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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

In Philadelphia Eagles, Trivia on June 6, 2013 at 7:55 am

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Tra Thomas and John Runyan played nearly all of their 310 combined games on the offensive line together ranking #2 and #5 on the Eagles all time games played list for O-Linemen. Me and my line mate played nearly our whole careers together totalling 314 games on the offensive line. We rank #3 and #4 on the Eagles all time O-Linemen games played list. By the way we were both rookies in the same season. Can you name us?

 

 

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

In Philadelphia Eagles, Trivia on May 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

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 In 1994 against the Atlanta Falcons I recorded the longest run from scrimmage in Eagles history, a 91 yard touchdown. Do you know who I am?

 

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

In Philadelphia Eagles, Trivia on May 16, 2013 at 7:43 am

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These two players last played for the Eagles in 1994. They finished their Eagles career each playing in 137 games over 10 seasons. Can you name these 2 popular players?

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Why Chip Kelly is the Wrong Guy for the Eagles

In Philadelphia Eagles on February 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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Lets start out by saying, don’t get me wrong about being an Eagles fan. I’ve been a fan for nearly 50 years and will continue to watch, attend games and root for the Birds to win the Super Bowl. Coach Kelly is saying all of the right things. He’s a football junkie that is going to work as hard as his job as anybody else. He even showed up at Wing Bowl. With that said, Chip Kelly was the wrong choice to turn this team around. For all of you who disagree we ask you this simple question, “why can Chip Kelly succeed in pro football when Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and Pete Carroll couldn’t?”

Let’s compare the careers of the four.

Spurrier:

In his 12 years at Florida prior to going to the Redskins Spurrier was 122-27-1 overall and 87-12 in the SEC. He never lost more than 4 games in a season.  This was after taking over an awful Duke program and in 3 seasons finishing tied for 1st place in the ACC. He was 20-13-1 at Duke.

Prior to Duke, Spurrier was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL going 35-19. The USFL was a far cry from the NFL. Following his great success at Florida, Spurrier became head coach of the Washington Redskins and lasted only 2 years. He compiled a 12-20 record and went back to college ball at the University of South Carolina where he has rebuilt the program in to a national power.

Spurrier has an overall college record of 208-77-2, with 1 national championship, and an NFL record of 12-20.

Saban:

At this point Saban is considered the best coach in college football. He has won 4 national championships in the last 8 college football seasons with LSU and Alabama. Saban had a 1 year stop as head coach at Toledo (9-2) and a 5 year stop at Michigan State (34-24-1) before become the boss at LSU. Saban’s success in 5 years at LSU, (48-16 and a National Championship) led to an opportunity in the NFL as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He lasted only 2 seasons in the NFL finishing 15-17.  Saban returned to college at Alabama and has dominated college football over the last 6 seasons, winning 3 national championships.

Saban has an overall college record of 154-55-1 with 4 national championships and a pro record of 15-17.

Carroll:

Pete Carroll’s situation is somewhat different, however still relevant to the discussion. Carroll was a head coach in the NFL before he was a head coach in college. He started as the head coach of the New York Jets for one season, (6-10) before moving to New England for 3 seasons. (27-21). The Patriots did finish 1st in Caroll’s first season there. Overall he was 33-31 in his first shot at the NFL.

Carroll moved to the college ranks at the University of Southern California and quickly built a powerhouse. In 9 seasons at USC the Trojans went 97-19, never losing more than 2 games for 7 straight seasons.

Carroll returned to the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks where he has gone 25-23 in 3 seasons.

Carroll has an overall college record of 97-19 with 2 national championships and an NFL record of 58-54.

That brings us to Chip Kelly.

Kelly:

Chip Kelly has never been in the NFL as a player or an assistant coach. He has been the head coach of the Oregon Ducks for 4 seasons. While at Oregon, Kelly compiled a 46-7 record with no national championships.

So why are these guys so much more successful in college football than in the NFL? It’s simple, all are great recruiters!! Each worked at locations that have great facilities with seemingly endless amounts of money being infused in to the programs. In Oregon’s case its Nike money that has turned their athletic program in to a powerhouse. In the NFL you don’t get to stockpile rosters with young recruits that are waiting for their turn to make it to the big time. A coach has to take players that are now professionals and meld them together through the draft and free agency. It’s building a team one position at a time with guys that you don’t necessarily have control of. It’s their job not their life. To make it worse, when you’re successful you get to pick further down in the draft giving you even less opportunity of selecting a “franchise player”. When new Temple coach Matt Rhule was hired after just one season in the NFL, as an assistant offensive line coach working for Tom Coughlin, he said it was like earning a PhD after spending a lifetime as a coach and player.  There’s nothing like experience and Chip Kelly doesn’t have it.

That brings us back to the question from above, “why can Chip Kelly succeed in pro football when Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and Pete Carroll couldn’t?”

We wish Coach Kelly the best with the Eagles; however, the numbers don’t bode well for him.

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EAGLES “STAY” OR “GO” TIME IS APPROACHING, WHO WILL YOU VOTE FOR?

In Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

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We thought this would be a good time to get the fans to sound off about who you will vote for in the upcoming Philly.com Eagles “Stay” or “Go” vote that they hold after every sports season. With no playoffs again this year, and changes likely to begin next Monday, we thought this would be a good time to begin the discussion.

 

On January 8, 2012 Philly Pressbox posted an article based on the fan vote coming off of the 8-8 season in 2011. See the following link. 

 

https://phillypressbox.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/eagles-stay-or-go-fan-vote/

 

To summarize that fan vote, we the fans voted to keep 21 of the 22 starters, Asante Samuel being the only player we wanted to get rid of and the Eagles did that. We also voted to keep the kicker, punter and long snapper. Overall the fans were very happy with the players but unhappy with the staff. We voted that Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg, Juan Castillo, Howie Roseman and Joe Banner all needed to go. Banner was gone first and then Castillo by mid-season.

 

As the Eagles sit 4-11 with the season finale Sunday against the Giants in New York, who will you vote for to “stay” or “go” after this miserable season??

 

A few names to ponder as a reminder:

Offense: Vick, Foles, Edwards, McCoy, Brown, Lewis, Polk, Havili, Igwenagu, Jackson, Maclin, Johnson, McNutt, Avant, Cooper, Gilyard, Celek, Harbor, Dunlap, Bell, Herremans, Reynolds, Kelce, Scott, Mathis, Kelly, Watkins, Peters.

 

Defense: Graham, Jenkins, Cox, Cole, Hunt, Landri, Thornton, Curry, Tapp, Dixon, Patterson, Kendricks, Ryans, Chaney, Jordan, Matthews, Rodgers-Cromarti, Asomugha, Anderson, Coleman, Marsh, Boykin, Hughes, Allen, Sims.

 

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View from the Philly Pressbox – What Really Happened to the Eagles?

In Philadelphia Eagles on December 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE EAGLES??

 As we sit here on Sunday morning of week 13 with the Philadelphia Eagles preparing to play the Dallas Cowboys the Eagles are sitting at 3 wins and 8 losses, tied with the Carolina Panthers for the worst record in the NFC. Carolina beat the Birds last week so technically they are in last place. How did a team with such high hopes fall so far, so fast??

 Michael Vick – Vick is not an elite QB in the NFL. Frankly, I wasn’t a big fan when he was running around making plays in Atlanta. Early in the season he turned the ball over game after game that not only kept the offense from scoring but put the defense in bad situations that they couldn’t handle.

 The offensive line – We knew the injury to Jason Peters in the off season was going to be a big loss; I’m just not sure we knew how big. The rash of injuries to Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins and Todd Herremans has been devastating. Those injuries have kept LeSean McCoy from doing anything this season, 750 yards rushing, after his Pro Bowl year in 2011. Obviously, the lack of protection didn’t help Vick either.

 The receivers – DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek have all struggled. They have 45, 41 and 43 catches respectively for 700, 528 and 504 yards. I’m not a huge fan of Jackson to begin with; he’s not an elite receiver especially if he can’t get down the field. Maclin seems to be running cautiously over the middle after getting hit hard a few times. As for Celek, I like the way he plays but every ball that has been off of him has ended up in a defenders hands. Overall, this group has underachieved. Some it could be them; some could be the lack of QB protection and some of it the QB’s themselves.

 Trent Cole and Jason Babin – These two Pro Bowlers have done nothing all season. Babin’s play and attitude got him run out of town. I wouldn’t expect Cole to be around much longer either. You have to able to rush the QB for your defense to be successful. These two combined for 7 sacks.

 The defensive backfield – Oh, where to start? They have all played poorly. Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromarti on the corners have been tough to watch. They don’t cover and they don’t tackle either. Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen never seem to be in position to help out from the safety spots. Coleman is second on the team in tackles with 72 and Allen is third with 55. That in itself should tell you something about the defense. All the way up to last weeks loss to Carolina there is still on going miscommunication on who is going to be where among this group.

 Coaching change – The firing of Juan Castillo, more importantly the timing of it was interesting. At the time the Eagles defense wasn’t playing that bad. It was the offense that was struggling and the defense was keeping the team in games. The Todd Bowles move has been a disaster. Now not only is the offense bad, the defense is just as bad.

 The Tale of the Tape – The Eagles have more first downs, 233-209, more rushing yards, 1,420-1,292, and equal passing yards, 2.508-2,509, than their opponents for the season which would lead you to believe they would be having a decent season.

 Here are the key stats:

 The Eagles have scored just 18 TD’s to their opponents 31.

The Eagles have thrown 12 TD passes to their opponents 20.

The Eagles have 18 sacks to their opponents 34.

The Eagles defense has scored 0 TD’s to their opponents 5.

Turnover ratio is -17.

 The future – With the injuries mounting, and a rookie QB cutting his teeth in the NFL the chances of winning many, if any, games this season seems bleak. There will be major personnel changes soon after the season. Many of the old faces will be gone. The Eagles need to determine if Nick Foles is their man moving forward. Andy Reid will likely be gone or moved upstairs. It will be a new beginning for Philadelphia Eagles football in 2013 and it will take time to get back to the top of the NFC.

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The Eagles 53 Man Roster vs the “Stay & Go” Vote

In Philadelphia Eagles on September 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Are Eagles fans that smart? Does Eagles management pay attention to what the fans think or were the changes so necessary that anyone could see them? These are the questions that can now be answered that the 2013 – 53 man roster has been set.

On January 8, 2012, Philly Pressbox posted a summary of the Eagles fan vote conducted by Philly.com for players to “Stay or Go” in 2013. That link is attached.  https://phillypressbox.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/eagles-stay-or-go-fan-vote/. Lets compare who the fans voted to “Go” and if they did actually go.

On offense, the fans voted the following people to be gone: Vince Young, Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith, Winston Justice, Julian Vandervelde, Jamaal Jackson and King Dunlap. All are gone except for Dunlap. The King has earned a starting position going in to the season; however, if not for the injury to Jason Peters the King would’ve likely been gone too.  The fans did vote to keep Chad Hall, Mike Kafka and Owen Schmidt, but all three of them are gone as well.

On defense, the fans voted for only one starter to “go” and he’s gone, Asante Samuel, traded to the Atlanta Falcons. The fans voted the following reserves to “Go”: Juqua Parker, Trevor Laws, Victor Abiamiri, Cedric Thornton, Akeem Jordan, Moise Fokou, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes and Tom Nelson. Of that group only Jordan, Marsh and Hughes will be part of the 2013 team. The fans did vote to keep both Casey Mathews and Brandon Graham and they will both be back.

On Special Teams the fans voted for Alex Henery, Chas Henry and John Dorenbos to all stay, and they will.

The biggest change the fans wanted to see was in the administration and the coaching staff. The fans voted for Howie Roseman, Joe Banner, Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo to all be gone. Well, Banner is gone and everyone else is in place.

Through the draft, trades and free agency it appears the Eagles have improved greatly with the additions of Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry, Nick Foles, Brandon Boykin, and DeMeco Ryans. This has turned in to a very young and talented team that should have some depth with the only major weakness being at the safety position. Hopefully the late addition of David Sims, from Cleveland will help in that area.

Well fans, what do you think, was management actually listening or were these choices just too easy?

How far do you think the Eagles will go in 2013??

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Steve Van Buren – The Eagles Legend

In Philadelphia Eagles on August 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

When you think of the history of the Philadelphia Eagles two names stand alone at the top of the list, Steve Van Buren and Chuck Bednarik. There have been several other players that have become Hall of Famers like Pete Pihos, Alex Wojciechowicz, Bert Bell, Tommy McDonald, Sonny Jurgenson, Mike Ditka and Bob Brown but none was as good and well respected as Van Buren. If you took a poll of who’s the greatest Eagle player of all time it would be a split the vote between Van Buren and Bednarik. With that said, the Eagles lost one of their greatest players when Van Buren died on Thursday at the age of 91.

Van Buren was a 1st round draft pick, number 5 overall, of the Eagles in 1944, out of LSU.  Heisman Trophy winner Angelo Bertelli was chosen first from Notre Dame and Otto Graham, consider by many as the greatest quarterback of all time, was number four out of Northwestern. This in itself is impressive considering that Van Buren was cut from his high school football team as a sophomore. Van Buren went on to make the All NFL Team, they didn’t have the Pro Bowl at the time, every season from 1944 through 1950. During that time he led the league the Eagles to two championships in 1948 and 49. He led the league in rushing 4 times, 1945, 47, 48 and 49, rushing for over 1,000 yards twice. He led the league in touchdowns 4 times, rushing yards per game 5 times, total yards from scrimmage twice and total touchdowns in a season twice. He also led the league with the longest kickoff return in a season 3 times, yards per kickoff return twice, and total kickoff return yards once. He also returned two punts for touchdowns in his career. To top it off, Van Buren played defensive back, where he intercepted 9 passes and recovered 14 fumbles in his career.

When it came to the 1948 and 49 championship games Van Buren was the brightest star in leading the Eagles to victory. In the 1948 game against the Chicago Cardinals, Van Buren scored the only touchdown in the Eagles 7-0 victory. He rushed for 98 yards on 25 carries and scored the game’s only touchdown in a blizzard. He followed up that effort in the 1949 game by rushing for 196 yards on 31 carries, leading the Eagles to a 14-0 victory.

When Steve Van Buren retired he was the All Time leading rusher in NFL history with 5,860 yards and scored 77 touchdowns. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965, only the 3rd class inducted to the Canton shrine.

In 1994, he was selected to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team as well as the 75th Anniversary All-Two-Way Team and the 1940 All Decade Team. To put this honor in perspective, following are the other running backs selected; halfbacks, Van Buren, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers and OJ Simpson with fullbacks, Jim Brown, Marion Motley and Bronko Nagurski. Obviously, a tremendous group of football players!

At the time of his retirement following the 1951 season Van Buren held the following NFL records:

• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career 1,320
• [1st] Most Rushing Yards, Career
5,860
• [1st] Most Rushing Yards, Season
1,146 (1949)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Season
18
(1945)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season
263
(1949)
• [2nd] Most Touchdowns, Career
77

• [Tied for 2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game
35 (vs. N.Y. Bulldogs, Nov. 20, 1949)


Following are the Eagles team records Van Buren held through the 1951 season, his last season with Philadelphia:

• [1st] Most Rushing Yards, Season – 1,146 (1949)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 263 (1949)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Season – 18 (1945)
• [1st] Most Points Scored, Season – 110 (1945)
• [1st] Most Rushing Yards, Game – 205 (vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 27, 1949)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 35 (vs. N.Y. Bulldogs, Nov. 20, 1949)
• [1st] Most Rushing Yards, Career – 5,860
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 1,320
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 77
• [1st] Most Points, Career – 464
• [Tied for 1st] Most Kickoff Returns, Season – 14 (1948)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Yards, Season – 1,008 (1947)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 217 (1947)
• [2nd] Most Kickoff Returns, Season – 13 (1947)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Yards, Game – 174 (vs. N.Y. Bulldogs, Nov. 20, 1949)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 29 (vs. Washington, Nov. 21. 1948)
• [2nd] Longest Run From Scrimmage – 77 (vs. Brooklyn, Nov. 4, 1944)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Boston, Dec. 9, 1945)
• [3rd] Most Passes Intercepted, Season – 5 (1944)
• [3rd] Longest Run From Scrimmage – 77 (vs. Oct. 14, 1944)
• [3rd] Longest Kickoff Return – 98 (vs. New York, Dec. 2, 1945)

I had an opportunity to meet the man that wrote the early record books of both the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles several times over the years and found him to be nothing but a fantastic and humble man, so unassuming that you would never know he was a football legend. However, the thing I will remember the most about Steve Van Buren was the respect that the other great Eagles players had for him. I have an Eagles helmet that I’ve been getting signed for nearly 20 years by my favorite Eagles. The first three that signed were Van Buren on one wing, Pihos on the other wing and Bednarik on the side. There are now 34 signatures on the helmet and no one would sign on the wing that was signed by Van Buren. The last signature that I added was another Hall of Famer, Bob Brown. There was no place for his signature to fit along with his HOF inscription. Bob said, “Would it be okay if I signed on this wing next to Mr. Van Buren”? I said, “Sure, if that’s where it will fit best.” His comment back was, “I wanted to be sure, he was the greatest Eagle of all time.”

Pretty much says it all!!!!

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Eagles Profile – Fletcher Cox – 1st Round Draft Pick

In Philadelphia Eagles on April 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

The 1st Round of the NFL draft is complete and the Philadelphia Eagles have their guy, Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State, trading up from the #15 spot to the #12 spot, in a trade with Seattle, in order to select him. Cox was considered the top ranked defensive tackle in the draft and the Eagles were happy to get the 6’4”, 296lb, 21 year old.

Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn said, “I’ve coached Fletcher Cox a million times. I have coached Southern black kids my whole life, that’s what I do. We hit it off really well. We went out to lunch at the Veranda Restaurant in Starkville. We ate well, and we talked about deer hunting and guns for two hours and might have talked football for 15 minutes. He’s a shy, country kid.” Head Coach Andy Reid added, “We had targeted him all along but we thought he’d go in the first six or seven picks. Once he started to drop we got excited and went up to get him. We love his speed and athleticism — you just don’t see a big guy move like he does — and we like his flexibility, he can play on the outside as well. He’s like Cullen Jenkins in that way. He’s young and he’s a very intelligent kid. He’s built for our style of defense.” The Eagles expect Cox to step in and play in their defensive line rotation immediately, though Washburn was quick to point out, “Fletcher is a better prospect than a player at this point.”

How did Cox feel about joining the Eagles? “I was, like, excited to become an Eagle, like, really excited. I am excited to get back to football. I love the defensive scheme the Eagles play and it will be a pleasure to play on a front line under Coach Washburn.” “We went to lunch, he worked me out and we had a good time,” “He said I was a fast learner and he liked the way I learned things really quick and he wanted to coach me at the next level. I prayed and asked God where he wanted me to be and I knew it’d be great to play for the Eagles.” Reid added, “Fletcher is a better prospect than a player at this point.”

When asked, “Why should Philadelphia be excited about me?”  Cox said, “I’m a guy with great heart, hard-working, I never stop. I play 100 miles an hour. I am ready to compete. I want to get in and learn the defense.” Washburn added, “He’s such a good athlete, he was a unanimous pick upstairs in the room. He’s the biggest 296-pound athlete I’ve ever seen. He’s going to jump in right away and start playing. No one at Mississippi State — no one – had a bad word to say about him.”

If first impressions mean anything we like everything we’ve seen and heard about Fletcher Cox!!!

 Following is Rob Rang’s overview and analysis of Cox for CBSSport.com.

Overview:

Cox is naturally big, plays bigger and is expected grow even more in size and ability. A third-year junior, Cox was the only player from Mississippi State to be named to All-SEC first team after he collected 56 tackles and five sacks last season. He works hard from kickoff until the final whistle, setting a pace for teammates and wearing down opponents. He showed very good explosion in Combine testing. The light-footed Cox played both defense end and defensive tackle and his versatility will be an asset in the NFL, where scouts think he is similar to San Diego’s Corey Luiget, an 18th overall pick out of Illinois last year. Cox was one of five Bulldogs suspended for the 2011season opener against Memphis for breaking team rules, but he returned to the field with a vengeance and earned praise from his coaches.

Analysis:

Pass rush: Good quickness off the snap. Attacks gaps, getting skinny to slip past interior linemen when lining up as a defensive tackle. Enough speed to challenge the shoulders of strong-side tackles when lining up as a defensive end. Does not possess the explosiveness and flexibility to turn the corner efficiently, however, limiting his pass rush potential on the outside. Developing pass rush technique, including a swim move, but does not use this often enough. Relies almost exclusively on his bull rush. Generates an explosive pop to knock his opponent back onto his heels. Possesses the lateral agility to take advantage of the unbalanced offensive lineman to run around him and collapse the pocket. Run defense: Good size and power,

Though Cox struggles with leverage, at times. Can be blown off the ball when double-teamed as he currently lacks prototypical width and thickness in his lower body for an interior defender. Cox does appear to have the frame to add an additional 10-15 pounds. Good upper-body strength and quick hands to disengage from the one-on-one block. Penetrates gaps and locates the football quickly. Slides off of blocks to latch onto ball carriers as they attempt to run by. Alert defender who recognizes the trap block and possesses enough quickness to beat his opponent to the spot. Lacks the sustained speed to chase down ball carriers, but puts good effort into his lateral pursuit. Explosion: Varies his burst off the snap, but does not possess true explosiveness in his get-off. Among his best assets, however, is his strong upper body. Attacks blockers with an explosive pop, which allows him to disengage quickly. Strength: Naturally strong man who is still learning to use his power to his advantage. Good to very good upper-body strength and leg drive to push his opponent deep into the pocket. Good strength as a drag-down tackler, as well. Does negate his own strength, on occasion, due to a high pad level. Tackling: High effort player who locates the football and pursues laterally and downfield. An effective drag-down tackler due to his upper-body strength. Surprisingly light on his feet showing an ability to adjust to elusive ball carriers in close quarters. Closes quickly and wraps up well, but isn’t an explosive hitter likely to knock the ball free. Has forced just two fumbles in three seasons of action. Intangibles: Naturally large man with plenty of room for additional growth. Appears to be just scratching the surface of his physical potential, though he has three years of starting experience in the SEC. Blocked four kicks from 2009-11. Was suspended for the 2011 season-opener (Memphis), along with four other Bulldogs, for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

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Desean’s Back – Are You Happy?

In Philadelphia Eagles on March 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Well the Eagles stepped to the front of the line today with the signing of Desean Jackson to a 5 year – $51m contract with $15m guaranteed. My question is how do you feel about it? Frankly, I have very mixed emotions. As a season ticket holder that pays my hard earned money to go to Lincoln Financial Field every week I blame Jackson for the failure of the 2011 season.  Obviously, I wasn’t at practice or team meetings or in the Nova Care Complex every day, but apparently neither was Jackson. For Head Coach Andy Reid to suspend Jackson, his conduct had to be bad and ongoing. You don’t mess up one time and get suspended. Jackson missing the Arizona Cardinals game that the Eagles had to win but lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 21-17, at home, that was the final dagger in the heart of the Birds, dropping their record to 3-6 and pretty much out of the playoffs. I know that many fans will say that the Eagles still had the lead after three quarters and should’ve still won. You may be right but they didn’t. You can blame the defense and I’ll blame their most explosive offensive weapon who was home sitting on the sofa. In the final 7 games after his return Jackson contributed 29 catches for 458 yards and 2 touchdowns with “0” 100 yard games.

My final problem with Desean Jackson is what appeared to be lack of effort. I’m not talking about what was shown on national TV when they isolated on him and showed him not working hard. I’m talking about what I saw from my seat each week. There was far more lack of effort than what the TV showed. Every fan wants the Eagles to win, me included, so we can win that elusive Super Bowl and Jackson took that chance away from us in 2011 because he acted like an immature baby because he didn’t get his money when he wanted it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with pro athletes making their money, they are tremendous athletes.  I do expect them to work their butts off to win for their team, the fans, the organization and the entire city. If that’s too much to ask they should go find a job like the rest of us and buy a ticket to the games.

With that said, I think Jackson is an outstanding player. He’s the game breaker the Eagles haven’t had in a long time, if ever. He’s already been to 2 Pro Bowls and finished last season with 58 receptions for 961 yards and 4 TD’s, even under the circumstances discussed above. The 961 yards give him 2 – 900+ yard seasons and 2 – 1050+ yard seasons in his four year career and he’s only 25 years old.

The Eagles organization seems to have forgiven Desean and obviously have no hard feelings. “We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’s top playmakers in Philadelphia,” Andy Reid said in a news release. “Desean is a game breaker, he has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat in our offense.”

I think Jackson was the best option in the market. If he plays the way he’s capable of playing and does everything required on the practice field the Eagles made a wise choice.

What do you think?

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