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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: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:36 pm
 

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!!
These would be the same Falcons that couldn't beat the eagles but once in the last decade. Please look it up. The Eagles have beaten the Falcons by 2 td's every game except 2005. The last meeting in Atlanta, your fans were cheering for Vick ? 34-14 was the final ? Than last season, Kolb beat the Falcons 31-17, so Ryan is worth 6 points in thise matchup ? Atlanta was very fortunate that Vick threw an int instead of a td vs the Packers. Of the teams that lost to GB, the Eagles were the only one's throwing a pass into the end zone with 35 seconds left for a shot to win.



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:59 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Didn't we whoop you up last year with Kolb as our starter? Nuff said. Goodbye



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:56 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

The team to beat? I don't think so. Last time I checked, this is still a QB driven league. And Vick still isn't very adept at reading coverages. He can run, but he always could. While I agree that the Eagles have helped themselves greatly, it still will come down to QB play. 
Every season you have a moment, when you are down by 4-6 points and there is 2 minutes left. I don't have confidence that Vick will be able to get THAT TD.
Of course other QB's that weren't that good have won the SB. But as long as Rodgers, Brady, Manning, Brees, Ryan and a few others are healthy, I don't see the Eagles capable of beating 3 of those QB's in a row. And that's what it will take to win the SB.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:34 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

they are now selling beer in the jail under the stadium!  DUH
 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:56 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Who are the Eagles LB's?  What about safety?  Will Nmandi play some safety possibly?  Just curious.  It's hard not to like Philly's chances at making the Superbowl.  I am predicting the Patriots vs the Eagles in the Superbowl.  Lots of games to be played though, anything can happen.  It's not like Vick isn't injury prone, and Brady has gone down before too.  Should be a fun season to watch unfold.  NE @ PHI Nov 27th, ooh baby!!
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?



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:03 pm
 

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!!



Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:58 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

damn, where's the cash coming from?




Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:48 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Don't take it the wrong way. I'd just wanted to bring a little humor.  No games have been played yet.  Fact...Science!  Now i'll admit the Eagles improved their team tremendously.  In fact, before all this free agency craziness, the eagles were the only team, I as a Packer fan truely "feared".  Asomuwaaaa? going there pissed me off to all hell and Cullen Jenkens is a talented underrated player, great get.  

I can't wait to see this matchup...it's really a shame we can't meet in the regular season because waiting till playoff time will be a killer.  IMO with both teams healthy, i really like Green Bay matchups better.  Asomuwaaaa? stays to the right side...all game.  Unless they change that i like what the pack passing game can do to you.  Pack dictate who covers them, not the other way around, by using different receviers (jennings, driver, nelson, finley) in the slot allowing Rodgers to pick the matchup he likes best.  We just got to protect him, hope the running game is a little better and i like our chances.  

But it really just comes down to playing the game, who's better on that particular day.  Damn i can't wait till the games start! 



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:21 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

The Steelers have yet to beat the Eagles in a postseason game,

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They haven't been in the same conference in about 45 years, how could they?



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:17 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

cant complain one bit about the moves so far, but lets not start ragging on Andy's critics until we see how things end up..

right now, at safety they have a 1 year player coming off a  major injury, a rookie from Temple, and a guy who hasnt played in 2 years..

and the only linebacker who isnt a no-name is only known because of the rest of the family (Casey Matthews), who is 220 soaking wet...

there are still weaknesses to address, plus the ) line, (#1 pick still unsigned), and the Desean jackson issue to resolve...



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