Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday Links

- congrats to jimmy rollins for his mvp season

- phil sheridan says the eagles need "swagger" to beat the patriots. one bill belichick would disagree:
The Patriots gave their defense six concepts to remember entering the week of preparation. "Don't ever make the mistake of thinking [Marshall] Faulk is staying home to block,'' the Pats' game plan that week said. "That's either a screen or he's going to have a delayed release out of the backfield.'' And: "Remember, no matter what your eyes tell you, you'll never see the same play twice. It may look like the same play, but it's not. Don't play the actual play. Play whatever your assigned concept is.'' And "Be physical with them at all times. They don't like that.''

Belichick told Holley: "We're not going to say, 'Watch out for these 50 things.' It's too overwhelming. The concepts will get it done the majority of the time, as long as we don't give up the big play ... [If] they hit an out for 10 yards, life goes on. Let's take away something and then we'll try to scramble to handle the things that we know we're not quite as solid on.'' Faulk gained 130 yards in the game, but never hit a home run. Neither did the Rams. New England won 20-17 in one of the great upsets in Super Bowl history.

Football is a brutal business. Belichick is brutally frank with his players. In front of his team after a 28-10 loss to the Packers in 2002, Belichick said: "We have a lot of smart guys in this room, but on the football field we play like a bunch of f------- morons.'' Holley writes: "If you are one of the players flinching at the harshness of these words, you might as well begin packing. There is no way you are going to last as a New England Patriot. This is one of the reasons the Patriots' college scouts are asked by their bosses, 'Can this player handle tough coaching?' ''

Belichick doesn't buy the canned and cliché stuff you hear in the press all the time. As the Patriots struggled trying to repeat as champs in 2002, he read in the paper one day that one of players said the team had to get its "swagger'' back. That day, in the team meeting, he said: "You know what? We didn't have a 'swagger' last year. What we had was a sense of urgency about playing well, being smart, and capitalizing on every opportunity and situation that came our way ... It wasn't about a f------- swagger. You can take that swagger and shove it right up your a--, OK?''
what's the single biggest difference between bill belichick and andy reid -- tough coaching. reid believes in individual responsibility and empowerment. he's the barney of NFL coaches, "everyone is special", "we're all winners". you'll note the patriots only give their players 6 things to think about for an entire gameplan. the worst coast offense gives players 30 things to think about on every play.

- david aldridge asks the anti-iverson crowd whether they're happy with the "team" now that they're fully into rebuilding mode and losing by 30 every night. for those of you eager to turn the page on the reid/mcnabb era, this is what we're looking at when the eagles go into rebuilding mode. does anyone seriously think that billy king has the foresight and wherewithal to trade andre miller? he should have traded him last season, f-ing billy king.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my prediction for Sunday. Mc5 will play. Andy will not adjust his game plan at all, which means we will throw 65% of the time. While we're busy being out of rythem and going 3 & out, the Patriots will build up a sizeable lead. Then Andy will COMPLETELY abandon the run, and Don will end of with 50 throws on his sprained ankle and swollen thumb. The final will be bad, as previously stated, I hope it's the worst yet.


12:11 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, great article in Friday's Daily new by Rich Hoffman. check it out. I'm sure TMG will post the link.


2:53 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any predictions on how the Eagles wil play against the Patriots? I miss all the Eagles talk this blog used to generate...

I'm not sure why, but I think the team will play well and kep this one close (within two touchdowns, if this qualifies as close).

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving...

Ed Wade

5:01 PM EST  
Blogger MS69 said...

I want some of whatever Ed Wade is smoking. Im thinking we are looking at an epic loss. Im not hearing alot of anger about it on the radio. Its funny considering we were in the Super Bowl not too long ago with the Pats and had a chance to win. Id like to see a mob chasing Banner and Lurie with torches and pitchforks but thats just me.

6:02 PM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

My wife said the Eagles can lose the rest of the year if they just beat the Pats tonight (similar to our old 2-14 is fine if the 2 wins are against DAL). I kinda agree with her, but don't think it's going to be close. We don't have the secondary to deal with Moss/Stallworth/Welker. The only way we're winning is by going +5 in TO differential and great special teams plays, neither of which we're even average at. Sigh. Guess I'll be getting to bed early tonight.

5:03 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Are they kidding ?? Are they kidding ??? Up by 4 at start of 4th quarter ????


10:46 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3rd and 6. Blitz gets picked up NO PROBLEM....1st down, and any hope of a big defensive stand and miracle win dies. That is why JJ needs to go. Everybody and there brother knew what was coming, nobody even got close -- EZ completion for 9 yards, 1st down, game over.


11:25 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Westbrook is back to recieve the punt in the 4th quarter of a regular season game in a non-playoff year.
Where was this genius call in the SUPER BOWL !!!!! (Ike Reese confirmed in a newspaper article I read today that they were in an all out punt block in the SB. There was no one back to rcv that punt - I've suffered the past 3 years thinking our returner fell down and that's why no return).

I hate Andy Reid.


11:32 PM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

Captain, JJ kept Brady under 25 points for the first time this year. I'm the first to say he had to go, but that was a great game call by him. Execution was very good as well.

Offense had a good game as well. Were there plays they left out there? Yup.

They took the greatest team EVER to the wall and just came up short.

This effing team is going to kill me.

11:34 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beauty of this is that now those idiots at WIP can generate a MASSIVE quarterback controversy, which should be kind of fun to listen to.


11:35 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah...hats off to the Birds. There are no moral victories, but with a severely banged up secondary and backup QB, they played toe to toe with the best team I've ever seen. That's why rain or shine, I love these guys. they piss me off a lot, but I love them.

Kudos to JJ on a solid game plan. His blitz may have gotten picked up because the Pats have stud O lineman Cap, no shame there.

Kudos to Red for a great offensive game plan. Feeley lacks the arm to exploit the holes-two bad picks late and a woefully underthorwn ball to Curtis on a sure TD-but he played well and they moved the ball.

Rocca sucks. that 15 yard shank just killed them.

Man the Pats are awesome! I watched them and still have no clue how you beat them because they never turn the damn ball over or beat themselves. Brady is better than Montana, better then Manning, better than Unitas. This guy is sick. It pisses me off how good he is.


11:40 PM EST  

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