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Donovan McNabb is a Huge Asshole

Photo Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Donovan McNabb was on 97.5 today with Harry Mayes, Brian Baldinger and his crazy-ass pinky. Here’s what he (McNabb, not Baldy’s wild pinky) said about Nick Foles:

Does he give you the impression that he’s a franchise quarterback?

“I can’t answer that at this particular point, but if I had to give a take, I would say no. I think what he will do, he won’t do what he did last year, that just won’t happen. 27 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. I see him more being maybe a 25 touchdown, maybe a 8-10 interception guy. [They’re] trying to have in the mind of Nick Foles is you don’t have to take chances all the time. There’s nothing wrong with checking down to the back, utilizing your tight end. You don’t have to take the shots all the time. It’s not one of those type of offenses where we’re going to score on the first play and get off the field. The thing for Nick Foles is, don’t worry about what you did last year. Focus on what’s going on nowThings are going to change. Defenses are game planning for you. They’ll try and eliminate LeSean McCoy but you are their focus, and if they provide pressure to you and get you out of your spot, then they’ve done their job.”

“Nick Foles is not known for his ability to get out of the pocket. When I had him on my show, I told him, Has anyone ever told you you have the speed of a turtle? When he’s running the read option, I’ve never seen a quarterback move so slow.”


Is he joking with this? I can’t answer that… but no. Go. To. Hell. Who in the world is McNabb to tell Foles, whose team led the league in 20+ yard plays and pass plays(!), that he should be “Checkdown Charlie”? What a patronizing son of a bitch. It’s not one of those offenses where we’re going to score on the first play and get off the field? Ummmm, that’s pretty much Chip’s goal, you idiot– score quickly and get off the field. Not only is Five an asshole, his analysis couldn’t be more wrong. And he’s so butthurt that someone is more beloved (read: beloved at all) in Philly. Don’t worry about what you did last year? This coming from the guy who WORRIED ABOUT EVERYTHING. God I hate this man. Five may always love me but I’ll always hate him. I’ll hate him in a house. I’ll hate him with a mouse. I’ll hate him here or there. I’ll hate him everywhere. I hate Donovan McNabb more every day. I hate him more today than I did yesterday, and I’ll hate him more tomorrow than I do today.

Listen to the whole thing here.


The Eagles’ 2014 Pump-up Video Will Give You a Blazing Woodrow

Got a little late-90s EA Sports commercial feel to it. I like it. I’m ready. #FlyEaglesFly

UPDATE: That is indeed Bradley Cooper narrating.

H/T to All-Star CB reader Dan


The Philadelphia Fire Department Has Launched an Investigation over Those Photos of Danny Watkins Fighting a Four-alarm Fire

Photo: Dan Clerico, NortheastBravest.com

Photo: Dan Clerico, NortheastBravest.com

Well, that escalated quickly.

Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com is reporting that the Philadelphia Fire Department has launched an internal investigation over those photos we posted of Danny Watkins fighting a four-alarm fire in December, 2012:

After photos surfaced last week of former Eagles offensive lineman Danny Watkins at the scene of a fire in 2012, the Philadelphia Fire Department has launched an internal investigation into whether Watkins violated fire department policy by being at the scene, NJ.com has learned.

Whether Watkins entered the building is not clear.

Philadelphia Fire Chief Peter Crespo told NJ.com that even though Watkins might have signed a waiver, acknowledging the danger, the department is treating the investigation as a “serious” matter.

Crespo also said the department will investigate allegations that Watkins gave firefighters tickets to Eagles games in exchange for being allowed to ride along with them and fight fires. Crespo said the investigation into Watkins’ involvement is expected to take a few weeks.

To me, Watkins carrying a saw and wearing a helmet and oxygen mask make it likely that he entered the building… but all I know about fires is that I can prevent ones of the forest variety (thanks, Smokey!).

Now seems like a good time to mention the unsubstantiated tip I got over the weekend* alleging that Watkins used to fight fires in South Jersey as well. Take that one with a tiny grain of salt, but where there’s smoke, there’s, well, Danny Watkins.

*I read it and have no idea where I filed it. If you’re the person who sent it to me, please send again.

Les Bowen tweeted, somewhat boastfully, that this story was in the Inquirer last year. Perhaps it was. Jeff McLane apparently wrote it and says that, for some reason, it’s no longer available online (got to love Philly.com). The photos, available on NortheastBravest.com, were never published elsewhere. The only previous (media) mention of them I can find is on the Miami Herald’s terrible website. There, a writer cites this tale from the Philadelphia Daily News (Bowen’s paper, not McLane’s):

“That photo on the firefighting site Northeastbravest.com the Inquirer uncovered, of Danny dressed out in full Rescue 1 gear at a Northeast Philly fire last Dec. 16, carrying a motorized saw, is really all you need to know about Danny and passion. His passion was for firefighting, which is what he left idyllic Kelowna, British Columbia, to come to the United States to learn more about. He got sidetracked by football. When somebody tells you that you can win a college scholarship, and then make millions of dollars doing something professionally, you pay attention. But paying attention does not put you on the intensity same level as someone who has spent his life hungry to play the game, living it, breathing it.

The Eagles were off that day in December when Danny toted gear around for his fire department buddies. But less than two months earlier, he had left the starting lineup with an ankle problem, and then he’d lost his starting job to journeyman Jake Scott, signed off the street. You’re a recent No. 1 pick consigned to the bench. Wouldn’t you want to spend every extra minute watching tape, perfecting technique, working in the weight room to get bigger and faster?”

Of course, that original Daily News story is nowhere to be found either. But it apparently completely buried the lede and missed the fact that an NFL player was violating the terms of his contract oh and also the law by fighting what was a four-alarm fire. Newspapers FTW!


(Almost) Every National ESPN Writer Predicts Eagles Win Division, (Almost) None Pick Them to Win Conference Championship

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Now that we’ve seen Sports Illustrated‘s pundit predicitions, we can look at ESPN’s and see that they’re more of the same. That chart above shows the only person of sixteen national writers who picked the Eagles to win the NFC (and the Super Bowl). Meanwhile, the chart below shows that Grantland’s Bill Barnwell is the only of the surveyed country-wide writers to pick anyone but the Eagles to win the NFC East:

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Additionally, that makes the Eagles the by-default consensus choice to win the NFC East, but the consensus Coach of the Year choice also goes to Chip Kelly. Votes in the latter category were also cast for Bill O’Brien, John Fox, Sean Payton, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Caldwell, Mike Tomlin, Bill Belichick, Marc Trestman, and Pete Carroll. The powered-by-Bounce LeSean McCoy received two MVP votes (Ashley Fox and KC Joyner). Looking into only the NFC reporters brings back more mixed results for division champion, while a couple of AFC reporters predict an Eagles championship, and Trey Wingo picks the Redskins to own the division.

What does this really tell us? That most people like the Eagles to win the division, and Trey Wingo is wrong.


You’ll Never Guess Which Team Signed Kurt Coleman

via LSUFreek

via LSUFreek

Three months after admitting that he’s better off staying out of the way on personnel decisions, and just a month after reaffirming his belief in 1960s old ball coach tactics, Andy Reid and his Chiefs have signed former Eagles (failed) draft picks Mike McGlynn and, now, Kurt Coleman.

From the National Football Post:

Veteran safety Kurt Coleman has joined the Kansas City Chiefs, according to his agent, Blake Baratz.

Coleman was cut by the Minnesota Vikings.

Coleman, 25, is a former Ohio State standout drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft.

Said Reid in June:

“About a year ago, I found out what I wasn’t good at because [I was] out the door,” said Reid, now the Kansas City Chiefs coach. “I went back, and I looked at it, and . . . I drifted away from the thing I love doing most, and that was coaching.”

“I took [myself] completely out, dealt more with personnel . . . stopped calling the plays, all those things,” Reid said.

And in the past week the Chiefs have signed McGlynn and Coleman. I’m telling you, the firefighter is next.


Every SI Writer Predicts Eagles Win Division, None Pick Them to Advance to Conference Championship

Man, the consensus for the Eagles’ season is to make playoffs, maybe win a game, and do no more. I’m slightly more bullish than that, but MMQB writers are not:

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They all picked some combination of Packers-Seahawks-Saints-49ers to make the NFC Championship game. I think the Eagles are better than both the Packers and Saints, and the Seahawks are poised for a post-Super Bowl letdown.

Other predictions are rolling in:

Based on statistical analysis, ESPN predicts the Eagles will go 10-6, with high win mark of 12 and a low of 9.

Jeff McLane and Zach Berman predict 10-6 and 9-7.

I hate all the game-by-game predictions arriving at a final record– there are too many variables. Best to just pick a wins total and go with it.


Your End of Week Roundup

Sixers Draft Pick You Forgot About Will Play in League You Didn’t Know About

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan McRae, one of the 400 players the 76ers drafted in the 2nd round this year, is going to be playing pro basketball in Australia. McRae was the 58th pick of the 2014 draft and traded to the 76ers from the Spurs, and will now suit up for Melbourne United in the NBL. McRae was named to the Second Team of the Summer League’s All-NBA squad when he averaged 21 points on 50% shooting in four appearances.

One report thinks the Sixers retain the right to call McRae back to the NBA until January, but if not, he’ll spend the year playing in the same league as Josh Childress. And that is what Josh Childress is up to.

This Evolution of Madden Video Reminds You How Many Hours and Hours You’ve Played These Games

The video above, via Barstool, shows the evolution of every few years of the Madden video game franchise over the past 26 years. It’s gotten me excited to play Madden 15, but I’d also be fine pulling out Maddens 02/03/04.

Soothsayer Larry Mendte Says the Eagles Won’t Win the Super Bowl

Call of the parade, Eagles fans, the harbinger of Eagles success has announced that they will not win a Super Bowl this year, so let’s just pack it up. That Nostradamus of professional football is Larry Mendte, and he just knows this year is not the year:

After false prophets who came to Philadelphia and fell short of leading us to the Promised Land, Eagles fans believe they have found their Messiah. And I am now put in the unenviable position of having to yell at the Chipnotized, “Snap out of it! It’s not going to happen this year!”

That hurts to admit. There are just way too many questions. I believe Nick Foles can and will be a star in this league. But, the defense is still suspect, as is the kicker. Depth is also a problem. What happens if offensive linemen Jason Peters or running back LeSean McCoy gets hurt? Injuries at key positions are inevitable. The Eagles don’t have the depth at most positions to compensate.

The great prognosticator of the Philadelphia fan has spoken, and his will shall be done.


And Thus Concludes the Career of Alex Henery

Jeff McLane:

Alex was going to be up, but it was a longer field goal,” Parkey said. “They saw me hit the first one, so they wanted to see if I could do it again.”

It was the strongest indication that Chip Kelly, when he trims his roster to 53 before Saturday’s deadline for the regular season, had already made a decision. Parkey, acquired last week in a trade with the Colts, made a compelling case.

“That’s what we brought him in [for], to give Alex some competition,” Kelly said. “We’ll go through everything, what the whole week was like with him, and make our decisions on anybody tomorrow.”

Parkey’s other long field goal was a 54-yarder in the second quarter. He was also good from 25 yards just before the half. To put Parkey’s long-distance kicks into perspective, Henery had hit only 2 of 5 field goals beyond 50 yards in his NFL career, his longest at 51 yards.

Yeah, he done.



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