy Points Over Baseline (FPOB) to their Average Draft Position (ADP). These numbers will show where each player ranks at their position, not overall.

Zach Ertz
FPOB rank: 6
ADP rank: 11

Ertz was a top-10 fantasy tight end last year despite catching only two touchdowns, a flukishly low number for a player who gained more than 800 yards receiving. We think he’ll top 800 yards again in 2016, and if he does, he’s almost certain to score more often.

But in Rotoworld’s Rich Hribar’s bold predictions column, he says Ertz won’t finish as a top-12 tight end.

Eagles offensive players could stand to lose in the neighborhood of 100 plus total plays with two to three games worth of passing volume with the departure of Chip Kelly and transition to Doug Pederson.  In Pederson’s offense a year ago, Travis Kelce slid in just below Ertz in total targets (103) with over one fewer target per game (6.4). That level of similar per game volume isn’t damaging, but Ertz has been nowhere near as good after the catch as Kelce, averaging just 4.4 yards after the catch compared to Kelce’s 7.5 for their careers.

Also, Ertz has shown over the past two seasons to have trouble finding the end zone regularly. He scored on just two of his 75 catches a season ago and on just seven of 94 receptions over his first two seasons prior. In the history of the NFL, there have been 36 tight ends with a sub 5.0 percent touchdown rate on 60 or more catches. Those tight ends have only seen an average increase of 1.6 touchdowns the following year. The tight end position is driven by touchdowns or inflated volume, things that may be still be elusive to Ertz in 2016.

In ESPN’s ranking of the 100 best NFL players, Jason Peters (No. 84) and Malcolm Jenkins (No. 88) are included in the first half of the list.

Peters has put together a sterling 13-year career (143 starts) that will one day be worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. The former undrafted tight end out of Arkansas is one of the most gifted left tackles the game has ever seen. “He’s a guy that is big, powerful, strong, fast, all that stuff. But he’s a guy that at all times is under control. He has unbelievable coordination and ability,” said center Jason Kelce. Now in the twilight of his career, the 34-year-old is trying to overcome the injuries that hampered him for much of last season.

Jenkins wasn’t the most heralded safety in the 2014 free-agent class, but the Eagles were right to make him their top target. He proved to be a perfect fit, thriving in a role that showcased his versatility. The 28-year-old can play deep; he can be effective near the line; and he thrives when he’s asked to man the slot. He finished with more than 100 tackles last season and added 10 passes defended, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. The Eagles have since moved from a 3-4 to a 4-3, but new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz should make sure his strengths are still maximized. “I have been complimentary to the safeties for good reason. Those guys are good players,” said Schwartz about Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. “They’re great communicators, and we need more guys following suit.”

Quintin Mikell is enjoying his first year as the Eagles’ Director of Player Engagement, reports Mark Eckel.

“This position has been around a while, but it’s changed over the years,’’ Mikell said. “It’s different now in that it used to be a former player who would just kind of be around if you needed something. Now, it’s development, just as it says ‘player development.’ My job is trying to help, not just our young players, but any of our players, develop on and off the field. If it’s a rookie, it’s getting them used to the NFL life, the different stresses and ups and downs you go through; to a guy that’s been in the league for a couple years but still isn’t sure where he is. Maybe he wants to start getting ready for his exit. What should he do? How should he plan? And it goes all the way to the guy who is on the way out and I’m helping them transition to life after the game.’’

Mikell came to the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State in 2004. He made his mark on special teams before developing into a Pro Bowl safety. He left as an unrestricted free agent for the St. Louis Rams in 2011, played two years there and his final season for the Carolina Panthers in 2013.

After two years trying to figure out what he wanted to do — he worked in the media for a year, then did the coaching internship with the Eagles in 2014 — he landed the Player Engagement job with the Eagles this spring and couldn’t be happier.

WHAT YOU MISSED

“It’s not going to change the way I play.” Carson Wentz still feels some discomfort, but even with his injury, it won’t change the way he plays.

Doug Pederson confirmed the signing of Stephen Tulloch, noting that the Eagles “just need depth.”

With the probable loss of Lane Johnson for 10 games, Jason Kelce is impressed with the improvement of rookie Isaac Seumalo.

Reviewing the Eagles-Steelers game film from Thursday night’s game.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Caleb Sturgis returned to practice yesterday, and vows to always wear a helmet, writes Les Bowen of the Daily News.

“As soon as he got hit he fell to the ground, so I went, ‘Oh, (bleep) it’s probably serious.’ I walked over there to make sure he was OK. He was kinda woozy,” [Donnie] Jones said. “But he’s good now. He can’t get too mad; he had a couple extra days off.”

“It didn’t feel good . . . It was like someone dropped a weight on your head,” said Sturgis, who said he has taken some grief in the locker room. One popular joke has been that Cody Parkey, competing with Sturgis for the kicking job, paid Jones to conk his competition.

“If Donnie’s that good . . . ” Sturgis said, laughing.

“Absolutely not,” Jones said.

Sturgis said he will always wear a helmet on the field now.

Jones said the only incident of this type he can remember was several years ago, when he accidentally hit a Cardinals wideout or defensive back in the shoulder with a warmup punt, enraging the player, who wanted to fight.

Time is running out for Josh Huff to prove he can contribute to the Eagles, pens Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice.

The best way for Huff to flip that hourglass and extend his Eagles career is with a strong showing this weekend against the Colts.

Huff has been running with the first team, who typically see the most action of the preseason in Week 3, and while that’s given him plenty of opportunities to make plays in practice.

“Obviously, with the injuries that have occurred, I’ve gotten a chance to get more opportunities to show what I can do,” he said. “I’ve just got to continue to work and put my head down.”

Huff’s action in-game action, however, has been limited, as is the case for all the starters. So far this preseason, he’s caught just three passes for 13 yards on 40 or so snaps, which doesn’t provide a trustworthy sample.

They can expect to see more time this week.

COMING UP

Jim Schwartz and Frank Reich are scheduled to talk to the media around 10:30 a.m.

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  • Masked Man

    Free agents Louis Vasquez, William Beatty, Brian Hartline. Seems like we could use all three. At least one of the linemen could work. And a proven WR that can catch? We could use one more of those too.

    • TeachthemtoDoug-ie

      Ill pass on hartline. But vasquez please. Im also done with giants castoffs none havd panned out.

      • Masked Man

        OK. No ex-Giants. Vasquez is a YES.
        Now what’s wrong with Hartline? Don’t follow him that closely, but he’s always been sort of productive consistently in FFL. Is he better than Givens or Randle? Guess Agholor makes it for another year no matter what at this point.

        • Rellihcs

          We don’t need guards. They DID do a good job of filling depth with Brooks, Seumalo, Wiz etc…

          We DO need Tackles. Vasquez doesn’t play tackle. So… no way – he wouldn’t be cheap.

          • Masked Man

            Yeah Tackle is it.

          • Will

            If you plug Vasquez in at OG you upgrade the position, and free someone up to play OT. Agreed we need 2 OT of starting quality. JP will not play all 16 games. Lane is lost for 10 games. What happens the instant Allen Barbe goes down? Anyway they’ll just plug the next man in. Just not any confidence in the 2nd and 3rd string lines on Offense. We shall see gonna be a long season. JP should retire after this year so OT will continue to be a position of need and the Birds have fewer top draft picks in the next couple years. FA seems the best route to bring in 5 players you know can ball and build an Offensive wall for Wentz for years to come. Instead of sending him out there to the wolves each week to have his ribs busted, seems pretty stupid to invest that much in a young QB and than not protect your investment…Just saying…

          • Rellihcs

            So you are suggesting that Wiz, Seomalu could play Tackle? That’s just not the case. OL aren’t just infinitely interchangeable.

          • Will

            No I’m suggesting you have Brooks, Kelce, and Vasquez in the Line up and have a monster run game for your New Rookie QB and pray JP and Barbe stay healthy…either Brooks or Vasquez would have to switch to LG…

        • Philliam Penn

          Of course Ags makes it this year. You don’t give up on 1st rd picks after one year

          • Puffy Coats

            “But first round talents you get in the second, that’s okay.”

            -Jon Robinson

        • aub32

          Hartline is honestly no better than what we have. He wouldn’t start. So might as well keep some younger talent on the team.

          • Masked Man

            Why do these goofy national writers think all those free agents need to be headed here then?

          • Will

            Cause our O-Line and WR’s are a laughing stock around the league.

          • Rellihcs

            Nope, it’s because we are a big market and it’s click-bait.

        • TeachthemtoDoug-ie

          Im not entirely sure hes done anything. I just dont really covet much anything the dolphins have. Sure hes an upgrade over huff and randle not sure hartline is as fast as givens but im sure he has better hands. So i guess just because our wrs are crap outside of a mathews and PT

  • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

    Yet another Huff article. What about these other wide-outs named Givens and Randle? Huff is already outside the bubble. Has to win his conference championship to make the field of 53.

  • Will

    Is Devin Hester still available? I know he was recovering slowly from toe surgery, he was always an electric player who could change the out come of an game in one play…When healthy the Bird’s could use him as a return specialist and a WR…

    • Prince of Prussia

      I thought it was funny a few years back when Hester and DJacc were talking trash via the media when Desean was returning a bunch of punts. He was asked to reply to Deven Hesters comment about himself being a better return man than Jackson, and Desean looked right at the reporter and said “Oh yea? Ask him who the better WR is” and just walked away.

      • aub32

        That’s one thing I don’t think DJax gets enough credit for. There are plenty of speedy returnmen in the NFL that never become good WRs. DJax had a few really good years as a return guy, and he became a top 10 – 15 WR in the league. Very rare for a guy his size.

        • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

          I challenge that top 10 item.
          but otherwise you’re correct.

          he had one top 10 statistical year & that was with gimmick Chip

          • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

            but yes, there are many pure speed people that could never be football players.
            Didn’t we try that with Gannon or another Olympic skilled sprinter?

    • Basscase

      Can we have confidence in who we have instead of trying to bring in guys way way way past their prime?

      That question was rhetorical.

      • Will

        Do I have Confidence in the Current Philadelphia Eagles to ever Win a Super Bowl? Simply put hell no…The NFC East Division Title is a stretch. I don’t know about you but I’ve followed this team since 1973. I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid and can plainly see the glaring weaknesses of this football team. Yet your a fan as well and I got to admire your spirit if you think Huff will one day be a great WR in the NFL.

        • Basscase

          That’s why my question was rhetorical. Don’t draft well, then you have to rely on old guys to perform instead of guiding the team. Limitations of this team are painfully obvious to those except for the kool-aid drinkers.

          • Will

            FA is expensive granted, and the player’s are older. Yet you can build a team that way to go along with your younger player’s you drafted. The Eagle’s have been spending a lot of money but on the wrong player’s mostly. What’s worst is they continue to dump or let walk the best talent on the team over the years. Reggie White, Brain Dawkins. Mathis, McCoy again last year. It’s just frustrating as a Fan on the outside looking in.

  • Eneagled

    “absolutely not”

    /Punts through Huff’s fingers, misses roster

    /Punts off of jumbotron into Romo’s collarbone, ends season

    /Punts ball into flock of doves, Dorenbos is standing in the endzone with ball, TD!

    • Beta20

      Ever watch Donnie Longball in warmups? His directional kicks are laser guided.

      • Eneagled

        Yeah, I’m not buying the accident story

        • Johnny Domino

          Parkey ought to demand a refund.

  • eaglespur

    I remain amazed by my own childishness when reading about Fletcher. It seems that it is difficult to write our #91 without any possibility of innuendo. Soooo… there’s a challenge for ya Josh. Write about Fletcher using his surname and challenge the comment section to find a double-meaning.

    • Shiggi

      Got Cox on your mind?

    • Basscase

      Success depends on the push Cox gets up the middle

    • Johnny Domino

      “Fletcher? I don’t even know her!”

      • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

        FLETCHER, Damn near killed em

  • Prince of Prussia

    I know some weren’t as crazy about signing Jenkins over Byrd after Buffalo locked him up with some hefty $, but I am still so happy we missed out on Byrd and got Jenkins instead. He has turned in to one of the leaders on the team and produces well on the field.

    • cloisterwater

      I never wanted Byrd and got bashed for that opinion on this very site.

      • cloisterwater

        I also never wanted Maxwell and the same thing happened.

        • Prince of Prussia

          I was indifferent on either safety at the time, but yea from the comments I was reading while lurking, it seemed to be the general consensus that Jenkins was mediocre at best. I was staunchly against Maxwell… but all that was before I started posting so… no proof of my own defense on that one.

          • cloisterwater

            I just didn’t like throwing that kind of money at either player. I didn’t have a specific player I wanted at safety at the time, I just didn’t want Byrd. I wanted the Eagles to go after Cromartie last offseason.

          • Puffy Coats

            Wanted Maxwell and Cromartie. Wanted Byrd too, but nowhere near what NO paid him. That was crazy at the time.

          • Prince of Prussia

            For some reason I was thinking he signed for a ton in Buffalo, forgot that’s who he played for first.

          • Prince of Prussia

            Can’t fault that logic. And since we are speaking of Cromartie’s I would have rather held on to DRC and never ended up with Maxwell.

      • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

        I was with you.& yeah, people were hating.

        a 4.7 safety with injuries the knee and below.

    • Birds4Life

      I was one if those people pounding the table for them to sign Byrd. I was disappointed when they signed Jenkins right out of the gate. I will happily eat crow on that one. Jenkins has been better than I ever could’ve imagined. He is the man! They definitely made the right choice.

      • Birds4Life

        Now if he could just learn to hold on to those interceptions. He would be all-pro!

      • Puffy Coats

        Likewise. Was hoping they’d bring him in to do exactly what he was doing in BUF, but most us didn’t believe Chip would be so rigid in “mirrored safeties”.

        • Basscase

          Chip was like a broken clock. A fast, broken clock.

      • Will

        I was blessed to attend a training camp practice and met Malcolm Jenkins in person and got an autographed towel from him. I saw a fire in his eyes and knew he would be someone who would work diligently on his craft. My words to him that day were good luck back there. I’m glad the birds have continued to bring in better DB’s to fill out the secondary. I’m still a big Nolan Carrol fan and will be pulling for him as well.

        • Puffy Coats

          You imparted upon him some truly inspiring words. It’s plain to see that his success is directly related to that fleeting, yet transformational, conversation.

          • Will

            Na, I had nothing to do with his success, just a Fan who was blessed to meet him. I did feel sorry for him knowing who he would be playing with back there that year. He has this tattooed like brand that looks like it was burned on his arm. A man that endures that kind of pain willing goes on his own to be the best he can be.

          • cliff

            those things are nasty to create. believe it’s an Omega Psi Phi, generally all black frats. often is a homemade brand done shortly after initiation , that they pick the scab off, often causing infections.

          • Prince of Prussia

            A close (Caucasian) friend of mine has that on each pec muscle. It actually looks pretty intense.

          • cliff

            was he in Omega Psi Phi, or some other Omega named frat that stole idea? know idea if it’s inherent racism or truth, but i was lead to believe that blacks skin healed just slightly different than whites, so the raised scabbing showing off brand was more likely achieved.

          • Will

            Jenkins was definitely raised, looks like an upside down horse shoe of some sorts.

          • Jack
          • Prince of Prussia

            It was Pi Kappa Alpha and I have no idea if there is any sort of truth to what you mention regarding skin healing process between pigments.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            They are called keloids. More common in dark skin, but can happen to white skin too

          • Jack

            One of my best friends is in Omega Psi Phi. They all have that brand. All kinds of athletes and public figures in that frat. They have toned down the pledging process but it was still pretty tough when he went through. My friend is actually just 10 days older than Jenkins so I’m sure they’re experiences were very similar.

          • cliff

            i pledged pretty tough. in 5 weeks lost like 20-25 lbs, threwup probably that many times (mostly drinking water out off garden hose. didnt bother me and was better than getting spit on or beer poured over you why doing some crazy exercises on dirty floors). ended up with a separated shoulder, and we were told we had it easy compared to Omeag’s at my school.
            .
            i bet kids’ HellWeek is easy than my first week. should be, was dumb how bad we were. we wouldnt stop till someone went to hospital.

          • Jack

            These days frats are forced to tone it down. They lose their insurance policies and get fines/kicked off campuses, etc if they cross the line…not to mention criminal charges if they aren’t careful.

          • Will

            Yeah what would you have you said? Oh that’s right you weren’t invited to the practice…

          • BlindChow
          • Will

            Lol…it was a cool experience to be up close at an Eagle’s practice for the Day…

          • Puffy Coats

            Oh man, you really know how to cut right to my core.

          • Will

            Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house…

          • Puffy Coats

            Pretty good thing I don’t live in a glass house. Who would want to, anyway?

          • Will

            Lol…someone who loves the Sun obviously that’s who…Lol…

          • Puffy Coats

            That’d be one expensive heating/cooling bill.

      • K-Dub(F.E.F.)

        Same here. To our defense though there really is very little crow to eat since Byrd had been hands down the better player over their careers to that point. lol what else can you do but expect it to continue?

    • JofreyRice

      yeah, I thought Byrd was a slam dunk, and that the Eagles were being cheap by signing Jenkins. Whoops.

      • Will

        I screamed for Byrd and they got it right with Jenkins. I’m pretty impressed with the secondary these days. Jim Schwartz as the DC was one of the best off season moves so far for sure.

  • Puffy Coats
    • Basscase

      If Belichek somehow comes up with him……….I’ll just shrug.

      • Prince of Prussia

        I would throw up out of pure rage.

    • Prince of Prussia

      I cant see Hue letting someone like that go, his potential is unrivaled and don’t they have plenty of picks for next season too and not having any cap trouble? I’m sure there are holes on their roster they want to fill, but not at that cost. I would be surprised if he moves on from the Browns. Besides, id like to see what Griffin can do with Gordon and Pryor running around that secondary.

      • BlindChow

        They drafted like six WR’s this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they trade him.

        • peteike

          I would, they are finally getting back a talent of that level after all this waiting. I think they at least see what they have again but ya, you never know. Their baseball GM may be all about getting value back for him

    • Travis Papa

      If we could get Gordon for MS2 I’d be really satisfied with our WR Corp. Matthews agholor Green-Beckham and Gordon would make that a strength with very little investment lost.

      • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

        that. . . would be spectacular

    • Jack

      Been hearing the Browns are not interested in a trade. Might be a ploy to drive the value up.

      • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

        what do you feel would be an acceptable offer for Howie Steely-Eyed Roseman to throw their way?

        • Jack

          MS2, Huff and Randle.

          • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

            I doubt they’ll want players. Maybe MS2.

            how about draft pics?
            perhaps start the conversation with a 2017 5th?

          • Will

            No more giving up draft picks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

            I agree with that to a certain extent.

            a draft pic is a chance on an unproven kid.
            the selections we’ve seen lately don’t inspire hope in future pics.
            within reason, I’m a proponent of trading pics for proven NFL talent.

            but yes. I agree 95.99% with your statement

          • BlindChow

            The problem with picks for Gordon is, one more screw-up and he’s out of the league.

          • Puffy Coats

            Conditional pick

          • BlindChow

            We can give them our 2022 third round pick if he doesn’t get suspended again in the meantime.

          • Puffy Coats

            I think they’ll take it!

          • myeagles_2016 NFC-EAST-Champs

            I get that 100%,
            but the problem with the eagles is, , , , good chance any 1 of those pics won’t be NFL worthy.
            Scary situation.

          • Amar, managing expectations

            How else do we draft another injury prone LB or a crap DB

  • Jask, PAUL TURNER PLEASE HELP

    The Browns have informed teams that they will not move on from Josh Gordon

  • Will

    I think Gordon will stay in Cleveland and turn it around with RGIII and Hue’s support. So this is a pipe dream that will not happen while the biggest need on the team has to be the O-Line. Am I crazy about Will Beaty, no but he is better than what we have on the roster.

    • Jask, PAUL TURNER PLEASE HELP

      How many games is Gordon suspended for this season? I would give up two second round picks for him

      • Will

        Not sure maybe 4, but he was fighting it. Really haven’t followed it. Seems to me he has one more chance in Cleveland. He may have drug and alcohol baggage but the Elite talent is there. There was an Eagle’s WR years ago Buddy Ryan sent to the Vikings for the same reasons who turned out to be a pretty damm good WR in the end. Na you don’t quit on that kind of rare talent, he’s young, just has to grow up. I’m glad we start against the Browns this year and don’t have to face him or bear the insult of what an NFL WR is suppose to look and play like. DGB could be a nice surprise for us if he turns it around.

        • Jask, PAUL TURNER PLEASE HELP

          Hopefully we see a spark from DGB this next game

          • Will

            He’s out of shape they say. But yeah this might be the wake up call he needed. I hope so cause we haven’t had that kind of height in a WR since Harold Carmichael.

          • Puffy Coats

            Says who? Reich sounds as if he’s impressed.

          • Prince of Prussia

            I read two opposite reports yesterday..

          • Will

            Don’t know for sure, but I’m really pulling for the Kid Big Time…

          • Prince of Prussia

            Agreed, I want to see him crush it. Also, I am eager to see Terrell Pryor and RG3 play together. If anything, Browns highlights could be exciting throughout the year, and as a passive fan of the NFL, that would be sweet to see.

          • Will Mahoney

            He was out of shape at the start of OTAs, not now

      • BlindChow

        Is he suspended? He just got reinstated after serving his year. Isn’t his next violation two years?

      • Puffy Coats

        4. I’m arguably the biggest proponent of getting him but that’s entirely too much.

    • Beta20

      I think we need to hold the hype machine on guys like Gordon and DGB – guys who have physical ability, but can’t run anything other than 3 routes. Can’t believe Gordon has improved his footwork and learned other branches on the route tree while hanging out with Manziel. DGB has potential, but last year, there were reports they were having trouble getting him to just line up properly at the end of the season.

    • Shiggi

      Ok we can agree on this haha, I’d be ok with Beatty brought in cheaply for possibly RT starter and LT depth. Not sure if he can play the right side though? I think he always has played LT.

  • Prince of Prussia

    I’d be all for a move to bring in Vasquez. I would imagine he is at least a modest improvement on the depth chart.

    • Shiggi

      He has only played RG I think for the last 4 years..he did play RT before that but I think he wants wayyy too much money to be a backup.

  • Prince of Prussia

    Dez Bryant has suffered a concussion at practice. It is said to be blamed on the incredible accuracy and distance of Donnie Jones.

  • Jask, PAUL TURNER PLEASE HELP

    where tim at

    • Eagles1018 Smart Phone GM

      I hope you’re joking, but he’s at esp

      • Jask, PAUL TURNER PLEASE HELP

        haha i had no idea oh well good for him

        • Eagles1018 Smart Phone GM

          yea it doesn’t suck anymore. b247 is still the best though. WE make this blog awesome

    • TimKerrForPresident

      ESPN. New Eagles beat guy.

  • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

    Schwartz in PC this morning, re: Tulloch playing/starting — “we’ll see; we’re a merit-based defense, after all”

    well, if that’s not the nail in the MS2 coffin, don’t know what is

    • cliff

      only keeping 5 LBs and 4 Safeties, think that might save him. least it’ll give us something to b!t@h about gameday when MS2 is on deactive list article.

      • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

        I’d give that roster spot to Dillon Gordon

        • Shiggi

          He makes the team in Jimmy’s latest mock. That’d be pretty cool if we found our baby JP

        • cliff

          give pantale 4th TE/FB spot to Gordon.

          • he’s so raw. but hey, why not?

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            unique skillset. can find 100 Pantales’ for every big man that can move like Gordon

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            that too. Pantale is dime-a-dozen

          • Rambler

            I personally think that is overvaluing him :-)

      • Eagles1018 Smart Phone GM

        Rather have Means

        • cliff

          can have both. 4DTs 5 DEs, 5th DE is inactivate.

    • Beta20

      every coach says that but not every coach follows through. at least Schwartz is seeing that Carroll is showing better than Ron Brooks and took steps to make that change.

      • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

        I don’t think every coach says that at all.
        but moreso, I think we’ve seen enough indications that Schwartz truly means this

        Carroll was still coming off injury, and Brooks just knew the scheme. there was no way he’d be starter out wide come week 1.

        • Beta20

          frankly, i think McKelvin is going to get embarrassed this year — especially if he sees the majority of the #1s. Eagles are seeing a ridiculous number of elite receivers this year. They might be forced to keep one of the safeties shaded high and forget about the run responsibilities.

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            maybe so. but he’ll be embarrased at a far cheaper cost than Maxwell.

            also, he has far better safeties in back of him, and (by all accounts) a pretty ferocious pass-rush in front of him.

            Don’t underestimate how much that helps DBs. He only has to cover 2 sec now; even easier if we’re *actually* pressing this year

          • Puffy Coats

            Bill Davis pressed from 12yds out.

          • The “Fluffy Pillow” defense.

    • Eagles1018 Smart Phone GM

      you would think……

  • Will

    STUPID Question…Why invest so much to get a QB for the future in Wentz and then ignore the needs of the O-Line? Mmmm…you F’en kidding me…

    • cliff

      used 2 out of next 3 pick on OL, and signed Brooks who’ll be around for 5+ yrs. not sure you can blame Howie/eagles because lane went knuckleheaded on team.

      • Will

        Point is Lane is out and can’t be counted on. Pretty damm disappointed in him when I found out the NFLPA offers free testing of supplements. I’m of the feeling Bradford gets hurt once again and Chase Daniel’s weak arm is booed to the bench for Wentz. Then the O-Line becomes a bigger issue simply because the one thing Sam Bradford does right is get that football out super quick. Which by the way makes the O-Line seem better than they are.

        • peteike

          Good QBS always make a line look better, the great ones even make bad O lines adequate at times. Not sure what Sam is but dumpoffs can save a QB, just not always so great on 3rd n long.

          • Will

            Yeah at least Wentz went for the 1st down. I like what I saw from Wentz. Gonna take a while for him to get use to the speed of the NFL game.

          • peteike

            ya and like you said, hope hes not running for his life back there if/when he does play

          • Will

            Maybe we get Lucky and Sammy boy shines, stays healthy and has a career year. Then Howie can trade for something like…Mmmm…OT maybe….

    • wouldn’t mind if they signed Beatty

      • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

        he’s so awful.

        • agreed. I’ll counter with Matt Tobin.

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            I don’t like replacing garbage with trash.

            real, lasting OT help with come next year or year after, barring an amazing stroke of luck with some UDFA or street scrub (like Dillon Gordon)

          • I hate to even bring it up, but who’s behind Tobin at LT?

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            …probably no better than the bums who are the 3rd LT on every team in the league?

            c’mon, Rich — as bad as it is, our OL situation (starters and depth) is still far better than it was in the last year or two, especially with the eye towards the future. Brooks is young enough to play for years, and obviously Seumalo. If Lane is NOT a full-on dips**t, he’ll be here awhile too.

            That’s 3 of 5 spots locked-up, 4 if you think Kelce is here a few more years.

          • fair. but when Pederson’s mentor finally threw McNabb to the wolves, both OT spots were solidified. be nice if the same were true in Carson’s case.

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            yea, well, it’d also be nice if Maclin and/or Djacc were still here, too, for Wentz to throw to

            c’est la vie

          • Beta20

            Gardner, then our boy, Dillon Gordon!

          • Will

            LOL…if it comes to that I be spitting up my Vodka wine cooler’s Yikes!!!

          • you drank a lot of Zima back in the 90s, didn’t you?

          • Will

            Used to slam Molson’s back in the day. Now have eased up to Smirnoff original ice, weak but keep me out of trouble…lol…

          • cliff
          • Will

            Hey I like my Vodka and my CDL…lol…

          • Will

            Man what a rough bunch…my day off and finally have some time to get on my favorite site in 24/7 and all I feel is the hate…lol…I have my views but the bottom Line is I want a Super Bowl Win and were not even close…but thanks for the revoking…lol… I’ll be up for being banned next…lol…

          • TimKerrForPresident

            This kid.

        • Shiggi

          Is there anyone that’s got the potential to be cut that’s better though? That’s the problem haha.

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            sure; some kid who needs a year or two on the bench. and even if that fails it’s no skin off back ($-wise)

            Beatty is just not good

          • Shiggi

            lol true I was just thinking if there was anyone on the bubble that might be able to start when JP goes down since I’m sure that’s what they are interested in Beatty for.

        • Puffy Coats

          But Stoutland can fix him

    • Beta20

      Umm..they just got the most expensive RG FA.

      • Will

        Oh Mr. torn Bicep, was glad for the pick up in FA…but one OG did not fix the needs of the O-Line, Wiz was another good pick up to have for a Center option if Kelce goes down. JP is just about done, happy Dennis Kelly is gone…they have some new blood we shall see…

        • we need tackle help. could easily be looking at Barbre and Tobin as our starting tackles by week 5.

          • Will

            OH GOD not Turnstile Tobin to the rescue…if that’s the Eagle’s back up plan then as a Fan. I have every right to be pissed…

          • yep. Stoutland’s Old Mother Hubbard and only Tobin’s in the cupboard.

          • peteike

            You guys always down on my man Peters, he will be fine. I think he plays 12 plus games this season

          • he may start 12 games, but he won’t finish them.

          • peteike

            yes yes, thats why I said 12. I know we will see some limping to the sideline at some point

          • it would be awesome to get a full season out of JP. I think we can all acknowledge that the days of being able to rely on Peters are over.

          • Will

            Don’t get me wrong JP was one of Andy Reid’s best moves in FA. Yet at 34 with his back acting up and his injury history you have to have an insurance policy in place. Now that Lane is almost sure to miss 10 games it becomes even more important. Next to the QB postion, I think quality OT’s are the next hardest thing to come by in the NFL. Howie has his work cut out for him.

          • he was a trade. arguably the best in franchise history, not FA.

          • Will

            Thanks for the correction, yes he has turned out to be a Gold Mine at LT, gonna be hard to replace when he decides to hang em up…

          • I only know that because I argued with Sheil about it on MTC on Phillydotcom. How old school is that?

            Edit: for the record, Sheil was right.

        • Beta20

          Look, I don’t they ignored the OL. It’s just that they have a 90% miss rate on OL prospects (drafted or undrafted) and the one guy they sort of hit on is in danger of getting banned.

          Whether it’s WR or OL or DB, this organization just doesn’t do good player evals. It’s like they’re the Phillies scouting dept when they were looking for toolsy guys who couldn’t play.

  • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

    I’m amazed there’s so much interest/hope/reason being thrown around to bring in these old, league-wide unwanted FAs

    Hartline is garbage (why no team wants him). Beatty is/was garbage (why no team wants him). Vasquez is no better than Wiz, and he won’t sign to be a backup, which he would be.

    Our OL and WRs need work, for sure, due to past idiocy. But let’s not remedy that with more short-term & expensive idiocy

    • Rambler

      I think it is that phenomenon where we overvalue free agents, and think they are naturally a better player that what we currently have on the roster. If we have more injuries, of course it is worth a flier on one of these guys. But we are a mediocre team anyway, no need to bring more of that in.

      • peteike

        and then we laugh at the other teams when they bring guys from the scrap heap. When its the Eagles though, man, this second or third chance is it, they are about to turn the corner lol

      • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

        exactly; injury-only
        Tulloch is perfect example. Team was willing to look at a guy like Joe Walker. In a year like this? absolutely

        • Jaunitatchase

          <<hp.. ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!il549r:….,…….

    • no interest bringing in anyone 29 years old on a multi year deal here. my concern on the O-line is Wentz. If you think he’s going to play at some point, you owe it to the player to have some kind of time back there. otherwise, is he really being developed? or is he David Carr?

      • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

        our 1st-team OL, if he were to play behind it this year, is definitely good enough.

        he got injured on somewhat of a freak play; took a lot of hits that game (and his college career), the guy is clearly not fragile. Just took a helmet to the ribcage (DB basically speared him), a hairline crack only is actually pretty impressive in my book. That would have deflated some guys’ lungs

        also, he was injured behind a bunch of OL who have already been cut (Bunche, Johnson) or will be. Not his fault. If he does play this year, it won’t be behind Tobin, that’s for sure. Put Chase out there for that

  • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

    Givens sucks. Randle sucks. Huff sucks more than both.
    Keep Turner and build from there.

    I’m wondering if people should look at the shuttle times and 3 cone drills more than 40’s to determine how guys get in and out of breaks, change directions. Notice for these guys they score below average in those combine results.
    Givens spider chart: http://www.mockdraftable.com/p
    Randle’s spider chart: http://www.mockdraftable.com/p
    Huff’s spider chart: http://www.mockdraftable.com/p

    • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

      this guy looked at it league-wide. PHI does value quickness
      https://public.tableau.com/profile/jjkeane#!/vizhome/NFLDraft2016TeamMeasurables/Dashboard1

      • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

        This goes beyond my comprehension, lol

    • Beta20

      Yeah – well, maybe they should bring back that Oregon PS guy who had elite quick numbers at the combine.

      • Will Mahoney

        Jeff Maehl broke records with his quickness. We know how that turned out.

        • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

          No stat should be in a vacuum, of course. I’m mostly focused on Givens. He doesn’t have great size. He’s not quick. His only attribute seems to be he can run in a straight line pretty fast. Basically a track star.

          • Will Mahoney

            I’ll take football players over measurements every time. Teams get burned by combine numbers every year.

            There are teams who draft the Antonio Browns and teams who draft Canadian firefighters

  • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.
    • Beta20

      Looks like he slimmed down some.

      • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

        all that dancing!

        • I’m not buying into the hype yet.

          However – if this team is going to rebound in the next few seasons, they need to get lucky somewhere, especially when you consider the net loss of three picks for Wentz. Finding a franchise LT UDFA would definitely qualify.

          • Beta20

            Still irritating that Villanueva is the starting LT for the Steelers.

          • Will Mahoney

            If we had brought him in to be an OL I’d care more.

            Hard to look at a DL and see him as a T a 100 pounds and a year later.

          • I’ll get really upset when Chris Pantale is their starting Center next season.

          • Will Mahoney

            If that happens then we just can’t win, ever.

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            I agree re: the luck angle. We haven’t had that in forever

            and I’m definitely being pragmatic about DG. I posted on Kempski’s site that even this year, he’d be a red-zone monster. Make him an eligible receiver just to mess with def. coordinators, but really have him block with Celek. That 2-TE personnel is really like having 7 OL. Just hide Sproles in the backfield behind those monsters. heck, even a shovel pass would work in that scenario.

            .
            unrelated, but your students back yet?

          • Rambler

            No shovel pass dammit! I do agree with the theory that we will be good in the red zone, and like the 2 TE set with DG in there also.

          • nope. after Labor Day. Army is sending me to Eastern Europe again too -so I’ll be missing 3 weeks of the Eagles season.

          • Puffy Coats

            My upvote is a down vote for the army sending you. When do you leave?

          • Right after the Cleveland game. Side note – thanks for the overtime Putin.

          • TimKerrForPresident

            May want to dust off those maps of the Fulda Gap.

          • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

            Once again getting educated by your comments.

          • you ain’t kidding. know how many times I’ve played the Caspian Sea conventional scenario in the last few years? Counterinsurgency doctrine is like the Wide 9 at this point.

          • TimKerrForPresident

            My buddy who is an N2 in PACOM hates COINdinistas. Too much force feeding, I guess.

          • it’s two different languages. everything moves in cycles I guess. This is my 18th year, so I’ve seen it swing back and forth a few times.

          • TimKerrForPresident

            He is about your seniority. This is 16 for him.

          • Will Mahoney

            That doesn’t sound fun.

            I used to complain about taking Iranian/ North Korean nuclear reactors every year. At least we got to jump.

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            yea, I’ll be watching most of the season from afar as well

            enjoy the cuisine, at least, if you can

          • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

            Cuisine in Eastern Europe??

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            you don’t like goulash?

          • it’s right between Italy & Greece, so they take the best from each and tell you with a straight face they invented both.

          • TimKerrForPresident

            Albania is supposed to be great. Big fans of the USA too from what I have read and heard.

          • they named one of their main streets after George Bush. There’s more America love there than at a NASCAR rally. It’s amazing how much goodwill there is there.

          • cliff

            all i know about Albaia is from Coach
            .
            albania, albania, it borders on the adriatic. it’s mostly mountainous, and it’s chief export is coal.

          • Rambler

            Just posted the youtube of it above. Funny that is what the first thing that popped into my mind too.

          • cliff

            think im missing a line.

          • Maryland?

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            closer to Suez

          • that’s awesome. the Med is beautiful. What are you doing?

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            that’s not something to put here

          • you’re like Caine from Kung Fu. Hopefully you won’t be away from kids in B’more too long. You guys are doing important work down there.

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            thank you, sincerely
            to be honest, I’m leaving Bmore soon for good. unfortuantely, there’s no shortage of kids over in mideast in need of some guidance as well

            leaving Bmore in better shape than when I found it, at least. There’s a program here called vacants-to-value, where you can buy the vacant rowhomes for cheap to rehab. We got 4 side-by-side, and are converting them into a dojo right now. Even have the neighborhood kids working on it. Roof just went up

            The first health/fitness center/dojo right in the heart of the ‘hood

          • TimKerrForPresident

            Oh. Eastern Shore, then?

          • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

            Still working on both pensions. Good move.

            Where in Eastern Europe? Or can’t you say? Guys serving that I met over there were pretty cool.

          • I can say – Albania. It’s not as bad as it sounds. I went a few years ago and they were really cool. Soccer obsessed, obviously, and a little too much AM drinking for my taste.

          • Keith Byars, Medical Reject

            Never been down that far south. Should be good wine!

          • Rambler
          • I find this tune popping into my head pretty regularly over the years. Disturbs me.

          • Will Mahoney

            Sounds like a paid vacation. A chance to meet interesting people.

    • Puffy Coats

      Wait, I thought this was JP..

      • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

        JP far more talented:

        • Puffy Coats

          That bear is pretty damn good tho.

  • TimKerrForPresident

    Has Turner been running with the 1s during games? He should be this week, right?

    • Will Mahoney

      Why not at this point?

      • TimKerrForPresident

        That is my question. I just don’t remember.

        • Shiggi

          He was with the 1s last week for at least a couple plays and I’m pretty sure they have him starting in the slot this week.

          • TimKerrForPresident

            Thanks

  • cliff

    Pats released EJ Biggers. Kellly/Davis had him playing 5th CB/slot, guy cant even make 1st rd of cuts on another team. Cooper and Austin arent even getting sniffs. Maxwell and Kiko are same bums they were in Philly. sort of amazing Eagles won 7 games last year.

    • TimKerrForPresident

      Here comes Ma Barker…

      • cliff

        huh?

        • TimKerrForPresident

          Whatever our resident crazy cat lady is calling herself nowadays. She should be by shortly to fluff Chip.

    • Will

      LOL…with Chip giving away all the Blue Chip talent on the team…Lol…

    • Will Mahoney

      Worst thing is Howie and Co not treating this like a rebuild. I don’t think this win the division while we rebuild is going to work he they think.

    • Rambler

      Going through the leftover July tidbits?

      • cliff

        not really. between schwartz and some easy upgrades like these 5 players, there’s some reason to have hope this year.
        .
        think 2015 eagles might be my most hated version. i ended up hating that team. cant ever remember turning off games like i did lat year.

        • Rambler

          I know, same here. My girlfriend said it was the most relaxing Eagles season for her, since i checked out early.

        • Shiggi

          I’ve never ever stopped watching a game early..my dad would make fun of me for watching when we were getting blown out etc. and I turned off at least 4 games last year in the 3rd quarter. I hated that team as much as I can hate the Eagles.

  • peteike
    • TimKerrForPresident

      Well done. Racist, idiotic and unfunny. Good Lord.

      • what does it say about sports radio when Josh Innes is the guy taking the high road?

      • Rockedupeaglesfan

        It isn’t funny at all. I’ve heard this guy. I have no idea why’d you invent that nonsense

    • cliff

      mike miss looks sick. lost too much weight, and added no muscle.

      • Rockedupeaglesfan

        He’s 60 something but wants to pretend he’s half that age

    • Basscase

      Philly sports talk radio news always comes off to me like pointing out which fountain isn’t working in the diarrhea water park.

  • eaglesfan, Wentz doves cry

    My only takeaway from the Mays excerpt: “Bill Davis used Cox in a lot of different ways…”

  • Puffy Coats
    • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

      for a national guy (I’m guessing), Sterling Xie seems to have a really in-depth understanding of what the FO/coaching staff is trying to do

  • Puffy Coats
    • TimKerrForPresident

      Of course they will intercept our pick. Sanchez.

    • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

      I think he’s going to get cut. Who in the f**k gets outplayed by Siemian??!!?!

      • Puffy Coats

        Next year’s 2nd for Bradford, then. Make it happen, Howie!

        • makes way too much sense. Seriously, what’s a 2nd to a team that just won the SB? How do you justify defending a title with that dreck at QB? waste of that defense. Fans and players deserve better.

          • Will Mahoney

            Elway started believing his own hype. It almost always leads to ruin.

          • PacificPurl

            Denver was, and still is, strapped for cash. Or at least in trouble with the cap. They took what was available, affordable and willing.

      • Will

        Sanchez…..of course no surprise… what was John Elway thinking???

      • Will

        Everbody on here cried for Sanchez to play and I got bashed on here cause I said he was a bum…lol…Now this…lol…

        • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

          really? who bashed you? we had Sanchez fans at one point?

          • Will

            LOL…good one, at least you weren’t drinking the Chip Kelly Kool-Aide I’ll give you that…but that’s funny…Lol…

          • Will is confusing Sanchez with Kickalicious again.

          • Will

            I wonder if Kickalicious ever signed on any where…He got paid by Pepsi for a new video was happy for him…Parkey might be gone for Sturgis which is a surprise to me…

          • I swore you were going to post that video again when Sturgis went down.

          • Will

            Lol…had to let it go…lol…

          • Will

            When Chip got rid of McCoy , I was done…was Like screw this coach can’t wait till he’s gone…

          • you bailed sooner than I did. I was still on team Chip 1/2 way through last season.

          • Will

            not to mention the loss of Mathis…was not happy at all about that…but hey he got a Super Bowl Ring so I was pleased, very well deserving of one…Great OG…

          • Kelce’s Beard, O.G.

            agree, I’m really happy for the guy.

          • Shiggi

            I was still supporting Chip till Thanksgiving. First time I’d turned an Eagles game off early.

          • Will

            It was painful to watch, it was a toss up last season or watching Rich Kotie when he took over as HC. Pederson may lack NFL experience but I think he’ll be good for the Eagle’s in the end. Just gonna have to wait 3 years while he gets the player’s he wants. So far so good am hopeful at least…

          • Shiggi

            I have only heard about those years. I’m only 25 so my first real football game memories are 2000 on. So 2012 and 2015 were rough for me haha. I’ve been spoiled.

          • Will

            Losing Buddy Ryan as our HC was a kick in the teeth to say the least…He was my favorite Eagle’s Head Coach who loved his defense and they were the most exciting games to see…Randle Cunningham was the most gifted QB I’ve ever watched they didn’t call’em the heart attack kids for nothing those were the days…

          • Will

            If you have never seen the full ” Body Bag game” you should sit down and watch it… I was re-watching the glory old good games last year to deal with the Chip mess…

          • PacificPurl

            The Eagles lost to the same team later that year and did not make the playoffs. Skewed priorities.

          • Will

            Yeah revenge is sweet, that the fog Bowl loss, Buddy Ryan had no luck in the play offs, but I still think they got rid of there best chance to win a Super Bowl with him as HC.

          • Shiggi

            Yea I’ve watched probably 10 games from his time here. Fog Bowl, Bounty Bowl and Bodybag Game stick out in my head as my favorites haha. Cunningham was awesome, I wish I could have watched him and Carmichael live. Dirty Waters is probably my favorite guy I never got to watch live though.

          • Will

            Man could that guy fly and ring some body’s bell…haha…With Schwartz as DC we should have a Defense to be Proud of in no time…

          • Shiggi

            Yea I’m really excited to watch the D this year. I love good defense much more then good offense

          • Will

            Firm Believer in Defense Wins Championships…it also helps if Peyton Manning is running your Offense as well…lol…

          • Will

            Boy that front 7 with Reggie White, and Jerome Brown was a sight to see…flying around, throwing people out of there way, it was almost unfair and playing on green concrete that was the Vet. It was a shame if Buddy would of been smart enough to pair with a good OC they could of Won some Super Bowls with that Defense for sure…

          • Blackfoot

            that was the line with Chip though, wait 3 years so he gets the players he wants. and so his first 2 years were his best, and year 3 was the end.

          • Will

            Thank GOD he’s gone…yeah you just have to wait and see with any new coaching staff and how the player’s respond.

          • Basscase

            I sincerely doubt that, if only because of who’s pulling the strings.

          • Will

            Giving Howie the benefit of the doubt…not crazy about all his moves, but hey he inherited quit the mess from Chip. Not to mention if he can’t get it done I think Lurie might kick him to the curb in the end. Lurie wants a Super Bowl Win…

          • Basscase

            I want to believe that, but the fact that Howie was hired back instead of kicked to the curb means Lurie’s more about being comfortable than doing the right thing – and Roseman worries more about getting credit and shifting blame than doing what needs to be done.

            Hiring Pederson was the last straw for me, and an admission that as long as Roseman is here, nothing will change.

          • Will

            I like Pederson more than Howie. Pederson was a class act as a QB here in Philly and never really had the chance to come into his own. I at least respect him, and hey if Bret Favre says he’s the best at reading Defenses than anybody he ever new says alot…Give the New HC a chance. Is the first couple seasons gonna be rough of course. The Defense looks like it got the make over first. So assuming resources go to the Offense next year to help Wentz…At least we are headed in the right direction.

          • miketd1

            #thatnamethough

        • Andy11^2+3

          Not everybody. Not close.

      • Andy11^2+3

        Sanchez.

    • Basscase

      I wonder what would happen if they cut Sanchez and re-signed him after Week 1…

  • Puffy Coats

    From the sounds of the Reich presser, sounds like Sproles has him some worthwhile fantasy value.

    • TimKerrForPresident

      Something about “Reich presser” sends a chill up my spine.

      • Shiggi

        Just wait till he reveals his plans for version 3 of the Reich offense.

        • The Oracle

          And his lethal blitzkrieg passing offense.

  • Will

    Yeah Reich has that blowing smoke up my a ** down pretty good or he is clueless, reminds me of Marty…