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  1. That 2000 game wasn't really an egg - the Giants went 12-4, won the NFC championship, and had the Eagles' number that year, solidly beating the Eagles three times (twice in the regular season, once in the playoffs). The Eagles were also coming off a 5-11 season in 1999. Losing at home to the Chargers in 2013 also wasn't that bad a loss; San Diego went 9-7 and made the playoffs. The Eagles were also coming off a 4-12 season in 2012.
  2. 1) Smith was open by a couple steps on his touchdown catch due to Zach Ertz's pick near the beginning of the play. That's wide open by NFL standards. If an NFL quarterback has time to throw on the play, and Hurts had time on the play, he's usually going to complete that pass. 2) Hurts made a few good plays with his feet, but he also had happy feet on a few plays, most notably the first 4th down conversion in the 1st half where he rolled to his right into pressure when there would not have been pressure had he stayed in the pocket or rolled left. 3) The pass to Goedert was very good, though Goedert also made an excellent catch on the play. 4) Every NFL team needs to complete some intermediate to long passes in a game to keep opposing defenses from scheming to take away the shorter routes. The Eagles called very few intermediate to long passes against Atlanta but it didn't matter because the Falcons defense was very poor. Against better teams Hurts will need to show the ability to make throws down the field. Additionally, most Eagles pass plays, especially in the 1st half, went to the right side of the field, and the Eagles will need to throw to the left more often to prevent teams from scheming against that tendency. It sounds like I'm being harsh on Hurts or denigrating his performance and that is not my intent. He played well, and the fact he was generally accurate on his passes was a very good sign. I was encouraged by his play. But the team around him played very well and he was not asked to make many big or hard throws, and both of those things made his job easier. There will be games later this year where the Eagles offense doesn't control the opposing team's defense so effectively and Hurts will need to step up and make the kind of plays the better NFL quarterbacks are able to make on regular or semi-regular basis if he's truly going to be the Eagles' guy going forward.
  3. Thoughts on Jalen Hurts against Atlanta: I thought he played solidly, but he also wasn't asked to do that much. Almost all of the passes he threw were either short, high percentage passes or were to receivers who were open by at least a couple steps if not wide open. The Eagles' run and pass blocking (by the offensive line, wide receivers, and running backs) was really good vs. the Falcons, and that made Hurts' job much easier. Having said that, he was generally accurate, and that helped the Eagles' offense execute more effectively. I wouldn't overstate how Hurts played in the season opener, but it was a solid performance.
  4. Wentz didn't stink in 2019; he was average or slightly above average that season. He certainly wasn't great like some Eagles fans like to tell you, but he also wasn't horrible in 2019.
  5. After the schedule release, I'm giving this game some thought. I don't care about the casinos (have been to Las Vegas a handful of times and they generally don't interest me), but I have an aunt who lives in Las Vegas that I haven't visited since November 2010 (though I just saw her last week), so I could work in a family visit and stay at her place for free.
  6. Not specifically an Eagles comment, but if the Week 1 schedule above is correct, it means the NFL is permitting a double doubleheader, i.e. both CBS and Fox can televise two Sunday afternoon games, in Week 1. This is similar to what has been done in Week 17 in recent seasons.
  7. I attended what was likely Bair's career NFL game when the Eagles beat the Jets at MetLife Stadium in 2015. He was a real standout in that game.
  8. Why should I? It's all speculation as to what the players will do in the NFL at this point. It doesn't much matter if a draft class considered to be strong ends up being weak or vice-versa.
  9. As is always the case with the NFL Draft, I'll give you my grades for this year's draft about 5-8 years from now.
  10. If drafting Jalen Hurts in the 2nd round contributed to the breakdown of Carson Wentz during the 2020 season, then Wentz doesn't have the mental fortitude to be an NFL starting quarterback. Seriously.
  11. Whoever the Eagles sign (or trade for), if they decide to not draft a quarterback in the 1st round, will probably need to be a guy who makes $5 million/year or less, due to 2021 cap considerations.
  12. Roseman's issue has never been trades or even contracts - he's been very solid with both of those things IMO. His issue has been the draft; the Eagles haven't drafted well enough under his watch.
  13. Wentz's cap hit to the Eagles disappears in 2022. I found the following article which should answer your question: https://www.radio.com/94wip/sports/eagles/eagles-cap-space-draft-picks-after-trading-carson-wentz
  14. I loved Matt Rhule at Temple, and though I would have liked to see him have a little more NFL coaching experience before he went to Carolina (he was an assistant coach for the Giants in 2012, which was sandwiched by his time at Temple from 2006 to 2011 and 2013 to 2016; the 2012 season was his only season as an NFL coach before he took the head coaching job with the Panthers), I think he'll ultimately do a solid job in the NFL. I would have liked if Rhule was with the Eagles in some capacity, though as someone who grew up a Giants fan in the New York area before he moved to State College during his high school years, that might have been a little tough for Rhule. On a related note, I wanted the Eagles to hire Jim Mora in 1986 (they hired Buddy Ryan instead; Mora went to the Saints that year) and Bruce Arians in 2013 (they hired Chip Kelly instead; Arians went to the Cardinals that year).
  15. The biggest blame for that probably lies with the owner of the New Jersey Generals, who was the biggest proponent of the USFL moving to a fall schedule. I think that guy wanted to force a merger with the NFL via a lawsuit, and that was impetus for the USFL announcing in fall 1984 they planned to move to a fall schedule by 1986. (I'll note that as a direct result of that announcement, the Philadelphia Stars had to move to Baltimore, or more accurately College Park, MD in the DC suburbs, in 1985.) I wonder what happened to that owner? (I say that tongue in cheek; people who remember the USFL know exactly who I'm talking about.) I've long thought 1) a good quality spring pro football league, which USFL met on both attributes, remains a very good idea and 2) the USFL would have eventually become successful had they stayed the course and kept a spring schedule, rather than trying to force a merger with the NFL before the USFL was fully established. If the USFL had played for 5-7 years, I think it is possible by the end of that time the league might have been strong enough to force a merger with the NFL. It also would have forced the hand of MLB and to a lesser degree the NBA and NHL to improve their products, due to the direct competition at the same time of the year. The USFL also had a couple other very smart ideas that any competitor league to the NFL should implement. First, they assigned a select number of colleges as territorial schools for USFL teams, allowing those teams to have a high number of players from those colleges/areas, which increased interest in those teams. (The Stars had Penn State as one of their schools at a time was at/near its peak as a football program, and had many ex-Penn State players, as well as various other, local players, on their roster.) Second, the USFL placed some teams in small to moderate sized markets that were big college football markets and had no/few major league sports teams, markets like Birmingham, Memphis, and Jacksonville. (IMO, and I think this is generally accepted by most people who remember the USFL and NFL in the 1980s, Jacksonville received an NFL franchise primarily because the market supported the USFL Jacksonville Bulls very well.) Placing teams in emerging, football-oriented markets had the two-fold effect of making those markets feel more like major markets and, combined with the college territorial rules, allowed college football fans in those areas to follow some of their favorite players in the pros.
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