Antrel Rolle Thinks the Eagles Will Finish 3rd in the NFC East, The Team That Started 0-6 Will Win it

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

And the predictions start rolling in. According to the Washington Post:

“The Philadelphia Eagles are favored to win the NFC East in 2014. The Redskins have the worst odds to win the division. But Giants safety Antrel Rolle — in a kind of unusual move nowadays — offered his full divisional prediction to ESPN, and he had the Redskins finishing ahead of the Eagles. (Rolle had the Giants finishing first and the Cowboys finishing last.)”

Okay, a few things: Obviously, though he may not believe it deep down, Rolle had to pick the Giants to win because theirs is the logo on his paychecks. That we totally get. But as WaPo correctly noted, the bigger surprise is the Redskins being put in front of the Eagles in Rolle’s eyes. Rolle said:

“I think if you have the right defensive scheme against the Eagles, you can definitely shut them down … I think we displayed that in the second game we played them [Ed. note: A game where that scheme was deployed against Matt Barkley]. As far as Washington, I think Washington has more weapons, and I think they added more weapons, especially to the offensive system. I think RGIII will definitely bounce back and have a better season this year. And defensively, I think they’ve added a lot of veteran leadership to their defense that’s gonna help them out a whole lot.”

I assume by “veteran leadership” he means part-time ESPN analyst Ryan Clark. Rolle also said about DeSean Jaccson:

“I think he’s definitely gonna help the Redskins out a lot. DeSean Jackson is a phenomenal player in this league, and I think he has a chip on his shoulder. I think he has something to prove. So I wish DeSean the best of luck to go out there and do what he does best, which is to make big plays. But against the Giants it’s going to be a different story.”

Of course it’ll be a different story, since he’ll be facing one of the league’s middle of the pack defenses that gave up around 24 points a game last year.

And for what it’s worth, if you switch the Eagles and Giants, and then the Giants and Cowboys, you’ve probably got the division right.


20 Responses

  1. Shut it down, Jim. Walk away. It’s over.


  2. It’s almost as if the African American media and players are will RG3 to greatness. He hasn’t shown anything yet in this league and it used to be something that was earned but everyone is assuming he will be great and are hoping and praying. It boggles my mind, let the guy prove himself and stop anointing him.

    1. He hasn’t shown anything in this league? Were you living under a rock in 2012? He had a fantastic rookie season where he completed 65.5% of his passes for 3200 yards and 20 TD’s to 5 INT’s. He also rushed for 815 yards and 7 TD’s. He took a not that great Skins team to the playoffs, albeit in a weak division.

      I understand how you can think people are overrating him, but he had an an excellent rookie season so don’t act like he hasn’t done anything. He’s only been in the NFL for two years. One of them was great and the other was mediocre when he rushed back to soon from ACL surgery.

      I hate the Redskins too, but you can’t deny talent when you see it. Also Rolle picking the Skins to come in second in the NFC east isn’t exactly saying RGIII is the best is it?

      1. Other one-year wonders besides Robert Griffin:

        Ty Detmer
        Bubby Brister
        Virgil Carter
        Bobby Hoying
        Tony Eason
        David Woodley
        Mike Boryla
        Mark Rypien

  3. Phew,

    By 9 AM I was beginning to fear that Jim had committed suicide overnight after that abortion of a day of blogging yesterday.

  4. Jim your blogging is terrible, learn from a pro. Where were you on the infamous Chip Kelly quote from yesterday that has been making waves throughout the internets?

    Well, everybody has the same amount of time during the day and you can either spend your time or invest your time and that’s what we are trying to get our players to understand. It’s how you allocate your time.

    “We all have 24 hours in the same day and it’s what you want to do. If you want to go play video games and watch TV and do all those other things, you’re going to get beat out by the guy that is doing the little things that are going to make the difference between making the team and not making the team.

    “When we talk about investing in yourself we are challenging them to understand every action you have that has consequences to it. They can be positive or they can be negative. If at the end of the day your goal is to make this football team or your goal is to be a starter or your goal is to be an all pro, you have a say in that matter and that’s what we are trying to get across to our guys in terms of that.”

    Give it up. Go back to Kutztown, and blog about the field hockey team.


    1. Jim,

      Spadaro; even a fake one; bashing your blogging is almost as bad as being compared to Brace.

      Jump of the Ben, I think it is higher.

  5. I’m not sure why everyone is ripping Jim apart, if I didn’t read the name under each post I wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference…

    But if its purely for hazing purposes… JIM YOU SUCK AT WRITING

  6. I’m trying not to let Kyle down. I think I am doing a noble job. I love lollipops, puppies and blowing bubbles while skipping through sprinklers. Why must you all put me down. Do you want me to jump off the Walt Whitman Bridge? Please stop, my head hurts.

  7. Thank God for Jim. Posts about the traffic girl have plunged about 9,000% in the last few days. Hats off to you, sir.

    PS – the double-c DeSean Jackson device is retarded. Please stop it.

  8. Jim your almost as big of a joke as kyke by the end of today you’ll be there though dickweed

    I love men

  9. Chip Kelly will be just like the read option was in 2012. At first, it took the league by storm. Once teams studied all the film, it was practically shut down! Ahh! Ha! Ha!

  10. It’s not as bad as these guys are saying, Jim. A simple edit would solve the issue.

    That being said, let’s actually talk about what you wrote. I get that you’re a Philly guy and pretty surprised that they got ranked 3rd in the division, but to say the Giants are going to finish last is silly. They made the most moves in the offseason and improved more than the other teams. I don’t think it’s enough to dethrone the Eagles but their going to be better than the Redskins and Cowboys. RGIII will have a strong season but will be let down by their defense. The Cowboys defense was terribly epic last year and will be just as bad this year.

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