Two games into preseason, and two games our starting quarterback Michael Vick leaves with an injury. This time it looked just as scary as the first week, and lucky for him (and fans), all scans come up negative for broken ribs or cartilage. Backup rookie quarterback Nick Foles once again impresses and takes control of the Offense for three and a half quarters, leading the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots 27-17 on Monday Night Football. We expect Foles to pretty much get the remainder of the preseason playing time so Vick can rest his sore ribs and pretty much not get killed before the start of the regular season, plus Kafka is still going to be out until Week 1 or so. This is fine with Eagles fans, as right now we cannot get enough of seeing the future leader get as much NFL experience as possible.
Others that impressed us in the game were Mychal Kendricks, Bryce Brown, Phillip Hunt, and Brandon Boykin. Those who did not impress were the replacement refs -shudder-. Obviously it’s preseason, so we’re not going to see too much from the Offense or Defense regarding specialty plays, yet we do expect the team to improve in terms of discipline and basic mechanics.
We had an email from Herbert in Philly, and a few voicemails from Ross in DC… remember, voicemail records for only three minutes! LOL Thanks for the feedback, you guys are great. A special thanks to Steve Brown who stayed up very late to hang with us this week. Good on ya!
We are back after an extended Summer break, and we couldn’t be more excited for the new Eagles season! We catch up a bit, welcome in guest co-host Ryan Mains, and discuss what has been going on with the midnight green and silver. As is typically the case as Training Camp winds down and we have our first pre-season game at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team shakes off some of the rust. We saw some exciting play from Boykin and Foles, some sloppy Defensive tackling, Kafka out for a few weeks with a broken hand and the end of Training Camp. The second pre-season game is on the road on Monday night against the New England Patriots.
No matter how the game went, and we believe we saw more good than bad… it’s the start of the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles season. There are high expectations for this team again this year, and we have a lot to look forward to.
The Philadelphia Eagles lose yet another home game, this time being embarrassed by the New England Patriots who methodically picked the Eagles apart like the Birds were a high school team. Yet the Patriots team is just a shadow of years past and the Eagles team is a professional football team with preseason aspirations of the Super Bowl. No more, as this loss essentially cements the team as one of the biggest disappointments in franchise history… and that says a lot. After squandering a 10-0 early game lead, the Patriots score three unanswered touchdowns. But the climax of the game occurred in the third quarter when about a quarter of the fans in attendance started chanting “Fire An-dy! Fire An-dy!” Make no mistake about it, it was loud, and it was intentional. It sent a direct message not only to Andy Reid, but to Eagles owner Jeff Lurie. The chant again arose in the fourth quarter as the team continued to implode under Reid’s girth. To underscore the frustration and message, with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, about half of the fans stood in unison and walked out of the stadium… out on the players, out on the coaches, and out on the owners. At the end of the game, there were almost as many Patriots fans in attendance as there were Eagles fans… something I never thought I would ever see.
What we discussed:
Eagles fans sent an audible message to coach Andy Reid and owner Jeff Lurie at the Eagles game during yet another home loss
What do fans have to do to get Lurie’s attention?
Some fans have declared not to buy or ask for any Eagles gear during this Holiday season as a way of hurting the bottom line of the Eagles organization
This season is unequivocally over, despite not being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention yet. Anyone still holding out hope of a December race is fooling themselves
Andy Reid has lost complete control of this team, with players not committing to playing their best, penalties and mental mistakes, and even coaches arguing on the sidelines… it just shows how far this team has fallen
The frustration is now done, and Eagles fans now only hope that Reid will no longer be the coach of their team in 2012
The Eagles now have a very short week, traveling across the country to Seattle to play the Seahawks on Thursday night
As the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles NFL season continues in all of its dual personality, our own Eagles defeat the NFC East 1st place New York Giants in a game that came down to the final minutes. The culmination of the game was backup Quarterback Vince Young, playing for injured Michael Vick, led his Offense on an 18-play drive for a touchdown that lasted 8:51, breaking the tie and going up 17-10. Not long after, the Eagles Defense, which dominated most of the game, forced an Eli Manning fumble, stopping the Giants’ drive, and allowing the Eagles to win the game. What was impressive was that the Eagles starting quarterback (Vick) and wide receiver (Maclin) were both out with injuries, allowing Young and Riley Cooper to fill their shoes, and they did it well. The Eagles won this game in the fourth quarter, something they have struggled with horribly this year, losing five games when leading in the fourth. It sounds like a great win, and it was, not because of how the game was played, because there were plenty of mistakes and was ugly at times, but because we were able to see the Eagles dig down and do what they HAD to do to win. The game was played with heart and determination, and we hope that carries the rest of the season that has so far brought disappointment.
What we discussed:
Eagles Defense stepped up big
Shady McCoy again had a great game, despite the Giants “stopping” his cutbacks most of the game
Riley Cooper had a great game in the WR spot for the injured Maclin, and caught his first touchdown pass
Vince Young should assume the locker room leadership role and mentor Vick and the team
Eagles have to cover two tight ends on the Patriots this week, and there is much concern for this
After a few months’ hiatus, the show is back. Jason from Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly is on tonight and we talk mostly about the newly-released 2011 Eagles schedule. It’s so early to truly evaluate the schedule and the Eagles chances this year, especially with the uncertainty of the current NFL lockout and negotiations. Jason and Chuck touch on the lockout, and the trickle down issues having to do with player conditioning, finances and more.
Overall, we both feel that the schedule looks like a challenging one, but can be one that the Eagles can excel and prove themselves in a very public eye. Five of the games are primetime, with three more in the later slot, so half of their schedule are nationally televised. Eagles fans will get to see plenty of their team no matter where they are.