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New EaglesFanCast Logo

We are thrilled to release our new logo for EaglesFanCast today! As I wrote about a few weeks ago, we are making changes to what EaglesFanCast is. We have already added on two new blog contributors, Holden and Steve, and one more that our podcast listeners will be familiar with very soon. They are excited to be part of EFC, and we could not be happier to have them involved.

The second thing that is happening is our new logo.  We loved the old one and it served us well for the first couple years, but it was looking dated and was in need of a makeover.  The original logo encompassed the helmet and the media player that symbolizes only a small part of what this new media space is.  We felt that moving forward with a completely new design would embody a unique style all our own.

Paul Muller, the man behind Puzzle Piece Productions, is a fellow podcaster, is out of Philadelphia and is, of course, a big Eagles fan.  I worked closely with Paul to bring this new design together, and he both spearheaded the concept based on the sketches I envisioned and supplied, and ran with it, developing a completely new look.  He was both patient and accommodating with my many changes and tweaks, and didn’t complain once!  LOL  I want to thank Paul for an amazing job, and we are psyched to finally show it off.

Besides the logo you see above, which will be for the overall EFC presence, there will be a secondary logo, shown at the right.  This will be used specifically for our podcast. This logo will be part of any of the sites and locations that are specific to the podcast show itself, such as on the iTunes Store, Zune Marketplace, TPS Radio, and any podcast directories we are listed in such as blubrry or Podcast Alley.

So tell us what you think!  If you like it, please also go visit Paul at his site, especially if you know of someone that needs logo and graphics work done.  Obviously he does a great job.

Notes on Our Show Tonight

What? Of course we’re still showing up after that dismal loss this week! It’s what we do, because we’re fans of this team through the ups and downs… and you listen to us for the same reason.

Actually, we have a lot more emails than usual, and that is what is going to drive our show tonight.  This loss sparked a lot of emotion from fans obviously, and many wrote in expressing their anger, frustration, rationalizations and analysis of what transpired on Sunday.  We’ll let you have your voice, that’s for sure.

Also joining us tonight will be Cody Benjamin, the Manager and main contributor to the Eagles fan website, Bleed Green.  Cody’s going to bring some of his insight to our discussion, and we welcome him!

Last week as you heard, we experimented with a live audio and chat room format so we could get some more feedback from our listeners. We did this also so you could hear some of the behind the scenes stuff before the show as we get ready to record, and after as I get ready to mix it all up into the podcast.  The chat room will be predominantly for you so you can comment as you listen, but we will also check in during the recording and see what you’re saying.  This is located at http://ustream.tv/channel/EaglesFanCast.  You can listen to us without an account, but to participate in the chat, you do need to register with UStream.

The nebulous time we will start the live stream tonight will be 8:30pm EST.  Pay attention to us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/EaglesFanCast) or on our Facebook fan page (http://facebook.com/EaglesFanCast) later tonight where we will let you know when we are about to go live.

Wrap-up of Eagles Draft

The 2008 NFL Draft is in the books, and as usual the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles brain trust is being hotly contested. The prevailing opinion going into this draft was that the Eagles needed to trade up and make a splash in order to obtain a bona fide difference maker who could help this team right away. As it turned out, the Eagles traded out of their first round spot (#19 overall) and obtained additional draft picks, including the Carolina Panthers 1st round pick in next year’s draft. Overall, this is how the Eagles drafted per position:

Offensive Line – 3 (OG Mike McGlynn, OT Mike Gibson, and OT King Dunlap)

Defensive Line – 2 (DT Trevor Laws and DE Bryan Smith)

Linebacker – 2 (Joe Mays and Andy Studebaker)

Defensive Back -2 (S Quintin Demps and CB Jack Ikegwuonu)

Wide Receiver – 1 (DeSean Jackson)

Running Back – 1 (Lorenzo Booker – acquired via trade from Miami Dolphins)

Some observations:

I can only hope that defensive line coach Juan Castillo can wave his magic wand and coach up OT King Dunlap. Have you seen this kid’s size yet? He is 6’9″, 310 lbs. SIX FOOT NINE!! Holy crap, that is a big dude. Dunlap had an elbow injury his senior season at Auburn and lost his starting job because of it. Here’s an interesting twist. Apparently, it is projected that his frame can support about 25 more pounds of muscle, but he has had trouble in the past keeping pounds…ON! Yeah, I know EXACTLY how that feels…

WR DeSean Jackson has a Manayunk-sized chip on his shoulder after falling to the second round. He feels like he is a first round talent and plans to come into the NFL and prove everyone wrong. Hopefully, he reports with the right attitude (a concern from his college days) and gets his nose into the playbook. I am not looking for too much out of him as a wideout in 2008-09, but the jobs of primary punt returner and kick returner are already his to lose, and that is where he can make an immediate impact.

CB Jack Ikegwuonu was projected as an early second rounder, but he tore up his knee in January while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine. A physical corner, he is not overly quick and projects as a safety in the NFL. With 11 picks in the draft, I can certainly understand the Eagles taking a risk on a guy that may project to be a valuable player but has fallen for whatever reason. However, that being said, don’t you think the time to do that is a little later – maybe the 5th or 6th round? They used a 4th round pick (#131 overall) on a guy who will not contribute at all this year and oh, by the way, has some legal issues hovering over his head. Really? Really?

Before we start giving this year’s draft class a final grade, consider this. I do not think that the Eagles are done with the assets that they acquired. Let’s wait until the June/July timeframe, when Chad Johnson and his agent (Drew Rosenhaus – have you hear of him?) make life so miserable for the Cincinnati Bengals that they get to the point where they HAVE to trade him. With the Eagles sitting there with TWO first round draft picks next year, as well as whatever picks they might get from a Lito Sheppard trade, they will be sitting in a GREAT position to strike a deal. I’m just saying…

Will the Eagles be active on Day 2?

The Philadelphia Eagles currently have 9 picks in Day 2 of the NFL Draft, with the first being #80 overall in the 3rd round. The Eagles were certainly active on Day 1, making a total of three trades that netted them additional picks in this year’s draft as well as an additional 1st round pick in next year’s draft (from Carolina). WR DeSean Jackson, drafted yesterday in the second round, should immediately become the Eagles kickoff and punt returner, and with 4.3 speed he should address a glaring need. DT Trevor Laws, also drafted yesterday, should provide good depth at the position and be a part of a dynamic rotation.

Look for the Eagles to address the offensive line with their next pick. In the 4th round, the Eagles have three selections (including a compensatory pick). If they use them all, they should be able to make some nice “value” picks there.

Stay tuned for updates!!

UPDATE (10:50 AM) – With the #80 pick in the 3rd round, the Eagles have selected 6’2″, 231 lb. DE Bryan Smith. Well, I was half right as they DID take a lineman. Seriously, why should I be making predictions at this point? I am not sure what their thinking was with this pick – am I the only one overly concerned about Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan making it through another season? Didn’t we sign Chris Clemons in the off-season as a free agent defensive end? I feel that DE is really not a position we needed to address in the 3rd round. With his “size”, he will obviously be asked to transition to linebacker, but where is he going play on the Eagles?

UPDATE (12:20 PM) – With the #109 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected OG Mike McGlynn. FINALLY! The Eagles have shown a propensity to draft for the future and to also provide depth, so this pick make a lot of sense to me. McGlynn has also played some Offensive Tackle, but projects to be a Guard in the NFL.

UPDATE (12:50 PM) – With the #117 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected S Quintin Demps.   Demps has good size and great speed, having been clocked at 4.38 in the 40.  Once again, the Eagles are sticking with their system and drafting for the future.  In this case, the future might be as soon as next year with the current status of Brian Dawkins so this pick should not be a surprise.