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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: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:57 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

You need to check your facts, especially since you're trying to badmouth the defending champions. Lets take a look at the players the Packers released: Nick Barnett (hurt most of last season, expendable, Packers D much better w/ Bishop and Hawk inside), Brandon Chillar (hurt for last half of the season, blew hamstring in off-season, expendable), Brandon Jackson (w/ Grant and Starks back, no touches for Jackson, a 3rd down back only), Mark Tauscher (while a good part of Packer Past, was hurt down the stretch and w/ the drafting of Sherrod...expendable) All the "losses: you speak of are players who are injury prone and are expendable. Speaking of injury prone, have fun with Cullen Jenkins. Don't get me wrong he's a decent player, but his availability cant be counted on and I can't help but think his best days are behind him. Keep touting the additions of the Eagles new CB's, Philly is gonna need every one of them to match the GBP WR Corps. Can't wait to see a healthy GBP squad out there, the offense gets Finley and Grant back, Burnett back on D. And one key point you're missing...this is a quarterback league and RODGERS IS BETTER THAN VICK. PERIOD.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:31 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Jealous much, iltarion3? You talk like you know things about the Eagles, but you don't know much.

The Eagles had one of the youngest teams in the NFL last year, and in a few games last season it showed. Adding a few veterans (and the two new CBs are anything but 'old') will help to bring some consistency to the play of the team and give the youngsters some leaders from whcih to learn.  

The Eagles have more "young" talent than the Pack - acutally they just have more talent than the Pack - they just didn;t overspend on it the last few seasons. That's why they have been able to bring in the players they have the last few days while the Pack had to let players goand rework contracts to give themselves salary cap room - less room than the Eagles had going into free agency.

So next time you want to bad mouth a team, have your facts straight.   

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:21 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

in football buying  a championship doesn't work ask Jerry and Daniel.    oh and your still a QB away.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:20 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Packers fans seem to forget that David Akers missed a couple makeable field goals in the NFC playoff game against the Packers. I'm not saying if he makes his kciks, the Eagles win, but things could have been very different. The Packers won the game, but they were very fortunate to move on to the next round.

It's true, teams have to win on the field, and big name acquisitions don't always work out. Injuries happen, and most teams are an injury or two - if the wrong players get hurt - from poor seasons.

But Packers fans, get a grip - you won the Super Bowl last year. You aren't the same team this year (as much as people want to annoint your team as the 'team to beat') and you have to start from square one like everyone else.

And now there are several teams with more talent and better coaching than your team. You haven't won anything this year, so please, stop with the "to be the best you have to beat the best" crap.

At least some of the players and coaches for your team get it - the Super Bowl was last year, which means nothing for this year.     

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:12 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

:  Vick isn't injury prone.  Outside of a fluke leg injury, the same as many QBs have in their career once (Brady et al) he's missed something like 2 games to injury in 5 years as a starter.  How many times do we have to tell you people until it gets through your heads?

True.  Vick is no doubt tough and plays through pain without missing many games.  However, he does get banged up a lot and the wear on his body does seem to appreciably affect his field performance.  A big part of his value is his ability to escape and create something from nothing which he tends to be able to do less frequently the more hits you put on him.  Fortunately he has Jackson and Maclin to throw to as they make slightly off passes more catchable than a lot of receivers are able to do.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:27 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Do your home work on Jenkins before talking!!

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:25 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

You fail to realize that the Packers won the SB with a lot of injuries!! So, the eagles have to prove themselves  and WIN a SB instead of being handed it before the season begins! It does not matter how close the eagles came to beating them.....the fact is they didn't!!!  Also figure in the fact that the Packers lost all six games by a whopping 17 points!! Don't get me wrong.....i like what the Eagles did on defense!! But to be the need to beat the best.....and thats Green Bay!! But, i look forward to a possible NFC title game with the Eagles and Packers!!

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:52 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Jenkins is 30 and if you look at his played per season, he's not particularly injury prone. Good pick-up.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:45 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

@DeMello24: Sounds like SOMEBODY has a good memory! It feels like the media and most fans have already forgotten just how close Philadelphia came to beating Green Bay last year. Despite a horrible game by Akers the circumstances were all in the Eagles' favor when Vick overthrew Riley Cooper in the end zone. Give Tramon Williams and the Packers credit for capitilizing, but that was poor clock management by Vick and the Eagles offense. :30 seconds is a long time, and experienced quarterbacks normally pick their spots before they just throw it into the end zone. That game was FAR from a blowout, and Philladelphia played very well on the defensive side of the ball in the second half.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:13 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

So What???!

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