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Doug Deep – EaglesFanCast 222

The Philadelphia Eagles have the best record in the NFL.

Read that sentence again.

The Birds are now 6-1 on the season. They are 3-0 in the NFC East. They are 5-0 in the NFC. They are in solid shape at this point in the season, and have handled adversity in amazing ways. The Washington Redskins were the latest in this midnight green highway when they came to Lincoln Financial Field and lost.

After a rough first quarter, where the Eagles were cited with multiple penalties, negative yardage, and a Carson Wentz interception… all on the Eagles first possession of the game, they escaped with only a 3-0 deficit. In the second the Eagles outscored the Redskins 17-7, and barely looked back.

We are seeing Wentz to continue to develop, take chances, and make miraculous escapes from the pocket. He is also taking a tough sack, and then throwing touchdown passes a play or two later. He’s a leader of this team, and the team is showing full support for what he is doing and backing him every step of the way. It’s the beginning of something amazing, and a 6-1 record is a great beginning.

The Monday Night Football game also brought David Akers back for his induction into the Eagles Hall of Fame, as Akers is the highest scorer in the history of the team. He led an Eagles cheer  during his induction ceremony, and 70,000 fans cheered with him.

Next is a home game with the San Francisco 49ers traveling east to play in Philly. The Niners have not won a game yet this season, but that can make them a dangerous prospect. We still do not see this as anything but a win for the Eagles, as the coaching staff and players do not take any team lightly, they know every game is a fight, and no opponent is weak.

The negative that came out of the game is the Eagles lost two needed starters in Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks with injuries that ended their seasons. Both players are excellent in their positions and are starters for a reason. It’s a concern for us with having lost two more starters even before the halfway mark in the season.

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EaglesFanCast 108 – The Lockout Is Over

The NFL lockout is over, and the teams, players and staff are reporting back to work in an official manner.  The day has been busy with news around the league, but not much so far in the Philadelphia Eagles camp, with only some rookie free agent signings and a number of rumors.

We come back from our lockout hiatus and jump into what we know so far and what we expect from here.

What we discussed:

  • The Philadelphia Eagles will not be re-signing any of their free agents
  • Surprised that Stewart Bradley will not be back
  • Longtime favorite David Akers, a kicking legend in Philly and the last of the Eagles Super Bowl team, will also be gone
  • We talk about Kevin Kolb and how his status is affected by the Seahawks’ signing of two quarterbacks
  • Brett Favre coming to Philly? No way, Eskin.
  • Somehow Todd gets to talking about how bad Donovan McNabb played in that fateful Super Bowl
  • We get a voicemail from Elijah Smalls

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EaglesFanCast 107 – Eagles Post-Draft 2011

The 2011 NFL Draft is over, the dust has settled, the player lockout is back on, and we have Tommy Lawlor back on the show to talk all about the Draft.  We go over the picks, the repercussions, the Draft day moves and even touch on how things may have worked out for other teams we all love to hate.

What we discussed:

  • Tommy Lawlor is back for the 2011 Eagles Draft wrap up
  • Danny Watkins was the Eagles first pick.  As a 26 year old rookie, is he too old?  Maybe he is the mature player with few miles on his body that the Eagles Offense needs
  • With a 4th round Kicker drafted, Alex Henery pretty much means David Akers will no longer be an Eagle
  • Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was the Eagles 54th pick, and that will most likely mean Quintin Mikell will not be re-signed
  • Curtis Marsh was taken in the 3rd round to fill a Cornerback spot
  • The Eagles made four trades during the Draft this year
  • Four Linebackers were drafted this year, and they are needed
  • Casey Matthews – one of the most instinctive Linebackers out there in this class
  • Redskins made some improvement
  • Cowboys made some strange picks
  • Giants made some questionable decisions

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EaglesFanCast 104 – Playoff Crash

Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay PackersThe Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday of Wildcard Weekend.  The result was from a series of mistakes stemming from drops, penalties, missed field goals, missed tackles, missed opportunities, and missed coaching decisions.  It was another heartbreak loss in the playoffs. We try to come to terms with the loss and put the whole team into perspective with how the unexpected season transpired. With dozens of injuries throughout the season, the resurgence of Mike Vick as an MVP quarterback, winning the NFC East, and NO other East team even making the playoffs… it’s been one hell of a season, and one that builds excitement for what can be for 2011.

From an EaglesFanCast standpoint, thank you to everyone who listened in and joined us this season.  We had a lot of new listeners, from all over the world, and we heard from many of you, and it’s been great.  Please stay with us throughout the offseason, and we want to hear from you.  Let us know what you want to hear on future shows.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers
  • The feeling of most fans at the end of this season is sadness
  • Blame the coaches? Blame Akers? Blame Vick? Blame inexperience? We try to sort that out.
  • The feeling of some is that we need a new Head Coach.  A coach that is a gameday coach, a clock management coach and a coach that can adjust.
  • It was a season that was above our expectations, and now we expect big things for next season
  • We briefly look at what we need moving forward
  • Chuck talks about the tailgate setup this week, and Tom McAllister hung out too!

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The Best Roster In The League!

“I feel this year we have the best roster in the league” said Joe Banner on July 26th 2009. As we now know, that roster didn’t fulfill its potential to win a Super Bowl. It didn’t even come close. Does getting rid of ten players back up Banner’s previous assessment or blow it out of the water? Well, when you consider that he also claimed to have the best roster in 2003, 2004 and again in 2008 I’d lean heavily towards the latter.

And so we say goodbye to released team-mates Will Witherspoon, Brian Westbrook, Shawn Andrews, Kevin Curtis and Darren Howard, plus the recently traded Reggie Brown, Chris Clemons, Sheldon Brown, Chris Gocong and Donovan McNabb. That’s a massive exodus of veteran personnel including, of course, the franchise Quarterback.

What does this mean for the coming season? Well, for one thing we’re likely to have the youngest group of players in the NFL. As far as I can see only David Akers, Sav Rocca, Juqua Parker and Jeremiah Trotter are over the age of thirty in a league where experience means a huge amount.

When Andy Reid was asked last week who his offensive leaders were he answered, “That’s a good question because Kevin becomes one of them. One of the things I’ve mentioned is that I think he’s a good leader. I think we have some tremendous leaders up front. DeSean Jackson has turned into a kid that has shown leadership ability. Brent Celek is one of our primary leaders.”

These are all young guys with a lot on their shoulders already, how much can they reasonably take on and still play at their best? Reid refers to DeSean Jackson as a “kid” which says it all. No matter how talented, these guys are barely more than rookies.

The successful returns of Jamaal Jackson and Stacy Andrews will be a big boost to the organization, but the Draft is where Andy Reid is undoubtedly focusing. With eleven picks to play with including five in the first 87 overall, we have some serious bargaining power.

I’m really looking forward to the Draft this year. With the revamped format, eleven picks and Andy Reid calling the shots it should be quite spectacular for the watching Eagles fans. There are some big gaps to fill, such as cornerback, but Reid has shown time and time again that he’s good at this side of the job and I’ll be relaxing with popcorn on hand and Twitter fired up!

I’m quite excited by this rebuilding process and for me, the Eagles ARE rebuilding even though no one at NovaCare will admit it. It may be a year or two until we make the playoffs again, but this team growing up together could eventually lead us to that elusive Super Bowl title that we all crave so much.

Just one thing though. If Joe Banner claims again this year that we have the best roster in the league, I’ll know for sure that his rose-tinted glasses are superglued to his face!

Cheers from the UK and GO BIRDS!