Yes, I know it’s only preseason. Yes, I understand head coach Doug Pederson isn’t going to waste his best plays on games that essentially don’t matter. And yes, I realize that the players aren’t necessarily going full force during the games.
But, goodness gracious, can the Eagles show a little glimpse of the Super Bowl winners they are?
I don’t want to get too carried away here but turnovers and the offensive line are two key components which need improvement before the season opener, which is in less than two weeks. I am not sure where to begin with assessing last night’s “game'” if that is what we are calling it.
We can start with the score. I mean, 5-0? What is this, baseball?
As I’m scrolling through social media last night, trying to catch up on all sorts of the day’s news, I come across a gem of a tweet from Fox Sports’ radio personality Colin Cowherd.
For some reason, he has an issue with Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, Doug Pederson, writing a book this off-season, Fearless. I’m assuming this book is based on the road to winning the Super Bowl (I’m not sure yet, I haven’t read it) and Cowherd has taken offense to that.
Yes, yes, I know it’s “only” preseason, but the way the defense played last night reminded me of the way they played in the Super Bowl – they let Patriots’ QB Tom Brady get away with the short pass plays and let them gain 5+ yards. Fortunately, Philadelphia Eagles won’t play them this season, but the defense needs to clean that up before the regular season begins.
Eagles can go 0-4 these next two games, it won’t mean they aren’t ready for the 2018 season. I think head coach Doug Pederson is working out the kinks and being his usual conservative self, while (starting?) quarterback Carson Wentz is still healing from his torn ACL and waiting to hear when he can start playing 11-on-11.
Until then, (backup?) QB Nick Foles is preparing himself just in case. Foles sat out the first preseason game with back pains, but played the first half against the Patriots and finished 3-of-9 with 44 yards and one turnover. He suffered a shoulder injury sometime in the first half.
After the game, Foles said he felt “pretty good” but told reporters he will undergo tests on his shoulder today.
The Philadelphia Eagles were busy making (money) moves in April. Obviously, the NFL Draft was the number one priority for all NFL teams, but looking back on last month, the Eagles were busy. Signing players left and right, releasing and/or trading players, bringing back favorites, and saving money all in the name of defending the championship title.
Yes, I know. Preseason doesn’t matter because it doesn’t count and doesn’t show the true potential of the players because either they’re not playing or because they aren’t giving the game 100% so that they won’t risk injury.
However, with the release of the preseason schedule, it means that we are just that much closer to the 2018 NFL season!
Last season it was about defenses and backup quarterbacks. It was calm, cool, collectiveness of backup QB Nick Foles who lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a long overdue Super Bowl trophy. All 31 teams were put on notice after that and the QB carousel has been in full swing since the start of free agency.
Just in case some of you have been under a rock, here are the QB changes that have occurred in the past two-weeks of the quarterback matrix.
After a lengthy, but meticulous process, former Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is now a Minnesota Viking. Washington traded with the Kansas City Chiefs for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round draft pick, making QB Alex Smith a Washington Redskin. Smith signed a four-year, $94 million extension with Washington, while Cousins signed a three-year $84 million fully guaranteed contract.
I have been MIA because I have been on cloud 9. I literally have not watched or paid attention to anything else other than reliving Super Bowl LII since February 4th. If it wasn’t for my phone ringing with notifications of the latest news in sports, or the world, I would have no clue what is even happening. But, I didn’t want to let February go by without giving my thoughts on the best game ever in the history of football (I SWEAR I’m not being biased).
As I mentioned earlier, I have watched the game over and over and over. In fact, I’ve watched it so many times, my two-year-old son can call out the plays. No, I’m kidding, but my four-year-old son can.
Seriously though, in the history of football plays, was the Philly Special not one of the greatest, gutsiest calls ever made?! My eyes were on quarterback Nick Foles the entire play and I started to panic seeing him go behind the right tackle because I was afraid the clock was going to wind down, but then the ball snaps, and it’s a trick play, and Oh. My. Goodness…Foles is in the end zone?? I mean, that was just nasty. Beautiful, but nasty.
I met you almost 15 years ago. Donovan McNabb introduced us and it was love at first sight, for me anyway. I thought you felt the same; I was sure of it, especially with the great season in 2004 that resulted in a Super Bowl appearance. I thought that was our moment. I thought that would seal the deal. Alas, what started was a roller coaster of emotions, highs and lows, and major sacrifices were made that tested my love for you, my loyalty to you.
I’ll admit, throughout the years I found myself questioning us. I looked around me and saw so many fans throwing their rings in my face, and yet here we were, ringless, with no sign of that changing in the distant future. After Andy Reidleft, I was so confused. I thought we were happy. But he was battling personal issues and you decided it would be best if he focused on them on his own so we gave him his space. And I trusted you with that. It hurt like hell when he quickly moved on to someone else and found success.
Sunday night’s game could not have gone any better for the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Nick Foles threw for 352 yards, completing 26 passes of 33 with three touchdowns AND had a QB rating of 141.1 by the end of the game.
That’s the Eagles’ backup quarterback, by the way. The same guy who everyone wrote off, including (some) fans. The same guy who everyone doubted and quickly turned away from and refused to take seriously.
Last night, Foles played the best game of his career and despite a shaky and inconsistent first few games as Carson Wentz’s backup, he came through when the team needed him the most and did so beautifully.
Both NFC divisional games were the edge of your seat entertaining. It was heartbreaking for the Saints. Neither team lost by a mile, neither lost embarrassingly, neither lost because of mistakes (well, that can be subjective, I guess). Both teams played great football and did everything they could to win. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and now we are near the end of a spectacular season.
I mean, who predicted the Jacksonville Jaguars would actually make it this far?