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Mike Groh Has Mastered the Art of Saying Nothing

Kevin Kinkead - December 18, 2018

I continue to be impressed by Mike Groh’s ability to say nothing at all.

The Eagles’ first-year offensive coordinator mastered the art of coach speak quicker than Uma Thurman learned that secret martial arts move in Kill Bill. He’s reached the very pinnacle, the mountain top of word-weaving and verbosity. Every Tuesday, he descends from the summit to treat the plebes to a smorgasbord of cliche, misdirection, and non-answer, the ephemeral prowess taking on a more corporeal form.

Today Mike Sielski asked the following question to start off the presser:

Question: Mike, can you explain, to those of us who aren’t the room, when you guys are putting a game plan together or calling a game, what is different in what you guys do when Nick is the quarterback, vs. Carson?

Now, of course Groh is not going to answer that. He’s not going to say, “well Nick takes what the defense gives him and Carson tries to string out plays with his feet.” He’s not going to give you anything specific and he’s going to keep trade secrets private.

He’s going to talk around it, and here’s what he came up with instead:

“Well in terms of putting the plan together, you know, we had a bit of a philosophy before we even knew anything about Carson’s injury or who was going to be playing the game. We tried to put the best plan together that we thought would be effective against the Rams. And then every quarterback is different. Some guys gravitate towards certain plays, so we try to put (in) certain plays that one guy may have a certain comfort level that another guy may not. There’s some of that tweaking that’s involved, but you know, you may like the color blue and somebody else may like the color green, so it’s just kind of one of those things, a personal preference, and some of those concepts. So we just try to maybe add or subtract where we think that’s important.”

Yeah? Some people like the color blue and some people like the color green? That’s compelling stuff.

Of course a natural follow up would be to ask Groh what Nick Foles prefers specifically vs. what Carson Wentz prefers, but most of the guys on the Eagles beat just sort of shout over each other to get their questions in, so there’s never a natural follow-up on a question.

Sielski tried to get Groh to expand on the topic much later in the presser when he asked this:

Question: You said in the beginning that you try to cater an offense at least a little bit to what a quarterback does well. Whether it was over the course of the playoffs last year or even the beginning of this season, have you learned anything about Nick that suggests he could do more than what you guys gave him, or has he just sort of been doing what you guys want him to do based on what his strengths already are? Or has he shown you something to say, ‘oh ok, we can also do this.’?

Answer:

“I mean, I think every time he’s had the opportunity to play he’s been really effective. We always are trying to build on things. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Nick and what he does well. We just keep going there and we’re gonna focus on the Texans and trying to put another good plan together and play efficient football and have another balanced attack. Nick has proven himself over the course of time as an excellent quarterback in this league and we’re lucky to have him.”

I’m impressed. I really am. That’s 88 words of nothing at all. He really doesn’t want to divulge anything about game plans or strategy or how the coaching staff goes about its business.

Here are some more Groh gems from today and the last two weeks, with the cliches and coach speak highlighted in bold. These are full quotes and are not truncated, after the jump:

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The Eagles Defense was Really “Flying Around” Out There

Kevin Kinkead - December 18, 2018

I don’t know why that term makes me laugh, “flying around.” It’s just such a basic thing to say, like something that your high school coach would use to describe 11 meat heads shutting down Methacton’s offense on a Friday night in October.

“I’m proud of my guys. They were really flying around out there!”

All jokes aside, the Eagles defense was doing just that on Sunday night. They were flying around. They were all over the place, just bowling over offensive linemen and frustrating receivers and coming up with a pair of key takeaways on the evening.

It was, by far, the most enjoyable defensive performance of the season. They did it on the road against a top-three NFL offense and they did it with a bunch of backups playing important roles.

Coordinator Jim Schwartz did his weekly press conference today and he was asked something like four questions about Avonte Maddox, who had a couple of big tackles and a game-changing interception on the evening.

Schwartz:

“I don’t know if we win that game without Avonte though. Not just making the interception but he played really good in the passing game. That tackle he made in the two-minute drive at the end, that’s a big time play. The plays that you’ll see from him, if you’re watching the highlights of the game, are the last play of the game and his interception. But that tackle had every bit as much to do with us winning the game. It’s really encouraging to see. We’ve talked a lot about Avonte but he played a major part in that win.”

This is the tackle Schwartz is talking about, after the jump:

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Sports Betting Updates

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Marcus Peters vs. a Fan

Kevin Kinkead - December 17, 2018

Not a great game for the Rams.

Marcus Peters, who showed no interest in tackling last night, got into it with a presumed Birds fan at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, also known as Lincoln Financial Field west.

Video and full transcript after the jump:

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Nick Foles Will Start Again This Weekend

Kevin Kinkead - December 17, 2018

Nick Foles will play this weekend according to head ball coach Doug Pederson, who spoke Monday from Philly after flying back from the west coast.

Carson Wentz will not go on injured reserve and will instead be listed as “week-to-week” on the injury report.

Pederson also said this about Wentz: “Obviously, when he’s healthy he’s our quarterback.” 

Good job by him squashing any controversy before it started.

Doug’s press conference didn’t feature much in the way of bullet point notes, but he had some more open-ended answers for macro type of questions.

Among the few bullets:

  • Avonte Maddox has played multiple positions, an intellectual guy who understands scheme, a young player who continues to get better
  • Isaac Seumalo is “getting better, we’ll see where he’s at.. maybe not this week.”
  • Jordan Hicks is expected to practice this week.
  • Tim Jernigan is “coming along, hopefully he can do something on Wednesday”
  • Sidney Jones is “probably more week-to-week.”

Time’s yours.

 

The Eagles’ Locker Room Was Fully TURNT Last Night

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2018

Like I said, we’re not done, YET! pays out $100 on $220.

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Doug Pederson: I NEED A HELL YEAH!

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2018

Hell yeah!

Douglas D. Pederson – the D stands for… – was positioned for a classic post-game speech last night that harkened back to the bygone days of… earlier this year… and what we were treated to was his inner Stone Cold Steve Austin. GIMME.

To say I can’t wait for the full video would be like saying a bear shits in the woods some random neighbor’s dog keeps taking a dump on my sidewalk– it’s an empirically true statement.

If I’m setting odds, I have it at -220 that Pederson dropped his classic We’re not done, YET! somewhere in this speech. All of the feels are rushing back into the my veins, which are now visible in all regions. This feels so familiar*, so safe.

*You know what else feels familiar? Doug Pederson being a betting coach than Sean McVay– he’s beaten him two times now in his own house (temporarily squatted upon by Birds fans) and, you know, he also won the Super Bowl. The media is turning itself inside out to tell you about how the debonair McVay remembers his own plays, while truly inventive offensive coaches like Pederson and Matt Nagy have just put him in his place.

A Hollywood Moment – Ten Takeaways from Eagles 30, Rams 23

Kevin Kinkead - December 17, 2018

Turns out a healthy Nick Foles is better than an injured Carson Wentz.

Shocking, I know.

That should really be the extent of the “Foles vs. Wentz” argument that will stink up social media and sports radio this week. One guy is healthy, one guy is not. THEREFORE – at this current moment in time, I’m gonna roll with the healthy Super Bowl MVP. It seems pretty straightforward to me, but unfortunately we’re just gonna have to deal with the frothy nothing-burger quarrels for the next seven days.

I’ll tell ya what; that was the first Eagles game I enjoyed watching this year, at least for three quarters. They moved the ball up and down the field, they played aggressive and nasty defense, and I swear I saw glimpses of the 2017 squad out there.

This, of course, begs the question –

Where was this Eagles team against the Buccaneers, Titans, Vikings, Panthers, Cowboys, Saints, and Cowboys?

Surely the quarterback change was not the sole catalyst for the win, right? Nick Foles did play the first two games this season, and he wasn’t exactly Joe Montana against the Falcons or Bucs. The banged-up defense was lights out for 3+ quarters last night as guys like Avonte Maddox and Cre’Von LeBlanc made big plays. Did they miraculously transform into legitimate NFL starters overnight?

Gut feeling: the Eagles still believed in themselves while the Rams believed they were going to trash a 6-7 team in a rebound game coming off a bad loss. It’s the same underdog mentality that got the Birds a Super Bowl ring last year. “No one likes us, we don’t care” was the rallying cry then, but this year it’s more, “No one thinks we have a prayer, and we probably don’t, but we’re gonna at least go down swinging.” Maybe we can get that on a T-shirt.

I’ve been totally unenthusiastic about this team and actually mostly ambivalent over the past three or four weeks, so I won’t flip flop here and tell you how excited I am going forward. That would be the Skip Bayless thing to do, to just hop back on the bandwagon. I’m still skeptical that a banged-up Eagles team does much of anything in the playoffs, but at least they’ve given themselves a chance at 9-7 and a postseason return after slogging through a mostly miserable title defense in 2018.

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We Are Doing Ski Masks Now, Aren’t We?

BWanksCB - December 17, 2018

I gotta say, I’m 1000% looking forward this week, the week prior to Christmas no less, to a city inhabited by people wearing Nick Foles jerseys and ski masks. Just a suggestion–maybe stay away from Amazon packages.

After 12 games spent mostly sitting on its heels with opposing offenses dictating play, the Eagles’ defense decided it needed a new mentality and something to rally around before last week’s game against the Cowboys. Maybe a prop, something that played off last year’s unexpected title run? Like, say, a mask:

Although it didn’t pay immediate dividends in last week’s crushing loss at Dallas, the Eagles ran it out again last night:

This time around, it most definitely paid off in their shocking 30-23 win over the Rams that suddenly breathed life into what seemed for sure was a lost season:

So here we are once again, with the backup quarterback leading a team left for dead, rallying around a mask for motivation. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

We exist this morning in what I imagine to be Kevin Kinkead’s personal hell. And I’m here for it.

Say no more, man.