The Eagles don’t need another quarterback.
With Nick Foles jumping into the starting role, now that Carson Wentz is done for the season, that makes Nate Sudfeld QB2 on the Eagles’ depth chart. However, many around the league and the Philly fanbase in particular are suggesting the birds sign Colin Kaepernick as the backup. The suggestion is laughable.
Yes, Kaepernick is good enough as a football player to at least be a back-up in this league, but the circus around him would not be something the Eagles should be willing to do. Why add someone new, who would bring tons of media attention, to a locker room with a special chemistry? Having Sudfeld would be better than having Kaepernick as the back-up and, in my opinion, there are better options out there before even thinking about bringing in the former 49ers quarterback.
The media thinks otherwise.
Yes, Colin Kaepernick. It makes sense for a lot of reasons, assuming the Eagles and perhaps their fans can get past the national anthem protests.
For one, Kaepernick was a starting quarterback in the NFL for the previous five seasons, and he had taken the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012-13. Even last season, on a 2-14 team, Kaepernick threw just four interceptions in 12 games.
He can throw, he can run, and he doesn’t turn the ball over – all prerequisites for a successful playoff quarterback.
The Eagles could have Colin Kaepernick.
The Eagles should have Colin Kaepernick.
Instead, they have Nate Sudfeld. The Eagles are in position to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 13 years, and for the third time ever. The Eagles also are in position to have to play Nate Sudfeld.
One big hit to Nick Foles — a sprained ankle, a cracked collarbone, a concussion — and it’s Nate’s show.
It could be Kaep’s. It should be Kaep’s.
Thankfully, the Eagles aren’t interested:
Per a league source, the Eagles have shown no interest in Kaepernick, and they’re not currently expected to do so.
Kap does not give you a better chance to win a Super Bowl this season, in the event that Foles goes down. He will just be a distraction for a locker room with the capability to do something no Philly team has ever done before.
Stick with Nick.
If you don’t follow Chris Long on Twitter, you should. He pretty much tweets about whatever he wants whenever he wants. He’s also an Award Winning Listener.
But nevertheless, some people were trying to get on him about his decision at the end of the game to celebrate with Eagles fans, along with his teammates, at the LA Coliseum.
They say our Philly fans are rough 🤔
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 11, 2017
From that video alone, there were five players that jumped into the crowd which was dominated with Eagles colors.
But Long was the only one that got pushed off by Rams fans, and he wasn’t happy about it, as the video shows. He spent his first eight years with the franchise when they were in St. Louis, not Los Angeles.
One LA reporter tried to get a story out of him, and Long gave her an answer. Continue Reading
Last week, the college football world experienced another iteration of what has become an annual scandal.
No, I’m not talking about the announcement of the four schools that were selected to compete in the College Football Playoff (CFP), or the various other bowl berths that were assigned. Undoubtedly, charting the four best teams makes for compelling television. Absent a truly objective way to assess teams that do not always play each other, there is always enough uncertainty built into the process to generate debate. But the dispute that arises at the conclusion of each regular season over the CFP participants pales in comparison to the year-end spending frenzy that takes place among the Power 5 conferences and the chaos that ensues throughout the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Universities that fell short of their boosters’ expectations scour the coaching landscape in search of a savior to lead their football programs back to prominence. Yesterday’s wunderkinds are discarded in favor of today’s geniuses. The outgoing head coach accepts his lucrative buyout package while the ink dries on his successor’s multimillion-dollar deal. When the game of mercenary musical chairs ends, everyone seems to find a seat. Everyone, that is, except for the players who provide the labor and risk their physical welfare for our entertainment.
This time of year, the coaching market moves at warp speed. It can be incredibly disorienting. Take Willie Taggart, for example. One minute, the coach is flashing the “O” during a recruiting trip on behalf of the University of Oregon:
Thanks for the visit coaches!! 🔥💯🦆 pic.twitter.com/AeVYThdgJR
— Christopher Randazzo (@Randazie) December 1, 2017
Nine days later, Coach Taggart has abandoned Eugene and the “O” for Tallahassee and the Tomahawk Chop: Continue Reading
- Go fuck yourself.
- Some content editor, I would think, needed to get some hashtag clicks today, so he decided to curiously omit the team with the BEST RECORD in the league from the top 10, because he knows Philly fans, ones with large followings who can opine on such things and link back, like me, will take the bait. Consider it betook, SANS LINK!
- While the Eagles undoubtedly should slide back a few spots after losing Carson Wentz, the notion that they’re behind basically anyone but the Patriots, Steelers, Saints and maybe Vikings is laughable. They are still better than every other team, or at least in a better position than all of them. And they beat three of the top 10 teams on the road! Odds makers consider Carson Wentz to be worth an additional 3-4 points per game, and would still list the Eagles as a home favorite against every team in the NFC, except the Vikings, which would come in as a push.
I can’t wait for the number one seed in the NFC to not be in the top 10 in power rankings.
For what it’s worth, the Eagles are between 3-6 in the NFL.com, ESPN, CBS, and Bleacher Report power rankings, and they still have the fourth best odds to win the Super Bowl.
We’re officially on the road to recovery.
Carson Wentz had his ACL surgery today, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen:
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz underwent surgery to repair his ACL this morning by Dr. James Bradley, an orthopedic knee specialist who is based in Pittsburgh, per sources. No other details yet.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 13, 2017
Who is James Bradley? He’s the Steelers’ team doctor. The Eagles’ franchise quarterback was operated on by the Steelers’ team doctor.
You probably expected the surgery to be done by Dr. James Andrews, who has patched up seemingly every injured athlete and is usually the de facto guy for these types of high-profile surgeries.
I have no clue what goes into that medical decision making process, but I am surprised that the surgery took place this quickly. This type of operating can’t begin until the swelling goes down, and usually that takes longer than 72 hours, but in this case I guess they were good to go. I’m no doctor, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
So write down December 13th, 2017 somewhere, because this is the beginning of the Carson Wentz recovery time frame.
If you’re like me, you probably didn’t watch a lot of Nick Foles after he left Philadelphia.
You knew him as the guy who threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013 and led the Eagles to the playoffs in year number one of the ill-fated Chip Kelly reign.
Or maybe you knew him as the guy who came down to Earth in 2014 because he was playing at an unsustainable level during the year prior, or maybe because opponents started to figure out Chip’s offense. I’d say it was a combination of both of those things.
Chances are, you forgot about all of that pretty quickly when the Eagles traded up for Carson Wentz last April. Any memories of Foles, Kelly, Sam Bradford, and DeMarco Murray were sort of wiped from existence when the Eagles made a shrewd move for a stud franchise quarterback.
Now we’re sitting here at 11-2 after Wentz tore his ACL and “Nicky 6” is back under center for the NFC East champions.
When the Eagles signed Foles back in March, you probably thought something along the lines of, “okay, he’s a veteran, he knows Doug Pederson, he knows Philadelphia, he’s an upgrade over Chase Daniel.” I thought similar things and was happy to have him as a backup, but now that I’ve had 36 hours to sleep on the Wentz news, I’m not as down on him in a starting role as others might be.
The two teams most hockey experts were lining up as potential Stanley Cup Final opponents this season were the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
And while the hockey media bias always skews Canadian when it can, there was at least some rationale for it. After all, the Oilers and Leafs feature two of the sport’s youngest and brightest stars in Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews.
Both teams were on the come last season and were hard outs in the playoffs. They are well managed and coached and are definitely teams who this league will see in the Cup Finals in the very near future.
And the Flyers are 4-0 against them this season.
To the Flyers credit, they played perhaps their most complete game of the NHL season to this point last night, defeating the Maple Leafs 4-2 and extending their winning streak to four games – the first time they have won four straight in regulation since February, 2014. Yeah… almost four years.
They continue to get great goaltending from Brian Elliott (although the first Leafs goal was as unsightly as a big juicy whitehead on the side of your nose), Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier keep dazzling and production keeps coming from further down the lineup.
And for once, they won the possession battle, something that’s been eluding them for some time.
But, they did get a little fortunate. Matthews missed the game with an injury. Toronto, for as talented and well-coached as they are, turn the puck over a ton and are not a good possession team and the Leafs are in the middle of a five-city, five games in seven days stretch while the Flyers have been home resting for four days.
So, a lot of extraneous stuff does play into it.
Still, this was a good win for the Flyers. The most impressive of this winning streak so far. And there’s a lot to takeaway from it, so, as Kyle likes to say, let’s hit it: Continue Reading
There was a point in this game where the Sixers reached a season-high 25 turnovers and Ben Simmons had contributed 0 points on 0-4 shooting.
On the other end, Minnesota was 1-17 from three-point range and completely missed the rim on two straight shot attempts.
An instant classic, this was not, but it really opened up into an entertaining game around the five-minute mark of regulation. You can skip the first three quarters if you decide to watch the replay.
Brett Brown’s team overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit and cleaned up the sloppiness, showing a lot of poise down the stretch in a six-point overtime win. The late-game possessions were purposeful, the execution was sharp, and they buckled down when it really mattered to snap a four-game losing streak and steal a game on the road against a playoff-bound squad.
And it’s a monstrous victory in the intangibles department, too. Imagine coming home to face the Thunder on national television, on a day where ESPN is dedicating a lot of programming to the Sixers, while riding a five-game losing streak and falling below the .500 mark for the first time since October.
That will not be the case, with the squad improving to 14-13 and finishing the three-game road swing on a positive note. Continue Reading