As Philadelphia Eagles fans we’re used to our fair share of dysfunction. Just think of all we’ve seen over the last half decade alone. We saw Juan Castillo as a defensive coordinator. We watched Howie Roseman go from GM to managing training camp equipment to Eagles Football Czar (pretty sure that’s his official title now). We witnessed the Chip Kelly tornado, Tom Gamble being escorted out of the building, Jeffrey Lurie becoming Al Davis, and much more. We know dysfunction. But guess what? For the first time in a while, things may be looking up for us. I’d certainly rather be us than the 49ers. The Niners are on their third head coach in as many years, they’re currently paying four head coaches (Harbaugh, Tomsula, Kelly, and Shanahan), and just hired a guy straight out of the broadcast booth – with zero personnel experience – to be their general manager. They don’t have their quarterback of the future (love you Carson), their roster is bereft of NFL talent, and to top it all off, they’ve had multiple young players unexpectedly retire over the last few years — of their own volition. Chris Borland led the team in tackles as a rookie and then up and quit out of nowhere. Can you imagine if Jordan Hicks just came out tomorrow and said “I’m done, I just don’t want to play anymore.” We’d all lose our minds! That happened in San Francisco. And while I totally respect Borland and others’ decisions to protect their brains or bodies, I’m just saying it would be a shock for us, and would hurt the Eagles’ long term prospects as well. Niners owner Jed York came out today and said he believes Shanny and Lynch will be there more than six years – which is the length of each of their contracts. Not only is this unlikely, it’s ridiculous that the owner has to say it at all! All this is to say, it’s nice when the dysfunction isn’t us. I know it’s petty, but I can’t help it – it makes me feel good to know that we’re not the most effed up organization in the league. Maybe that makes me a weirdo, but it’s true. Look at all the insanity happening with the Knicks right now and tell me you don’t get a good laugh out of it. See? You can’t. It’s hilarious. But more important, it’s not us.
We are less than a month away from the start of free agency (March 9) and all indications are that the Eagles are looking to bolster the wide receiver position when that time comes. One of the names that’s been bandied about is Kenny Stills – but I don’t think people realize how much he’s going to cost. Jimmy Kempski tackles this subject in his mailbag, but needless to say, Stills ain’t coming cheap.
Jim Schwartz hasn’t gotten enough blame for the failures of “his guys.” Leodis McKelvin was here, and Eric Rowe wasn’t, because of Schwartz. That’s a big miss. Quick side note, I may never get over the Eric Rowe trade. He could be out of the league in two years and I’ll still hate it.
Enough with the negatives, let’s focus on a few positives – Jordan Matthews got engaged. So that’s good. He seems like a nice fella, so I’m happy for him and the soon-to-be old lady. I hope she’ll enjoy whatever team he signs with when the Eagles (hopefully) don’t pay him what his stats say he should be paid.
Five Eagles made PFF’s list of the Top 101 players in the NFL in 2016. It’s the five you’d expect. I’m not a big fan of PFF fwiw, and their ranking of Brandon Graham as the ninth best player in the league doesn’t help change my mind. I mean, I like BG a lot, but he’s nowhere close to a top 10 player in the league. Sorry not sorry.
For the ESPN Insiders out there, Aaron Schatz ranked the best Super Bowl losers and the 2004 Eagles ranked really high. I don’t know if this is a compliment or not tbh.
Lastly, watch this if you want to feel good. Carson Wentz is my everything.
Alright, let’s round this bitch out with some cheer and take a ride through the Twittersphere:
— Iggles Coverage (@IgglesCoverage) February 9, 2017
A trade? Really? I see a cut. But I would certainly take a trade!
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) February 9, 2017
That’s this morning!
— EROCK (@TheMightyEROCK) February 9, 2017
You’re damn right. #DallasSucks #PizzaDoesNotSuck
— NFL (@NFL) February 9, 2017
It’s not, not adorable.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 9, 2017
But Dan Fouts said he wasn’t! Who am I to believe? Hahaha. #FoutsSpouts
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer officially announces he will be back for the 2017 NFL season.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 9, 2017
I’m sure Cardinals fans are popping champagne as we speak…
By hiring Martin Mayhew, John Lynch is essentially trolling the people who are comparing him to Matt Millen.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 10, 2017
Well he’s right, he’s not Matt Millen. Millen was (albeit slightly) more qualified than Lynch when he got hired. Just sayin.
Titans OT Taylor Lewan has an interesting idea. pic.twitter.com/fd9KynQg65
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 10, 2017
Is “interesting” the right word?
— NFL (@NFL) February 10, 2017
He does know his own team passed on him too, right? Multiple times. Again, Dallas Sucks.