Sep 27, 2012, 12:52 AM EST
And all it took for a deal to get done was for the replacement officials to RUIN EVERYTHING.
I don’t know what the refs got, and I don’t care. What I do care about is the lockout has ended, and competent, properly trained officials will be on the field tonight. That’s right, folks, they’re not wasting any time.
I suppose thank yous are in order to the Green Bay Packers for taking the bullet for the rest of the league’s 31 franchises. Sorry it couldn’t have been Dallas.
Sep 26, 2012, 12:30 PM EST
Each week during the 2012 season we’re going to hit up some of the most knowledgeable people on the Internet when it comes to the team the Philadelphia Eagles are playing that particular Sunday. This week, we have Jimmy Kempski who runs Blogging the bEast, among other things. Follow him @Jimmy_Beast for all things Eagles, NFC East, and football-related.
Kulp: Who are the Giants? It feels like you can never tell if this team is great or not from one season to the next, sometimes one week to the next. Are they even great at all in the classical sense, meaning the way people think of New England or Pittsburgh?
Jimmy: That’s an interesting question. In the last 5 years, not including 2012, the Patriots were 64-16 (.800) during the regular season. The Giants were 49-31 (.613). Patriots Super Bowl wins during that span: None, and a 4-4 playoff record. Giants Super Bowl wins during that span: 2, and an 8-1 playoff record.
Sep 26, 2012, 1:51 AM EST
We’re sorry to report Darin Ruf did not continue his storybook year by depositing a baseball into the flowerbeds in left field, as we suggested he might in the pregame. Had he done that, I would be busy shooting my psychic hotline commercials right now.
Instead the Eastern League MVP went ahead and continued writing the pages himself, and he decided the next chapter could do a little bit better than the flowerbeds. How ’bout 10 rows deep? [video below]
Sep 25, 2012, 3:36 PM EST
Sitting 5.5 back of the Wild Card with nine games remaining, it would seem there isn’t much left to get enthusiastic about as baseball season slips away for Philadelphia. The Phillies begin their final three games at Citizens Bank Park tonight, so if you want to catch a game before it’s all over, this is your final chance.
There is perhaps one last big story left before it’s all over though, and that is Darin “Babe” Ruf making his first Major League start tonight. He will be playing in left field and batting seventh in the lineup.
Sep 25, 2012, 2:16 PM EST
When I went back and watched the first half of Eagles-Cardinals to see what went wrong — only the first half, because frankly that’s when it was over — I was a little surprised. Play after play, a flattened Michael Vick scooped himself off the turf — 20+ times according to the broadcast — yet the protection didn’t seem all that bad. On occasion, I rewound and checked again, and for the most part the offensive line was getting the job done.
I was relieved to discover today that I was not the only person who noticed. As he does every week, Ray Didinger sat down with NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger and watched the tape. What they found was that despite the Eagles’ patchwork up front, there were plenty of issues that were bigger contributing factors to Vick’s abuse than the offensive line.
And Diddy and Baldy were not the only ones.
Sep 24, 2012, 3:03 PM EST
Andy Reid stopped short of opening the can of worms, but he loosened the lid with a little twist. Asked whether he’s given any thought to making a switch at quarterback during his day-after press conference, the head coach told reporters nothing is imminent. Then in his next breath, Reid seemingly left all options on the table.
“Right now, we’re with Michael and that’s what we’re doing. We’ll evaluate it as we go.”
Sep 24, 2012, 4:19 AM EST
The Eagles clearly have issues. Over the next seven days, anybody will be happy to tell you exactly what they are. I’m sure plenty of you are about to educate me as to exactly what they are.
To reiterate, everybody can see there are legitimate problems here. Michael Vick, Andy Reid… 12 turnovers through three games says it all, so as soon as we have a fresh take on the matter, we will be happy to share it. This is of course in stark contrast with what I expect to read and hear the day after — a whole lot of finger pointing in conjunction with calls to oust the quarterback and/or head coach.
In other words, the usual.
Sep 23, 2012, 7:58 PM EST
Poof. And Philadelphia’s undefeated football season is over.
Okay, so that was never gonna happen, but any good vibes that carried over from last week are dead effective immediately.
Sep 23, 2012, 3:04 PM EST
I know a lot of people are picking the Eagles today, and by association, many of them disrespecting the Arizona Cardinals. This is a dangerous game for the Birds though, and not just because the Cards upended New England last week, or because they’ve won nine of their last 11 games going back to last November.
This has some of the makings of a letdown game for Philadelphia — coming off of a huge victory over a potential Super Bowl contender in the home opener, playing in a dome two time zones away, and looking ahead to next week’s primetime battle against the rival New York Giants.
Sep 21, 2012, 2:58 PM EST
Last week, we used our first look at All-22 coaches film to break down the Michael Vick vs. Ray Lewis match-up. Needless to say, we were pleased with the outcome, not only during the game, but with our research. Lewis may be a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, but against the Eagles he showed little of the range and instinct in the middle that led to two of Vick’s four interceptions in Cleveland.
Look no further than the impact Brent Celek had in the passing game. Celek torched the Ravens defense to the tune of eight catches for 157 yards, and while not all of that production came at the expense of any one defender, it appeared Lewis was on the hook multiple times.
Sep 21, 2012, 12:28 PM EST
When the Cardinals came to the Linc last year and surprised the Eagles — we’ll say surprised and not upset, because the Eagles were 3-5 after all — one excuse for the debacle was DeSean Jackson’s absence from the lineup. After missing a meeting earlier in the week, Andy Reid decided to leave his unhappy wide receiver inactive. The offense predictably stumbled.
DeSean will play this time around when the team makes the trek to Arizona, but his running mate will not. Jeremy Maclin, who has been battling a hip injury since Week 1, was declared not healthy enough to make the trip, leaving the Birds shorthanded once again for a tough Cards D.
Sep 21, 2012, 11:47 AM EST
It’s been nine months since Chris Pronger last took the ice for the Flyers, shut down indefinitely while suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Over that time, we’ve had to come to grips with the fact that the team captain has likely played his last game. Worse yet, updates on his health have been few, far between, and as bleak as “just hoping to have a couple good days in a row.”
But on Thursday, GM Paul Holmgren revealed to The Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi that Pronger is beginning to show some improvement.
Sep 20, 2012, 12:56 PM EST
Irony is hard at work today touting Sunday’s Eagles-Cardinals tilt as Kevin Kolb versus the world, or versus the team that dumped him anyway.
Ironic because it would’ve been Kevin Kolb versus the Eagles last season, except he was hurt and couldn’t play. Ironic because at best this is Joe the Quarterback versus the Eagles, and at worst, it’s John Skelton’s backup versus the Eagles.
Sep 18, 2012, 4:33 PM EST
As Enrico mentioned earlier, the referees for Monday night’s contest between the Falcons and Broncos were heavily criticized by the ESPN broadcast team, and they certainly weren’t the first to do so. I didn’t notice the NFL’s own network was silencing their booth on the matter either, and even college football announcers have been taking shots. Heck, just listen to the soundbites or read the comments by players and coaches all over the league.
Sep 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
The bad news came down on Tuesday morning, and that it was sort of expected doesn’t help to soften the blow any. A scope revealed the partial tear of Jason Kelce’s ACL will require surgery after all, knocking the second-year center out for the remainder of this season.
The Eagles turn now turn to 6-4, 320-lbs. Dallas Reynolds to anchor the middle of their offensive line. The 28 year old participated in his first NFL game when he relieved Kelce in the third quarter on Sunday, and actually performed quite well. How he will respond over the course of a full season is anybody’s guess.
Sep 17, 2012, 2:13 PM EST
Somewhat lost in the aftermath of Sunday’s huge victory over the Ravens, which was awesome enough in its own right before anything else came along to sweeten the pot, the good fortune continued to swing the Eagles’ way later that evening. Dallas and Washington each would go on to drop their respective games against NFC West opponents, leaving Philly the only remaining unbeaten in the East, and thus alone at the top.
Sep 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EST
You mean to tell me Juan Castillo actually knows a thing or two about defense even though he spent the better part of two decades coaching offensive linemen? He’s more comfortable after one year on the job, and the players understand the scheme with a full offseason to digest everything?
You mean to tell me the defense appears to be improved now that there are some quality linebackers, the cornerbacks are being used to their strengths, and the safeties are healthy and not worried about getting yanked? And this combination has led to an increase in turnovers and stiffer defense inside the red zone and on third down?
Really, you don’t say…
Sep 16, 2012, 5:33 PM EST
This was a heavyweight fight. The Eagles came out swinging and landed the bout’s first blow, but they dropped their guard and took a few on the chin. They picked themselves up off the mat though, trading punches back and forth until the final bell sounded. When the dust settled, the Eagles had their arms held high in the air, winning 24-23 on the final scorecard.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles beat a great team today in the Ravens. The atmosphere was chippy, with numerous scrums breaking out after the whistle. The action was brutal, injuries taking their toll on the roster. They turned the ball over four times, but the defense held more often than not. And for the second week in a row, a battered Michael Vick demonstrated a resilience too often this team lacked a season ago.
It was the type of battle that could define what this group is all about.
Sep 16, 2012, 12:02 PM EST
It was a rough week for the Eagles. You know it’s bad when we’re accused of being overly critical about the team on this blog. Unfortunately, winning did little to cover the stench of last week’s brutal offensive performance, so even though there were plenty of positives to take away — like winning the game — everything had to be qualified with, “Yeah, but.”
What didn’t make it any better were the Ravens lurking on the horizon. The Week 2 match-up against one of the AFC’s best was expected to be used as an early measuring stick at best, an early smackdown at worst. Now seemingly nobody wants to go on the record predicting the Eagles will win this game, and there is a fear it could get ugly.
Sep 16, 2012, 2:14 AM EST
Training camps were set to open in a mere six days, while opening night in arenas across North America is scheduled for less than one month from now. But on Sunday at midnight, the National Hockey League officially locked out its players for the third time in two decades, putting all future dates on ice indefinitely.
Whether you’re an avid fan who has been following along, or the wake-me-in-January type casually keeping abreast of the developments, news of a lockout coming into effect is nothing earth-shattering. One need only look at recent history to suspect labor strife is always right around the corner in the NHL, and overtures toward this latest work stoppage have been a year in the making.
Sep 13, 2012, 2:28 PM EST
As some of you may have heard, for the first time ever NFL.com has made the coaches film available to any fan willing to pony up $70 for a Game Rewind package. What sets this apart from a traditional broadcast is it reveals what all 22 players on the field are doing during any given play, thus the nickname All-22.
I had an opportunity to play around with the new feature for a few days after the Cowboys-Giants game, but it really opened up my eyes when the All-22 of Eagles-Browns became available for viewing on Wednesday. Going into the review with a sense of purpose changed the way I watched, and before long I was seeing much, much more than I ever could on Sunday.
Sep 13, 2012, 11:23 AM EST
Every week during the 2012 season we’re going to hit up some of the most knowledgeable people on the Internet when it comes to the team the Philadelphia Eagles are playing that particular Sunday. This week, we have J. Michael, Ravens Insider for CSN Baltimore.
Kulp: There was a surprising amount of noise about Joe Flacco in the offseason. It’s a contract year for the Audubon, NJ native, and cynics jumped on Flacco’s assertion that he is not only a top-five quarterback in the NFL, he’s number one. Flacco responded on Monday against Cincinnati by posting one of the best games of his career (21/29, 299 Yds, 3 TD). Is there reason to believe we are going to watch him develop into an elite quarterback in year five?
J. Michael: Flacco has a quiet, understated confidence. But he’ll tell you, he’s already there as a top five guy. He’s just not paid like one — yet.
Sep 12, 2012, 2:47 PM EST
You’ll no doubt remember the last time the Eagles played the Ravens. A slumping Donovan McNabb was the quarterback, and was benched at halftime of a 10-7 game in favor second-year QB Kevin Kolb. The events that ensued next were nothing short of a disaster.
Think about this when you’re calling for Nick Foles to replace Michael Vick this Sunday.
Sep 11, 2012, 4:49 PM EST
Starting during mini-camps and lasting deep into the summer, there was quite a bit of debate as to whether safety and 2011 second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett would make the Eagles’ 53-man roster this season. The Temple product defied doubters when cuts were announced, his name not among those on the chopping block despite a dreadful performance against Pittsburgh and tons of negative press.
Just one week into his second NFL season however, the Cinderella story is apparently over for now. With Jeremy Maclin battling a hip injury and looking questionable to make the home opener against the Ravens on Sunday, the Birds released Jarrett to make way for WR Mardy Gilyard, a former fourth-round in St. Louis who spent training camp with the club.
Sep 10, 2012, 12:21 AM EST
Michael Vick chucked four interceptions on Sunday, but spent a good portion of the afternoon running for his life. LeSean McCoy lost a fumble, although 54 yards from scrimmage were called back on penalties. Jeremy Maclin piled up 96 yards receiving and a touchdown, yet he too drew the hanky and later dropped the potential game winner. The offensive line struggled to keep an aggressive Browns pass rush out of the backfield, and still Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg opted for a run-pass ratio close to 3:1.
No one individual can shoulder all of the blame for the pitiful offensive effort that hangs over the Eagles’ 17-16 win over Cleveland. Almost every player in the huddle had a hand in this stinker, with the coaching staff sharing plenty of responsibility in what became a proverbial perfect storm. The complete lack of play-calling balance, inability to consistently keep the quarterback clean, and constant shooting themselves in the foot very nearly, perhaps should have cost Philadelphia a game on Sunday.
The worst part is, there were few signs of it turning around any time soon, especially with the defensive-minded Baltimore Ravens opening the Linc next week.
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