Random notes around the NFC East: Bandwagon fan Chris Christie, Jordan Reed’s spreading injury, Miles “Hamstrings” Austin, and the Eagles from worst to first?

Giants

• NJ Governor Chris Christie is pretty much the worst kind of football fan there is:

“The Giants and the Jets pretty much stunk when I was a kid,” Christie said. “And my father was a Giants fan and I used to remember watching him when I was eight, nine-years-old. Every Sunday, he would watch the Giants and yell at the TV set. I used to think to myself, why would I want to root for a team that makes you angry? So I decided not to and the Cowboys were really good back then.”

That is pretty much the definition of a textbook bandwagon fan. Oddly, in a very non-bandwagon choice, he’s also a Mets fan.

• The Giants think David Wilson’s pass protection has improved. It better:

Eagles

• Tommy drew some interesting parallels between Michael Vick circa 2013 and Randall Cunningham circa 1995. Good stuff.

• T-Mac notes that 3rd round pick Bennie Logan hasn’t gotten much attention in comparison to the other Eagles rookies, and that Logan is used to flying under the radar coming from a star-packed roster at LSU. Tim has some good nuggets in there about Logan, and his apprenticeship under Isaac Sopoaga. I think part of why Logan hasn’t gotten much pub is because it’s fairly useless watching defensive linemen in OTAs and minicamp, when players are in shells and shorts. You can evaluate some of the things the QBs and skill position players are doing, but without the pads, OL and DL play is pretty much impossible to judge.

• Mike Kaye of BGN wonders if the Eagles can go from worst to first. I think it’s a fair question. I look at it from this perspective: Who are the best teams in each of the other 7 divisions? I’d go with the Packers, Falcons, 49ers, Patriots, Texans, Broncos, and Ravens. The worst of that bunch, oddly enough, is probably the reigning champs, who lost a of boatload of key players this offseason. Still, I’d take any one of these teams over any of the teams in the NFC East, which means that, in my opinion, the NFC East has the worst “best team in the division,” whoever that may be.

If the Eagles were in… say… the NFC West, I’d say hell no. But in this weak division, where there just happened to be a worst to first team last year, it’s certainly not out of the question. This is the division you want to be in if you’re hoping for a quick turnaround.

Redskins

• Long snapper Nick Sundberg and Sav Rocca are using a special helmet cam to perfect their techniques. The Eagles can use this.

• Jordan Reed missed all of OTAs and minicamp, with an injury that snowballed into several more injuries, per Tarik El-Bashir:

“I had a [thigh] contusion in college and that caused my quad to shutdown and stop working, which caused my kneecap to start moving around and banging into my bone, and that caused a bone bruise,” Reed explained. “As long as I get that quad back firing right, my kneecap will stay in place and I’ll be normal again.”

Get that fixed before it spreads to any vital organs.

Cowboys

• I think Miles Austin’s nickname should be “hamstrings.”

• Steven Van Over of Cowboys Nation breaks down an anchored pocket, something Tony Romo hasn’t had in recent years. Good stuff.

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  25. deg0ey says:

    “This is the division you want to be in if you’re hoping for a quick turnaround.”

    Fairly sure that’s exactly what we were saying about the NFC West a few years ago until a couple of teams did exactly that. I know that it’s by design, but it always amazes me how quickly things like that can turn around.

  26. I’m a 24 year old Mexican, and I became a Cowboy fan because I watched the “America’s Team video” when I was 11 years old.

    I was just learning english, and the whole: “Texas Stadium has a hole in its roof so God can watch His favorite team play” convinced me to start watching the NFL, is that being a bandwagon fan?

    1. NYG_Slater says:

      hmmm, in my mind no. You didnt have ties to the nfl, or any NFL team besides the cowboys when you started watching. Christie grew up in Giant/Jet territory, and had family that supported those teams. Overall, I think the entire thing is ridiculous but w/e.

      However, that video “america’s team” and the “God watches us, we’re special” was/is complete dog shit. If they put a video like that out now, I think they’d probably get sued.

  27. Hokieshibe says:

    To be fair, the Saints defense was absolutely horrible last year… I’m not sure how much any film on RGIII would have helped. But I think the idea still holds water.

  28. ct17 says:

    You are confusing weakness with parity. It is not hard to look good playing the Bills or Jaguars. The Patriots are a good team, but they have had a 12 year dynasty because look at the product their division rivals have put on the field. Throw any NFCE team in the NFCW, as you mention, and they are third place or higher. Giants beat the Pats twice in the Super Bowl. More important stat than win-loss record.

  29. Imp says:

    Some politician that likes the Cowboys over Giants is football news? Man, I hate June.

  30. pmacker says:

    I say any decision made by a kid under 10 for whatever reason is allowed. I’m a closet hornets fan because I liked the team colors in elementary school. Those teal and turquoise Starter jackets were legit!!

    http://starterjackets.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/starter-hornets.jpg

    1. pmacker says:

      *Purple, not turquoise, whoops.

    2. RogerPodacter says:

      holy shit. i did the same thing with the hornets. i didn’t even watch basketball lol.

    3. Kelly Tripucka, baby.

    4. deg0ey says:

      Totally agree…and so long as he has stuck with the team he arbitrarily chose as a kid even now that they (presumably) make him angry, then I’ve got no problem with him.

  31. Hokieshibe says:

    I’m nervous about the Eagles this year, particularly with the Redskins opening with them. Kelly will have his full bag of tricks, and I’m really not sure the pass defense will be that much better, particularly week one.
    I think Jim Zorn demonstrated that even a terrible coach can have an early run before people make adjustments to what he’s doing, and Kelly is far smarter and potentially more exotic than Zorn. Opening against a new head coach in a division game really sucks.

    1. Yep. The Saints (although not in the division) got a taste of the unknown last year Week 1.

  32. Bob says:

    Is that the definition of a bandwagon fan? If he’s stuck with the team through the past decade or so of misery, he is no longer a bandwagon fan. Being a bandwagon fan would require he hop on and off depending on how well the team was doing. Sure, that’s a crappy reason to be a Cowboys fan in the first place, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a bandwagon fan today.

    1. Christie is absolutely a “bandwagon fan.” He’s the pure definition of one. What you’re talking about is a “bandwagon jumper,” which is of course monumentally worse.

      1. testing2fDiggy says:

        Ehh, I hate the term “bandwagon fan” when it comes to kids. Yea yea, you can always be a fan of a team your parents(and their parents) were fans of, but I don’t think a kid under 10 that chooses a team…and then sticks by them(the most important aspect of being a fan). I live in Maryland…I’m a Spurs/Cowboys/Rangers/Longhorns fan….based on my family all being that…If my son who was born in Maryland is a fan of the same teams based on my allegiances? Is that bandwagon’ish? Or if he chooses to support the Ravens…is that more honorable?

        I guess my point is, at that age, kids pick teams for a multitude of reasons…mostly popularity obviously, but also because of legacy, or location, or whatever other stupid reason we deem appropriate. Either way, it’s ridiculous to be termed a “bandwagon” fan if you’ve been cheering for the same team your entire life….imo.

        1. DerfDiggy says:

          AWW MAN STUPID AUTOCOMPLETE MESSED UP MY NAME!

          TESTING2fDiggy in the houuuseeee

        2. There are certainly exceptions. If your father pushes you into a team, that’s a different story. But Christie basically just came out and said “The Giants sucked, so I jumped aboard a team that was good.” That’s bandwagon through and through.

          1. DerfDiggy says:

            HE WAS 8!

            Lol…it’s only because it’s America’s Team that you’re saying that..if it would’ve been some “Decent” squad like the Bills, you wouldn’t of had an issue!

            1. Not true. I’ve long called bullshit that the Steelers “travel extremely well.” They just have fans who jumped on their bandwagon in the 70′s who live in the cities where they play on the road.

              Still… 8 or not, haha… I place partial blame on his dad for not slapping the shit out of him, but he’s bandwagon.

              1. DerfDiggy says:

                Well yes…his pops is mostly to blame for allowing that to happen.

      2. Bob says:

        I think you have a really bad definition of a bandwagon fan, and have invented a brand new term for what everyone else thinks of as a bandwagon fan. Here’s urban dictionary’s definition of a bandwagon fan:

        “Anyone who claims they are a “fan” of a particular sports team, even though they had no prior support for/interest in the team until that team started winning. These types of fans only show playoff interest, have probably never watched a regular season game, don’t own any type of team merchandise, nor would they buy any.”

        And from wikianswers:

        “Bandwagon fans are just fans that switch teams and aren’t loyal to one team. I am a Jets fan and will always be. Winning or Losing. Of course im not going to go walking around in a jersey if the team is 2-14, but ill wont switch sides and root for the superbowl winning Patriots.

        Bandwagon fans jump from team to team. Bandwagoners are known to start rooting for teams that are hyped to win before the season etc.

        Some people mistake bandwagon fans for people who root for the superbowl winners. If you are 5 yrs old and see so and so in the superbowl. and you root from them then on, it isnt being a bandwagon fan. All that is important is that you pick a team and stick with them and you are loyal.”

  33. AJ says:

    The Ravens and not the Bengals? I think you may be in for a shock.

      1. mick says:

        The Bengals are going to be legit. AJ Green you know about of course, with Eifert in the fold they will have a sick 2TE attack. Eifert also addresses their major offensive weakness by giving them a 3rd down conversion machine.

        The defense is young and stacked.

        I’ve got the Bengals to win that division all day.

        1. I missed where he wrote “and not” the Bengals. I actually like the Bengals a lot. Saw a ton of them last year. Really good team in the trenches, and they have some nice skill position guys as you noted. I still like the Ravens more, but I do get the optimism for the Bengals.

          I don’t think the Steelers are out of the mix either, by the way. I feel like they’ve been good for so long that people just want them to not be good anymore, and since they went 8-8 last year and lost a handful of key guys, they’re in a downturn. I’m not buying that yet. Roethlisberger is a great, great player. They’ll win their share of games.

      2. AJ says:

        With the losses the Ravens and Steelers suffered, I think the Bengals will be the class of that division.

  34. TylerD says:

    Christie did have the decency to just sit on the stage and say nothing during the Giants Super Bowl celibration because he knew he was going to get booed. He also moonlights as a Jets fan win they are winning.

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