Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Reggie Brown has fallen off the depth chart
Andy Reid and coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would neve admit it but Reggie Brown, the wide receiver they could always count on, is sixth on a depth chart topped by DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Hank Baskett, Jason Avant and Greg Lewis. DeSean Jackson is No. 2 in the program but No. 1 on the depth chart
Brown barely played in the win over the Steelers. He had just one pass thrown his way and didn't make a great effort to catch it although it was one of the wilder ones launched by Donovan McNabb after he took a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar like kick in the chest from one of three Steelers who sacked him.
The only praise Reid could find for his performance was that the player came out of it healthy. That's about as insignificant as you can get.
Monday, September 15, 2008
T.O. RUNS THROUGH EAGLES WARMUPS
What a head trip Terrell Owens is.
Owens ran right through a gang of Eagles warming up in the end zone while circling the Texas Stadium field 90 minutes before the opening kickoff.
Veteran Jon Runyan ignored Owens. Rookie Trevor Laws gave the Cowboy a what-the-frig type of look. Juqua Parker leered at Owens when his opponent broke into a sidestepping routine.
Owens returned near the middle of the field to dance in place - about five yards from the spot his old quarterback, Donovan McNabb, was throwing balls to Eagles receivers.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Coincidence, or is this team special?
Feelings aren’t facts but there were just too many factual or near-factual coincidences attached to the Eagles win Sunday to not think this team has championship destiny.
For example, Jackson, Baskett and Greg Lewis all had 100 or more receiving yards. The last time the Eagles did that they won the NFL championship in 1960. Pete Retzlaff was part of that receiver group and he was at the game Sunday.
Then there was the near-shutout.
Had Rams head coach Scott Linehan gone for the end zone instead of a 46-yard field goal with 9:01 left the Eagles would have had their first opening-day shutout since 1949 – when they won an NFL championship.
It almost makes you wonder if they dropped what should have been four interceptions on opening day in 1960 or 1949, if you know what I mean.
It’s early but there’s just something about this team and it starts with the rookie Jackson, who has brought amazing energy and skills.
These Eagles also seem to be a contradiction.
As well as they played in their 38-3 win over the Rams, they could have played a lot better. As good as they are, they’re not really that good, are they?
The real test will come next Monday when the Eagles oppose the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys have a pass rush and a mutual hate for the Eagles.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Are the Rams that bad or are the Eagles ...
The Eagles aren't that good. And the Rams aren't 38-3 bad. They may be worse. Scott Linehan is coaching to avoid shutouts. Quarterback Marc Bulger plays scared. They've got big problems.
The Eagles really aren't that good right now. But the scary thing is they will get better.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
McNabb has all day .. did you see Demps?
Donovan McNabb has had enough time in the first half to decide what kind of spiral to put on the ball, a credit to the O-line and the play-calling. With another
Did you see rookie Quintin Demps sky into the end zone to bat a high-bouncing Sav Rocca punt back out thee three-yard line? The Eagles haven't made a play like that during the entire Reid era.
No Justice in uniform
The Eagles kept just seven offensive linemen active Sunday - the starters along with C-G Nick Cole and G Max Jean-Gilles. OT Winston Justice and G Mike McGlynn were scratched. If the Eagles don't have enough confidence in Justice to dress him out on game day, why is he even on the team?
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sheppard should axe 'next-question' Rosenhaus
Lito Sheppard should have paid a lot more attention to Drew Rosenhaus' guerilla tactics to leverage the Eagles for a new contract or a trade of the cornerback.
Rosenhaus' most recent YouTube rant questioning why Sheppard wasn't starting and depicting Brown as basically just another guy was a slap in the face of Brown.
It created enough tension in the almost inseperable relationship that Sheppard conceded he had to discuss the matter with Brown to clear the air. They're "cool" according to Sheppard, who offered to give Brown "a hug to make up."
That Sheppard let it reach such a point is at issue, as he was the guy who hired Rosenhaus.
The feeling here is Sheppard wants to get a new pact with the Eagles or be dealt to another team, he might want to do two things: Play out the season peacefully and fire Rosenhaus, not necessarily in that order.