With the Eagles reaching the quarter pole of the 2016 season, it’s a good time to give some props (and some anti-props) for the first four games. And yes, I know that “quarter pole” actually refers to the final quarter of a horse race, but people use it the wrong way all the time, so I’m going to hop on that train as well. Before we dive in, let me start by saying that even though the loss in Detroit was a huge bummer – a YUGE bummer – the Eagles are still sitting at 3-1 through the first quarter of the season; if you had told me a month ago that this is where we’d be through four games, I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but I would have been more than happy to to take you at your word! What I’m trying to say is, things could be worse. Much, much, muuuuuuuch worse. Having said that, I am still super-effing pissed off about the loss in Detroit. I’m a hypocrite – get over it. Now, let’s hand out some hardware.
MVP: Carson Wentz
Duh. Moving on.
LVP: Mychal Kendricks
When did Mychal Kendricks go from “athletic linebacker with loads of potential” to “why is this guy even on the team?” What the hell happened to this guy. Instead of improving year-to-year, Kendricks has just gotten worse and worse. I mean, wtf was he doing on this play?
HIGHLIGHT: Stafford hits @Riddick6 for 1-yard TD
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 10, 2016
That was a 1-yard touchdown pass. Theo Riddick got that much separation from Mychal Kendricks on that short a pattern. Gross. Easy call for LVP. Honorable mention goes to Ryan Mathews. That fumble alone was almost enough to earn him the honors – but alas, sorry Ryan. Better luck next year…maybe…if you’re here.
Most Improved: Allen Barbre
Who knew Barbre could play? Anyone? Did anyone know? I mean, the dude can play. In fact, he’s probably been the team’s most consistent lineman this season. Props Allen, you’re most improved.
— Ethan Young (@NFLDrafter) October 6, 2016
Least Improved: Nelson Agholor
I was really hoping for more from Nelly. I expected him to, at the very least, look a little better than last year. Nope. We still get this shizzzzzzz.
Carson Wentz on his interception: “I left it too far outside. The cornerback made a great play, hats off to him.” pic.twitter.com/SuQn9pUqJ5
— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) October 9, 2016
Go up strong son! Don’t let a tiny tug on your arm stop you from going and getting the football. Ugh. Least improved. Hopefully this fuels you to get better Nelly. To quote Gang Starr:
Best Newcomer: Carson Wentz
Duh, again. I’ll do better.
Best Newcomer (Non-Carson Wentz Division): Doug Pederson
Ok, ok. I won’t do a coach; but Pederson and crew (Schwartz, Reich, DeFilippo, etc.) do deserve some props, so I took a shot.
Best Newcomer (Non-Carson Wentz – Non-Coaches Division): Rodney McLeod
All I have to say is: As advertised.
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 26, 2016
Best Newcomer (Non-Carson Wentz – Non-Coaches – Non-Rodney Mcleod Division): Nigel Bradham
Did I reach with this award title? Yup. But I had to give Bradham his due after the defense looked lost without him during the first-half of the Lions game. Who would’ve guessed Bradham was the lynchpin for this defense. All along, he was the person holding it all together; the jenga piece that kept the tower from crumbling. Huh, who knew?
Biggest Dumbass: Nigel Bradham
I hate to give back-to-back awards to the same person, but obviously I don’t have a choice. As much as Lane Johnson deserves this title, it’s impossible to go against Bradham. Even Jim Schwartz agrees.
Most Underrated: Jordan Hicks
You know the whole Belichickian “Do Your Job” thing? You don’t!?! No worries, I got you:
Ok cool, now we’re all caught up. Back to Hicks. He’s the epitome of the “Do Your Job” mentality. He’s a smart, instinctive football player who goes about his business quietly and effectively. However, as a result we don’t give Jordan the credit he deserves. Let’s be better about that, you guys.
Most Overrated: Jason Peters
Sorry guys. I hate to say it. I really do. But Peters is nowhere near the level of player he used to be, and has looked even worse than I expected so far this season. Granted, he’s not awful or anything, but he’s certainly not the type of player most people think/say he is. He looks old. And honestly, I’m worried he’s only going get worse as the week-to-week grind of the season gets more and more intense. Here’s a taste of the twitter reaction to JP’s performance in yesterday’s game:
Great escapability by Carson Wentz to make that throw to Ryan Mathews, but Jason Peters is getting all kinds of turned around. #Eagles
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) October 9, 2016
Jason Peters is jumping early on nearly every play. Hoping they don’t decide to actually call it in a critical situation… #FlyEaglesFly
— Wentz Wagoneer (@WentzWagoneer) October 9, 2016
Is Jason Peters healthy? He’s getting worked! #Eagles
— Clarence Day (@ClarenceDayPSU) October 9, 2016
Most Likely to Succeed (More than they already have): Wendell Smallwood
We saw that the little guy has some moves vs. the Steelers:
Wendell Smallwood > Ezekiel Elliott pic.twitter.com/l2BGbXTFDv
— Wentz MVP 11 (@MvpWentz) October 8, 2016
And he’s definitely a better option than our final award winner of the evening…
Least Likely to Succeed (Even less than they already have): Ryan Mathews
Congrats Ryan! You didn’t win LVP, but this has to be a nice consolation prize. I think you’re not long for the starting RB role here, sir. Why you ask?
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) October 10, 2016
I rest my case.