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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 8, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:03 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Not as tuff as being a Buckeye owned so hard for 60 years that my program had to cheat and provide cars to players in order to erase the John Cooper, Bruce and Hayes eras.  Too bad you guys have never had a coach leave on his own terms huh??  Or Not as bad as being a Cleveland fan where your own Lebron James said screw this, I am out...hahaha.  Yeah, maybe think before you speak, but thats a tall order for an Ohio hillbilly.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:55 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

I am predicting the Patriots vs the Eagles in the Superbowl. 
LOL!  Are you kidding me!  Damn it must be tough being a Lions fan.  There is no way the Patriots are going to make to a Superbowl now that they can't cheat.  That 18-1 year was the best they could ever do!



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:47 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

hey Greenyellowmelo, you got your ring congrats but don't be an @#$.  The birds have done well< give them credit.  GB has only signed their kicker.  HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN.  Just look out!  Don't sit on your laurels.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:45 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!!



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:27 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

I want to know who is starting on the corners? Is Asante Samuel a backup now?



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:27 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

How any fan could possibly bash the Eagles organization for such great wheeling and dealing is laughable.  THey basically out-maneuvered every other "major player." No one saw the Eagles getting Asomougha or Jenkins.  They pulled off both within a week.  Kudos to Andy Reid and his staff for doing a great sell job to two perennial players.  Those two guys alone have taken that defense to another level.  People can argue paper vs. real life.  I say they are good both on paper AND on the field.  I haven't even seen them practice yet, and can tell you how formidable they are going to be.    Cullen Jenkins is a guy I have always had my eye on.  He will be a difference maker for Philly.  Asmomougha was a foregone conclusion that he will have an immediate impact.  Anyone who thinks these guys aren't going to be worth the money spent are just fooling themselves.



Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:21 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Wow...what a great season it's been! So many great moments.  Like when the pats made that one trade, and then another. Or how bought the jets, so close maybe next year.  Poor Rex, you need to stop the guarentees. Can't forget the eagles though, great year.  You did it!  Man that season went fast, is it just me?  I can't wait till next year!!!



Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:12 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

You wanna know why they haven't beat them in the postseason! Because the only time they would play is if both made it to the super bowl the same year, and seeing as how that hasn't happened ofcourse they havne't beat them in the postseason.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:06 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

LOL @ all the forum GMs in here. <br /><br /><br />The Eagles did not re-sign a single FA from last season's team, so why is it hard to believe that they have lots of money to play with? That's not me being a financial analyst or a cap expert, just using common sense. Go position by position BEFORE the moves and tell who really makes big boy money besides Samuel and Vick because of the franchise tag. <br /><br /><br />(You) just wish your team was making moves like this. I get it. Trust me, if this were the Cowboys I'd be hating life right now and not looking forward to the NFL season. I just hope the Eagles don't turn into the Miami Heat of the NFL. It's really unwarranted.  




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:02 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Damn! The Eagles are having a hell of a free agency. You might argue they paid too much for Asomugha, but that was the market for the guy. They have added some outstanding 1st team players and great back-ups.


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