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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: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:14 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Now all they need is an O-line.  And to pay D-Jax.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:12 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Andy Reid is a better coach with lesser players than the Skins ever had.  Skins had all the names, but nothing to show for it... That's a coaching issue.  Andy Reid had lesser know/talented players and stomped the Skins regularly.  Imagine what Reid can do with great players.



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:10 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

    If Super Bowls were won in the off-season, the winner is a no-brainer! However, the Eagles are now in a group of seven, maybe eight legitimate contenders for football's biggest prize. They spent alot of money and made big changes. I have to give credit to the management for doing a complete overhaul, its definately a gamble. I wonder if Vick is the man for them, or if they should have put a little of their money in the offence.

    There is no doubt that they are an improved team, and should make the playoffs. Being a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, it certainly would be interesting to have a Pennsylvania Super Bowl. If the Phillies don't win the World Series this year, that town will be absolutely starving for a Champion, then the Steelers can come in and kick them to the curb!

    GO STEELERS GO!



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:10 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

They always draft young and aren't afraid to release veterans instead of paying them the big bucks.  Great management has kept them in the running for over a decade now.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:08 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

from letting Weaver, Bradley, Kolb, Cole, Sims, and many others go...



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:00 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

how in god's name are they under the cap?  vick was franchised so he has a huge number, samuel has a huge number, nnamdi has a huge number, etc.  i don't understand how they can possibly afford all of these players



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:59 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

welcome to the washington redskins, opps, i mean eagles,  andy reid learned nothing from the skins, you can't buy a superbowl.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:56 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

Oh...they're serious about this whole thing..? They're building a team around Michael Vick..? Have fun with that




Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:51 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

If only Super Bowl champions were crowned during the offseason...



Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:50 pm
 

The hits keep coming for Philly 'D'

They still need a Quarterback.......lol


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