C’mon Eagles Fans: Playoffs?!?!?

Watching the Eagles play the Dolphins game yesterday, you would have thought the Eagles were only a game out of the playoffs. Chris Myers kept talking about the Eagles playoff chances. I think we all need to ask Jim Mora what he thinks about the Eagles playoff chances.

I don’t consider myself the usual doom and gloom Philly fan, but c’mon people, there is no chance that the Eagles are making the playoffs. Yes, they looked decent yesterday, but have they done that for more than two games in a row all season? They would have to win three games more in a row, just to have a sniff of the playoffs. And then we would still need the Stupid Cowboys and Stupid Giants to lose some games for us to have a chance.

Check out the playoff scenarios here.

Source: AP

Let’s just temper down our expectations, and try and enjoy the last few weeks of football. If you get your hopes up about the Eagles again, you’re just begging for disappointment. They’ve done this to us all year. I’m telling you this for your own good.

Here’s a real question for you to ponder, if the Eagles by some miracle go 3-0 or 2-1 through the rest of the season, does Reid give Castillo another shot? (Please no!) Or if the Birds crap the bed and go 0-3, is it time for Reid to go? Ray Didinger said it was time for Reid and the Eagles to move on, during his WIP show on Saturday. If Didinger has given up on you Andy, you’re in a lot of trouble.

Couch Change (other football thoughts from the weekend):

  • Outside of the Eagles winning, is there anything more fun than watching the Cowboys blow it? Dallas Sucks! Ha Ha
  • I never believed that Tebow would be a good NFL quarterback, but what he has done this season has been unbelievable. It’s such a fun story to watch that I’ve actually started rooting for the Broncos. I’m also considering going back to church again. (Not really.)
  • Tebow 2011 = Vick 2010. Once defensive coordinators get an off-season to study film on him, he’s going to be in a lot of trouble next year. He’s a fun story, but he’s not going to be a long term success. (Bring on the Tebow Defenders!)
  • If the Eagles finish with a top 10 pick in the draft, do they consider drafting a quarterback? Vick only has one more “real” year left on his contract. The coaching situation is going make a big impact.
  • This column is why I love Ray Didinger, and Philadelphia Eagles fans. (A must read.)
  • All the hours and months of studying fantasy football down the drain in about 11 hours. Lost all three of my fantasy league playoffs yesterday. I know you were curious.
  • Do you want a good reason to watch the abysmal Monday Night Football game tonight between the Rams and Seahawks? Imagine how much money you would pay to watch that game in May. We’ve only got a few weeks in the season.
  • Who was that offensive coordinator who was yelling at Tom Brady? Who does he think he is?
  • Proof that the NFL cares more about the networks and sponsors that the fans: They DID NOT flex the Patriots – Broncos games to Sunday night next week. Everyone in the country wants to see Brady vs. Tebow. We’re all tired of watching the Ravens and Chargers.
  • Greg Jennings injury during the Packers game has to give them pause about going for 19-0. They know the most important thing is the Super Bowl. They may start resting players now.
  • Even though I told everyone to give up on the Eagles making the playoffs, I still have a glimmer of hope inside me too. It’s part of what makes us Philly Fans the best.
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Eagles vs Seahawks Drinking Game: We Need to Do Something Tonight

We need to keep this game bearable. Image Credit: bit.ly/rowens27

We all know tonight’s Eagles game is going to be a disaster, and worst yet, meaningless. So here’s a little something to make it a bit more enjoyable…a good ol’ fashion drinking game! Call out of work in advance, because this is designed to have you unconscious before the Eagles blow the lead in the 4th quarter.

Drink when:

  • They mention the phrase “Dream Team.”
  • They mention the term “12th man.”
  • The NFL Network tries to make this game seem relevant.
  • The Eagles start a drive with an incomplete long bomb.
  • Andy Reid throws it on 3rd and short.
  • The phrase “Wide Nine” is used. (Enough already. It doesn’t work and most of the teams in the league use a variation of it anyway.)
  • Vince Young throws an interception. (H/T @PHSportsGoddess)
  • They talk about how loud the Seattle fans are. (It has nothing to do with the fans, the stadium is built like an acoustic drum.)
  • They say “National Football League” when “NFL” will do. (H/T @BaldBryan)
  • A McDonald’s commercial with a man being emasculated by his girlfriend.
  • A light beer commercial with douchebags. (Finish your beer if your drinking that brand.)
  • NFL Network commercial with the top 10 touchdown of the week.
  • Any commercial with a fake press conference. (I’m looking at you, Ford and Coors Light.)
  • A defensive back misses a tackle. (H/T @bmac2838)
  • DeSean Jackson negates a big play with a stupid penalty.
  • DeSean Jackson get benched. (Finish your drink.)
  • The term “diva receiver” (H/T @ChipCarRoll3)
  • They mention Pete Carroll and USC’s suspension. (Yeah, right.)
  • Casey Matthews makes a play. (Finish every drop of alcohol in your house. Click here for why.)
  • Howard Mudd attacks another coach with his crutches on the sideline.
  • Reid loses a challenge.
  • Reid wins a challenge. (Drink triple.)
  • They mention that Riley Cooper and Tim Tebow were roommates in college.
  • The halftime crew laugh like idiots at something not funny.
  • Tavaris Jackson throws for a second touchdown. (C’mon, this guy suuuuucks.)
  • Marshawn Lynch out rushes LeSean McCoy. (See Jackson, Tavaris.)
  • Every time a player begs the ref to throw a flag. (Either team)
  • There’s a five minute discussion on what is a “defenseless receiver.”
  • Eagles burn a timeout in the first or third quarter.
  • Any mention or commercial or specter of Brett Favre. (You can’t kill him.)
  • Any mention of Tebow. (He’s Favre 2.0)
  • Jon Gruden says “This Guy.” (My bad, that’s from my Monday Night Football list.)
  • Alex Henery misses a field goal.
  • Alex Henery makes a field goal. (Odds are pretty even between those two. Just drink if he shows up on the field.)
  • A field goal attempt is higher than the goalposts. (That one is for Adam Carolla.)
  • Analysts move onto this weekends slate of games because this game has become an utter bore. (Keep drinking until they are done talking about it.)
  • Plugs for NFL.com
  • Shot of Vick on sideline. If he’s smiling while the Eagles are losing, do a shot.
  • Shot of Howard Eskin standing right behind Reid on the sideline. (Drink double if he’s fur ensconced.)
  • Mike Kafka makes an appearance. (They show him on the sideline or in the game. Either way, that’s bad.)
  • Each time Reid clear his throat during during the post game press confrence. (H/T @BleedsGreen60)
  • Andy Reid says: “We’ve got to do a better job out there,” “It’s my responsibility,” or “I got put these guys in a position to make plays,” during post game presser.
Estebomb’s Extras:
  • They make mention of Juan Castillo being a former offensive line coach.
  • A Steve Smith touchdown. (shot)
  • Any McNabb talk. (Since he was cut by the Vikings today.)
  • Shot of Howard Mudd angrily hobbling on his cane.
  • Vince Young looks like he’s going for a big run and gets nothing.
  • Shady McCoy makes enthusiastic physical contact with a coach. (punches Reid, hip bumps Mudd, etc.)

Please add any more ideas in the comments. It’s gonna be a long night if you’re sober.

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Fire Andy Reid? Then What?

The chants at the Linc during the 4th quarter of yesterday’s abomination versus the Patriots were unmistakable. “Fire Andy Reid! Fire Andy Reid!” The chants are completely understandable considering this unmitigated disaster of a season. Even without Joe Banner’s preseason shopping spree raising expectations through the roof, this year is not what we’ve become accustomed to as Eagles fans. So we need to blame someone, and the fat man is an easy target.

Reid is plenty accountable for this 4-7 debacle (so far.) The Juan Castillo experiment is an abject failure. Michael Vick is regressing back to the run first quarter back he was in Atlanta. LeSean McCoy is the league leading rusher (somehow), yet is not featured in the weekly game plans. The defense has blown five 4th quarter leads, and Reid has lost complete control of DeSean Jackson.

Yes Andy, We're all as confused as you are.

There’s no question that Reid and the Eagles are having an atrocious year. It’s easy for all of us at the Linc, on the radio or Twitter to say “Fire Reid” and think all the Eagles problems will magically be solved. But there are two questions that need to be examined beyond the simple 12 letter mantra of “Fire Andy Reid.”

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Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

When it comes to the Eagles, I’ve always considered myself an even keeled arbitrator of the team. I’ll admit I have overreacted one way or another for comedic effect, but I usually give you guys the straight poop. Just 24 hours ago, I felt like the Eagles were going to be fine and their rough early start was just another typical Reid led Eagles team in September. I figured they were just getting their crap together and will be okay. Even if they had won yesterday’s game in ugly fashion, I wouldn’t be too worried.

But after seeing that abortion they laid out on the field and reading the comments from Cullen Jenkins after the game, I’m very close to giving up on the season, and ready to have some honest, uncomfortable discussions about the future of Andy Reid with the Eagles.

Jenkins, who won a Super Bowl just this year, said that in the 2nd half the 49ers, “wanted it more than we did.” That’s just about the worst thing you can hear about your team. No scratch that; That IS the worst thing you can hear about your team. You can have all the talent in the world and spend all the money in the Lurie’s pockets, but if the desire’s not there on the field, you’re never going to win. It almost seems like this team lost its heart in 2009. I wonder what’s different.

What Can Brown Do For You? (Yes, a poop joke.)

Quick question: Has Ronnie Brown been cut yet?… No, why not? That backwards throw was one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in my life. Hey Andy, here’s an idea: If you’re going to try to use Brown on a goal to go inside the 3, why don’t you just put him behind center? You used to love the Wildcat; instead of giving him a second to pause behind the line of scrimmage and have our offense lineman to get blown off the line, let Brown (try to) just push threw. It’s better than letting Vick’s body get punished some more with a predictable sneak. While we’re on Vick…

Remember when Vick would take off running and it was exciting for us Eagles fans? Now it scares the bejesus out of me. Last year, Vick’s running meant good things we’re going to happen for the Eagles. Now? I hold my breath and hope he holds on to the ball and doesn’t shatter. How did that happen so fast? He went from the ultimate weapon to something I want to wrap in bubble wrap and put in the closet next to my faberge eggs. Luckily, we haven’t given him a long term contract yet. (groan.)

While Reid and Banner went out on their August shopping spree, somebody must have spilled gravy on the list where it said: Linebacks, Offensive Lineman and Safeties. They spent all this money on free agents to the point it became showing off (see: Washington Redskins 2000; Boston Red Sox 2011; New York Yankees 1973-Current), but we didn’t spend much, if any money, on the biggest need positions. That’s a problem.

Reid’s never been a big believer in linebackers, so I’ll give him a little slack their, but what made this team a perennial deep playoff contender in the earlier ’00s was the solid and consistent offensive line. We’re trying to fill holes with rookies and toss-offs from other teams. It’s as if Andy has become too enamored with his new exciting skill position toys and forgotten his own fundamentals.

Why does every third pass seem to be an (incomplete) bomb down the field? We start off seemingly every drive with those. McCoy has turned into the most effective running backs in the league, yet he is still being under utilized. (McCoy, Westbrook, potato, potatoe.) <-That joke really doesn’t work in written form.

The Eagles have dug already themselves into a dark hole, but it’s not one they haven’t dug out of before. It’s just harder to imagine this year, especially with the newest injuries suffered. And it’s not time to call for an end of the Reid era. Yet. Many premature obituaries have been written for Big Red in the past when his team has gotten off to a slow start. One of my favorite attributes about Reid teams has always been their ability to bounce back from slow starts. But this does not feel like a Reid team. They’ve blown 4th quarter leads in three straight games. Plus they just haven’t been fun to watch. Is it possible he’s finally been here too long and players have tuned him out? Cullen Jenkins says “The biggest thing that we’re missing here is attitude.” That usually comes from the top down.

The only thing that scares me more than staying in the Reid era too long is the dopey blond color analyst from Bristol who loves everyone a little too much that’s probably going to end up replacing him.

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Couch Cover: Eagles v Ravens – Book Your Hotel in Indy NOW!!!

What's wrong with this picture? (Source: NBCsports.com)

Yes, I’m being a bit fictitious with that title, but there was very little during last night’s game not to get excited about. The Eagles starters looked strong like bull. Vick was firing lasers out there. (Hat tip to Boy Couch.)  The receivers looked phenomenal, and that was without DeSean or Maclin. The Birds probably have six or seven wideouts right now that are better than any during the McNabb era sans TO. (No wonder Donovan’s so cranky.)

The defense line was aggressive as hell and the offensive line looks promising. When you have assistant coaches as impressive as Mudd and Washburn, chemistry with new free agents and lack of training camp time is not as much of an issue as it might be with other “Dream Teams.”

Dream Team Rant: Let me get this out system once and for all, for all the national media and Eagles haters. (Because I know there’s a ton who read my stupid blog.) ONLY TWO EAGLES PLAYERS CALLED THEM A “DREAM TEAM” AND ONE STARTED A FIGHT IN THE BACK OF A STRIP CLUB. (Click here for the hilarious video. I think he tries to throw up a “Hook ’em Horns” in the middle of it.) So no one of any substantial standing on the Eagles has called them a “Dream Team.” All of you stupid ass players on other teams who want to use it as bulletin board material or wish that you played the Eagles this season so you can shut them up, why don’t you worry about your own house first? To all the media who keep regenerating it, stop being lazy and credit it to Vince Young and Jason Babin, not the Eagles. 

Anyhoo, back to the game. Here are some other thought in bullet point form:

  • Loved, loved, loved the dedication to the run game in the 2nd quarter. Even if Andy stays pass crazy during the season, it’s great to see them work on it.
  • I think Vick has more TD passes to Celek lest night than he did in all of 2010. Hopefully he uses Celek more this season.
  • Don’t want to see Vick scramble at all this preseason. If he does, Andy should take away his dessert for the week. (Who are we kidding, he already does!)
  • Great pressure by the defensive line. They were in backfield for the whole game.
  • The rookie defensive backs look like they don’t want to be forgotten about. Some really nice interceptions by them.
  • I miss David Akers, but Alex Henery looks like he’ll be a fine replacement.
  • I’m never going to be able to remember which Henry/Henery kicker is which.
  • Last night was the first time I saw Nnamdi Asomugha interviewed. Sounded like a smart guy with a fantastic attitude. Just more to love about him.
  • I don’t care what Reid and the Eagles are saying, Young will be the number two quarterback by week one. Kafka really lost out by losing the off-season to the lockout.
  • The position group I’m still most concerned about is linebacker. They are young and could use a veteran infusion.
  • The most underrated free agency signing by the Eagles has been RT Ryan Harris. A solid starter that can help Danny Watkins sure up the right side of the line. Keep Vick on the field is the (obvious) key to the Eagles season.
  • Major props to my boy @EaglesScout73 for hooking me up with a link to the game last night. Follow him on twitter. (FYI to Johnny Law, I’m just kidding.) (Not really.) (Or am I?)
  • How bad was the broadcasting booth last night? Brian Baldinger was far and away the star, and he stinks on ice. Don Tolfson makes Jon Gruden look like a manic depressive.
  • I hated seeing 36 on Ronnie Brown, but I’m not sure if it deserves to be retired. Reports are that Brown will take 23 from DRC when he gets 45 right before the season starts.
  • Five and 20 should be retired for sure by the Eagles, and maybe 12 and 36. What number(s) do you believe should be retired by the Eagles? Let me know in the comment section!
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EaglesCouch Change – July 28, 2011

Here are some thoughts I’ve had thus far into the new NFL Year, post lockout:

Welcome Home, Babin

  • I’m glad the lockout is over and I have dove head first into all the player movement news like it never happened. Am I still pissed about the 138 day Lockout? You bet. Am I going to boycott and ignore what’s going on now? Hells no. That will only punish me. If the fans really want to teach the NFL not to us take for granted, we should all boycott the pre-season games. That will hit them in the pocketbook, and wouldn’t punish us. I would write a longer column on this but none of my other call for actions during the lockout ever gained much traction. So I’m moving on from the Labor garbage.
  • For the love of Jebus, can we just get the Kolb trade over with alre? Just one way or the other. I feel like an expectant father in the waiting roomwho’s been waiting for 36 hours for my wife to pop out this baby. (Yes, I’m from the 50s in this scenario.) Just get it over with so we can all move on. We know it’s going to happen, and it seems like the Eagles can’t/won’t make any other moves until it happens.
  • I would be more than happy to keep Kolb as the backup this year because Vick isn’t going to play 16 games. (Unless we sign a whole new offensive line.) The rumored compensation of Rodgers-Cromartie plus a pick looks fantastic.
  • Can’t believe I’m writing this, but I think the Eagles are going to sign Vince Young to be as the backup QB, and it’s a good idea. Give him a one year contract, let him start the three or four games that Vick misses and rebuild his image. Reid is the magic man with QBs, so he should be able to do something with Young. (See: Kolb, Kevin; Feely, AJ; Detmer, ALL; McNabb, Donovan.) Young will also give Kafka another year to mature and step into the number two role next year.
  • Big ups for the Babin signing. He was great under Washburn last year. Very happy we didn’t get in to bed with that cancer Haynesworth. Even though it’s a “five-year” deal, the Birds have only committed money for two.
  • The DeSean Jackson holdout is nothing to be too concerned about. The Birds need to get the Kolb deal done before moving on to getting him a new deal. They also will be releasing some more veterans today (Thursday) at 4:00, which will give them more room to give DJax his money.
  • I’m so glad to be writing about football again instead of stupid lawyers. 45 days to Kickoff! Let’s go Birds!
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NFL’s Desperation to Save Hall Of Fame Game Shows Pre-Season’s True Worth

I abhor the NFL pre-season. As I wrote last year, it’s the biggest tease in all of sports. But for the first time in my life, I’m rooting hard for a pre-season this year. It will indicate that this idiotic NFL Lockout is finally over.

All of the news from the labor negotiations recently is about how close they are to a deal, and the new target date for an agreement (which of course, is always next week.) The owners and players are now desperately meeting and trying to get a deal done in order to save the Hall of Fame game. (After wasting March, April, and May calling each other names.)

Are the owners and players trying to save the Hall of Fame game so the seven new Hall of Fame inductees will be properly honored with an exhibition of football? Of course not; it’s all about the money. The concern from both sides in trying to save this game makes it plain as day that money is the main incentive for playing pre-season football.

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