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The Giants Told Rashad Jennings Not to Score Because They’re Idiots

Jim Adair - September 14, 2015

So, as it turns out, the Giants were actually so much dumber last night than we thought they were. And that’s saying something.

After his 1st and 2nd down rushing attempts didn’t get him into the end-zone to make it a two-score game with under two-minutes left, the Giants took the ball out of Rashad Jennings’ hands and let Eli Manning dope around and throw the ball away, stopping the clock. But it wasn’t Jennings’ fault, as he told press after the game (though his quote seems to just now be gaining some steam):

“They told me not to score.”

WHY? WHYYYYY? That makes no sense at all. Sure, you want to make sure the Cowboys have the ball with the shortest amount of time left on the clock possible when you’re up by one score or less. If you’ve got a two possession lead… well. Tom Coughlin left points on the board on purpose and stopped the clock for reasons unknown to other humans. It’s like the Giants saw how much of a mess the Redskins are and we’re like “we can top that!”

[h/t Deadspin]

Peter King and FiveThirtyEight Predict Eagles as NFC East Champs

Jim Adair - September 8, 2015

The kickoff of the 2015 NFL season is only two days away, so it’s time to start rolling out the previews and predictions. Peter King picked division winners, playoff match-up winners, and new world champions on MMQB. He predicted a Ravens/Packers Super Bowl 50, with the Packers defeating your favorite team to get there:

Philadelphia/Dallas. Flip a coin. I like the Eagles better, by a bit, mostly because the Cowboys lost their best defensive back (Orlando Scandrick) for the year this preseason, and because Philadelphia scored faster this preseason than the Kardashians printed money. But there’s no insurance for Sam Bradford staying upright for the season; if he does, the Eagles are as good as anyone in the NFC, and maybe better.

NFC Championship: Green Bay 30, Philadelphia 26.

On a less gut-feeling level, and certainly a more “statistical” one, FiveThirtyEight says the Eagles are most likely winning the NFC East, but just barely. The Eagles’ projected wins this season comes in at 9.4 to Dallas’ 9.3, and their playoff odds land at 63.6% to Dallas’ 62.2%. Here’s the breakdown, in part:

Teams as good as Philly was last season tend to retain more talent than average. Since the Eagles went 10-6 a year ago, we’d have expected them to bring back 82 percent of their [Approximate Value], which would rank 11th-highest in football this season. But all that chaos means that Philadelphia’s projected continuity percentage for 2015 is merely 68 percent, good for fourth-lowest in the league.

Only the San Francisco 49ers had a larger negative disparity between their expected and actual continuity rates, and the Niners might have just suffered through the worst offseason in NFL history. By contrast, the Eagles’ moves were largely by choice: Kelly turned this roster upside down as part of his grand plan to bring a Super Bowl to Philadelphia.

If he succeeds, though, he’ll be bucking four and a half decades of NFL history. Even after controlling for their Simple Rating System (SRS) scores the previous season, teams that had as much roster turnover as the Eagles tended to win about a half-game fewer than would be expected if they’d posted an average rate of continuity.

That’s they key. If Chip succeeds, he’s setting a new trend, one where coaches are going to start demanding full control of their rosters and searching for diamond-in-the-rough quarterbacks. But then again, if Kirk “Kurt” Cousins is as bad as people expect him to be – it’s the Redskins, it’s going to be bad – that might all even out in the NFC East. Only certain coaches will get that roster control they want.

FiveThirtyEight Reminds You that the Eagles Aren’t Out of it Yet

Jim Adair - December 18, 2014

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But it doesn’t look good: We all know this weekend’s Eagles game is a must-win, because losing would put a nail in the coffin of their season and also be super embarrassing. But the Dallas/Indianapolis matchup is just as important (maybe more so) in determining the Eagles’ immediate fate. FiveThirtyEight, as always, has done the math on this.

If the Eagles win, Dallas’ chances to make the playoffs drop only down to 77.8%, while the Eagles’ chances leap up to 48.9% — actually not too shabby. But the biggest break the Eagles could get (obviously) would be for Dallas to lose to the Colts. With a Dallas loss, the Eagles’ playoff chances go from 39.5% to 57.8%. With a Cowboys win, they drop to 23.5%. And if Dallas beats the Colts or the Eagles lose to the Redskins, the Cowboys’ playoff chances hop up to an almost identical percentage in the 93% range.

And finally, in totally (hopefully) unrealistic odds, if the Redskins beat the Eagles, the Birds’ playoff chances dip down to 7.8%, which might as well be a five-win season for some.

Every NFC East Team Has Tried to Hire Oregon’s Former DC to Stop Chip Kelly

Jim Adair - November 25, 2014

Stopping Chip Kelly’s offense has been a problem for most teams since the former Oregon coach took over the Eagles. We don’t even know what other teams have tried behind closed doors. Faster practices? Attempts to decode sideline Macarenas? Fake injuries? But at least the Eagles’ division rivals have been making calls to a man they think can stop Chip: his former defensive coordinator at Oregon.

Nick Aliotti, who was the defensive coordinator at Oregon under Kelly from 2009 to 2013 (now retired), told the Oregonian:

“I have been asked by everybody in the NFC East. The Giants asked me to come back when Chip got the first job. I didn’t feel right doing that. Some teams have called when they’re getting ready to play the Eagles and they call and have certain questions on the thing. Unless I know the guy and he’s a good friend, I don’t get involved with that.”

I get that in professional sports you do whatever you can to gain an edge, but calling up a dude’s friends to snuff out his weaknesses? That’s a bad look, guys.

The Redskins Cheerleaders are the Only Ones Worse Than DeSean at Instagram

Jim Adair - June 25, 2014

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I assume the social media meeting went something like this: “Hey, what can we do now that we’re under fire more than ever for racism and appropriating another culture and just general shittiness? Oh, I got it, let’s show our cheerleading outfits through the years and really double down on the whole Indian thing. Because if you think the team is racist now, oh boy wait until you see how racist it used to be.”

Jeremy Maclin Does not Care What Antrel Rolle Thinks

Jim Adair - June 20, 2014

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It looks like Jeremy Maclin heard what Antrel Rolle said, and his reaction was pretty much “lol whatever, okay,” which is basically the only appropriate response when someone says the Giants will win the division.

A Philly-Based Law Firm Filed the Suit That Stripped the Redskins’ Trademarks

Jim Adair - June 19, 2014

Yesterday, in one of the bigger national news stories, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled against the Washington Redskins in a suit asking for a cancellation of their trademarks. The case, formally called Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc., was brought be a group of Native Americans claiming that the Redskins’ trademarks cannot be upheld because the name is disparaging. And while a lawyer for the Redskins told the AP they’d appeal (essentially putting any cancellation of trademarks on hold for now), we think it’s worth mentioning that the law firm who represented the plaintiffs pro bono is based locally:

“Four lawyers from the Washington office of Philadelphia-based Drinker Biddle & Reath represented the plaintiffs on a pro bono basis. The firm filed the case in 2006 on behalf of Native Americans Amanda Blackhorse, Phillip Glover, Marcus Briggs-Cloud, Jillian Pappan and Courtney Tsotigh, who sought cancellation of six trademark registrations of the Washington football team, on grounds that the term “redskin” disparages Native Americans.”

That’s some NFC East justice.

h/t Philadelphia Business Journal

GIF via SB Nation

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

Jim Adair - June 19, 2014

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.