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!
How ’bout them Cowboys?! That was a thought repeated many times the past few days by many Philadelphia Eagles fans. The Dallas Cowboys sauntered into Philly for Sunday Night Football, with Rob Ryan talking his talk, and the Eagles go up by 34 points before the Cowboys scored their first touchdown, in the fourth quarter. The Eagles did everything right in this game, from coaching, to concentration, to discipline, to playmaking. It was one of those games as a football fan that you have to admire. The fact that it happened against the hated Cowboys, in Philly, in front of an international audience, and with fueling the thoughts of a season comeback… well that was just icing on the cake. Make no mistake about it, this was one of the biggest games of the season, and may have many repercussions moving forward. No, this season is not over, not by a long shot.
What we discussed:
Eagles crush Dallas, 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday Night Football, and the win was one that felt very good
Eagles dominated on every aspect of the game, from top to bottom
Jason Peters was just amazing again, and Trent Cole returned in great fashion
UK Steve wrote in with questions as to who we would rather have on our team: Vince Young with Shady McCoy OR Michael Vick with Ronnie Brown
Jason Avant angered some fans after the game with remarks about fans jumping back on the bandwagon, and he doesn’t want it
Shady McCoy and Desean Jackson will need to be paid, but which one should the Eagles address first?
The Chicago Bears come to Philadelphia this week for Monday Night Football
The New York Giants lose their star running back Ahmad Bradshaw for the season with a broken foot
We hear from a UK listener who’s site, Brit Coast Offense, picks the Eagles to take the NFC East
The Philadelphia Eagles win their second game of the season, and do it against their NFC East Division rival, the Washington Redskins. The Eagles Defense morphed this week into a more disciplined and aggressive system, which harassed Redskins’ quarterback Rex Grossman for most of the game, and our newest Safety Kurt Coleman had a career game with three interceptions on the day. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles Offense put up a very impressive first half, looking more confident, but still struggled in the second half yet prevailed by our Defense to win the game.
This week we have Tommy Lawlor on to celebrate the win. Tommy’s all over the web now, still writing for PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Scouts Notebook and his Eagles blog, Iggles Blitz. Also joining Chuck and Tommy is big Eagles fan Steve Malinowski from the blog and podcast, Tailgate 365. Was a fun time with both.
What we discussed:
Eagles get their second win of the season, and this win felt really good
Kurt Coleman really shut up any detractors this week with his three interceptions of Rex Grossman
We need the Eagles Offense to put together all four quarters
The players love coach Andy Reid because he never throws any of them under the bus
Ronnie Brown is back on the Eagles after a failed trade with the Detroit Lions, after Jerome Harrison failed his physical
Eagles go into their BYE week at a good time, then invite the Dallas Cowboys to town
The Philadelphia Eagles lose yet again, this time to the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field. They blew a 23-3 lead and lost by a score of 23-24, for the third game in a row scoring zero points in the 4th Quarter of the game and allowing their opponent to effectively run their Offense. The fans’ heartache and frustration were displayed as a good portion of the stadium started chanting “Let’s Go Phil-lies! Let’s Go Phil-lies!” during the last quarter of the game. There is blame landing throughout the organization by fans, from the players (Maclin carrying the ball like a loaf of bread and easily getting it knocked loose, Ronnie Brown deciding to pass as he is falling to the ground, and Alex Henery missing two chip shot Field Goals), to the Assistant Coaches like Juan Castillo. But none are feeling the anger like Head Coach Andy Reid. Most feel he bears the brunt of the blame, and already some are saying he should be fired for yet another loss and not getting the players and coaches prepared.
What we discussed:
Most people are blaming Andy Reid for this loss, but Eric is blaming less Reid, and more on the players mistakes
Injuries are now adding up and could hurt the team further
Emails, voice mails and feedback on Facebook and Twitter reflect the Eagles fans’ anger
We try to address what the Philadelphia Eagles have done in free agency and trades over the past week, but it’s almost impossible within an hour’s time. All we know for sure is that the Eagles have become more aggressive this off-season since the lockout ended than in any other year that we can remember, surely the most under current management. We have to say, along with most other Eagles fans, that we are very excited for this season. Although there are still concerns, such as the linebacker and kicker positions, the Eagles are a better team over last year at most positions.
What we discussed:
The Eagles have been on fire with moves and signings in a huge way all week
Kicker Alex Henery reportedly kicking monster field goals consistently at Training Camp
Linebacker position still a question, but it seems less of a concern with the rest of the lineup
Will there be a trade of Asante Samuel since there are three stud corners?
DeSean Jackson holding out at Training Camp, but he needs to be paid, it’s that simple
Dallas’ Rob Ryan tried to stir the pot wit calling the Eagles (presumably) the “all hype team”. Meh.