It is a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan at the moment. The Eagles are currently atop the NFL in the standings and “The Process” is finally paying off. The Eagles are literally destroying everybody in their path and the Sixers young core is looking like Shaq and Penny 2.0. The huge question is, which team should Philly fans put stock in for the future.
Looking at the Eagles, the team is currently at 8-1 and Carson Wentz is on pace to be the MVP in only his 2nd season. That is pretty incredible. Along with having a super scary defensive line and a growing secondary the Eagles are looking like formidable squad for years to come. At the moment, the Eagles defense is setting the team up for success. Opposing teams are only rushing 18 times per game on average against the Eagles. That is actually the lowest amount of rushes per game of all time. That means teams are throwing 30-40 times every week and it is not working out. Patrick Robinson is playing out of his mind ranking as the #1 DB in the NFL according to PFF (Pro Football Focus). Jalen Mills is only in his 2nd year but has proved that he should go up against the opposing #1 WR every week. The linebacking core doesn’t get enough credit. Nigel Bradham and when healthy Jordan Hicks are among the best in the NFL as well as Mychal Kendricks who has seen an uptick in production since Hicks was placed on the IR a few weeks ago. To top everything off the Eagles have a pretty decent running game that features newly acquired Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. Blount is on a one year deal and it is not clear whether the team will retain his services after this season. All together the Eagles have a solid foundation and look to win their first Super Bowl this season.
The 76ers are on a whole other level than the Eagles. Ben Simmons is already locked in on winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award and Joel Embiid and dominating along side his 6’10 point guard. Robert Covington has budded into a good 2 way way player and Dario Saric is doing whatever he can to help the 76ers win. The great news is that the 76ers core is in place and under contract. The 76ers can add around their core and and be even better than what they are now in the future. The crazy part is Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid aren’t even in their primes yet. Imagine Simmons with a functioning jump shot. Imagine Embiid playing a full season. It is amazing to think of how good this team can be when the team hits their stride. Fultz is dealing with a shoulder injury and the team is still managing to win despite the loss of Fultz. The Process has finally payed off and the team is starting to look like the team that can take on the Golden State Warriors and win. The Eastern Conference lost a lot of talent in the offseason and it is up for grabs. The Sixers are going to be the team to step up. If not this year than for sure next year with a fully healthy core.
Sadly, the Eagles are in prime position to lose a few of their coaches in a few months. Quarterback coach John Defilippo may be the most intriguing candidate in the off season for a head coaching position. Jim Schwartz may leave for his last try at being a head coach for the right opportunity. The loss of Defilippo may stunt Wentz’s growth and that is a huge deal. Not to mention the the NFC is starting to look like the Western Conference in football. The Eagles may be the team this year but next year and the year after that is a huge question mark. The Sixers may be young but like stated earlier, the core is there and is staying . The Sixers have more favorable odds to be contenders than the Eagles do. Philadelphia fans should love both teams but if you were to say which team is the next dynasty in Philadelphia the answer should be the Sixers.
The Philadelphia Eagles took care of business against the 49ers in a 33-10 thrashing this Sunday. Of course it was against a a 0-7 49ers squad; however, the game proved that even when Carson Wentz isn’t bringing it, somebody else is sure to shine. The defensive stepped up Sunday tallying 4 sacks and allowing less than 100 rushing yards once again. The loss of Jason Peters was heavily felt though in this game, making it almost certain that Lane Johnson switches to Left Tackle in the near future. Overall, the Eagles continued to prove that they are the best team in the NFL this year and have shown no signs of slowing down.
The defensive line in Philly is probably the most deep it has been since the mid 2000s. The line obviously has it’s share of star talent like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham but also has players that have star potential like Timmy Jernigan and Derek Barnett. Eagles fans might be having flashbacks of “The Freak” Jevon Kearse and Corey Simon coming off the edge and dominating the trenches. The biggest takeaway from this game was did anybody notice that Jordan Hicks was not playing? His season ending injury against the Redskins seemed to be a huge loss but in actuality it wasn’t this Sunday. Kendricks finally got a chance to prove himself and that is exactly what he did. Kendricks ended up with 7 tackles including a sack and 2 hits on the QB. Solid. Jalen Mills had a pick six in the game and honestly that put the game away and it was only in the 2nd quarter.
On the contrary to the defensive line, the Eagles offensive line didn’t have a great day. They were just okay when it came to creating holes for the running game and on pass protection it was dreadful. Mainly Big V who is Jason Peter’s replacement was dreadful. The sacks came in the first half but the Eagles adjusted in the second and ultimately figured it out. Alshon Jeffery finally went up for a ball, brought it down and scored a touchdown. Who would have known that Alshon could do that? Since the Eagles are literally winning almost every aspect of the game every week I think there needs to be more chances given to Alshon Jeffery. Let the man earn his contract. 50/50 balls can be a game changer and something Carson Wentz needs to work on with his outside threat. Corey Clement had a solid day rushing for 54 yards on 10 carries with one of those carries being a 22 yard play.
The biggest stat of the day was the last time the Eagles went 7-1 was in 2004. 2004 obviously being the year the Eagles went to the Superbowl. The Eagles take on the Broncos this week who have been struggling lately on the offensive side of the ball. How convenient that the Eagles have one of the best defenses in the NFL. If the Eagles win against the Broncos the team will go into the bye week 8-1 and in prime position to be the number 1 seed in the Playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers in a huge road game Thursday night. The win puts the Eagles at 5-1 overall and atop the NFC as a whole. It is never safe to make assumptions about a Philadelphia team but this year’s Eagles team is a legit contender. They have the “Sauce”, the “Juice” and most importantly they have their shit together. There has been a lot of suffering in Philadelphia but the Eagles are making up for everything and more.
To start out, let’s give a S/O to “Superman” Cam Newton for throwing 3 interceptions in Thursday night’s game. The problem with Cam Newton is that he lacks the mental capacity to be a Top 10 QB in the NFL. The guy has all the talent in the world and will never be able to put it together because he will never evolve. If it wasn’t for Carolina’s defense the Panthers would not be a good team. If you watched the game after halftime it was almost as if Newton gave up. The Eagles pass rush literally made Newton give up. It is hard to come back when your “leader” isn’t the leader that every team looks for in their QB. It was also disconcerting to hear the remarks made about about women’s role in sports coverage. Women have every right to be respected in the world of sports. There are so many talented women covering sports on so many networks and they deserve credit where credit is due and most importantly respect.
Back to the game, Carson Wentz was 16 for 30 with 3 TD’s. Back to back games with at least 3 TD’s for Wentz and overall the offense is rolling. Who would have thought that Nelson Agholor would be balling out this season. He pretty much saved his career with the numbers he is putting up this season. He caught a pass from Wentz on a slant and took it to the house. His speed is very impressive and most importantly he is holding onto the ball this year. Zach Ertz only had two catches against Carolina but those catches were two touchdowns. Ertz leads all Tight Ends in catches and receiving yards. Ertz has benefitted the most from Jordan Matthews being traded. Ertz is the security blanket that keeps the offense rolling. Alshon Jeffery again didn’t have a great game but it depends how you look at it. Opposing defenses have to respect Jeffery’s ability on the outside. He is more of a decoy than a playmaker in Philadelphia. If this was the NBA, he would be Dwyane Wade when LeBron played with the Heat. If teams don’t respect Jeffery than Wentz has a deep threat target that will terrorize opposing DB’s. Blount had another solid game against another run stopping defense. Blount ran 14 times for 67 yards and did most of his damage when the Eagles really needed it. There was speculation that Blount would be cut this offseason but he is proving doubters wrong every week.
Defensively, the front 7 had another great game. Jim Johnson is looking down on this team with a smile. Cox came back from injury and literally threw a 300 pound offensive lineman into Cam Newton’s lap and made it into a turnover. The Eagles are ranked as the 3rd best defense in the NFL and it is why the Eagles are a legit contender. Name a QB who plays well under pressure. You can’t. The Eagles will make every QB they face this year play bad. There isn’t a offensive line in the NFL that can contain Cox, Jernigan, Graham, and Long. Teams can adjust and get the ball out quicker but that didn’t work out for the Giants when they did that against the Eagles. The Eagles no doubt give up a bunch of passing yards but they will bend and not break. The team is missing Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones so what do people expect? Speaking of Darby and Jones, they are set to return very soon so expect them to play against Denver in 2 weeks.
Philadelphia’s only loss came on a road game against the undefeated Chiefs. Even that game was close. This year’s team is winning games that past Eagles team weren’t capable of winning. Like mentioned earlier they have the the “Juice” and it is inspiring. The Eagles are more than likely going to the Playoffs and if they do expect them to make a run. Defense wins championships and having a good offense doesn’t hurt either. For once in a longtime Philadelphia has a team to be proud of.
Breaking News: The 2017 NFL season has begun and the Eagles still drive every Philly fan nuts. However, it’s not your average gameday because this time the Eagles won. It wasn’t pretty, wasn’t ugly either but a win’s a win and that’s all you can wish for.
The Eagles finally won in Washington which seemed like it would never happen. Kirk Cousins is the Eagles kryptonite but that wasn’t the case this time. The Eagles defense had a very good day only allowing 17 points. The defensive line was very impressive and Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are living up to their contracts finally. Graham tallied 2 sacks and Fletcher Cox had a sack and scored a defensive touchdown to seal off the victory. The secondary had a decent day, the headline will be newly acquired CB Ronald Darby gets hurt which is a huge deal. With Darby in the game Kirk Cousins was 2-8 and without Darby in Cousins was 21-32. Every Eagles fan should say a prayer from Darby cause without him the Eagles are depleted at the Cornerback position. Jalen Mills came up clutch with a goal line interception and changed the entire game for the Eagles. Mills will be looked at as the No 1 CB until Darby returns to action.
Offensively, Wentz had a solid game. Wentz threw for 307 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The interception came on a deflection, and that isn’t Wentz’s fault. There was no rushing game at all and that is completely Doug Pederson’s fault. We gave Pederson a year to adjust to being a head coach and that time is over. Pederson may be the WORST play caller in the NFL. Pederson has yet to be an effective play caller since becoming the head coach in Philly. Doug is pulling a Chip Kelly on the sideline and someone needs to do something about it. The Eagles will continue to be a below average team if every week Wentz throws 40 passes and there isn’t a effective running game. Blount had 14 carries for only 46 yards. Smallwood and Sproles had a total of 6 yards on 6 carries. That is Really bad.
On the brightside Ertz is finally going to have his breakout season. Thanks to Howie Long trading away Wentz’s best friend and favorite target, Ertz is poised to make up for Jordan Matthews absence. Ertz had a 8 receptions for 93 yards and was solid all game long. Nelson FREAKING Agholor even had a good game. He caught an absolute bomb from Carson Wentz almost like week 1 of last year. Agholor finished with 6 catches for 86 yards. That is something that the team can build on and something Agholor badly needed to revive his lackluster NFL career.
Next week will be a challenge when the team travels to Kansas City to face face former Head Coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs killed the Patriots this week and Arrowhead Stadium has the loudest fans in the NFL. For the love of God I hope Doug Pederson gets his head out of his ass and runs the ball next week.
The Buffalo Bills have gone full dumpster fire mode and traded away Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby. Easily two their best players now play for somebody else. Luckily, the Eagles landed Ronald Darby in exchange for WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 3rd round pick. Darby had a fantastic rookie season and a not so fantastic 2nd season. However, Darby is a total stud and the Eagles are better with him than without.
As soon as the news broke I guarantee almost every Eagles fan had a ”What The f***” moment. The Eagles traded away Jordan Matthews and a 3rd round pick. That is a ton of value just for Ronald Darby. Matthews is Carson Wentz’s best friend on and off the field. Howie Roseman didn’t even consult Wentz before making the trade. That in itself is a huge deal. I seriously doubt that Tom Brady is not included in every deal that takes place in Foxborough. Speaking of the Patriots, Eric Rowe who was once a young promising Eagles DB now plays for the Patriots. Roseman wants a young core in his secondary but obviously Rowe didn’t appeal to Roseman.
Back to Matthews, he is a valued possession receiver that will be missed in Philadelphia. He has been durable for the most part and he showed up when needed. Carson won’t have his buddy but that doesn’t mean the offense is going to skip a beat without Matthews. Tight End Zach Ertz will be the top target in the offense this year. No doubt about it. Ertz was the best 2nd half tight end last year and that won’t change. Throw in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith and the Eagles have weapons. The tricky part is that Nelson Agholor is the new slot wide receiver. Agholor has not lived up to his potential at all. Agholor apparently has had the summer of his life at training camp. Agholor apparently is even getting the best of Malcolm Jenkins. That is impressive but we will all see if Agholor has changed when it actually matters.
Ronald Darby ran a 4.38 at the NFL Combine and scouts say that the speed translates into game speed. He also has 10 more pass breakups than any other corner on Philly’s roster in the last two seasons. Most importantly, Darby has lined up with the likes OBJ and shut him down. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby will be the starters and Patrick Robinson will defend the slot. The front four was impressive week 1 of the pre season and gives hope for this season. Overall, the core is set unless Roseman decides to trade another asset away for a corner. The possibilities are endless.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have agreed to a trade that would send Philadelphia the #1 pick in 2017 and Boston gets 2017 3rd pick, 2018 1st round Lakers pick (2-5 protected) and 2019 Kings 1st round pick. The Sixers will draft presumptive top prospect Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the first pick. Fultz averaged just over 23 points along with nearly 6 assist and rebounds per game.
The best part about the trade is that the Sixers will have their foundation for the future. The starting rotation is filled with potential. There is a strong argument to be made that the rotation is the most athletic in the NBA. As well as having 4 players that are 6’7 and taller in the starting 5 making Fultz the smallest in the lineup at 6’4. The height isn’t a weakness in this case. Defensively, Covington is a lockdown defender. Embiid and Saric have shown they can defend the paint and Simmons hasn’t played a game yet; however, his versatility should allow him to defend every position making him a valuable asset in Philadelphia.
Offensively, the Sixers are bound to put up numbers all day everyday. For the other 29 teams it will be a challenge to match up with Philadelphia. Embiid can literally play any position. He has said that he can play at the point guard position and dominate. How Embiid stretches the floor and has improved his range since being drafted it’s hard to disagree with his statement. Dario Saric is an athletic forward who can play as the stretch forward or center if Head Coach Brett Brown implements a small lineup. Ben Simmons is literally everything. The boy is 6’10 and has Magic Johnson written on his forehead. When Fultz is not playing point it is likely that Simmons will takeover. Every team needs a 3 point shooter in their lineup and Robert Covington is that guy. He can shoot and defend making him an asset. Covington isn’t guaranteed a starting spot but it is very likely if the Sixers do not add a high profile shooting Guard in Free Agency. Of Course Markelle Fultz is going to be the starting Point Guard in Philadelphia. He is the best shooter in this year’s draft class and he can rebound and pass the ball efficiently. Fultz probably can be compared to Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is this year’s MVP by a long shot and if Fultz is half of the player that Westbrook is than Fultz will be a great ball player.
This year is the year that the Sixers absolutely must spend their money. Philadelphia leads the NBA in cap space and it is a perfect time to spend it. J.J Redick should be at the top of the list for the Sixers in Free Agency. Redick has shot and drained 3 point shots his whole career. He can play defense and maybe most importantly he is a locker room leader. The young Sixers roster really has no veteran experience. Especially players who have played on contenders. Redick is a lifelong Clippers player and has played on both a terrible and good Clippers team. Dion Waiters should take a serious look at joining his hometown team. Waiters has never been a key part of any team before; however, he would be a solid 6th man in the rotation and could serve as a leader off the bench.
T.J McConnell started at point guard for the 76ers last year and is better served coming off the bench. McConnell is the blue collar player that gives it his all every night and exemplifies Philadelphia’s culture. Richaun Holmes is a solid young forward that can play power forward behind Saric. Holmes got lost in the shuffle when Nerlens Noel still played in Philly but after that Holmes showed that he can contribute whenever called upon. The Sixers need to sign Luc Richard Mbah a Moute this off-season. People reading this are probably asking why. Two reasons and one is huge. Joel and Luc are best friends. They are both from the same country and having him return to Philly would be awesome. The guy has way to long of a name to write but he shot close to 40% from three last year and is a solid defender. The partnership is highly ideal and would help the Sixers in more ways than one.
The biggest issue that the Sixers face is injuries. Ben Simmons hasn’t played a game yet and Embiid played 31 games in 3 years. That’s insane and scary at the same time. Fultz has suffered a not so serious knee injury last season and hopefully that’s all that it will ever be.When healthy the Sixers are a super team on paper. Maybe not now because of the inexperience but playoffs are bound to happen this year and beating the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals next season. This is what Sam Hinkie was put on Earth for to be the Sixers GM. He may not be there now but Trusting The Process has never been stronger. Instead of beetlejuice beetlejuice beetlejuice in Philly it’s Super Team Super Team Super Team.
The Philadelphia 76ers have the 3rd pick in this year’s draft and it grants the franchise a great opportunity to reap the rewards of “The Process”. Boston is most likely going to draft Markelle Fultz and the Lakers are most likely taking Lonzo Ball. The 2017 class has been put in the same category as the 2003 draft. The same draft class that produced LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. With De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk on the board at 3 the Sixers will have plenty of ways to be a playoff team next season.
The 76ers will be a playoff team next season if Joel Embiid stays healthy and Ben Simmons plays like he did in last year’s summer league. Even with T.J McConnell as their starting point guard the team can still be a formidable force in the East. But what if Bryan Colangelo pulled the trigger and drafted Kentucky Point Guard De’Aaron Fox. Fox is fast, athletic and dropped 39 points on Lonzo Ball. Just for shutting up LaVarr Ball the Sixers need to draft Fox.
Jrue Holiday was the last point guard that made a significant impact in Philadelphia. Almost every playoff team has a solid point guard and that is the biggest need at the moment. Sergio Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless won’t take any team to the playoffs. T.J McConnell has heart and that is why he fits in Philly. Drafting Fox makes the most the sense simply because paying Kyle Lowry a max salary isn’t a good move and letting Ben Simmons be the full time Point Guard is risky.
Just because the Celtics and Lakers are likely to take two guards over Fox doesn’t mean Fox is the 3rd best point guard. There is a case to be made that he is better than both Ball and Fultz. Fox is said to be the fastest player in this draft and his experience at Kentucky may put him ahead of the curve when it comes to being prepared for the NBA. Coach Brett Brown might die early and go to Heaven just thinking about utilizing the Pick N Roll with Fox and Embiid. Or put Simmons at the point and let Fox play off the ball, the possibilities are endless with De’Aaron Fox. The draft is just under a month away and the Sixers are a month away from becoming playoff bound.
This years NFL Draft delivered big time in every aspect. The Philadelphia crowd was amazing and showed everybody why Philadelphia has the best fans in the world. For the Eagles themselves they had a fantastic draft. For once, the team seemed like they knew what they were doing. Everybody knew Howie Roseman needed a good draft to save his job and with Joe Douglas calling the shots that’s exactly what happened.
It’s a pretty safe bet that everybody’s mock draft was ruined when the Bears moved up one spot to add another non proven Quarterback to their roster. People claim that the Eagles made a worse deal to move up to get Wentz but that is fake news. Comparing Wentz to Trubisky is like comparing Allen Iverson to Jimmer Fredette. If there were any people that thought the Eagles would draft a Wide Receiver that went out the window when the top 4 receivers were drafted within the top 10 picks. Than the Saints were on the clock and killed the possibility of the Eagles drafting Marshon Lattimore.
Finally, the Eagles were on the clock and what did they do? They didn’t draft a Cornerback that the team desperately needed. They didn’t draft Jonathan Allen a player who maybe was top 3 in the draft talent wise. They drafted the player who broke Reggie White’s Tennessee sack record. With the 14th pick in 2017 draft the Philadelphia Eagles drafted edge rusher Derek Barnett.
The first thing that I bet everybody thought was is Barnett another Marcus Smith in the making. The answer is probably not. Marcus Smith was a ”potential” pick that never worked out. Smith played well in Louisville’s 4-3 scheme but was drafted to play for a transitioning 3-4 Eagles team led by former Head Coach Chip Kelly. Barnett is a true first round talent and proved it while beating SEC Tackles every Saturday afternoon. Some scouts have mentioned Barnett is better than Myles Garrett which may be true. Barnett doesn’t take plays off and is a blue collar worker that Philly faithful will hopefully fall in love with. Garrett is the same person who also said he wanted the Cowboys to draft him so obviously Barnett is mentally superior to Garrett.
Derek Barnett makes his money by blowing by his assignment and getting to the Quarterback. The guy is really quick and has a motor that doesn’t quit. With Barnett on the roster it seems that Vinny Curry’s days are numbered. Curry has potential but hasn’t gotten the opportunity to show it. With what the Eagles are paying Curry it doesn’t look good for him at the moment. On paper the line is stacked. With Barnett, Jernigan, Cox and Graham the Eagles are pretty solid. Throw in rotational players like Beau Allen, Vinny Curry and Destiny Vaeao the Eagles will dominate in the Wide nine. Not to mention the added pressure will help the Eagles bolstered secondary led by Jenkins and Mills.
The Eagles were not the overall winners of the draft by any means. However, the Eagles had pretty good off-season and the team is in position to maybe make the playoffs this year. The team will have a better look at their new star when rookie mini camp starts in a few weeks. In the meantime look out for a trade that involves Kendricks as a possible target for several teams.
This year’s NFL Draft set for April 27th in the City Of Brotherly Love will be a huge night. So huge, yet only 22 prospects have accepted the invite to this years draft. Christian McCaffery is not included in the list of 22. If in fact, McCafferry is drafted by the Eagles which he probably will be; subsequently, he will be missing the loudest ovation of a lifetime. Every sign points to McCaffery being an Eagle because Howie Roseman needs a sure fire first round pick to keep his job. Also if Carson Wentz is going to be Philadelphia’s Batman he is gonna need his Robin to back him up.
So what do we know about the current state of the Eagles? The team’s scheme has Andy Reid written all over it. Carson Wentz isn’t Donovan McNabb but Carson has way more potential than McNabb did this early his career. If McNabb is Allen Iverson than Carson Wentz is gonna be Russel Westbrook. Andy Reid paired McNabb with Brian Westbrook and the screen game became the Eagles bread and butter. Adding a duel threat receiving back will make the Eagles the threat they need to be within the NFC.
From an Offensive perspective Carson Wentz is a mobile Quarterback. Wentz has decent speed for the position and has the proper length to be effective. Giving him McCaffery would almost for sure make the opposing defense not load the box therefore allowing Carson the time he needs to make the play happen. If a team does load the box than unleash the screen pass and watch Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson decompose the opposing linebackers corps.
The problem with keeping Ryan Matthews is teams know what the Eagles are going to do. The Eagles have Darren Sproles, obviously the Eagles would have Sproles over Matthews in that situation. Matthews is a downhill running back and that’s all he gonna provide for the team when healthy. Even when Matthews is healthy, the guy is very fumble prone and that just ruins everything about his game. Even Sproles has come out and said this will be his last year in the NFL so why not find the next best thing right now.
Brian Westbrook will end up in the Eagles Hall of fame in the near future. Westbrook was a talented running back along with being an explosive Special teams contributor. He wen’t to several NFC Championships with the Eagles along with being on the 2003-2004 NFC Championship team. If anything, McCaffery really is Brian Westbrook 2.0 and Carson Wentz would bring the most out of McCaffery if drafted by the Eagles.
Not to mention the pedigree of McCaffery’s family. Almost everybody in his immediate family is a professional athlete. His dad is a well known vet and can help his son adapt to the NFL and for some players that takes years to happen. Christian can also play piano man on the Harmonica and that’s what got me on his bandwagon.
The only two reason why the Eagles should not take McCaffery with the 14th pick is either Lattimore is still available which probably won’t happen. Or The Eagles receive an offer for the first round pick that blows their mind away. If Howie Roseman can finesse a trade that allows the team to drop only a few spots back than go for it. The added picks can go towards drafting a Corner back that the Eagles need as well. Overall the Eagles are in primed territory to get better through the draft and that is really exciting news that Eagles fans need.