Linky – August 10, 2011 – How can the Eagles ever survive without Omar Gaither?

The Hynoceros!

New York Giants overcame distractions, slow start similar to this summer to win Super Bowl XLII – Ralph Vacchiano

I don’t think people should be writing the Giants off either, but there’s little debate that they had a bad offseason.

Giants FB Henry Hynoski getting attention at an overlooked position – Zach Berman, Star-Ledger

Didn’t know the Giants went after the Packers’ John Kuhn, and Berman reports.  Also, (not in this article) I love the nickname that has emerged for Hynoski: “The Hynoceros.”  I’m on the belief that a player doesn’t deserve a nickname until he’s actually done something, but I can allow “The Hynoceros” because it’s obviously good.

A thought about the New York Giants: Eli Manning’s league leader interceptions – Jason Lisk, big lead sports

Jason proposes a fun game here.  Go read.  And I’ll play along: I’ll take Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and a surprise pick: Kyle Orton.

Osi to get knee checked again – Jeff Roberts, northjersey.com

I’m already tired of Osi.

(Cowboys, Redskins, and Eagles news after the jump)…

Just stop it.

Dallas Cowboys roster bubble: Some surprising cuts ahead? – OCC, Blogging the Boys

Lars makes the case that players like Jon Kitna and Tashard Choice (among others) may not be safe.

Ogletree vies for #3 WR spot – AP

Instant upgrade over Roy Williams.  That’s not a snarky joke.  I believe that.

Cowboys rookie guard has moxie – Tom Orsborn, mysanantonio.com

Won’t be surprised if Arkin beats out Montrae Holland.

Dirk got Mavs their title, is Romo next in line to deliver? – Tim Cowlishaw

These Mavs-Cowboys comparisons were old less than a week after the Mavs won the title.  It’s been months now.  Let it go.

Rex Grossman says Redskins will win the NFC East – Andrew Ilnicki, G Men HQ

Forget the NFC East prediction.  Watch as he says Donovan McNabb “didn’t have a great season,” and the repressed grin when asked about appearing first on the team’s depth chart.

Redskins’ Stephen Bowen mourns infant son’s death – AP

He and his wife had twin “micro-preemies.”  Sad story.

London Fletcher already notices Barry Cofield’s impact on the Redskins – Mike Jones, WaPost

“Don’t let [blockers] get to me,” Fletcher said with a laugh. “It’s not going to be where [Cofield] is going to have a bunch of tackles, and people are saying this or that. He don’t need a bunch of tackles. Leave those for me.”

Cofield has never played that kind of role in the NFL.  Not that he can’t, mind you, but it’ll be interesting to see if he can.

Without Omar Gaither locking it down, the Eagles' defense and special teams are in deep, deep shit.

Will the Eagles flop in 2011? – Brad Clark, NFL’s Future

Fantastic, well-researched article here.  Must read.  Lot’s of great info here:

- Apparently, the Eagles took a big hit with the loss of Omar Gaither in free agency.

- Brad points out that not every free agent the Eagles brought in is perfect.

- It isn’t a given that Curtis Marsh is the answer as a kick returner.

- Brad guesses that Jeremy Maclin is currently weighing in at less than 160 lbs., “as of this writing.”

- Stewart Bradley was apparently the defense’s “undisputed leader.”

- I learned that 39 sacks in a season (which tied for 10th in the league last year) is bad.

- The Eagles may miss “Quintin Mickell” more than you’d think.

- Ronnie Brown, despite being born 29 years ago, is actually 30.

- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie only had 3 interceptions last year.  To put that in perspective, Dimitri Patterson had (and there’s a lot of CAPS mixed in here) FOUR INTS!!!  FOUR!  AND 8 more tackles… in SEVEN fewer starts.  Clearly, Dimitri > DRC.

- Teams around the league are simply going to avoid Nnamdi and throw the other side, at DRC.  Interesting.  I seem to recall another guy that plays LCB for the Eagles but his name is escaping me.  I guess he’s gone.  Dammit, what was that guy’s name?  I can’t think of it.

- “Out of respect for Jeremy Maclin’s privacy,” Brad declined to guess what Maclin’s illness may be, but was nice enough to do his journalistic duty to inform his readers that it’s probably something a lot more serious than mono.  He also hopes that Maclin can return to full health, which is nice.

- Jamar Chaney was “okay in three starts last season, but is a far cry from Stewart Bradley and Jeremiah Trotter.”

- Sav “Rocco” was a quietly consistent punter.

- Alex Henery was only 3 for 8 on FG attempts of over 50 yards (Gasp!).  I actually have 5 for 11, but that’s still less than 50%, so Brad’s point remains intact.  I wonder what Henery’s numbers are from within 50 yards.  If only that information was available on the Internet.  Stupid Internet!

- Chas Henry was a great punter in the sun down at Florida, but one has to wonder how badly he’ll fall apart when the weather gets a little chilly in Philly.

- Michael Vick “failed miserably” in the second half of the season last year.

- Vick had “all six of his interceptions during his last seven starts.” Hmmm.

- With “high maintenance” guys like VY, D-Jax, Jenkins, DRC, and Jason Peters, this Eagles team faces chemistry issues.

- The Eagles should look no further than the Redskins in seeing that overloading one position full of alpha-dog star players doesn’t work, like the Eagles are trying to do at CB.

- We’ve yet to see any preseason games, and there’ already turmoil in Philadelphia.

- The Eagles are the “it” team and teams will play harder against them than they will against other teams.

Great article.

25 more observations from Eagles camp – Ruben Frank, CSN Philly

Kinda homerish, but good work here by Roob.

 

19 Comments

  1. D3Keith says:

    It’s weird, I’ve written stuff before where I find myself reaching to support my points, and usually I get this weird feeling that I don’t have a good point, and should probably rewrite.

    If you don’t have time to rewrite and/or think out your supporting arguments, perhaps that’s the flaw making up your mind before you start.

    The other weird things is there are legit reasons the Eagles could underwhelm (LBs and Ss fail to reach potential and D is up and down, injuries rob offense of explosiveness, rooks & newbs make up special teams) … I don’t worry about those things, but they are not stretches. Maybe Reid could have too many toys and not establish any consistency or offensive identity

  2. Number5 says:

    @We’re so screwed@

  3. Stephen says:

    Yikes. Omar Gaither, really? Thats why we’re in trouble? Some of this stuff people write is just… SMH.

  4. O'Keefy says:

    My favorites

    - “Out of respect for Jeremy Maclin’s privacy,” Brad declined to guess what Maclin’s illness may be, but was nice enough to do his journalistic duty to inform his readers that it’s probably something a lot more serious than mono. He also hopes that Maclin can return to full health, which is nice.

    - Ronnie Brown, despite being born 29 years ago, is actually 30.

    - Alex Henery was only 3 for 8 on FG attempts of over 50 yards (Gasp!). I actually have 5 for 11, but that’s still less than 50%, so Brad’s point remains intact. I wonder what Henery’s numbers are from within 50 yards. If only that information was available on the Internet. Stupid Internet!

  5. GmenHQ says:

    Cmon Jimmy! The Eagles article took over the page!! Why won’t you cover the Giants with so much blood sweat and tears?!

    1. Haha, no links for you for a week!

      In all honesty, that’s where my bias is going to show through. I can be objective in the original stuff I write and I can defend the Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins to a certain degree if someone writes something dumb about them. But I’m probably very unlikely to spend a half hour eviscerating one little link like I did here.

      1. brisulph says:

        BloggingTheEaglesMostlyMaybeTheOthersIfSomeoneMakesABadPoint?

        1. A little wordy. People would have trouble googling that.

          1. brisulph says:

            BloggingTheEaglesMMTOISMABP

            1. Thorin says:

              Well ESPN’s blog covers the Eagles like Reggie Andy Reid ate all their donuts, so it all evens out.

  6. Jalarsen1 says:

    Clark seriously compared YPA btw Harrison’s 40 attempts and Brown’s 200.

    Hmmm…sample size skewing results!?!?

    1. Ha, I had 21 bullet points, and there’s still plenty of little nuggets in there to find.

  7. brisulph says:

    I am bloody sick of osi too… the guy used what little patience I had for him as a fan, 5 billion FF in a single season or not.

  8. Dan in Philly says:

    More causes for the impending Eagles’ crash in 2011:
    The Eagles have won the NFC East 6 of the last 10 years, which means the odds will even out sooner or later.
    Michael Vick will revert to his old ways and end up in jail by week 7.
    Kevin Kolb provided a steadying influence last year which cannot be replaced by Vince Young.
    The loss of DL Coach Segrest will deprive the DL of much needed continuity.
    Shady McCoy is too young to handle the responsibility of carrying the load at RB.
    I’m a bitter man trying to wring something interesting enough to gain the interest of ESPN.com so I can parlay my mediocre writing skills into becoming the next Bill James…

    1. D3Keith says:

      Tremendous.

  9. cwel87 says:

    Not only was that article porous in its fact-checking and cherry-picked analysis…it was just really poorly written.

    Those are the kinds of people who desire to be labeled ‘experts’ by ESPN. And, against all odds, some of them make the cut.

    Writing really sucks these days.

  10. FrenchEagles says:

    Why do I think there is some irony in your comment about the Clark’s article? No, I must be wrong. And the LCB we have, I think he could be better than Patterson, but his name… Samantha? Samula? I can’t get it…

    1. Oh, here it is! Samsonite! You were way off. You knew it started with an S though.

      1. Dan in Philly says:

        Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? YYYYYYYYEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

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