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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: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:09 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

no big player in free agency has ever won a Super Bowl.
Reggie White and Deion Sanders come to mind without even thinking about it. Im sure there have been a few other big free agents that won the big game in their first year with their new team.. Not saying the Eagles have the SB locked but just saying :)

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:55 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Philly could have been the green bay packers of last season. Vick just needed to slow down in that final drive. Thirty seconds left, and first down, but hurry's and throughs a pick to end the game... Now is the time for this team to have some swagger. Eagles red zone D was the worst last season. These Defense additions for the Eagles are a huge plus. Can we just skip the regular season games so we can settle some beat down..

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:44 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

They will need everyone they have signed and then some to compete this season. Hopefully they can get a little more to make it at the very least a fair fight in the GA Dome week 2!! It will be that much more sweet to kick your butts at full strength. But, then again, that will give you the excuse of "we have not played together but a few weeks".  That's OK, barring injuries, you should be back later in the winter!!

Didn't the Eagles smoke Atlanta with Kevin Kolb at the helm last season?  Have we ever even lost to the Falcons before? 


Dude, make the playoffs a few times in a row before you start spouting off.  The Falcons are overrated, they have a mediocre defense, and they won't be able to pass on 3 Pro Bowl CB's.  Prepare for another ass kicking, just like last season.

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:36 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

I think the Eagles are the front runners for the Superbowl for sure.

One thing that nobody seems to be mentioning is that Michael Vick had ONE good year when there was no pressure.

Let's see how he does with the pressure on... let's see if he can lead the team and make those passes that he made last year.

I don't think he can repeat what he did last year but if he keeps an above average pace, the Eagles will be very very difficult to beat.     

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:31 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Jenkins is in his 30s and oft-injured. Good luck with that.

No Super Bowl has ever been won in July. In fact, no big player in free agency has ever won a Super Bowl. A popular saying among NFL GMs is "Pay in March, don't play in January." That doesn't mean it can't be done. I'm just saying.

So, Philly, do you think you've improved yourselves enough to beat us? We will see. The Packers will be better next year too. We beat you in the playoffs without Finely or Grant, and Jenkins was injured (of course).

The team to beat is still the Pack. The Eagles still have more question marks. For one is their QB who struggled with his accuracy on medium range throws the 2nd half of the season and who YES, hasn't played an entire season in what? 5 or 6 years? Vick is actually an extremely tough guy, but his style makes it difficult for him to play 16 games. The Packers racked up over 150 yards rushing against the Eagles in the playoffs. Have the Eagles improved their run defense? I don't know. Jenkins is not a big run stopper, even when healthy, and Babin is definitely not.

Obviously the Eagles don't have a lot of their own young talent to worry about, since they are spending so much money on older free agents. Good luck with that. 

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:34 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

As a Packer fan, of course I'm aware and impressed with the deals the Eagles have made. The only thing I want to point out, however, is Cullen Jenkins has a long history of injury and that I am 99.9% certain his best days are behind him.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:14 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

DeSean Jackson needs to be a man and get to work. Everyone and their grandmom knows he's underpaid. Show up for work, practice, do whatever it takes. All he needs to do is show up, stop being T.O. Jr.. The Eagles will give him his money when he stops acting like a spoiled brat.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:02 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

And by the way the Eagles are still well under the cap and WILL give D-Jax his new deal. Just a matter of when

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:00 am

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Hahahaha i love how everybody is frustrated that the Eagles were smart and made sure they were well under the cap for this free agent class and signed Nnamdi, Jenkins, Babin, got DRC, Vince Young, Donald Lee ( solid backup TE ), AND likely more moves coming. Dont get upset that our front office is finally making big moves towards that first super bowl and most teams and sitting there confused and not knowing who to sign or what to do, especially the Cowgirls and The Jets. Now im not saying we are a lock to win the super bowl but if all goes well and the team stays focused and healthy it could and SHOULD happen. But anyways keep posting stupid comment strying to sound smart about why the eagles wont win! WE LOVE IT!

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:41 pm

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Definitely the team to beat. If you dont see that , your in denile. Although you made one good point and that is that it is a quarterbacks league.What you have failed to realize is Vick is more mature and a much better quarterback. Teams will have to go through Vick and these loaded for bear Philadelphia Eagles. Not the other way around.

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