FROM YESTERDAY, SOME REALLY GOOD CLICKS
- Super Bowl talk? A prominent NFL Writer mentions the Eagles as one of his six contenders. This story and a ton more in our Evening Sesh
- Our weekly Dallas Cowboys update and there is a ton of things going on in Jerry’s World: injuries, QB controversy, Dak and Zeke partying with Snoop Dog. Check it out
- Can’t speak for the players, but Eagles fans sure are (over)confident heading into Sunday’s game against the Lions. Feels like a trap game to me, but Philly Football Talk contributor Brian McLaughlin is downright scared of the Lions
- Eagles are 3 point favorites on Sunday. What is the line saying to our own Jack Fritz? He seems a little scared too
- Penn State Fans, check out Philly Football Talk’s PSU Insiders Brian Tripp and Darian Somers weekly chat about the win on Saturday and what’s ahead for the Nittany Lions
— Everyone just calm down about Nigel Bradham. Yes, it’s very concerning that he allegedly assaulted a hotel cabana boy before the start of training camp. No, he shouldn’t have tried to pass a loaded handgun through a TSA checkpoint. These are obvious points of view, but it’s too easy to kick and scream about how Bradham is a distraction and should be disciplined immediately.
The assault case is one thing, but the gun incident is another. Law enforcement officials agree that there wasn’t any criminal intent by Bradham and he simply made a terrible blunder by forgetting that the loaded gun was in small compartment that he normally doesn’t utilize. In reality, he would have been released with a citation if he wasn’t already out on bond for the assault case. The media and public may not have even found out about the incident if it wasn’t for the pending case. And by the way, he had the proper permit to carry the firearm, so it’s not like he had a stolen gun. He just somehow forgot it was in his backpack.
Bradham has been a great addition to this Eagles defense, he always seems to be around the ball, and has shown real versatility against the run and pass. When the Eagles signed the 27-year old to a 2-year 7 million dollar contract in the offseason, it wasn’t because he was the brightest guy in the world or was known to be a great leader or decision maker. Bradham wasn’t expensive and already had a familiarity with Jim Schwartz and his defense. He was signed to perform on the football field, which he’s done, and stay out of the headlines off the field, something he needs to work on.
I have no idea if Bradham is a bad guy or not, he’s only been charged in the assault incident, not found guilty. Well how about the gun charge, why is he even carrying a loaded handgun in the first place? Carrying a loaded handgun isn’t something that I can relate to, but Bradham is a somewhat high profile athlete and therefore a target, especially if he’s hanging out in the Miami club scene and spending some of that 7 million dollar contract. I’d prefer he stay out of those situations so he wouldn’t have the need to carry the gun, but it’s America and if he can do what he wants to do and he can carry a gun if he has the proper permits and registration. He just can’t try to pass it through an airport security checkpoint.
— A big reason for the Eagles early success has been the defense, not only limiting points, but giving the offense a chance to play with the lead. A great article from ESPN.com’s Tim McManus details how the defense has helped Carson Wentz in first three games of the season and it makes a lot of sense.
A major part of that formula has been ball control. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Eagles are running a play every 32.8 seconds on average, which is 2.2 seconds slower than the next-slowest team, the Cowboys at 30.6 seconds. That is a complete reversal from the Chip Kelly days. Between 2013-15, the Eagles ran a play every 23.1 seconds of possession, which was three seconds faster than the next-fastest team in the Jaguars at 26.2 seconds. This is part of the reason why the Eagles are tops in time of possession while the defense is facing a league-low 53 plays per game on average.
With the defense dominating and the offense playing the clock-control game, Wentz has not had to do the kind of heavy lifting that comes with playing from behind. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Eagles have taken a total of 20 offensive snaps when trailing, the fewest in the NFL. They have not run an offensive snap when trailing in the second half of any game so far this season.
Eagles fans have been going crazy over the Wentz Wagon and justifiably so, just a gentle reminder that the defense deserves more of our attention.
— ESPN’s Antonio Pierce is on the Wentz Wagon, while Herm Edwards is on the Jim Schwartz Wagon
— Jon Gruden goes off the top rope and gives Odell Beckham a big splash. This is amazing
— Gronk sure is happy that Tom Brady will be back in Week 5. He’s been ailed with a hamstring injury and his fantasy owners haven’t been happy
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) October 5, 2016