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Square Feet: 7,883
Year Built: 1956
Price: $3,900,000
Listing: 720 Brooke Road, Wayne [Kurfiss Sotheby’s]

  • Run Eagles Run

    I think its funny how people were raving about acho, yet no one picked him up on waivers. Lol.

    • RIP illa

      As I said in another thread…So when people were raving about McCoy, clearly they (me included) were right!!! You know…seeing as how he got picked up and all! Lol.

      • Run Eagles Run

        I think kelly gave a pretty decent explanation on why he did that. Point is, these are guys who looked good against 3rd string. Grain of salt.

        • Jaren

          Thing is that some of these guys still on the team looked awful against third and fourth stringers.

          • aub32

            Who? They may not have stood out in the 4th preseason game, where it seems those who did all picked on the same guy, but they didn’t look awful. Some of you are still seeing games through 2011 glasses. I remember seeing plenty of decent play out of Matthews against the Pats. Many on the live chat were raving he looked pretty decent. Then they fell asleep, had nightmares of 2011, woke up, and grabbed their pitchforks calling for Casey to be cut.

        • RIP illa

          Acho also played against 2nd teamers. Led the team in tackles for 3 of the 4 games. I’m not rehashing the argument for or against, the decision has been made and Kelly and co. have their reasons. But there’s no need to minimize a some of these players performances, especially w/ false facts, just as their is no need to embellish them either.

          • theycallmerob

            The thing is, PS performance is absolutely no indicator of success, against 2nd or 3rd string or even 1st string. If he looks great but is blowing gap assignment, he’s worthless. Even if he plays great in PS, it may never carry over (see Hunt, Philip). No one knows him better than Davis. And lastly, “special teams, special teams, special teams” (see Matthews, Casey and Maehl, Jeff).
            I liked watching Acho too, and even McCoy. But whether or not you support the reasoning, I feel the staff must at least be applauded for presenting their logic. Sound decision-making. Very, Very refreshing.

          • RIP illa

            Rob,
            “I’m not rehashing the argument for or against, the decision has been made and Kelly and co.”

    • mksp

      Numerous posters “GUARANTEED” that Acho would get picked up on waivers. Some people just need to let the coaches and front office do their job and enjoy the games…..

  • theycallmerob

    Good answers, coach. As we’ve guessed, the 53 is about contribution- not potential. I love it.

  • Soybot

    So refershing to hear honest answers this year instead of the typical AR non-answers.

    • Chris

      i am the liquor

    • djack10

      I really hope the philly media doesn’t mess it up and cause Kelly to stop giving us such good information through his pressers.

    • ICDogg

      I’m not sure we’re really getting any more real answers from Chip as we did from AR, but Chip at least makes it sound like he’s giving us something.

      • damrvrhunter

        I agree with you. When you parse Kelly’s answers you find very little nuggets of real information much like Reid. The difference is Reid just flat out stonewalled you to death.

        • Maggie

          Why do you think that coaches who are preparing to beat other teams (hopefully) are somehow required to give every tiny detail of their preparation to you? Or a reporter? And you might remember that Belichick of the super Bowl-winning Patriots won’t even agree with reporters if the sky is blue.

          • ICDogg

            Yep, that’s the point, isn’t it? More and more coaches treat almost everything going on with their teams as state secrets. To some extent, they’re probably overdoing it, but you can’t blame them for wanting to keep information leaks under control.

      • mksp

        I think fan’s perception of a “drop guy” is different from the coaches. From the coaches perspectives, I’m not sure McCoy was anything but a guy who could get to the QB. And it sounds like he wasn’t very useful on special teams.

      • Dutch

        Wow, glad Chip cleared that up. Who would have though Vinny Curry was on the bubble up against the numbers because he doesn’t contribute anything towards Special Teams?

        • hokieduck

          Chip is 100% about versatility. Especially, I would think, when it comes to trying to make his schemes (particularly defensive) work with a 53 man active roster.

          My only concern about Chip’s offense translating to the NFL is, and has been since he first started flirting with leaving Oregon for the NFL, the 53 man roster. Chip’s offense moves so fast that the TOP breakdown is usually about 20:40. He made that work at Oregon by using 22-25 “starters” on defense (in other words he played 22-25 guys pretty much equal minutes on defense). That is the only way to play the pace that Chip plays.

          That means with a 53 man roster, every single guy who is not a firm starter by virtue of exceptional talent/effectiveness *must* be versatile and give 100% effort every time they hit the field. And every guy on a Chip Kelly team will see the field a *lot!

          It makes for more contented players because they are totally invested and for better conditioned players because they know they will play and for smarter players because they have to know so many different positions.

          53 is still the biggest number/question mark that this season and the next couple of years will bear out.

    • Rage114

      Well, except McCoy was more of a drop guy…a matter of fact, the 2nd best drop OLB on the team (IMO). What he couldn’t do was be a factor in the run game.
      So I am not so sure his explanation means much.

      • aub32

        Special Teams, Special Teams, Special Teams

      • GreenScabs

        Actually no he wasn’t. McCoy’s best attribute was getting to the QB, dropping back in coverage was his weakest attribute, even more so than run support & apparently special teams.

        • RIP illa

          All the reports from training camp said different. Colewasbetter than Graham, but still bad. Graham was horrible,brown was rarely reported on, and Barwin was the best. McCoy was after Barwin.

  • Anon

    On Kerry Rhodes it just struck me that Billy Davis coached him in Arizona — makes me wonder why nothing has happened there. Maybe there’s some other reason why he’s not on this team considering how well he played against us last year.

    • Chris

      yea i’m sort of wondering the same thing, seems like people on the other article are suggesting money is an issue which i’d agree with, he may still be trying to shop himself around. Can’t see the eagles dumping a ton of money into a vet for a potential 1-yr deal, but i’d like to see him on board to get allen off the starting roster and allow wolff to sit for a bit. but thats just me

      • ICDogg

        They could potentially pick up a veteran after game 1 thus not guaranteeing his pay for the entire season.

        • Anon

          That’s a good point.

        • Adam

          Barring an injury, I don’t see it. The Eagles have known since day 1 what they had in the guys they brought in so I fully expect them to roll with these guys for the season, good or bad.

          • ICDogg

            I expect they will be churning the roster all year. But as far as bringing in someone for a major change, that will most likely have to wait until next year.

        • Maggie

          Gee, I tried to explain this a couple of days ago and was called stupid.

          • ICDogg

            Maggie, I like a lot of what you have to say, but you say it very brusquely and I don’t think it serves you well to do so.

        • Will

          Except Tampa Bay, Houston, and Buffalo all have injury issues with there safeties most likely still shopping no taker’s but we are at a disadvantage with a MN game. Sign him to replace Phillips…..Ed Reed Hip, Byrd Foot, ect….

  • EagleDuck

    Another factor to keep in mind is that Coach Azz came from Oregon also. You see them pick up former Duck D-linemen Remington (now O-line) & Bair for the practice squad it’s likely that Coach Azz had a say in that. He wants great character/culture guys that he knows can contribute!

    • ICDogg

      Haven’t been on the Eagles Message Board for awhile but the board software was set, for a time (might or might not still be the case), to filter out the word “Azz” and change it to the letter “A”. It also changed “Dick” to the letter “D”, as in “D Vermeil”.

    • Maggie

      You must remember, though, that many posters on this board don’t think that coaches have any say whatsoever on which players are drafted, kept or cut. None. Some of them seriously believe that there is only one person in the front office who makes every single decision about everything. Of course, those posters also think that the dictator in the front office should be themselves! And I use the word “think” loosely.

      • Will

        LMAO….

  • ICDogg

    In the headline, “favoritism” is misspelled.

    • Andy124

      Also misspelled “Total” as “No” at the beginning of the headline.
      (I kid of course).

    • sdk152

      Whoops! That’s what I get for rushing! Thanks for the heads-up. Fixed. -SK

      • theycallmerob

        You need to start blaming the intern, like Tim does.

        • Andy124

          The intern posted the “Whoops” for Sheil.

  • Dubiy

    Hes going to rotate safeties?? More misscommunication inc

    • ICDogg

      I wonder if he wasn’t dropping a hint about a three safety look.

  • bushisamoron

    Those of us posting follow this team closely. We debate third string LB’s and fifth WR’s. Truth is when the season starts these guys are invisible except on special teams. Clearly our special teams units over the last few years were our worst unit. Ignored by Fat Andy (who can forget the lack of a punt returner in the opener against GB a couple of years ago which cost us the game) we can already see in the preseason that special teams play is going to be emphasized by this HC. Let him do his thing.

    • ICDogg

      Indeed. If nothing else, special teams improvement is low hanging fruit – it is easier to improve special teams than offense or defense, so why not do it? Good field position could help both the offense and the defense.

  • Adam

    Seems like not a matter of Allen winning the starting job, but Wolff just not being quite there yet.

    • Fink

      Once Allen misses a big tackle and gets torched by Garcon in the first half, Wolff will ‘be there’.

      • Will

        Allen will whiff on Morris straight up the gut….won’t even meet him at the LOS….Allen gets toasted will be the Headline….Bank on it…..

  • aub32

    There you have it. The move was about special teams. I can’t believe all the whining after how bad special teams was last year. If keeping special teams looking like it did in preseason means no McCoy or Acho. Well, good luck fellas. Let’s win the field position battle.

    • Adam

      Nobody loves to hate on the Eagles more than Eagles fans. People like to complain for the sake of complaining.

      • nicksaenz1

        Every team is like that, though. It’s not unique to Philly. Rest of my family is Steelers fans. You would have thought Bruce Arians was the worst OC in the world when listening to them complain. Who gets axed after a 12-4 season when the offense is actually good? And Tomlin? Forget about it. Dude coached them to ANOTHER Super Bowl and they complain about him, basically, because he’s a cool dude that rocks gold framed shades on the sidelines. 2-time SB winning QB, they hate him. Only untouchable person in that city is Troy Polomalu, and he doesn’t even play half the season.

        • aub32

          Hahaha. I know. It’s the same with us and Dawkins (minus the injuries). I was talking to a Steeler fan last year that said they would prefer Charlie Batch over Big Ben. I just wish Philly fans wouldn’ have to get so upset over the littlest things. They’re accusing Kelly of favoritism for the guys he put on the practice squad. So should he just go and get a bunch of guys he knows nothing about?

          • nicksaenz1

            I hear ya. I won’t argue it because it just looks odd on the surface. You’re right, though, in that it’s the practice squad and it’s absolutely meaningless. No sense complaining about it. I just think everyone’s football season drought is maxed out and no one can wait until Sunday any longer, myself included.

      • theycallmerob

        It’s our g0ddamn birthright

  • Eaglehaslanded

    Liar liar pants on fire. Oregon stiffs Brandon Bair and Isaac Remington have no place on an NFL practice squad. The should be in the CFL with Timmy Tebow or driving 18 wheelers with logs on the trailer. Jeff Maehl and Casey Mathews. Fringe players at best. Actually I’ll give Maehl a chance.

    • Maggie

      Driving a logging tuck is MUCH harder than playing football. It is frequently life-threatening. And you show your ignorance when you put Tebow and the CFL in the same sentence. Tebow seems to be a nice young man, but he is not good enough for the CFL.

      • Eaglehaslanded

        Ok Maggie, your’e right. THe XFL. Oh, that league is defunct like his QB career in the NFL is. He could be a nice fullback/tightent hybrid.

    • theycallmerob

      Maehl just called in to WIP saying how grateful he is towards you for giving him a chance. Said it’ll be the first time he’s slept in weeks.

      • Eaglehaslanded

        Damn, I’m listening to IP but I missed his call. It’s good to feel appreciated though. Thanks buddy!!!

  • Token

    So, the idea is to stock the team with special teams aces while having nobody that can actually back up a position effectively? Yea, great idea. So innovative. STs over team depth is a sound strategy. (sarcasm)

    • Broadcasting Wisdom

      Obviously, Chip believes the expected increase in value of having Matthews and Maehl on special teams over McCoy and Shepard is greater than the expected decrease in value of having Matthews and Maehl potentially fill-in at WR and LB instead of McCoy and Shepard. You can disagree on whether his calculation is accurate, but to believe that he blindly chose special teams over team depth is a little silly. He just thinks the drop-off to McCoy/Shepard on STs was too big to justify the only slight (if any) drop off to Matthews/Maehl at LB/WR.

    • theycallmerob

      And where, exactly, do you hope to find quality “depth”, let alone starters, after purging a bunch of misfits and under-drafting for years and years? How many teams are jumping at Acho? What legendary safeties are stocking walmart shelves, or…dare I say it….collecting garbage, waiting to be discovered? Most teams are S.O.L. after an injury to a starter at any position. (facts)

    • Dutch

      Injuries definitely play a part of every season. Should one of the linebackers experience a hanging toe nail the Eagles defense is in serious trouble.
      It’s not sound reasoning in my opinion to go into the season with nothing to back up your most exposed defenders at the linebacker position especially, in the 3-4.
      Matthews gives you nothing that I seen the Kid Acho gives this defense. He clearly set himself apart from Matthews.That is not to say he set training camp on fire, I thought Acho had a ton of flaws but none more fatal than what we witnessed from Matthews. Matthews being a 14 count tackler on one of the worse special teams in the NFL in 2012 just isn’t convincing enough to give him a roster spot over Acho in my opinion.

      I also have reservations Maehl can duplicate special teams performances he achieved at Oregon here in the NFL. We shall see shortly if this is just talk and air or, if this indeed pays dividends

    • hokieduck

      I hope you are kidding. Of course, it is not all about ST. However, versatility is necessary when you have a small roster. Furthermore, Special Teams is a huge focus point on a Chip Kelly team. Finding ways to maximize every single soul on the squad is a good thing. And finding those guys willing to throw themselves headlong into ST shows the heart and character of the player which is also a good thing to look to when slicing the hairs that one has to slice when cutting down to a final roster.

      • Token

        But what versatility do Casey Matthews, Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman have?

        None of them can play a position at a NFL level. Im fine with keeping one special teams ace, but more than that is ridiculous in the NFL IMO. Colt would be the one id keep.

  • Eric

    Special teams I guess Acho and Mccoy couldn’t play special teams as good as Matthews and Goode.

  • Will

    A Defense is only as good as it’s weakest link….Nate is pure cotton candy….

    • ICDogg

      Only if they get to pick on the weakest link. There have been some teams with bad secondaries, for example, but their front line pass rushers were so good it made up for it.

      • Will

        I’m done, said all I could to help…..Go Eagles, just Win Baby Win!

        • ICDogg

          I don’t think our D is going to be much good this year, but there are some good players on it, and we’ll have to see what they can do with it. I think, though, that we’ll have something to build on.

          For now, they probably need to settle back and play a lot of bend-don’t-break stuff that fans hate but tends to be effective with less than superior personnel.

          • Will

            I believe Nate’s in the final year of his contract….so what’s one more season of horrid play from him would rather watch Wolfe out there…..

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Captain Obvious predicts that his game will end with many, many tired defensive lineman.

  • Will

    I love this comment….LMAO…..”The average Andy Reid draft class was about as useful as an underwater fireplace.” by Kris

  • Eoin Cunningham

    High hopes for this O. Will be great to see Vick get protection again and having watched what Kelly did in Oregon with limited talented at QB I can’t wait to see what Vick can do. Shady is great at finding cutbacks so he’ll really excel this year hopefully.

    Seriously though check out what Kelly did with Dennis Dixon and Mariotta, they’re talking about him being a Heisman candidate this year and he wasn’t highly rated coming out of HS.

  • #7

    I hope our defense hammers RGKnee. I can’t stand that little diva…I hope we hit his a…

  • #7
  • William

    I said this on another post. I am so sick of people referencing Andy Reid, let it go . Winningest coach in history, drafted and developed McNabb into one of the best in the league during the 2000′s when Philly booed him, took us to only our second Superbowl ever. We were a bad half away from going to the Super Bowl the year the Cards went. Was smart enough to hire Jim Johnson but unfortunately he died. Haven’t been the same since. Last two years we sucked and he is gone. Why do we keep harping on him, get a life .

    Tired of hearing about this offense and what it can do as well , Chip Kelly hasn’t won won game yet and the defense hasn’t lost one either. Can we please just let Monday come and go before and try to stay in the middle before passing judgement on every entity of the Eagle both past and present. I think if Vick doesn’t turn the ball over, and manages to play at least 12 games, he, Shady and Jackson can get us 9 or 10 wins and then anything is possible.

    • Chali

      Problem with that is. . . Andy Reid’s damage done still lingers with this team which is why people continue to harp on him. I do agree with you that we can’t anoint Chip Kelly as a better head coach until we see him.

  • Will

    Today, Chip Kelly was asked if his familiarity with the former Ducks can help him build his program with the Eagles.“If we were gonna sing the Oregon fight song, it would,” Kelly joked…..LMAO

  • Will

    I think 12-4 if we have a decent Defense. If the Defense struggles 8-8. If the Offense struggles 6-10. Really hard to judge without seeing there first game. Is it kick-off so ramped to see Our Philadelphia Eagles to take to the field led by Chip Kelly….really looking forward to the week 3 match up….

  • Ziggy9000

    Being an West Coast, Canadian, Eagles fan, I don’t get to many Eagles games. In fact, I’ve only ever been to one. It so happened I had business in DC that week in 2010. I flew in Monday night, caught the metro from the airport and sat in the very top row of fedex field in the pouring rain for that epic game. I was surrounded by Eagles fans, and the energy was ridiculous when DJ burned by Landry on that first play. Not sure if they showed it on TV but Desean and Landry were scuffling before kick-off. So good. I felt a little bad for Donovan, but man, what a game. If I never get to another one, i’ll live by this one. Best $105 I ever spent by a long shot

  • trinieagle

    Kelly is just keeping it real doesn’t seem to have a problem explaining his reasoning. After all the second guessing in the media and the fans about McCoy and Acho. Clearly Kelly’s is a lot smarter than our Philly media is willing to acknowledge. I can’t wait to see it all translate on the field of play.

    • hokieduck

      Add to that observation that Chip Kelly *truly* could give a flying f*** about what the media, or the fans for that fact, think about his decision making. He is also quite honest. He may try and conceal as much as he possibly can but when he gives an answer, it can be counted on to represent his view of the truth.

  • Joeknowsnada

    Not to doubt the new coach, however, I think it’s more on the order of taking the Devil you DO know over the Devil you don’t. He knows “his guys” and is willing, I believe, to invest more in them than in others, given equal performance ( but, Coach, didn’t McCoy outplay Matthews all camp long? Writers and pundits seemed to think so). So, he knows what he has in the Ducks he kept or brought on board, vs. what holes he needs to fill. On balance, that’s probably a good thing. Plus, “his guys” will do what they are told to do, when they are told to do it. Lastly, they believe in Chip. One can’t underestimate the value of having guys who believe in a system or a coach, whatever their respective roles are on a given team. I also thought one of the advantages to bringing Chip in, besides the obvious ones, centered around how familiar he was with current college players, and how fresh his “contacts” were, in the collegiate space. I think such knowledge will help us in near-future drafts.

    My main concern – rotating “fresh bodies” into a game who can’t play at the same level as those they replace. Bill Davis might be stuck just playing starters more and more often as the season progresses, since his depth is suspect, and injuries tend to subvert the best laid plans of all coaches.

  • Adam

    Todd Herremans will have a down year? You call that bold, Mcmanus?! Here’s my bold prediction on Herremans: He might get benched before the season is out.

    • UKEagle99

      He might? How would we know :-D The bold prediction is “He will get benched!”

      • Richard Colton

        bolder – his nickname changed to “Todd-hobbled” by week 8. draftniks add RG/LG to list of top Eagles needs in April.

        • aub32

          No hope that Barbre can’t just step in.

          • Richard Colton

            it won’t be Watkins. I actually like Barbre

        • UKEagle99

          Boldest.. Eagles sign Danny Watkins to a multi year deal after he lights it up in Miami. Don’t laugh, they did it with Babin. Actually maybe that is more stupid than boldest.

        • #7

          Yep

  • nicksaenz1

    Kapadia, did you watch last night’s game? Manning just torched the Ravens D, and while it’s not the end of the world, it’s hard to not say that Denver will be in SB when their D will get stronger in week 7 when Von Miller returns, plus Champ Bailey will be playing, oh, and that guy named Peyton. FYI, the Ravens secondary is just over 20% of the way to matching our abysmal secondary’s mark for passing touchdowns surrendered.

    • sdk152

      Yo Nick, I made my predictions BEFORE that Broncos-Ravens game. And yes, I am re-thinking my selection. -SK

      • EaglePete

        ya but Manning has an uncanny ability to throw the ill timed INT at the most crucial times during playoff games. I wouldnt write their ticket just yet. Clutch matters, ask Flacco and Eli

        • aub32

          Peyton is consistent but not clutch. Eli is clutch but not consistent. If their powers were to ever combine they would form Captain Planet…errr The Greatest Most Super Bowl Winningest QB of all time.

          • Brian

            Wonder Twin Powers…Activate! Sorry, I had to.

        • #7

          Peyton is the best regular season QB that has ever lived. Those INTs you’re talking about comes in the playoffs

      • nicksaenz1

        That makes much more sense, I was under the impression that since the article posted this morning that you made the prediction this morning with the fresh impression of last night’s 2nd half massacre.

      • GEagle

        Yeah cause what you see in september(let alone week 1) has anything to do with what you see in December…lol

        • nicksaenz1

          It sometimes does….lol…

    • Richard Colton

      I think the lesson of last night is that Baltimore’s superbowl hangover is a migrane. As good as Denver looked, the team at the top of the power rankings after week one is rarely the SB champ. Andy Reid called it “perfecting the peak” (is it too soon to say something nice about Andy?) Besides, Denver is one hit on their statue of a QB away from disaster.
      Who knows? If our secondary can surprise and the rookies play better than advertised. The Eagles might be the surprise team peaking in December/Jan. Wouldnt that be cool?

      • nicksaenz1

        That’d be way better than cool. I think Baltimore showed a glaring weakness on offense last night, and that’s not having ‘Quan. They have no one who can consistently make the catch over the middle, especially with Pitta sidelined for the season, which kills them on 3rd down… Never too soon to say something nice about Andy. There’s a general lack of appreciation for a coach who gave us the winningest decade in franchise history. He’s got his faults, and there are many, but someone needs to start saying something nice. He gets Rich Kotite treatment far too often.

  • Fink

    After reading some comments on this site about 1-gap vs 2-gap 3-4, I get the feeling that the 2-gap 3-4 is somehow better. Is this the case? And if our personnel is better suited for a 1-gap 3-4, why don’t we just embrace that and forget asking our guys to 2-gap?

    • ICDogg

      I think they want to mix things up and show different looks so teams don’t always get to play against the same defensive fronts all the time.

  • EaglePete

    boy, the Ravens D getting torched by Manning like that, whats going to happen to the Eagles D when they go to Denver. They better put up 60 to have a chance ha. I think WR will be a position of weakness and it will show up come mid season. Not a fan of Cooper and Demaris is Djax light but I do like him as a player just wish they had more size at the position. Could hurt us in the red zone but hopefully play calling makes up for it and TEs. I boldly predict Wolf to become a serviceable starter. Didnt hear much from DRC last night in a good way, they werent throwing much his way.

    • aub32

      Our only hope is creating pressure. The Broncos have no run game, which is our kryptonite, so we should be okay there. The two biggest questions will be: “Can Boykin stick with Welker?” and “Can Kendricks handle Thomas?”. Peyton didn’t do too much damge outside until after he lit it up inside. This forced some one on one matchups that Denver was able to exploit. Also, let’s hope all this amoothie and sports science stuff has made our defense better equipped to handle the no huddle and high altitude.

      • EaglePete

        ya thats asking a lot but not impossible and great point about better equipped to handle no huddle. May find out on MNF. We know the donkeys wont have games like that every week either. I think the toughest part is containing their WRs, they are stocked, best in league imo.

        • aub32

          They are, but Decker was almost self check last night. He dropped an easy TD and had a fumble that luckily dropped out of bounds. That’s why the thing I want to see most about our D is how Bradley Fletcher performs. Can he be the CB that we can feel comfortable more often than not leaving him to cover the better receivers in the league. Boykin’s development is also paramount when looking to face guys like Welker and Cruz.

      • UKEagle99

        No amount of smoothies will help with the altitude. They would need to either train at altitude, sleep in oxygen deprivation tents or hit Lance Armstrong up for some EPO. Advantage Denver on that one…

        You can’t help but feel with our D practicing against our O that they will be more than ready for the no huddle.

        • BlindChow

          Maybe Chip will have thought of that, and he’ll have the team fly out early to practice in Denver the whole week…

          • nicksaenz1

            Isn’t that what Jim Harbaugh did for games on the East Coast to adjust to the time difference?

          • Andy124

            I like the idea, but a quick google search says the worst days at altitude are days 2-5 and it takes a good 3 weeks to really aclimate. But since the previous game is the Thursday night matchup with KC, they could theoretically fly out Friday and be there over a week before kickoff, which should help some. There’s probably labor agreements against that though.

      • ftotheyu

        I foresee a complete manhandling of our defense by the Broncos. It’s not just the run game that is our kryptonite. How about outside corners who can’t cover? Or linebackers who can’t pass rush, or safeties who are completely useless?

        • Warhound

          Kendricks, Cole and Graham can all pass-rush.

          • ftotheyu

            Kendricks definitely can, but he’s also one of our best cover guys. Cole did nothing last season and didn’t exactly prove the doubters wrong in the pre-season. He’s clearly in decline. And Graham is just miscast, period. I don’t think he will be on the field much or if he is, it’ll be an invitation for offensive coordinators to isolate and torch him in pass coverage.

          • Warhound

            Fair enough.

          • theycallmerob

            Yes, but probably not to the level of Suggs and Dumervil. And Cox is not Ngata.

          • nicksaenz1

            He’s Ngat-a?

        • Maggie

          If every one of the Eagles is just s-o-o-o bad, why are you bothering to watch them?

      • Adam

        If the Ravens front 7 couldn’t rattle Manning I have my doubts ours will.

        • aub32

          They got to Manning 4 times I believe. They had him in check during the first half, but the Ravens D got tired and Welker went off. I’m not expecting a win there but I’m hopeful that Boykin can do a better job and our D will be in better shape.

          • theycallmerob

            Dunno, aub….our front guys make get some pressure, but Bmore’s corners (Webb, Smith, and Graham) are waaay better than ours. D. Thomas and Decker should have field days. Not one of the games I predict us winning this year.

          • anon

            Hoping we’ll bend but not break.

      • BlindChow

        Unfortunately, teams with “no run game” have run right over us the last couple years…

    • BlindChow

      One advantage the Eagles may have will be being used to the fast pace of the Denver offense. I really hope better conditioning is one thing we can count on from our defense…

      • nicksaenz1

        Yeah he blanketed Torrey Smith, who is a glorified #2 receiver. Too bad he couldn’t cover anyone in Philly after the Cleveland game when I predicted an all-pro year for him. Talk about reading too much into one game…

      • Maggie

        Another advantage the Eagles might have is so much of the TV talking heads negative yammering. Perhaps some other teams may take Philly just a little too lightly because of it.

  • Tautalatasi Jr.

    I’m thinking the only reason Peyton scorched the Ravens for 7 tds is because Sconces no longer plays for them…i kid of course

    • aub32

      I would imagine Mr. Sconce watched the game thinking: “Look how soft that defense is without me.”.

      • Tautalatasi Jr.

        lol true

      • Andy124

        I would imagine Mr. Sconce watched the game thinking: “Look how soft that defense is without me. the lighting from my sconces is.”

    • UKEagle99

      Chris Collinsworth said during the 1st qtr “The Ravens now have genuine cover corners”… or words to that effect. Hopefully ‘Sconces’ was watching and took offence.

      • aub32

        I thought he said that about the Broncos. The ravens corners really weren’t doing much.

        • UKEagle99

          Nope, he said it about the Ravens. If I watch it again I’ll post the timing, it was before he was talking about Champ.

          Edit: He may have also said it about the Denver corners.

        • nicksaenz1

          He definitely said it about the Ravens, despite them going on to get lit up.

  • Chip Kelly’s 3rd Chin

    its been dead up HERE ever since VICK was named the starter.. PEOPLE can’t TROLL anymore

    • DunedinEagle

      Ok Vick sucks Foles should start. My opinion hasn’t changed and I’ve been here all along. Feel a bit more lively now?

  • Dom

    The offensive line particularly Kelce and the two guards are not reliable. One of them will get beat bad on 75% of passing plays . This is our Achilles heel !!!!! far more than the secondary . Kelce gets pushed back into QB face on all passing plays that he’s has to block one on one . This interior line is overrated !!

    • Andy124

      Mathis’s middle name is reliable.

      • Dom

        He’s is suspect to inside hard charges ….so I hope ur kidding

  • DunedinEagle

    Slow down on the Denver love. It was MILE HIGH altitude after all and the Ravens aren’t used to it hadn’t played 60 minutes since the SB so they could have run out of gas in the 2nd half. Mark my words Peyton will choke again unless the defense finds a way to save him yet again. That said there are no Rex Grossman or any other crappy Florida QB’s left for him to out duel so to speak. Yes I like Tennessee and am a little bitter Peyton always choked there too. They should name a street down there after T Martin, the guy who one it all AFTER Peyton graduated….

    As for the Eagles record? I predict 5-11 unless Vick gets hurt early and Foles steps in. That happens and I give them 2 more wins.

    • GEagle

      Lol at people putting too much stock into what they see in week 1….teams look drastically different from September to December

    • nicksaenz1

      The Ravens won in Mile High in the playoffs with the temp in single digits….

      • DunedinEagle

        Right but they were in game shape as apprised to it being game one.

        • nicksaenz1

          You could make the case that they could have been worn down because they just finished playing 16 regular season games, and that they should be fresh now from all of the conditioning at training camp.

  • Engwrite

    It has been way too long since the Eagles played a meaningful game. And then the league decided to delay it some more by scheduling the game for Monday. That is a head scratcher. The Eagles were 4 and 12! How do they rate being featured on any Monday let alone the very 1st Monday? Because of RGIII? That whole thought process gives me a very bad feeling because I fear the refs will be out to protect RGIII who has become a media darling. On that basis I expect at least two roughing the passer penalties on the Eagles, at least one being a phantom hit.

    But, on the other hand, how come Washington is only a 3 point favorite? All the money should go on Washington which means, they will not cover. (I won’t bet against Las Vegas) So there is some hope. The odds makers know something. That is how confused I am about expectation for this game, let alone the season.

    • Richard Colton

      its an obvious conspiracy. The NFL wanted to play up the RGIII – Mike Vick passing of the torch angle in week one MNF. In return for a secret pledge from Chip Kelly to let Vick win the QB “contest,” Roger Godell promised to give Howie Roseman the rights to a 1st half power outage in a future superbowl.

      • DunedinEagle

        That’s a theory I can get behind and would finally endear me to Chippah. And Engwrite if you bet against the Eagles week to week over like the last 4 years you’d be a rich man provided you wagered enough.

        • Engwrite

          That’s the reason I don’t do fantasy football; I can’t bet/root against my team. By I like Colton’s assurance [sounded like a done deal] that Godell promised a superbowl for the Eagles. Unless the promise is for Roseman’s right to pull the plug on some other teams superbowl

        • jshort

          That’s going to be my bold projection, Eagles will cover 10 or better games this year

    • BlindChow

      The odds are set to ensure an equal number of bets are placed on each team, so the house breaks even. In this case, there are apparently enough people who see the Eagles being competitive (probably Ducks fans) to balance the odds in their favor…

      • nicksaenz1

        Are you saying that they’re set to draw an equal number of bets in this instance only, or as a general rule? I’ve never known a bookie who was in the business to break even.

        • Gary

          If bookies go .500, they make money. They absolutely want to avoid be exposed on either side.

        • Warhound

          They profit from the vig. Typically they keep 10% of the winnings. So if you win a $100 bet you only collect $90.

      • Engwrite

        Yeah, sure.

        PS They set the odds just as you say and modify them as the bets come in. If I remember correctly the starting line was 3 1/2 points. For a play-off team on the rise, with one year experience into their new system/personnel, playing at home vs. a 4 and 12 team with a new head coach/staff, new offense, new defensive scheme, a revamped secondary, etc., that seems low. Way too low.
        The only Washington negative is RGIII’s knee. But even with Cousins at qb everything else is in place.
        Home field is usually worth 3 points so the odds makers are saying the teams would be even on a neutral field?

        • nicksaenz1

          Yes, which is baffling. I wonder what Vegas knows. Would have thought WSH would be getting at least 6.5

        • BlindChow

          I agree it seems pretty weird. People must really be just that impressed with Kelly…

      • OregonEagle

        Us Duck fans (at least the ones with jobs) are fairly conservative with our money. I doubt all of us together could get 2 large together for a bet.

  • GEagle

    “Damn right.”….You cursed in an article? Ohhh the horror. My poor virgin ears

    • Capt. Chippahpants

      … Ears?

  • All In Eagles

    Anyone hear Collinsworth saying how good DRC was last night? Yes, he played well and yes I usually love CC but come on man, it was really getting to me. DRC had a monster week 1 in midnight green last year and it slowly got worse. Ultimately Denver’s pass rush may mask DRC’s faults but Flacco was just way off last night, not even competitive.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    “The preseason provided no evidence that he will slide or get out of harm’s way.”

    Don’t agree with that. Pre-season showed Vick willing to get out of bounds and do his version of a slide.

    My prediction: 8-8

  • dislikedisqus

    You guys seem very smart. I am going to say 6-10. Bad on D, injuries a real risk with so many plays, and the NFL is faster & smarter than CK’s opponents in NCAA. Vick starts 11 games. Patriots – 49ers, altho ATL-DEN is my dark horse.

  • OregonEagle

    6-6 with 4 games obviously decided by 4th quarter mistakes or luck – ours or theirs.

    • Warhound

      That’s a lot of teams every year.

      • OregonEagle

        Probably about half.

        I don’t think the Eagles are down with the likes of the Raiders or Bills but they’re not a playoff team either unless they luck into the division win.

        I think key stats for the Eagles will be injuries and turnovers. If they get lucky on injuries and go +6 on turnovers for the season they might get to 9-7. It also assumes the offense works and can average 24 or more a game.

  • #7

    All I know…..I don’t want to see Cole drop into coverage ever. DC and Chippah need to get his hand in the dirt. Graham too

  • Jmtyl

    Eagles fans are almost as said as the Philly media they have nothing positive to say about this team.. As a fan I’m excited, I’m hopeful. If the Rader fans can be loyal these so-call fans should try to be. It’s getting to the point where players don’t want to come here because of media and fans. As for the game Michael Vick loves playing at Fed-Ex field it’s home to him. He’ll be fine. Defense will be better than they have shown. Go Eagles

  • Kev_H

    Here’s what I don’t get. Vick has suffered concussions the last two years. The last one seemed to come on easy and it took over a month to recover. He has played one real game since. Concussions aren’t like knee injuries where you come in with a clean slate. A subsequent one is more likely and will be more severe than previous ones. It’s sad to say but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him knocked out on Monday and having a hard time getting on the field again. I’m no doctor, but it seems folks who cover the team and the team itself are being willfully ignorant or living in the “he just got his bell rung” days.

  • Max Lightfoot

    Don’t see more than six wins myself, but 7-9 would be great, and 8-8 would be awesome!

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    I’m strictly talking match-ups in the NFC East – 2011 was the year of the Ronnie Brown fumble, and other foolishness – the 5-1 further proves that when it comes to matching up against NFC EAST teams our offense is the better option – in 2010 they were what 10-6 and at the top of the division? 2012 Foles played the bulk of those games – though Vick looked pretty good for the little he was in the Dallas game and beat the Giants earlier in the season.

  • BlindChow

    But you’ll really enjoy the one about the Chiefs.

    http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2013-kansas-city-chiefs-1172555831

  • #7

    Weak a… article. I read that crap earlier

  • EaglePete

    yup, I read that one already. I read a handful every year. The emails are hilarious. Raiders one is good as well.

  • theycallmerob

    Vick don’t play no defense. Hence the low win count by many

  • Dutch

    In the Eastern Division and looking at the schedule, the Eagles should pull off 9 or 10 wins.
    The offense should be explosive enough to rattle off 10 wins. Other than Maclin the Eagles offense is relatively in tack with a different scheme. With a healthy Offensive Line and decent play from the rookie the Eagles were not a push over win before the coaching change, and I don’t expect them to be a easy push over now.
    Defense and special teams sucked!!

  • Media Mike

    If you can tell me we’ll get 16 games of pre-2010 Vikings game Vick, I’ll call 10 wins right now. The considerations here are:
    2011 Vick behind the best o-line in the NFL and 2012 Vick behind the worst o-line in the NFL threw 30 (18+12 ) TDs 24(14+10) INTs and fumbled the ball 21(10+11)times. 30 TDs to 45 turnovers isn’t ideal. 2010 Vick of 21 TDs 6 INTs and 11 fumbles (still too many) is the guy we need.
    If we get healthy-ish and good Vick, we’ll hit your win total. I just need to see it to believe it.

  • Tim McManus

    Nice catch, thanks.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    Vick’s never played defense. And this defense is no worse than any of the previous.

  • Dutch

    The Eagles offense has been dragging the Eagles defense around the league for 4 years. They are no worse this year than any of the previous defenses dating back at least to Dawkins departure.

  • Pennguino

    Yes he does. After every INT and fumble. Sorry, couldn’t pass that one up. :)

    As far as the East goes. We no longer have a coach that has 80+ games against the East. New Coach with no history at all. Past performances can no longer be counted on.

    Most of the offense and a few on defense know the East so there is a little history there.

    First game of the season. I am excited and think they can walk away with a win.

  • #7

    Ain’t that the truth

  • Chali

    And beat the Superbowl Champs that year. . . Despite the retardedness that Reid and co. put on him.

  • Will

    2008 was last great safety play at both positions. Until we have two Stud Safeties this defense will struggle. Chung may help this Defense significantly but he can not do it alone back there. The front seven will have to be play maker’s against the run.

  • nicksaenz1

    Same here. He had 50 some points that week for me.

  • #7

    Best o-line in the NFL in 2011? Cmon man. We were “supposed” to have the best, but we did not

  • TPZ-1

    I hope you’re right!