16 random NFC East thoughts from Sunday’s games

1) Redskins fans: What play call is this:

2) The Giants got kind of screwed on scheduling.  This week, they face the Saints, who are coming off their bye.  Sean Payton is an outstanding game planner.  Give him and Brees two weeks to prepare for anyone, and that’s not easy.  Payton is very Andy Reid-like in that regard.  Then, next week, they get the Packers.  With the Packers playing on Thanksgiving, the Packers then get 10 days to prepare for the G Men.  That’s rough.

3) Speaking of Thanksgiving, I complain about this every year, and I will again this year.  I’m sick of Dallas and Detroit getting major unfair advantages every year.  For one, getting the home game on Thanksgiving is HUGE, as they have an extra day to prepare on a short week.  But the thing that everyone forgets as noted in the above bullet point, they also get an advantage over the team they face the following week by getting 3 extra days of rest and prep.  For a league that’s all about parity, how is this fair?

4) I think my favorite penalty in the NFL is intentional grounding.  You can almost talk the referees into throwing the flag from your couch.  For example (bias alert), Eli Manning had a pretty clear cut intentional grounding call Sunday night that didn’t immediately draw a flag, although having the advantage of seeing the entire field neatly on my TV screen, I instantly knew it was intentional grounding.  Naturally, I said aloud to nobody in particular:

“Intentional grounding.”

Eli Manning messing up Cullen Jenkins' stats.

No flag yet.

“Intentional grounding.”

Still no flag.

“Intentional grounding.”

(NBC showing the replay).

“Not even close to being out of the pocket, not reasonably trying to complete a pass, no receivers reasonably in the area.  Dude, that’s intentional grounding.”

(NBC crew noting that the referees are gathering to talk.)

“Good job, guys, talk it out.  Throw that flag.”

Still no flag.

“THROW THE EFFING FLAG!!!”

Ref throws the flag… “Intentional grounding, number 10.”

“YAAAAAY!”

5) At halftime during the Eagles-Giants game, Rodney Harrison went on a little mini-rant about DeSean Jackson immaturity costing his team.  While I agree, can we maybe hear from somebody that didn’t routinely rack up dumb 15 yard personal fouls in his playing career?

6) This was one of my favorite tweets of the year, courtesy of Giants PR director Pat Hanlon (you’ll have to click the image):

Yeah, Pat.  That tailgate is rockin’.

7) Is Chad Hall’s “trucking” rating in Madden zero?  It should be.

8) Sav Rocca deserves a Pro Bowl nod this season.  No way Mat McBriar should get in again this year.

David Diehl has been abysmal this season.

9) Not sure who’s worse: Phil Costa or David Diehl.

10) The Cowboys-Redskins game reminded me of something that’s horribly wrong with NFL rules: How are there no challenges in OT?  With NFL officiating as bad as it is, and as reliant as the officials are on replay correcting their mistake, we’re going to take away a team’s ability to challenge? Seriously?

11) We actually got a great QB battle from Tony Romo and Rex Grossman on Sunday.  I thought both guys played really well.

12) I used to live in a town called Nutley, NJ, which is right in the neighborhood of East Rutherford, NJ, the home of the Giants and Jets.  I worked in New York City.  From a bird’s eye view, my office in NYC was almost exact 10 miles away from my home.  Yet, from door to door, my commute generally took me a little more than an hour each way, every day.  It’s actually how I got into writing about football in the first place – to kill time on my commute, but I’m getting off topic here.  Anyway, I always find it comical when they show scenic shots of NYC coming in and out of the commercial breaks during Jets and Giants games, when I know that it likely took the camera crew at least an hour to get to their shot locations from East Rutherford.

13) You know at the end of the game when they have the red line superimposed on the field of where they think the team with the ball needs to get to for a realistic FG attempt?  They had it at the Dallas 43 for Graham Gano, meaning that they think he can realistically hit a 60 yarder.  I mean, I get what they’re doing – they’re going on the kicker’s career long.  Let’s just do away with that line, and give the viewers a little more credit for their football IQ.  I think we have a clue what FG range is.

14) Love the very first line of Chris Chase’s article about DeSean Jackson yesterday.

They don’t call him MeSean Jackson for nothing.

But… Do “they” call him “MeSean?”  Who’s “they” exactly?  Is this a nickname commonly attributed to DeSean Jackson?  I mean… I AM an NFC East blogger, not to mention a writer for the Eagles site Bleeding Green Nation, so if there’s someone that would be familiar with that nickname for DeSean, I’d be a pretty good candidate.  I mean, I know that back in the day, people used to call Keyshawn Johnson, Meshawn Johnson.  I guess it would be pretty easy for hacky commenters (much less actual football writers) to simply make the transition from “Meshawn” to “MeSean.”  That would of course ignore the fact that Jackson’s name isn’t even pronounced DEE-Sean in the first place, like it is with KEY-Shawn, but that’s not really even the point.  Anyway, I guess I’m asking if maybe I’m just missing something?  It “MeSean” a common nickname for DeSean?  That’s a serious question.  Can someone please answer that?

15) During the week, we heard from Rob Ryan that Anthony Spencer was going to have a big game.  As usual (with Rob Ryan’s bluster and with Anthony Spencer’s penchant for disappointment)… Nope.  Don’t be surprised in the slightest if the Cowboys look to draft a playmaker at OLB.  With all the favorable matchups Spencer gets, he simply isn’t performing to the level that he should be.

16) After the Eagles-Giants game Sunday night, LeSean McCoy was asked if he had a chance to speak with Osi Umenyiora at all.  Shady’s reply:

Nah, he wasn’t really in the game that much, so I didn’t have a chance.”

Pro Football Focus had Osi on the field for 53 snaps, which would make Shady incorrect.  However, it’s understandable that Shady could have missed him, with Jason Peters engulfing Osi for 4 quarters.

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  18. Mikey Cbone says:

    The reason the Cowboys and Lions always get home games on Thanksgivig goes like this. In the 60’s, Lombardi’s Packers would always play a game on Thnksgiving. Lombadi had had enough, and didn’t want that game anymore. It had become quite popular to have a game on Thanksgiving, so the league needed another team to step up and help out. None wanted it. Finally, the commissioner pleaded with Tex Schramm (Cowboy owner) to take it. Schramm went along with it under one condition: We get the game at home for as long as we want it. When they needed a second game, Detroit stepped up, but wanted the same deal. Those teams took on something that was needed, when nobody else wanted it. That’s the deal. They should have it at home for as long as they want.

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  21. ICDogg says:

    I’ve been complaining about the Turkey Day Advantage for years.

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  23. Immynimmy says:

    Haha Chris Chase has ALWAYS been horrible.

  24. bdawk4ever says:

    It was more like β€œIntentional grounding, number 12-10.”

    And wasn’t Spencer made with the Kolb pick trade?

    1. Yeah, the Eagles got Kolb, Stew, and CJ Gaddis with the picks they got from Dallas, although an argument can be made that they got Kolb, Stew, and Celek, which takes some explaining that I don’t feel like getting into.

      So really, they got a few good games out of Kolb that helped them win the division last year, a couple good seasons out of Stew, Celek, a 2 in 2012, and DRC.

  25. BigBad joe says:

    Let me help you out alittle, Costa is worse…..he spends more time in the dallas backfield than DeMarco Murray does most games

    1. This is one of those rare arguments where fans of each team would say “No way, our guy sucks way more.”

  26. DCeaglesfan says:

    Great article Jimmy. I was wondering what you (and any other commenters) thought about this – is it possible that Shady intentionally ran out of bounds in order to give the Eagles the opportunity to drain the clock completely? I like to think that was what happened, but I haven’t seen a replay, and was pretty smashed when it happened.

    1. Anders says:

      He got caught by the CB

      1. Ty says:

        Yea, He got tired. Ran about 105 yds on that play lol

    2. No, I think he tried to get in, but Amukamara got enough of him to get him out of bounds.

  27. Stephen says:

    I think the difference between Rodney Harrisons personal fouls and Desean Jackson’s is that Rodney would deliver hits that were intimidating, so I suppose some could argue that they had some impact on the game (not saying I agree with that) while Jackson’s was simply stupid showboating. I guess you could say at least Rodney Harrison maybe ruptured somebodys spleen while costing his team (as depraved as that is) while Jackson accomplished nothing of value.

  28. DerfDiggy says:

    Anthony Spencer freaking sucks….

    That’s all I have to add.

  29. Joe D says:

    It’s a shame for the Giants. Tuck is a top 5 DE when healthy, and if my memory is serving me correctly he has trouble doing that lately….

    Secondly, I don’t know why they don’t just put JPP in at DE instead of Osi. Didn’t look like JPP was that effective at NT, but I’m pretty sure he was doing good against Peters the first time they meet.

    On 2nd thought, speaking of Peters. Jimmy you have to write an article on the NFC E’s Unsung hereos….Guys like London Fletcher, Jason Peters, etc… I guess you could even make a case for Corey Webster who isn’t exactly all-pro, but seems to have his “a” game back from seasons past.. Santana MOss, IMO, is another guy who people don’t think is all that much but he plays with crappy QBs, and on film he looks to be open routinely.

  30. shane says:

    But seriously, it looked like Osi gave up for the most part. He wasn’t trying to get past Peters at all. I’m sure he would use the word “contain” in his explanation for this. He needs to realize that his after the play cheap shots on Mccoy just helped prove how overrated and soft he is.

    Peters is a beast, and needs to go to the pro bowl again this year. I feel like he is getting better and better each year.

    Wish Shady would of pulled out a touchdown to end the game.

  31. Tracer Bullet says:

    Shady’s Troll Fu is strong.

    1. Ha, it really is. The delivery is always so calm and relaxed, too. He bangs out zingers in like 15 words or less, and gets crazy reactions.

  32. Anders says:

    As an Eagles fan, I love McCoys cockiness towards Osi, as Osi has done nothing this year to dispel the idea that he is soft n overrated and the 3rd best DE on his team (and he is infact the 3rd best DE on his team)

    1. This year, he’s 2nd. Osi has actually had a pretty decent year. He has 7 sacks in 7 games. Justin Tuck has been banged up all season, and fairly useless.

      But you’re right – He was completely invisible against Philly.

      1. Anders says:

        I know that Tuck is banged up this year, but I was talking more in general terms regarding talent and skills, both JPP and Tuck are much better run defenders while been just as good pass rushers.

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