Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
In what is becoming an annual off season event for the Eagles, another play reported to the mini-camp yesterday unhappy with his current contract.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Eagles entered the draft needing to fill some major holes. They were: left tackle, wide receiver, running back, secondary, and tight end.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Take a look at the breakdown at these two receivers over the last 3 seasons, and decide which one you would rather have:
Receiver 1 Receiver 2
Catches 81 83
Touchdowns 8 6.5
Yards Per Catch 16 12.6
Yards 1,031 1,057
On paper, those two wide outs are almost identical.
However, in real life, the perception of these two could not be farther apart.
Receiver 1 is Anquan Boldin, probaly the man that most of the people in Philadelphia would take a pay cut to get in an Eagles uniform. Boldin is reportedly on the block, and the asking price is being set by the New York Giants, who are rumored to have offered 2 first round draft picks and a 3rd round draft pick. While that is just a rumor, it is a more then generous offer, one that the Eagles would probaly not match.
Receiver 2 is Torry Holt. Holt was released today by the St Louis Rams, and is a free agent. he is 3 years older then Boldin, but has not taken the physical beating that Boldin has. Last season was a down year for him (63 catchs, 3 TD's) , but who on St Louis had a good year in general? Holt has spent years being the number 1 option on the Rams, a role Boldin never had. He has had under 90 catches only once in the last seven years.
But most importantly, Holt will cost you only a contract. Sign Holt, and you get to keep your two first round draft choices. If the Giants sign Boldin, they will be favored to win the NFC. With Plaxico not returning (most likely), Boldin would fill that hole for them. Boldin also would be a better fit for the Eagles, as he is an under neath, strong, over the middle the receiver, a perfect compliment to DeSean Jackson.
Holt is not Boldin, but he is more then just a consolation prize. If the Eagles sign Holt, and keep their two first round draft choices, they could also add a running back like Knowson Moreno through the draft, as well as a tackle that could fill the huge hole on the left side of the line.
Would I match the Giants trade for a 1rst this year, 1rst next year and a 3rs round draft pick for Boldin? Yes I would, mostly to block him from going to New York, and because if the Eagles get Boldin, that first round pick next year will probaly be in the high 20's.
Would I try to out do the Giants and give up BOTH first round picks this year? No, at that point I would sign Holt, keep the draft picks, draft a running back and tackle, and hope Boldin is a flop in New York. Holt is still an offensive weapon, and down field threat.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Much like last season for the Eagles, the off season has not gotten off to the best start for them.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Its official. Brain Dawkins, the heart and soul of the Eagles, is gone.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
In Sports, there will always be "what if" questions. There have been tons of games that, had they gone the other way, would change the history of sports. What if Portland would have taken Michael Jordan? What if Tom Bradys incomplete pass is ruled a fumble? What if Terrell Owens remains sane, and is still an Eagle?
Friday, February 6, 2009
It was announced yesterday that Brand is going to undergo season ending shoulder surgery. In theory, this leaves the Sixers with out the player they brought in to bring them to the next level, the low post presence, and the player that would help them advance in the playoffs.
In reality, they lost done of those things.
The Sixers are better without Elton Brand. This is no fault of Brand's, it's just reality. However, this still hurts the Sixers in many ways. The most important way it will hurt the Sixers is in their pocket. They are now paying almost 14 million dollers a year for what is now a big question mark. Even though this is not the same injury that cause Brand to almost all of last season, this will still be the second year in a row Brand has missed a large portion of the season due to injury.
That is not what you want from a 14 million doller investment.
Another way this will hurt the Sixers in the long run is how the team will grow without him. The Sixers have a young core, and they will continue to grow this year. Players like Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Mareesse Speights will grow into better players, and establish their roles on the team. So what happens next year when Brand is forced back into the mix?
These are all huge questions that will continue to hang over the Sixers head well into next season. But for now, the Sixers must move on. The Sixers managed to overcome a bad start to the season, the firing of Maurece Cheeks, and the Brand debacle to stand at 24-24. If the playoffs started today, the Sixers would be 7th in the East, and a first round matchup with the Celtics would be waiting for them.
The Sixers nearly beat the Celtics a few nights ago, and while I think the series would be closer then people think, chances are the Sixers would get bounced out of the first round again if they had to play Boston.
So how do I see the second half of the season playing out?
At the beginning of the year, I picked the Sixers to finish 4th in the Eastern Conference. I made that pick because I thought Brand would be able to take them to the next level, which obviously has not happened. However, I still don't think that 4th place is out of question for the Sixers.
Ahead of them in the standings are the Heat, Pistons, and Hawks. They are currently 4 games out of the 4th spot. Considering you could not have made up a worse way for the season to start, to be in this position says something to me about this Sixers team. I think the Sixers will play much better basketball the second half of the season.
I think the Brand situation was a dark clound over the Sixers head, and now that the solution is clear, the Sixers will be able to play better. If the last fe games are any indication of how the Sixers will play, the future is bright. Iguodala, Miller, and Dalembert have all stepped up their games. I think Speights will start to contribute to this team more and more, and I see the Sixers making a big second half push.
Where will that push lead them? I see the Sixers finishing 5th in the East. The Sixers have a better record then the Heat, Pistons and Hawks in their last 10, and that was with Brand in most of those games. Finishing 5th would be huge for the Sixers, because it will allow them to avoid facing one of the big three (Celtics, Magic, Cavs), in the first round. Could the Sixers advance past Miami, Detriot or Atlanta? To be honest, probaly not. But I like their chances now better then before.
This city has seen the Phillies and Eagles make big second half pushes this year, and I think the Sixers will continue the trend. However, I do not see the Sixers making it out of the first round.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Bertrand Berry, DE, Arizona Cardinals: The Eagles offensive line is young, athletic, and talented already. I don't think adding another young player via the draft is the way to improve the line. Berry will not break the bank to pick up and could add depth at the DE position. Berry totaled 7 sacks last season, and while he wouldn't move the defense to another level, I think he would be a solid pick up.
Friday, January 30, 2009
3) a player who can help now, but has a short term deal
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
They say you never know what you got till it's gone.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
As the Cardinals and Steelers prepare for the Super Bowl, the Eagles are once again left at home looking for answers.