Philadelphia Eagles Offseason

usa-today-10181823.0Hey, everybody, my name’s Jacky and I’ll be the blogger for the Philadelphia Eagles now (on Sports Elite Blog Site, anyway). I’m a diehard Eagles fan and a diehard Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins hater, so if you support one of those teams, I suggest you click away because there’s going to be a lot of roasting.

So with the introduction out of the way, let’s get into the real deal. The NFL season’s coming closer to a start than ever. The Hall of Fame game was yesterday, kicking off the NFL preseason. The Cow-girls won but by 2. Cowboy’s haters keep your heads up. I saw a stat saying that the last 14(?) winners of the HOF game failed to win a single playoff game. Pretty much sums up the Cowboys franchise.

All jokes aside, I’m here to write about the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles finished 7-9 last season, last in the NFC East, mostly due to a poor WR core (which they improved drastically) and poor CBs (new class hasn’t proved a lot but shows promise). Their offensive line was decent but could’ve been great if Lane Johnson hadn’t been suspended for 10 weeks. With good, at best, running backs, this didn’t leave the number 2 pick and rookie QB Carson Wentz many options to score. The Eagles defense was above average. Other than the corners, the defensive players were beasts. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham dominated the defensive line (more improvement to come); Jordan Hicks was pretty much a one man as a LB, but still did amazing; Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod Jr. made up one of the top notch safety tandems in the league.

Offseason: January

So because of the 7-9 record, it’s not a mystery why the Eagles made a bunch of gigantic roster moves in the offseason; some good, some bad, and others just plain, what? So in January, right after the season ended (I went to the season closer when they beat the Cowboys to give them their 3rd L) the Eagles signed 15 future/reserve contracts to various free agents. This was all within the first 22 days of January 2017. Also, the Eagles signed wide receivers’ coach Mike Groh. Groh had a long career coaching in college before becoming a wide receivers’ coach for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams (coaching the likes of Alshon Jeffery (who we’ll get to later) and Kenny Britt).

Offseason: March

After that, they released cornerback Leodis McKelvin (who remains a free agent) and defensive end Connor Barwin (who disappointed last season and now plays for the Rams). They then agreed to terms with cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins and extended a tender with tight end Trey Burton. On March 9, (the day Barwin was released), the Eagles made a bunch of moves. They signed: Torrey Smith, a wide receiver who played for the 49ers and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens; Alshon Jeffery, the star wide receiver of the Chicago Bears; and Chance Warmack, a first round offensive guard from the Tennessee Titans. Linebacker Najee Goode was also resigned to a one-year deal.

In the weeks following, the Eagles signed: Stefen Wisniewski, offensive guard for the Jaguars who had a great rookie season with the Titans; Nick Foles, quarterback who played for the Eagles for 2 years, having a game with a perfect passer’s rating and 7 touchdown (NFL record) before becoming backup QBs for the Rams and the Chiefs; Chris Long, defensive end for the Patriots and previously, the Rams; Patrick Robinson, cornerback for the Colts and before that, the Saints and the Chargers. The Eagles also released backup quarterback Chase Daniels in favor of Nick Foles.

Draft: April

In April the NFL Draft was coming up and to be hosted in the great City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. The Eagles had acquired defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, whose two years with the Ravens saw him record 13 sacks and 1 interception, as well as a third round pick (99th overall) in a trade for the Eagles’ third round pick (74th overall). They also signed quarterback Matt McGloin, backup for the Raiders. So with this, the Eagles headed into the NFL Draft with the 14th, 43rd, 99th, 118th, 132nd, 166th, and 214th picks.

With the first round, 14th pick, the Eagles selected a defensive end, Derek Barnett, from the University of Tennessee. He played 3 years in college and had a combined total of 33 sacks (breaking Tennessee’s record of 32 career sacks, formerly held by Reggie White), 1 interception, and 3 forced fumbles. Many people believe him to be one of the best defensive linemen in the draft class, with some experts saying that he is better than the number one overall pick, Myles Garrett.

In the second round, the Eagles chose Sidney Jones IV, a cornerback out of the University of Washington with the 43rd pick. In three years, Jones recorded 145 tackles, 8 interceptions for 147 and 1 TD, 21 passes defended, and 6 forced fumbles. At Pro Day, Jones tore his ACL which caused his draft stock to drop.

In the third round, Philadelphia took Rasul Douglas, a cornerback from West Virginia University. Douglas had transferred from Nassau Community College in New York, where he had played football for two years. In his two years at West Virginia, Douglas recorded 77 tackles, 9 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.

The Eagles had two picks in the fourth round, which they used to select Mack Hollins (118 overall) and Donnel Pumphrey. Hollins was a wide receiver from the University of North Carolina. He played four years at UNC and had 81 receptions for 667 yards and 20 touchdowns. Pumphrey was a running back for San Diego State. In his four years of college, Pumphrey has had 1059 attempts for 6405 and 62 touchdowns as well as 99 receptions for 1039 yards and 5 touchdowns.

In the fifth round, the Eagles selected Shelton Gibson (166th) and Nathan Gerry (184th/compensatory pick). Gibson, like Rasul Douglas, is also an alumnus of West Virginia University, where he played wide receiver. He played three seasons and ended up with 84 receptions for 1898 yards and 17 touchdowns. Gerry, a linebacker/safety from the University of Nebraska, had 273 tackles and 13 interceptions for 200 yards in his four years of playing.

Finally, the Eagles selected Elijah Qualls in the sixth round. Qualls is a defensive tackle from the University of Washington. In his three years of playing, Qualls has 77 tackles, including 11.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Post-Draft: May

After the draft, the Eagles waived many of its players that were signed to future/reserve contracts. They also claimed linebacker Steven Daniels off waivers. Daniels had been drafted by the Redskins but suffered an injury in training camp, ending his season prematurely. He was waived and claimed by the Eagles. On May 11, the Eagles draftees were all given rookie contracts, other than Derek Barnett. The Eagles also signed the following rookie free agents: RB Corey Clement of Wisconsin; DT Winston Craig of Richmond; QB Jerod Evans of Virginia Tech; CB Randall Goforth of UCLA; punter Cameron Johnston of Ohio State; center Tyler Orlosky of West Virginia; S Tre Sullivan of LSU; DT Charles Walker of Oklahoma; WR Greg Ward of Houston (QB in college); and CB Jomal Wiltz of Iowa State. The next day, undrafted rookie TE Billy Brown of Shepherd was signed by the Eagles. The day after, QB Jerod Evans was waived due to injury and undrafted OT Victor Salako from Oklahoma State was signed.

On May 18, the Eagles made a gigantic move to improved their running back situation. They signed former New England Patriot LeGarette Blount, a two time Super Bowl champion and the 2016 NFL rushing touchdowns leader, with 18 (also the Patriots franchise record).

Offseason: June

In June, not a lot of things happened. Linebacker Steven Daniels was waived, while Derek Barnett came to terms with the Eagles and signed a four-year contract. The Eagles also signed defensive tackle Gabe Wright to a one-year contract. Wright had played for the Lion and Browns.

The Eagles also extended star OT Jason Peters’ contract by signing a one-year deal; signed undrafted FA QB Dane Evans from Tulsa to a three-year deal; and waived WR Dorial Green-Beckham (yippee!).

Pre-Training Camp: July-August

With Training Camp approaching, the Eagles made a few last moves on the roster. They signed Canadian rugby sevens player Adam Zaruba as a tight end to a three-year deal and signed a three-year contract with Steven Daniels, whom they claimed off of waivers earlier in the year. Offensive lineman Allen Barbre was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2019 conditional late round draft pick. They then signed free agent Tay Glover-Wright, a cornerback who lastly played for the Colts.

In August, the Eagles waived CB Randall Goforth and agreed to a contract with Baltimore Ravens’ safety Corey Graham.

 

That’s all of the moves that the Eagles had made in the offseason. I was pretty satisfied with most of the offseason moves, especially the signing of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith (who fans shouldn’t sleep on), and LeGarette Blount. I’m also happy with the release of Dorial Green-Beckham, because he didn’t really do much other than drop wide open passes (hell, Agholor was better than he was). I’m not that happy with what they did with the cornerback situation. Sure, they drafted a lot of promising young cornerbacks, but they didn’t sign any veterans or established players. I was also pretty surprised that the Eagles drafted Derek Barnett in the first round.

All that being said, the new Eagles roster shows a lot of promise and I can guarantee that they will do amazing this year. The Eagles start their preseason off playing at Green Bay, against the Packers, on Thursday, August 10, at 8:00 pm ET. Don’t forget to catch the show. If you’re not much of a preseason person, then mark your calendars for September 10, when the Eagles kickoff their regular season in DC against the Redskins. Until then, I’m Jacky Chen and thanks for reading.

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Each NFC East Team’s Biggest Draft Need

By Leo Silbert

It is getting to the point of the year that fans are trying to figure out who their team needs to draft or what position needs the most help.  Some teams like the Patriots don’t have a glaring need so they are able to pick for desire and are allowed greater risks.  Other teams like the Browns have needs all over the map so they are best suited to just take the best available player.  I’m going to sort this out by division and within the divisions I’ll sort them by 2016 records.

Next up, the NFC East:

  1. ezekiel-elliotDallas Cowboys- The Cowboys put together a season that seemed to have come right outside of a movie script.  The veteran qb goes down with an injury and it is up to a couple of hotshot rookies to keep the team afloat until the star veteran could return.  Except, the veteran never returned and not because of his injury being too severe, the hotshot rookies were on a roll and looked unstoppable.  They seemed to be taking the team over in the same kind of way that Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk took over the Rams in their first years starting on the team, except Zeke and Dak were true rookies.  That was all until the team got to the playoffs and lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in their first playoff game.  Now it is time for them to find their flaws and the biggest one is their ability to rush the passer consistently on defense.  They might not be in this position where their biggest need is at this position if Randy Gregory didn’t end up becoming a head case, but it is where they are now.  And this draft, besides just being a deep edge rusher draft is also a draft where a late first round prospect at edge rusher plays for a Lovie Smith in college who runs the same defense as Rod Marinelli with a lot of the same terminology in Dawuane Smoot out of Illinois.  Dallas really is building something special here, and once they get a consistent pass rush, they can potentially advance to the next round of the playoffs.
  2. landon-collinsNew York Giants- Going into the season, most Giants fans expected the Giants to have the most explosive offense in the NFC East and one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL while their defense would be improved from the worst ranked defense in the league but not being anything special.  And that right there is why the games are played.  The Giants’ defense turned into one of the very best units in the NFL with all 3 of their big free agent acquisitions proving their worth, a 2nd year pro at safety going from looking lost in coverage into arguably the best safety in the NFL, and strong showings from multiple rookies.  So yea, for now the Giants’ biggest need isn’t on that side of the ball.  Their offense on the other hand looked like it was a Ferrari parked in a garage and not moving because no one knew where the keys were.  There wasn’t a 100 yard rushing effort by a running back until week 17, Victor Cruz couldn’t get separation on the outside, Eli Manning was missing some throws, the tight ends looked like they had anchors strapped to their feet after the catch, but most importantly was that the Giants had some of, if not the very worst offensive tackle play on both sides of offensive line in the NFL.  Eli Manning threw the ball sooner after the snap than any other quarterback in the league yet he was still constantly under pressure.  Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart are not good enough to be starting tackles in the NFL, and their inability effected how every other person on the offense struggled.  Now, I have said before that this draft is a weak offensive tackle draft, but late in the first round is where a team can actually get value at the position in this year’s draft.  If the Giants can fix their offensive tackle problems, they may be able to find the keys to the Odell Beckham Jr lead Ferrari.
  3. trent-williamsWashington Redskins- Coming off their first playoff appearance since 2012, the Redskins had high expectations for this past season.  On offense, they had some of the most yards in the league behind Kirk Cousins throwing for over 4900 yards and a receiving corps that ran deep with 2 great receiving threats at tight end.  They had a very good offensive line and they had a developing running back in Robert Kelly who can stand to have a change of pace backfield mate.  Their defense on the other hand needs some help.  They were the worst team in the NFL in 3rd down defense, allowing 46.63% of all third downs to become first downs.  By comparison, the Buccaneers who were first in the NFL in that category allowed just 34..36% of third downs to be converted.  That big of a difference is unacceptable and something needs to be done to fix that.  One thing that would help them greatly is an inside linebacker who can go out in coverage and stop the run equally well.  Mason Foster was adequate at that, but he doesn’t have sideline to sideline speed and none of the other linebackers on the roster have that kind of skill since Su’a Cravens will be moved to strong safety which will help that position.  If the Redskins get a speedy linebacker to compliment Foster, they will be a lot closer to having a competitive defense.
  4. NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles- The Eagles came into the year with a rookie qb pegged as the starter after they traded away Sam Bradford with little time before the start of the season.  Carson Wentz started out fast but slowed down as the season went on.  They also switched to a new scheme on defense, switching to a 4-3 wide nine scheme from a 3-4 two gap system and for the front 7 it worked out wonderfully.  Brandon Graham had a career year, Fletcher Cox lived up to his contract, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham were great at linebacker, and in the secondary Malcolm Jenkins showed how he is a top 5 safety.  But both their offense and defense had an Achilles heel.  For the offense it was their wide receiving corps which was one of the worst in the league with only Jordan Matthews playing at a passable level on offense while on defense their best corner back  was Leodis McKelvin who isn’t good enough to be a top 2 corner on most teams in the NFL.  According to Pro Football Focus they had the lowest ranked receiver in the NFL in Nelson Agholar and the lowest ranked corner in the NFL in Jalen Mills.  Both of these positions are in dire need of help, but their receivers need to improve to help the development of Carson Wentz.  If they get a good wide receiver, they may be able to help Carson Wentz into not having a near 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio in his 2nd year and may make the Eagles’ offense into a more serious threat across the board.

Previous articles in this series:

AFC East- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/each-afc-east-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC North- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/each-afc-north-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC South- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/each-afc-south-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC West- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/each-afc-south-teams-biggest-draft-need-2/

Cowboys Keep Rolling….

Tay Holloway

Last week the Cowboys enjoyed a bye week to rest up and heal up. They got a chance to go over places of weakness on the team and address different coaching strategies. The players got a chance to relax and spend time with family away from their busy NFL schedule. That is a good thing but this week it is time to get back into the game and get locked into grind mode. It is time to focus on the back end of the schedule and battle it out until the end.

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This week the Cowboys played the division rival Eagles at home. This game had first place on the line and the Eagles was coming to town with a three game winning streak at the Jerry’s World. The Cowboys are hot right now and they are winning with their two rookies leading the way. Dez Bryant was making his way back and trying to get himself back into the mix of the offense. This game was pretty much everything that everyone was hoping for and more.

The game started off pretty much as a flag city. Jerome Boger is known for throwing as many flags as possible and Dallas had a lot of them. I won’t make excuses for them because the flags they were given was pretty much deserved. You can’t tackle the player after they waived for a fair catch, you can’t run into the punter, you can’t push a person in the back, you can’t hold right in front of the Refs eyes and you seriously can’t put your hands in the face of the receiver after five yards. Those are things that Happened on special teams and the defense that kept on giving the Eagles changes to score more points. They have to clean this up because they can’t keep giving up yards and not getting off the field with this.

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The offense was pretty much stale most of the night. The offensive line had their handfuls with a very good Eagles defensive line. This game was a battle in the trenches for football heads who like to see smash mouth football. The Eagles was bringing five defenders at Prescott Almost every time and it seemed like it was more. He was only sacked one time all game but they hurried him a lot and caused him not to go through his reads well. This caused over thrown balls, under thrown balls and of course an interception. Prescott looked like a rookie and he was struggling but one thing I liked that he did not do was hang his head or show his frustration. He came right back into the game with a cool demeanor and was ready for the next play. He did now dwell on his mistakes but he wanted to make sure he did not make the same ones twice. The interception he threw was on him because nobody was open except for an Eagles defender. The Eagles defense what it was sapped to do on that play so he has to eat that one.

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Dez Braynt was back and the Eagles did not play off him at all. They wanted Dez to show them that he was still that dominate receiver that he was in the past. He had a decent game with over 100 yards reviving and a touchdown. I think he could have had more but Prescott over threw or under threw him a few times. I also think they was forcing the ball to Dez too much instead of taking what the defense gives you and just taking the safe pass. I did like the we were not afraid to try to stretch the field and the play calling was very creative after the half. I do think Dez needs to be moved around more to the inside instead of always playing the outside. He should get more one on one changes and less safety help if he is lined up in the slot. Another highlight I want to point is out Jenkins keeping Beasley in check most of the game. That was a battle to see and Beasley was trying to get free and when he was Prescott just did not have enough time to see him.

The Eagles were up two scores in the second half and allowed the Cowboys to comeback and tie the game. Each team had a chance to win the game in regulation but they failed at it and went to overtime. The Cowboys won the toss and took it down the field for a game winning touchdown by the future hall of famer Jason Witten. The eagles left him of all people wide open for the easy catch to end the game and a great comeback win at home. This moved the Cowboys to 6-1 and a two game lead in the division. It was a tough game and the Eagles player harder than it was expected of them from the start of the season. I tip my hat to them and they are a good team and their defense is even better. I do think they need to stop dropping passes for Wentz who is going to be very good for years to come for them. They made the right choice with him as long as he keeps progressing and learning.

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Next week the Cowboys will play the Browns on the road. The Browns are not a push over as they have been playing well but they can’t finish games. They were up over the Jets this week and gave up a three score lead to lose the game at home. They don’t have a win this season and they are starving for a win. The Cowboys will have their hands full with a hungry team full of young guys. We are up for the challenge at hand. Until next time everyone

 

HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!

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How Philly Can Win the NFC East and Beyond

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By Jesse Hartnett

For all intents and purposes this is supposed to be a down year for the Philadelphia Eagles.  New coach, new system, it’s a rebuilding year.  No one expects anything out of them.  They’re certainly not expected to win many games, right?  I mean, Philly is a mess.  Howie Roseman leveraged everything for a kid who isn’t even going to suit up this year.

The Birds are an afterthought.  The New York Giants are improving under Ben McAdoo while the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are going to duke it out for the divisional title.  Philly isn’t even in the conversation unless we’re talking about dumpster fires.  Why are they even going to bother to play this season?  They simply cannot compete with all the elite teams in the NFC East. Right? 

image3There’s one problem with that theory.  I don’t think guys like Fletcher Cox and Malcolm Jenkins got the memo that they aren’t any good.  No one told Zach Ertz and Lane Johnson that this season is a lost cause.  Jim Schwartz doesn’t know his defense isn’t capable of stopping anybody.

Here’s the biggest problem of all.  Sam Bradford absolutely knows that no one expects him to play decent football.  He’s heard loud and clear that everyone thinks he’s a washed up bum.  He knows this is his last shot at redemption.  It’s his last chance to make good on twenty plus years of experience and preparation as a quarterback.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 03: Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks on the field with his teammates against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on January 3, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Guess what?  Despite popular belief, Sammy Sleeves can play ball.  Now he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder where his only option is to shine and win or it’s all over.  That’s a dangerous combination.  Take a guy with some talent, put his back against the wall and tell him straight up, “We don’t think you can do this.”  I’m not a gambling man, but my money is on Bradford.

Doug Pederson is ushering in a brand new era of same old, same old and that’s a good thing.  His obvious Andy Reid connection leaves players, staff, and many people around the team feeling optimistic that the apple won’t fall far from the tree.  For the handful of players left from Big Red’s regime like Brent Celek and John Dorenbos, it’s a warm calming effect as if the team is finally back to business as usual.  During the Reid era, Philadelphia’s business was winning football games and that’s what these men intend to do.  No one on this roster, no one on this staff, wants to hear it’s a rebuilding year.  This team is here to fight and win football games.

Overlook the Eagles now.  Talk about how great Kirk Cousins is.  Tell everyone you know that Dez Bryant is a first ballot hall of famer.  Get very excited about all the improvements to the Giants secondary.  But on Sundays, hide the women and children because the Eagles are coming with everything they’ve got.

What do they actually have?  The Eagles have arguably the best defensive line in football.  Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan clog up the middle and get after quarterbacks with the best of them.  Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin are redefining defensive concepts and creating a new position as hybrid flex end linebacking edge rushers who wreak havoc in the backfield, shut down the screen game, and cause confusion in pass coverage.  Jordan Hicks is perhaps the most complete middle linebacker the NFL has seen since Brian Urlacher.  Malcolm Jenkins is consistently praised as one of the top safeties in the game while his teammates in the secondary only continue to improve and show tremendous depth.

That’s just on the defensive side of the ball.  What can the Eagles do with the rock?  Again, it all comes down to Bradford.  Will he show and prove or not?  He’s got the tools around him.

Philly is solid up front boasting a strong offensive line.  With Jason Kelce manning the middle and Jason Peters and Lane Johnson on the bookends, all that was left was to get better at guard.  This offseason addressed that in a big way with the addition of Brandon Brooks, Stephen Wisniewski, and rookie Isaac Seumalo.  Tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz are definitely a strength of the team and a security blanket for Sam Bradford.  Jordan Matthews is primed to have a breakout season, Nelson Agholor has nowhere to go but up, and now that Reuben Randle is around to shoulder some of the load the passing game should be a constant threat.

At running back, we have Ryan Matthews in a similar situation to Bradford.  Here’s a guy the NFL has written off.  But again, he has all the ability in the world if he can just stay healthy.  We know what Darren Sproles can do on sprint runs and catching the ball out of the backfield.  The Sproles Train can score from anywhere on the field.  Then there are wild cards, Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood.  Barner has shown flashes of brilliance in each of the past two pre seasons with long touchdown runs and electrifying kick returns.  Smallwood is a rookie from a small school but under the tutelage of Darren Sproles, who he closely emulates in style and stature, he could prove to be an asset sooner than later.

That brings us to the forgotten game within a game, special teams.  Dave Fipp has orchestrated the best kick return and kick coverage units in the NFL the past few seasons.  The Eagles have had the most returns for touchdowns in the league since Fipp has come on board.  There is no sign of letting up.  Philly should once again field a top producing special teams unit and that alone can win you a few games in this league.

With the defense and special teams units being the strength and backbone of this team, it’s all up to the offense to perform.  That’s where Doug Pederson and his experience as an NFL quarterback comes in.  That’s why the Eagles brought in Frank Reich, another guy who has been down on the gridiron calling plays in the huddle.

It’s an exciting time to root for Philly.  While the rest of the teams in the division are doing more of the same, the Eagles are flipping the script.  There’s no doubt that the Eagles have the roster talent to take the division and make a lot of noise in the NFC.

Look at that.  An entire article about the Philadelphia Eagles and not one time did anyone say Carson Wentz.  Oops…image4

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NFC East Geography Lesson for the Phine Philly Phaithful

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By Jesse Hartnett

The NFL season is officially upon us with the start of training camp all across the league.  What has made it official in the NFC East?  The Redskins have already lost a projected starting linebacker for the season with a torn ACL, the Giants are nowhere to be found, an Eagles rookie has dyed his hair green, and the Dallas Cowboys have crashed the team bus.

 

And now time for a geography lesson.

 

Did you know that out of the four teams, there are only two teams in the NFC East that even play in the same state as the city they represent?  So how many teams actually play in the city they represent?  Of course the answer is one.

 

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The Philadelphia Eagles play their brand of football in beautiful sunny southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The City of Brotherly Love.  The Cradle of Liberty.  The Birthplace of America.  South Philly is the home of the cheesesteak and a sizzling hotbed of mobster activity, but on Sundays, eighty thousand plus can be found nuzzled into The Linc winning spelling bees to the chant of E! A! G! L! E! S! EAGLES!!!

 

Let’s take a short trip up 95 North on our way to the Big Apple to see our brothers in blue.  We don’t have to go far to find the home of the New York Giants.  We just have to cross over the Delaware River into the Smokestack State of North Jersey to find the concrete, asphalt, swamp and urban sprawl wonderland that is MetLife Stadium.  Notice I didn’t say New Jersey.  There is no such thing.

 

There is North Jersey, where everything and everyone pretends to be a New Yawkah and there is South Jersey, where everything is beautiful and great basking in Philadelphia’s warm glow.  Or is that radiation poisoning floating down the turnpike from North Jersey?  What is this lump on my skin?  Was it there yesterday?

 

image4The East Rutherford North Jersey Giants haven’t had a sniff of the City that Never Sleeps since 1973 when they played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.  There’s no shame in sharing a home with your city’s baseball team.  But when they win more games in a week than you do all season, something has to give.  The G-men were evicted by the Yankees just winning two dismal games into the 1973 season.

 

1973 New York Giants season
Head coach Alex Webster
Home field Yankee Stadium (2 games),

Yale Bowl (5 games)

Results
Record 2–11–1
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

 

After that, they went on to sharing a studio apartment with the Ivy League Powerhouse Bulldogs (lol) at the Yale Bowl Stadium in New Haven, Connecticut while the Giants struggled to get their life back together like a newly divorced single dad trying to juggle work, splitting time with the kids, and getting back in the swing of things in the dating scene.

 

Two things?  One, is it a bowl or a stadium?  You can’t have both!  And two, Connecticut?  Are you freaking kidding me?  No wonder they settled for North Jersey.

 

Then it was on to Queens for a spell where the Mets welcomed the Giants to Shea Stadium with open arms in 1975 while the Mansion in the Swamp was being built-in the *cough* Meadowlands.  Sorry, something in my throat…  And that was all she wrote.  Bye bright lights and big city living.

 

Now, let’s take a journey into one of the biggest train-wreck mess of all time.  There has never been a bigger we need to talk about Kevin team in all of the history of sports than “the team in Washington”.  Are we still doing that?  How can we even do that?  They don’t play in freaking Washington!  Ok.  The team in Landover, Maryland.  Aye yay aye, oi vey, I’m getting a headache.  image5

 

Whatever, the Rrrr.  The Rrrre…  The Redskins.  “Oh no, he said it!”

Carrying on, the Redskins, ahem, obviously don’t have a home state.  They have a district.  Fair enough.  Not their fault our nation’s leaders were superstitious about changing the number of stars on the flag.  Can’t blame anyone for that.

 

The last time the team from Washington actually played in The District was the same year you were doing the Macarena. Yes 1996, for those of you counting at home.  That was the last time the burgundy and gold warriors of Washington suited up for our nation’s capital.  That year, the Skins became the first team in professional football history to start a season with seven wins after eight games and not make the playoffs.  You like that!  Shortly after, Dan Snyder bought the team, moved headquarters to Ashburn, Virginia and the rest shall we say, is history.

 

Speaking of history and I mean ancient history, how bout them Cowboys?  There is no better segue, I’m sorry.  Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Jimmy Johnson.  Oh, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Greg Hardy.  Wait, never mind.

 

Yes, let’s talk history.  When is the last time Dem Boyz of Arlington played in Big D?  Get out your poofy hair and bell bottoms because that would be 1971 in the Cotton Bowl.  Groovy baby!

 

America’s team hails from Arlington by way of Irving, Texas, where headquarters is located.  Do you know the motto for Irving, Texas?  “Delivering Exceptional Service”.  Now Jerrah’s press conference is starting to make sense.

 

In contrast, we have the phreaking Philadelphia Eagles!  Never been a front.  Never been a fraud.  When have the Eagles ever not played their home games in Philly?  The answer:  NEVER!

 

  • 1933-1935

The Baker Bowl

15th and Huntingdon Streets

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

  • 1936-1939 and again in 1941

The Philadelphia Municipal Stadium is later known as JFK

South Broad Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

  • 1940 and 1942-1957

Shibe Park aka Connie Mack Stadium

N 21st St & W Lehigh Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

  • 1958-1970

Franklin Field

South 33rd and Spruce Streets

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

  • 1971-2002

Veterans Stadium

3501 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

  • 2003-present

Lincoln Financial Field

1020 Pattison Avenue

Philaphreakindelphia, Pennsylphreakinvania!

 

Notice a theme here?

 

The Philadelphia Eagles are the only team in the NFC East that is true.  The only team that doesn’t feed its fan base boldface falsehoods every time it steps on the field.  Got a Dallas Cowboys coffee cup?  You’re drinking your morning brew out of lies!

 

Now that the facts are out on the table, now that you know the truth about the NFC East, you can wake up in the morning and put your favorite team’s attire.  Will you be wearing it with peace of mind knowing that your team truly represents the city they claim or will you be second guessing your affiliation?  There’s only one team that rings true and they wear midnight green.

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Philadelphia : New direction

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Howie Roseman – NJ.com

This offseason Philadelphia Eagles seen Howie Roseman trade 3 players away who were underperforming and had contracts not worth there production. In the process we moved up in the draft and eventually took the 2nd overall pick of the draft.

Aside from those trades, Howie also cut wide receiver Riley Cooper, and signed much needed free agency secondary Rodney McLeod, Leodis McKelvin, Nigel Bradham, Ron Brooks, offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, Stephen Wisniewski and wide receivers Chris Givens, Rueben Randle, and T.J. Graham.

We drafted depth players, a quarterback Carson Wentz, two more offensive lineman, Issac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai running back Wendell Smallwood, two more secondary guys, safety Jalen Mills and cornerback Blake Countess as well as defensive end Alex McAllister and Joe Walker.

Chip Kelly didn’t draft any lineman last year, Chip Kelly didn’t bring in so many free agents.

A couple undrafted free agents that caught my eyes were Darrell Greene and Cayleb Jones, these two along with Jalen Mills, Dillon Gordon even Wendell Smallwood show something that we got rid of in Philadelphia. Bad boys and personality.

Wendell Smallwood was on twitter talking crazy about Philadelphia in his younger days and was under investigation for trying to force a witness not to testify in a case. He also led the Big 12 in 2015 in rushing, 1519 yards, and came in 2nd in attempts 238. He had 12 career td’s in 3 years and an average of 17 yards on kick returns.

Jalen Mills was charged for assault on a woman, where his girlfriend may or may not have been the culprit. He had 216 career tackles at LSU with 4 sacks, 1 fumble return and 11 pass deflections.

Dillon Gordon was stabbed in a bar fight outside LSU campus. Not the best stats but he’s 6-5 and 308 lbs.

Darrell Greene was suspended in college for testing positive for marijuana. He has shown excellent run blocking ability.

Cayleb Jones transfered from Texas to Arizona after breaking a tennis players jaw. He has 1926 yards in 2 years at Arizona, 14 touchdowns in the same 2 years, top 10 in PAC 12 in receiving yards for 2 years as well.

None of these guys would have been “Chip Kelly guys”, not a single one. Chip wanted good upstanding citizens who were responsible and well behaved.

This is football, this isn’t the church choir, I like this new direction, I like Jim Schwartz style of defense, I like guys that might be a little rough around the edges, football is a tough sport, its not nice. Football is not always pretty.

Philadelphia Eagles are in the NFC East, full of heavy hitters and super stars, decades old rivalries and sometimes tempers flair and fights happen, say what you will but I want to win the fight and the game.

Sign guys like Richie Incognito, and other second chance players with lots of upside. We’re Philadelphia, the same team that brought in Michael Vick fresh out of jail and put him on the field, you know what? He turned out to be a good guy and he did great things for this Philadelphia and the Eagles.

The old way didn’t get us anywhere, it got DeSean Jackson cut and LeSean Mcoy traded for Kiko Alonso..Evan Mathis cut and signed to Denver, that’s what the old way got us.

I embrace the new direction.

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Philadelphia Off-Season: In A Nut Shell

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As an Eagle fan, it’s hard to figure out where to begin on the Philadelphia Eagle’s off-season.

I think I’m going to do an offseason round up. Before last season ended, the Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly. After Kelly was fired the Eagles played the New York Giants, in what probably looked like the best game of the season. DeMarco Murray gave plenty of effort, even Marcus Smith came out and showed what a considerably good pass rush was.

So the Eagles beat the Giants and ended finishing with a 7-9 record and no playoffs. The team did not deserve a better record.

So after the season ended, it was time for the Eagles to focus on finding a head coach.  The Eagles finally settled on Doug Pederson, formerly coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and ironically learned under former Eagles head coach Andy Ried.  The team also settled on Jim Schwartz as defensive coach and which means that there is no more Billy Davis in Philadelphia.

So with the entire turnover within the coaching staff, Eagle fans hear that Howie Roseman is the executive vice president of football operations. Most fans are upset because every time something went wrong under Chip, it was Howie’s fault.

Now Howie starts moving players around.  The Eagles have traded Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell along with 10 million a year contract to the Miami Dolphins and swap first round picks. Philly goes from 13th to 8th.

DeMarco Murray decided he wasn’t happy in Philadelphia, after only one season and was subsequently traded to the Tennessee Titans.

The Eagles have signed notables players like Safety Rodney McLeod, Offensive Guard Brandon Brooks, LB Nigel Bradham, Corner Back Leodis McKelvin, QB Chase Daniel, Center Stefen Wisniewski, Ruben Randle and Chris Givens who are wide receivers. The Eagles also resigned Nolan Caroll.

So now feeling better about our offensive line and secondary going into the draft, fans are thinking things like:  let’s get a running back like Zeke or a lineman like Tunsil.  What do the Eagles end up doing? They trade 5 draft picks over 3 years to move up to the second over-all draft pick.  And what do the eagles do? They end up picking up a quarterback, Carson Wentz, from North Dakota State.  Wentz is a big kid with a strong arm that played in a pro-style offense during his college career.  Will Wentz be a day one starter? Of course not! He has to sit behind current quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Chase Daniels.

Speaking of Sam Bradford, who threw a hissy fit, when Philadelphia moved up to the #2 spot because everyone knew Philly wanted a QB. Now I feel you Sammy, I do, but listen up kid, you had 2 acl injuries, you aren’t mobile, and you aren’t getting younger. Nobody ever said “Sammy you’re the back up this year for 11 million”.  So after a small hold out and some tears, Bradford is back at camp as the starting QB.

I look forward to an improved offensive line with rookies Vaitai and Seumalo plus free agents.

We lost Demarco and drafted “the twitter king” Smallwood.

After it’s all said and done the best I can hope for with a new coach on both sides of the ball, a new defensive scheme and the usual divisional rivalry, I honestly put us at 8-8.

I think Sammy comes out strong, and our running by committee approach works, but Ryan Mathews is bound to get hurt, so is Sammy. Which leaves Kenjon Barner and Smallwood with the bulk of the carries and neither are Demarco or Ryan Mathews.

Chase Daniels in his defense probably knows this offense better than Sammy does though. So I guess we just wait and see.

I don’t expect Wentz on the field at all this year and if he is, it’s probably because we have 2 hurt quarterbacks.

Fly Eagles Fly

-Ralph Uriarte Jr.