• The Eagles will pick somewhere between 3rd and 8th in the 2013 NFL draft. Scenarios here.
• London Fletcher is now officially one of those underrated/overrated guys. I’ll explain. Some players are underrated for long that they get that “underrated” tag to the point where everybody says they’re underrated. Their stock among the fans rises, and eventually people take it too far, and the player becomes overrated. The Eagles’ Quintin Mikell is another great example of this phenomenon.
It works the other way too. Jason Peters made a few Pro Bowls early in his career, then he had a few down years and still made the Pro Bowl. That earned him the “overrated” tag. When he started to play really well again, people had already had it drilled into their heads that he was overrated, when in reality he was beginning to play again like one of the best offensive linemen in the game. He had made the switch from being overrated to underrated.
London Fletcher is a player I have a ton of respect for, and once even compared his career to Ray Lewis. There are no shortage of previous seasons in which London Fletcher was snubbed for the Pro Bowl, and I think that might be clouding people’s opinions of the way he has played this season. Here’s the brilliant Warren Sapp, with one such take:
London Fletcher, come on, the grizzled veteran. He’s been a tackling machine since he beat e in 1999. He still hasn’t slowed down. We must get that man some votes, it’s just crazy right now.
While it’s certainly difficult to argue with Sapp’s incredibly smart and well thought out analysis there, I would contend that Fletcher hasn’t even had as good a season as the Skins’ other starting ILB, Perry Riley. Fletch has officially gone from underrated (although he was underrated for about a decade) to overrated.
• In more useless award analysis, I find the debate between RG3 and Andrew Luck for Offensive Rookie of the Year flat out comical:
• Remember how bad Terence Newman was at the end of the season last year? Opposing teams put the bulls eye on his back and went to work. For example, last year the Giants played the Cowboys in 2 of the last 4 games. They targeted Newman a total of 19 times, which is an inordinately high number. Corey Webster is this year’s Terence Newman. Last week in Baltimore, the Ravens targeted Webster a staggering 14 times. He gave up 8 catches for 140 yards and a TD. I have no idea what happened to Corey Webster. He was so good last year. This year he’s the candy bar of the NFC East.
• I severely questioned the Cowboys’ decision to franchise tag Anthony Spencer before the season began. An argument could be made that he has been among the 3 best defensive players in the NFC East this season.
• Tommy and I recorded a podcast last night. It got a little odd at times. Andy Reid will probably be fired Monday morning, along with an assortment of assistant coaches, and then the remainder of the coaching staff’s fate will likely be held to their contracts and their fates decided by the new incoming regime. Tommy and I wondered if the the best way to conduct the Eagles’ coaching firings would be to conduct a Bachelor-esque style situation in which the Eagles’ assistants have to line up and if they receive a rose, they survive that round and get to stay. Unrelated to the Bachelor premise, we also envisioned the Eagles coaches playfully splashing each other in a fountain. So it was that kind of show.