Thanks to Matt Bowen (former NFL safety) for bailing me out today...
I was knocking my head against a wall on a story I was researching about the Cleveland Browns' version of Eagles Eye... it's a version of our own Bored called Orange and Brown Report, and it features a guy who fancies himself the voice of reason akin to the leader of our Eagles Bored, the esteemed GK Brizer... but he is a mere imitation who goes by the name Bo Davis, aka "The Menacing Mongrel"...
I ran into problems of permission slips and publication releases...such is life... But I'll pursue the devil in the details to bring you the story later this week...
The good news is Matt Bowen came to the rescue...
Matt Bowen is retired from football now but writes a syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune and the National Football Post.com. He recently added "Livefyre" to his NFP blurbs, too, which is one of the things we have in common, and which means when you log on to his posts you can slide right into the commentary with your current Eagles Eye identity...
Anyway, I was lucky to get this take from Matt Bowen when I realized late last night (A) there was no way I could contact the Cleveland Browns' GK Bo Davis in time for permission to get that story out last night, and (B) there was no way I was going to torture our readers with Plan B, which was a video diagnostic of how you cover a 9-route in the NFL (aka the red zone "fade"), since the video evidence I had featured one Riley Cooper going up against Tramon Williams in the Eagles-Packers playoff game two seasons ago...
As it turns out, Matt Bowen saved my journalistic life tonight. He donated this take on the Brandon Boykin pick by the Eagles---
CB/KR/PR Brandon Boykin of Georgia making a saving tackle against Georgia Tech...
Bowen: "On Monday, I broke down five of the top picks from the NFL Draft that could provide an early impact this season when we talk game plans. However, let’s not forget about the mid-round picks—the value picks—that are scooped up later in the draft. Here are five rookies that should provide depth and play a role in 2012."
WR Mohamed Sanu—Bengals (No.83): The Bengals had an impressive draft class and Sanu is one of those pospects we should look at. The WR from Rutgers has some size (6-2, 211) and should factor into the game plan with the inside breaking route tree aligning opposite A.J. Green. The key for rookie wide outs with a big frame: learning how to defeat press-coverage. That has to be a top goal for Sanu this summer so he can contribute early as a rookie.
CB Dwight Bentley—Lions (No.85): During Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, I consistently found myself writing down notes about the Louisiana-Lafayette CB. Good feet, a clean plant and drive, plus solid technique from an off-man position (toughest job for any DB). Bentley wanted to compete daily in Mobile in front of pro scouts. And looking at the depth in the Lions secondary, finding a CB that can come in and push for playing time in the 3rd round brings value.
RB Lamar Miller—Dolphins (No.97): Miller was projected to come off the board much earlier, but like every draft, we always see prospects slide. For the Dolphins, finding a RB with Miller’s skill set in the 4th is a solid pickup. The former Hurricane has 4.4 speed, good vision and cut back ability. In every pro backfield, you need multiple ball carriers in a sixteen game season. Like the move from the Dolphins to draft Miller and add more talent to that offense.
NT Alameda Ta’aum—Steelers (No.109): A good find for the Steelers in the 4th round when we talk scheme and defensive front. Ta’amu has the size and ability to eat up double teams and is an ideal fit as a 3-4 NT. The former Washington standout will need some time to develop as a pro, but give the Steelers credit for getting younger at a position that is vital to the success of their defense.
CB Brandon Boykin—Eagles (No.123): I was surprised to see Boykin on the board late in the 4th round. A prospect with return skills, the ability to play press and slide inside as a nickel defender... In Philly, I can see Boykin playing multiple roles in the secondary and having an immediate impact covering kicks. The type of mid-round draft pick that gives you options in the defensive sub packages...
Thanks for that glove save, Mr. Bowen. I really appreciate it. You have put Boykin in some fine company indeed... and I owe you one.
Note to Palmetto,
Sorry my return was not your good luck charm. Sometimes players have to play................it ain't about omens, or mascots, or even who sings "God Bless America". I know as well as anyone superstition hangs like a pall over Philly sports. Being Dutch, have lived superstition firsthand, and I can tell you, it is not a factor in wins/losses. Players have to play the game, and that, dictates the outcome. Not some special routine, what socks you wear, and certainly not in your case.............a lack of proper attire. Hope you get that..............your scaring the pretty young health aids half to death!!!! Carry on!!!!!!
Oh yeah...Adios Matt Carle...Come to daddy dominant d-man...Weber or Suter, plz?...If Pronger returned (unlikely), then it would just be the cherry on top...
Before any baloney is made of Richards and Carter still being in the playoffs...Let me clear the air here:
-Richards: $5.75 million salary, 27 years old, 44 points (this season), 8 points (these playoffs)
-Schenn/Simmonds: $4.8 million combined, 20 and 23 years old, 56 points (this season), 14 points (these playoffs)
-Carter: $6 million salary, 27 years old, 34 points (this season), 4 points (these playoffs)
-Couturier/Voracek: $3.175 million combined, 19 and 22 years old, 76 points (this season), 14 points (these playoffs)
I am not sorry AT ALL that we made this trade...
Wow, just saw that Gibson Brand stuff. Gibson will be suspended three games minimum. These TNT guys aren't helping the league at all.....embarrassing
Flyers were owning the playoffs...Then my pup dies and they take a nosedive...Straight 0-4 after she stopped breathing...Coincidence?...I fink not!...
I want the Coyotes to win...If they can't, I want the Debils to...I don't want to hear some bullshit over the offseason about how we shouldn't have traded Carter and Richards even though neither did much during the year and are now riding the coattails of the Kings better players...And I just don't want the Rangers to win because...well, it's self-explanatory...
@Blasphemizer Ilikey Richards and Carter... and will root for the Kangs. But that said... TGWBWJB99 has never wartched a hockey not involving the Flyers... and that streak will not end this year.
I dunno what we're gonna do with Bryz...I don't think he's terrible...all the time...He has some really good nights, which I'm convinced are more indicative of his character than the bad nights...Problem is, we're paying him with the expectation of more good nights...I always liked Bob...Maybe it's time to cut our losses, take some cap hit, and roll with the young guy who actually has talent to develop...
@Blasphemizer I think he's really good. He's waaaaay better than what we had last year. I dunno about 60 millz er whatever.... but we needed a G... and got one.
This whole series... as Bryz kept us in every game... all I could think about was Leighton trying to steer that puck to the side last year... and missing... as the puck went 5hole and in the net.
I agree with you about him keeping us in the series BEFORE this game...His mishandle killed whatever momentum we had...And then he let one go in from long range...Unacceptable...Don't forget that he was atrocious most of the Penguins series and our offense was covering it up...Atrocious for long stretches of the year too... @TheGreatJB99
True...Schenn and Couturier should be some of the biggest beneficiaries of the time...I wonder if JVR will finally be able to keep himself healthy and get his game together for the long haul... @TheGreatJB99
@Blasphemizer Anyways... it was his first year. We playd tons of rooks. If we can stay healfy next year... and get a D man or two that can get the puck out of our end... we'lll be looking strong.
@Blasphemizer Yeahbut... also... we have no D. We gave him no help.
What the eff was that?...Guys, this isn't the early 2000s...That was an entirely different Flyers team that always got dominated by a mostly different Devils team...This series looked eerily similar, though...
Wow. Another total domination. Flyers looked like the Flyers for the first 6 mins or so... then same ole same ole the rest of the way.
Gots to give it up to the Debils. They really shut our O down. Couldnt sustain anything in their end.
@Spiffo Shut face... or I'll chop out your eyes... then chop out my balls... and put your eyes in my balls sack... and put my balls in your eye sockets... and then you will look quite silly!
OK either we live to fight another day or the next time I see these guys - the Birds will already be 4-0.
@Palm Feathers That's how they're making them now, cool huh?
don't remember them quite so swollen back in the day.
Or when they were that swollen they were always looking at the ground
@Palm Feathers and petty
I like Jerky's friends - they're all pretty
@Palm Feathers I have another one ready to go. some chick sporting a USC Trojans jersey, friggin hot! Plus my favorite college football team, it was a match made in heaven.
@Palm Feathers lol
she has blonde hair?
The Flyers need to get more shot attempts and some better defense. C'mon Flyers, you can do this! Extend this bitch to 6 games and do it for my buds here!
sorry - did you say something??
I had many pertinent, poignant and perceptive points to make.
Then Jerky came out with tonight's Goddess.
Gonna watch the Sixers game tonight, hope they spank da Bulls in front of their home crowd. Let's go Sixers!