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Nunzio's picture

LOST! Hall of Fame Safety. PLEASE HELP FIND!

Uhhhh, Eagles fans, are you snowed in? Don't know if you noticed, but B'Dawk has flown the coop, trading in Eagles Green for George Washington Green.

Talent-wise, I think we'll be OK. I think we have the players to step in and fill the void left by B'Dawk. Leadership-wise and Locker Room-wise, it's not even close. We lost, and we lost big.

Talk to the teams that overcame struggles during the season to win the Superbowl. They'll all talk about the atmosphere in the locker room, and how certain players stepped up and kept the team together. There's no one there now to do that for the Eagles. Donovan? I don't think so. It's not his style. Brian Westbrook? Possibly, but it would be a quiet and nurturing style that may not fly. Sheldon Brown? Possibly, but like Westbrook, he's not fiery. Asante Samuel can bring the fire, but he's got too much showboat and self-indulgence to pull it off as oriented toward the team, like B'Dawk could.

I think Andy miscalculated here. The problem is that B'Dawk brought something that can't be measured, so Andy never saw it in his spreadsheet of tackles, sacks, interceptions, and broken-up passes. Excel doesn't have a formula for measuring leadership and locker room stability.

I also think it's further evidence that the players are frustrated with management's close-to-the-vest, numbers crunching, controlled message style. They want some guts. Some instinct. Some common sense about fundamentals. Some of that old-fashioned, "Tell It Like It Is". They're tired of being "Yes Men" thrown into battle with a general who consistently makes tactical errors at crucial moments. I'm talking about Andy here, not Donovan, although they have both enabled each other.

At this point, my guess is that if we play consistently and win and don't get into a rut or suffer an embarrassing loss, we'll be OK. But, if there is one moment this season where real leadership is needed to keep the team on track, which only B'Dawk was able to provide last season, we're toast.

Nunzio's picture

What was Donovan saying?

With the season over and the Superbowl decided, the Eagles' season has begun folks!

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/columnists/20090204_Gonzo___McNabb_on_offensive.html

Despite what the reporter opines, what do you think Donovan is saying?

We need a running game?

We need a defense that can get a stop whenever the team needs it?

Or, where's Biggeo? I need to borrow a bus.

I wonder why Donovan left out the part about having a quarterback who can throw catchable passes on out patterns, or throw in stride to a receiver on a slant route, or manage a two minute offense.

By the way, did you all know that Donovan hunts? About 41% percent of the time, he bags a groundhog or a turkey in flight.

Nunzio's picture

OK, I'll say it

Congrats to all you Pittsburghers on your Superbowl victory. Well done, I must say. It was a good game to watch, too.

I have to tell you though, I was rooting more for my squares on the block pools I was in, but I am glad you won.

Enjoy!

DNA's picture

Fishtown Beer Runners - Flash Mob

Yep we run tonight, with our clothes on! Our Destination Pub is Liberties in NOLIBS. There will be a short and a long route. We leave from 2346 E. Susquehanna at 7:00 PM sharp.
Tonight there will be a writer from PW tagging along.

Saturday run in to Johnny Brenda's. There will be short and long routes, and we leave at 11:30 sharp.

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Green Street Holligans

I ran into this movie last night by luck and i LOVED it . It was a great movie about one "firm" in London and the fighting that goes along with fans of each "football" clubs . It was wierd seeing Frodo fighting in the streets but if anyone likes soccer you would love this movie even though u see about ten seconds of soccer

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Nunzio's fearless predictions for the Eagles offseason

Andy Reid resigns due to health reasons. Seriously.

The Eagles hire Mike Shanahan, who keeps Donovan for at least a season, so that he has time to evaluate Kevin Kolb. In the end, he doesn’t like what he sees and puts together a package to move up in the draft to take two-time Heisman winner and three-time College Football champ Tim Tebow and jumps on the Wildcat offense band wagon. DeSean is already in place and Westbrook’s touches result in much less contact with the opposing team. We’ll win the Superbowl in 2011. B’Dawk will be gone, but B’West will still be here. Donovan will be in Minnesota, fresh off an early round loss in the playoffs. Sorry, sheskrafty.

Here’s who stays next year among our free agents: Tra Thomas, Jon Runyan, Nick Cole, B’Dawk (if he wants to come back). The jury is out on Joselio Hanson, Sean Considine, and Hank Baskett, because their futures depend on the futures of others, as in, if something better comes along, we’ll jump on it. We’d like to keep Correll Buckhalter, but he’s got bigger fish to fry, so he high tails it to Miami (you’re welcome, George). LJ Smith is toast. They're not free agents, but Reggie Brown and Greg Lewis are done, too.

We bring in competition for Akers and Sav, but they prevail and come back next year.

Defensively, not many changes. Lito gets his out, but the question remains for us, what do we get in return? Linebackers get another year’s worth of experience and continue to improve. The D’line can use another speedy pass rusher, but they’re serviceable as is. If the draft presents an opportunity, we’ll take it.

Our biggest need on defense is figuring out the safety position after B’Dawk. Is there anyone on the team who can fill his shoes in a year or two, or do we draft that person? That’s our biggest question.

Our biggest need on offense is a new coach, but we solved that one with the resignation of Andy Reid. Now, we go after a big running back that can pound out 750 yards next season, 3 yards at a time. The best thing is, you know he can get three yards when you need them.

Klecko is a project at fullback, but I think if you tell him now that that will be his position next season, then he’ll have a better year than this year, because he’ll spend the offseason working on blocking techniques and check down routes, rather than the underhand rip and dropping into coverage.

Our big free agent signing is Donovan’s buddy, Ocho Cinco. Together, they take the Eagles on an ill-fated run that is often times exhilarating, but doesn’t get us the Superbowl. We’ll have to wait until Tebow gets here for that one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I may have jumped the shark.

Kat's picture

Come On Eagles....

You can do better than this! And the referees need to get their heads out of their you-know-whats.

GO BIRDS!!!!!!!

dan's picture

Andy Reid & Donovan McNabb...

dan's picture

Will the Eagles win the SuperBowl?

They only need one win to go there.

Tell us how it's going to happen - or why it might not.