This is why you always wear a helmet on the field. Philly.com:
Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis suffered a concussion before Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers when a punt hit him in the head during pregame warm-ups. He was not wearing a helmet. Sturgis missed the game, giving Cody Parkey all of the kicking duties.
Offensively the game was uninspiring. Philly.com:
All kidding aside, the receivers didn’t deserve sole blame for how dreadful Doug Pederson’s offense looked in the Eagles’ 17-0 preseason victory over the Steelers. The makeshift line was out of sorts, with rookie Isaac Seumalo at left guard and Allen Barbre at right tackle as the unit prepares for the inevitable loss of Lane Johnson. Running back Ryan Mathews struggled to find consistent holes, and whenever quarterback Sam Bradford and the offense seemed to be moving in the right direction, there was a setback — a sack or penalty. Even the tight ends – the offense’s best unit – contributed to the malaise. A Zach Ertz pass-interference penalty negated a third-down conversion. The Eagles managed a first down on the next play when receiver Nelson Agholor skied for 22-yard grab. But Agholor, true to his nature, dropped the next pass.
Momentum is the offense’s issue. Philly Voice:
The defense can’t be expected to create that many turnovers and continually give the offense such short fields with which to work. And no, I’m not faulting the offense for taking advantage of these situations — their ability to score in the red zone has been a pleasant surprise. Rather, it’s their inability to sustain any momentum and put together an extended drive that’s been most troubling. But given how stagnant the Eagles offense looked over the last three quarters against the Bucs, that alone was a big improvement after a slow start in Pittsburgh. “We really rebounded and put a nice drive together to score the three points right before the half,” Pederson said after the game. “And again, part of that drive, even the drive before that, we were moving and a couple of penalties caused us to stop that drive. But I was pleased with how the offense was able to move the ball there in the second quarter.”
They couldn’t resist shooting themselves in the foot. CSN:
Bradford and company were supposed to play the first quarter and then just a little bit into the second, but thanks to a quick three-and-out and a long Steelers drive, had just four snaps in the first quarter. The first-team offense ended up getting the entire first half and didn’t leave Pittsburgh with much to show for it (see 10 observations). The first group got six first downs for 122 yards. Bradford completed 14 of 19 passes for 115 yards and a passer rating of 88.7, but his unit really never got going. Ryan Mathews had just five carries for 18 yards. The Eagles’ best drive of the first half went just 38 yards. The unit also had a couple bad penalties, including an OPI on Zach Ertz and a hold on Isaac Seumalo, to negate what would have been big plays.
It’s kind of a mish-mashed mess. CSN:
Since the starters aren’t expected to play in the preseason finale against the Jets on Sept. 1, the first offense has one more chance to come up with some sort of cohesion, some sort of consistency, before opening day against the Browns. That’s a week from Saturday in Indy vs. the Colts. The first offense played just three snaps against Tampa last week, which is the same as not playing at all, and against the Steelers, the unit managed three points and 122 yards in a half against a combination of the Steelers’ first- and second-team defenses. That’s five series and an average of 25 yards per drive. You can’t single out anybody. They’ve all been ineffective. The quarterback, the running back, the receivers, the tight ends, the offensive line. Right now, this is an ineffective offense lacking consistency, explosion and playmaking, and it doesn’t have much time to fix it.
It was all very “vanilla” on purpose. CSN:
“I think we were pretty vanilla tonight,” Bradford said. “I think they were pretty vanilla on defense too when we were in there. But, yeah, we really didn’t do a whole lot that was very fancy tonight.” Bradford said needing to go vanilla in this game wasn’t tough for him. He wanted to see communication at the line of scrimmage and tempo in and out of the huddle. He thought both were good. “With that being said, you would like to score more points than we did tonight,” the quarterback admitted.
And there wasn’t much excitement to begin with. Philly.com:
With Carson Wentz sitting out with a rib fracture, the focus was on starting quarterback Sam Bradford and his offensive line, suddenly threatened by the looming suspension of right tackle Lane Johnson. The conclusion there was “meh.” Not having Wentz to spice up the evening brought home how much this training camp and preseason have been about the second player taken in the draft, and how bland and tasteless the regular season might become if the rookie is buried on the bench, as currently is the plan of Eagles coach Doug Pederson. The biggest development of the night might have been the first-half knee injury suffered by rookie middle linebacker Joe Walker, who was having a strong camp. More to the point, Walker and vet Najee Goode are the team’s only backup linebackers of note. A source close to the situation said the injury is serious. This will revive the long-running rumors about the Birds’ interest in free agent LB Stephen Tulloch. There have been talks there, but a source said nothing was immiment – before Walker went down.
But the defense embarrassed the Stellers’ backup skill players. Philly.com:
he turnover fun continued Thursday night in the Eagles’ 17-0 win over the Steelers. Yes, that was Landry Jones at quarterback in the first half and not Ben Roethlisberger. And yes, All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell also had the evening off. But the preseason is for building confidence, and Schwartz’s defense added a few more bricks of it against the Steelers, intercepting four Jones passes in the first half. Cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Aaron Grymes and safeties Jaylen Watkins and Malcolm Jenkins all had picks. Last season, the Eagles’ defense had only three interceptions in the final eight games. In their first two preseason games, they already have seven. It means nothing, and it means everything.
The balance between offense and defense wasn’t there. Philly.com:
“It’s hard to really gauge everything off the preseason . . . but to have seven [interceptions] in two games is obviously a good start,” Jenkins said. “There’s a lot of other things we need to improve on and work on, but that’s one of the positives when we evaluate where we’re at at this point.” Even though the defense forced those four first-half turnovers, the Eagles had only 10 points to show for it. Sam Bradford went 14 of 19 for 115 yards while playing the whole first half, but the offense didn’t threaten to score. The Eagles sent punter Donnie Jones onto the field four times, and penalties put the Eagles in some tough third-down situations.
Dorial Green-Beckham made his Eagles debut last night. PhillyMag:
For his first play, Green-Beckham was inserted at the end of a drive in the third quarter once the Eagles reached the 5-yard line, when Chase Daniel under-threw a fade pass to him. In the fourth quarter, Green-Beckham dropped a pass from McLeod Bethel-Thompson, one play after Green-Beckham ran wide open unnoticed by his quarterback. “Being in this offense, I could catch a lot of balls and score a lot of touchdowns. Being able to have my teammates have my back, and just being there to fight for those guys,” Green-Beckham said. “This is a fresh start; a new start. New teammates, a family, a great family atmosphere. I feel like this is a brand new start.”
Nolan Carrol had a great night. Philly Voice:
Do the Eagles have a stud lockdown corner who is going to make the Pro Bowl? No, probably not. But they do have two professional corners, and legitimate starters in Leodis McKelvin and Nolan Carroll, as well as quality depth behind them. Carroll had a great night, as he was targeted (by my count) three times, resulting in a pick six, a pass breakup, and an offensive pass interference call.
Tonight’s pre-season game should feature the first team a lot more than last week. Philly Voice:
The (first team offense) I plan on getting the entire first quarter,” said Pederson. “Hopefully, I can get a series or two into the second (quarter). I want to extend their time, obviously, more than three plays and get them some extensive work in the first quarter and a half.” The players who will not play due to injury are LB Mychal Kendricks, DT Mike Martin, WR Jordan Matthews, CB Jalen Mills, WR Hunter Sharp, and, of course, QB Carson Wentz. Wentz will travel with the team for the purpose of getting extra mental reps, while the rest will remain in Philadelphia.
Marcus Hayes compared Donnie Jones to Jim Furyk for some reason. Philly.com:
My best punting day?” Jones asked. “Dallas. 2007. We played at old Texas Stadium. I was sick. Had a horrible warmup. I was so bad. Then I went out, I was hitting everything. Five-second hang time. Sixty yards, no return. A bunch inside the 5.” Indeed, Jones was exceptional for that bad Rams team, with four punts of at least 61 yards and four downed inside the 15-yard line . . . but he was 27 then. Can he continue to compete at 36? Punters and golfers who are as committed to fitness as Jones and Furyk are seem to cheat Father Time like no other athletes. Jones’ net average of 41.6 yards in 2015 was the best in Eagles history. “Old? I hear that all the time. I think it’s a bunch of BS. You do the right things, you take care of your body, you can play as long as you want,” Jones said. “You’re still scoring like Furyk? I feel like I’m in the prime of my career. I feel like I’ve got plenty left in me, and plenty other punters have done it. Just like Jim Furyk.
Sam Donnellon doesn’t think the DGB trade was really that big of a risk. Philly.com:
Moss was a talented malcontent to the end, as was Owens, their exceptional ability inducing one coach after another — including Andy Reid and Bill Belichick — to make the kind of cost-benefit analysis that Roseman just did with Green-Beckham. Not that Green-Beckham is anywhere near them in achievement. And he’s got a rap sheet — already, at age 23, arrested for marijuana use. He was also dismissed from the University of Missouri after being investigated for allegedly pushing a woman down the stairs. But he became available to the Eagles not because of those, but rather a fickle pair of hands and a perceived lack of intensity, at least in the eyes of new Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey. But the size, the speed, the possibility to mature…According to reporters who cover the Titans, Green-Beckham has also been a quiet locker room presence, a willing student, and far from the “cancer’’ label that at times attached to players like Moss, Owens and Gordon.
So maybe, just maybe, an emotionally intelligent coach like Doug Pederson is just what the doctor ordered for Green-Beckham to flourish. At the very least, on this team of underwhelming wideouts, any side effect appears minimal.
The Eagles are focusing on making the right tackles this year. Philly.com:
In [Billy Davis’] two-gap, 3-4 scheme, safeties were quasi-cornerbacks with limited run responsibilities. Tackling was way down their list of priorities. The way getting coffee is for a Fortune 500 CEO. Yes, Malcolm Jenkins had a team-high 104 tackles last season. But about half of those were on guys Byron Maxwell and Mychal Kendricks missed. That’s changed with a new defensive sheriff in town. While coverage still is job one for the safeties in Jim Schwartz’s Wide 9, 4-3 scheme, they have gap responsibilities against the run, which they didn’t have in Davis’ defense. “There’s a little bit more (run) responsibility,” Jenkins said. “But it’s not overly complicated. Jim has the same mentality as Billy, as far as not wanting an in-the-box safety who’s a big hitter. He wants guys who can cover, who can move, and just fill the hole. “He tells us all the time, in most of our coverages, if we get a tackle for a loss, that means we probably were too aggressive.”
The O-Line plays a very important role tonight. PhillyMag:
Allen Barbre replacing Lane Johnson as the starting right tackle was the expected move, but Isaac Seumalo starting at left guard over Stefen Wisniewski was not a move I saw coming so early on. Wisniewski certainly did not impress against Tampa Bay, but Seumalo is not close to being caught up after missing OTAs and minicamp. The rookie has been open about feeling behind, and I wonder if his head will be spinning against Cleveland if he has to start in Week 1. These next three games will go a long way in determining the Eagles’ starting offensive line once the regular season begins, and tonight will be our first chance to see what Seumalo can do with the first-team offense. We also get a peek at whether Barbre will be a sufficient stopgap while Johnson sits out, and if Halapoulivaati Vaitai shows any aptitude with the reserves.
Every year when the initial Madden ratings come out, it’s a bragging point amongst fans. But do the players even care? CSN had Marc Farzetta ask the players and, as it turns out, they don’t. Not at all. Not even in the slightest.
CSN uploaded the video to their recently quite active YouTube account – which we’re all for them using more instead of their garbage website.
Mike Sielski thinks Sam Bradford was right to wanna get out of here. Philly.com:
Of course, Bradford praised the trade just minutes after admitting that he knew “nothing” about Green-Beckham as a player or a person, and, well, there’s a lot to know. In college, Green-Beckham faced several minor drug charges and was involved in an incident in which, according to a police report, he kicked down the door to his girlfriend’s home and threw another victim down some stairs. Combine that background with Green-Beckham’s inconsistency on the field – “It’s been bad day, good day,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey told the Tennessean – and you begin to understand why the Titans were happy to settle for a backup tackle in exchange for a player with Green-Beckham’s potential. In a vacuum, the trade makes sense from the Eagles’ standpoint. But the team’s vice president of football operations, Howie Roseman, didn’t make it in a vacuum. It’s part of a pattern that has defined the franchise’s offseason: the acquisition of players of questionable character. Wendell Smallwood, Alex McCalister, Jalen Mills, Nigel Bradham, Green-Beckham: Each of them has been either arrested or suspended at least once since college. And why are all of them here? It’s the same reason Bradford, four months ago, asked to play somewhere else… Start fresh. Make your strategy and purpose clear. Trade Bradford, just as he requested. Bring in Chase Daniel as a placeholder. Don’t consign Wentz to being the No. 3 quarterback – to giving him fewer reps in practice than he otherwise might get (and that’s before he fractures his rib). Make his development into a franchise quarterback your top priority for the 2016 season. Instead, the Eagles are scrambling to maintain the appearance of competitiveness this season, and their decision-making reflects nothing but muddled thinking.
Nelson Agholor isn’t nervous with Green-Beckham on board. Philly.com:
“I don’t look at it as a message, I look at it as an opportunity for us to become a better football team,” Agholor said. “They want the same thing I want, and that’s to win football games and to be a great football team.” Agholor says he knows Green-Beckham from the draft process – Green-Beckham went 40th overall, in the second round, to Tennessee last year, when Agholor went 20th. They have the same agent group and both are adidas clients. “I know him very well. I have a lot of respect for him,” Agholor said. “I think he’s a great football player. He’s a competitor. He’s a guy with a lot of talent, and he’s going to help us out. He’s a good person . . . We’re very close.”
But does Agholor have what it takes to ever be the guy anyway? Philly.com:
Whether he says so publicly or not, Agholor should have extra motivation. How could he not? But the answers he gives and the way he carries himself suggest that he lacks a certain alpha dog gene that almost every elite receiver must possess. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin weren’t the best receivers in the NFL when they played for the Eagles, but you can bet they thought they were or at least carried themselves in that manner. Mike Quick, a long time ago, felt the same way. Matthews has that moxie. All of them, at some point during their careers, said they took the field believing they were preeminent receivers. Does Agholor think he’s the best?
Howie Roseman is taking a risk with Green-Beckham. Philly.com:
Is it a really big, game-changing win, though? Unless Titans general manager Jon Robinson is of the Chip Kelly school of personnel management – “I’m tired of dealing with this guy, get him out of here, who cares what we get?” – this is a Roseman Hail Mary. As he did in the draft last spring, Roseman is hoping qualities like maturity, intensity and dedication to craft can be taught. Quickly taught.
Roseman doesn’t think DGB is a bad locker room presence. PhillyMag:
“Obviously, he’s made mistakes, but he’s a good-hearted kid. That he has the right intentions, and that if you get a chance to really spend some time with him, you’ll see that. He’s not a locker room cancer at all,” Roseman said. “He’s got a rare skill set. Now, there’s a reason that he’s available at this time. He’s got to get more consistent, like we’re talking about, but for us and where we are in development, we thought it was a risk worth taking. Because of where we are from a pick standpoint going forward, we’re going to have to take some chances to make sure that we increase the talent level.”
And it’s all about his potential. Philly Voice:
Part of the reason the team combined for just 114 receiving yards on 36 pass attempts in the 17-9 win was abysmal play from their wideouts that included more than a few dropped passes. And yes, the team’s best receiver, Jordan Matthews, was out with a knee injury that isn’t likely to carry over into the regular season, but even his return would leave quarterback Sam Bradford with a less-than-desirable group of targets. While the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Green-Beckham comes with his own set of off-field issues (more on that later), it’s his size and raw ability that has Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson excited.
And Doug Pederson isn’t here to help you clean up your act. CSN:
The question is, why were the Titans so eager to rid themselves of a second-round pick from a year ago? Now, putting aside the possibility that they just had to have Dennis Kelly, there are a few reasons. One of which shouldn’t scare Eagles fans too much: they have an overabundance of wide receivers. Fair enough. But what about the other possible reasons? Titans head coach Mike Mularkey hasn’t been quiet about wanting more consistency from Green-Beckham, the receiver’s work ethic had come into question, and by all accounts, he had slipped mightily on the depth chart, despite a decent 32-catch rookie season. Roseman on Tuesday acknowledged Mularkey’s public comments about Green-Beckham’s lack of consistency…Then, there are off-the-field concerns and there are plenty of them, which led to his dismissal from Missouri. The first two involved marijuana. The last included a burglary and assault investigation in which a woman claimed Green-Beckham pushed her down stairs. He was never charged in the incident. After his dismissal from Missouri, he went to Oklahoma but never played… “I’m gonna preface this by saying we’re not in the rehabilitation business,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “But at the same time, we feel like with the staff that I’ve assembled on offense, with the personnel staff upstairs, we can bring guys in that might have had a little bit of a history and we can help these players. Not only become young men, but become good football players.”
No, not the faux Indian– a trolling turd from CSN Washington who decided that he needed some page views yesterday, so he poked the best fan base in the whole country, and put it in slideshow form:
Sometimes, reputations are undeserved. But for supporters of the Philadelphia sports teams — namely the Eagles, Flyers and Phillies — their designation as the worst fans in sports largely feels right.
There’s absolutely no denying that every fan base has its less than stellar moments. However, it feels like people from Philly are behind the storylines focusing on bad crowd behavior more often than most. Enough times, in fact, for an entire gallery to be made in their honor(?).
So that’s how we’ve arrived at this point, with a list ranking 10 times Philadelphia fans were truly insufferable sitting a click away. Check out the link below for the gallery, which could also be titled, “How not to act at a sporting event/in a stadium/as a normal human being.”
For what it’s worth, Peter missed many of the more notable moments here, but this one is just downright odd:
Mind you, Chief Zee is the highly offensive and racist unofficial mascot of the Redskins, so citing him in a bad Philly fan behavior post is like the pot calling the kettle a racist piece of shit.
Side note: Chief Zee – really Zema Williams – apparently died last month. I don’t know why, but I found this line funny in the story about his death:
Williams occasionally traveled to Redskins road games, but he stopped going to Giants road games after being pushed down an escalator in 1979 and stopped attending Eagles road games after he had his leg broken and his right eye dislodged from its socket in the Veterans Stadium parking lot in 1983.
Chief Zee encouraging people to refer to him as “My Injun” was considered to be highly offensive by many, you know, actual Native Americans.
Probably the best thing Dennis Kelly has done here, which may explain the need for the Notes App farewell statement.*
*I love Notes App statements. Love them.
The Titans have cut bait on 2015 second round draft pick Dorial Green-Beckham, perhaps because general manager Jon Robinson instituted one of the stupidest mandates in recent history, as ESPN.com Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky explains:
Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson recently said he wanted a roster full of uncomfortable players who were not sure about their job security.
DGB would indeed be the perfect candidate to sacrifice as a show of strength. The Titans drafted him despite character concerns – in college, he pushed a woman down steps and smoked a lot of weed, allegedly! – and though he had no off-the-field issues in his little more than a season in Tennessee, the Titans weren’t happy with his work ethic or development. So, like every movie villain ever who’s made an example out of one of his incompetent – but still somewhat useful! – henchmen, Robinson decided to sacrifice DGB, because NFL players are motivated by cartel kingpin tactics, apparently:
A message has been sent to the rest of the roster. If you don’t operate at full speed and if you don’t fall in line, you might feel safe.
But you shouldn’t.
Of course, Robinson’s need to reassert his power might be to the Eagles’ benefit. Here’s how Walter Cherepinsky of Walter Football graded the trade: Continue Reading