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Eagles Writing The Script For Their Own Underdog Story

November 2nd, 2014 Week 8 of the season and the Eagles are 5-2. Season is looking promising. They are tied 7-7 with seven seconds left in the first quarter against the 4-4 Texans. It’s third and sixteen from the Texans 47 yard line. Nick Foles drops back and is scrambling looking for someone to get open. From behind comes Whitney Mercilus and drives Foles right in the turf.  Nine yard loss and now backed up to their own 44 yard line. It’s a tough loss for a once promising drive. The Eagles did not just lose nine yards on this play though; they also lost their starting Quarterback for the season. Nick Foles heads to the locker room and is diagnosed with a broken collarbone. Mark Sanchez replaces him and the Eagles miss the playoffs.  This was not just the end of Nick Foles season; it was supposed to be the end of his Eagles career. Not many people thought Foles would be the quarterback that would lead the Eagles to their first Lombardi trophy and former Eagles coach Chip Kelly was included in that. He would go on to trade Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford that offseason. Fast forward to this week and Nick Foles is now the starting Quarterback for the Eagles in Super Bowl 52. Nick Foles’ journey back to the Eagles starting Quarterback is not just an underdog story; it resembles the storyline of a Hollywood blockbuster.  The crazy part is he is not the only one on this team with a story like this.

Let’s talk about Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Since the moment he got hired majority of people (myself included) doubted he would be the coach to take the Eagles back to the Super Bowl. Doug Pederson was not a name that had been mentioned by anyone as a rumored potential head coach. It came out of nowhere when they hired him. Add on the fact that Pederson was coming over from being Andy Reid’s offensive coordinator and now you got Eagles fans and the local media worried. Everyone jumped straight to the worst: “He is going to be a clone of Andy Reid”, “Andy never got the job done and Doug won’t either”, “He doesn’t have enough experience in the NFL to be a head coach”. Look when a city has never won a Super Bowl especially a city like Philadelphia everyone expects the worst. At the beginning of this season Michael Lombardi from the Ringer called Doug Pederson the least qualified coach to receive a head coaching job. Media outlets from all over had the Eagles around a measly 7-9 or 8-8 range and giving Doug no credit to get this team to be a contender in the NFC or even the NFC East. Also rumors surfaced during training camp that Jim Schwartz was gunning for his job. Doug has no shot of leading this team; except he has done that and more. Not only has he led this team to the Super Bowl, but he has done it having his players play selfless football. Everyone believing in the team and not in their own personal achievement is nothing short of incredible. This team has 53 men on the roster and to get every single one to check their egos at the door and play selfless football is a huge credit to Doug Pederson and the coach he is. He believes in his players and the next one stepping up if one goes down. Tell Eagles fans at the beginning of the season that Doug Pederson would lead a team that lost Jason peters, Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks and MVP candidate Carson Wentz for the season to the Super Bowl and you would be labeled the village idiot. I mean how could you not react that way? It is insane to think the Eagles are one win away from their first Super Bowl with all that has gone against them, but here they are and Doug is the main reason for that. His journey these past two years is a true underdog story and fits right in with the city of Philadelphia. He is writing his own script and is just getting started.

Then there is Brandon Graham. Drafted with the 13th pick in the 2010 NFL draft and was immediately labeled a stretch pick. No one thought he should have gone that high. Eagles fans were especially mad they did not get Earl Thomas. Graham was already off to a bad start in Philly. His first few years he was a slow developer and meanwhile up in New York Jason Pierre-Paul who was drafted two picks after him was turning into a star. Graham was starting to get labeled a bust and being written off. Over the past few years Graham has done nothing but silence the doubters. He is one of the top pass rushers in the league now and is part of the best front four in football. Graham has now become a fan favorite here as well. He is constantly making appearances and interacting with the fans. He has embraced the city and in return they have embraced him. A guy who was about to be cast off is now one of the heroes for this team. He could have continued the narrative that everyone had already written for him, but he never gave up and is writing his own narrative that may end with him hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

So many players on this team are writing their own underdog story. Mychal Kendricks and Jason Kelce were almost traded and now are huge contributors for this team. Even the city of Philadelphia in general constantly feels like the underdog. Philly loves a good underdog story and if you go up and down this roster it is full of them. That’s what makes this team special. They continue to prove the doubters wrong and write their own script. Now this team is one win away from finishing this season’s underdog script with the proper ending for these players, this franchise and especially this city.

Written by Donald D’agostino

Image Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Go Birds

Being a realist isn’t an excuse for disbelief in a Birds postseason run. I hear fans giving up on the season, but isn’t the beauty of being an eagles fan the faith you have in your team even when all the cards are stacked up against them?

That being said, the Eagles have a long road to the Super Bowl. The Falcons are a dangerous team with a plethora of weapons. Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn and the rest of the Dirty Birds look like they drank a pedialyte and woke up from their Super Bowl hangover.

 

After the Birds take down the Falcons, either the Saints or the Vikings are coming to town.

The Eagles did what they needed to do to lock up home field advantage after Carson Wentz went down. Now they need two home wins to get the franchise’s third Super Bowl birth.

There are three keys to success for the Birds this postseason.

  1. Win the battle up front

The Eagles need to dominate on the offensive and defensive lines. They are the   team’s two biggest strengths. The Eagles have Pro Bowl and All-Pro talent on both lines. Their offensive line needs to create a run game and keep pressure off Foles.The d-line needs to do the opposite. They have to play physical stop the run and keep pressure on the opposing QB. That will take pressure off the team’s young DB group.

  1. Foles needs to step it up

Nick Foles does not have to be Carson Wentz for the team to win. He needs to play confident and protect the ball. When Foles plays with confidence, he can make the big throws. The last two weeks of the season Foles played timid. He needs to find that confidence that he had back in 2013.

  1. Dougie P needs to continue to impress

Did anyone think Doug Pederson was going to be this good of a coach? I sure didn’t. He has made huge strides in year two. He needs to devise a game plan that sets up Foles and the offense for success. Doug has shown he can coach in the regular season. Lets see what he can do in the postseason.

 

Don’t be a realist and look at all the things going against the Birds. Be a fan and look at all of the advantages. The NFC comes through Philly and no one is giving us a chance. It is us against the world! Don’t give up on the Birds! Fly Eagles Fly!

Written by Joe Smith

Tempered Expectations and Why God Isn’t Dead

 

You can best understand me if we start on Saturday night. I attended a Christmas party with friends, one thing lead to another, and all of a sudden I was the drunkest guy in the zip code. Being as that was, I left my phone at said party and had to drive back on Sunday morning. Someone thought it was a good idea to get a brunch crew together and soon I was once again one of tri-state area’s biggest disappointments.

You say “I don’t give a shit about any of this” and I say it’s important because I blacked the hell out and forgot anything even tangentially related to the Eagles game. That being true, I could still feel in my balls that something wasn’t right. This feeling was given credence after I woke up on a couch at 11pm, ordered an Uber after I found my car parked in, and had my driver offhandedly mention that our sweet sweet boy “busted his got damn leg”. Memories flooded back into my skull like I was a vet back in a Vietnamese jungle surrounded by Charlie.

Here’s the reality: the best we can hope for Wentz is that he makes a full physical and psychological recovery before next September. I think I can speak for most of the fan base when I say that he’s almost permanently won us over with his play and personality. Who knows how many washed up Delco football players were ready to offer up their ACL to this guy. For better or worse, he’s our messiah. It’s totally subjective, but football fans can feel in their gut whether they’re watching a good or great team. On a 3rd and 12 when he impossibly slips a collapsed pocket and zips the ball through coverage, you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Wentz was that difference. It’s undeniable that the kid has the kind of magic in him that makes an impact on every drive and can animate a whole team.

Some among us are choosing to forget this because “Big Dick” Foles has had some truly special moments as an NFL quarterback. This has led a lot of fans to act like he’s going to be the second coming of 2006 Jeff Garcia with a full head of hair and without the erectile dysfunction. The four stages of Philly fandom are apathy, a glimmer of hope, belief in the possibility of something special happening, and then soul-crushing failure. That’s what that kind of unwarranted optimism sets us up for and there’s a good reason that Foles couldn’t beat out Trevor Siemian or Brett Hundley for a job. I’ve been quoted saying as saying other not so great stuff about Nick Foles in midnight green, but here we are.

 

I’m forgetting I ever said any of that, and you’re forgetting about the four stages of fandom that always end up with you face down at Mummers mumbling “maybe next year”. I often say “believe in something”, and it’s one of those phrases I use just for the sake of making words with my mouth. I never think it means anything, but I remember in times like these that it does. A French songwriter who I don’t care to Google once said that she had two loves, her country and Paris. My two loves are this city and these fucking birds. The playoffs are next month. Time to dig in and believe in something.

Written by John Renzi

Dandy Andy (AGAIN)

“Whew.” That was the text my mother sent me just minutes after the Eagles squeaked by in their 26-24 shootout victory against the Chargers this evening. My mother has always been an Eagles fan, and I have spent many a Sunday afternoon screaming at the T.V. with her. But this time she was definitely right. Despite our awesome record, there are still plenty of things to be worried about.
The defense looked incredibly sloppy. Crippled with injuries, they were exposed once again by a staunch receiving core. I really can’t fathom how Keenan Allen has made it this far without hurting himself, but I am happy for him.

When healthy, he is a coverage nightmare. He had 138 yards receiving paired with 114 and a TD from Tyrell Williams. This is going to continue to be a theme until Darby comes back, and this is inherently putting pressure on the offense to score, but this week the offense answered the call.
This run game is freakin great. The Chargers are ranked 31st in the league when it comes to run defense, and the Eagles broke them down. Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood are providing great depth at running back, and watching Blount run over people is exactly what the fan base had hoped for. When he rumbled, bumbled and stumbled and then stiff-armed that guy into the depths of the turf, I was awestruck. This ground pound opens up opportunities for Carson, and this offense looked great on the first four drives. We managed to run 6 whole minutes off the clock, with just a two- point lead. This is the most dangerous weapon our team has, and say a prayer that we continue to use it in this way.
Torrey Smith really seems to suck at football, or so I thought. He came out with a tweet today expressing his frustrations, and I don’t hate him nearly as much for it now. The guy wants to be great, and Carson will continue to give him opportunities. Four drops in four games are still kind of brutal though. Nelson continues to prove his worth, and those like three targets he gets each game are almost always receptions in crucial moments, and it is wonderful to see how he has grown.

The offense stalled about midway into the third quarter, and we scored like a million field goals. I know this guy Elliott is a legend, but damn can we stop riding him this hard. We don’t want his leg to fall off.
The Eagles are still working out the kinks with game management, and this defense will continue to keep opponents in games. But if we are able to use the run game to our advantage, and Fletcher Cox comes back on defense, we will be fine. The Cardinals are a team with a decimated offensive line and no David Johnson. I hope we pound them into the dirt.
 

Written by Andrew Masterson

Blount Signing Is A Great Dumb Move

When you have a franchise QB on his rookie contract, you do all you can to make sure he gets everything he needs. Just like my Enterprise internship. They have a bright young man like myself on cheap intern pay, and they are making sure I’m getting the tools to be my own boss 🙂

But this blog isn’t about me, it’s about the guys who take on one of the most dangerous jobs in sports: The running back. To be a back in this league, you need to be insanely athletic, durable, and a lot of times, it even helps to be really stupid (just watch any Marshawn Lynch interview). Frank Gore’s IQ is historically low and that’s why he’s still risking his life at the age of 34. Le’veon Bell was dumb enough to get caught with weed, but he’s probably the best RB in this league. Unless you’re a QB, it benefits teams to be dumb. Patrick Willis, who is now working in the Silicon Valley, was smart enough to retire at age 29 and leave San Fran’s defense in shambles. No good.

Which brings me to this signing. The Eagles picked up an athletic back. Over 1,100 yards last year weighing 250lbs. He’s proven to be very durable. Part of this is because he’s always been splitting carries, but he’s never been seriously hurt. And what I like most about him, is he’s nice and dumb. Howie Rosemann is putting together a nice set of idiot running backs and I love it.

Besides scoring 18 TD last year and proving to be on the most consistent short yardage backs, Blount has also been dumb at times, and will come in here as a great dumb mentor to our young running back core. He got caught with weed and was suspended for a game in 2015, but it’s the story in 2010 that I find a liking in.

“Hout, pumped up by the Broncos’ 19-8 defeat of Oregon in last year’s season opener, slapped Blount on the shoulder. The (Oregon) running back had told Sports Illustrated that the Ducks owed the Broncos an “(expletive)-whuppin’.” “How ’bout that (expletive)-whuppin’?” Hout said he told Blount. Blount responded with a right hand to the jaw that dropped Hout to the blue turf. Blount was suspended for most of the season; Hout, who was disciplined internally, was criticized on national TV and teased relentlessly in the locker room.” From Tim Gardener, USA Today.

That’s the attitude we need on this football team. Ryan Matthews was solid, but not “I’ll punch a dude in the mouth without even thinking about the consequences” solid.

Go Birds.

Written by Mike Cloran

Image Source: LeGarrette Blount

 

Interview With Kutztown NFL Draft Prospect Jordan Morgan

“Jordan Morgan Jr. (Kutztown) – 6026, 313, H-10”, A-33 ¼”.Senior Bowl: Small college player who plays high with questionable balance. A waist bender who loses his knee bend on contact. High on pulls. Stops feet on contact. A raw developmental talent.” – Ourlads.com

As a fellow Kutztown (GOLDEN) Bear, I knew it was my duty to get a couple of questions in with the Gene Upshaw Award Winner for best offensive lineman in D2 football, the PSAC East player of the year, Parkway West Alumni, Philadelphia’s own, Mr. Jordan Morgan. I asked Jordan these questions in the most journalist way possible…by DM’ing him through Instagram. Jordan is entering the NFL draft as one of the top guards projected to go in the 4th-5th round.

Q1: You walk outside for the first day of classes freshman year. The farm-poop smell fresh in the air at Kutztown University…Where did that Jordan Morgan think he would be in the year 2017?

I never imagined I’d be here. At first I wasn’t even sure if I’d make the final cut for the team my freshman year. But I always tried to put it to the back of my mind and just keep powering forward.

Keep in mind, Jordan was recruited as a walk-on accidentally. Coaches from Kutztown came to see someone else play at his high school and Jordan caught their attention.

Q2: At what point did you realize mauling defensive lineman might be a career for you?

My sophomore year of college I decided this was what I wanted to do with my life, but my junior year is when I started to see it come to fruition.

Q3: What advantages did a small school like Kutztown give you that a D1 school might not have been able to give?

I think it made me a harder worker. We didn’t have much, so we had to work that much harder for everything…that difference in resources teaches you the importance of hard work.

From what I have heard and even seen, the Kutztown football players don’t exactly have the state of the art facilities. They do conditioning drills in a gym that’s probably 100 years old, and we only have one gym on campus which is smaller than your average planet fitness.

Q4: I know just being in the NFL is enough in itself, but how much are you pulling for the Birds to take you in the draft?

I know they’re interested, but I don’t have a preference for where I play…I just want to play with the best people at the highest level.


As a die hard fan, drafting Jordan makes so much sense in that 4th-5th round range. The guards we have on the roster now aren’t proven to be anything long term, and now is the time to invest in protecting Carson Wentz. Give Carson a hard working monster like Jordan who also wasn’t a D1 guy to grow with and work hard with every day.

Jordan also told me that he plans on being home in Philly when he gets the call, and won’t be risking his ACL running up the art museum steps.

Go Birds. Go (GOLDEN) Bears.

 

Written by Mike Cloran

Image Source: McCall.com

Eagles Go 10-6, McCaffrey Is Better Than Zeke

So the Eagles schedule came out Thursday. Normal people might look at it and try to guess where our 9 wins will come from, but I don’t usually do that. I like to look at the games I can tailgate and watch at the Linc blacked out of my mind. I usually count on the game before Christmas to be that one, but this year we play ON Jesus’ birthday. I’m either heading down and getting a ticket, or my Uncles and Aunts are getting a show at home. In other news, here is my prediction of what will happen game by game:

Week 1:
Birds win 31-0. Mccaffrey goes for 300 total yards. Eagles fans claim he is better than Zeke Elliot.

Week 2:
Birds lose 31-0 to the Chiefs. Eagles fans want Andy Reid back and Doug fired.

Week 3:
Eli Manning gets caught selling his cleats to me in the parking lot. He gets suspended and birds win 24-7.

Week 4:
Eagles lose just because.

Week 5:
Carson Palmer tears both ACL’s in one play and retires after the game. Birds win 27-10.

Week 6:
Eagles lose on game winning FG. I spend that Sunday night quietly pondering life in my room wondering if being an Eagles fan is worthy of my time.

Week 7:
Kirk Cousins poops his pants and Eagles win. I love the birds!

Week 8:
Eagles lose to the 49ers somehow. I fucking hate the Eagles man.

Week 9:
Tony Romo comes out of retirement to play for the Broncos. Vinny Curry breaks everything in his back and Romo is back in the booth. Eagles are 5-4 heading into the bye.

Week 11:
Can we please just win this game. Please. Eagles go 6-4?

Week 12
Is Rex Grossmann still QB? Eagles go 7-4

Week 13:
Eagles lose to Seattle all because we won some stupid meaningless week 17 game last year. God damnit.

Week 14:
Eagles win and Jared Goff quits football. Eagles are 8-5.

Week 15:
Eli Manning is back from his suspension (he sold me A LOT of cleats) and Brandon Marshall does bad things to Jalen Mills.

Week 16:
Eagles win despite Wentz going down with a hand injury. Nick FOLES throws for 7 TD again. Eagles are 9-6!

Week 17:
Eagles beat the Cowboys for the division. Wentz is better than Dak and McCaffrey gets his 2,000th rushing yard.

10-6 it is!

Pro Bowlers: Jason Kelce

Written by Mike Cloran

Image Source: CSNPhilly

Don’t Draft Christian McCaffrey

It makes almost too much sense, right? The Eagles are in need of a running back, McCaffrey is a great scheme fit due to his versatility and he seems like the perfect character guy to pair with Carson Wentz. While all of this is true, taking a running back with the 14th overall pick in the NFL Draft would be a huge mistake.

Take a look at this list below. It’s the top 10 rushing leaders in the NFL last year. How many of them do you think were first round picks?

The answer is one and he’s a huge pussy.

The next list is the RBs who led the league in receiving last year. How many do you think were top 14 picks?

The answer is a whopping 0.

These two stats alone are enough for me. There is so much RB value later in drafts that taking a guy in the first round is absurd. Especially when he doesn’t project to be an every down NFL running back.

I like McCaffrey. I think he could turn out to be a really good player in this league. I just don’t think he’s worth using a first round pick on when there are so many other positions of need that can be filled with the selection.

Let’s look at the measurable for Alvin Kamara, who probably grades out to be a late second, early third round pick and compare them to McCaffrey.

I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather “settle” for a guy in the 2nd or 3rd round with better measurables, comparable stats and less wear and tear while also gaining a difference maker on defense at 14. A guy like Kamara along with Gareon Conley or Derek Barnett will be much more productive for your team as a whole than McCaffrey and guys like Teez Tabor or Jordan Willis.

The Eagles have way too many holes on the roster to use a first round pick on a position where there is so much value later in the draft. McCaffrey would be exciting, but the Eagles should not pull the trigger on him if he’s available at 14.

Written by Eric Quinn

Image Source: Kirby Lee – USA Today Sports

NFC East Free Agency Recap

It has certainly been an intense forty-eight hours of free agency given to us by the NFL. So far, the most noise has been made in the NFC East. The division made a name for itself last season as one of the league’s best after just being called the “NFC Least” the year before. The division looks set to remain around the top after a lot of big name players made this division their next and possibly final stop in their careers. So what teams in the NFC East are gaining from free agency and what teams have taken a step back?

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys were one of the best teams in the NFL last year. Their season came to an abrupt end due to a magical performance by Aaron Rodgers. The scary thing is they are only going to get better. With a young, All-Pro offensive line, and two young offensive weapons with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, they are going to have a very solid team for years to come. So far in free agency their main focus has been on Tony Romo. Whether he gets released (again) or ends up getting traded, they will save a lot of money by not having him on their team. It will also help Dak Prescott develop as he will not have to worry about losing his starting job every time after playing in a bad game.

New York Giants

The Giants have one of the best receivers in the game with Odell Beckham. His catching abilities give Eli Manning and Giants’ fans no worries and leave opposing fans salivating at the opportunity to have him on their team. Add that to a young and promising wide receiver in Sterling Shepard. Free agency has seen a rich wide receiver corps only get richer with the addition of veteran Brandon Marshall. Marshall performed extremely well around poor quarterbacks on the Jets; imagine what he could do with a proven winner like Eli Manning. This trio of wide receivers should not just bring worry to the NFC East, but to the entire league. Fellow division rivals should hope that this addition of Marshall is more of a bust than a boom. Marshall has been seen to be a head case in the past and if things don’t work out, it could turn sour quick. Add that to the already primadonna antics of Odell Beckham and the pairing could spell trouble internally for the Giants.

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