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Foles Continues to Shine – EaglesFanCast 132

Three preseason games down, and the Philadelphia Eagles win their third.  This time backup quarterback Nick Foles takes the start while Mike Vick gets some rest for his ribs.  Foles continues to do very well, showing great things as a future starter with this organization.  The Eagles beat the Cleveland Browns 27-10 under his leadership.  We talked about how Vick needs to protect himself during this season and not put himself out there on every play if there are huge risks.  He has to throw the ball away or slide (feet first, of course.)  What we want overall, besides a safe quarterback, is a controlled and balanced Offense this year.  With the caliber of running backs we have, this Offense could be deadly if balanced correctly.

Our guest this week is EFC contributor Holden Fulco, and he brings up an former Eagles player who is also not doing well, in the name of Kevin Kolb.  The conversation then shifts to what the organization sees that we as fans do not, and most of the time the players that leave the Eagles do not thrive.

The Eagles organization had both good news and sad this week, with the sad being we learned of the death of legend Steve Van Buren.  Any Eagles history book has to mention him, and his accomplishments are still talked about to this day.

On the positive side, modern favorite Brian Westbrook announced that he would retire an Eagle.  Still amazes me as to how lucky I have been to have watched him live on that field so many times.  An amazing player and great person.  I’m glad he is retiring with us.


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EaglesFanCast Episode 39 – Big Week

Show Notes: Episode 39 for Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Philadelphia Eagles get off to a slow start against the Seattle Seahawks this week, but regroup in a huge way ultimately defeating the Seahawks 26-7.  McNabb struggled early then went on a 20 for 21 streak and ultimately wound up with 349 passing yards and two TD’s.  Those went to returning Receiver Reggie Brown and Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans (WHAT!?).  The Eagles Defense also stifled the hapless Seahawks Offense after the 1st Quarter, 90-yard play and made them punt eleven times.  This coming week the Eagles welcome the New York Giants to town for a Sunday night NFC East street fight at a very unwelcoming Lincoln Financial Field.

What we discussed:

  • The Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series, and throw the biggest parade in the city’s history.
  • Chuck and Eric went to the Phillies parade and talk about their experiences
  • Donovan McNabb was horrible in the first quarter of the game
  • Andy Reid refused, again, to deviate from hist scripted plays, and thus didn’t help McNabb’s rusty play by running the ball early
  • Brent Celek has a breakout game because L.J. Smith was out hurt. Smith has been named the starter for the Giants game
  • Trick play to Todd Herremans for a receiving touchdown
  • David Akers hit four field goals to finish out the scoring in the third and fourth quarters, and it definitely looked like Akers regained his confidence
  • We have an email from Aussie Mike
  • The New York Giants come to Philly Sunday night
  • The fans have to be loud for this game
  • The Offense has to be fast, because the Giants will do everything to get to McNabb. Discipline in play and coaching is needed
  • Lito Sheppard did not practice today (Wednesday), so he is most likely out for the Giants game
  • After the Phillies championship, we think the Philadelphia fans will expect even more from the Eagles

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A Championship is in Philadelphia

World Series Trophy Image courtesy of Philly.com

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies, the fans and the City of Philadelphia!  The Phillies won the World Series last night, in front of the joyous and insane home crowd.

Even though we are a blog and podcast for the Philadelphia Eagles, most of our listeners are Phillies fans as well, and Eric, Todd and I share in the celebrations of our Champion Phillies.  It has been 28 years since the Phillies won a World Series, and 25 years since this city won a championship (the last being the 76ers in 1983).  A very long 100 seasons is behind us all.  This area can now celebrate, enjoy and relish this time.  We have the best fans anywhere, and it feels good, so very good.

So let’s take this time for the Phillies and enjoy the moment… then back to Eagles football.  A Champion has returned to Philadelphia!!

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Wrap-up of Eagles Draft

The 2008 NFL Draft is in the books, and as usual the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles brain trust is being hotly contested. The prevailing opinion going into this draft was that the Eagles needed to trade up and make a splash in order to obtain a bona fide difference maker who could help this team right away. As it turned out, the Eagles traded out of their first round spot (#19 overall) and obtained additional draft picks, including the Carolina Panthers 1st round pick in next year’s draft. Overall, this is how the Eagles drafted per position:

Offensive Line – 3 (OG Mike McGlynn, OT Mike Gibson, and OT King Dunlap)

Defensive Line – 2 (DT Trevor Laws and DE Bryan Smith)

Linebacker – 2 (Joe Mays and Andy Studebaker)

Defensive Back -2 (S Quintin Demps and CB Jack Ikegwuonu)

Wide Receiver – 1 (DeSean Jackson)

Running Back – 1 (Lorenzo Booker – acquired via trade from Miami Dolphins)

Some observations:

I can only hope that defensive line coach Juan Castillo can wave his magic wand and coach up OT King Dunlap. Have you seen this kid’s size yet? He is 6’9″, 310 lbs. SIX FOOT NINE!! Holy crap, that is a big dude. Dunlap had an elbow injury his senior season at Auburn and lost his starting job because of it. Here’s an interesting twist. Apparently, it is projected that his frame can support about 25 more pounds of muscle, but he has had trouble in the past keeping pounds…ON! Yeah, I know EXACTLY how that feels…

WR DeSean Jackson has a Manayunk-sized chip on his shoulder after falling to the second round. He feels like he is a first round talent and plans to come into the NFL and prove everyone wrong. Hopefully, he reports with the right attitude (a concern from his college days) and gets his nose into the playbook. I am not looking for too much out of him as a wideout in 2008-09, but the jobs of primary punt returner and kick returner are already his to lose, and that is where he can make an immediate impact.

CB Jack Ikegwuonu was projected as an early second rounder, but he tore up his knee in January while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine. A physical corner, he is not overly quick and projects as a safety in the NFL. With 11 picks in the draft, I can certainly understand the Eagles taking a risk on a guy that may project to be a valuable player but has fallen for whatever reason. However, that being said, don’t you think the time to do that is a little later – maybe the 5th or 6th round? They used a 4th round pick (#131 overall) on a guy who will not contribute at all this year and oh, by the way, has some legal issues hovering over his head. Really? Really?

Before we start giving this year’s draft class a final grade, consider this. I do not think that the Eagles are done with the assets that they acquired. Let’s wait until the June/July timeframe, when Chad Johnson and his agent (Drew Rosenhaus – have you hear of him?) make life so miserable for the Cincinnati Bengals that they get to the point where they HAVE to trade him. With the Eagles sitting there with TWO first round draft picks next year, as well as whatever picks they might get from a Lito Sheppard trade, they will be sitting in a GREAT position to strike a deal. I’m just saying…

Will the Eagles be active on Day 2?

The Philadelphia Eagles currently have 9 picks in Day 2 of the NFL Draft, with the first being #80 overall in the 3rd round. The Eagles were certainly active on Day 1, making a total of three trades that netted them additional picks in this year’s draft as well as an additional 1st round pick in next year’s draft (from Carolina). WR DeSean Jackson, drafted yesterday in the second round, should immediately become the Eagles kickoff and punt returner, and with 4.3 speed he should address a glaring need. DT Trevor Laws, also drafted yesterday, should provide good depth at the position and be a part of a dynamic rotation.

Look for the Eagles to address the offensive line with their next pick. In the 4th round, the Eagles have three selections (including a compensatory pick). If they use them all, they should be able to make some nice “value” picks there.

Stay tuned for updates!!

UPDATE (10:50 AM) – With the #80 pick in the 3rd round, the Eagles have selected 6’2″, 231 lb. DE Bryan Smith. Well, I was half right as they DID take a lineman. Seriously, why should I be making predictions at this point? I am not sure what their thinking was with this pick – am I the only one overly concerned about Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan making it through another season? Didn’t we sign Chris Clemons in the off-season as a free agent defensive end? I feel that DE is really not a position we needed to address in the 3rd round. With his “size”, he will obviously be asked to transition to linebacker, but where is he going play on the Eagles?

UPDATE (12:20 PM) – With the #109 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected OG Mike McGlynn. FINALLY! The Eagles have shown a propensity to draft for the future and to also provide depth, so this pick make a lot of sense to me. McGlynn has also played some Offensive Tackle, but projects to be a Guard in the NFL.

UPDATE (12:50 PM) – With the #117 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected S Quintin Demps.   Demps has good size and great speed, having been clocked at 4.38 in the 40.  Once again, the Eagles are sticking with their system and drafting for the future.  In this case, the future might be as soon as next year with the current status of Brian Dawkins so this pick should not be a surprise.