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Prayers for Andy
By Kevin K

I take this break from vacation to wish the best to Coach Andy Reid and his family. 

Today we stand together, united, as Eagles Nation feels for the coach that has been here for our team for many season. Today we feel for Andy Reid and his family, hearts broken for him. This morning news broke out of Lehigh that Andy Reid's son, Garrett, was found dead in his dorm room at camp. 

Yes Garrett had his issues in the past, but this is something that no one wished upon him or his family. 

Today we stand by Andy and Tammy Reid. There are no words that can express our sorrow for them and their children. 

On behalf of all those at The Philly Phans, we send our thoughts and prayers to Andy and Tammy Reid and their family and friends.

 
 
2012 NFL Mock Draft
By Eddie Smith

Here it is, our annual NFL Mock Draft by our Guru Eddie. He has looked really hard into this draft this year, and tonight is the night of the 2012 NFL Dra

1.      Indianapolis Colts                                                   Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2.      Washington Redskins                                             Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3.      Minnesota Vikings                                                  Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4.      Cleveland Browns                                                  Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5.      Tampa Bay Buccaneers                                           Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6.      St. Louis Rams                                                        Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

7.      Jacksonville Jaguars                                                Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

8.      Miami Dolphins                                                      Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

9.      Carolina Panthers                                                    Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.

10.  Buffalo Bills                                                           Mark Barron, S, Alabama

11.  Kansas City Chiefs                                                 Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

12.  Seattle Seahawks                                                    Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

13.  Arizona Cardinals                                                   Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14.  Dallas Cowboys                                                      Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

15.  Philadelphia Eagles                                              Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

16.  New York Jets                                                                    Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

17.  Cincinnati Bengals                                                  Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama

18.  San Diego Chargers                                                David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

19.  Chicago Bears                                                         Quinton Coples, DE, N. Carolina

20.  Tennessee Titans                                                     Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, S. Carolina

21.  Cincinnati Bengals                                                  Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

22.  Cleveland Browns                                                  Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

23.  Detroit Lions                                                           Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers                                                  Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

25.  Denver Broncos                                                      Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.

26.  Houston Texans                                                      Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

27.  New England Patriots                                             Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise St.

28.  Green Bay Packers                                                  Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

29.  Baltimore Ravens                                                    Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

30.  San Francisco 49ers                                                Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

31.  New England Patriots                                             Nick Perry, DE, USC

32.  New York Giants                                                    David Martin, RB, Boise St.     

 

 
 
What If .... the QB the Eagles want to draft isn't available
By Kevin K

I am looking to start a new "concept" of a blog that I am calling "What If". Sure it has most likely been used before and I probably won't be able to keep up with it because of a busy schedule, but hey, it's a blog. 

If you haven't been following the Philly Phans Facebook or Twitter page lately you probably haven't noticed the Eagles interest in drafting a Quarterback in this years NFL Draft. The Eagles hosted Michigan State's Quarterback Kirk Cousins, Eagles reps were at the private workout of QB Ryan Tannehill, and not to mention the interest in RGIII prior to the Redskins trade for the number 2 overall pick.  The Eagles have obviously shown interest in drafting a quarterback of the future in this year's draft. 

But the question remains, what if the quarterback the Eagles "want" isn't there? Do they go for the "best available QB"? Or do they do something that no one expects, like pass over a Quarterback in the draft and sign, wait for it (don't be angry), Donovan McNabb? 

Think it through here. McNabb has wanted to retire an Eagle in the past, his starting career is over, he is a Reid guy, he knows the playbook in case Vick goes down, and he wants to win a Superbowl. 

It makes sense even if it doesn't. Fans, like myself, wouldn't be thrilled with the move, but it would be a filler for a solid backup behind Vick that won't cost much money. 

What if the Eagles already made contact with McNabb to be there "just in case"? I have to admit my "what if" today makes zero sense at all for Eagles fans, but would make a whole lot of sense for the Eagles organization. They look to do the unthinkable every season and continue to try to surprise the league and Philadelphia. 

So as I said my "what if" for today makes absolutely no sense, and that is why it makes all the sense in the world for the Eagles organization. 
 
 
Reid Stays Quiet (so far …)
By Kevin K

About a month ago Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Tribune, reported that Steve Spagnuolo would join Andy Reid’s coaching staff as the Defensive Coordinator. Acee’s sources added that this move was “all but certain”. Apparently Andy Reid didn’t see or care about Acee’s report.

A month later and we know that Spagnuolo has joined the New Orlean Saints coaching staff as their Defensive Coordinator, leaving Eagles fans questioning.

This is what we know for sure. We know that Jeffery Lurie has put the decision of firing or keeping Castillo as Andy Reid’s decision. We know that Reid has yet to have an off-season press conference talking about any coaching or player changes yet this off-season. We are not saying that Reid will not fire Juan Castillo as Defensive Coordinator, but we also know Reid as a guy who won’t let a man like Juan Castillo be fired without helping him find a job to land on his feet. Reid could be waiting for this, but at this point it is too little, too late.

We are two weeks away from the Super Bowl, a Super Bowl that (once again) does not involve the “gold standard” in the Philadelphia Eagles; however, it is a Super Bowl that (once again) involves our rival, the New York Giants. I am sick of hearing “it could be us; we beat them with Vince Young as our Quarterback”. Well, it could have been “us”, if “we” beat the Bills or Cardinal … but “we” didn’t. The Giants won this division with 9 wins (one more than the Eagles). Let’s count a win over the Bills or Cardinals could have pushed the Eagles to 9 wins, along with their 5-1 NFC East Division record, that spells Playoffs.

But this year it is more of the same; more of a disappointing season, more of no changes, more of Andy Reid.

As we said, Reid has yet to come out this off-season to talk about any possible coaching moves that could be made, which leads me to believe that Juan Castillo will be the Eagles Defensive Coordinator for the Eagles in the 2012-2013 season. This decision could mean one of two things for Reid; Reid is a genius and gets the Eagles to the Super Bowl next season with the leader of Castillo running his defense, or Reid is who we think he is and the decision to bring back Castillo is as bad as the decision to sign Castillo as the Defensive Coordinator to begin with.

Let’s go with number one scenario: Reid the Genius. Andy Reid and the Eagles have a certain attitude toward themselves. An attitude that says “we do no wrong because we are the gold standard” (just a reminder the Eagles still have 0 Super Bowl wins). Reid shares these sentiments. Reid truly believed that signing Castillo to the Eagles would bring chemistry to his team. The problem was that Reid made that decision at the wrong time, during a locked out season. A locked out season meaning that moving and Offensive Line Coach to Defensive Coordinator was a smart move because the new “scheme” would be perfect to make a run at the Super Bowl. Obviously Castillo needed more time, which we now believe he has. The thing that Castillo brings to the table is the ability to build chemistry with his players and he is a natural born leader. The Eagles started the season 4-8, but ended the season 8-8 after a four game winning streak in which the defense looked food. Can the defense continue that run into next season? Maybe, maybe not, but if the Eagles can and get into the Super Bowl the Eagles and Andy Reid do look like geniuses.

Scenario two: Reid is fired. Think about it. Andy Reid has two years left on his current contract. The Eagles are run by business men that do not like to eat money. So, pay Reid and another coach for the next two years, or give Reid a chance with his coaches in 2012-2013? Currently Andy Reid is walking a very thin line. He is the longest tendered coach in the NFL, and still has 0 Super Bowls (yes he has been in NFC Championships, he has won the NFC East numerous times, and has gotten the Eagles to the Super Bowl once – but let’s be honest, he hasn’t done his job). Reid’s job as the Eagles head coach is to win a Super Bowl, point blank. This season and decisions made (coaching and others) are his.

Let’s look at those final four wins for the Eagles:

Week 14 @ Miami Dolphins. The Eagles won in Miami 26-10. The Quarterbacks (yes plural) for the Dolphins were Matt Moore (11/19, 95 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and J.P. Losman (6/10, 60 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT). The Eagles defense, lead by Coordinator Juan Castillo, didn’t have to play “great” to beat those two Quarterbacks. Their stats speak for themselves, heck, their names speak for themselves. Matt Moore and J.P. Losman, two quarterbacks that both failed as starters in Carolina and Buffalo. The Dolphins also had absolutely nothing to play for in this game.

Week 15 vs NY Jets. The Eagles crushed the Jets 45-19. Now we currently know the Jets issues in which their head coach is having issues leading his team. Not only that, but his “Franchise” Quarterback Mark Sanchez (Sanchise) is having trouble passing (like a QB should do) and is constantly under a microscope as a Quarterback in the big bad city of New York. In that game Sanchez went 15/26, 150 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT. Sanchez at one point did get hurt and was taken out prior to the end of the game in favor of Mark Brunell (I know I forgot he was still in the league too). This game was ruled by the Eagles knowing they had to stop the running game of the Jets (which they did) to make Sanchez throw. The Eagles defense stepped up against a team that was actually playing for something (a Playoff berth) but fell off right after they came to visit the Linc.

Week 16 @ Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys had something to play for in this game. If they won, they could all but lock up the NFC East. The problem was, no one told the Cowboys? They came into the game thinking about the Giants in the next week. Cowboys were basically walking through the plays and had no guts. The Eagles won this game 20-7. The Eagles did not play against “star” Quarterback Tony Romo in this game (he was injured early and didn’t return). However, the Eagles played against QB Stephen McGee (I have no idea who he is either). McGee went 24/38 (that is a lot of passes), 182 yards, 1 TD, and 0 INT. The Eagles defense “stepped up” greatly against a McGee run Cowboys that were playing to play the Giants the next week.

Week 17 vs Washington Redskins. New Years Day in Philadelphia where two teams playing for nothing, played for nothing. The Eagles crushed the Redskins in this game 34-10. The Redskins were lead by QB Rex Grossman, who has been overrated since he stepped foot into the NFL. Grossman went 22/45, 256 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. As I said, the Redskins and the Eagles truly played for nothing in this game. Neither team even had a close chance to play in the Playoffs; although the Eagles were playing for “Pride in Castillo”.

This is funny, because the “Pride in Castillo” may be the same Pride that results in the End of the World (well at least end of his career in Philly) in 2012 for Head Coach Andy Reid.

The question remains, if Reid continues with Castillo for next season, will he be a genius, or will his career in Philadelphia finally end? We should know something when/if Reid decides to talk at some point this season.

 
 
Kee’s Korner: Eagles the “best team” the Patriots will play all year
By Kevin K

I really just want to rant today. In case you didn’t know (and I know many of you have the same feeling as I do) I really do not like Patriots Coach Bill Belichick. When I say dislike, I mean really dislike him … I won’t say hate, but it is pretty close.

Now that the “mastermind” came out this week and said that the Eagles are going to be the best team they played all season really grinds my gears. Of course it wouldn’t be like that if the Eagles were playing like the Packers or Steelers. The Eagles are 4-6 and enter Sunday’s game without their “star” QB in Michael Vick, a star WR in either DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin (one will play), and even with a possibility of one of the top CBs in the league out, Nnamdi Asomugha. The Eagles shouldn’t even be considered the best team the Patriots play all year.

Now looking over the Patriots schedule, sure the Eagles (talent-wise) are one of the top four teams the Patriots played this year, but Belichick cannot say this when he has losses to the best team the Patriots played all year in the Steelers. Not to mention a loss against the second best team they played all year in the Giants. Top that off with division rivals Jets and Bills (lost to the Bills).

This isn’t even a trap game for the Patriots as they look ahead to the worst team they will play all year next week in the Colts (who are 0-10).

So the “best looking team” nonsense comes from the Eagles talent that hasn’t been here all year, hasn’t been playing as a team, have been hurt, and are still 4-6!

Belichick’s comments in general are just insane and can only boost the ego of Coach Andy Reid.

Best team this year? Really? Maybe the Eagles can show up and win behind QB Vince Young against the best team the Eagles will play this year, the Patriots.

 
 
Eagles/Cardinals Preview
By Kevin K

This week's game is a game that former Eagles QB and current Cardinals QB, Kevin Kolb, has had circled on his schedule since he received it. The problem is, he won't be playing; not even as a backup. Kevin Kolb has been ruled out Sunday with "turf toe", as the 2-6 Cardinals come in to Philly to face the 3-5 Eagles.

As Nnamdi Asomugha put it earlier this week, don't take this game as an easy win for the Eagles. The Eagles only have one more win than the Cardinals this season. At this point, no team should be taken lightly for the Eagles as they look to turn their season around starting Sunday at 1:00.

One key piece missing for the Eagles is star WR DeSean Jackson. DeSean missed a team meeting on Saturday and will not play versus the Cardinals. DeSean said that his alarm didn't go off which caused him to miss the team meeting. However, former Eagles WR Cris Carter put it best when he said on ESPN, "99% of excuses for missing meetings are true. 100% of them are unacceptable". DeSean is no different.

With that being said, Eagles WRs Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, and Steve Smith have to step up in this game. Avant has had a great season in the slot, with Cooper and Smith basically having quiet seasons, which isn't a good thing. The hype heading into the season was how explosive this offense could be if Steve Smith plays to his ability, as well as others. Right now Steve Smith will get his chance to prove his ability on the field with the Eagles against a very poor defensive team in Arizona.

But as I said, don't count the Cardinals out. Their offense is explosive as well. They have a strong running game lead by Beanie Wells and they still have that Larry Fitzgerald guy catching passes.

This could be a challenge for the Eagles, but really shouldn't be.

 
 
"Dream Team" keep sleeping on the job
By Kevin K

The frustration of a bad Eagles season has us all sitting and wondering one this ... how? The Eagles have the talent and the team to do something special, how are they this bad?

There are many answers to that question, and I will take some of them one by one.

Lack of Discipline

Over the last few weeks we have seen the Eagles struggle both offensively and defensively. The Eagles aren't playing to their potential. They keep playing undisciplined football and it is showing. The offensive line has gotten increasingly better as the season has gone on (which was a worry), but the "playmakers" continue to struggle. Eagles WRs seem to be unable to hold the ball correctly, which has continued to cause fumbles (and interceptions - see Jason Avant versus the Bills). You can even look at Michael Vick, who has made the right decision at times, but seems to want to throw the ball more (even in double coverage) than take the sack, run the ball, or throw the ball out of bounds. In five games this season, Vick has 7 interceptions - which is one more than he had last season alone (he played 12 games).

The offense isn't the only side of the ball with a lack of discipline. The defense continues to lose game after game for the Eagles, against the Bills nothing changed. The Eagles defense seemed to get better in the second half, but at that point the Bills were looking to kill the clock and run the ball a majority of the time. The problem for the Eagles came in the final 2 minutes of the game, on a 4th and 1. The announcers say, "I think the Bills are going to look to cause them to jump offside", we are sitting at home watching the game saying "don't jump offside, they are going to run the play clock down", even Juan Castillo knows that they are going to try to have the Eagles jump offside, and what happens? Juqua Parker (formerly Thomas) does exactly what the Bills wanted him to do, jumped offside. This continues to happen to the Eagles so far this season, even during a punt in which an Eagle jumped offside ... undisciplined play is costing the Eagles.

Too Many New Faces

When the Eagles brought in big name free agent after big name free agent, and big name coach after big name coach all Eagles fans, including myself, thought we had something special going on ... we didn't realize that it would hurt the Eagles more than it will help.

The Eagles aren't working as a team right now and it continues to hurt them. This comes from the players to the coaches, it isn't working. You can blame some of this on decision making, you can blame some of this on the Lockout, and your can blame some of this on management.

The fact of the matter is, it is not fun to play for the Eagles right now and all Eagles players realize it, even the newer free agents.

Coaching

OK so the big thing right now is "Fire Reid" and "Fire Castillo". The problem with that is it is not going to do anything for the Eagles. You bring in a new coach at this point, and the entire scheme changes. It will not help us this season and can only cost more problems - see the Too Many New Faces post.

Am I concerned about how bad the defense has looked under Castillo? Yes. Enter the Lockout problem. At the end of last season the Eagles hired Juan Castillo (former offensive line coach) as their defensive coordinator. During the Lockout, Castillo was unable to work with his defense until Training Camp, which in this case is way too late. Castillo is still working his way around to understanding a defensive scheme.

And of course their is Andy Reid, that continues to look more and more pompous as the season goes on during his press conferences and on the sidelines. The truth of the matter is that Andy is frustrated, and so are we. When you continue to lose the way you are to teams you shouldn't be losing to, it's frustrating. We all understand that, but we see that he has been here since 1999 with nothing to show for it.

I know they will never say this to you, but 2011-2012 has officially become a rebuilding year (not retooling year) for the Eagles. We notice their problems, we notice their errors and mistakes, but so do they. It is officially a season to no longer look forward to, but to build on.


 
 
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By John Russo
@Roose_TTB

PHI: 1-2, 4th in NFC East

SF: 2-1, 1st in NFC West

Spread: 
Eagles by 9
Where: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)

When: 1:00, FOX

Last time met: Oct. 10, 2010: It was week 5 last year and the Eagles were without quarterback Michael Vick when he was hurt the previous week. Kevin Kolb returned from his week 1 and threw for 253 yards and a touchdown in the win. LeSean McCoy rushed for 92 yards and a TD and Jeremy Maclin added 95 receiving.

Opposing player to watch – TE Vernon Davis: The Eagles cannot cover a TE to save their lives. It will be a test for newly starting weakside backer Bryan Rolle as well as the Eagles awful safeties. Davis has 179 yards on 15 catches but has yet to catch a touchdown pass. That could change this week.

Offenses
Eagles: Michael Vick is likely to play this Sunday despite a right hand contusion. Though he’s hurt, he’s still a better option than Mike Kafka. Vick also swore this week the only way he’s leaving the game is on a cart because he’s tired of letting his team down. DeSean Jackson has yet to establish an type of consistency while Jeremy Maclin is looking more to be the top receiving option. Maclin has caught a team high 19 passes for a team high 260 yards and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy has been Philadelphia’s best weapon, gaining 345 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and another 49 receiving.

49ers: Alex Smith has not been lighting up the scoreboard but he’s protecting the football. Though he’s only thrown for 504 yards, he’s completed 69% of his passes and thrown only one interception to his two touchdowns. But he’s been sacked 11 times. San Fran hasn’t had a standout receiver this season. Davis is their leading receiver. Frank Gore has rushed for only 148 yards on the ground, an incredibly slow start for him, who is usually good for 1,000 yards when healthy.

Advantage: The Eagles have more weapons but the success of the offense hinges on Vick’s health. Advantage Philly.

Defenses:
Eagles: They can’t stop the run and they can’t cover tightends. They can’t tackle in the open field either. The Eagles defense is 30th in the league stopping the run and it’s sickening to watch. The only bright spots have been Trent Cole, Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, who have a combined 11 sacks in the first three games.

49ers: Tramaine Brock has two interceptions for the unit, which has five on the season. But their front seven has managed only seven sacks, which could be a good thing for the Eagles weak offensive line. They’ve allowed 17.3 points per game in the first three games.

Advantage: If the Eagles can’t stop the run, it will be a long day for them.
Advantage San Francisco.

Injury Report:
Eagles: Out: DE Juqua Parker (ankle). Doubtful: Darryl Tapp (pectoral). Probable: S Nate Allen (knee), WR Steven Smith (knee), QB Michael Vick (hand), WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring).

49ers: Out: WR Braylon Edwards (knee). Questionable: RB Frank Gore (ankle), S Donte Whitner (hip). Probable: Michael Crabtree (foot).

Prediction: The Eagles need this win more than anything right now in hopes to not fall to 1-3. They still have a better team than San Francisco, and that will go a long way. If they can stop an injured Gore, they will win the game. Eagles win, 33-18.
 
 
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Eagles QB examines his injured right hand while sitting out most of the 4th quarter in the Eagles 29-16 loss to the Giants this past Sunday. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Ginger Wall)
“Bad Dream: Eagles “Dream Team” starting to look like a nightmare”
By John Russo

    The moniker has already sickened Eagles fans to death. Ever since newly signed back up quarterback Vince Young pronounced the Philadelphia Eagles the “Dream Team,” ESPN, NBC and every national media outlet has run with the nickname, and it’s finally getting to the Eagles.
    After back-to-back ugly losses, the Eagles find themselves with a 1-2 record three weeks into the season and people are already starting to wonder if the so-called “Dream Team” is nothing more than that - a dream.
    Despite the gaudy free agent moves, three questions were asked heading into this season of uncertainty:
    1) Despite a new contract, can Michael Vick stay healthy? 2) Will the holes at line backer, safety and offensive line prove to be a huge problem for the Eagles? 3) Will Juan Castillo and John Washburn change the Eagles’ run defense misfortunes?
    Vick has not had a healthy past. Since entering the league in 2001, Vick has never played a full season under center with the Falcons or the Eagles. That was the number one concern when Vick was signed to a 6-year, $100 million contract last month.
    Now with Vick already suffering a concussion in the Eagles’ Week 2 loss to Atlanta and a right-hand (non-throwing) contusion in their Week 3 loss to the Giants, many are already starting to wonder if the Eagles in fact overpaid their star quarterback and if they will be able to win without the game’s most exciting player since Barry Sanders.
    The next question plays the biggest part in the team’s lack of success this season. The Eagles splashed all over the board: two new corners, a defensive end, a defensive tackle, a wide receiver, a running back and a back-up quarterback.
    But just like the past few seasons, the biggest holes have remained on the offensive line and in the middle of the next two levels on defense - linebacker and safety position.
    The offensive line is the reason why Vick’s health is a huge concern. The line has barely played as a unit together, and only three weeks in, they have almost gotten Vick killed a handful of times.
    Their big move before the season was moving stud left guard Todd Herremans to  the right tackle to protect Vick’s blind side. Though Herremans has proved to do fine over their, left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and guard Evan Mathis have been blown up on countless plays, forcing Vick out of the pocket and leaving him vulnerable to get hit more.
    The poor protection got Vick concussed in Week 2 and his hand broken in Week 3. The damage may have finally been done as Vick could miss next week’s start against the Niners in Philly.
    On the defensive side if the ball, the safety position has been burned more times than Metallica’s James Hetfield on past tours. It all starts with Kirt Coleman, who I am too embarrassed to say he’s a Philadelphia Eagle to want to even comment on him. He got torched by Tony Gonzalez last week, and failed to tackled Victor Cruz on his 74-yard touchdown scamper on Sunday for the game’s first score.
    At linebacker, the Eagles plugged a 4th round pick at middle linebacker for the first two games.  Casey Matthews was embarrassed in coverage and was well out of position for most of the Eagles’ Week 1 win in St. Louis and loss in Atlanta the following week.
    In a move to hopefully fix the problem, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo swapped Matthews with weak side linebacker Jamar Chaney against the Giants on Sunday. Matthews was most burned by running back Brian Jacobs on his 40-yard touchdown in the 1st quarter.
    With Castillo and Washburn’s wide-nine defense, too much pressure is put on the  inexperienced - as well as undersized and under-talented - linebacking unit to make the plays, a problem in itself that will help answer the third question presented.
    Castillo and Washburn’s wide-nine system has allowed Jason Babin, Trent Cole and Cullen Jenkins get to the quarterback a handful of times this season.
    But it’s put too much pressure on the linebackers and has caused their unit to get scorched in the running game even worse than previous seasons. The wide splits allow opposing offensive lines to head straight to the linebackers, and unless the Eagles boast dynamic names such as Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis, they will continue to find themselves out of position or blown out of the play.
    The big number: the Eagles are 30th in run defense after three weeks, giving up 131.3 yards per game, a total of 394 yards already.
    Examples: In Week 1, St. Louis’ Steven Jackson burned the Eagles defense on the opening play for a 47-yard touchdown. Though he left with a quad injury, Cadillac Williams filled in and ran for 91 yards of his own. The following week, Atlanta’s highly touted running game lead by 114 yards from Michael Turned ripped through the Eagles linebackers like butter.
    This past game, they coughed up 102 more yards from the Giants, who actually killed the Eagles more with screens and passes to the running backs than actually running the ball. Those plays exposed the linebackers even more, extending drives and keeping the Eagles dangerous offense off the field while putting up points.
    If these three questions, which have turned out to be the three biggest problems for the Eagles 1-2 record, don’t get fixed, this season may go from being a dream to one bad reoccurring nightmare.

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Eagles/Giants Preview
By Kevin K

Eagles: 1-1
Giants: 1-1
Line: Eagles by 9

The Eagles enter Week Three as heavy favorites against rival New York Giants. There has been trash talk back and forth all week, but one thing remains .... backing up your talk.

Giants safety, Antrel Rolle, is the lead in all of this trash talk saying that he has covered DeSean Jackson in the past and will do it again.

And of course there was the constant trash talk over the summer between LeSean McCoy and Osi Umenyoira (who is out today).

The Giants are missing most of their weapons today against the Eagles, including their trash talkers; but this doesn't mean to take them lightly. This is a rivalry game. All teams are coming in heated and ready to go.

The Eagles must learn how to stop the run and the tight end, a true weakness that was exposed against the Falcons a week ago. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a key target for the Giants throughout the game.

The Eagles did make a change to look to stop that this week in changing up the Linebacking core.

The Eagles are very high powered against a depleted Giants team today. Look for Steve Smith to get more involved for the Eagles against his former team.

Prediction:

Against the Line: I would go with the Giants. In this rivalry game, the underdog is 9-2 against the spread.

Game: Take the Eagles in the game overall. This game should be closer than many people think.