NFL WEEK 8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

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     Week #8 of the NFL Season provided more than it’s share of story lines and highlights.  First of all…Did I read the Box Score correctly?  Did my eyes truly see what my brain dictates?  Any fan of the NFL has to know where I am going with this.  Yesterday we not only witnessed history, but we also witnessed what is referred to as “MEGATRON.”  The Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions Game from yesterday will be an instant classic forever.  First of all, it was amazing enough to witness Calvin Johnson haul in Fourteen Passes for 329 RECEIVING YARDS.  By the way, his 329 Yards was the second highest single game total to the Ram’s Flipper Anderson’s 336 Yards, and that game went to overtime.  But what made yesterday’s game even more impressive was the circumstances, the pre game drama/hype, Dez Bryant’s circus act on the sideline, the Cowboy’s almost near win, and the last minute comeback that was lead by the Lion’s Matt Stafford.  

     Calvin’s 14th Reception was indiciative of the way the entire game went.  Calvin began the day with an 87 Yard Reception.  He had six catches of over 20 Yards on the day.  He only scored one touchdown but barely missed two more.  He lost a fumble while going in the end zone and also was tackled at the one on the last drive, before Quarterback Matt Stafford punched in the winning touchdown on the ground, with fourteen seconds left.  Pretty ironic eh…14 Receptions for Calvin Johnson and the Game Winning Touchdown was scored with fourteen seconds left…just saying.  On the day, Johnson single handedly had more yards on offense than Dallas, Washington, Minnesota, Miami, New England, New York Giants and Jets, Philly, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay had all day.  He also had more receiving yards than all but three quarterbacks had passing (Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Matt Stafford…his own lol.)  Finally, take note that this was Johnson’s Sixth 200 Yard Receiving Game in only his past 27 Games.  The Great Randy Moss only had ONE 200 yard game ever in fifteen years!  There have only been four receivers to ever eclipse 300 Yards Receiving and two of them are Johnson and Anderson.

     I hate to focus on this one game, but its hard not to after watching history.  The Cowboys came into the game leading the NFC least and would go two games up on Philly with a win.  We will get to Philly next.  Dez Bryant, the Cowboys stud receiver, had yapped earlier in the week that he could do anything Calvin could do.  Well, I guess Johnson made hime eat crow.  Bryant had an excellent game for any receiver’s standards, over 125 Yards Receiving and two touchdowns.  However, Bryant was shown that he is no Decepticon.  And Calvin Johnson did all of this without showboating or any other kind of bravado.  In contrast, Bryant was observed yelling numerous times at Quarterback Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and the coach.  Bryant was carrying on for some reason, I guess he did not like getting upstaged by Johnson after he talked all of that smack.  Anyways, Bryant is good but he also had another receiver, Terrance Williams go for 100 Yards and a score, and the Cowboy’s star Tight End Jason Witten was double teamed nearly the entire game, giving Bryant many one on one opportunities.  Wow…what a game, they will be talking and writing about this performance for decades.

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     Ok, 10 in a row.  What does that stand for you ask?  10 Straight Home Losses for the Philadelphia Eagles would have been the correct answer.  Yes, the Eagles lost their tenth straight home game, which has to even more show how futile this team is right now.  Already down Nick Foles with a concussion, Michael Vick left the game in the Second Quarter with another injury.  It is not known how long that Vick will be out.  However, one thing that is known is that Matt Barclay is nowhere near the Quarterback of the future for this team.  The Eagles came into this season with high hopes and expectations after the firing of Andy Reid and the hiring of Chip Kelly.  Well, who would have known that Kelly’s Eagles would be 3-5 and sinking fast, while Andy Reids’ Chiefs are 8-0, atop the AFC.  Kansas City is trying to go from worst to first.  Forget that Andy Reid had to be let go.  This has to be stinging Eagles fans to the core, seeing Reid coach a team with a mediocre Quarterback to a perfect record.  Well, I have ONE WORD…Defense.  The Chiefs have the best and the Eagles have the worst.  I do not care how good your offense is, without a Defense you will fail.

     Let’s put this in perspective.  The last time the Eagles won a game at home was 383 Days ago, when they beat the New York Giants.  The last eight Game home losing streak for the Birds was 70 years ago!!  As mentioned on Comcast Sports Net in Philly, 142 Million Babies have been born, 35.6 Million Commercial Airlines have flown and landed, Peyton Manning has thrown 49 Touchdowns and the Sixers have made over 518 Three Pointers.  Wow.  This has gotten ugly.  And in case you have not noticed, this team is getting better no time fast.  They are going no where on a freight train, this train has totally gone off the track.  The Eagles will be lucky to finish .500 this year while the Kansas City Chiefs are on their way to the Playoffs.  Playoffs?  Are we talking about playoffs?  Yes Andy Reid is on the road to victory.  As the high flying Eagles have been grounded. 

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     Let’s take a look at some off the other highlights of yesterday pass.  Drew Brees threw for 300 Yards and 5 Touchdowns as the Saints rolled to another win to go to 6-1.  The 49ers smoked the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.  And no, it was not raining this game.  The Denver Broncos scored 38 unanswered points as they demolished the Washington Redskins.  Peyton Manning once again had 300 yards passing and threw four touchdowns.  He even uncharacteristicaly threw 3 Interceptions.  The Bengal’s other wide receiver not named AJ Green had four touchdown receptions.  Yes thats right…Marvin Jones their third receiver had four scores.  Quarterback Andy Dalton had five total touchdown passes, tying a career high.  So, last week was the week of injuries and this week was the week of infamy.  The Miami Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 lead against the New England Patriots before crumbling to the ground.  They also lost star wideout Brandon Gibson for the season.  Man there have been a shit ton of injuries in the past two weeks, especially at wide receiver.  

     Green Bay smoked the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.  They actually ran for three scores.  Washington lost RG III to an injury once again.  The Bronco’s lost star Tight End Julius Thomas to a foot injury, but it was confirmed today that there are no major issues and he should be back.  New orleans Saint’s Tight End Jimmy Graham had two touchdowns on one leg.  Matt Stafford ran in the game winning score to sink the Cowboys after faking a spike and waltzing into the end zone, a la Dan Marino.  The Chiefs remained unbeaten.  There were so many incredible moments Sunday, I am sure I have missed some.  Frank Gore had two  more touchdowns to take the league leading rushing total to eight.  Gore is also third in rushing yards.  

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     In conclusion, Sunday was a record setting day for the Detroit Lions.  Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson were a two man wrecking ball.  Dez Bryant needs to eat more wheaties because he just got punk’d. And then we had the Baseball Game.  For the second night in a row, the World Series ended in a way that had never been saw before.  The previous night, the Saint Louis Cardinals had been awarded the win as the winning run was tagged out at home after obstruction by the third baseman.  HUH??? Yes, this is actually a rule.  And then last night, with one on and no one out, Carlos Beltran (one of the all-time greatest post season hitters) up to bat, and the baserunner is picked off at first to end the game.

     *****STAY TUNED AS I WILL HAVE MY WEEK NINE PICKS AND FANTASY STUDS/DUDS********************

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THE EAGLE IS GROUNDED

IMG_0012     As exciting as it was to watch the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins in Week #1…there were still many unanswered questions that arose after watching “The Oregon Duck” offensive system.  One thing I believe that escaped the cracks in the fallout from Week #1 was how God Awful this defense could really be this season.  I mean, going into this season it appeared that the Eagles had at least improved in some aspects of their Defensive side of the ball.  However, after Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, it appears that there are infinite cracks in the Eagles armor.  

First of all, the Eagle’s secondary is hideous.  That may be too nice of a word.  For those of you that are from my generation, their Secondary SUCKS!  Ok…that sounds better.  Nate Allen is an absolute disgrace of a safety and he makes Erik McMillan (Safety 1988-1993) look like an ALL-PRO.  Nate Allen can’t do anything right at the Safety Position.  He consistently gets burned by fast receivers.  In fact…he gets burned by average receivers like Eddie Royal of the San Diego Chargers.  

     Nate Allen may also be the worst tackler I have ever saw in the NFL.  He should be cut yesterday.  The other Eagle’s Safety, Patrick Cheung is average at best.  He made a few tackles on Sunday, but he is not suited to the 3-4 Defense that is employed by the Eagles at this time.  Now let us go to the Cornerback Position.  Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams are considered O.K. by NFL standards, but O.K. does not cut it in today’s Pass Hungry/Offensive Happy League.  I mean, a few years back we had Lito Shepherd and Sheldon Brown.  So much has changed since then.  First, the Eagles signed Asante Samuels in a move that looking back, had the if you can’t beat them…join them MOTTO.  In other words, the New England Patriots were the top standard not only on offense, but their Defense was stellar as well.  Samuel had a few good seasons, he was a playmaker.  However, he would not even fit this defensive system.  And do we have to rehash the nightmare named Nhamdi Asamugha.  I am not even sure if I even spelled his name right…but who cares, he may have been in the TOP 10 Eagles WORST Free Agent Signings of all time.

     We as fans were also sold a bill of goods when we were told that our Linebacker Core had improved.  Maybe on paper this was true.  The Free Agent Demaco Ryans from last year, draft pick Brandon Graham, Casey Matthews, etc.  However, these linebackers were torn apart by an older Tight End Antonio Gates and a career number three wide receiver Eddie Royal.  The Middle was like a war zone and all of the Chargers land mines struck the gold target.  The Eagles could not cover the middle, which also made them susceptible to the Deep Crossing Pass.

     Now let us look at the most important part of the 3-4 Defense, the Defensive Line.  The down lineman need to get a push up the middle to allow the outside linebackers to put pressure on the quarterback.  There is only one problem with this…what happens when the Defensive Line cannot even sniff the quarterback??  Who is Cedric Thornton?  He is one of the Eagle’s Defensive Starting Ends.  He wears Number 72.  Well, do you want to hear a funny stat.  Thornton was almost on the field for all of the Eagle’s Defensive Plays…minus a few.  Well, We never heard his name called once…not even on the television.  Does Cedric Thornton exist?  Was he really playing Sunday or was it just a mirage.  The Eagles managed just one sack and one hurry.  Phillip Rivers looked like Terry Bradshaw in his heyday, sitting back in the pocket ALL DAY LONG…one play even kept alive for 20 seconds.  Sorry, I am a die hard Eagles fan, but these facts are UNACCEPTABLE.  This Defense is putrid!

I was listening to 94 WYSP, the Eagle’s post-game show as I usually do on Sunday.  I was driving home from work having missed the entire game.  But I did not have to see the game to know that the Defense played horribly.  The stats showed it all.  I always look at sacks, hurries, and pressures and you can usually see if a defense was good, despite the final score.  Also, yards allowed is a key number.  Well, the Eagles gave up over 500 Yards to the Chargers offense!  Yeah, thats not a mistake folks…500 Yards.  What did the Eagles forget this was the NFL.  Well, while listening to the post-game show I heard many dumb callers.  However, the dumbest call of the day belonged to some fan who truly believes that the Eagles are going to go 14-2 and win their first Super Bowl.  Come AGAIN!!!  Are You Kidding me?!  He said that this was an anomaly and that the Eagles can win no matter what with their High Octane Offense.  He referred to the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants who had the 31st and 30th worst defenses the years that they won their Super Bowls.  There is one huge difference here.  Although those defenses did give up points, they also put plenty of pressure on the quarterback.

Hearing this guy made my stomach cringe.  First and foremost, I am extremely excited about this Offense and I am a true believer in Chip Kelly.  Furthermore, I do believe that we can win a lot of games by outscoring opponents.  However, I am a die hard fan.  And as an Eagles fan, I still go by the mantra that Defense wins Championships.  Wow, I truly miss those Bud Carson and Jim Johnson Defenses.  Even remember the Buddy Ryan era…the Eagles always had a potent offense but they were lead by their defense.  I am afraid to admit it, but until this team addresses it’s defensive woes, I do not feel that they will be going anywhere.  They could sign Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall and A.P.  Their offense can be as potent as they want but they have to be able to have some assembly of a Defense.  So…Chip Kelly, if you are listening, please address this defense ASAP.  And also, let me give you one huge piece of advice…please do not ever mention the words…”I need to do a better job next time.”  Seriously, we spent the last fourteen years listening to that same phrase and we grew to HATE the person who spoke those words.  So, create another phrase for press conferences and interviews.  And no matter what you do the rest of the year, a win Thursday is an absolute MUST!!!!!  I cannot watch Andy Reid beat this team.  I just can’t.

EAGLES DRAFT 2013

With the first pick in the 1997 draft…The Philadelphia Eagles take John Harris from the University of West Virginia…who…who…who the hell is that?!!!!!! Jon Harris…I did not even see him on the draft board. WTF! Years earlier…with the 12th pick in the draft…wait wait wait. The Eagles have traded the 12th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the seventh pick in the draft. They have also given up their two 2nd Round Picks!!!! WTF! With the Seventh pick in the 1995 Draft…the Eagles select Mike Mamula.

Mike Mamula will probably go down as the Eagles worst first round draft pick ever especially because if what they gave up to get him. I mean, Mamula did have an average NFL career with over 30 career sacks, however, a first and two second rounders for him. Are you kidding me?!
Tampa Bay went on to draft Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, and Ronde Barber with those three picks! Holy Mistake Rhodes!

In 2003, Andy Reid have up the 30th and 62nd pick to move up to the 15th pick and selected Jerome McDougle. Who? Terrell Suggs, Troy Polamolu, and Kevin Williams were all taken after the Eagles would have picked at 30. Wow! Definitely Andy Reid’s worst draft pick, even more worse than Freddie Mitchell.

My how things change. Andy Reid is now the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and inherited the First Pick in the Draft. Chip Kelly, the Eagles new head coach inherited the fourth pick. Ironically, both coaches drafted an offensive lineman with their first pick. By the time The Eagles could make their pick…Lineman Eric Fischer had been snagged by Reid and the Chiefs, Lineman Luke Joekel had been drafted by the Jaguars, and the Miami Dolphins had traded up to draft Linebacker Dion Jordan, who had donned the other green of Oregon, yes that’s right, Chip Kelly’s Oregon.

Ok, well the Eagles feel that they got the steal of the draft and very well may have. Lane Johnson may have the most upside of the three Offensive Tackles drafted in the first round. In the second round, the Eagles drafted huge Tight End Zach Ertz. Ertz will ad to an already skilled Tight End position. Chip Kelly uses a lot of three tight end sets. In the third round, the Eagles took Defensive Tackle Bennie Logan. And in a pleasant surprise, traded up to the first pick in the fourth round to get Matt Barkley. Barkley, from USC, would have been the Number 1 Quarterback drafted last season but decided against coming out. So, in turn had a bad season and his stock dropped.

With Johnson, Ertz, and Barkley…the Eagles actually have three potential first round picks. In the fifth round, they took hard hitting safety Earl Wolff in what many analysts have named the best draft class of safety’s in over a decade. They rounded out the draft with two defensive lineman and a cornerback.

Well, we have all been here many times. We all know that draft classes sometimes take years to fully grade. However, the Eagles this season have a renewed passion and this draft looks very good on the outside looking in. The Eagles have drafted a bookend Offensive Tackle who could be a potential Pro Bowler, a Tight End who will definitely start in year one, a Defensive Tackle who will be in the mix, a future number one signal caller, and a safety that will probably start. This is excellent for Chip Kelly. Who better to know this talent anyway other than a coach coming from college!

Anyways, it’s too early to judge but I have a good feeling about this draft. For the first time in years it felt like the Eagles carefully planned their draft strategy. Chip Kelly knows most of these players and should have been able to get some steals. I cannot wait for training camp. The starting offensive line will now feature perennial pro bowler Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, and Todd Herremans will be able to go back to guard. This team will also feature a three tight end attack. With a running game and a middle game, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin should be able to go deep. Finally, Michael Vick should be able to have a descent season with some better protection. To Be Continued….

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NFL SPEAK AND THOUGHTS

Well everyone can dream. A few years back, the Eagles backup Quarterback Vince Young labeled the Philadelphia Squad “The Dream Team” after an ill fated offseason of Top Free Agent Signings. Well the rest is history. Steve McNair is out of Football, many of those top free agent signings are gone including sack master Jason Babin. Nhamdi Asomuagh may have been the Eagle’s worst free agent signing ever as his age shows during every game and his talent level has dropped off the charts. But most of all, the Eagles are coming off their worst season since 1998 and probably their worst two year period under Andy Reid finishing 4-12. Well, we all knew what was next. This will be a rebuilding process and I hope Eagles fans are ready to be patient as a complete overhaul is needed for this team to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Andy Reid is gone and he has already signed on with the Kansas City Chiefs…Good Luck Andy…no matter what some idiot fans say, you were the greatest coach in Philadelphia History and will be missed (except your boring obnoxious press conferences). Ok…so where do we go from here. As fans we are able to also hope and dream so I wanted to give you my “Dream Team” of Coaching. The Eagles would truly never have a chance of doing this but this would be my Coaching Staff.
Head Coach- Chip Kelly: Great College Coach who has perfected an offense that was already half decent and made Oregon into one of the Best Teams in College Football today. He also does very well with young teams which is the Direction the Eagles must go if they want to do this right.
Offensive Coordinator- Norv Turner: Norv Turner is responsible for turning a young inexperienced San Diego Offense into one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL and he also made huge strides with Phillip Rivers, who some thought may become a bust in his earlier career. Norv Turner has had huge success in Washington and Dallas and would be a great fit for OC in the Eagles rebuilding project.
Defensive Coordinator- Lovie Smith: Lovie Smith was right behind Andy Reid as far as head coaching tenure in the NFL. Lovie was responsible for turning the porous Chicago Bears team into one of the most successful consistent teams in the NFC. He also made the Bears into one of the Best Defenses in Football year in and year out. This was even during losing their all pro linebacker for an entire season (Brian Urlacher) and another season losing its top Cornerback for the year. Anyways, he would be a tremendous asset for the Eagles as his defenses does exactly what the Eagles are missing…rush the passer and create turnovers.
Defensive Backs Coach- Brian Dawkins: I know this would be a pipe dream, as Brian has continually stated that he does not want to coach in the NFL. However, Could you imagine his energy and excitement not only on the sidelines but also in the locker room…wow!!! Anyways, this is my Coaching Dream Team. The chances of this happening is slim to none. However, I do think the Eagles have the inside track to Oregon’s Chip Kelly if they want him. He would be a great addition and as I said, he works good with young players and rebuilding Football Squads.
Ok, this is to be continued as it is too early to see what direction Jeff Lurie will go with his Coaching Picks. Let us move on to the Eagle’s previous coach, Andy Reid. Now Reid is on his way to the Chiefs and actually will inherit the worst team in the league. I would never bet against Andy Reid and turning this football team around as he did 14 years ago in Philly. I think in order to do this though he will need good solid coordinators and a solid offensive line which is key in this passing NFL league. He inherits Matt Cassel who was a prospect of the Patriots that has not worked out. However, Reid is great with Quarterbacks and may be able to turn Cassels career around but he will need to build a stud offensive line. Hmmmmm….What are the chances that Reid persuades Donovan McNabb to join the Chiefs and reunite with his old pal for one last hurrah??? Well this would be one of those comeback stories like Randall Cunningham or Warren Moon. Do I think this would be a bad idea for McNabb….yes I do. If McNabb is looking for a comeback he needs the right situation…a team that is on the verge of moving to the next level and contending. I would say that Arizona would be a much better fit, depending on what they do with their offensive line. With all of the Drama with the New York Jets quarterback controversy I am surprised that Rex Ryan has not even attempted to peek McNabb’s interest into returning to the NFL. Nonetheless, this will be a story in 2013…you heard it here.
Well, of course the end of season means Awards time. Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson are the top Candidates for Comeback Player of the Year. They both deserve it but since there can only be one I am leaning towards Peterson. Adrian Peterson had one of the worst NFL injuries (especially for a running back) a torn ACL, and came up 7 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s all time rushing record, while surpassing the 2,000 yard barrier. Many doctors have proclaimed that Peterson has defied all odds. This is not to discredit what Peyton Manning has done in Denver! Wow, Nine Straight Wins! Top Seed in the AFC! Home field Advantage throughout the NFL playoffs including a first week bye. Pretty impressive for a Quarterback that has so much success and was basically ” dumped” after an injury plagued 2011. Stay tuned to more playoff talk as I will preview all of the games and give you my inside take and picks.
Lets talk Draft. The Eagles hold the Number #4 pick in the draft. They need to look for the right situation and see if they can get a team with 2 first round picks to bite on a trade. With the Eagles first two picks I believe it is necessary to go Offensive Tackle and Safety. They are very weak at those positions and cannot fail to address them. Secondly, if there are any free agents, they need another Cornerback and I would either look to trade Asomuagh (even if they have to pay the majority of his salary) and a Top Defensive End or Tackle. I would take a look at trying to pry Kurt Cousins away from the Washington Redskins as I could see him being a quarterback with a bright future in the NFL. Anyways, these are just my thoughts and opinions right now. Stay tuned to all of the action. It should be a Great Ride!

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EAGLES 2013 AND BEYOND

Well we all new this was coming except for the few pessimists that were out there saying that Jeff Lurie would not fire Andy Reid. Well, according to a variety of posts, he was actually informed Friday by the Team that Today would be his last game as the Eagle’s head coach. I know many Die Hard Eagles fans do not like Andy Reid one bit. They cite his failure to Win a Superbowl, His failure as a parent, and his misuse of clock management. Ok.. True all of those statements are fact, however I am choosing to take the high road here. I mean this team was Good for a long time and really did not go downhill until Jim Johnson passed away. Since Johnson’s untimely death, the Eagles have went through Four Defensive Coordinators and lost countless veteran leaders on the Defensive side of the ball. How many of you are wishing that we kept Asante Samuel. How many of you wish that they had hired a true Defensive Coordinator instead if turning an offensive coach over to run a young inexperienced defense. And WE ALL agree that it was a travesty the day that they let Brian Dawkins walk out the door. There will be debates for
Years how the Eagles failed to surround Donovan McNabb with much talent until the 2004 season when they went against the grain and signed Terrell Owens. T.O. as he was known was an awesome player with a bad attitude and a tremendous work ethic. Unfortunately the marriage only lasted a year and a half. Who knows what results the Eagles could have had if they had kept Terrell Owens and if Donovan McNabb was not such a baby. They had tremendous chemistry. It may have worked out different but that is all hindsight 20/20 now at this point. Lets not forget the facts. Yes Andy Reid struggled badly these past few years, but the last time I looked the players still had to execute. Andy always took the blame wether it really was his fault or not. This was a bad way to coach. We would hear “I have to put my players in a better position to make plays…I must do a better job” after every loss or bad game. I am not saying that a coach should throw his players under the bus but C’MON! Enough is Enough! Nhamdi Asomuagh may be the worst signing the Eagles ever made. He is old and way overrated. It showed more this year with the horrible Defense around him. The real undoing of Andy Reid will always be his Loyalty! That might sound like a weird statement but I believe his total loyalty to the Franchise and his players, that they could do no wrong was the real reason that Andy did not have success in Winning a Superbowl. As mentioned…Defense wins Championships! I mean look at the Patriots…they have the top offense on the NFL most seasons but the years that they won the Superbowl they also had a Top 10 Defense. So A) We need a Defensive minded Coach like Bill Cowher in the future. B) We need a Stud Defensive Coordinator. C) The Eagles must abandon the selfishness of Andy Reid and this non version of the West Coast Offense. We have a star tailback, now we must revamp the offensive line and get back to running the ball…pound the ball like the Ravens and Steelers, who every year are in the hunt with offenses that most years have been mediocre. So I say, on this day when the Eagles finished the season at 4-12…please fans…don’t be idiots and mock or blame Andy for not winning a Superbowl. Lets remember how Donovan McNabb never rose to the occasion. And more importantly, lets not forget that the Eagles have never truly been contenders since Jim Johnson passed away. Yes Andy you failed…but no one can say he was a terrible coach. He is not a great coach but that has more to do with his stubbornness in play calling than anything. Let us Die Hard Eagles fans hope that Jeff Lurie makes the right decision with whatever new coach they bring in and let’s also get new coordinators. It starts at the TOP! Eagles…you quit from day one. You have no heart. We need many new players. 2013 can only bring hope!

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EAGLES 2012 AND BEYOND: CHANGE IS NEEDED

Ok…On this Christmas Day I am writing a post on the Eagles. Before I get to my main blog…I want to take this time out again to Send my condolences and prayers to all of those that were effected by the Newtown Connecticut Tragedy. This is real life and the real important parts of life…To put in perspective while analyzing sports which in the scheme of things is low on the Totem Pole. The Children and Adults who lost their lives that Day are the Real Heroes and will never be Forgotten!
Way back on September 16th, I wrote a piece about how every year us Die Hard Eagles fans anticipate a Super Bowl, no matter how previous seasons have went. I used a lot of past memories and seasons and players that will give any fan goose bumps. Well, of course as we wind down and the Eagles are down to their final game…the season did not go as well as the team as well as the fans had hoped for. With another loss, their record will fall to
4-12 which is the worst record since the 3-13 season…The first season that Andy was the coach. Of course after that season, the Eagles inherited a Top Draft Pick and chose a Franchise Quarterback Donovan McNabb…and the rest is history. This Eagles
Genre enjoyed its best success of any Eagles time period. During the past 14 seasons, the Eagles have made 5 NFC Championships including One SuperBowl appearance in which the Eagles almost beat the favored Patriots. During that game, Donovan McNabb was blamed for choking, the Eagles Defense was blasted for being too soft in the second half when they allowed Corey Dillon to run for 100 yards. Terrell Owens was praised for his effort on basically one leg after almost being lost for the season. Andy Reid was blamed for his poor clock management (an ongoing criticism that is very well documented). And the Eagles 2 Minute Offense was scorned as Donovan threw a last minute interception as the team was driving for a comeback win. Well, sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but that Eagles team was very good but they lost to an even better New England Patriots team. Look at what the Patriots have accomplished in the past 15 years. Tom Brady and Bill Bellichik are sure fire hall of famers. That is not to say that the Eagles could not have won the game, they were leading at half time, but the better team did end up winning in the end. Well ever since that SuperBowl, the Eagles have suffered through some very disappointing seasons as far as their outcomes, making the playoffs but coming up short. The last NFC Championship Run that the team made ended in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals and the reborn Kurt Warner…his last hurrah. Since that loss, Donovan McNabb’s career went south, he was traded and has since retired. The Eagles made a bold move by signing a reformed criminal Michael Vick who really came into his own his first season as the Eagles starting Quarterback. However, since then the Eagles have went totally down hill in every category. Do the Eagles lack talent…Hell No! LeSean McCoy may be the 3rd Best Running Back in the NFL. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are very talented receivers. Trent Cole is a stud Defensive Lineman who has never benefitted from an opposite side star. The Eagles finally got a talented Linebacker in Free Agency. Nick Foles even looked like he could be a star quarterback in this league. However, in my opinion the Eagles real demise occurred when Jim Johnson passed away. When Jim died, a piece of Eagles lure was taken away and has never been replaced. Take a look back to any Eagles past season and you will see that no matter how good or bad that their offense was, the Eagles success went as their Defense went. The Buddy Ryan years…years that Randall Cunningham was lost for the season twice…those teams still had much success due to a Dominant Defense. Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Andre Waters, Clyde Simmons, Mike Golic, Bud Carson, Eric Allen, Seth Joyner, Bill Romanowski…the list goes on and on. The Ray Rhodes years…Troy Vincent, Hugh Douglas, Jeremiah Trotter, Brian Dawkins, And that list goes on and on. The Jim Johnson years…Brian Dawkins, Lito Sheppherd, Sheldon Brown, Hugh Douglas, that list goes on and on. The Eagles Defense now is a far cry less talented than any of those defenses. The Eagles Defense lacks heart and identity. My argument would be that the Eagles suffered a tremendous loss when they lost Johnson as their defensive coordinator. That is when this team took a nose dive. No one can argue that Andy Reid has been one of the top head coaches in the NFL during his span as the Eagles Top Dog. However, during Andy’s good years, the Eagles always had a stellar defense. This Defense is no more. Andy lost one of his sons this year and that is a tremendous tragedy for any parent, to have to bury their child. I think Andy Reid has just run his course. This is time for change and no one will forget the positive influence that Reid has had on this franchise the past 14 Seasons. However, this team has still not win a Super Bowl and mediocrity and just making the playoffs is no longer acceptable. Jeff Lurie must see that the Eagles need to win a Championship to make it to the next level. It is painfully obvious that this team will never win a Championship under Andy Reid. The Eagles must get back to their core element. DEFENSE! DEFENSE! DEFENSE! Their Defense must be the core element that is addressed. Every one is saying they want “Chuckie”, John Gruden or The Top College Offensive minded Coaches. I would argue that this would be a huge
Mistake. This team needs a Defensive Minded Coach. My top choice would be Bill Cowher if he will come out of retirement. How about Rex Ryan, Buddy’s Son. Hey…at this point I would say Brian Dawkins would make a great Head Coach! He has more Heart and knowledge than most former players. No matter who the next choice is for the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jeff Lurie must bring in a DEFENSIVE HEAD COACH! They also need a strong Defensive Coordinator. With the way this season is going, they will inherit one of the top picks. It’s time to stop taking Offensive Stars, they need a STUD DEFENSIVE PROSPECT! I would definitely go Defense with their first pick. I would take the Top Defensive player available, no matter what position. This should be Jeff Luries Focus as the Eagles move forward. The 2013 Version of the Eagles must have a total makeover. The only way to build a winner is to rebuild. This team has tried signing top free agents year after year and where has that got them. Namdi Osumuagh may be the most overrated player and he was ridiculously overpaid. The Eagles cut their top sack master after just one season Jason Babin. There have been many other countless mistakes made at the Free Agent Table. Jeff Lurie if you ever read this…Please take heed. You must rebuild from the bottom up. This Defense needs an overhaul. This offense needs a new line…one that can dominate just like the John Runyan years. At this point, Dominique Cromartie would be my only untouchable on Defense. Even Trent Cole (my favorite player) could go as far as I am concerned. DEFENSE has to be the top priority going forward for this team. And no matter who is under center next season, wether it is a free agent quarterback, Nick Foles, or some star drafted QB, the Eagles must get away from the West Coast OFFENSE and use their strength…run the ball! LeSean McCoy may be the most underrated under used Running Back in the NFL. He has more talent than Brian Westbrook and could be the best Back in the NFL if used properly. He needs more touches Lurie!!! Anyways, going forward, this team needs much change. Rebuilding is necessary to get better. No matter what changed are made, the Franchise Philosophy is the biggest area that needs change. Winning a Championship must be this teams TOP PRIORITY!!! Making the playoffs will not cut it any more. The Die Hard Fans are hurting for a Super Bowl. Now do the right thing and get this team back on track. Good luck to this team in the future. Merry Christmas everyone…may God Bless all my fans in 2013! God Bless The Eagles!

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Thursday Night Football/State of the Eagles

This is going to be my shortest blog in history! I forgot once again to pick the result of the Eagles Bengals game because first of all…I forgot there was even a game. Is that not sad?? I can remember a time when the BIRDS were the first thing on my mind and then the last. Well…those days are over. This team is pathetic and it begins with the owner Jeff Lurie. Grow some balls you French Whore!!!!!! Andy Reid is a great guy we all know that. He has been through a horrible tragedy losing his son earlier this season we all know that and sympathize. The Eagles have probably had their best run out of any eras. Yes…true sports fans which Eagles fans are do not get tricked! You guys say that your ultimate goal is to win SUPER BOWL…14 years and counting…ughhhhh. C’MON Lurie…wake up. Your goal is not to win the Super Bowl…your goal is to be just good enough each year to hopefully make the playoffs and compete and that’s it. Well DAMN IT…that’s not good enough anymore. You will not commit treason anymore. It’s time to own up to your mistakes and change the culture of this team. Face it…the years that the Eagles have been at their best is when they have had a dominant DEFENSE! Defense wins Championships. Well…it’s time to get a Coach in here that understands that Defense is the back bone to the team. A DEFENSIVE minded coach…Bill Cowher maybe??? I’m so tired of all this John Gruden talk. Please stop…that Packers Superstar Squad are has beens. Holmgren is gone. Steve Mariucci is gone. Ray Rhoads is gone. Give it up…that West Coast Offense bullshit is a thing of the past. Look at the past ten Super Bowl winners…not west coast offense. Pro style offense with a Defense that dominates. God bless Jim Johnson’s soul…God bless Bud Carson. Buddy Ryan…we all miss you…you were a legend. Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Mike Golic, Bill Romanowski, Seth Joyner, Eric Allen, Andre Waters, Brian Dawkins, Ben Smith, Clyde Simmons…the list goes on and on. Jeremiah Trotter, Hugh Douglas, Sheldon Brown, Lito Sheppherd, Al Harris. These were real defensive players. Where is this teams heart? Oh that’s right…there is none. Lurie it starts with you. There has always been a scapegoat every year wether it was injuries, wether it was your once star quarterback Donovan McNabb, whether it was the whole T.O. Saga, wether it was Andy Reid dealing with his sons’ addictions, wether it was offensive coordinators or defensive coordinators. Take a look in the mirror Lurie…wake the FUCK up! Reid needs to go now…no hard feelings. Hell even give him a job in the main office. We need a Defensive Coach, a stud Defensive Coordinator, an overhaul on Defense. No matter how bad the offense has been this year…this is an aberration. The Eagles offense has usually shined every season wether it was McNabb, Garcia, Feely, Vick…behind center. The Defense has been the Achilles heel most of the past few seasons. This is where you must start. Fire Reid…Scrap the team…REBUILD. The time has come…just making the playoffs every year is not gonna cut it anymore! Lurie this city deserves a Championship…A SUPER BOWL. You are killing the fans. Really…are you not sick of the same Reid Press Conference speech…”We’ll again…I have to do a better job…I was not prepared…I have to put my players in a better position to make a play!”””” Seriously…what about these players!!!!!!!! They make millions of dollars…how bout showing up one week!!!! Time for change Philly…we need this Football team as an organization to make a true effort to put a team on the field that will once again compete for the Lombardi Trophy. This is unacceptable. The season ticket holders…please hear me. Do not renew your seats. You MuST SEND a message for the entire fan base that we will not accept mediocrity anymore!!! Blow this team up…Build a Winner!

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