I can’t wait for Eagles training camp, when Chip Kelly makes Vick carry a football with him at all times, The Program-style, while other Eagles constantly try to knock it out of his hands in the cafeteria, during film sessions, and even in the locker room. Luckily, Vick will be sleeping 12 hours a night, so it won’t be that tough.
Lane Johnson will represent the 4th pick in the 2013 Draft, going to the Philadelphia Eagles. LJ will be protecting incumbent QB Mike Vick and shows us what’s important for new coach Chip Kelly. If you weren’t sure if he was going to be offensive-minded before, getting some protection up front should be your sign that yes, Kelly plans to keep his foot on the pedal.
“This is the end
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again”
“Michael is, was and will continue to be our quarterback. This is not a week-to-week thing.”
What do you think Eagles (and non-Eagles) fans?
Should Vick remain the starter or should Philly go to rookie Nick Foles?
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Winners and Losers - Week 2 Sunday edition
I heard it was a beautiful day outside today. I wouldn’t know, was busy watching football all day. I always thought Week 2 was one of the easiest weeks to gamble on games, so I’m really glad I didn’t test that theory by taking Oakland and Baltimore on a parlay.
More referee controversy, and coaching controversy, and kicking controversy, and player controversy, just all kinds of controversy.
Let’s take a look at some teams who are now 2-0, and those that are in the vaunted 0-2 hole, amongst other things.
The Giants - After scouring my deep vocabulary of words, I’ve settled on calling Tom Couglin’s team: predictably unpredictable. Not sure if anyone was surprised that the Giants fell behind early against Tampa Bay this afternoon, nor was anyone surprised that they came out with a victory. This is so Eli Manning: he throws for 510 yards and 3 touchdowns (shouts to his two dynamic receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, who combined for 21 catchs, 378 yards and 2 touchdowns) but also threw 3 interceptions and ended with a QB rating of just 89.5. There’s just something about the other Manning that lacks appeal, even with two Super Bowl rings to his name. But that’s the nature of the whole Giants team. They’re so underwhelming for stretches, but always find a way to be there when it counts. At one point, it was possible that they would fall to 0-2 and be two games back of every team in their division. But here they are, tied with the Cowboys and Redskins and just a game back of the Eagles after week two. It could’ve been dire for the Giants had they lost, it’s always on the verge of being dire for these Giants, but they always find a way.
2-0 teams (Philadelphia, Arizona, Houston, San Diego, San Francisco) - It really doesn’t matter how you get your wins in this league, stop me before I quote Al Davis. The most surprising of this group are the Cardinals, but full points for their win in New England. Ryan Williams, don’t forget to send Stephen Gostkowski a Christmas card, or something. Just make sure it’s not bounty related. The ugliest of this bunch are the Eagles. Fun fact alert: they’re the first team ever to win their first two games of the season by a single point. Lots of turnovers, lots of mistakes, Desean Jackson and company threatening to lose their cool. Actually they did, punches were thrown but the refs forgot to keep the game in control. As for Houston and San Diego, the jury is still out based on the level of competition. San Francisco? Most complete team after week one, same after two weeks.
Antonio Garay - With a tribute to Junior Seau.
Reggie Bush - Do we need to reconsider the Mario Williams-Reggie Bush debate again before it’s all set and done? Remember all the talk of how Bush couldn’t be a feature back in this league? Not so sure if that’s still the case.
The refs, again - Hey, did you hear about the one about how the league had to pull a side judge from the Saints game today because he was a huge New Orleans fan? As in, there are photos of himself tailgating in Saints gear in the pre-season?
Andrew Luck - Win number one. Not as dramatic as Robert Griffin III’s in week one, but they all count just the same. Also, respect to Adam Vinatieri for still doing his thing at age 39. It’s good to have a reliable kicker in your back pocket for those late game drives. Sometimes it takes more then Luck. I can’t believe I just wrote that.
Greg Schiano - So on the last play of the game, the Buccaneers coach decided it was a good idea to have his team come after Eli Manning on a standard kneel down play, which earned a tongue lashing from Tom Coughlin in their post-game handshake. I’m all for the culture change and attitude that Schiano is bringing to Tampa Bay, but this is not the way you do things in the pros, or at any level of competition for that matter. His excuse that this is about sending a message to his team and the rest of the league that his guys will never stop trying until the game is officially over is just that: a poor excuse. You can preach and practice those values in many other ways, ones that don’t involved the possibility of unnecessary injury. Or embarrass your team in the process. Too late on that last one.
0-2 teams (New Orleans, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Kansas City, Oakland) - Most surprising of course are the Saints. Easiest thing is to say that the team misses Sean Payton. But I think it’s a simple fact that the defense has been terrible, which was masked by the record breaking offense last year, and the offense has not been sharp. Some of that has to fall on Drew Brees, who missed some time in preparing for the season due to his contract dispute. For Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Kansas City: they are who we thought they were. Although I think Cleveland can be a competitive team coming down the stretch. As for Oakland? They remain as frustrating as ever.
A lot of survivor pools - Or as CBS Sports’ Will Brinson said: “And on the second week of the season, Belichick proclaimed there would be no more survivor leagues.”
Tim Tebow - 33 yards of total offense through two games. Strangest thing is, there will be some calls for him to start next week.
Wes Welker - Became the Patriots’ all-time franchise leader in receptions, on a day that he didn’t make the starting lineup. I think that contract dispute upset a few people in New England, the wrong people. I mean the wrong person. When Bill Belichick thinks you’re putting yourself above the team, he’ll go out of his way to put you in your place. Which makes me wonder whether we’re headed for a break-up between Gronkowski and the Pats, not this year, not next, but at some point.
Chris Johnson - He’s averaging 3.1 feet per carry this year.
The Cowboys - Same as what I wrote about the Giants above, except that the Cowboys always make things more dire than they need to be. Or maybe the simple truth is this: whether it’s the quarterback, the coaching or something else, this team just does not have the makeup of an elite team, and never will.
“Oh man, I gotta get out of Cleveland.”
- Michael Vick on his 4-Pick win over the Browns.
(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
And with the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Dream Team select FLETCHER COX.
The Dream Team has traded up. We’re still calling them the Dream Team, right?
Seems like a great pick for the Eagles, they need help on the defensive end. He can play numerous positions and played in a tough Southeastern Conference. And above all else he gives on heck of a full body hug. The Eagles were right to jump up. It looks like this is the DT run in the draft. Philly still has plenty of picks left.
It’s a somber day. One of the greats, Weapon X, is calling it a career after 16 exciting years.
Did Brian Dawkins play a Hall of Fame worthy career? I don’t know but I look forward to reading the debates.
This is what I do know. Brian Dawkins terrorized the NFC East (AFC West too). He hit hard and is in the running for most popular player in Eagles history. Above all else Brian Dawkins is smart. He played smart and is smart enough to walk away while he still can, he suffered a serious neck injury that forced him to miss the end of last season. It’s just a shame we didn’t get to see him play with Peyton Manning.
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Dawkins.
After a season of getting paid on the cheap, and therefore worrying more about his health than performance, DeSean Jackson accepted a new deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
5 years. $47 Million. ($15 Mill Guaranteed)
If you’re an Eagles fan, you should be happy for this signing, as Jackson should go back to being the confident playmaker he’s shown to be (despite his celebrations) and it means your club has somewhat of a clue by keeping a star player in the fold, rather than giving him the business.
(Leading up to Sunday, we asked a group of comedians to share their thoughts and insights on the big game. First up is Joe Tobin, a stand-up comic from Philadelphia who lives in San Francisco)
My thoughts on the Super Bowl…as an Eagles fan, I hadn’t intended to tune in, honestly. I was actually planning to watch “Invincible” (on DVD) and the AMC Rocky movie marathon (on DVR) while eating unheated Dinty Moore Beef Stew right out of the can.
Watching the Eagles fall short of the Super Bowl is nothing new, of course, but it was particularly tough this year, given the record-setting amount of bedshitting the Eagles were guilty of this year. (Who falls for a hard count on a 4th and 1?!?) For most of the first half of the season, the Eagles played like a Madden game, but one where I’m working the controls. And in case you don’t know how bad that is, you should know that I once played an entire inning of MLB: The Show at Best Buy AND DIDN’T REALIZE I was playing the demo. (I got suspicious when my #3 hitter took a swing without me pressing any buttons.)
By the time Week 8 of the season rolled around, the Eagles were the “Dream Team” of the NFL in the same way that NKOTBSB was the “Dream Team” of pop music. (Side note: both will likely be seen at Hershey Park this summer.)
Watching the Giants in the Super Bowl, I feel an odd desire to root for them. Watching them lose would be like watching somebody else beat up your little brother…it needs to be done, but it’s weird seeing someone else do it. Plus, a Giants victory would bring tremendous disappointment to Boston sports fans, which is always a noble cause. If the Pats failed again to beat Eli — who makes a face like he wants a juice box every time he gets sacked — Pats fans everywhere would wrap themselves in ceremonial Bruschi jerseys and try to slit their wrists with Gillette Fusion razors.
But at the end of the day, we all — Eagles, Pats, and Giants fans — can come together and agree that at least it’s not the Steelers.
Hey Philly, looks like the Andy Reid era isn’t over just yet for you guys either!
“I want to see our team coached by Andy Reid next year and I can’t wait. If our goal is to win title, Andy Reid is our guy.”
- Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie
If you’re asking us to predict who will get the pink slip this season, we can guarantee you that whichever way we go will be wrong. If you’re asking for one of our opinions on who should of the three, well, I’d say Norv Turner has to go.
Coughlin is on the least hottest sheet, because he’s got a ring most recently and he can beat the Patriots. He has yet to lose the team as bad as he had the year prior to winning that Super Bowl and his team still has a chance to make the playoffs.
Reid gets one more season, unless he loses another two games or more. He didn’t get Mike Vick’s ribs hurt, he didn’t cause DeSean Jackson’s contract situation, and he isn’t the 1st year Defensive Co-Ordinator. Yes his team should be doing much better, but for a guy who’s had that city in the post-season far more times than not, I feel, you have to let him do him another season. Barring any Jeff Fisher type stunts/antics.
Therefore, it has to be Norval who goes. The Chargers have had so much going for them over the years and had such potential squandered, that there’s nothing left but to bring in another coach. Each year if it’s not been one thing it’s been another, and nothing is worse than bringing the same exact team year in and year out. All these receivers, and how many are hurt each week? How many Chargers are injured each week in general? What’s the last big defensive move they’ve made since ditching Shawn Merriman? They’ve added nothing, leaving themselves only room to regress. It has to be Norv.