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The Eagles Defense and an Appetite for Destruction

Kevin Kinkead - October 9, 2017

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Four hours after the Eagles 34-7 win, Guns N’ Roses opened their South Philly show with a track that appropriately described the earlier performance of Jim Schwartz’s defense.

“It’s So Easy” is a song about nailing rock and roll groupies, but for the sake of the article the analogy stands, because the Birds did indeed make football look quite easy yesterday.

You have to start by thinking about the absences of Fletcher Cox and Ronald Darby, the Birds’ best defensive lineman and corner. I don’t think that storyline gets enough attention. This is three weeks in a row that the Eagles have gone out and gotten the job done while dealing with multiple key injuries on that side of the ball. If the Redskins were missing Josh Norman and Jonathan Allen, we’d never hear the end of it.

“Next man up” is usually clichéd coach speak, but the Eagles’ staff deserves a lot of credit for making second stringers look like first stringers. They’ve been getting quality contribution from guys like Beau Allen, Patrick Robinson and Rasul Douglas.

Some quick defensive stats from the game:

  • two sacks
  • seven QB hits
  • six tackles for loss
  • nine passes defended
  • Arizona 4-14 on third down conversions (28.5%)
  • 33 rushing yards allowed (season best)
  • 307 total yards allowed

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A Tale of Two Carsons: Ten Takeaways from Eagles 34, Cardinals 7

Kevin Kinkead - October 9, 2017

Let’s start with this: The Arizona Cardinals were garbage yesterday.

Now that we’ve established that, let’s dive into the thesaurus to find an accurate word describing the Eagles’ performance: Comprehensive? Commanding? Dominating? Domineering?

We’ll go with all of the above.

Your Philadelphia Eagles looked more like the ’85 Bears on Sunday afternoon, scoring early and often to complement a stifling defensive performance. They did it again without Fletcher Cox and Ronald Darby, holding the Cardinals to 33 rushing yards and forcing Carson Palmer to chuck it 44 times in a 27-point loss.

That’s what good teams do; they go out and drop the hammer on inferior opponents. This game didn’t feature the usual fourth quarter slump, and even though the Birds took their foot off the gas pedal, the outcome was never in doubt.

Next up is a monolithic, gigantic, uber-important matchup against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, who just ripped off back-to-back road wins at New England and Detroit. A Thursday night Eagles victory should expunge the narrative that this team “hasn’t beaten anyone yet.” Continue Reading

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Eagles – Cardinals: 4 Developments

Mark Saltveit - December 21, 2015

The Eagles made this game more interesting than you might have expected, well into the third quarter, even as defensive backs dropped like flies. Then they started turning the ball over and giving up big runs, and the Cardinals blew them out.

Which is exactly what you would expect with an 11-2 team playing a 6-7 team. This would have been an upset comparable to the Patriots game if the Birds had pulled off the victory. Keeping it close for a while mostly just made it more painful when the predictable collapse arrived.

So what did we learn, good and bad? Here are some new developments from tonight’s game.

1. DeMarco Murray dropped off the two-deep roster.

Though he was no longer the most-used back last week against the Bills, DeMarco still had the second most carries in that game and appeared to be part of a balanced three-way rotation.

Last night, that all went away. Murray didn’t get a carry until the second half and was an afterthought at best. So, when he finally did get the ball, did he come in all angry and fresh and rip off big runs? Nope. He ran twice for a grand total of three yards.

I don’t know if he mouthed off to the coaches, or they just finally admitted that he sucks and feeding him more snaps isn’t going to fix it.

Unfortunately, Ryan Mathews didn’t exactly seize the opportunity to cement himself as the number one back. He piled up 58 yards on 11 carries, including a 20 yard gain, but also fumbled away a drive, and miscommunicated with Sam Bradford on a short pass, leading to a pick six. And he failed to get the first down on a fourth-and-one at the Arizona 8, though the play call and blocking had a lot to do with that. Continue Reading

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Chris Christie’s Brother is Mad at Fans of the “Sorry Ass” Eagles

Jim Adair - January 5, 2015

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Now that the Dallas Cowboys have stolen a playoff win while Chris Christie looked on from Jerry Jones’ box, Christie’s Cowboys fandom has once again come into question. The first time around, as Christie watched the Cowboys beat the Eagles from Jones’ box, it was mostly Eagles fans (and Philadelphians, and people with common decency) who raised issues with it. But now that Chris and his tarp-sized sweater were shown enthusiastically and awkwardly embracing Jones during a widely watched playoff game, more people have begun to bring up the Governor’s allegiances. And Governor Christie’s brother, Todd, who has the same goofy-shaped head as his brother, is not happy about it.

Todd posted a status on Facebook defending Chris (and ripping everyone else). It reads as follows, if you can’t read the image above:

To all of those non Cowboy fans who have their panties in a ringer because the Governor of NJ is a Cowboys fan—GET A LIFE !!! The Gov has been a Cowboys fan for his entire life and ALL of you would sit with the owner of your favorite team in a heartbeat if given the chance. I’m a Giants fan—we are sitting home for the fourth straight year. Eagles fans—possibly you should worry more about the fact that your sorry ass team has never won a Super Bowl and less about who’s rooting for which team. I mean crazy pathetic posts. And for every calorically challenged FB person who posts about the Gov’s weight–forget the magic mirror and look at yourself. Weight posts—really?

Todd Christie, likely the classier Christie, pulled the old “count the rings” argument. Nice. And where could this kind of attitude have come from?

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Ah, there it is. Todd is a St. Louis Cardinals fan from New Jersey, which is the same as being a Cowboys fan from New Jersey, or a Yankees fan from anywhere else, really.

UPDATE: The Christie family is seriously the worst:

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UniDiction 2012 – Week 3 – Cardinals vs. Eagles

Dan Fuller - September 21, 2012

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UPDATED (h/t to reader Pat T.)

Another week, another reinforcement of how much Midnight Green needs to go. Sure, the Eagles mixed things up and wore their white jerseys at home against the Ravens, but they paired them with their Midnight Green pants, their worst combination in their tired set. Keep in mind that in Week 2's bright mid-day sunshine, that's the best that color is ever going to look. Even by the end of the game, the pants just looked like a generic, dark mess.

Your Week 2 recap and Eagles/Cardinals UniDiction are after the jump.

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Kevin Kolb, Booed at Cardinals Fan Fest

Kyle Scott - June 14, 2012

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Heh.

Can I call ‘em or can I call ‘em? 

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The Arizona Cardinals held their "Fan Fest 2012" during their minicamp practice on Wednesday night, drawing an estimated 15,000 fans.

The offense had its moments. The defense did, too. And the fans let Kevin Kolb know that he needs to create more positive moments in 2012 to gain their approval.

The Cardinals fans booed Kolb, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. In June. At minicamp. Yikes.

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Poor guy. He’s just not very good at football. 

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Streaker! Naked Man Runs on the Field at Busch Stadium, Franzke and LA Discuss

Kyle Scott - May 25, 2012

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WE’RE GOING STREAKING!

Before the start of the seventh inning last night, a St. Louis man went streaking in the outfield at Busch Stadium. The above photo, taken by the AP's Jeff Roberson, is perhaps the finest and most ironic streaker photo our country will ever see. More like a take-off hero.

Several revealing videos after the jump, plus Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen react with a meta reminder that the streaker is copyright of the Phillies and accounts or descriptions of his existence may not be disseminated without the express written consent of the Phillies.

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Video: This Rather Hefty Eagles Fan Sums Up Your Feelings About Yesterday’s Loss in a 10 Minute Profanity Laced Rant

Kyle Scott - November 14, 2011

Here’s YouTube user eatdatpussy445 (a name which leads us to believe that there may be 444 others with a similar moniker) ranting (tantrum?) over yesterday’s shameful loss to the Cardinals. It’s 10 minutes long, and while the whole thing is worth a watch, the real fun begins at the 2:51 mark.

A highlight:

This has to be the worst, worst, worst, worst, worst, worst, fucking worst defense ever. These sorry motherfucking linebackers, they can’t do shit. They lettin’ Beanie Wells run all over them. 

The Juan Castillo rant at 6:30 is fun, too.

As you might imagine, the language is NSFW.