Yes, I know it's only May 24, 2012, but the good feelings coming out of Eagles voluntary OTA's in Philly yesterday have got me juiced up for the prospects of a great season ahead...
Kurt "Killer" Coleman was loving it... he's still projected as #1 strong safety for the Eagles and had a solid workout for the Birds yesterday... And as Kurt himself pointed out, he did not have the luxury of these preliminary team gatherings last year due to the lockout...and he is more than ready to prove how much that difference of preparation can make...
Much gratitude is owed to our own Eagles Eye correspondent Kenny "Big Game" Kenemeka, who supplied us yesterday with a tweet-by-tweet, blow-by-blow account of the practice session yesterday at NovaCare Complex.
And it certainly didn't hurt when I tuned into the NFL Network on my over-priced Comcast cable TV box and heard Michael Vick proclaiming with humility and sincerity: "Andy Reid will not be fired in 2013 because of me...not on my watch..."
Could the perfect NFC Championship storm be brewing right before our eyes?
It truly seems these guys are motivated to prove something beyond the value of their paychecks...
I should also point out: what we learned yesterday is there actually is "contact" in these OTA drills...
Although the players are not wearing shoulder pads and there is no "hitting", there is still plenty of contact. Demetress Bell, who is replacing injured Jason Peters as the starting left tackle, spent the majority of Wednesday's OTA scrimmage fending off DE Trent Cole and defensive tackle Derek Landri.
"I've learned that I've got to bring it every play against Trent Cole," Bell said Wednesday. "But that should help me this season. From what I can see, the NFC East is a pass-rushing division, but I'm confident I'll be up to the challenge."
The offensive linemen go full bore through even the most mundane drills and sprint from station to station. Once the scrimmaging starts, Bell has to deal with hyper defensive end Trent Cole.
As defensive coordinator Juan Castillo is fond of saying, "There's 100 percent and then there's Trent Cole percent."
"Demetress Bell is OK, but he's not Jason Peters," ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski said Monday during a golf tournament at Atlantic City Country Club. "Jason Peters was the best player on the entire Eagles team last season. No one graded out higher than him. Demetress Bell has to replace Peters. That's a significant loss."
I get the point Jaworski is making... but jeez, he could have said it in a nicer way!
Bell, who spent his first four NFL seasons with Buffalo, may face more pressure than any other Eagles player this season. Peters, who has ruptured his right Achilles' tendon twice this offseason, was considered by many to be the best offensive lineman in the NFL last season.
Assistant offensive line coach Eugene Chung worked with the linemen Wednesday in place of Mudd. Chung at OT was the 13th player selected in the 1992 NFL Draft (out of Virginia Tech) by the New England Patriots...he also played for the Jaguars and the Colts, and at age 42 is considered a rising star in OL coaching ... Backup linebacker Keenan Clayton underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn core muscle (sports hernia)....Former Eagles center Hank Fraley was at Wednesday's practice. He is an assistant coach at the University of San Diego.
As I said, I'm liking the "spirituality" coming out of this current OTA gathering... planets, stars and asteroids seem to be aligned...
Next blurgg we'll look deeper into the more mundane meaning of anything you can take out of an off-season workout.
For now, it just feels good.
Just went to the liquor store and I walk in and " 1 bourbon,1 scotch, 1beer" is playing overhead. How appropriate!
Someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get a memo to uncle cholly to stop using Chad Quals for... THE LOVE OF GOD!!!! MERCY
Per a Jimmy Bama tweet... Trent Edwards is brutal. Missed 3 straight receivers in drills, with no defense on the field. That’s the equivalent of a 6’9 power forward missing three straight dunks in the pregame layup line. And I’m not sure he’s capable of throwing a spiral. I’d put his chances of making the team at somewhere around… oh… say… 0%. I’d be surprised if he even makes it to training camp.
@fieldsr69 He could still turn it around, but it don't sound too good especially when the reports so far on Kafka have been positive.
Jebus... Da Phitins are phucking annoying... Either they get great pitching and no O, or great O and no pitching... Or none of the above... Basically they SUK!
Ryans, Kendricks, and Chaney means no more sundays wonering wtf is going on at LB! Our weakness is now our strength! Suck it fellow NFC East residents, we're going hard in the paint this year!
@HudsonHawk89 am i wrong for wanting Casey to beat out Chaney?? Idk just dont wana give up on em yet.
@go_green for what spot???? Methnks they boff will make the team.... And boff have a shot along wiff Rolle to win the WILL spot... And in that case IMO let the best man win.
@atvcar chains, especialy if he dosent start, allows us to only carry 5 backers, that would be great. Maybe we could carry an extra RB.
@Blasphemizer My thoughts exactly... We might only have to carry the 5 LB's and save a spot for another area of need like CB?
@atvcar Absolutely...Whoever emerges from that battle should be a quality WILL...Other two can S/T and pick up nickel duty...
i hope chains wins the weakside job, if not him then casey. i like rolle but my preferance is for chains. i think if he dosent have the responsability of holding down the middle he should be able to be really affective. im thinking that hes our 3rd best backer, that aint to bad. its when he was the 1st bestest backer that the eagles had problems.
@fieldsr69 What a soulja!
as i scroll through and read posts it occured to me that i have the best avatar. no one else has anything even close to a badass dude in the heisman pose carying his own zombie (from another dimension) head instead of a football. this may be my avatar for ever. or until it isnt. either way its the best avatar ever. its also my screen saver on my phone. and my exwifes contact picture.
@Jerky im on a computer, because you shamed me, so i was liking ever post and then as i was scrolling back up i realised that i had liked several of dumbasses comments so i had to go back and unlike them. it felt juvenile (and more then a little petty) but it felt just plain skeevy to like anything of his.
PhanyeWest: The points next to your avatar is how you are judged as a human being.
You have roughly 500 points....which is anywhere from 1 tenth to 1 twenty fiff of most of the other posters here.
At this point in time....one can only assume that you are a horrible human being.
Quick question: This makes you feel like less of a man.
Which is why, and you should TY me for this, I chose not to bring it up in the first place. I mean...afterall....it's none of MY business.
@Brozer8 Look at how many likes you've given out compared to how many you've received... Greedy D-bag.
In light of Nicks broken foot... And with Victor Cruz, set to make $540,000 this season.... Any chance Cruz pushes for a new contract and possibly holds out??? Might be a nice added byproduct of this injury.... Whoswiffme?
Top 5 things never to say to a cop:
(1) Want a doughnut?
(2) Hold my beer will you?
(3) Don't look in the trunk please.
(4) Are you just pulling me over cause I am drunk?
(5) Can I play with your gun?
What I needs now is Bruzzer!!! Wifey start'in to ask questions about my use of time today? tried to account for a every minute...but ,not happin'in,so i told her i went to the bar ,being honest....Lesson ,just lie,Home depot ,gett'in lost is best....