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A Successful Season – EaglesFanCast 163

EaglesFanCast PodcastThe Philadelphia Eagles 2013-2014 season comes to a close as the Birds lose to the Saints in a the final seconds of a heartbreaker.  Philadelphia was treated to a home playoff game after the Eagles finish the season with 10 wins and 6 losses and take the NFC East Division.  The team played well above our season’s expectations, and although they struggled at the beginning of the season, we saw a completely different team than how they started, with a new quarterback in Nick Foles, Lesean McCoy taking the NFL Rushing title as well as breaking the Eagles franchise regular season rushing record.  Desean Jackson also racked up over 1300 yards receiving, our tight ends exceeded expectations, and our Defense played much, much better than any of us anticipated.  And oh yeah, we have a couple of new coaches as well… anyone still have doubts?

To say this was a successful season would be an understatement.  Yes, some can argue that losing in the first round of the playoffs was a missed opportunity.  This Eagles team, though, established itself as a new team with a new approach, new strategies, new player attitude, and a drive to win when it seemed that was all lost just a year ago.

This was a fun season, an exciting season.  It was heartbreaking to see it end, but we cannot wait for next season.  It’s been a few years since we felt like this, and this feels good.  Just one more for the road, E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!

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Playoff Bound!

As an Eagles fan living in the UK, timezones can be a real issue. Primetime games start at 1.20am and keeping in touch with friends in Philadelphia is difficult because when I want to chat during the evening, they’re still at work or spending time with the family. However, there are advantages.

1pm and 4.15pm games start here at 6pm and 9.15pm respectively which is very convenient. I can spend my Sunday doing whatever I like and then settle down for an evening of football. Also, breaking news late in the afternoon is often when I’m free in the evenings and so I can tune in to sports radio and Tweet away.

The news of Nnamdi’s signing broke quite late in the evening for us Brits and it was exciting! Not only had we snatched him from under the cosmetically enhanced nose (allegedly) of Jerry Jones, but it was a serious upgrade of our defense. Twitter almost exploded as Eagles fans all over the world celebrated the news and in Las Vegas, the bookies quickly slashed the price of a Superbowl win for the Birds.

It was late in the evening here though and many of the UK bookies had called it a day. A few were aware enough to cut their odds, but many of them had no idea what had happened so I was able to back the Eagles to win the Superbowl at 16/1. By the next morning, the best price on offer was 10/1 and this went even shorter as the other signings rolled into the City of Brotherly Love.

The start of the season certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations for us Eagles fans. But with the rest of the NFC East also struggling to dominate, the season is far from over. It’s not even that unlikely that an NFC East team could clinch a wildcard spot. The NFC North will probably grab one and that leaves the South and East to fight over the other.

At 3-4 the Eagles must be a pretty big price to win the big one though, right? Wrong! The best price quoted today is just 14/1 for the Vince Lombardi Trophy to finally head to Philly. There are 14 teams in the NFL with a better record than the Eagles but with less of a chance in the post season, according to the bookies. That’s a HUGE vote of confidence in the team and the coaches.

We’re third favourites for the NFC title, almost joint second with New Orleans. Obviously, Green Bay are expected to be crowned champs but we’re hanging in there. The NFC East title looks a cert for Philadelphia too with every bookie I can find making us clear favourites. I wonder how the 5-2 Giants feel about that?!

For me, the next four games will decide our season. If we can win three of them – and the Giants game is a must – then we should be able to win the division.

After that, it’s a case of ‘any given Sunday’…

Cheers from the UK and GO BIRDS!

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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EaglesFanCast 103 – Playoff Fever

The Philadelphia Eagles win the NFC East, and take the #3 seed in the NFC for the playoffs.  They lose the last two games of the regular season to the Minnesota Vikings in an ugly display of football, and the Dallas Cowboys in a meaningless game.  In the Wildcard game, the Eagles host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 4:30pm.  Lots of concerns for this game, as the Packers are playing very well, and the Eagles ended on a down note, and quite beat up.  Regardless, it’s still another exciting year of Eagles playoffs, and the only team from the East in the playoffs, capping off a surprise and unbelievable regular season.  Cannot wait for this game to start!

What we discussed:

  • Eagles lose to the Vikings and Cowboys to end the regular season.  Should we be concerned?
  • Eagles are favored over the Packers by 2.5 points, but this game does not look good on paper for our Birds
  • Not a whole lot of excitement being displayed by fans so far, and we talk about whether it’s concern or Eagles fans are used to a playoff team now
  • Our esteemed cohost Eric becomes the first winner of the EFC Fantasy Football league
  • NiDice returns this year with a brand new awesome song called “Eagles Young Guns”, and we play it for you with permission

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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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  • Our next show we will dedicate to the major topic that Eagles fans are talking about: the Quarterback situation. So send in your (short) emails and voicemails for that topic. Thanks!

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