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  1. 16 minutes ago, SkippyX said:

    Man, its not every day you hear the stupidest thing you ever heard in your life.

    The Babe was a precursor 'roid user stuff takes the new 1st place spot.


    I'm waiting for Gretzky was a time traveler from 2275 next.

    Nah, he was mostly a goal suck that hung around centre ice waiting for outlet passes.  I’ll give him credit for one very important thing — the things he did well, he perfected.  The things he couldn’t do well, he didn’t waste his time with.  Complete optimization of his skills 

  2. 55 minutes ago, RLC said:

    I'm weirdly confident about this game. I think it'll be close for a while, before we pull away late. We have the advantage at coach, QB and both lines of scrimmages. We'll play a lot of 2 high coverage because they can't run the ball and they have fast WRs, and we know Wentz can't string along multiple TD drives without making a mistake. Their front 7 is shaky and struggles stopping the run.

    No excuses for a loss here: we matchup well in most areas.

    You’re assuming the Eagles defense plays on the road like they do at home, which hasn’t been the case the last few years.  Also, Hurts has never played two really good games consecutively; I’ll be quite impressed if he resembles the Hurts of Monday night.

  3. 1 hour ago, UndyTaker said:

    Hypothetical here...

    So lets say Hurts establishes himself as the QB going forward and we no longer need to go after a QB in the draft. Would yall be willing to give up a 1st...probably the higher of the two...to the Panthers for Brian Burns? 

    What am I missing?  Why would the Panthers give Burns up?  They've already exercised his 5th year option, and have an owner with huge pockets.

  4. 3 minutes ago, TorontoEagle said:

    The question that jumps to my mind in reading this is, what QBs don't put in the work? That's the issue I have. With Hurts discussions, many times the first thing people bring up is how hard of a worker he is. You think he works any harder than Tom Brady, Josh Allen, et al? I'm sure there's a few outliers out there, like the Jay Cutlers of the world, but I think every single QB in the league worth his salt could easily be described as "putting in the work". So why is Hurts credited with it as being a badge of honour? It's part of the reason there's such a backlash against him, because it feels like there was need to point these kind of things out, because his play left so much to be desired (which hopefully changes). 

    I agree, I don't think Hurts works any harder than the average NFL QB.  Hopefully his outside business interests (clothing line, speaking engagements, etc.) don't detract from the on-field product he puts out there each week.

    Not limited to Hurts -- I found it comical the 'pumping of tires' on all players through the offseason.  Maybe it's a product of the more intense media coverage nowadays, but take IND as an example.  All we kept hearing was what a profound impact Matt Ryan had as soon as he walked into the facility (on water, it seemed).  The only thing he's done on the field for the Colts so far is crap the bed.  60% passing, 1 TD and 4 INT, winless against two of the worst teams in the NFL.

    It's still early, though.

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  5. I think we're getting too far into the weeds based on a one-game performance from Hurts.  Because it was on MNF, the national sports media is all over him with praise -- when they forget Hurts had a 27-for-35 game with 3 TD passes and 0 INT against ATL in Week 1 last season.  That performance was an outlier in Hurts' overall 2021 season.

    I didn't think Hurts played all that well against DET in Week 1.  Ran far too much, targeted AJ Brown predominately without distributing the ball, and his inability to move the offense in the 4th quarter was part of what helped the Lions comeback.  

    This is why I'm trying to base my opinion on 6-game portions for this season.  Hurts is neither the 56% completion ball hog he was against the Lions nor the 84% field general he was against the Vikings.  The truth will be somewhere in the middle.  As Eagles fans, we hope it's closer to the Week 2 performance.

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  6. 11 minutes ago, bpac55 said:

    He was throwing the ball well no doubt.  However, with Smith, Brown, Goedert with Watkins mixed in, to score only 24 points isn't good enough.  To invest what they did at WR and TE and not have either of those 3 have a TD yet is a big red flag.  Smith was a TD machine at Alabama and the Eagles have somehow found a way to make a 160lb guy a possession WR.  

    I don't know how much falls on Hurts and how much falls on the playcalling but they need to get Smith in space.  They need to push the ball downfield more.  There is too much talent and too much invested at WR and TE for them to not be getting in to the endzone frequently. 

    Judging by Hurts’ advanced splits it’s mostly scheme.  He’s thrown 43 passes in the first half of games and only 20 in the second half.  The Eagles led by 17 points in the second half of each game, so they may well have called a more conservative ground attack to take time off the clock while moving the chains.

    I thought Hurts didn’t play very well in the 4th quarter against the Lions.  Against the Vikings I think Sirianni just stayed conservative as long as the Vikings weren’t scoring. 

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