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The Expected – EaglesFanCast 203

EaglesFanCast PodcastThe first loss of the season comes at the hands of the Detroit Lions, a Ryan Mathews fumble, a Carson Wentz interception (his first of the year), a flat Eagles Defense to start the game, and poor officiating. With all of that listed, we are not especially bummed about this loss. Disappointed, yes, but the loss does not taste that bad.

The Eagles went in the hole quickly in the first quarter by two touchdowns, but adjusted, dug in, and came back and eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter. This was a huge test for both the rookie quarterback, and rookie head coach Doug Pederson, as they showed they could lead the Birds back. This is a positive thing moving forward as the Eagles have their first divisional game against the Washington Redskins this next week on the road, and then the games get much more challenging moving forward from there.

This game was one they could have won. They didn’t. But it was yet another learning experience in a long road that us Eagles fans hope will lead us back to the playoffs again, if not this year, then next.

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson’s 10-game suspension was upheld today, for PED use. It is not surprising, but it is a big loss, and will make the Eagles protection of both Wentz and the running game that much more tough in the weeks ahead.

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Not Out Yet – EaglesFanCast 195

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So the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three straight games, are now 4-7 on the season, and yet, somehow, are only a single game out of first in the NFC East.  Don’t count them out just yet!!  Yes, I’m laughing while I typed this. Things have gone from bad to worse for this Birds organization, and with the Defense giving up five passing touchdowns in each of the last two games to the Lions  (with quarterback Matt Stafford) and Buccaneers (QB Jameis Winston) has taken away much of the hope for a recovery on this season.  Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez has not done well at all, and even shut the voices of the Sam Bradford haters.  Right now it’s all doom and gloom for Eagles fans, as we cannot believe what we are seeing.  The rumors of Chip Kelly entertaining the idea of going back to college have started huge again, even prompting the Eagles head coach and General Manager to publicly address it… something he really shouldn’t have to.

The irony in all of this is that the Eagles are not out of the playoff picture, even with this record, and starting December!  The NFC East, the worst division in the NFL, has a tie for first between the Giants and Redskins, with a record of 5-6.  The Cowboys are pretty much officially done now that Romo is out for the rest of the season, the Giants can’t get a consistent act going, and the Redskins are still headed by Dan Snyder… enough said.

It doesn’t get easier now, as the Eagles face the Patriots on Sunday in New England.  Winter is coming.  The Eagles better bundle up.

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Snow Bowl – EaglesFanCast 160

EaglesFanCast PodcastLet’s play some football in the snow!  In case you were living deep in the Caribbean this past week, you heard about the snowstorm that hit Philadelphia, dropping around eight inches of the white stuff during the game.  Reports called for an inch or two, then turning to sleet and rain in the afternoon.  They received the type of snow that made for legendary games, and the Eagles played to that caliber.  Shady McCoy set a personal and Eagles single-game record, plowing through 217 yards on the ground.  The Eagles Defense played and adjusted, and played and adjusted.  Overall they only allowed just eight points and made the Lions look like they were playing football on a snow day.

It was one of the greatest Eagles games I have ever seen, and at the time I was not believing what I was seeing at all.  Not in the Birds’ play themselves, but in the way the game played out.  It was fun, it was surreal at times, and it was a classic.  I wish I was there, but still enjoyed every second of it on the small screen regardless.  Our Eagles plowed through the snow, the Lions, and thanks to the Cowboys first step in their December implosion… first place in the NFC East.

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Green is the New Black – EaglesFanCast 159

EaglesFanCast PodcastThe Philadelphia Eagles win their fourth straight game, this time at home defeating the Arizona Cardinals 24-21 and moving to 7-5 on the season.  With the Cowboys win on Thanksgiving day, that keeps both teams tied for the NFC East, but with the Cowboys having the edge due to Division record.

The win over the Cardinals did come with concerns as the Eagles Offense again seemed to sputter and underperform in the fourth quarter.  Quarterback Nick Foles threw for three more touchdowns with no interceptions, but made some mistakes in the game I’m sure he would have wanted to take a mulligan on.  But that’s ok, it’s part of the learning process for a young player.  Foles has shown much more positive in his play than negative, and he continues to show confidence and poise of players in the league many more years than he.

On the flip side, we saw the Eagles Defense continue to impress, with yet another excellent showing by Trent Cole.  Cole had another two sacks, a forced fumble, and was pressuring Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer all game.  That made such a difference in the Cards’ Offense, it is a testament to both the play of Cole and Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis.

So at the beginning of December, we are now talking very seriously about the Eagles in the playoff hunt.  What a difference a year makes.  Eagles football continues to be fun, and we are enjoying this ride as far as it takes us.

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Andy Reid, Smoke Screen – EaglesFanCast 138

Well the Philadelphia Eagles host the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field in south Philly.  They give up two 10-point leads during the game, quarterback Michael Vick turns the ball over three more times, and the Eagles lose in overtime 26-23.  The way this season has gone with the caliber of coaching and play, we are not truly surprised by this outcome.  Yet a mere two days later, the Eagles fire Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo and hire Todd Bowles for the job.  This news set off a firestorm of reaction by fans throughout Eagles Nation, some cheering the decision, and many more saying it still is not enough to patch the leaking holes in this ship.  Many state that Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg should also be fired, Mike Vick should be benched, and even Andy Reid himself should be sent packing.  It may not be the pacifier Reid was hoping for with this move, but we hope this is one step to a greater change for this team.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles fire Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo, and more anger than praise is released toward the team
  • Andy Reid is only there because of Jim Johnson and what he accomplished with the Defense
  • The wrong coordinator was fired… it should have been Marty Mornhinweg
  • Reid’s firing of Castillo was a smoke screen!
  • Vick had a look of despair on the sideline at one point in the Lions game after an interception, his mind is not right for this game right now
  • Could the Castillo firing actually be part of a front office plan to get Todd Bowles eventually head coach?
  • Vick is not the leader this team needs
  • Todd Bowles needs to just run the Defense effectively, and be more aggressive

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