The Texas Massacre.
Please excuse any typos, because I’m conflicted and scared right now. No idea how to feel. The Eagles won and, with the hilarious Cowboys losing again, are now in sole possession of first place. They’re 6-2, Jeremy Maclin looks great, the running game had its best game of the year, Jason Kelce is healthy and Evan Mathis will be back soon. But. But Nick Foles may have a broken collarbone (as of writing), DeMeco Ryans is done for the year, and I’m scaring myself because I’m slowly starting to feel OK with Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.
You know when you invite a fringe friend along with a group as a courtesy, but deep down inside you’re wishing they turn you down because, you know, lately they’ve been making things kind of awkward? You feel bad, because you like them, but you’re starting to realize why they’re always free on Saturday nights? That’s how I’m feeling about Foles and his injury. I’m sort of kind of maybe just a little bit glad that Sanchez is going to be the guy. It’s like seeing a picture of your cousin on Facebook and thinking they look hot. It’s gross, but you can totally talk yourself into it. That’s where I’m at right now. Sanchez looked good. He’s slightly more mobile than Foles. He’s more poised. He impressed in training camp and during the preseason. I know, I know– I hate me, too. But I’m thinking maybe Chip feels the same way at the moment. At the very least, Sanchez is good enough to get a team to a conference championship game (he did it twice with THE JETS!). With Chip, he could be a Pro Bowl quarterback lying in wait. Who knows?! All we do know is that Bro Mark Sanchez has put down the chicken nuggets and grabbed the shield. I’m voting for Pedro. We have to vote for Pedro! He’s our only chance. SANCHEZ 4 LIFE!!!!
BRB, gonna go vomit.
Second week in a row a game came down to a weird first down attempt near the goal line. Totally the right call to go for it on fourth down. Chip would’ve been crucified if he kicked the field goal, went up by six, and the Texans went down and scored to win by one. The benefits (putting the game away) far outweighed the risk (giving the Texans the ball on the three). The bigger balls came on that BOMB to Maclin on Sanchez’s first play. It looked to be the same route Maclin ran last week on his deep touchdown. Chip broke that play down on the Kellystrator this week [really good video]. Interestingly, the QB is basically told to throw it between the uprights and let Maclin go get it. Defenses are gonna start picking up on this one.
Dude, bro, cous, my man, you have skillz, but please, please, please stop making costly turnovers. And stay off Twitter until you go a week without being a turnover conduit.
Couldn’t get a better screenshot, but Eskin looked like a complete douche cheering and pointing (to seemingly no one) after Sanchez’s first touchdown pass. I have no problem with cheering (he’s working for the team broadcast), but he plays the arrogant “impartial” card to a fault and then can’t see his own ridiculousness when his lips are firmly planted on the cheeks of everyone in the Eagles organization. You can’t have it both ways. He wants so bad to be cool on that sideline. I think he’s already on his third color of Beats headphones this season. Can’t wait for the Christmas Product REDs next month. Tool bag.
This hurt. DeMeco Ryans goes unnoticed because he’s so damn solid, but by all accounts, he’s a steadying figure on the defense and more important than us outsiders realize. The Foles injury can be overcome (it may even prove to be a blessing), but losing Ryans could prove to be the most costly injury of the season.
Little mini EXSPROLSIONS all over the field today. They’re so cute and adorable, you just want to naw and pounce on them like a little dog humping its toy into submission. Also, giving reader Dave the ™ on Sproling Ball. I like that.
The Yellow Light
When we had Chip Kelly expert and author Mark Saltveit on the podcast a couple of weeks ago, he explained that when the Eagles are doing that seemingly disorganized get to the line, look to the sideline, get the sign, switch the play thing, it’s actually very intentional. Kelly, Saltveit said, has three speeds: green light, yellow light and red light. Usually the Eagles are in green light (GO, GO, GO). When they have more time (and a late lead), they’re in yellow light. That’s when they rush to the line like normal, looking for a mismatch, and if they can’t find it, they pause, look to sideline, change the play and chew up clock. It’s controlled chaos, which just happens to be the title of Saltveit’s next book on Kelly.
Unreal acquisition. Who knew he’d go from this…
… to hyper-reliable NFL kicker in just a few months.
Moose and Goose were so fascinated by Sanchez being prepared to run the offense and by the Texans’ defensive line being worn down, but these are the areas in which Chip gets the edge. It’s his extra 2%. No Eagles fan was the least surprised that Sanchez was well-equipped to run that offense. Outsiders couldn’t believe it. This is a direct effect of the Eagles’ up-tempo practices.