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The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 6:06 pm
Once upon a time, people wondered if the Philadelphia Eagles were the team to beat in the NFC East. Not anymore. Now they ask if they're the team to beat, period.

That's because the Eagles keep adding and adding to a defense that let them down the past three playoffs, with defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins the latest addition. Jenkins, who Saturday agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal, joins cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and defensive end Jason Babin to a defense that includes a new coordinator (Juan Castillo) and line coach (Jim Washburn) and should be vastly better than the unti that wilted in the 2010 playoffs.

The 21-16 loss to Green Bay marked the third straight playoff loss for the Eagles and, apparently, the end of coach Andy Reid's rope. Determined to improve a lethargic pass defense that surrendered a club-record 31 touchdown passes, Reid scored huge hits this week through free agency and the Kevin Kolb trade.

I remember when Reid's critics wondered what he would do to retool his team, and what he's done is address its defensive shortcomings with monster acquisitions. OK, so the Eagles might be issues at linebacker, but don't tell me their pass rush won't improve ... because it will. And don't tell me their secondary play won't be better ... because it will. And don't tell me the defense will cost Philadelphia another run at a Super Bowl ... because it won't.

Not with the cast the Eagles are assembling.

That doesn't mean they make it to Super Bowl XLVI. As Green Bay's Desmond Bishop said, "Yeah, I mean they got better on paper. But only time can tell. You might look good on paper, but it's all about putting it out there on the field on Sunday."

Well, with what the Eagles put out there on the field next week they are vastly improved from the club that last year suffered its second-straight playoff defeat in the opening round. Philadelphia fans are impatient with Reid, and, apparently, Reid is impatient with himself. He keeps picking up defensive stars to throw at the next opponent, and I would suggest the opponent he has in mind is Green Bay.

It was the Packers who dispatched Philadelphia from the playoffs last season, and it was the Packers who won a Super Bowl. So, you're serious about reaching the Super Bowl? Then build a team to beat the Packers. Reid is. Every day,

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Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:32 pm

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Eagles Defense might be getting better, but their offense hasnt improved! Eagles wont even finish in the top 2 of thier weak division!! Put this in your memory bank! Hit me up at the end of the season when Im right! Pats vs Packers, Packers repeat!

Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:54 pm

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

lots of holes here.

Rodgers is a better thrower, but overall, no QB ever can match vicks skill set.

Then you go on to talk about how Cullins has injury problems and then talk about getting back a few guys who missed a significant amount of time last season and in the past that the packers are counting on.   You should know better than to consider them reliable seeing as how your a GB fan and have had to watch for example, Nick Collins go on and off the feild the last few years.

Its funny how you deem the guys you released that were hurt expendable, but you seem to have full confidence in the health of the guys you kept.

Unless GB coaches and training staff can predict injuries, you might be checking your excitement of seeing a bunch of healthy GB players who were hurt last year out there considering you cant trust a guy who had a major injury until he gets through a full season clean.  (more guys arent able to do that than are). 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:38 pm

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Cullen Jenkins is the pass rusher they've been looking for?  I laughed, I really did.  Most of Cullen Jenkins stats came from capitalizing on players like Clay Matthews holding up players and being in the process of tackling when Jenkins came in for the credit.  Been more then a few cases where even the play by play guys mentioned "He recorded the sack...?"

Not trying to come down on him but let's be honest with those recorded stats.  He does his job, but he really isn't some consistent pass rusher that can produce the sacks this seems to suggest..

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:26 pm

Easy now...

The talent the Eagles are amassing is scary... but I'm not ready to annoint them champs just yet.  A couple years ago the Giants added to an already solid defense with several major signings (Canty, Bernard, Boley) and everyone acted like they were going to murder people on the field.  All they did was turn in an embarrassing season on that side of the ball because the new coordinator calling the shots was garbage.  Now the Eagles have a former offensive line coach calling their defensive plays.  Maybe he'll be good... but it seems like a leap of faith to expect him to excel in his first season -- no matter the talent at his disposal.  Be that as it may though, the main reason I'm not hopping on the "Eagles are now the team to beat in the NFC" bandwagon is the reigning champs.  The Packers are still young, loaded with talent, and will be in better shape to start this year then they were at the end of the last, once they get a slew of guys back from injury.  I think the NFC still runs through them, though I'm willing to cede the NFC East to the Eagles. Let's face it... the Giants have always had trouble beating those guys (without Plax anyway), and the Eagles' new acquisitions will only make it harder.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:36 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Keep spending money dont give desean jackson a new contract and run out of cap space so he holds out year and see how good your offense is.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:27 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Stop smoking crack

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:52 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Philadelphia is going to be a very tough team to beat this year.  Last year, their defense had season ending injuries to players before the season got started.  The offensive line had injuries to it as well.  In fact, the Eagles have been having injuries to key defensive players in several seasons, yet they are continually in the playoffs year in and year out.  I know that injuries are a part of the game.  Green Bay had several last year on the offensive side and they won the Super Bowl...but by the skin of their teeth.  The Eagles came the closest to beating them in the playoffs.  A few missed field goals did them in.  I think Michael Vick got a little too greedy at the end of that game, but I think he was more than capable of beating the Packers.  By the way, for anyone to say that Michael Vick is not a great quarterback is very delusional.  He was one of the best quarterback in the NFL last year and he's been to the Pro Bowl on more than one occasion.  I know there are many of you out there that don't want to see Vick win a Super Bowl for whatever reason.  But let me be the first to tell you right now: THE EAGLES WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL IN FEBRUARY 2012!!!

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:31 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

I'm not sure how long the Eagles window will be open, they're relying heavily on a 31 year old athleticism based QB, what does Vick have left in his athletic prime? 2 years? maybe 3? Rogers-Cromartie is a good addition, but a drastic decrease in potential from what was originally being speculated with Patrick Peterson.

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:15 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Cullen Jenkins has missed 17 games over the last 3 seasons.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:57 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Keep em coming baby super bowl champs

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