From the Armchair: Philadelphia Eagles, Week 1

From The Armchair: The Philadelphia Eagles: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 1

9/10/13 in NFL   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

This season Ben (PhillyGenius82) and I will be taking a look at the Philadelphia Eagles.  Each week we'll give you our (not so) expert analysis of the Birds and their performance.  Are we in for more heartbreak?  Or will it be "In Chip We Trust"? Blog Photo - From The Armchair:  The Philadelphia Eagles:  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 1
 
The Good
Ryan: The Eagles had about the best first-half of football you can have.  The offense clicked and got in a good groove.  The players were into it.  The coaches were into it.  It was fun - something I woudln't particularly associate with Eagles football over the past few years. And even the defense pitched in with some timely plays and a hard-nosed attitude.   
 
Yeah, there were issues.  Yeah, the Redskins played poorly.  Yeah, it was only one half.  But it was fun, exciting, and promising.  So, as a lifelong Eagles fan, I'm sold.  (Who am I kidding?  I'm in regardless, but this is at least something I can be happy about)
 
Ben: What a way to kick off the season sort of. With the exception of how that first drive ended the Chip Kelly era got off to an incredibly fast start. After the last few years with Big Red it it wasn't fun it was boring, predictable and at times downright frustrating. I understand now what 7 was saying when he said football was fun again.
 
For 3 quarters the defense looked like they were having just as much fun as the offense was picking RG3 off twice getting a safety, chasing plays down from the backside. For all the talk about how bad they were going to be for at least 45 minutes they had to put some doubt in people’s heads doubted them.  
 
 
 
The Bad
Ryan: Is this a one-trick pony?  The whole summer I have wondered if Chip Kelly would be one of the few that make the transition to the pro game.  And I'm still wondering.  Given time to prepare and game-plan, will the Eagles offense be more gimmick than revolution?  I'm inclined to say that it will be somewhere in-between, but I'm a bit more optimistic about the promise of the future.  Hopefully they can stay ahead of the curve (and the in-game adjustments by the defense).  Of course, if Shady McCoy can break off runs that made him look more like Barry Sanders, then I think the offense will work regardless.
 
Ben: Play until you hear the whistle!!! I thought it was a forward pass too. Tough to tell on TV I saw different angles that clearly l made it seem like both a lateral and a forward pass. However if you play until you hear the whistle you don't have to worry about it and maybe they still get some points on that first drive and I don't have to watch D'Angelo Hall sashay into the end zone. Admittedly I'm nit picking the Mona Lisa but still.
 
 
 
The Ugly
Ryan:  I don't think there are any Eagles fans out there that didn't start to wonder if the whole thing was going to fall apart in the second half.  The offense seemed more out of sync. (or out of breath)  And the defense seemed vulnerable.  I know it's tough to keep that momentum up when you have such a big lead (after such a dominating first half), but I had to wonder if we'll see more of the second half of the game this season than the first half.  Obviously, I'm voting for the first half.
 
Ben: The 4th quarter defense or defense Patrick Chung on one TD looked sooooo lost on a play where you shouldn't let anybody behind you Hankerson is 5 yards behind him in the back of the end zone. The Eagles Safety situation since Dawk left has been about as stable as the Flyers goaile situation which is to say a revolving door. If only they could have gotten someone like Earl Thomas in the draft.... Oh wait they could have, oh well. I think they may give up a lot of points but on what I saw yesterday I think they'll score a lot of points. They certainly won't be boring. 

Also the Jaguars uniforms those were really, really ugly.  Almost as bad as the Monday Night Football Countdown “game picks”.
 
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9/11/13   |   kobe_lova   |   62071 respect

Jess wrote:
Somebody said "I didn't know Chris Farley coached the Eagles!"

LMAO! He looks like a character Frank Caliendo would play on the pregame.

9/11/13   |   Jess   |   34926 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
My favorite part of this game was y'alls, yes that's a word, coach. I so enjoyed seeing his plump marshmallow-y face with that visor on. It makes me happy. Then, it was just a crazy ass game. Much fun.

Somebody said "I didn't know Chris Farley coached the Eagles!"

9/11/13   |   kobe_lova   |   62071 respect

My favorite part of this game was y'alls, yes that's a word, coach. I so enjoyed seeing his plump marshmallow-y face with that visor on. It makes me happy. Then, it was just a crazy ass game. Much fun.

9/10/13   |   kteacher   |   34393 respect

Ryan wrote:
Hey!!!   Trying to see if I can make a comeback.   wink

laugh yes

9/10/13   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

kteacher wrote:
HEY.....I remember these two lads! Nice to see them on here. 


(Gooooo Flyers West!)

Hey!!!   Trying to see if I can make a comeback.   wink

9/10/13   |   kteacher   |   34393 respect

HEY.....I remember these two lads! Nice to see them on here. 


(Gooooo Flyers West!)

9/10/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17829 respect

A couple of things here: first, I think the Eagles could have a good year, but I never got over them knocking off the Falcons to go on to the play and lose to the Raiders in the Super Bowl. So, boo.

Second, I haven't got over the Vick thing from back in his ATL days. I loved watching him play in red and black; I also love puppies... and long walks on the beach.... and sunsets. But I'll save all that for another site.

Bottom line is, I believe the NFC East can be had. By a few teams. Good article.

9/10/13   |   JenX63   |   32904 respect

I was happy to see Vick being protected. I thought as a whole the offense was on mark compared to last year. The tiredness came from the Eagles not used to being on the field so much. :)
the defense certainley kept the Skins from scoring more.

9/10/13   |   Jess   |   34926 respect

I watched a little bit of Oregon football when Chip was there due to the fact that I lived close to Eugene for 4 years and that's what was on everywhere we went on Saturdays. That's what the Eagles looked like to me, other than the fact that Oregon was always a 2nd half team and blew it up then rather than coming right out of the gate and doing it. Imagine how much fun it would be to see this team play with a young stud QB!