12 more random thoughts on the NFC East

There are 5 NFC East players that are going to be free agents this offseason that have taken a hatchet to their worth.  DeSean Jackson has shown a complete lack of effort.  Fred Davis is now a major risk, as any further missteps will cost him an entire year, Anthony Spencer has had the luxury of favorable matchups the entire season and hasn’t performed, LaRon Landry can’t stay healthy, and Mario Manningham has been totally outplayed by Victor Cruz.  The only guy that has helped his cause in a big way and could be in for a big payday is Adam Carriker.

The Eagles temporarily held the 4th overall draft spot after losing to the Seahawks Thursday night, but they were leapfrogged by the Redskins and Jaguars on Sunday.  If the season ended today, the Redskins would draft 5th, the Eagles would draft 6th, and the Giants would draft 16th.  The Cowboys spot would be undetermined depending on when they lost in the playoffs.

Roy Helu impressed me on Sunday.  My perception of him was that he’s just a speed guy, but I saw a bunch of broken tackles on Sunday against the Jets.  He looks like he could be a legit starting RB.

It’s interesting that he has 4.7 yards per carry, and his long run on the season is only 28 yards.  In other words, his YPC isn’t skewed by a long run here or there.  He’s consistently getting positive yards whenever he gets opportunities.

Apologies to my Redskins readers, by the way.  I’ve been neglecting them.  They haven’t been on TV much in my area of late, and I simply haven’t had the time to go back and watch their games.  Without watching the games, anything I write about them would be guessing, and I’m not going to do that.  I have some catching up to do there.

There was about a 5-minute stretch on Sunday that must have been tough for Cowboys fans.  First they watch LaRod Stephens-Howling zig-zag his way for a walkoff overtime TD, and then when they flipped over to the Giants-Packers game on FOX, Eli Manning was right in the middle of his game-tying drive late in the 4th quarter.  That would have been a crushing Sunday had the Giants pulled it off.

The best statistical seasons that any current NFCE WR has ever had were Miles Austin (81-1320-11) in 2009, and Santana Moss way back in 2005 (84-1483-9).  Both started in the Pro Bowl those seasons.

Hakeem Nicks has never put up numbers like that.  Nor has Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, or Dez Bryant.

Meanwhile, Victor Cruz, through 12 games, has 62 catches, 1076 yards, and 7 TDs, which puts him on pace for 82-1434-9.  It’ll be a crime if Cruz doesn’t make it to Honolulu.

Seahawks fans are calling for Trent Cole to be suspended for the next 8 years and be injected with a vicious strain of syphilis for his MMA-style toss of Russell Okung Thursday night.  Here’s the play:

I originally sympathized with Okung, but the more I watch the play, the less sympathetic I’m becoming.  Cole is going to get fined for that, and he should, as it was certainly a little excessive.  But let’s get real here.  It was away from the play, it was a blowout, and Okung is still riding Cole after the whistle (I count 2 Mississippis after the first whistle before Cole had enough of Okung lingering on his back), at which point Cole kind of gave Okung a “Get the eff off of me” flip.  It’s not like Cole stomped on another player, a la Suh, or measured an opponent’s chin and launched himself like a missile into him with the crown of his helmet, a la Dunta.  Okung had his “We’re smoking your asses and I’m going to let you know it” testosterone going, and it backfired.

I have a cat. His name is Butters.  I love him and he loves me, and I don’t care who knows it.  If I’m laying down on the sofa watching TV, he’ll jump up with me, snuggle right in, and start purring.  Occasionally, I’ll feel the need to annoy him, just to be a jerk.  I’ll grab his paw, or blow in his ear, or repeatedly poke his belly and then retreat before he can scratch me.  At some point, Butters is going to get ultra pissed and bite/scratch the crap out of my hand.  And it hurts when he does.

We applaud players that play a few seconds after the whistle, like Russell Okung was doing with a huge lead and the game wrapped up.  Good for him.  That’s the kind of physicality fans love.  But sometimes you can poke the cat’s belly a little too much before you really piss him off.  Lesson learned, Russell.  Tough titty said the kitty.

The Eagles and Redskins both stink, but at least the Redskins aren’t quitters.

If you’re an Eagles fan, do you root for the Cardinals to lose so you get a better 2nd round pick from them in the Kevin Kolb trade?  Or… If you think the Eagles are going to continue to play like garbage, do you want the Cards keep winning, to ensure a better slot in the first round with your own 1st round pick over theirs?

On at least one occasion, Perry Fewell channeled his inner Sean McDermott and dropped Justin Tuck into coverage.  I’ll never understand that.

Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams are stud corners in the NFL.  They were roasted all day on Sunday, and yet, I haven’t seen a peep about their play.  If Nnamdi Asomugha had a game like that, he would be destroyed both locally and nationally.

In the 1st quarter on Dallas’ 2nd drive, they had 4th and 2 from the Arizona 36 yard line, and lined up as if they were going for it.  They called a timeout.  Jason Garrett then changed his mind and send out the FG team to attempt a 53 yarder, which missed badly.  More evidence that Garrett has zero faith in his OL.

It’s kind of amazing that the Eagles are having the season they’re having, despite terrific OL play for most of the season.  Remember when the OL was supposed to be a big weakness on this team?  They’ve more than held up their end of the bargain, and I’d even go as far as to say that it’s been one of the best OLs in the league this year.


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  78. Jason-E says:


    I told you that Okung slam wasn’t as dirty as it first appeared. I don’t blame Cole one bit. I’m sure the intent wasn’t to hurt Okung. I actually find it strange that dude had the injury that he did. Okung= injury prone.

  79. Steve D. says:

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    Also, I like the cat analogy. I’m glad I am not the only one who can’t resist bugging my cat for no particular reason when she gets a little too comfortable.

  80. packimop says:

    Just to add to that Okung thing.

    You can clearly see at about the four second market that Cole does a quick swim move with his hands that would have separated himself there if Okung had not been holding onto his left shoulder pad. It’s pretty obvious. So then T-Cole was pissed because he made this great effort, as he has been all season, and didn’t get anywhere for it. He’s been getting held more than any other d-lineman on this team, and it rarely if ever gets called.

    You pissed him off Okung, sorry about your injury, but it’s true.

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  82. Tracer Bullet says:

    The Eagles are picking in the top 10 (pleasegivemeRGIIIpleaseohpleaseohplease) no matter what Arizona does, so the Cardinals might as well keep losing so the Eagles end up with three picks in the top 42.

    Is Woodson still a stud corner? I think of him more as a kind of hybrid CB/S/LB. He really hasn’t had the ability to cover top WRs for the past few years.

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        He still covers the slot well and is the best tackling and blitzing CB in the league. He also is great at getting the INT. Anticipates better the Samuel and doesn’t get beat as often…..he’s a jack of all trades and still producing at like 35 years old.

        He belongs in Marklar.

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