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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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And They’re Off!

Literally, it seems, they’re off… off to a very questionable start.  Who?  Of course the Eagles front office and how they’re dealing with free agency.

Here’s the losses as of 7:00pm Friday (EST):



More than some questionable calls on this list, don’t you think?  Dawkins is no longer an Eagle… how does THAT feel?  I’m scratching my head, and hoping that they start to make some sense very very soon.  So with Andrews coming, that means we’ll say goodbye to Runyan soon as well.  Not sure about you, but this is starting out rather odd to me. Hope things improve, because right now, I’m extremely bummed about losing Dawkins.

We’ll see.

EaglesFanCast Episode 51 – Offseason Begins

We are a couple of weeks past the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship, and the Super Bowl is over.  The offseason has begun, and hype has already started.  Nothing major has happened yet, but Bengals free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been making the rounds marketing himself. He was interviewed by 950 ESPN‘s Mike Missanelli on Wednesday, where T.J. told how he would like to catch for McNabb, admires Andy Reid’s playcalling, and says Eagles fans are too critical.  We have all that, plus touch on our offseason needs, some more disappointment in how the season ended and more great emails from listeners.

What we discussed:

  • Three players added to the roster: DT Amon Gordon, LB Charleston Hughes and S Byron Parker
  • Eagles QB Coach Pat Shurmer leaves, and there are other minor coaching moves
  • Super Bowl talk – plain and simple, the Steelers had a lot of time left on the clock, because of their QB
  • We touch a bit, again, on McNabb as a clutch quarterback
  • Email from Aussie Mike
  • Email from Ben in Chicago
  • Defense talk as well as champion quarterbacks
  • 950 ESPN radio‘s Mike Missanelli interviewed Bengals wide receiver, and free agent, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who talks about wanting to play in Philadelphia. Here is the link for the full interview.
  • Mike and his crew also created a Facebook group called “We Want T.J.!”  The direct link is here if you want to join.
  • Our needs that need to be addressed this offseason are at the Offensive Line, tailback, tackle, safety and fullback
  • Email from Mitch comparing the the disappointments of the four NFC Championship losses on his blog
  • Email from Vince in West Philly
  • A listener, Holden, created a group on Facebook called “Displaced Philadelphia Eagles Fans Unite”.  Search for it in Facebook, or just use this direct link and join up.  Great job, Holden!
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  • We’re even on MySpace right here

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McNabb Interviews and Wants Help Now

Ian blogged over at Inside the Iggles about Donovan McNabb’s pair of interviews on Monday.  He posts both of the interviews on the blog post. You should definitely watch them.  The gist of it is that McNabb is asking that the team not draft for the future, but draft for the hear and now.

As we talked about on our latest show Tuesday night, the team historically (and logically) drafts players for the future as replacements for veterans on the decline.

At the end of the 2007 season, McNabb publicly asked for playmakers for the team, and wasn’t the only one.  The Eagles made some great moves in Free Agency, definitely adding a few playmakers to the team.  A few weeks ago, Head Coach Andy Reid said that he was satisfied with how the team stood now.  He cited the obvious free agent signings, as well as how the Eagles team ended the season on a strong note.

McNabb doesn’t fully agree based on the interview.  By asking that the team break with tradition and draft for starters, he’s reiterating what he said back in January.  Now we don’t know what goes through Donovan’s head, because he’s one of those players that keeps business as business, does not cause problems for the team and deals with management in a professional manner.  It’s one of the reasons he is a great team leader, and why I have so much respect for him. On the other end of things, answering these questions publicly is an obvious way to make his statement to the team’s management.

I think pretty much everyone at this point feels like it’s do-or-die time for McNabb in Philadelphia for this coming season.  He knows his window is closing on his career in the next couple years, he wants to win a championship, and he feels the right combination will bring him that goal.  If it does not happen this season, I don’t think McNabb will be an Eagle next year.  I think his dissatisfaction with Eagles management will become public, he will want out of Philly and ask for a trade.  Couple that with a passionate fan base that will probably turn on him publicly, his fault or not, and we will again witness an ugly scene.

I believe that McNabb is a quarterback that can bring a team to, and win a championship.  I do not think A.J. Feeley can do that, and I don’t know enough about Kolb’s abilities yet as pro, to make that decision.  I am on McNabb’s side.  I want my Eagles to win the Super Bowl right away.  I no longer want the team to build for the future.  I’m ready now.

Eagles sign TE Wilson to 3-year deal

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles signed TE Kris Wilson to a 3-year deal which kept the incredible roll of high-impact free agent signings going for the Eagles and their collective fan base. Look, they obviously have plans for Dan Klecko, Rocky Boiman, and Kris Wilson, or else they would not have signed them. I just have no freaking idea what that “plan” is and what it entails. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I guess Bill Belichick should consider himself pretty damned flattered at this point. Is our goal now to only sign guys who appear to be of high-character, good “chemistry” guys, and who just so happen to be able to play a few different positions? And what the hell is up with the terms these guys are signing for? Klecko gets two years, so I guess we can assume Year One is to carry out the “experiment” and have him learn the position he is targeted for. Ugh. Boiman gets only one year, so let’s watch him closely as he is essentially special teams cannon fodder for a season. Do you think you will even be able to order a Rocky Boiman jersey from the Eagles Store? And Kris Wilson gets three years? In a way, this is the only one of the three that might make some sense, with L.J. Smith only signed through this year and Matt Schoebel the only experienced vet behind Brent “Don’t call me Tom” Celek (sorry, I could not resist).

Is it NOW time to think about addressing OT, Safety, and the WR corps???