EaglesFanCast 94 – Green Birds of Prey

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole celebrates a stop against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of NFL football action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 17, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

The Philadelphia Eagles pull together behind a stellar performance from backup (!?) quarterback Kevin Kolb and beat the Atlanta Falcons in Lincoln Financial Field, 31-17.  The day was warm, the sun was shining, and the Eagles had a 21-0 lead before the Falcons scored. Special Teams, Defense and Offensive Line all had a great day, and allowed Kolb to work his magic, while stopping the Falcons repeatedly. Unfortunately the day was not perfect, as we witnessed star receiver DeSean Jackson go out with a severe concussion after a terrifying hit, and ol’ reliable kicker David Akers miss three field goals.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles beat the Falcons in Philadelphia and travel next week to play the Tennessee Titans
  • WR Desean Jackson’s concussion and hit, plus we talk about other hard hits in the NFL this week
  • Kevin Kolb was phenomenal this week, completing 23 of 29 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns
  • The Defense stepped up, with King Dunlap making an remarkable turnaround from last week
  • Trent Cole was a monster, and Stewart Bradley looks like he’s improving as well
  • Tailgating this week was a lot of fun, with UK Steve visiting Philly on a sports tour that is becoming legendary, and Jason from Bleeding Green Nation hung with us as well.
  • We got to meet The Commissioner of Tailgating, Joe Cahn and talk with him about his tailgating adventures
  • EFC Fantasy Football updates wrap up the show along with an email from Dennis in Gettysburg and a couple of voicemails

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My IR List is Better Than Yours!

A day after Andy “I goofed” Reid announced Broderick Bunkley needed elbow surgery, and will likely be done for the season, it turns out he may be able to play through the injury. Let’s hope so.   Already after only five games we have five players on IR, plus Victor Abiamiri on the Reserve/PUP list.

I’m going to put a positive spin on all these injuries. We get to see who has what it takes to take us to the next level, and who doesn’t.

When Vick took over and started playing out of his skin I actually started thinking making the playoffs, winning the division and maybe getting a couple of  home playoffs were distinct possibilities, and from there anything can happen.  Now I just don’t know if that’s a serious possibility,  and that’s  probably a good thing, we have a good young team but not a champion team yet, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ve had too many NFC championship disappointments in recent memory.

Going into preseason with Kolb as our new starter I, like most of you, was anticipating a rebuilding year  where anything better than 8-8 or 9-7  would be a bonus.  But all the injuries, especially on offense, are making it hard to predict how anything will turn out, but maybe some of the players who are getting their chance due to injuries will blossom into legitimate starters, maybe not.  Maybe, instead of being the year that Kevin Kolb gets to learn and grow into being a top starting QB, this might be the year that Michael Vick takes control and makes this team his own and Kolb gets traded.

I actually think that both of them can be our franchise QB, it just remains to be seen who it is.  Michael Vick is only 30 and, because of his jail time  his body has avoided a few seasons worth of sacks.  I see no reason why Vick can’t be our starter for the next five or more years. Remember Randall Cunningham was 34 when he started at the Vikings after a season off, and took them to the superbowl the next year.   Half the teams in the league don’t have a QB they seriously think can take them to the superbowl, we possibly have two.  Kolb seems to be improving each time I see him, and who knows how good he might be.

One thing is almost certain, only one of them is likely to be on the roster come week one, 2011.

Let’s assume this is not our year and sit back and enjoy the rest of the season and see our many young players mature.   Hopefully we have a winning season and also find out which players are going to take us the next step.  A few missed blocks,  blown coverages and dropped passes are annoying, but we at least will really know who has it, and who doesn’t.

Players like King Dunlap, Brandon Graham and Owen Schmitt will get plenty of opportunity to show us if they can legitimately compete to be starters next season.   At the moment Dunlap doesn’t look too good, but he’s likely to see plenty of snaps this season and have plenty of chances to convince us otherwise.

Right now, the only thing I can say for sure  is that  the Super Bowl should not even be on the radar (sorry Todd). We could still get lucky and win the division.  At this stage who knows what record will be needed in the NFC East, considering how inconsistent everyone is. It could come down to tie breakers with two or even three teams on 10-6 or 9-7. This is an exciting year so far and will continue to be, even if we don’t make the playoffs.

Let’s just hope Goofy there on the sidelines learns some clock management.

I won’t hold my breath on that!

Go Birds!

Aussie Steve

EaglesFanCast 93 – West Coast Win

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb rolls out to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of their NFL football game in San Francisco, California October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

The Philadelphia Eagles stay tied atop the NFC East with a win over the hapless San Francisco 49ers. Quarterback Kevin Kolb, playing for the injured Michael Vick, played with confidence behind an Offensive Line that sustained even more losses to injury. Speaking of injury, running back Lesean “Shady” McCoy started with a broken rib and contributed 138 total yards with a touchdown. Andy Reid had even more questionable coaching decisions that make us scratch our heads and the Eagles secondary fell asleep in the fourth quarter of the game, almost allowing the 49ers to build a comeback. Regardless of the negatives, the Eagles are now 3-2 on the season, and host the Atlanta Falcons this coming week in Philadelphia.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles win over the San Francisco 49ers 27-24
  • DT Brodrick Bunkley out for the season with elbow ligament damage, but there are now conflicting reports
  • LT Jason Peters injured his knee and may have an MRI on it
  • King Dunlap was horrible, and needs to find a way to stop the pass rushers
  • Kevin Kolb looked comfortable and more confident, scanning his receivers before unloading his passes
  • Shady McCoy is just an incredible talent
  • The Dallas Cowboys lost again, and the NFC East giggled
  • The Eagles have a lot of work to do on the O-line and D-lines, especially this week against the Falcons

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EaglesFanCast 92 – Andy Reid Goofed

PHILADELPHIA - Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks at a press conference regarding Michael Vick at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

In what amounted to a disaster of a game, the Philadelphia Eagles lose at home to the Washington Redskins. Donovan McNabb’s homecoming was not what anyone predicted, with more Eagles players going down with concussions and broken bones, more poor officiating, some laughable coaching and penalties all adding up to a poor Eagles showing in front of a worldwide audience. McNabb performed badly, but it was the Redskins running game that won the game. Eagles latest starting quarterback, Michael Vick, went down with a rib cartilage injury, and Kevin Kolb came in off the bench. In what was arguably the game-losing moments, Head Coach Andy Reid flubbed clock management and play calling before the half, which resulted in a Field Goal instead of a potential touchdown. Reid’s ultimate explanation for the decisions was, “I goofed.”

What we discussed:

  • We start off with addressing Andy Reid’s debacle of clock management… “I goofed”
  • We take a look at the next couple of weeks in the schedule
  • The injuries continue to add up for the team
  • Our expectations of the team as this being a rebuilding year are now back in line
  • We talk about the tailgate this week with Todd flying in and also listener Brian from Colorado came and hung out with us
  • Wrap up with some EFC Fantasy Football talk

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