The Philadelphia Eagles and esteemed Head Coach Andy Reid use the BYE week effectively to prepare for the powered Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately the Falcons coaching staff prepared as well, and handed the Eagles a 30-17 loss, embarrassing the Eagles at home. Vick continued to struggle despite not turning the ball over, and appeared after the game as a beaten man. The beginnings of the rain from Hurricane Sandy began to fall around halftime, and the fans gave up shortly thereafter, as it was obvious to everyone that there was no heart left in the Eagles team that used to give all to overcome anything. We also partnered with GM’s Driving the Northeast, and they are letting me drive a GMC Terrain Denali for the week. I took that to the tailgate this Sunday, and everything I brought easily fit, and the ride and technology in the dash made it a lot of fun to drive.
What we discussed:
- Eagles lose to the Falcons 30-17 at the Linc, and the fans lost heart quickly
- The Atlanta Falcons are a rhythm Offense, and the Eagles defensive scheme was horrible, with Casey Matthews playing hopelessly
- Michael Vick is just beaten, and seems to be saying it now
- Andy Reid seems clueless in what to do next, but he has a huge decision to make; start Vick or Foles against the Saints on Monday Night Football on the road
- I’m driving the GMC Terrain Denali thanks to the folkds at Driving the Northeast
- Met up with Carmen Harris and George in the lots before the game… we had hope then!
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The Philadelphia Eagles find a way to lose again, on the road up in Buffalo against the Bills. Now the Eagles are 1-4, with many problems ahead of them, and showing very little signs of being able to fix the problems left behind them in the previous four weeks. Fans predominantly blame Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo and as a result, Head Coach Andy Reid. Now the Eagles are on the brink of a total season failure with a mountain in front of them to overcome for the rest of the season. This week they play their NFC East Division rival Washington Redskins. A win there could boost team morale greatly as the team then moves into the BYE week.
One other thing, Philadelphia Eagles football legend Sonny Jurgensen will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Wilmington, N.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers.” Please visit the site, Pro Football Hall of Fame for more information about this event.
What we discussed:
- Eagles lose the fourth straight game, to the Buffalo Bills.
- Frustration of fans boils over with public displays of anger both online and outside with protests outside the Novacare Complex.
- There is optimism by fans, one such message we highlighted from a listener Tom’s email to us earlier today. Please take a look.
- Eagles fans have not been jumping off the bandwagon, and still support the team, but are calling out the coaches and players to fix the major problems that have developed.
- Jason Avant calls a players only team meeting today, and it’s about time someone has done it!
- Late-breaking rumors that the Eagles are in negotiations with the Denver Broncos to trade a 3rd or 4th round pick for Linebacker D.J. Williams. So far there is no credence to this rumor at all, and we don’t expect it to happen.
- The EFC FFL update
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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.
A wild game down south as the Philadelphia Eagles put up 31 points only to lose to the Atlanta Falcons. Dropped passes, turnovers, Defensive holes, coaching mistakes and Quarterback Michael Vick leaving the game because of a concussion were the many reasons this game was lost. Despite these, the Eagles put up numbers that would have beaten most teams in the NFL, and there were quite a few bright spots during the game. Some fans are angry and others look at it in the context of it being early in the season. All told, for the most part the fans are on board with this team as continuing to be a force on both sides of the ball.
This week the Eagles host the New York Giants for the home opener in Philadelphia. With the Giants wanting revenge for the embarrassing loss they marked the last time these teams met, trash talking among some players and the media has started. It is looking like it’s going to be a great game.
What we discussed:
- Eagles lose to the Atlanta Falcons in a wild game
- Head Coach Andy Reid’s decisions and Offensive turnovers cost this game
- Jason Peters and Trent Cole both had amazing games
- Michael Vick and his turnovers
- The Giants are all hyped up for revenge and are talking trash
- Running back Shady McCoy is just so good, and it was amazing to watch him
- We talk briefly about our loaner cars from GMNortheast.
- The EFC FFL update
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The Philadelphia Eagles play their third preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on a rainy night in Philly, leaving only one game before the welcome start of the regular season. The big news, though, is the new contract that the Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick agreed to yesterday. Although the details vary, essentially it is a 6-year $100 million deal with almost $40 million guaranteed for our starting QB. We talk about what that means to DeSean Jackson’s contract extension that both he and the fans want. Either way, we will see Vick leading the Offense in midnight green for years to come.
What we discussed:
- The Eagles beat the Cleveland Browns in the third preseason game
- Vick’s contract places him among the highest paid in the NFL
- Jason Kelce is named the new starting Center
- Both Danny Watkins and Kelce are starting rookies on the Offensive line, and it’s a concern for Vick’s safety
- Linebackers discussion
- The EFC Fantasy Football League will be back, and we will be using NFL.com this year. There will be 12 teams and the preliminary Draft date is set for Wednesday, September 7th.
- EFC has partnered with GM, who will be loaning Eric and Chuck a couple of Chevrolet Camaro’s for a week to play with in September. We encourage you to visit their site at www.drivingthenortheast.com and follow them on twitter, @GMNortheast
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