DeSean Jackson. Your thoughts? Philly sports talk hosts and Twitter hot takers rejoice as some new info on DeSean coming back to the Eagles makes headlines. Ok, maybe it’s not the biggest story, but a former teammate speaking so confidently about his return is telling. Brandon Graham joined Breakfast on Broad for his weekly segment and the subject of DeSean came up
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BG had his comments just a few days after Shady McCoy went on Instagram Live and had similar DeSean comments.
Instagram live w/ Shady McCoy tonight was interesting. Called Kiko a bumb and said Desean told him he was going back. Whatever that means.
— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) December 25, 2016
It should hardly come as a surprise, being that DeSean was given multiple opportunities to shoot down speculation back in October. I had my own hot take on DeSean from back when the Eagles played the Skins and I invite you to give it a read. The Eagles have a need and DeSean has just enough left in the tank for a return to Philadelphia. We’ll see if it actually happens, but I’d put the chances at very good.
— Temple rallied, but couldn’t get it done against Wake Forest yesterday. After an opening drive touchdown, the Temple defense looked flat against Wake. Oh well. We’ll be keeping an eye on Matt Rhule and his staff trying to rebuild Baylor. I’m interested to see how he does. I’d bet on him succeeding.
If you missed it, here’s an excellent article on why Rhule took the job at Baylor, spurning another serious offer (Oregon) and accepting the job without even visiting the campus.
— Rex Ryan was fired yesterday and his days as an NFL head coach are most likely over. Expect to see him on ESPN and CBS next season. Meanwhile, the Bills are trying to figure out who their next head coach is going to be. One of the names appearing on the list to replace Ryan: Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
I’ll be brief with this. It’s not going to happen. He’s a good defensive coordinator, he’s not an NFL head coach. If I was a college program, would I give Schwartz a call? Absolutely, Schwartz may make a fine college head coach, but his time as the head man in the NFL is over.
— Since we know the Eagles are finishing last in the NFC East, we know who their opponents are for next season. If you remember last year, the Eagles winning the final game against the Giants gave them a tougher schedule. Because they finished with a better record than the Giants, they traveled to Seattle, while NYG went to London for an away game against the Rams. Obviously a much easier draw for New York
These are just the home and away opponents, the scheduling and ordering of the games doesn’t happen for a few months.
We’ll have to see how these games line up, but it doesn’t look like an easy schedule on paper. Cross country trips to Seattle (again), Los Angeles, and San Diego. Also a tough match-up against the Panthers and Chiefs on the road. Playing the AFC West is a tough draw, as 3 of the 4 teams will be favorites to make the playoffs next season.
Don’t laugh. I’m giving my first win/loss prediction. Yes, I realize that the season isn’t over yet. I have the Eagles with SEVEN wins. Subject to change
Other highlights: if Chip Kelly isn’t fired, he’ll make his return to Philadelphia. I mentioned playing the Chargers, that’s a great destination trip. Last time the Eagles played in San Diego, I went out and visited my buddy who lived right in the downtown area. There were Eagles fans every where and we had a great time. Keep an eye on when that game is and consider heading out.
— Last week, Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw criticized head coach Mike Tomlin, calling him a great cheerleader guy and not a great head coach. Mike Tomlin responded yesterday at his day-after press conference
“Terms like ‘cheerleader guy,’ to me, maybe fall outside of bounds of critique or criticism,” Tomlin said during a news conference Tuesday. “They probably fall more toward the area of disrespect and unprofessional. But what do I know? I grew up a Dallas fan. Particularly a [Thomas] ‘Hollywood’ Henderson fan.”
In 1979, Henderson famously said about Bradshaw at the height of the Steelers-Cowboys rivalry: “He couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the C and the A.”
“I appreciate the support. But criticism and critique are very much a part of our business,” Tomlin said. “It’s an element of our business that as a competitor I embrace. The term ‘great,’ that’s something I have a great deal of respect for. I certainly don’t think that my résumé to this point reads as great. But very few coaches’ résumés read as that at this point. Guys like Bill [Belichick] in New England probably can say that, Pop [Gregg Popovich] down in San Antonio. I think the rest of us are just working stiffs, to be quite honest with you.”
I don’t think that Tomlin is the best X and O guy in the business. A have a few friends who are Steelers fans and they like Tomlin, but certainly have moments where they are less than thrilled with his decisions. Welcome to the NFL, isn’t it like that with everyone? Remember Bill Belichick last season against the Eagles, with his brain dead decision to go for an onside kick? Every coach is going to tick their fans off.
Bottom line is he gets wins and his team plays for him. He always handles himself with dignity and class and he showed that again yesterday as he handled the Bradshaw situation.
— Yesterday we showed you a marriage proposal at the Raiders game. Today, we show you a fight. Dude tosses dude pretty good