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Dysfunctional – EaglesFanCast 143

Well the Philadelphia Eagles lose their 43rd straight game, all hell breaks loose, cats and dogs are living together, and it’s complete anarchy.

Perhaps that’s a bit melodramatic, but it sure feels that way, doesn’t it?  The Eagles lose their eighth straight game, another coach (in Jim Washburn) is fired, and it becomes public that he was a bully and disruptive to the team!  What else is going to happen to this Eagles team before the merciful end of the season happens in a few weeks?

In this show, though, we talk about Bryce Brown’s play, both good and bad.  Todd feels that the Eagles also have to clean house of players as well as coaches, letting go of Vick at the end of the season, and trading Shady McCoy and Desean Jackson.  Chuck doesn’t agree with all of that, and feels that good coaches can instill better play from the talent that’s here, including building leaders.  We try to stay positive, and have several laughs, but it’s obvious that Eagles Nation is depressed at this point.  We’ll move forward though… we’re Eagles fans.

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BYE Week Break – EaglesFanCast 119

So we once again come across the Eagles BYE week, unofficially the mid-point of the Eagles season, despite only being six games in so far.  This is where, historically, fans and analysts (and hopefully coaches) assess the team, what has gone well, what has gone wrong and where things are going. We are no different, and as has been tradition, we invited our friend Jason Brewer from Bleeding Green Nation to join in on the Eagles conversation.  We talk the season so far, the Cowboys game this week, and even dip into the Donovan McNabb pool for a bit.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles grade at the BYE week has to be an ‘F’
  • We talk how the Eagles played against the Redskins
  • The Eagles have three straight Home games coming up against the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals
  • Sunday Night Football… which Dallas team will show up?
  • The Eagles need to beat Dallas to instill confidence in us
  • Out-think, not out-stink! (quote from Todd)
  • We talk a bit about Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb
  • Eric Allen and Jim Johnson will be inducted into the Eagles Honor Roll this coming Sunday in a  Halftime ceremony
  • EFC FFL update
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My IR List is Better Than Yours!

A day after Andy “I goofed” Reid announced Broderick Bunkley needed elbow surgery, and will likely be done for the season, it turns out he may be able to play through the injury. Let’s hope so.   Already after only five games we have five players on IR, plus Victor Abiamiri on the Reserve/PUP list.

I’m going to put a positive spin on all these injuries. We get to see who has what it takes to take us to the next level, and who doesn’t.

When Vick took over and started playing out of his skin I actually started thinking making the playoffs, winning the division and maybe getting a couple of  home playoffs were distinct possibilities, and from there anything can happen.  Now I just don’t know if that’s a serious possibility,  and that’s  probably a good thing, we have a good young team but not a champion team yet, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ve had too many NFC championship disappointments in recent memory.

Going into preseason with Kolb as our new starter I, like most of you, was anticipating a rebuilding year  where anything better than 8-8 or 9-7  would be a bonus.  But all the injuries, especially on offense, are making it hard to predict how anything will turn out, but maybe some of the players who are getting their chance due to injuries will blossom into legitimate starters, maybe not.  Maybe, instead of being the year that Kevin Kolb gets to learn and grow into being a top starting QB, this might be the year that Michael Vick takes control and makes this team his own and Kolb gets traded.

I actually think that both of them can be our franchise QB, it just remains to be seen who it is.  Michael Vick is only 30 and, because of his jail time  his body has avoided a few seasons worth of sacks.  I see no reason why Vick can’t be our starter for the next five or more years. Remember Randall Cunningham was 34 when he started at the Vikings after a season off, and took them to the superbowl the next year.   Half the teams in the league don’t have a QB they seriously think can take them to the superbowl, we possibly have two.  Kolb seems to be improving each time I see him, and who knows how good he might be.

One thing is almost certain, only one of them is likely to be on the roster come week one, 2011.

Let’s assume this is not our year and sit back and enjoy the rest of the season and see our many young players mature.   Hopefully we have a winning season and also find out which players are going to take us the next step.  A few missed blocks,  blown coverages and dropped passes are annoying, but we at least will really know who has it, and who doesn’t.

Players like King Dunlap, Brandon Graham and Owen Schmitt will get plenty of opportunity to show us if they can legitimately compete to be starters next season.   At the moment Dunlap doesn’t look too good, but he’s likely to see plenty of snaps this season and have plenty of chances to convince us otherwise.

Right now, the only thing I can say for sure  is that  the Super Bowl should not even be on the radar (sorry Todd). We could still get lucky and win the division.  At this stage who knows what record will be needed in the NFC East, considering how inconsistent everyone is. It could come down to tie breakers with two or even three teams on 10-6 or 9-7. This is an exciting year so far and will continue to be, even if we don’t make the playoffs.

Let’s just hope Goofy there on the sidelines learns some clock management.

I won’t hold my breath on that!

Go Birds!

Aussie Steve

EaglesFanCast 87 – It Is Only Preseason

Two Preseason weeks down with a win and a loss.  We have seen our starters play essentially three quarters of football so far, the coaches holding back their tricks and some shuffling in the lineup.  Our first team Offense has yet to score a touchdown, and we have seen plenty of rust as we do every year by this time.  The third game is only a few days away, and we will see more of the starters for most of the game.  Shortly after, the team gets cut to 75 players.

The team is definitely faster, the Offense is having struggles as we would expect from a revamped roster and new leader, the Defense looks better than anticipated and now we have two rookies in starting positions (Brandon Graham and Nate Allen).  Joselio Hansen is probably on the bubble, and we somehow get back on the topic of Donovan McNabb again.

We read off an email from Dennis in Gettysburg, then address the rumors brewing about the Vikings looking for a trade with a few teams, including the Eagles.  The last thing we talked about was the potential for an 18-game season next year, and some of the ramifications that comes with that.

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EaglesFanCast 83 – NFL Eagles Draft 2010, Part 1

Part 1 of 2

Tommy Lawlor of Scouts Notebook, Eagles Blitz and PhiladelphiaEagles.com joins us for our annual Post-Draft show. With Tommy’s extensive insight, we break down how the Eagles Draft went down, how the new players fit in the system, the work the organization still has to do, and much more.

What we discussed:

  • The NFL 2010 Draft had great ratings and that probably means the new format will stay
  • DE Brandon Graham from Michigan was the Eagles first pick, and they aggressively went for him
  • S Nate Allen from USF was the second pick
  • LB Keenan Clayton from Oklahoma (4th round) might have real potential on this team
  • DE Ricky Sapp from Clemson was chosen in the 5th round and some are seeing him as a steal
  • Eagles picked a number of smart players in this Draft
  • RB Charles Scott from LSU is someone Tommy is happy about the Eagles picking
  • QB Mike Kafka from Northwestern was the Eagles 6th pick overall. He didn’t play a whole lot in college, but is talented.
  • S Kurt Coleman from Ohio State is a player that is starter material in a few short years
  • CB Trevard Lindley from Kentucky

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