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EaglesFanCast 86 – Preseason Football Starts

Training Camp for the Philadelphia Eagles is well under way in Lehigh, PA, and our Birds have their first preseason football game this Friday.  The Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Philadelphia where we all get to see the new team on the field for the first time.  There is much excitement building for this season, and reports are racing out of camp about the players, position changes, a flurry of injuries, and status updates.

This week we mainly talk about this building excitement and a few of the things that we have seen and hope to see moving forward.  We also talk about the toughness of the Eagles camp and how we like what we see building in Kolb’s instincts so far.

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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!

EaglesFanCast 78 – In The Dirt

Our Philadelphia Eagles end their playoff run quickly, and fail in Dallas two weeks in a row, losing to the Dallas Cowboys 34-14, bringing a frustrating and roller coaster season to an end.  We talk about the aspects of the game, bring up some of the disappointment, anger, frustration, and questions that Eagles fans have after yet another playoff run comes up short.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles lose to Dallas Cowboys in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, 34-14
  • The lack of confidence in our QB contributed to the loss
  • Another major contributor to the loss was Andy Reid’s inability to adjust
  • Rumors abound that Brian Westbrook may retire from football altogether, because of his knee issues
  • Email from Evan
  • We address the Quarterback situation a bit
  • We also address what some Eagles fans are saying about why we lost: Brian Dawkins’ absense from the team
  • We close out the show with voicemails from some fans

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EaglesFanCast 71 – Green Fans

A wild week for us as we had to bail on the Tuesday night recording, then tonight didn’t get any better as both Eric and Todd were not able to make it last second. Good thing is, I had Luis from Green Fans – The Movie scheduled to come on, and we were able to talk at length about his movie and all kinds of Eagles topics.

What we discussed:

  • Luis talks about his 3-year project, Green Fans – The Movie, what it entailed, what he learned, some of the players he interviewed, and some of the multitudes of fans
  • The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, out in Chicago 24-20
  • It was a win, but there were still a bunch of things to be concerned about
  • Concerns about David Akers, Sav Rocca, the Offensive Line, the Cornerbacks
  • Shawn Andrews, will he return?
  • Winston Justice signs a 4-year contract extension
  • Email from Alex
  • Donovan McNabb and his future as a Hall of Famer relies solely on a Super Bowl ring
  • Michael Vick and his place on the team and his progress
  • Email from Dr. Krug
  • Email from Steve in the UK

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EaglesFanCast 67 – Raiders of the Lost Cause

The Philadelphia Eagles lose to the horrible Oakland Raiders in a game that pretty much everyone thought was a lock for a Win.  Almost every aspect of the team contributed to the embarrassment, from coaching, playcalling, tackling, passing, blocking and kicking.  We try to express some of what transpired since the game, what went wrong, and our concerns for the future.  Joining us this week is Cody Benjamin, from the Eagles fan blog, Bleed Green.

What we discussed:

  • Cody from Bleed Green joins us, and we ask him about his site
  • Who is to blame for this horrible loss? It might be easier to say who is not
  • Andy Reid shoulders the blame for this loss… no adjustments, and he was completely outcoached
  • Eagles trade with Rams at the deadline, picked up LB Will Witherspoon and sent them rookie WR Brandon Gibson
  • Donovan McNabb was under pressure all game, and he was too jumpy as a result
  • Stacy Andrews still looking tender, and may not be 100% for a while yet
  • email from Evan
  • email from Aussie Steve
  • email saying farewell to Trotter
  • email from Dr. Krug in Gettysburg
  • We are angry about this loss, and why?
  • We touch on what to be nervous about moving forward

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