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I'd like to hear your take on JJ as well, Derek. Eagles have to be a little wary about running out a novice center to make line calls and adjustments for their new franchise quarterback, right?
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Apparently not. I now know where to go if I want to feel awful about the Eagles, though.
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Let's start with the first one. Pretty sweeping judgment to make based on 2 quarters, no?
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This is tongue in cheek, right?
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I was with you, Sam -- I figured 'Spoon was the favorite to start at WILL next year. In other news, Lawlor says he's "hearing Kampman will not be an Eagle... you can bet his ACL injury is a major issue." So, um, Ryan Clark anyone? O.J. Atogwe? Slim pickings at this point.
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What? What's that? I can't hear you! /covers ears
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...and speaking of PFT, they're now saying that Peppers to the Redskins is "essentially done." http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/04/peppers-to-redskins-rumors-go-to-full-boil/ Maybe I'm just bitter that he doesn't look likely to be coming here, but am I the only one that sees that just absolutely blowing up in Washington's face? (Or am I just being jaded by every other signing they make?)
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The unceremonious departure of Dawkins last year should have anesthetized me to this, but I guess I figured deep down that Westbrook would rather be the change-of-pace guy here than anywhere else. I suspect you're right, Derek, and that just isn't the case. Best of luck to Brian wherever he winds up. I honestly wonder where that will be.
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I guess the (infinitesimally miniscule) silver lining to the way the season ended is that there will be no hesitation to let the ax drop. And, obviously, Daisher was as good a place as any to start.
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If the Birds hold onto Westbrook, I think we'll see his career come full circle: back to 3rd down back it is. Lest we forget, he has the same well-rounded package that made him so well-suited for that role in the first place: good receiving skills, ability to set up the screen, good vision for running draws, and solid pass protection ability. Unless he looks significantly slower next year than this year, I don't see how he's not a potential asset in that role -- as sort of a Warrick Dunn lite in his late career.
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Funny how the end of the season colors your perception so much. The 2009 Eagles were, IMO, a materially better team than the 2008 version, but a tougher NFC playoff field (think about how bad last year's Vikings would look in this mix) makes this season seem like a failure. Defensive end, SAM, safety, center, right guard -- all need upgrading, but all will pale in comparison to the QB Armageddon that's about to befall this city and fanbase. How early does the team tip its hand? I hope against hope that it's early, because I don't know if I can handle a drawn out process.
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Once again, you've hit the nail on the head, Derek. If the ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl, and everything short of that is a disappointment, then the Eagles made it oh so much harder for themselves by failing to show up today. I don't doubt that Andy could find a way to right the ship and lead the Birds to a win next weekend. But consecutive road wins over the Cowboys, Saints, and (for argument's sake) the Vikings? I mean, really, what are the odds of that? And if we're putting a percent likelihood on it, how much less is it than the "Win 1 home game and 1 road game" scenario?
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With all due respect, I think you're overestimating the leverage that Anthopoulos has here. Halladay has a full no trade clause and he's indicated that he prefers Philadelphia, and the Yankees and Red Sox are pretty much out of the running at this point anyway. That Anthopoulos looks to have found a way to get 90% of the value that Ricciardi turned down in July, when he was in a far better bargaining position, is an impressive piece of work by the young GM, in my opinion.
I'm sure Cole will get a fine for that, but: (1) it's not like he wasn't provoked; and (2) I'm sure he's frustrated as all hell after being held all night.
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Come on, Sav, pooch like you've never pooched before. Actually, just make sure you get the kick off.
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You think? I mean granted, their D can't stop anyone, but it's still a tough call.
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It doesn't help that this is as well as Eli's played in... well, as long as I've seen him. I mean, no head-scratching throws, no getting flustered by a blitz and flipping it up in the air hoping Plaxico will (bust out of jail and) come down with it... in other words, a completely un-Eli-like performance.
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That's the ol' Brett Favre, "he's like a kid out there!" desperation flip. It just always seems to work against us, and never get fumbled like it should.
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Lawlor keeps saying it: we've seen a number of big-time 4th quarter drives from this team in recent weeks. Huge, huge possession there.
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Wow. Well played, sirs.
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McNabb's too used to throwing those deep balls to Mac and Jax. Reggie Brown doesn't exactly have that kind of speed.
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Thank God. Finally, someone pays attention to the phrase "indisputable video evidence."
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They'll overturn this. Just because.
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I mean, is our defensive game plan just bad, or has the Giants' offense found new life?
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Yup, I had the same thought.
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