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McMVP

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  1. I don't think that will be a continuing trend this year. 2018 was an odd year. Wentz wasn't fully recovered from the ACL and then he goes on and breaks his back. He looked completely different in 2018 than he did in 2017. It was obvious to those that watch him every week. He finally looked healthy in week 1 - and I think the slow start last week can easily be attributed to not playing the starters in the preseason. With Desean in the lineup, it opens up the entire offense. The deep speed was a missing element last year. They tried to replace Smith with Wallace last year but he got hurt in week 2. Torrey Smith in 2017 was not a world-beater, but at least he was a constant presence, in that speed role, that needed to be accounted for all 16 games. No I think they will get back to the fast starts they had in 2017. The only concern I have for the offense this season is health - got to stay healthy. If they do it will be a top unit - especially on 3rd downs and redzone efficiency. I am not as confident with the backside of the defense...
  2. Yeah....to put it mildly. I have a feeling Wentz and the offense are going to have to win a lot of shoot-outs this year. Our line is solid, but got dinged up last week. We aren't much on the back end without a pass rush. Darby can ball sometimes - but he leaves plays on the field. The Eagles didn't play their starters in the preseason, so perhaps that's why they started slow last week - but they gave up way too many big plays. I think this will be a tough one on the road this week - I don't like the fact that the Falcons are coming in 0-1. I would've much prefered two 1-0 teams. Teams don't like to start the year 0-2, and desperate teams can be dangerous.
  3. It should’ve been a catch, and he’s a beast for sure. Falcons need to spread the ball around more though. Julio had 13 more targets (19 total) than the 2nd most targeted receiver (Sanu). Way too one-dimensional within the passing game. And the run/pass balance was too Andy Reid...18/43 In a game that was close the whole way, that’s not good.
  4. I don’t really have a good feel at all for this game. Talent-wise, this game has two of the the top 5 rosters in the NFL. Both teams have a very good HC leading them. Both teams played poorly in he preseason...but that part doesn’t concern me all that much. I know the Falcons improved an already good WR group, while he Eagles stayed about the same. Wallace replaces Torrey Smith for us, but considering the fact that Smith was behind guys like Jeffery, Agholor, and Ertz as far as offensive ‘impact’...I don’t see that as a major change. Wallace is a bit older, but still has the speed to play Smith’s role. As for this game, we will be without Alshon Jeffery...so I expect to see more two TE sets. They love their 2nd round rookie Dallas Goedert. Given a little time, they may have the best 2-TE set the league presently offers. Keep your eye open for Goedert this Thursday. Foles is hot and cold. It’s just who he is. I don’t care that he looked bad in preseason, if he can find his rythym early he’ll be fine. But Carson Wentz he is not. I believe Jason Peters will be playing at Lt instead of Big V who took over half way through last season. Even at 35 and coming off an injury, JP is the better option for this season. Big V won’t be their starting LT when Peters is done...that will be Jordan Mailata. He’s a rugby beast they traded up late in the draft to secure. His transition to the NFL has been extremely impressive. An absolute beast at 6’8, 358 with fast as **** feet for a guy his size. He’s still a project this year and maybe part of next...but his potential is scary good. As for the D, I don’t need to say anything about our deep line...everyone knows about them. We will be without Bradham for week 1 which hurts, but we will have Jordan Hicks back. He was the best LB on the squad prior to his Achilles injury. In the secondary a new name to watch for is Sidney Jones. High draft selection two drafts ago but pretty much red-shirted by the Eagles last year after he ruptured his Achilles preparing for the draft. He was one of the top CBs of the class two drafts ago. It will be opening night and I don’t know the team’s mindset being the defending champs for the first time ever. That is what concerns me more than anything. They were hungry as **** last year. It’s hard to stay hungry after you’ve just enjoyed the best meal of your life. We will see...
  5. Long time no see! I'm about to head into my dinner reservation with my better half...I’ll check in later. I’ll share some thoughts...
  6. Agreed. They can sit Wentz half the season as far as I’m concerned. Who cares what their record is...just don’t blow it with him early in his career.
  7. I wouldn’t take anything that happens in preseason week 1 too seriously
  8. There are some changes, but Doug has always been the OC/HC. If they had lost their play-caller, I would agree more with you on this....but it's still Doug's offense. QB - Yes, big question mark there. No denying it. Wentz will only be 9 months removed from a major injury. It's why I don't even wish for him to start. I suppose there's always the chance he's the next AP with his injury recovery, but that was more of an outlier case than reality. New QB coach - hard to really say how big this is. Wentz enjoyed DeFilippo for his first two seasons, which are probably the most important years for a QB. Wentz is a sponge for information and I don't think he is likely to forget any of the things he's already learned. But yes, DeFilippo was a **** of a coach...will be interesting to see how he does with Cousins as the OC. New WR - Torrey Smith had 36 catches for 430 yards and 2 TDs. His replacement (Wallace) had 52 catches for 748 yards and 4 TDs. Wallace is a couple years older, but has been more productive. Smith accounted for just 10% of the Eagles receiving yards, and just 5% of their receiving TDs. If they were replacing a major contributor, this would be more of a question mark. One could easily argue that they upgraded here...even if only for one season. LT - another big one on my opinion. I love Peters...lock for the HoF. But he is no spring chicken and coming off a major injury. I have to think this is his last season. Big V played well in his place, but nowhere near the level of a healthy Peters. TE - they upgraded in talent here, but they also got younger. Who knows how long it will take them to fit in. But again, the new guys at the position are not replacing the main guy...Ertz is still there. I still think their biggest challenge as a team will be keeping their mental edge. Complacency kills. I don't know that they will be that way...but it's something they will have to guard against. That's where coaching and player leadership will come in.
  9. Reid has some fatal flaws as a HC...that much is true. He hasn't won the biggest prize as of yet. However, his playoff record is better than what you suggest. He was 10-9 in the playoffs as the Eagles HC, and is 1-4 as the Chiefs. 11-13 overall. He has a .604 overall winning percentage over 19 years as HC. Despite his flaws, he still has to be considered a pretty **** good coach. Counting himself, 25% of the NFL head coaches heading into the 2018 season come from his coaching tree. That sort of longevity, and trail of success, doesn't go unnoticed.
  10. The problem is it's an entirely subjective process to determine what a clean pocket is for this list. Is it automatically not a clean pocket if the defense blitzed? That wouldn't make sense since a blitz can be picked up and the pocket kept clean. I don't have any doubt that if Brady, Rodgers, Ryan (or any vet QB) asked the person to go through all the pockets deemed as 'clean' or 'unclean', they would disagree with a lot of the subjective opinions the person that created this list made.
  11. Yeah there is something definitely wrong with this list.
  12. Probably...they should've used 'overpaid' instead of 'over-rated'. But I suppose 'over-rated' is always good for more clicks....since it ruffles fan's feathers.
  13. Not sure if I agree with Alshon Jeffery being the most over-rated on the Eagles. Most over-paid based on production? Perhaps. But the Eagles really spread the ball around and he did a lot to open up things for Ertz and Agholor...things that don't really show up in production stats. Also, 7 of his 9 TDs were in the redzone, so his value there is obvious.
  14. I agree that the Eagles will have their hands full vs Atlanta. It's a completely different experience for them going into a season as defending champs. I'm worried about them keeping their mental edge...that is what fueled them last season. As for Wentz, all reports say he is doing very well with his recovery. I still hope they take their time with him. I wouldn't be at all opposed to starting Foles until he is all the way back. I don't care if they start the season off slow in the win/loss department. Just don't rush Wentz back.
  15. It was a tough loss for you guys for sure. My boys came out on the winning side that day, but I still feel your pain. Been through it many times.
  16. I agree. The Eagles had plenty of injury adversity to deal with last year and overcame it. No, this isn’t going to be a challenge for them. The challenge will be keeping their mental edge as champs. It’s very difficult to get to the top of the hill, and probably more difficult to stay there because of that.
  17. Good to see you...thanks for the kind words! I’m sure I’ll poke my head in around that time...already chomping at the bit to get the season going
  18. I’d say second best next to Jordan Hicks...who is coming off an injury
  19. This guy thinks Howie Roseman feels differently. Good video. I think his Safety/CB point is the third one...approx 6 minutes into the video.
  20. T.O. never improves a situation...but shame on Julio if he’s listening to that guy
  21. Difficult to say. He’s obviously a first round talent, but his recent financial demands may lower his trade value. He’s already 29 years old too. Falcons are in a tough spot with him...I feel their pain. I remember when the Eagles went through this with T.O.
  22. I sort of disagree with this logic. A QB is way more likely to win the MVP award simply because it’s the most important position. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the QB is a better football player than some stud DT or LT that would never win the MVP because of the nature of the award. It’s a list (how good a list is always debatable) of the best players...not the most valuable.
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