The Eagles Have Landed ! ! !

That was fun. Any game that sees Brian (Mr. Happy) Belichick and Tom (My balls are too hard) Brady trot off the field as losers, is a great game in my book. Much like seeing the LA Dodgers lose game 7 in the World Series last October.

The script yesterday seemed to want Tom Brady and the Patriots to mount that patented double-digit comeback, but it was not meant to be. Neither defense put up very much resistance, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson appeared to have his players relaxed and ready for the task at hand. Pederson should really be the MVP of the game as his 4th down call to end the 1st half was a study in guts. His 4th and 1 call in the 4th quarter however, showed off even more balls. Philly was on their own 45, down a point, and 5:45 left in the game.

Fail on that 4th down, and the Eagles give the ball to Brady in their territory. Not a good proposition in any case, but time was running down and NE could simply burn clock and kick the FG to put the game a little more out of reach. And, seeing as how the Pats NEVER punted in the game, giving the ball to NE deep in their territory would just make running the clock out that much easier. So, Pederson, a guy who has built his short coaching career on aggressive 4th down calls, threw a quick 2-yard in to Zach Ertz, keeping the drive alive for the go-ahead TD to Ertz a few plays later.

Pederson has made his bones calling unorthodox plays in conventional situations. A 3rd and 5 play saw a 26 yard run up the middle by Jay Ajayi. The 4th and 1 to close the half saw a wildcat formation double-reverse pass from Trey Burton to Nick Foles. My favorite play (a Belichick special) was seeing Brady, wide open on a reverse pass to him, let the ball skip off his hands. Giselle was right. Tom CAN’T catch the ball as well.

All in all, an entertaining game. Which, in the end is what you hope for. Funny thing is, what do the Eagles do now? Their franchise QB Carson Wentz just saw his understudy win the big one. Do the Eagles parlay that into a trade with a QB-desperate team that will give them a high 1st round pick (hello Cleveland)? Do they name him starter? Sit him for Wentz? An interesting predicament so say the least. I’d think the Eagles would would entertain trades as they aren’t going to bench Wentz for Foles, and I think he’s going to want to go back to starting after this improbable run into Super Bowl lore.

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20 Responses to The Eagles Have Landed ! ! !

  1. Nipper says:

    Congrats to the Eagles for playing well and winning this SB. Foles came up big and for an athlete that is of critical importance. No one can take this glory away from him. He did it and so rewards will be forthcoming either with the Eagles or another NFL team.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, I don’t know what his contract situation is but he will be getting a pretty big raise the next time it comes up. Most likely somewhere else.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Foles is talking like he wants to stay but i find that hard to fathom.

    Are you in hiding, NJ?

    Then again, I guess I understand why . . .

  3. unca_chuck says:

    For thos of you wondering about Malcolm Butler, our future CB, here’s the story. Tales of missed curfews, reefer, and hookers . . . and favoritism by Belichick.

    • Nipper says:

      Sign him up! Missed curfews…….who cares? A reefer and hookers, business as usual! The only question that matters……can he play?

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Huh. Butler says he was with his family every night during the Super bowl week and that everything reported is false.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s Butler’s tweet:

    “During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew or participated [in] any of the ridiculous activities being reported,” the Patriots cornerback wrote. “They are not only false, but hurtful to me and my family. Although I wish I could have contributed more to help my team win, I have to get ready for the next opportunity.”

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Word through the grapevine is Belichick was trying to drive down Butler’s FA worth by spreading innuendo out there about him and then benching him.

    Seems like a steep price to pay for a future contract negotiation as his replacement, Eric Rowe, who was dumped by the Eagles a couple years ago, was torched pretty good by Alshon Jeffrey, but who knows?

  7. NJ49er says:

    No hiding here Chuck. My resident colleague, the Philly Fan is keeping us entertained with his gloating.
    Congratulations are in order of course.
    They’re a Dynasty in their own minds now…. O-N-E Lombardi.

    To quote….”We won the SB with our backup QB. Who wants to Trade for him now and give us a boatload of Draft Picks?”

    I’m just glad he didn’t burn down his own neighborhood during the post game festivities.
    Alcohol and flammable materials in the hands of jubilant Eagles Fans went well beyond the consumption of horse sh!t. I think it’s a staple in their everyday diets. It just happened to get caught on video during the festivities.

    He’s nothing, if not entertaining, in his obnoxiously annoying kinda way.
    Life goes on….. 😀

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Hey, I just hope we get Butler. He’s a stud CB.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. McDaniels is a major league asshole. Indy should feel lucky. If he’s waiting for Belichick to retire, he won’t get the NE job.

    If I’m Butler I don;t trust anyone on that coaching staff. Patricia was apparently OK with benching Butler.

    • NJ49er says:

      Quite possible BB made the call and Patricia had no choice in the decision too Chuck?
      Safe to assume there’s trouble brewing in NE these days.
      Word that Jimmy was dealt to us because Brady/Kraft wanted it done?
      When the HC is the GM, and there’s conflicts such as this, hard to know who’s really calling the shots I guess?

      Football in NE is having it’s challenges now…..

      • NJ49er says:

        Loved the CURE commercial during the SB suggesting, “If you cheat, you can sleep with a super model.”

  10. Nipper says:

    If the Pats want to get rid of a player for whatever the reason…….Niners should just grab them. Deal with any problems later.

    • Nipper says:

      As for McDaniels I don’t blame him for changing his mind about Indy. He would go from one of the more stable franchises in the NFL to one that is just the opposite. Anyone have any confidence in Indy?

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Is the drunk guy still running the Colts?

  12. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up .. . . . . .. . . … .. . .

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