Thursday, May 22, 2008

On Hiatus

i'd like to be more active on the blog, but unfortunately, i just don't have the time right now. i've taken on a number of new clients and have been traveling so much it's been tough to even keep up on sports news let alone comment on it.

then when i'm not working, i'm working on 100 year old fixer-upper house.

my hope is that i can get back into it when football season rolls around.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone have any gut feel about thsi team this year? I have to say, I don't feel good. I see another 8-8 as their primary play makers on offense are very old and they'll struggle to stuff the ball in the end zone. Too bad because the defense will be slightly better than last year, although I am still not sold on the cadre of 240 pound LB they have taken in bunches. I hate to say it, but talent wise they are the worst team in the division, again. Not a reason to be fired up.

Bumble

8:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Bubmble, I think you're wrong with everything. I see the O being much better this year for a couple reasons. I think the O-line will show up more. I think that will dramatically improve our run game to open 5 up (I admit the shoulder is troubling). Curtis will have better stats this year. I think G-Lew is gone. We have a potential stud at return in Jackson. It's possible he turns out to be one of the best draft picks the birds have ever made. If we can play field position football this year, we're golden. Defense is definitely better. Not 100% that Lito should be on the team, but really we have no viable options there.....

-Joe

3:42 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some things that concern me going into camp

1. Tra and Runyan both over 34. That's a lot of wear on the legs of guys who need to block the Wares/Jason Taylors/Osi Yumenioras of the world

2. B Wes is delusional and clearly doesn't understand how the cap works. The Eagles cannot pay him what he wants. The league would burn them down if they did something that stupid. The guy's performance warrants a raise and they apparently want to toss him anothe r$9-$10 mill, but that doesn't suit him. This situation is a problem.

3. People are talking about this LB crew as if they've done something, but what exactly have Chris Gocong, Stewart Bradley, and Omar Gaither done to warrant such optimisim? I don't hate these guys, but they are clearly the worst (at least least experienced) LB trio in the division.

4. No play making WR. Reggie "hoof hands" Brown starts the season as a 1, which means you don't have a 1. I am not saying they didn't try to upgrade, but they failed to upgrade.

5. McNabb is fragile and old. The guy cannot stay upright and while he is their best option, he no longer strikes fear into the hearts of d coordinators with his legs and his poor accuracy and questionable decision making in crucnh time certaily don't atone for that lost talent.

6. Reid is STUBBORN!!!! 10 years and no championship and they're .500 since the super bowl. This guy needs to advance in the playoffs or go as his schtick seems to be wearing off.

7. They are clearly the worst team in their division talent wise. Dallas is stacked everywhere and continues to pursue pieces that will win them a championship, the G Men have a clear advantage in both trenches and Burress is waaaaaaaay better than any Bird WR and d back, and the Skins are not an easy W. They are the closest to the Birds, but I give them the slight nod due to better OL and back 7 on D. Birds go 3-3 at best in division.

8. Safety is a major problem area. Dawk looked done to me last year and at 34, he is on fumes. Considine sucks, Mikell is good but not great and they have no depth there. Teams will throw over the top on them all day long.

9. Akers looks done to me. Horrible year last year and cannot kick off past the 15, yet they did nothing to challenge him. Throw in Rocca's inconsistent leg and your kicking game is in shambles.

10. Lots of "speed" rushers. Great...except they all weigh 230 pounds. Those guys wear down. Look at Trent Cole's production in the second half of the season for a case in point.

I don't see it Joe. The talking heads seem to annoint this as a 10-6 team, but I don't see that talent. I would be surprised if they finish better than 8-8 and a 6-10 wouldn't shock me. Too many holes in too many areas in the most competitive division in football.

On the plus side, these things could lead to me eating crow.

1. Abiamiri takes a big step in year 2. A 275 pound DE who plays run and pass equally well with a year under his belt could go a long way.

2. Jackson doesn't pull a hammy every week. Those tiny WR are fragile. If he stays healthy, he is really fast and could change field position dramatically.

3. Laws is a nice punch off the bench. Laws/Bunkley, and Patterson could be a nasty tackle trio.

4. JJ uses Gocong's gifts and blitzes him more. He looked pretty damned good against New England...and he never rushed again.

5. Gilles becomes a starter. Get some heat on Jackson and Herremans and become a nasty interior line with Fat Albert Andrews, Gilles (his dopple ganger) and the winenr of Jackson/Herremans.

6. Curtis becomes a 3 vs. a 1. That creates a mismatch for a lot of defenses a la Wes Welker. Given the chance to be Wes Welker, he could be equally effective. Unfortunately, he has to play teh 2 because we have no 2. Avanat? Baskett? We have no 2.

Bumble

9:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Curtis gets the nod for #1 WR.

Last year Dawk was hurt. This year, he's not. Makes all the difference.

5 is still the top 5 QB when healthy.

The numbers say you're dead wrong about 5's decisions.

Skins suck, you're insane Bumble.

Giants have lost some key talent. I think they struggle to make the playoffs after that win.

Dallas, does indeed scare me.

Our running game is going to be better this year than perhaps ever. While the money issue is there with Westbrook, he is an absolute pro on the field, and all about winning. It will not be an issue with him or the team, only with that white trash moron Cataldi.

12:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree on several fronts, "anonymous", but that's why blogs are so fun.

1. Curtis as a #1 is a huge problem because he isn't a 1 talent wise. Good CB can stuff him at the line and he struggles to do what he does well, which is catch the ball in traffic and get yards after catch. This didn't work last year, why will it this year?

2. Dawk is in my top 3 favorite Birds, but he is 34. No shame in this, but his best years are behind him. His game is physical and nasty, not finesse. He needs to be running on all cylinders and I don't see his cylinders being there any more.

3. Really? the numbers say I'm wrong about 5? Would the numbers you refer to be his .500 record since the Super Bowl (actually sub .500 I think), the number of games he's missed, the number of times he fails to execute at the end of the half, leaving points on the field, or the number of minutes he pissed away lolly gagging in the biggest 2 minutes of his life (SB)? i'm just not sure which set of numbers you're referring to.

4. Skins suck? OK. They pummeled the Birds once last year and generally were a pain in the ass against whomever they played. They can play D and run the ball. that makes them no push over. Not world beaters, but saying they suck is a moronic homer sentiment (a la Eskin and Cataldi) not based on a talent assessment and comparison.

5. I feel you on the G men, but they are stocked well with young talent. they run the ball well, they have a stud WR, and they rush the hell out of the passer. I think they'll be good, but they weren't the best, just the team that peaked at the right time last year.

6. 100% disagree on the running game. True it COULD be best ever, but it won't be because the fat guy has to throw 65% of the time or he loses sleep. That line can run block, but that won't necessarily be show cased.

Bumble

9:02 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Bumble, totally agree with WR, LB, Dawk, OT, and Akers comments. Not sure how anyone can think otherwise.

No rookie WR has EVER made any kind of contribution save Reggie and he was almost so-so. Eagles are hit-or-miss on special teams acquisitions (i.e. Bloom) so not sure we can pencil in much there either.

Totally disagree about McNabb though. His injury history is the primary issue, not his production. He might not always make the big play when needed, but he NEVER throws the game killing INT either.

I won't be truly worried about Dallas until they win a playoff game. They always seem to underplay the level of talent they have on paper.

Giants will be good, but given the loss of talent and how they over-played their talent late last year, tough to say they're unbeatable.

WAS is due for a decent year, but they're already starting to lose too much on D.

Birds don't look bad and could surprise. 10-6 looks mor doable than 6-10.

6:59 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously, what is the freaking deal with Andrews? Why does that enormous lump of fat have some dramatic issue every year? Why is he not in camp? Could be BS, but supposedly the Birds are shopping him because he has become a needy PITA. Probably just rumor on Gargano's show, but it is odd that he's not there and was expected there. All the worry was with Shep and B Wes and now this guy flakes out.

Why does this mirror 2005 with TO? I had a bad feeling that year with all of this internal displeasure and it carried into the season. This looks to be more of the same.

Bumble

8:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Phil,

5 never throws the killer INT ?? Have you forgotten....Playoff games vs St Louis and Tampa Bay. Super Bowl pics.
I'm with Bumble in most ways. They didn't upgrade enough where they needed to. We're taking a leap of faith in a lot of key areas. TE, health/age of O-Line, LB, kicker...the list goes on.

Captain.

2:11 AM EDT  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

Guys, Bumble is pretty much dead on. This is the first season in a long time that I really don't know what to expect, but kinda expect the worst. This internal strife with money has kinda backfired for them. Giving long term contracts to guys who live in the "now" is not a good thing, I am starting to think. If Mike Patterson is good you know he will do the same thing. They didn't do enough in the draft, they weren't aggressive in the off-season enough. Yes, they got Asante Samuel, but it's like when the Eagles went out and signed Steve Everitt when they already had a passable center. I see the house of cards starting to collapse and I don't like how it feels. It is just "blah". I know it could be worse, but I just don't like how it feels. I don't think this team gets it done.

11:24 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What also concerns me is they are eithe rout of shape or lazy. How do you explain a bunch of supposedly "key" guys coming up lame with hammies already. Either you aren't tough enough to suck up doubles or you're fragile. In the case of Samuel it seems the former. In Jackson, the latter. And on paper, weren't both of these gimpy guys supposed to be major pieces of the pie?

Not one good thing has happened thus far in camp, why is there any cause for the remotest shred of optimism?

Bumble

10:46 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad omens continue. First it's a flae out issue with Andrews which sounds serious as it sounds mental/emotional in nature. Then the guy who I think was key to this D line advancing this year is done in the first practice in Abiamiri. That is an absolutely devastating loss IMO. They are suddenly really skinny at that position, no pun intended, with a bunch of 230 pound guys. Nothing has gone right thus far in this off season. Why God, why?!?!

Bumble

9:52 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Captain, those INTs were thrown late in the games, from behind, trying to catch up. If you don't take some risks there, then you might as well just toss our the hurry up offense as well. Um, nevermind.

Thank goodness I don't listen to talk radio in this town. WIP must be jumping off bridges. Can't wait to see what it's like when the Eagles go 1-3 (or 0-4) in the pre-season as usual. Settle down people. Nothing matters until the games count. If you're stressing about some pulled hammies (!), you need some help. It just hit August for crying out loud.

11:41 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. I don't agree with you, Phil, but I hope you're right. I remember wathcing the culmination of crap that started the 2005 season with goofy TO antics, untimely injuries, and distractions. I had a feeling that season would be an utter disaster and it was. I get the same feeling this year primarily due to the mystery surrounding Andrews, Abiamiri, and a lot of unrest. Oh and the fact that you read about how pissed Big Red is getting at practice due to fumbles and drops.


I see 6-10, but I truly hope I'm wrong.

Bumble

4:08 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any idea what's up with Andrews ? With all the silence my suspicion is that maybe his weight has ballooned way out of control and he won't come to camp until he's at least within range of what the team would consider reasonable. This is a completely wild ass guess, anybody have any idea of any other possibilities ??

Captain

5:59 PM EDT  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

Captain, usually when it's this "hush hush" it's a non-football related illness or sickness. Either personally or with your family. I would also surmise that a family matter wouldn't have taken this long. I am not sure if he has kids or anything like that. It's almost a non-issue right now. Which is wierd. I don't suspect it's money, cause the media would be on that. So my logicial or not so logical guess is that it's a non-football related personal issue that the coaches and media have been told to skirt over. Let's hope it's not serious, but if it was cancer or something like that, usually you hear about it.

8:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From watching the Reid press conference today, it seems that Andrews is a bit messed up personally and is working through it. But also that Max is playing well.....

- Joe

6:51 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too damned quiet out there Birds fans, MAKE SOME NOISE!

Is anyone else sick of this band of prima donnas and this cheap, stubborn, know it all ownership group? This team is just tough to like right now. It's one thing to not have enough talent to compete for championships or anything much better than 3rd in the division, it's another to have this daily shit show. Shepherd whining about wanting a new deal when that faberge egg has missed a season, 1 season worth of games the last 3 years. B Wes being greedy and pulling a Cuba Gooding "show me the money!" Buddy, you're good, even great, but you too are as fragile as a fashion model's psyche after eating a cookie. Your career has 1, maybe 2 years left dude! This is a business. Get a clue, take the $10 mill, understand that you've made it huge for a kid from Villanova, and shut the hell up! Andrews with his depression. I don't want to mock mental illness, but isn't this the same guy who had that immature "crying shame" meltdown last year over a sprained ankle? He is a stud, but is he that much better than Gilles? At some point I like my O linemen baseball bat tough and he justs eems like too much of a loose cannon. Lurie, with his smarmy, BS laced state of the state address. Nice pseudo optimism bud, those of us who know what it takes to win football games know you've got at best a 9-7 squad on your hands, so enough of the gold standard pomposity. And did he really throw Lito under the buss with a "yards surrendered per catch" stat? Who gives a shit? I don't like Lito, dude only plays vs. Dallas and gets smoked otherwise, but you look like an imbecile saying stupid things like that. LJ Smith continues to be a puss cake, apparently this "stud" from the Raiders Chris Clemons looks like a scare dpup and has done NOTHING all of camp to draw anythign resembling optimism along the blog boards.

I hate everything about this team right now. I am glad the games are starting, but with 30 guys nursing hammies and Big Red going into the prevent offense all pre seaosn, how much will we really learn? I know what I can say, Dallas is stacked, the Skins looked tough the other night, and the Giants are Super Bowl champs. We beat 2 terrible teams in the equivalent of late season games that were treated like pre season games.

Bumble

10:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All good points Bumble. I would like to debate you, but I can't. You are right

Captain

9:43 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McNabb looked great the other night. Spread the ball, had a little shake and bake, threw nice balls, moved the chains. Gilles was a sound replacement for Andrews, they ran the ball well, Akers had a nice kick off, Jackson is a play maker. Those were all good to see. On the bad side

1. Their 1st team D ends looked AWFUL! They look like they have no DE who properly play the run. Cole and Thomas kept getting hooked or blown up by TE to the tune of 15-20 yards a clip around end. That is and always has been a major concern for me. You can't stop that play, you might as well forfeit. As the game went on, it became blatantly clear that they have no good DE on this team. Clemons looked bad, Thomas made one nice play where he stood up an OT and made a play, Cole got pushed around. When McDougle looks like your top DE, then you are in HUGE trouble. Speaking of huge, McDougle does have huge guns. The good thing is that no team in their division like to run the ball...except Dallas, New York, and Washington.

2. Dawk just looked bad to me. A step slow all game. That TD to Homes was badly telegraphed by Brown, but Dawk needs to see the blown coverage and get over there. he didn't come close to touching the guy and that cannot happen. Safety continue to be a concern.

3. Resign McNabb now. They have no backup QB. Feeley continues to make bad decisions and throw bad balls at inoportune times. i'd cut him. Kolb looked mechanicaly terrible to me. At times he threw a nice spiral and enabled WR to run, but he is terrible under the rush. Every time he sees pressure, he backpedals 10-15 yards and throws a bad pass off his back foot. That will lead to many an INT. This guy just doesn't look like he has "it".

4. Patterson and Bunkley were invisible inside. That isn't a good sign if your first team D line gets bull dozed all night. The Steelers first team O moved through that supposedly good D like a knife through hot butter, rumbling 80 yards in 8 plays without so much as a sniff of resistance. That more than any other plus or minus scares the crap out of me for this team. Those guys need to have a good year if they are going to win 7-8 games.

Bumble

9:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bumble,

Do you actually enjoy being an Eagles fan? It doesn't seem so. I think the Eagle's are a playoff contender, without a doubt. That makes me happy. I think that there's a reason I nor anyone else on this blog have the title NFL head coach after their name. I trust the guy who does.

Continue to raise your BP if you like, but I'm going to enjoy watching some Eagles football with a QB who is healthy and more mobile than he's been in years.

- Joe

1:13 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe,

I am a fan, not a sheep. The guy in charge hasn't done a heckuva lot to earn my blind trust the last several years. Sorry. I'm no head coach, but I watch the division get stronger and the team stay put and it frustrates me. Hoping for a playoff team is all I ever do and this doesn't look like one to me.

Incidentally, I watched every single snap the other night. You can say everything is hunky dory and put all your faith in Big Red's "amazing" coaching ability to lead us home or you can spot the good and the bad and pray the former outshines the latter. I'm going with option 2.

Bumble

8:15 AM EDT  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

Wow...the Bull es en fuego. My only comment is don't put too too much stock in pre-season Eagles games. Honestly, if Don and Wes play, the Eagles will be in most games. Yes, the Eagles need to tweak the D...but I liked how Laws played. I missed most of the game, but it can't be as bad at the Bull (Bum-bull) says, can it? If Bumble is the conservative right on the Birds, I am the pessimistic optimist in the middle. If Don and Wes are healthy and happy and the D plays to their potential, this team should be competitive and play-off potential, shouldn't it? By the way, Quentin Mikell lays the wood on people.

9:46 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone ever seen the show "Small people, big world"? Stewart Bradley looks like the teenage "little person" on that show. he even talks like him. It is uncanny. Look for it on youtube.

Bumble

9:52 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the built in excuse of "it's only pre season" will kick in and to those who say that, I say BULLSH$T!!!! This is two games with some very very alarming core issues that look more like the norm than the exception.

The weather is bad, they aren't inspired, but let's look at the gaping problems that persist for this team.

1. Donny had an awful game on paper with an 11 of 24 night. Some decent balls, the usual throws behind and lucky drops of pick sixes, but not as bad as his line. I actually don't blame him at all. I blame the horrendous WR this team trots out for him year in and year out. Reggie Brown. Jason Avant. Greg Lewis. Hank Baskett. Not an NFL player among them. Don has to be perfect every throw to move the chains because his WR NEVER make a play to help him. 5 drops tonight! Case in point after the INT by Lito. 1 terrible McNabb pass, 1 easy catch dropped by Curtis, 1 easy catch dropped by Lewis. You can't win games with these turds.

2. They just had the ball on the 30 after a gift fumble recovery of DeSean Jackson's punt and they bog down with poor play calling and poorer execution in the red zone, a hallmark of Reid teams.

3. Akers then misses a 45 yarder. yeah it's wet..yadda yadda...John Kasay made his kick. In fantasy realms, Akers is now ranked 28th out of 32 NFL kickers. That says he is no longer considered a starting NFL kicker. I concur and cannot believe they didn't address this at all in the off season.

4. They cannot run the ball. They are getting abused up front by a so-so D line, another Reid hallmark. Does anyone else think Castillo is a really awful line coach? Their technique is just poor and they never establish the LOS.

5. Nary a play by a DE tonight. D line got blown off the ball several times in the run game for huge gashing gains, when they weren't missing tackles. Not a good omen.

6. They have a KR problem as Booker has dropped kickoffs at least 3 times this pre season. Dare I pray for Reno?

7. They take a lot of terrible penalties at bad times. Too many holds, too many jumps (at home nonetheless!), too many stupid face mask calls. This crap kills you. When the Giants sucked 5 years ago, they took lots of stupid penalties. I'm no Coughlin guy, but he cleaned that crap up. Maybe this team needs some more discipline.

8. Did Reid really call a time out on 3rd and inches in the 1st quarter? Why piss that TO away on the easiest decision in football at any level?

9. Dawkins with another horrendous end zone coverage that was a TD which got (wrongly) over turned. He looks 2 steps slow to me. I'd pick on him mercilessly if I was other O coordinators.

Here comes the "Bumble is a pessimistic asshole" e-mails, but come on Birds fans. Aside from McNabb, Westbrook, and Jackson, what is there to get fired up about with this squad? Maybe it's because I am an ex-lineman, but I judge a team by their trenches and their tranches look pretty soft to me right now.

You guessed who.

10:38 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

translation of that rant? The sky is falling, the sky is falling...

Couple things:

I agree Akers is done.

I also agree that while he may be a good RB, Booker can't catch a kick.

I disagree, the TD overturn looked absolutely right on TV. The dude got knocked silly and did not have control until after the ball hit the ground. By Dawk btw.

Anyone else think McDougle came out of nowhere finally last night?

Hell of a game from Kolb too.

And yes Bumble, I don't think you get the idea behind pre-season. It's not for the 1st teamers to win. It's for them to knock some rust off, to START ramping up, and for the rookies to show their stuff. Reid plays the most vanilla pre-season out of anyone. Just look at our pre-season record.

Again, do I think they're perfect, no, but I don't expect them to be.

I enjoy watching football, and I like being an Eagles fan. It just seems to me that you don't.

-Joe

11:24 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe I love your defense for every point I make is always "you're just not an Eagles fan!" If I didn't know better, I'd swear you were on the team payroll with Spuds and Eskin.

Truth is I am a massive Eagles fan. I am a fan of football in general. In fact, I spend so much time watching football from the Birds and other teams that one might call me football crazy. I can speak from an informed viewpoint on the Birds because I can compare them with what I am seeing from other teams. Yes it is pre season, shake the rust off, but the point isn't to display poor habits endemic of a larger problem. Let's look at some concrete things we know after 2 games.

1. McNabb is back. He had a few bad tosses in the rain (and they did throw for an ungodly 52 passes), but he looks like the old D Mac.

2. Herremans can play OT. He handled Peppers last night. This is probably his natural position and he is a much better backup option than that stiff Winston Justice.

3. Laws and Jackson are players. Both look to contribute a lot in 2008. Good job and value on those second rounders.

4. Akers cannot kick into the end zone or hit consistent field goals of any length.

5. Booker cannot catch kickoffs. Good to see that early, except they again put all their eggs in one basket that looks to have a hole in it. The return game needs to be addressed.

6. Dawk looks slow. I am sorry, I love Dawk, top 3 Bird, but he looks done. the guy gave up 2 passing TD in the red zone thus far in the pre season due to shoddy coverage (fine debate the score last night Joe, it was 6)

7. They are sloppy. They take nearly 100 yards a game in penalties, a trend that started when they started to fall from the elite status. Too many false starts, clips, and holds just kill drives. When you are a team with no game breakers who needs to sustain 8-12 play drives, you can't do this. Yes B Wes is a game breaker, but everyone knows that and adjusts to focus on stopping their lone home run threat.

8. The WR drop too many balls. I think there were 7 last night. Again, drops kill drives and make good QB look bad.

9. The starting DE are tiny and thus get pushed around in the run game. 2 teams have just run the ball easily to the outside because the ends get pinned and the LB don't recover.

10. Big Red pisses time outs away in mind numbing situations which hurts them later in hurry up offense. 3rd and a few inches was just one example last night. You cannot burn these and hurt your team in crucial situations later. You also put yourself at risk for late game, crucial challenges. The guy ahs done this for 10 years...when does he improve?

OK Joe, which statement above is untrue? Where have I really missed the boat? These are core issues that make potentially good teams bad and I just want to know why I'm wrong to point out alarming trends that will lead to a reduction in wins. i realize this isn't a championship caliber team, I just want to see them reach their potential, which they won't do given some of these core flaws.

I know, I know, I'm just an alarmist.

Bumble

3:46 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent debate gentlemen, but I think I'm more with Bumble here. We were on the brink of greatness, we owned the NFC for 5 years, but we never came away with big prize. Now, we have a couple great players who should be loading up for their final shot, but those stars are still surrounded by mediocrity. Westbrook is easily my favorite player on this team, and I'm glad he got paid, but with his workload and his knee, he's only got a few good years left. DMac appears to be back, but he's got 2-3 years left in philly before the Kolb era begins. I don't know if I like Kolb or not, but Big Red does, and I believe he is committed to the Kolb era, so it's going to happen, you know how stubborn he is. The O-line is aging, the D-line is not generating pressure, the linebackers are unproven, Dawk is in his final year, and our top 5 kicker is no longer top 10. It's so frustrating b/c we were so close, and the 1 year we had that missing piece, we made it all the way to the big game and we had a chance. Pats won fair and square, but there was no shame b/c we were in that game all they way. One thing that team that no team before or since -- swagger, attitude, toughness. Teams do NOT respect our recievers, Runyan isn't mean and dirty anymore, and even though Dawk and Mikell can bring the wood, they don't inspire fear like they used to. But instead of pulling a yankees and loading up while your window still has a slight opening, you give B West and McNabb and the fans a #2 rcvr and 3 #3's. Don;t anybody dare give me LJ either, or I will turn Bumble loose on you. I know they got Asante, sall that did was give us the best (when healthy( nickel back in the league (Lito). It doesn't inspire fear, it doesn't make us tougher, it doesn't make us super bowl contenders. All it does is give the fans the illusion that Big Red and Lurie are trying to win a super bowl. This team isn't even close. I realize this turned into a bit of a rant, but I'm hurting here --- bleeding eagles green.

Captain

10:02 PM EDT  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

Where the hell is Mean Guy? Where is this blog going? Ugghh...

Sorry Joe, I too see the Captain's and Bumble's perspective on this. First off, Akers is done....DONE. Bumble has called this one for years, but at this point I would rather take a Zendejas or a Bahr or something...jeez.

With Hey Hey Hey Andrews back, maybe this line can pull it together. Herremans is a better T than G. Max Jean doesn't fit in his helmet. But they are playing sloppy.

I am okay with 280 lb defensive lineman as long as they can play upfield and make problems. At this point I don't see it.

The WR are just mediocre. Not horrible, but certainly not playmakers; but DeSean Jackson has some mad skillz, yo!

If the Birds play as mediocre as they have over the past 2 years, the faithful will be calling for the likes of Mark Mangino....

8:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

Where the hell is Mean Guy? Where is this blog going? Ugghh...

Sorry Joe, I too see the Captain's and Bumble's perspective on this. First off, Akers is done....DONE. Bumble has called this one for years, but at this point I would rather take a Zendejas or a Bahr or something...jeez.

With Hey Hey Hey Andrews back, maybe this line can pull it together. Herremans is a better T than G. Max Jean doesn't fit in his helmet. But they are playing sloppy.

I am okay with 280 lb defensive lineman as long as they can play upfield and make problems. At this point I don't see it.

The WR are just mediocre. Not horrible, but certainly not playmakers; but DeSean Jackson has some mad skillz, yo!

If the Birds play as mediocre as they have over the past 2 years, the faithful will be calling for the likes of Mark Mangino....

8:25 AM EDT  
Blogger MS69 said...

Eagles didnt look good but Bumble is in midseason form. I agree with more than a few things he said. TMG has got to come back!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

sports hernia for Curtis...

hmmmm, ok, perhaps that is a piece of the sky I see falling..............


- Joe

1:40 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That cracked me up, Joe.

TMG, where are you man? This blog needs a new topic, a new spark, some input from you. Put down that hammer and come in, the water is warm.

Bumble

8:51 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McNabb looks great again! Jackson is a player! D looking much better. Hunt a good running FB, but not a blocking FB as 3 different guys stood him and shed him. I'd keep him as 3rd RB and cut Buck. I like a lot of what I see tonight. Wow O line is punching the Pats in the mouth.

The Jared Mayo for New England looks really good to me. He'll be a stud for 10 years for Belichek.

Bumble

8:25 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bumble,

Were you drinking, or was that actually a fairly positive review?


:o)

Joe

5:05 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I was drinking, but I liked what i saw out of the O and D line. that is the nastiness I've been seeking. their front 5 just dominated the Pats all game. The blitzes didn't work, the usual post receipt Patriot cheap shot bullsh&t didn't work, the freebie 8-10 yard contact the Pats always seem to get away with didn't work. They kicked the crap out of the Pats. Donny continues to look great. Interesting how a team as talented as the pats is below average less their best player. not having Brady completely changes their offense and makes their defense vulnerable as the ancient, over-rated group they are.

My question is who gets screwed on the Birds? I have always been down on McDougle, but not this year. The kid is busting ass every play and making plays. I want a hungry guy like that. i hope he isn't victim of a numbers agme with Chris Clemons who was a complete bust of a free agent pick up and who has done nothing.

Jackson is really really polished for a rookie. He seems to have "it". You know red doesn't like entrusting those rookie WR with responsibility, but he seems to have confidence in thsi kid.

Love Joe Mays. He makes my team. 5'10" 245 pound dynamo who just blows things up all over the field. That guy is on my 53 man squad and he spells LB for a few series a game to keep firing fast young guys.

If that DE rotation comes around and they stay healthy, maybe, just maybe they win 10 games. And thsat is no insult. I actually think going 3-3 in the NFC East is good as it is clearly the top division in football. You earn your 10 and then go play some of those over-rated teams (hello Seattle who has benefitted not seeing McNabb in their last few W over the Birds, hello Minnesota, yup you have no QB), who knows?

Bumble

6:38 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Pete, given your lack of time, how about entrusting Bumble with the keys to this site to help out?

11:48 AM EDT  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

agreed Phil....another option would be just to start a supplemental Blog Spot...I do like Mean Guy's input, but no postings since May is a little depressing

8:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 6 of us should start our own eagles blog, call it friends of pete.... we could get some traction with multiple writers and fresh content.

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