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Alone On Top – EaglesFanCast 134

Our Philadelphia Eagles play the home opener against the Baltimore Ravens in a slugfest and the Eagles come out on top, banged and bruised, but winners.  This leads the Eagles to be 2-0 on the season, and sitting at the top of the NFC East Division.  We saw the team pick itself up and continue to fight the entire game, despite more turnovers that would have done most other teams in on the day.  To make it even better, the team fought from a deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead late, and the Defense once again did a phenomenal job to keep the Ravens Offense from scoring.  Unfortunately the Eagles lose center Jason Kelce for the year when he tore is knee’s MCL and partially tore his ACL.  He will surely be missed on the Offense.

Cody Benjamin from Bleed Green joins us this week, and we talk about the Ravens game, coaching efforts, improvements, and the coming Arizona Cardinals game on the road.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23
  • Michael Vick shows confidence and determination that we didn’t see a lot of when Donovan McNabb was under center
  • Brent Celek had an amazing game, and helped the fans go crazy with acrobatic and enthusiastic display
  • DeMeco Ryans is emerging as the powerhouse leader of the Defense
  • The Eagles Defense looked especially good this week, and the Defensive coaching schemes were great to handle what the Ravens threw at them
  • Coaching all around in this game was impressive… adjustments were key
  • Eagles travel to Arizona to take on a tough Cardinals team
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How Do YOU Say Done? – EaglesFanCast 122

What is there to say? The Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Arizona Cardinals and blow their fifth fourth quarter lead of the season.  At this point, with how the team played and the coaches failed, it’s very difficult to spin anything positive on how this season has progressed, and where they are going from here.  The Eagles travel up to play the New York Giants, but with the season already over, we do not see a chance that the Eagles will pull this game out and expect them to lose.  With much feedback in emails and voicemails this week, we have seen the fans’ disgust with head coach Andy Reid, and it seems that almost all want Reid gone. Thanks for the memories Coach Reid, but your time has passed, please leave your Chinese menu on the way out.  The time’s ours and we want to move on to the next chapter in this Eagles franchise history.

What we discussed:

  • Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson was benched for missing a team meeting. Pretty much Reid’s act was to set an example as a way to take back control
  • Quarterback Michael Vick suffered two broken ribs near the beginning of the game, but it was not known until the game was over, and Vick played poorly as a result
  • Shady McCoy under-utilized again, and again it hurts the team’s production
  • Andy Reid has turned into a horrible coach and manager, showing very little intelligence, bad decision-making abilities and poor judgement
  • The players on this Eagles team no longer have heart
  • The fans have very little faith in the Eagles now, but still love the team
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Bears Eat Eagles Lunch – EaglesFanCast 121

First of all, I want to dedicate this week’s show to all Veterans… of every service… of every country… of every sex, creed and belief. We honor what you do so we can do things like live freely, raise families in peace and enjoy what we make of our time on this planet. Your sacrifices allowed me to grow and raise a family of my own, and allows them to do the same.  Thank you.  Come home safely, welcome home to those who have served, and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, rest in peace.

So here we are again. We discuss yet another head-scratching loss by the Philadelphia Eagles, at home, against a team they should have beaten… by less than a touchdown. The Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football beat the Eagles at The Linc 30-24 as the Eagles display the amazing ability by Head Coach Andy Reid to completely out-coach himself. What works one week cannot possibly work two weeks in a row, so the game plan that worked so effectively against the Dallas Cowboys the week before was drastically changed against the Bears.  Our Castillo-led Defense allowed the Bears to score early, and Reid appears to panic as a result, passing and no longer allowing the positive of the week before move the team forward.  (By the way, in the show I mentioned that the Bears went up 14-0, but in my head I was thinking “by two scores” and my words came out wrong.  Sorry. lol)

What we discussed:

  • Eagles lose 30-24 after Reid sees his team go down 7-0 in the first quarter, and panic seems to set in.
  • We believe that there is no hope left in this season, and as a result, Andy Reid is done in Philadelphia
  • Juan Castillo ran the Defense ineffectively, allowing Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler plenty of time to find his receivers in clutch situations
  • Arizona Cardinals are coming to Philadelphia this week, and although we expect a win this week, the outlook for the rest of the season still seems dismal
  • We briefly discuss the situation that broke this week regarding sexual abuse allegations involving the football coaching staff at Penn State
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BYE Week Break – EaglesFanCast 119

So we once again come across the Eagles BYE week, unofficially the mid-point of the Eagles season, despite only being six games in so far.  This is where, historically, fans and analysts (and hopefully coaches) assess the team, what has gone well, what has gone wrong and where things are going. We are no different, and as has been tradition, we invited our friend Jason Brewer from Bleeding Green Nation to join in on the Eagles conversation.  We talk the season so far, the Cowboys game this week, and even dip into the Donovan McNabb pool for a bit.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles grade at the BYE week has to be an ‘F’
  • We talk how the Eagles played against the Redskins
  • The Eagles have three straight Home games coming up against the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals
  • Sunday Night Football… which Dallas team will show up?
  • The Eagles need to beat Dallas to instill confidence in us
  • Out-think, not out-stink! (quote from Todd)
  • We talk a bit about Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb
  • Eric Allen and Jim Johnson will be inducted into the Eagles Honor Roll this coming Sunday in a  Halftime ceremony
  • EFC FFL update
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Let’s Not Pass On A Super Bowl

There was a great deal of debate during the last season surrounding Andy Reid’s play calling. In my opinion, his reluctance to run the ball meant that we didn’t hurt teams as much as we could and should have done. We didn’t shorten the field and unlock our deep weapons DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin as often as a genuine Championship contender needed to.

Obviously there’s more to winning a Super Bowl than just the offense, but would we be more likely to succeed with a better balance between run and pass? Let’s look at some numbers.

Over the past ten years during the regular season, the eventual Super Bowl champions opted for passing plays 51.58% of the time. The highest percentage over that time belonged to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 57.8% during the 2002 season and the lowest was the Pittsburgh Steelers with 40.84% in 2005.
What about our Eagles? Well, the average regular season passing play percentage over the decade was 57.60%. The highest season saw 62.94% in 2005 and the lowest was 52.84% in 2002, the only year of the past ten that the Eagles’ passing percentage has been below that of the eventual Super Bowl Champions.

The Eagles made it to Super Bowl XXXIX after throwing the ball 59.26% of the time during the regular season, more than any Super Bowl winner of the last decade. What happened in the big game? 75.00% of plays saw Donovan air it out and the game was lost. That wasn’t the sole reason for losing the game of course, but in my opinion it was definitely a factor.

Another indication of the Eagles’ weakness on the ground is that the average time of possession over the past decade during the regular season is only 29:28 per game. That’s over 2 minutes less than the Super Bowl winner of each year, 31:33. Even those pass-happy Buccaneers managed to hold onto the ball for 32:07 during the 2002 season.

If you look at team rankings, the Super Bowl winners over the past decade have been ranked #14.7 passing and #13.5 when running the ball. The Eagles fare better with their passing ranking of #12.3 and slightly worse when it comes to running the ball, #16.0. Hey Andy, pass the ball less and run it more! It works!

It’s interesting to note just how many high-powered passing teams have lost the Super Bowl. Over the past ten years, the #1 or 2 ranked passing team over the regular season has ended up as the Super Bowl runners up on 5 occasions – that’s half of them! The #1 ranked team hasn’t won at all, with only the 2006 Colts managing a win as the #2 ranked team. Maybe a passing game will get you to the big one, but it isn’t enough to go all the way. The last two years the losing team, Colts and Cardinals, were the #2 ranked passing team during the regular season but #32 when running the ball.

An effective running game opens up so many options. Everything from running the clock down to protect a lead, to pounding a defense and tiring them out before hitting them with a long pass play. It sounds backwards, but don’t we owe it to our talented receivers to run the ball more?

Cheers from the UK and GO BIRDS!