Marcus Hayes wrote a column today, which is the back page story in the Daily News and was for a time this morning the main story on Philly.com, alleging that Doug Pederson was infuriated by Carson Wentz receiving outside coaching this offseason. Here is that shit:
Asked Tuesday what Wentz gained from his time in California, head coach Doug Pederson replied, with tepid and artificial enthusiasm:
“Well, the biggest thing I’ve seen, No. 1, is leadership. He’s come in here ready to go. He’s come in here eager, excited about the offseason, working with the new guys and the guys from last year. That’s what I’ve seen. I’ve seen him come in rejuvenated.”
“Now he’s had a chance to just kind of sit back and look at the regular season last year and make the necessary adjustments and corrections and learn from it.”
Again: Thanks for nothing. Wentz could have reviewed 2016 on that same yacht as long as he had an iPad.
Usually mild-mannered, Pederson didn’t hide his disdain for having strangers tinker with his meal ticket, and that is remarkable. Pederson is as emotive as a turtle.
It got better. Pederson virtually sneered when he was specifically asked if Wentz had made improvements in his mechanics:
“It’s subtle. That’s the thing. We’re going to see it as coaches. You may not see it as a spectator watching the game. It’s just, pointing his toe, getting him on his target line, things that we talk about each and every day that coach DeFilippo does a good job with. And those are the things we continue to work on.”
Stay away from my ride.
Sometimes you need to read between the lines. Not with this.
You just need to read the lines.
Wow. Again, to be clear, Hayes is implying that Pederson and Eagles brass are upset that Wentz sought outside help. It’s possible Marcus has some inside info here. I certainly don’t think that’s the case, but I won’t discount the possibility that he knows something we don’t. HOWEVER, his assertion that Pederson sneered at the question is simply not true. Video which easily disproves his half-cocked assertion is readily available for all to see. This video: Continue Reading
Reader CC (@CforClarity), whose handle I will supplant cookie with in the Sesame Street Alphabet, informs me of a Marcus:
— CC (@CForClarity) May 22, 2017
Marcus Hayes wrote words today. This is the gist of them, as best as my standard bachelor’s degree in Communications can discern: Howie Roseman had a good draft and made decent, relative-value signings to aid a rebuilding team in the short-term while not limiting future success. Therefore, he’s probably going to get the coach fired.
What? Exactly. Herrrrrrrre’s Marcus:
No one was more surprised than Roseman that he was able to sign free-agent receiver Alshon Jeffery for a base salary of $9.5 million. There’s a reason Jeffery took a $5 million pay cut from 2016. Nobody thought he was worth it. Sure, Jeffery can make another $4.5 million if he goes to the Pro Bowl, but, since his last trip in 2013 he’s been creeping further and further away from it.
Torrey Smith, Jeffery’s free-agent bookend, has never been to the Pro Bowl. Roseman spent $5 million this season for Smith and his big-play pedigree. To his credit, Smith has averaged a little more than six touchdowns in his six seasons . . . but, to his detriment, has caught more than 50 passes just once. He has 53 catches since 2014.
Nelson Agholor has 59.
And what exactly is wrong with LeGarrett Blount? What does the rest of the league know? He led the NFL with 18 touchdowns for the Patriots last year, but was still was jobless until last week. Only $400,000 of his $1.25 million with the Eagles is guaranteed; again, this brilliant work by Roseman, who can cut him out of training camp with a minimal loss.
No, Blount’s bargain price does not prove that Blount cannot be a red-zone battering ram or a 300-carry workhorse.
I actually agree with him on Blount. But his conclusion is that the Eagles are a 7-8-win team that won’t make the playoffs, will likely finish at the bottom of the NFC East, and that Doug Pederson will get fired, all of which will be Howie’s fault. The same Howie he commended for an excellent draft. The same one whom he credits here for finding low-risk, high-upside value veterans to give the Eagles the tools to compete in the near-term and flexibility to build for the long-term. The Howie he would blame for getting Doug Pederson fired if the Eagles don’t make the playoffs.
If all that’s confusing and doesn’t make sense, that’s because it doesn’t. I’m not sure what the point of the column is. The implied alternative is that Howie could’ve gone full 2011 Dream Team in an attempt to, what, compete in the NFC and save Doug Pederson’s job? No one thinks that’s a good idea, not even Marcus. We can nitpick any one signing or pick, but the fact is the Eagles are shaping up to be a decent if not good team next season if a few things work out. Further, there’s almost nothing the Eagles did this offseason that could be considered foolish from a cap standpoint. Did the Alshon signing feel a bit weird for a team in rebuild mode? Yeah, but they took a shot on a top 5 wide receiver talent who was hampered by injuries and a shit team the last two seasons. You can certainly do worse when trying to give your young quarterback a target to throw to.
This is a bad column.
I am BLOWN AWAY by the responses I’m getting to this Tweet. Of the over 99,900 Tweets I’ve sent out – holy shit – this one, as much as any other, is getting nasty feedback. Look at this:
Am I being irrational about Blount? Absolutely. Did he burn me in fantasy? Actually no– in fact, it’s the opposite, he was a great fantasy player this year who provided instant touchdowns. The problem was I hated myself every time I even considered him because he was nothing more than a product of Bill Belichick’s genius, which might I remind you also turned Dion Lewis into a three-touchdown performer in the Wild Game game and a lacrosse player into the star of the AFC Championship game. In fact, Belichick is notorious for getting something out of rotating cast of no-name backs and then discarding them before they go on to have… absolutely no success anywhere else. So if for no other reason than the Belichick is done with this guy so I want no parts of him theory, Blount does little to excite me. That’s why I can’t help but feel like Howie Roseman will come out as the sucker in this, and Belichick will yet again be snickering at the Eagles’ expense. Continue Reading
Noooooooooooo I hate this. God this is such a cuck signing. Blount was the beneficiary of a Pats offsense that could make a trash can look like a formidable running threat. He’s 30, curiously was a free agent until today, and saw his average yards per carry hit a five-year low last year despite scoring 18 touchdowns because HE PLAYED FOR THE FUCKING PATRIOTS.
I hate the notion of signing guys Bill Belichick is done with. I’m telling you, no, he’s not that good. The deal is reported to be one year, $2.8 million, and Blount will put some much needed size in the Eagles’ backfield, so it makes some sense and is hard to get truly outraged about, but the signing strips away almost all the positive feelings I had about Howie Roseman this offseason. Signing a guy like Blount is exactly the sort of thing Dream Team Howie would do, and I thought that guy was dead or at least locked in an airplane bathroom somewhere.
Also, Blount will probably get hurt. I bet you he doesn’t play in more than six games.
Side note: The Patriots will get a compensatory pick because Belichick had such respect for Blount that he hit him with a seldom used tender to piss all over his market value even though he probably wasn’t going to make the team anyway. Here, watch:
Wow– they must’ve really valued his services.
Few things I love more than the screenshot statement.* Brandon Graham, who has like 22 Twitter followers after all the people he’s blocked over the years, tweeted out the following… for those of you imagically impaired:
Back in Philly and I just wanted to clear a few things up for all of our fans. I was never holding out. I was in Detroit last week spending some time with my family. I love playing in Philly, I love our fans and I love this organization. I’ve never had an issue with my contract. I don’t know where that news came from. I will be here at OTAs leading the charge and ready to get things started.
OK, I’ll be the guy to point this out: Just being home with your family is, uh, sort of holding out. Unless there’s some reason he’s withholding – which he totally can – on its face I’m not sure what exactly this proves. Yeah, I know, workouts were voluntary, but his explanation is akin to a Trump admin explanation that denies something without an absolute denial. Oh so you were home with your family? Were you also holding out? I don’t care. Seriously, I don’t. This is the most non-story of all the Eagles non-stories this offseason. But I’m just pointing out that being home without your family when the not-mandatory-but-totally-kind-of-mandatory workouts are going on isn’t a great excuse. Never mind the pants-on-fire nature of that contract line. Graham shouldn’t be happy about his contract– it sucks. He deserves more. By all means, Brandon, hold out the next time you go home and randomly decide not to show up. Might as well get something out of it.
On his podcast today, Jeff McLane, who initially reported that Graham was holding out, said “he must’ve changed his mind.
*Super progressive use of it here, too– going with unpublished Tweet screenshot that was ENTIRELY over the character limit.
AW HELL YEAH!!! I see we’re picking up right where we left off last season– with a member of the Eagles going in on Inquirer reporter Jeff McLane.
Brandon Graham returned to the NovaCare Complex today for OTAs, this a week after he was reported to have been holding out.
Defensive end Brandon Graham has stopped attending Eagles workouts and is expected to skip organized team activities later this month – and also possibly mandatory minicamp in June – until the Eagles renegotiate his contract, two NFL sources said.
Graham signed a four-year, $26 million contract in 2015 and is slated to earn $6.5 million in each of the last two years of the deal. He was the Eagles’ most productive defensive end last season, and his base salary for 2016 is $500,000 less than defensive end Vinny Curry, who inked a five-year, $46.25 million contract last offseason.
Graham, 29, is the 28th-highest-paid edge rusher in the NFL, on a per-year scale. Curry, who didn’t start last season despite his blockbuster deal, is 13th highest.
Graham, reached via text message Wednesday, declined to address his potential holdout.
That report was contradicted by Jason La Canfora, who tweeted that Graham was with family in Detroit.
Today, Graham snapped the following picture from NovaCare:
Look where Brandon Graham is… 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/UN2vlRBLaV
— Ben Livingston (@bliv94) May 16, 2017
That was followed by this Howard Eskin Tweet:
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) May 16, 2017
It’s in Graham’s interest to dismiss the report, but judging by the cagey nature with which the Eagles addressed it last week, it’s possible there was at least a brief holdout on Graham’s part. Or he was just with family. Either way, he just called Jeff McLane “fake news” and I love me some strife!
Side note: Just learned that Brandon Graham blocked me on Twitter. Not sure why.
Single-game tickets for all 10 Eagles home games will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. General ticket prices range from $40 to $174 and standing room only tickets range from $30 to $72. There is a four ticket limit per household.
Somewhere, the Sixers are laughing at the Ticketmaster line and chuckling to themselves, “Little do they know they could throw those babies on StubHub, hide where they’re coming from, and charge double.”
Also, Mad Lib for 50 news stories tomorrow around 10:42 a.m.: Eagles tickets went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. this morning and sold out in __ minutes. A team spokesperson told ________ that demand was off the charts and the __ minutes the tickets sold out in was a franchise record. Football is popular.
Side note: I wonder if the person who wrote that all 10 Eagles home games line was able to keep a straight face while doing so, pretending the preseason is a thing.