Sixers Vs Eagles: Philadelphia’s Next Dynasty Team

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.

 

 

Defense Shines While Offense Provides

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.

Bird Gang Shows Out In Carolina

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.

Eagles Finally Get A W In Washington

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.

Shades of Reggie White In Philadelphia

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.

Sixers need to Trust “The Process” Less…

The 2016-2017 Trade Deadline is nearing and Jahlil Okafor is still on the roster. GM Bryan Colangelo has yet to pull the trigger on a potential deal that sends last year’s 3rd round pick Jahlil Okafor packing. It was reported that the Sixers had several deals worked out for Okafor but ultimately choose to hang on the big man. Obviously, the Sixers are looking to get draft picks for Okafor. The Sixers are in a position where they can take on a salary just to receive a 1st round pick. That was great when the Sixers were tanking but that is not the current state of the team anymore.

The Sixers have proved the process has payed off. Watching Joel Embiid turn into a stud was worth the wait and seeing role players like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and TJ McConnell playing well is an added benefit. The stock is rising with this franchise and it is time for the Sixers to become buyers not sellers. The team is in need of a guard so why not try to get a highly valued guard for Okafor.

Okafor was last year’s 3rd overall pick and his value should be treated like it. Okafor has shown that he can produce offensively and spread the floor. Defensively he is a liability and that is what scares teams away from Okafor. Knowing that, teams will only want Okafor if they have a proven defender playing next to him. Looking around the NBA these are the trades that Sixers should be looking for:

Sixers Trade Jahlil Okafor to the Phoenix Suns: Sixers get Brandon Knight and 2nd round pick and Phoenix gets Okafor.

Sixers Trade Okafor to the Trail Blazers: Sixers get Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers get PHI 2018 First round Pick, Jahlil Okafor and Sergio Rodriguez.

Sixers trade Okafor to The Lakers: Sixers get Jordan Clarkson and 2nd round Pick for Jahlil Okafor.

With the current state of the Eastern Conference and the rising stock of the team it is time for the Sixers to buy in and start to contend sooner than later.