For those who may not know, Brizer is the Simon Cowell of Philadelphia Eagles football... the Lord of Metric Assessment of all things Eagles... and the ultimate judge of all fan posts. Brizer decides whether you're going to Hollywood (and/or the Super Bowl) or not.
His latest publication of ratings has to do with a rather cryptic "W-7" rating for several Eagles who are on the current active roster.
Brizer is an always tough judge but also fair in his player and fan poster ratings...
Brizer includes the "Swamp Stud", 3rd-year WR and ST'er Riley Cooper, in his mysterious W-7 ratings group...
I'm still not sure exactly what "W-7" means... I'm thinking it could be related to the IRS designation for a W-7 payroll category which means, essentially, you are an unauthorized immigrant receiving payment or loan money from an American bank.
Maybe it means W for "which way do we go from here?"...
Anyway, here are Brizer's W-7 nominees for the 2012 Eagles:
"As promised,...my W7 list,..but,..of course, Vick is the straw that stirs the brew,..and is a given (8):
1) Cracker [ DE Brandon Graham]
2) Casey [LB Casey Matthews]
3) Cooper [WR Riley Cooper]
4) Clayton [OLB Keenan Clayton]
5) Clay [TE Clay Harbor]
6) Nate the Skates [S Nate Allen]
7) Laws [DT Trevor Laws]
What does it all mean? And Mike Vick is #8 on the W-7 parabola? Vick in the same discussion?---that kind of rules out anyone's immediate job security on the line, doesn't it?
Brizer is not prone to prattling on nonsensically, so I take this W-7 list seriously.
Until he threw Vick on the W-7 continuum, I was convinced Brizer was telling us about good players who needed to step up in 2012 to take leadership roles at their respective positions. But now I get the feeling he's warning us about guys who are actively being offered around the league as trade bait for upcoming draft pick negotiations.
Leave it to Brizer. He never gives you the answers... only the focused and disciplined questions.
I'm at a loss to decipher Brizer's W-7 grouping and its unified implication.
Meanwhile, I got somewhat of a "scoop" from Optimum Scouting at this very network which employs me.
Here's a confidential look at the college athletes that have already received invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine. Don't tell anyone you saw it here, or they will have to kill me.
While the NFL Combine itself won't publish the official list of the 2012 NFL Combine Invites until late January, check back here for all the latest invites, announcements, acceptance and declines throughout the NFL Combine rumor stages.
Juniors who have declared for the draft will find out their invite status on January 25th.
So far it's at 74 Total Prospects (14 Non-FBS Prospects) invited and committed to attending:
Chandler Harnish, QB, North Illinois (via Twitter)
BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga (via @mocsbeatctfp on Twitter)
Patick Witt, QB, Yale (via @JoshHarveyScout on Twitter)
Aaron Corp, QB, Richmond (via Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State (via the Idaho Statesman)
Marc Tyler, RB, USC (via Twitter)
Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee (via @TonyPauline on Twitter)
Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic (via FAUSports.com)
Brandon Bolden, RB, Ole Miss (via @TonyPauline on Twitter)
Terrence Gannaway, RB, Baylor (via Twitter)
Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati (via Cincinnati.247Sports.com)
LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio (via Facebook)
Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada (via Twitter)
Kashif Moore, WR, UConn (via Twitter)
Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State (via @JoshBDraft on Twitter)
Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa (Via Twitter)
Gerrell Robinson, WR, Arizona State (via Twitter)
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame (via @BGI_WesMorgan on Twitter)
BJ Cunningham, WR, Michigan State (via Twitter)
Emil Igwenagu, TE, UMass (via @TonyPauline on Twitter)
Evan Rodriguez, TE, Temple (via @FDuffyEagles on Twitter)
James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma (via Greg Powers of FoxSports.com/Scout.com)
Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri (via @Dave_Matter on Twitter)
Ronald Leary, OG, Memphis (via @TonyPauline on Twitter)
Matt McCants, OT, UAB (via Damond Talbot @drocksthaparty)
Rishaw Johson, OG, California (PA) (via Damond Talbot @drocksthaparty)
Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota (via @KELOHolsen on Twitter)
Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State (via @JoshBDraft on Twitter)
John Cullen, OT, Utah (via Twitter)
David Molk, OC, Michigan (via @KyleBogie)
Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois (via Twitter)
Andrew Tiller, OG, Syracuse (via Twitter)
Desmond Wynn, OG, Rutgers (via Twitter)
Grant Garner, OC, Oklahoma State (via Twitter)
Taylor Dever, OT, Notre Dame (via @BGI_WesMorgan on Twitter)
Johnny Troutman, OG, Penn State (via Twitter)
Nate Potter, OG/OT, Boise State (via the Idaho Statesman)
Vaughn Meatoga, DT, Hawaii (via Twitter)
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall (via @ShawnZobel_DHQ on Twitter)
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson (via Twitter)
Justin Francis, DE, Rutgers (via Twitter)
Dominique Hamilton, DT, Missouri (via @Dave_Matter on Twitter)
Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri (via @Dave_Matter on Twitter)
John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati (via Cincinnati.247Sports.com)
Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati (via Cincinnati.247Sports.com)
Brandon Marshall, LB, Nevada (via Twitter)
James Michael-Johnson, ILB, Nevada (via Twitter)
Darius Fleming, OLB, Notre Dame (via Twitter)
Sean Spence, ILB, Miami (FL) (via Another Prospect)
Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon (via Twitter)
Shawn Loiseau, ILB, Merrimack (via @TonyPauline on Twitter)
Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana (via Twitter)
Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State (via Twitter)
Corey White, S, Samford (via Twitter)
Christian Thompson, S, South Carolina State (via Damond Talbot @Drocksthaparty)
Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame (via Twitter)
Ryan Steed, CB, Furman (via Damond Talbot @Drocksthaparty)
Charles Brown, CB, North Carolina (via @ShawnZobel_DHQ on Twitter)
Josh Norman, CB, Costal Carolina (via JoshBDraft on Twitter)
Coty Sensabaugh, S, Clemson (via Twitter)
Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame (via Twitter)
Terrance Frederick, CB, Texas A&M (via Twitter)
Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia (via Twitter)
Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State (via Twitter)
George Iioka, S, Boise State (via @TonyPauline on Twitter)
Aaron Henry, S, Wisconsin (via Twitter)
Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame (via @BGI_WesMorgan on Twitter)
Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State (via Twitter)
Jeremy Jones, CB, Wayne State (via Twitter)
Antonio Fenelus, CB, Wisconsin (via Twitter)
Brian Stahovich, P, San Diego State (via Twitter)
Shawn Powell, P, Florida State (via @cdowler on Twitter)
David Teggart, K, Connecticut (via his teammate @timwillman51 on Twitter)
Derek Dimke, K, Illinois (via Twitter)
And on that note, I think it's only fair to attach GENETIC FREAK's pre-Mach 10 Draft Wish List for the Eagles. The Freak (not to be confused with Vince McMahon's "Genetic Jack-Hammer") has made a case for the selection of that controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the 1st Round...
1. LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State, Ht 6'3 Wt 250 - People might not like Burfict's attitude but i think he has more upside than the other MLBs. Brings leadership, play-making ability, intimidating hard hits and he will be the identity this D has been searching for.
2a. DT Jared Crick, Nebraska, Ht 6'6 Wt 285 - Meant to get into the backfield. Good against the run and kill the QB. Will excel in Washburns Wide 9.
2b. LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, Ht 6'2 Wt 232 - Another playmaking LB to play along side Burfict. Good leadership, good pass coverage 'n sure tackler against the run.
3. WR/KR T.Y Hilton, Florida International, Ht 5'10 Wt 183 - This guy reminds of Percy Harvin. Play him in the slot 'n good luck trying to cover him. Also brings that KR we all been dying for. Great value pick right here.
4a. CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbelt, Ht. 5-11 Wt. 188 - Not sure if he will fall this far but he would be a steal if he did. Be an upgrade playing in the nickel. Not only is he a ballhawk, but what sets him apart from the rest of the CBs is hes an aggresive tackler against the run.
4b. DE Julian Miller, West Virginia, Ht 6'4 Wt 268 - Underrated sack master. Will fight Tapp n Hunt for backup spot 'n could be future starter with Graham. Another toy for Wasburn.
5. RB/WR/KR/PR Chris Rainey, Florida, Ht 5'9 Wt 178 - I originally had a big type back here, but Eagles had their fair share of big backs only for them to get the cut or try n play a run/pass option at the goal line. So i went with the Dexter McCluster clone. Big boost for special teams too.
6a. OT Mitchell Swartz, California, Ht 6'5 Wt 325 - Can play both tackles and possibly guard too.
6b. C Scott Wedige, Nothern Illinois, Ht 6'4 Wt 314 - Athletic enough for Mudds system 'n can push Keice for spot or backup. Jamaal Jackson might not be here next year.
7. OT Jermarcus Hardrick, Nebraska, Ht 6'7 Wt 320 - King Dunlap might not be back so need a replacement. Good size 'n feet. See what Mudd can do with him.
We encourage and develop new talent here at Eagles Eye. Thus GENETIC FREAK gets a shot. But I only wish he could have added some insight into the Brizer "W-7" theorem. What does it all mean? Are the "W-7" guys the heroes, the villains or the victims? Maybe a little of each? Brizer is deep like that...
Later fellsa...my 200 wenches dressed as sheep are beckoning me to perform mathematical magic on dem......
Birdcrazy))) I don't think it's that simple. Besides you don't lose speed like that. A Santonio Holmes kind of deal isn't too much. In fact you can make the arguement that Djack is more important than Shady as RBs fall off much quicker
My opinion and don't get me wrong...a luv Djax...but he is just not your typical #1 WR...he struggles over the middle and press coverages give him fits....
he def isn't typical,....and I don't think anyone wants to pay him Fitz money.
I don't want to break the bank for Djax,....but i just know,....if we loose him,....there will be lots of times next year, where every one of us will think "damn,...I wish Djax was still here"
Shady will think that quite often too.
that's a strange thought/question,....that I just axed myselve.
Who,...in the modern history of the NFL's,...does Desean Jackson most remind you of, as far as what he brings to the team ?
Neon Deon...cept on the other side of da ball..iffin dat makes any sense..
gotta be a WR.
Absolutly no complaints about Djaxs enthusiasm of attitude..none whatsoever from this fan....
@Birdcrazyyeah...when I compared him to Randy,...i meant to compare the good AND bad,...
cuz they are VERY similar,...cept for the height.
Randy could be a bad teammate though,...and a real jerk to people sometimes. Desean might have alligator-ed a few passes,....but I think he's a much better dude and teammate than Randy. You have to admire the fax that he hasn't gone public about his contract, and made a big scene.
I can see that analogy....and he has some of Randy's alligator arm problems occasionally also....
yeah....steve smiff is good,....
he always seemd stocky and solid though,....even though height was similar, and speed.
I just can't think of a guy. Usually the freaky fast WR's are just track stars (rocket ismael sp?).
You know,....really when I think about it,...the guy that he seems most similar to ME is Randy Moss. Moss was tall and lanky,...but his running style was kinda similar, as was his playmaking ability, and how he scared defenses.
Steve Smith in carolina..as a younger fella...not so much now....
@Brozer8 hard to say
Brozer woulda been proud of me..turning in early..I picked losts of things up today and put them down..over and over and over again...later...
Kene ...couldn't disagree more..aAclin is a much more valuable commodity and skill set then Djax...who's main contribution is that speed...once he loses that..and it will happen...he really can't bring much to the table...not mean sprited by me..just a fact...pay him...just not #1 WR money..cause...he ain't...
the same can be said of McCoy. Once he looses his speed,....he'll be a backup. If healthy,....both McCoy AND Dejx should have their speed for another 4 years at least (Djax will keep it longer than McCoy)
Ahhhhhhh I don't know about dat...watch Djax run his routes...then watch Maclin.....it is obvious who's skill set is better in that area...
@Brozer8Told ya I was sleepy..now I can't even read right...
no,....I was comparing DJax and Shady,..not maclin.
My point was,....you said once Djax looses his speed, he'll be nothing,....and I agree,.....but the same can be said of Shady. That doesn't mean we don't pay either Shady or Djax lots of cash, while he still has his speed,.....
Maclin may be a true #1 WR, but his skill set is easier to replace than Djacks. There are a bunch of speed stars in this league but how many play like Djack........Devin Hester comes to mind
Trying to make sense of Bri's "lists" is akin to predicting the doomsday in 2012....just accept it as fact and prepare.....GK don't xplain nutten..and his procrastinations and proclammations are simply accepted as pure fact by the bored and it's sorta illustrious members..dat's all anybody needs to know about dat.....
Maclin is a heck of a player........with certain QBs he would be unstoppable......Peyton Manning, Brees, Rodgers because he is such a precise route runner....., but you can't buy pure speed which is what Djack is all about. Of course his route running is a lot better as well.
yeah....but on our offense,...it's Desean that backs off the defense. Wiff Brees, manning, rodgers and Brady, it's the QB's that cause the defenses to back off, for fear of the QB's ability to gash them wiff his arm.
Vick doesn't cause defenses to back off on their own,....if anything, he draws them toward the line,....to contain him.
Shady's productions,....go arm and arm wiff Desean, IMO.
I'm on da same page as youse.
The main thing is,....we already got the guy ! Why create another hole by dumping him ?!?!? He and TO have been the biggest playmakers we've had at WR in the last 30 years. The FO really needs to take dat into considerations !
The issue with Djack shouldn't be whether we should resign him but rather for how much. There are times he disappears, but only because we don't key in on him
well....the "how much", is basically the entire determining factor,...on whether we resign him.
I think a fair contract would be a Santonio Holmes contract.
But better not do it at the expense of Shady.
We really need boff those guys.
I'd be curious to look at Shady's effectiveness,...when Desean wasn't playing, and vice verser.
Metinks they feed well off each other,....
I would look it up myself,....but my Intranets haven't been working lately,...so I can't.
(that's NOT what she said)
@briview and you were back on here 4 minutes later !
So your a sprinter, and not a long distance runner.
No big whoop.
this might be hairysee,....but I think Maclin would be easier to replace than Desean.
And I like maclin a lot !
@Brozer8 don't even have to look it up, seems quite reasonable. Safeties have to be over the top, leaving gaps for Shady. We certainly need both. The thing is the draft is a crap shoot......you eventually get 3-4 guys on O, why lose one of them? Shady, Djack, Maclin, Celek.....Herremans, Peters, Vick, Mathis. No need to lose any of them in my opinion