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The Eagles Schedule is Out

Kevin Kinkead - April 19, 2018

The Sixers are headed to halftime, so take a look at the Birds’ 2018 schedule:

Looks like December 16th in Los Angeles for the #1 seed in the NFC.

I don’t see many losses in there, do you? Minnesota at home? Jacksonville in London? Saints in NOLA? Couple tricky games for sure, but we’re talking about the defending Super Bowl champions here.

Some quick notes:

  • only one instance of back to back road games, on December 9th and December 16th
  • five prime time games
  • the bye week comes after the Jags game, so we’ve got two weeks to talk about how much Dallas sucks before playing the Cowboys at home (plus, week nine is a good spot to get that break, instead of having to burn that bye too early in the season)
  • the Eagles do not face any teams coming off their bye week.
  • the Thursday season opener allows the Birds 3 extra days to prepare for Tampa Bay
  • they will play the five other teams that made the NFC playoffs last year (Rams, Saints, Panthers, Falcons, Vikes)


Relive the Eagles’ Super Bowl Season in Concert Format

Kevin Kinkead - April 18, 2018

Why go to Camden to see Dave Matthews for the 14th straight year when you can do something completely different this summer?

On July 24th, the Eagles are teaming up with NFL Films and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts for the world premiere of the “Philly Special” concert event.

A description from the event page:

Hosted by the “Voice of the Eagles,” Merrill Reese, relive NFL Films’ stunning video highlights of the Philadelphia Eagles Championship Season on three giant screens alongside the great Philadelphia Orchestra, performing live the inspiring, uplifting and wonderfully symphonic music of NFL Films. Show your team spirit by wearing your Eagles’ gear and come celebrate with the Eagles Cheerleaders and Swoop!  Be sure to pack a picnic and bring the whole family as we continue to celebrate this unforgettable football season!

Merrill Reese narrating Eagles highlights with the Philadelphia Orchestra? Dude, I’m in. I’ll bring the tomato pie and crappy beer, you call up Vikings fans and tell them they’re invited.

Tickets are $25 to $65, but watching Tom Brady fumble the ball again is priceless. Sales start this Friday at 10 a.m. and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Mann Center’s free arts education initiatives and Eagles Autism Challenge.



Richard Rodgers Introduced to Philly Media

Kevin Kinkead - April 6, 2018

Richard Rodgers is a man of few words.

The new Eagles tight end spoke to media for the first time today, an availability that ran much shorter than the introductions of Michael Bennett, Haloti Ngata, Daryl Worley, Mike Wallace, Paul Worrilow, and Corey Nelson.

The 26-year-old former Green Bay player signed with the Birds on a one year deal, replacing the departed Brent Celek and Trey Burton as Zach Ertz’s backup.

“That’s just how it panned out,” Rodgers said of his free agent deal. “Obviously it’s a good opportunity for me to reset my value. But that’s how things panned out and I’m just going to try to make it happen.”

Rodgers was a third round pick out of California in the 2014 draft. He played his best season as an NFL sophomore, catching 58 balls for 510 yards and eight touchdowns.

That production dropped off in 2016 and 2017, when he combined for 42 catches for 431 yards and 3 scores, a two-year stint that was less effective than his previous campaign.

Maybe he was just being diplomatic, but Rodgers says he’s not sure why his numbers dropped off.

“I just did what I was told, did what the coaches asked me to do,” he explained. “That’s all you can do as a player, do what the coaches ask you to do. My numbers dropped, for whatever reason. I’m just trying to contribute, to help the team win.”

I’d say losing Aaron Rodgers maybe, probably, almost certainly played a role in that. The Packers also brought in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, which ate at the available snaps.

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This Hit is Now Illegal

Kevin Kinkead - March 28, 2018

Remember the hit Malcolm Jenkins put on Brandin Cooks in Super Bowl 52?

Of course you do.

It’s a penalty now, according to a new rule approved Tuesday by NFL owners.

Any player who lowers his head to initiate contact with the helmet now faces a 15-yard penalty and potential ejection. Previously, you were only penalized when making contact with the crown of the helmet.

Naturally, current and former players aren’t happy with the change, which applies to everyone on the field, not just defenders:

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Here’s the List of NFL Rule Changes

Kevin Kinkead - March 27, 2018

Bob wrote a bit last week about the proposed changes to the NFL’s catch rule.

More or less, we’re getting clarity on what the hell actually constitutes a catch.

In basic terms, the league is getting rid of the requirement to keep control of the ball during the process of going to the ground. There will be a new three-step process to follow:

  1. control of the ball
  2. get two feet down, or another body part
  3. perform a football move, such as a third step or reaching/extending the ball

Still some vague language in there, yea? What constitutes a “football move?” I think we’re just sort of shifting the conversation without really solving the problem, but we’ll see how it goes.

Those new parameters were approved this morning, along with the following rule changes:

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Is Mike Wallace an Improvement Over Torrey Smith?

Kevin Kinkead - March 23, 2018

In a word, yes, but that wouldn’t make for much of an article, would it?

The Eagles signed the veteran receiver to a one year deal reportedly worth $2.5 million as a replacement for the departed Smith, who was traded to Carolina little more than a week ago for cornerback Daryl Worley. Smith was due $5m this season and Worley is still on his rookie deal, so the Birds save a decent chunk of money with that pair of personnel moves.

Wallace is 31, so he’s played two more season than the 29 year old Smith.

His production is better overall, though, with career numbers that are much more favorable.

I went over to Pro Football Reference and ran the numbers from 2011 to 2017, which is the last seven years for each player. For Smith, that’s age 22 to age 28, and for Wallace it’s age 25 to 31 and removes his first two seasons. Even then, Wallace has better statistics across almost the entire board:

More receptions, more yards, more touchdowns, and better per game numbers, too.

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“I Know Eli Manning is Probably Watching This” – Michael Bennett Introduced in Philly

Kevin Kinkead - March 19, 2018

“It’s a place I wanted to be. This is a football city. This is a sports city.”

Words from Michael Bennett’s opening statement during his first media availability in Philadelphia.

The defensive end/tackle hybrid spoke for about 20 minutes this afternoon, touching on a variety of topics from his trade (he was in Japan when he got the news), to playing in the Eagles’ defensive scheme, to whether or not he’ll bring his social justice activism from Seattle to Philly.

Most of the transcription below:

Q: Why do you think you were you traded? 

Bennett: I don’t know. I think in any organization there’s a shelf life, a time for everybody. You end up just running your course. I think there’s a time when organizations want to move forward and play young guys, but still have guys who are older but can still play at a high level and you want to get value for them. That’s just part of the business. You respect everybody in the organization for their opinion, but you look forward to new opportunities that are in front of you, and this is a great opportunity for me. It’s not like I was traded to a bad team. This is the team in the NFL, the #1 team. It’s the opportunity to be a part of something even greater.

Q: Have you lobbied the franchise to bring your brother Martellus here? 

Bennett: Nah, I would love for my brother to play here, but no pressure on the organization to bring him in. It’s always been a dream of mine to play with him and win a championship with him and just go out there on Sundays and have the kids play together. It almost happened before in Chicago, but it would be great to have him here.

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Report: Eagles to Host Vikings in Season Opener

Kevin Kinkead - March 19, 2018

That’s the word, according to the King:

Let’s give “Kurt” Cousins and Skol nation a warm Philadelphia welcome.

Seriously though, how awful is this for Viking fans? They lost 38-7 at the Linc in the NFC Championship Game, then had to watch the Eagles win the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Now they get to watch the Birds raise the Super Bowl banner to kick off the 2018 season.

It’s a recurring nightmare. It’s like the Groundhog Day movie, but instead of Bill Murray waking up in Punxsutawney, you just continually see Nick Foles throwing bombs down the field. And it never ends. You can’t sleep it off.

For what it’s worth, here’s how the NFL Kickoff Game has played out going back to 2010:

The home defending champions have won four of the last five, though the Pats got totally worked last year at Gillette. They ended up going to the Super Bowl anyway, and Andy Reid and the Chiefs exited with a first round playoff choke.