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No More Dream Team Talk (Please)

Let’s start by throwing out the “Dream Team” tag. I never liked it to begin with.  Dream teams do not have major deficiencies in key positions. Sure the Eagles have three of the best Cornerbacks in the league, but also have Linebackers who cannot cover Tight Ends, or in the case of Casey Mathews on Sunday, the Running Back.

Dream teams do not have safeties who try to tackle the shoulders, a la Kurt Coleman, and let them turn a modest completion into a 70+ yard TD. Dream teams do not get consistently stopped at the goal line.  Dream teams also do not have special teams that go offsides on a field goal attempt on 4th and short.

The Giants didn’t win that game, the Eagles lost it plain and simple. They were in position to score up to five TDs and only scored one.
The defence overall did a good job, kept them to five of twelve on 3rd down. Kept them to only 14 First Downs for the game. However Mathews and Coleman on two plays undermined the good work allowing two TDs totalling 114 yards, more than a third of the Giants’ total yardage.

There were also some horrible plays on offence, such as Steve Smith’s dropped catch turning into an interception, and two horrible interceptions by Kafka late.

That was probably one of the most frustrating games I’ve seen in a long time. Shady McCoy was the standout highlight, finally we saw the Eagles run the ball consistently, at one point ten runs were called out of eleven plays. In total 40 runs and 30 passes, I hope we can keep the run ratio at 50% (or slightly better) for the rest of the season. Now if we can just get Vick to be still in the game in the 4th Quarter we can look forward to some play action passes, hopefully for big plays.

I still think we will win the division, but we need to keep doing all the good things and eliminate the terrible things that are costing us wins.

Birds!

WIN Damnit!

Aussie Steve.

EaglesFanCast 106 – NFL Draft 2011

The NFL Draft starts primetime on Thursday, April 28 2011.  We have our old friend Tommy Lawlor back on, picking his mock-draft-making, player-analyzing, game-recording brain to find out about his feelings on this years Philadelphia Eagles prospects and picks.  As figuring it all out is futile for just about anyone, Tommy comes the closest with the deepest insight for Eagles fans on what our team will do starting Thursday.  It’s impossible to keep up with him, so we just press Record and listen in amazement and awe.

We touch on the news that U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered an end to the NFL lockout, then move on to the Draft.  We talk players, potential moves, and how the lockout has affected things so far.  Tommy refers to this class as “below average” at one point, but we talk about the 2011 Class’s strength, Tommy’s favorite prospects for the entire draft, and more.

Tommy will be back again in two weeks (May 10th) for the annual post-Draft show where we will talk about what the Eagles accomplished this week.

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EaglesFanCast 61 – Expectations

The Eagles mercifully exit the preseason with a 1-3 record, and enter the official 2009-2010 season traveling to the Carolina Panthers this coming Sunday.  This team seems to be a mystery to fans, yet sports analysts see good things from them.  We talk about the moves of the last week, how things look going forward and talk about what fans have written to us.

What we discussed:

  • The Eagles visit the Carolina Panthers to start the NFL season this Sunday
  • We talk about the roster cuts, signings and starters
  • Email from Dennis in Gettysburg, PA
  • Are Eagles fans just beaten down by their own expectations?
  • Email from Craig
  • Email from Dean in Birmingham, England
  • Other games around the league, or at least the NFC East

Link:  Podcamp Philly on October 3, 4 2009 at Temple University. Chuck will be there!

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EaglesFanCast 55 – NFL Draft 2009

The NFL Draft 2009 starts in just a few days, and the rumors and speculation has been going strong for weeks now.  Most analysts think the Eagles will be taking a running back, specifically Knowshon Moreno out of Georgia, as their first pick.  We, together with Tommy Lawlor from The Scouts Notebook as well as PhiladelphiaEagles.com, talk about the Draft and the latest rocky situation, this time involving Sheldon Brown.

What we discussed:

  • We chat with Tommy Lawlor about how things have been going for him the last year
  • We get Tommy’s take on the Jason Peters trade
  • The Sheldon Brown situation is discussed
  • Email from Aussie Eagle, who’s angry about Sheldon Brown’s comments
  • Prospect RB Knowshon Moreno (Georgia) as the player most people think the Eagles will take with their first pick
  • What the Eagles need as a team, and what might happen
  • We talk about the Anquan Boldin rumors, and do the Eagles really need a wide receiver?
  • Tommy likes WR Hakeem Nicks (UNC), CB Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest), TE Brandon Pettigrew (Oklahoma State), DE Everette Brown (Florida State), FS Malcolm Jenkins (Ohio State)

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EaglesFanCast Episode 52 – What’s the Plan?

Free Agency has started, and so far the Eagles have lost an enormous amount more than they have gained… at least that is the way it appears to Eagles fans. Losing both Brian Dawkins and Correll Buckhalter, as well as the eventual loss of Jon Runyan due to Stacy Andrews’ signing, has left fans with a very bad taste in our mouths.  It’s painful to see 13-year veteran Dawkins go to another team, despite knowing what a ridiculously-sweet deal they gave him.  Plus we have seen so many other teams be very aggressive in free agency, including division rival New York Giants, and seemingly get better in the process. We’re left wondering what plans the Eagles organization has, and how they plan to fill the many holes that this team now has.

What we discussed:

  • Free agency has started
  • We lost Dawkins, Buckhalter, Considine and soon LJ Smith and Tra Thomas
  • Lito Sheppard was traded
  • Brian Dawkins received an offer from Denver that the Eagles wouldn’t even think about offering him
  • The new NFL is all about business, and fans’ attachments to players hurts when they are inevitably traded or released
  • TJ Houshmandzadeh apparently asked for more money from the Eagles than other teams
  • Dennis from Gettysburg asks us about Boldin and Gonzales
  • Eagles sign Stacy Andrews, who does have a knee injury concern
  • Eagles rumors have involved a ton of wide receivers, but we have signed none
  • What is the Eagles plan?
  • The waiting game is tough

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