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Andrew Kulp

  1. Are Replacement Officials Detracting From Your Viewing Experience?

    Sep 18, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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    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.

  2. Kelce’s Season Is Finished, What Now At Center?

    Sep 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    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.

  3. Oh, By the Way, the Eagles Are in First Place

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

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    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.

  4. Here Comes the Positive Juan Castillo Press

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. Vick Leads Another Late Drive as Defense Showed Up Big in 24-23 Win Over Ravens

    Sep 16, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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    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.

  6. Why the Eagles Will Beat the Ravens (or Why Not)

    Sep 16, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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    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.

  7. Here We Go Again: NHL Lockout Underway

    Sep 16, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

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    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.

  8. Using NFL.com’s New Coaches Film Feature to Evaluate the Vick vs. Ray Lewis Matchup

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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    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.

  9. Opposition Beat: Talking Eagles-Ravens with CSN Baltimore

    Sep 13, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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    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.

  10. You Don’t Have to Look Very Far to Find This Sunday’s Worst Case Scenario

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

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    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.

  11. Jaiquawn Jarrett Doesn’t Make It, Waived For WR Depth

    Sep 11, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    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.

  12. Top to Bottom, Eagles’ Offense Is Offensive in Victory

    Sep 10, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

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    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.

  13. Everybody Breathe a Sigh of Relief

    Sep 9, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Eagles, and in particular Michael Vick, made this harder than it had to be. That said, what matters is the Birds escaped Cleveland with a win.

    Vick heaved four interceptions, including a pick six that handed the Browns the lead in the fourth quarter, as the offense failed to find a rhythm for most of the afternoon. With the game on the line, and an embarrassing loss looking increasingly likely, they finally figured it out in the closing moments. The Eagles moved 91 yards on 16 plays, capped off by a four-yard touchdown pass to Clay Harbor to steal the 17-16 victory.

  14. Previewing Week 1 Around the NFL

    Sep 9, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

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    The first NFL Sunday of the season has arrived. Ah… love that feeling. We’re taking a spin around the league to look at the match-ups involving future Eagles opponents or games that may have implications in the NFC East. If you’re watching Red Zone today or any of the later games, leave your comments on the action here.

  15. Latest Updates on Eagles-Browns: DeMeco Ryans, Bryce Brown, Trent Richardson, & More

    Sep 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff is fast approaching, and while it feels like we’ve been setting the stage for months, news on both sides keeps rolling in. The Eagles’ linebacker situation got even weirder on Friday, while an injury on offense may change the complexion of their backfield. In Cleveland, Scott Fujita’s suspension may have been lifted, but will he play, and how big a dose of Trent Richardson will the Birds receive?

  16. LeSean McCoy vs. Browns Run Defense and Four Other Key Match-ups on Sunday

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

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    As you may have heard by now, the Eagles kick off the regular season on Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns. And as we are wont to do around here before a big game, we took a look at some of the big match-ups ahead, examining and breaking down what will tilt the scales in either team’s favor.

  17. First Down? DeMeco Ryans. Second Down? DeMeco Ryans. Third Down…

    Sep 7, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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    That’s his name, so don’t want to wear it out — especially before one real game has been played.

    The hope was that DeMeco Ryans would come over from the Houston Texans and stabilize a linebacker corps that was woefully in over their heads just a season ago. Unfairly or not, his arrival has been met with mixed reviews thus far — I’ll go on the record as siding with “unfairly.” Nonetheless, the seventh-year veteran’s athleticism has been called into question since an Achilles injury struck in 2010, and the idea he is still a three-down player is exactly that: an idea.

  18. NFC East Rivals Square Off in NFL Return

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

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    The wait is over. Are you as excited as we are, even if it is a game between two teams you are hardwired to hate?

    The NFL kicks off tonight at 8:30 in its traditional fashion, with the reigning Super Bowl champions playing host. Eight months after the New York Giants met the Dallas Cowboys to determine the last remaining playoff spot in the final game of the 2011 regular season, the rematch is set for the first game of 2012. And although there is less at stake this time around, at the end of the night, one of these two teams will be in first place in the NFC East.

  19. Opposition Beat: Talking Eagles-Browns with Cleveland’s WFNY

    Sep 5, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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    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. Up first, Scott Sargent of the go-to Cleveland sports site Waiting for Next Year.

    Kulp:Third-overall pick Trent Richardson didn’t play all preseason after having “minor” knee surgery, but is expected to be ready for Week 1. How large a role will he play in the offense versus the Eagles?

    Scott, WFNY: If any, I think we’re looking at a two-down situation with Richardson on Opening Day.

  20. Revisiting the Sheldon Brown Trade

    Sep 4, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    A look back at Sheldon Brown’s time with the Eagles, why he was traded, and what the team got in return.

  21. 2012 Eagles Regular Season Precap SWAGs

    Sep 4, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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    A game-by-game prediction for the Eagles, who open their 2012 campaign this Sunday.

  22. The Final 53: Breaking Down the Eagles’ 2012 Roster Updated

    Sep 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    A look at the 53 players who survived cutdown day and will enter the 2012 season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

  23. Andy Reid Will Be Fired Over Another 8-8 Season, Unless He Isn’t

    Aug 31, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Jeffrey Lurie delivered his annual State of the Eagles address before Thursday’s preseason game, and while the CEO didn’t have much of interest to say, the media was quick to hone in on the ultimatum of sorts he imposed on Andy Reid. Let’s see if we can deliver this is the simplest of terms using Lurie’s own words.

  24. Eagles Finish Up Preseason Against Jets Sorry, No Tebow

    Aug 30, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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    The Eagles and Jets will rest their starters — and Tim Tebow — in the fourth and final preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field.

  25. Who Will Be Top Dog in the NFC East?

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    A brief overview of all four teams in the NFC East. Will the Eagles wind up division champions?