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I’m getting a little ferklempt: Eagles lose options, Sixers stay put. Talk amongst yourselves.

Rhode Island – neither a road, nor an island. Discuss.

Yesterday, the NFL took a personnel day. And if you’re an Eagles fan, it was a disappointing one. The Panthers made their move, and it wasn’t pretty for our Birds – by resigning Gross, and franchising Peppers, they took away two very interesting options.

Ah, what might have been...

Ah, what might have been...

Alas, that was not all. Continue reading

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Stewart Bradley wipes, Donovan’s gripes: The Pundit’s quick notes on the Birds

Stewart Bradley is a multi-tasker. Skip to about the 8:45 mark on the audio below from an interview of Bradley on the Jody Mac show on 950 ESPN Radio, and listen for a certain whooshing sound. Maybe he thought it was a shitty interview? (Editor’s note: Or maybe he was just in a pissy mood).

Jody Mac interview w/ Stewart Bradley

More Eagles thoughts after the jump…

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The Pundit interviews Andy Reid! Well, sort of…

(Editor’s note: Obviously, The Pundit couldn’t score an actual interview with Andy Reid. We figure he didn’t want to field The Pundit’s probing inquiries. That, and we had no idea how the hell to get in touch with him. Right. But this how we think things might have gone).

The Pundit: Thanks for being here, Andy. Really appreciate you taking the time. Let’s get right to it – coming into the season, there was a lot of hype circulating around this team, both locally and nationally, especially after Dr. Z of Sports Illustrated picked you to make the Super Bowl. What expectations did you have for this team headed into the season?

Andy Reid: I’m going to pass on that question.

The Pundit: Um, alright, not a problem. Well, coming off of a disappointing season last year, did you change your approach at all coming into this year, or do you more fine-tune and tweak a few things here and there?

Reid: Yeah, I’m going to have to pass on that question.

Pundit: Right, okay, sure, I understand, let’s focus more on the present. What can you tell us about the Shawn Andrews situation as it currently stands?

Reid: I’ll pass on that question.

Pundit: Wow. Right. Um, in the most recent game against the Giants, did the offensive line really pick up their game, or was it more the case of them getting added cracks at the running game and eventually wearing down the New York defense?

Reid: Pass.

Pundit: Oh, Jesus Christ! Ok, whatever, you’re gonna be like this, than fine. I’ve got a bagful waiting for you, buddy. Did the health of Brian Westbrook these past two weeks factor into the gameplan whatsoever?

Reid: (Yawns) I’m going to pass on that question.

Pundit: Dude! Are you serious right now?

Reid: I’ll pass on that question.

Pundit: Wait, that wasn’t even a serious question. I mean, this is unbelievable! Work with me here, Andy. It’s a give and take – how can I accomplish anything in this interview if you refuse to answer any questions?

Reid: Sorry, but I would prefer to pass on that question.

Pundit: Aaaaagggghhhh! Did Donovan McNabb’s erratic play inspire you to run the ball these past two weeks?

Reid: Pass.

Pundit: IT’S QUITE POSSIBLE THAT I WILL STRIKE YOU IF YOU DO NOT ANSWER ONE OF MY DAMN QUESTIONS! ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT?

Reid: I won’t respond to that – I pass.

Pundit: Good God, I hope I brought my Xanax with me. Alright, alright, I gotta get something here – could you talk on the decision to sit Reggie Brown, and what led up to that decision?

Reid: (Seen flipping closed a cell phone): Did you know that if your regular cell phone minutes run out, they charge you overage fees? I wonder how that works… I’m sorry, I didn’t hear what you said, I was a bit tied up. Oh well, let’s just move on, it’s a long interview session, nothing we can do about it now.

Pundit: Mr. Reid, you are slowly dissolving my hope for humanity itself. I have never suffered through a more intolerable experience. Why do you refuse to…

Reid: Let me just interrupt you there, before you ruin this question for yourself, your fans, and myself. Let’s go ahead and bring somebody else in to finish the question. Do you have a back-up interviewer, someone else who could ask the question? How about that intern over there, he’ll probably do a better job of asking this next question. Go ahead, son.

Random Intern: I don’t know exactly what The Pundit was going to ask. This might not be it at all, but I’ll give it a shot: Why do you refuse to run the ball more consistently?

Reid: Son, I give you the opportunity to come into the interview and show me something, and you totally blow it. I’ll pass on your meager attempt. Alright Pundit, it can’t get any worse than that – you’re back in.

Pundit: Oh, goody-goody friggin’ gum drops. Fine, here’s one for you, since you won’t address yourself or the team, do you think the fans want to see the team continue to run the ball?

Reid: I think the fans really just want to win. They don’t really care if we throw it or run it, they just want to see W’s.*

Pundit: Holy cow, you responded. You actually ran with one of my questions. That’s…that’s a revelation. So, um, gosh, I don’t even now what to ask know, I just can’t believe I got an answer there. How about, uh, well, here we go, what made you guys go with a more run-reliant gameplan against the Giants?

Reid: The weather conditions were the biggest factor.*

Pundit: Yes! Yes, two answers in a row! Alright, let’s keep running with this, I really like the way we are headed right now. The success you had running the ball against the Giants was obvious, and it seemed to seep down to the rest of the team. For one, McNabb was much more effective in the passing attack, having shorter third downs to convert, and less pressure on his shoulders to make all of the plays. He was able to relax a bit more, and take what the defense gave him. And our own defense, spending less time on the field, was fresher than they’ve been much of the season, and kept a very good Giants running game in check. With all of that being said, can we expect to see a continued commitment to the running game down the stretch, with a playoff berth on the line?

Reid: Sorry, but I’ll pass.

That’s what I’m afraid of…

*Sections marked with the asterick are actual quotes from Andy Reid, and were referenced from this page here.

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The Pundit finally writes about the Sixers…no, wait, he’s just more interested in the Eagles, like everyone else

So, I was planning on writing a  tongue-in-cheek post about how the Sixers aren’t playing really well because no one cares about them yet, and won’t until the Eagles are done for the year. I was going to joke about how they were like a little kid who gets in trouble when Mom and Dad aren’t around, but behave well once they are. I was going to reference the slow start last year, and it was going to be a fine and dandy post.

But I’d rather just write about the Eagles.

Chad Johnson: An Eagle in 2009?

I mean, it sounds like he’d be down. An excerpt from the Philly Inquirer today:

But you can’t put it past McNabb, or for that matter Johnson, for trying to lay some groundwork for 2009. Johnson is under contract with the Bengals through 2011, and while they weren’t willing to trade Johnson this past off-season, one never knows what will happen after this season.

“I’ve always been a fan of [McNabb], and especially Philly,” Johnson said. “The fans in Philly are the real deal, and that would be a real joy to give them a treat.”

So are you back to saying you want to get traded, Chad?

“Oh, yeah. OK. Next question,” Johnson said.

Could I get into seeing The Human Being Formerly Known as Chad Johnson playing for the Eagles? Um, yeah, I suppose I could get used to the idea. But let’s be honest: the Eagles will go out and pick up a guy like Bobby Engram and be way, way too over hyped about the pick-up. Lorenzo Booker, anyone? Let’s be honest: we’ve all become totally jaded toward any personnel moves the Eagles make. Which is the perfect segue for the next boldfaced topic:

Is Andy Reid nearing his end?

Some people seem to think he should be. Like every radio host in Philadelphia not named Howard Eskin. And apparently, Jason Whitlock, who ranked Andy Reid as the worst coach in football this year. Wow.

Twice this season Reid has taken the game out of the hands of Donovan McNabb and tried to win at crunch time with his running game. Here’s a coach who loves to throw on damn near every down except when the game is on the line. I also blame Reid for the Eagles failing to trade a second-round draft pick for Tony Gonzalez. Other than the one season with Terrell Owens, McNabb has made a living throwing the ball to the James Thrashes of the world. It’s ridiculous. I’m convinced the Eagles don’t want to win it all.

Now, I haven’t exactly been pleased with Andy Reid and many of his decisions this year, and I wouldn’t have given up a number two for Tony Gonzalez (Editor’s note: I guess The Pundit doesn’t think his shit stinks or something). But the worst coach in the NFL? I think that is sheer mularky. I mean, what about the amazing job Rod Marinelli has done in Detroit? Or Wade Phillips in Dallas, who has a whole lot more talent to work with than Reid does. Go ahead, make the Romo argument – they are still playing like a team of uncontested egos that lack a strong, central leader to guide their ship. Listen, I don’t think Andy should be the GM, but I’m not ready to give up on him yet as a coach. Are his two-minute drills atrocious? Yeah, they are. Should they be running the ball more? Hmmm, funny I should ask:

Are the Eagles starting to get tired of their one-dimensional offense?

Well, at least one prominent Eagle, Brian Westbrook, thinks they should be running the ball more consistently.

Westbrook said the Eagles don’t always show enough commitment to running plays when things are going poorly.

“We don’t always have it, no,” he said. “At some points in some games, we have it. At some points in other games, we don’t. I think there are situations at times when we probably should have more commitment to the run.”

– and –

“If you don’t get those carries, then you don’t really establish a rhythm,” Westbrook said. “It’s tough to do it with a couple carries here, a couple carries there.”

Listen: I guarantee you, Westbrook isn’t the only Eagle feeling this way. He’s just one of the guys, like McNabb, that is allowed to say these things. To me, this does not reflect well on the perception the players have of their head coach. They aren’t buying into his scheme, and to be frank, they shouldn’t be – it has been flawed. So, if the perception of the head coach from the fans, the national media, the local media, and the players isn’t positive, um, how secure is Mr. Reid? James Beale over at The Sports Complex makes a valid point:

Jeffrey Lurie is a man concerned about his image and the image of his team.  With fans clamoring for Reid’s head – and prominent national columnists joining the fight – barring an appearance in the NFC championship game, Reid won’t make it to next season.

I think Reid is safe if this team makes the playoffs, but if they fail to do that, he could be in trouble. Do I think Jeffrey Lurie will be loyal to the man that led the Eagles to 4 NFC Championship games? Yeah, probably. Do I think he’ll let the guy who drafted Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Trent Cole, Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown, Shawn Andrews and DeSean Jackson remain as the team’s GM? Probably, though I really think Andy should just focus on coaching. I was waiting to see how long things would get back to normal after the Phillies won the World Series; I should have known a loss to the Giants would get us back into the swing of things.

Hey, at least if the ‘Iggles blow it, we’ve always got the Sixers and Flyers, right?

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(Editor’s note: Ok, these titles are getting out of hand)

Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, is a fine day to be a sports fan. The US Men’s Basketball team is taking on Argentina as we speak. Then, this evening, you have more Olympics, the Eagles against the Patriots, and the Phillies opening up a key series against those pesky Dodgers. Alas, The Pundit will be working until 10 this evening (Editor’s note: Damn boss), thereby missing both the Eagles and Phillies. Blasphemy! Anyway, on to the day’s links.

Hey fans. Listen up out there: there is no way you are getting Anquan Boldin. You crazy idiots! (Editor’s note: The Pundit would just like to emphasize that these are not his words. These are the word’s of the “experts” and the Eagles). Clearly, a trade for Anquan Boldin would have already happened if it were going to happen. Because when we were first shopping Lito Sheppard, you know, we didn’t have 2 first round picks next year. And Boldin hadn’t been talking on the Dan Patrick show about how he wanted out. And, though the Eagles probably were inquiring about receivers, I fully believe they were perfectly fine with going into this season with the receivers we had in place, which, of course, included a healthy Kevin Curtis. And, apparently, they’re still okay with it. But its okay, everyone, because we have Lorenzo Booker to take some reps now. Whew, forgot about that. Thank God for the legend that is Lorenzo Booker. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to turn on a blow dryer, throw it into the bath tub and get myself washed up. (Editor’s note: Lucy! Yup, the Xanax, please).

Your guide to the Eagles preseason duel with the Patriots tonight. Yes, pay attention to the wide receivers. Let’s get a taste of how our receivers react to bland, basic coverage schemes. Also, how will Asante Samuel react to playing his old team – in a meaningless preseason game? Good golly, you could cut the tension with a spoon. (Editor’s note: I’m sensing dangerous levels of cynicism. He’s still angry about the Boldin thing). Let’s see how Demps does on kick returns, and DeSean Jackson on punt returns. Let’s see how crisp McNabb’s passes are, and how he looks in the pocket. Look to see how Tony Hunt looks at fullback, if they give him reps there. Focus on whether or not the offensive and defensive lines are able to get a surge, the offensive line in the running game (pay attention to Shawn Andrews, who is back), and the defensive line so that the linebackers can make plays unblocked. Look to see if the Eagles are swarming like they did against the Panthers – this isn’t a team with a ton of guys who will dominate match-ups, so they have to play excellent team defense to excel. Watch Mr. Akers – I’d like to see him tee up some 40+ yarders.

You broke my heart, Phillies. (Editor’s note: Insert dramatic kiss of brother here).  Beerleaguer misses Aaron Rowand, and so do I.

Ed Stefanski is okay in The Pundit’s book (Editor’s note: It’s a pop-up book – he likes the pictures). Some good stuff from Stefanski over at The 700 Level.

Just in case you missed the USA in basketball this morning – another liveblogging here (Editor’s note: I feel dirty). Pretty cool excerpt about LeBron James asking Kobe Bryant to translate some trash talk to the Argentinian players for him (Editor’s note: That’s diplomacy, people).

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Waking up with The Pundit

Required Reading

Your daily Eagles fix here (Shawn Andrews getting back in the swing of things), here (Tony Hunt being experimented with at fullback), and here (McNabb keeping expectations for DeSean Jackson realistic).

With the craziness that has been the Olympics, the torture that has been the Phillies, and the looming question mark that has been the Eagles, The Pundit has neglected to touch on one of his favorite sports – college football. Be sure to check out Fox’s top 25 questions for 2008. (Be sure to check out 17 for a bit of love for Penn State, 10 for a Big Ten call-out, and number one, where their prediction for Ohio State is frustrating).

Andre Iguodala also wants to go to the moon, scale Mount Everest and bring us all world peace…his expectations for the future and Sixers notes here.

Okay, so this whole J-Roll frontrunning thing has totally taken on a life of its own. Deadspin, we need details! (Editor’s note: If this actually goes down, it will be one of the greatest feats of widespread sarcasm ever accomplished).

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