Thursday, August 23, 2007

Garry Cobb Fan Club

don't look now, but do you know who is providing the best information and commentary on the philadelphia eagles? none other than garry cobb (and this is coming from a guy who couldn't stand cobb when he was on wip).

here are some recent links from gcobb.com:

- why the birds should run against the steelers
If they can come out and pound the ball against this defense they can run against anybody. Another key to running the ball against the 3-4 is getting some movement with a double team of the nose guard. Steelers nose guard Casey Hampton is as good as they come. He's built like a fire hydrant and he's as hard to uproot as a mature oak tree.
- why jeremiah should choose denver over tampa if he has the option
In Denver they have one great shut down corners in Champ Bailey and another good corner in Dre Bly. They're able to hide a poor coverage safety like John Lynch. They might be able to hide a guy like Jeremiah as well. Their outside linebackers are very fast and could probably cover most of the tight ends and back all by themselves. It would be a much better landing place for Trot than Tampa.
- why the NAACP is hurting black americans with their support of michael vick
Does it make sense to you? Here you have the NAACP speaking out on behalf of Michael Vick who has admitted guilt. They demand that he be treated fairly. A couple of years ago you had the head of the NAACP here in Philadelphia, Jerry Mondesire, coming out criticizing McNabb for his play and his handling of the Terrell Owens incidents. You would figure that a guy like McNabb who has never been in any trouble and done tons of charity work would get the nod over Vick, who has never been arrested by the police but, he supposedly gave a women herpes in the “Ron Mexico incidence” and he had the marijuana smelling bottle at the airport Rather than this trouble excluding Vick from NAACP support, it qualifies him for it. Poor leadership is one of the major factors that has a good percentage of "Black America" headed backward.
- why the notion of the eagles lockerroom being "devastated" is a myth
I hear all this stuff about how the Birds are going to miss Trot's leadership, but they need a middle linebacker who can make all the plays even more. I can understand somebody arguing that Jeremiah should be kept on the team because of his playing ability but all of the stuff about missing a guys personality is overrated.
- why the running game didn't work against the panthers and ravens
The Panther defensive movement accomplished it's purpose because it had the Birds offensive line, tight ends and running backs playing tentatively and unsure about whom they were supposed to block on running plays. A number of times a break down on a key block caused Brian Westbrook to be trapped for no gain and a loss of yardage. This must be straightened out.
- some commentary on mcnabb's coming out against trotter's release
Donovan has a habit of saying what he thinks he's supposed to say. I saw McNabb and the team having a bunch of laughs out on the field on the day Trot was released. The whole image that some have tried to paint of a team in mourning isn't true. In the NFL things happen so fast that you don't have time to get into all the drama. Right now the Eagles players are thinking about what they've got to do to prepare for the Steelers. Donovan had better be ready for Pittsburgh's defense. Did he miss the way Jason Campbell was hit on his knee after a Steeler blitz? All that nonsense about "it taking the team weeks to get over the Eagles cutting Trotter" is nothing but garbage. If they screw up a few weeks, the season could be over.

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Anonymous Cheesesteak Hoagie said...

You're dead-on with the love for GCobb. He was way ahead of the curve on Trotter (in that he posted on Andy Reid threatening his job two weeks ago). Turns out GCobb is much better as a blogger than as a radio blathermonkey -- who knew?

Outta here like Vladimir.

6:35 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming money isn't the issue (and I am unsure of the salary ramifications of the trotter move), isn't it wise to keep him on the team, even if he only starts and isn't the every down linebacker. He can't be a liability from play 1, and I can't see somebody significantly better taking his place. So Gaither can play, and so can Bradley -- why not have them split time with Trot, and prove they're up to the job. Trot is a pretty good "worst case scenario" linebacker than what we have now. I don't think he's done. And being the great locker room guy everybody thinks he is, do you think he causes a problem ?? Is this "addition by subtraction" ???? I don't see it.

Captain

11:33 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Trot is a pretty good "worst case scenario" linebacker than what we have now. I don't think he's done. And being the great locker room guy everybody thinks he is, do you think he causes a problem ?? Is this "addition by subtraction" ???? I don't see it.

IMO, trotter can't play. he just can't run anymore. if you could guarantee that the opponent would run directly at him whenever he was in the game or if you used him exclusively on run blitzes, i guess he could be useful, but there is a fat chance of that happening.

i don't think this is addition by subtraction. given the number of ex-players who've come out to say that this whole "leadership" notion is only important if you're able to make plays to back it up, i think trotter's leadership is negligible because he's a marginal player now.

the reason they cut him is pretty straightforward i think: at this point both mccoy and daniels are more important to the team than trotter. both of those guys are excellent coverage guys on special teams and trotter isn't.

11:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

FO charted passes on 1st down against the Eagles increased from like 35% in '05 to 47% in 2006. I would imagine that number would've only gone up this year if Trot was still there.

And it's always funny how "character" only really matter if a team is losing (see Me-O year 2). I don't care if they cut everyone and replace the entire team with scabs as long as the team keeps wining and wins a SB.

12:03 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

And it's always funny how "character" only really matter if a team is losing (see Me-O year 2). I don't care if they cut everyone and replace the entire team with scabs as long as the team keeps wining and wins a SB.

that's a great point, phil, and is directly related to the point i was ham-handedly trying to make in my original trotter post. where was trotter's vaunted leadership at the time the eagles needed it most? that's when times were tough and real leadership would have come to the fore.

12:10 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do/should grown men really need to be led/told what to do? I think that is the most over-rated thing in sports. The only value leadeship brings is toughness. Ray Lewis is the leader of the Ravens because he will kill (maybe literally) anyone who says otherwise. He will punch you in the mouth and when things get tough, guys look to see what Ray does. However, when controversy comes, he basically says "not my job, no comment". I don't really buy this "Trotter betrayed McNabb" slant because that isn't really how it went down. He refused to pick a side and he actually said that he enjoyed playoing with TO. Is that so bad? A lack of leadership? Or a guy being honest and trying to keep everyone happy?

Regardless, the only leadership I'd ever judge Trot on is how he stepped up or did not when teams were running roughshod over them last year. Did he make it his personal mission to stuff the run and say "not in my house"? No, he did not. In fact he played worse than the entire team. In my book, that was where it showed that he could not rally troops or raise his game in crisis. Thus, he isn;t the leader we thought he was. Compare to the monster season Dawk had in the second half when they needed it. The guy played like a man possess for 2 months. Or think bigger, what would Ray Lewis do in that situation? I know 2007 Ray Lewis isn't 2001 Ray Lewis by any stretch, but he would've stepped up.

Trotter is a nice guy with a funny celebratory dance, but he is not great leader on the field in crucial situations. That aspect of his game can be easily replaced by someone who makes plays.

Bumble

3:08 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

The only value leadeship brings is toughness.

that's probably true. though i think it's important to note that toughness isn't just physical toughness. emotional and mental toughness is probably just as important.

I don't really buy this "Trotter betrayed McNabb" slant because that isn't really how it went down. He refused to pick a side and he actually said that he enjoyed playoing with TO.

among other things, i recall that trotter said that me-o was semi-justified in doing what he was doing. i also recall that he implied that mcnabb was the instigator rather than me-o. i can't cite any specific articles to confirm one way or the other, but that is my recollection.

Or think bigger, what would Ray Lewis do in that situation? I know 2007 Ray Lewis isn't 2001 Ray Lewis by any stretch, but he would've stepped up.

Trotter is a nice guy with a funny celebratory dance, but he is not great leader on the field in crucial situations. That aspect of his game can be easily replaced by someone who makes plays.


i think the whole ray lewis as a leader thing is overblown as well. ray was a great "leader" because he was once the best defensive player on the planet. ray has been a below average LB for the last 2 seasons, so really he's now just a loudmouth. i've read several articles citing how the defense is split between the ed reed camp and the ray lewis camp and how reed and lewis don't really get along.

11:44 PM EDT  

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