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  1. Leonard's Memory Lane

    Letting Starters Play

    Need to talk about if you are going to archive all the narratives
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    Letting Starters Play

    I do not believe that teams should run up the score. This makes for hard feelings on the losing team and provides additional incentive against us the next round. Around the league, said teams we will get a bad reputation. But Dave, there is a difference between running up the score and giving reserves some playing time. Let's give Josh McGowan a chance to move the ball next time. Never can tell when the Eagles will need him. Dave, I have allot of nerve asking you this. During the blog days, we had chances to inform or ask other some questions. My first concern is my own benefit. It is pointless to say otherwise and it's only human nature to look after number one. Even so, I love the Eagles and I have made some good observations on Philadelphia in general. I don't mean the obvious tourist style information. Where I have mentioned these, I have carried it one step deeper to what it means to me. My article, Bells Across the City, was one such observation. I am sure you will get more readership and interest. And it would also help your archives. Remember, I am 72 and 65 of these was a fan of the Eagles and Pro Football. I don't really have interest in any other sport, to include College Football. And I will really appreciate anything you can do.
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    Main Issues

    Dave we talked about this earlier. ( Eagles 38 to 20 for the Vikings) This loss leaves no doubt about which team is better so we can't mull over it. Nobody has stated how Desean Jackson will help the defense when he returns. He is the key in this whole mess so can he play next week.
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    This week is a Statement Game

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    Consuming the Time

    Dave, this has been implied but not stated directly. We have to look at clock management as an issue throughtout a game. This goal may not apply to the last five minutes of the second and fourth quarter. For the other 50 minutes if a team is ahead or tied and has the ball, they should take as much time off the clock as they can. This means staying in bounds and sliding on a run or pass play and letting the 30 second clock down to two or three seconds before snapping.
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    Pass Rush

    Dave-Since no one else is mentioning it, I will give it a shot. Before we make justified complaints about the Secondary, let's remember the pass rush or lack of it. Naturally no defense will be good without a steady pass rush. I realize that there are coverage sacks but this type of play doesn't happen very often. Hurries are good and a deflected or blocked pass from the DLine seems better than an ordinary incomplete pass. Think about that for minute and I' ll restate. A blocked pass and the whole stadium, me included, goes crazy. It generates far more enthusiasm than an incomplete pass. I would like to talk more but you are a busy man. Leonard.
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    Doug After the Loss to Saints 20 to 14

    An incentive to go to the Super Bowl should be how dejected our Coach looked after the Playoff loss to the Saints last year. The 1979 Los Angeles Rams and the 2011 New York Giants, both with 9-7 records, had hot streaks late in the season and wound up in the Super Bowl. The Eagles fell off the year after the title games as indicated below. 1961-The Eagles, 10-4, needed help from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. Both teams failed to defeat the New York Giants, which would have meant either an Eastern Conference Playoff or a NFL Title Game. Records Cleveland Browns 8-5-1; Pittsburgh 6-8; New York 10-3-1 Week 2 at Pittsburgh- The Steelers should have defeated the New York Giants but there were too many turnovers and the Giants won 17 to 14. Had the Steelers won, Philadelphia at 10-4 won the Eastern Conference 1/2 better than the Giants at 9-4-1. 1981-At Philadelphia. The Eagles, 10-6, lost games to the the Dallas Cowboys, 12-4, and the Washington Redskins, 8-8. Week 9 at Philadelphia. The Eagles lead 14 to 3 after three quarters. The Cowboys came back to take a 17 to 14 lead. After that, the Eagles Rodney Parker dropped a sure touchdown pass from the Dallas 24. Week 15 at Washington. The Eagles moved the ball but fainted several times as they got near the Dallas goal. There was one last chance for a field goal from the Dallas 24 with the Eagles trailing 15 to 13. John Sciarra mishandled the snap from center and the Eagles lost 15 to 13. 2008-at Arizona. The Eagles were 5--5-1 after 11 games. Philadelphia won 4 of the last 5 and the first two playoff games. Overconfident, Philadelphia lost the NFC Title game to the Cardinals 32 to 25. No Super Bowl.
  8. Chris, I don't no why you eliminate periodically the last section of the Fans' page. I am referring to the bottom half of the page that begins with In and Around Philadelphia.  Now in the 24 to 0 win over Washington, the announcer said that Nick Foles tied the record with 25 consecutive completed.  Don't interceptions break that streak?


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    Relooking 1991 vs Dallas

    With this disappointing season over, the resident historian can bring old hurts back. You may have discussed this question already but I lived in DC a the time and there was not the internet access there is today. Now I could give a history on this but I will be brief. If you want to hear anything more let me know. I have on dvd the tremendous game the Eagles defense played in the 24 to 0 game at Dallas in September. Fast forward to Week 16 when Dallas came to Philadelphia. The defense got only one sack for a paltry 7 yards on Steve Buerlin and no turnovers. They did have some blocked passes. Buerline went only 9 for 25 as I recall. What went wrong with Reggie, Clyde, Mike, and Jerome.
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    Post Your EMB Questions/Concerns Here

    Dave, you are doing a bang up job on this site. I have yet to understand why fans can't stay mannerly while they post their concerns. Sure everytime I look at the Title game and Super Bowl, it angers me that LaGarette Blount left. But I am not going to forget that we are all in this together. We can attract attention by the quality of our writing rather than crude responses.
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    [News] Want To Watch Eagles-Packers? Here's Your Guide

    I think you are talking about Exhibition Games. The NFL Game Pass is marvelous. You see all the plays and commentary tearing away everything else. This condensed version last about one hour and 20 minutes.
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    Only Eastern Victory in 1965-Dallas Over SF.

    Of the 14 Inter conference games in 1965, the East won just one game. In mid-season, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the San Francisco Forty-Niners 39 to 31. San Francisco gained 411 yards to just 242 yards for the Cowboys. It was a combination of big defensive plays and special teams. Dallas had only nine first downs. For San Francisco-George Mira completed 14 of 30 passes for 274 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ken Willard carried 25 times for 91 yards. Dave Parks caught six passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. For Dallas-Don Meredith completed 11 of 20 passes for 216 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions. Bob Hayes caught four passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. There were the following: —Defensive Tackle Bob Lilley intercepted one pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. —Mel Renfro returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. —George Andre recovered a fumble in the End Zone for a touchdown. Cowboys 39 49ers 31. Advertisements
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    Eagles fans in Dallas?

    All right, my friend, do you want to know why the Cowboys are our number one rival & why the Eagle fans are the most passionate. Odd the way I put are & our.
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    Post Your EMB Questions/Concerns Here

    Dave, let'e look at Foles. The key is his desire to be the number one Quarterback. If he could just stay another year and relook his status, all parties might benefit. NF is not the first reserve to start and help his team to the big prize. I will list them but you know these guys better than I do. The Eagles are still a young team and I really think the we offer Foles the best opportunity to wind up in the Super Bowl again. The Eagles were only a few plays away from a 12-4 record. Even on the sidelines, he can offer valuable analysis of previous plays, why they did or did not work, and make rapid fire suggestions on play calling. A veteran quarterback on the sidelines is in some ways more valuable than the starter on the field.
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    Relooking 1991 vs Dallas

    History is very important in every area. You cannot understand the present without knowing the past. Why do you think schools teach history? And you put me in the dilemma as well so I am speaking with forked tongue. If you don't like writing don't read it. At the same time thanks for reading and commenting on what I said.
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    Relooking 1991 vs Dallas

    Yes I realize that and I think it was a guy named Al Harris that muffed a kickoff given the Cowboys a Safety. Just to digress Safeties, depending on your team, are very damaging or great scores. Let's not run the comparison and look at the Safety from the Eagles' perch. The Cowboys scored and the Eagles had to kickoff or punt the ball away. Really get your nose rubbed in the dirt. Forgetting the 87 strike, the Eagles had defeated the Cowboys 9 consecutive times. That doesn't begin to erase the hurt. From 1968 to 1978, Philadelphia's record against the Cowboys was 2 wins and 20 losses. There were only three losses that were close.
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    Eagles fans in Dallas?

    Okay McNabb I am going to leave you very with the reasons why 1) Eagle fans are the meanest in the country and 2 ) why Dallas is the #1 foe in our hotbox. Let me caution you about two things. I am not saying fans go through this reasoning like Socrates. It just something people gradually accept. Let me encourage you not to boo the Dallas Cowboys or any other team when they come on to the field. These players, though overpaid, are working hard to win and life is only meaningful with some challenge and resistance. Just think how much fun it is to sit with fans that don't agree with you. So when the 8 bad guys come onto the field let's enthusiastically applaud them.
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    Eagles fans in Dallas?

    Being in Dallas has to be a lonesome feeling for an Eagles Fan.
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    New York Giants 9-7 in 2011 Super Bowl Champs

    This had the usual discrepancies between the Regular and Post Season Games. Since the differences were more intense and a 9-7 team won the big prize, I will look at the the games closer in the near future. Here are the NFC Playoff Teams and their records Atlanta Falcons (WC) 10-6, Detroit Lions (WC) 10-6, Green Bay Packers 15-1, New Orleans Saints 13-3, New York Giants 9-7, San Francisco 49ers 13-3, From AFC the Giants played the New England Patriots who were 13-3. Here is how the Giants fared against the Playoff Teams during the season On the road: defeated the New England Patriots, 24 to 20; lost to San Francisco 27 to 20; lost to New Orleans 49 to 24; at home lost to Green Bay 38 to 35. For the Playoffs at home, (WC) , defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24 to 2; at Green Bay defeated the Packers 37 to 20; at San Francisco defeated in overtime the 49ers 20 to 17. In the Super Bowl the Giants defeated the Patriots at Indianapolis 21 to 17.
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    2008 Cardinals 9-7 but Went to the Super Bowl

    The 9-7 2008 Arizona Cardinals were the worst team ever to be in the Super Bowl. Here were 5 of the 7 losses: @ New York Jets 56 to 35; H New York Giants 37 to 29; @ Philadelphia Eagles 48 to 20; H Minnesota Vikings 35 to 14; @ New England Patriots 47 to 7 Their defense was below average and they were last in the Conference in running. Kurt Warner passing to targets such as Tim Hightower, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston made this the second ranked passing offense. Arizona defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the final game of the regular season 34 to 29. However, this victory was meaningless. The NFC West was so bad that a .500 record would have put them in first place. The Cardinals were 6-0 against teams in their Division. This meant a 3-7 mark playing the other teams. Here were the three wins that were outside the NFC West that the Cardinals won. All three were at home. Defeated the Miami Dolphins (11-5) 31 to 10; Buffalo Bills (7-9) 41 to 17, the Bills won their first four games but were 3-9 thereafter; the Dallas Cowboys (9-7) 30 to 24. The win over Miami was their best performance of the season. In Week 6 Arizona on the road lost to the 12-4 Carolina Panthers 27 to 23. This was a great passing duel between Jake Delhomme and Kurt Warner. Both quarterbacks put up big numbers. Warner-35 of 49 for 381 yards and two touchdowns. The two big targets were Larry Fitzgerald and and Steve Breaston. Delhomme’s numbers were less impressive but still good-20 of 28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Muhsin Muhammad was his main target. In spite of all this passing, the Panthers won from their ground game. DeAngelo Williams gained 108 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. Arizona’s ground game was nonexistent. Final again Carolina 27 Arizona 23. Wild Card-The Cardinals at home defeated the Atlanta Falcons (11-5). This was a great passing duel between Kurt Warner and Matt Ryan. Despite the Falcons being two games better, the Cardinals won 30 to 24. Two great defensive plays brought victory. Antrel Rolle returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown. Antonio Smith tackled Matt Ryan in the End Zone for a safety. Semi-Finals-As they did in the regular season, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme squared off. The combination of Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald was too much for the Panthers to handle. Nevertheless, the defense won this game. The Cardinals intercepted Jake Delhomme five times, sacked him three times, and recovered a fumble. Noone can win against a defensive performance like the Cardinals made in this game. Easy win. Arizona 33 Carolina 13. Let’s forget the AFC Championship. It still hurts.
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    1979 Rams 9-7 but were in the Super Bowl Part 2

    NFC Championship Game Los Angeles at Tampa Bay. After defeating Dallas, the Rams had a rematch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both games were at Tampa and were defensive struggles. Both teams took opposite paths to arrive one game short of the Super Bowl. Already mentioned was the late surge that brought Los Angeles from 5-6 to 9-7. After 12 weeks the Buccaneers were 9-3. Among the victories was a 21 to 6 effort over the Los Angeles Rams. Jim Youngblood returned an interception for an early touchdown for LA. That was it for the Rams even missing an extra point. For Tampa Bay, Doug Williams threw two touchdown passes and Ricky Bell ran for another. The Bucs gained 249 yards to just 186 yards to the Rams. Tampa then lost three straight games including a 14 to 0 loss to the Chicago Bears. They won the last game 3 to 0 to the Kansas City Chiefs to qualify for the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The NFC Title Game at Tampa Bay. Kicking three field goals, Los Angeles shut out the Buccaneers 9 to 0. LA gained 369 yards to just 177 yards for Tampa Bay. In the Super Bowl at Pasadena, CA, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Rams 31 to 19. The lead changed seven times before the Steelers pulled away with two touchdowns in the last seven minutes. Nevertheless, the Rams made a remarkable comeback from being 5-6 during the season.
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    1979 Rams 9-7 but were in the Super Bowl Part 2

    Many thanks for reading my post.
  23. With the Eagles currently floundering, a look at three teams that went to the Super Bowl with 9-7 seasons gives me some hope Los Angeles Rams 1979 In the six year period from 1973 to 1978, the Rams had three 10 win seasons and three 12 win seasons. In the playoffs, either the Dallas Cowboys or the Minnesota Vikings kept them short of the Super Bowl. Often they had defeated these teams during the season. After 11 games in 1979, Los Angeles was 5-6. They had a three game losing streak. It looked like their chance for the playoffs were gone and coach Ray Malavasi would be elsewhere in 1980. Yet in the 12 week they began a four game winning streak. So mediocre was the NFC West that Rams’ final game was a meaningless loss; or as I call it an exhibition game during the season. All of the games I refer to below, both Regular and Post season, were away games for the Rams. First round at Dallas. The Cowboys were 11-5 for the season which included a 30 to 6 victory over the Rams. As might be expected, the Cowboys were heavily favored. However, the Rams stayed close and won with a late touchdown pass, Vince Ferragamo to Billy Waddy. The last week of the regular season saw Roger Staubach’s last miracle. He threw two touchdown passes in the last five minutes to defeat the Washington Redskins 35 to 34. Perhaps the Dallas Cowboys had an emotional letdown. Final Rams 21 Cowboys 19.
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    Three 9-7 Teams in Super Bowl-1979 LA Rams Part 1

    Give me some time. That analysis is coming. Thanks for reading my narrative.
  25. I really have missed often putting it the right.  Even so, that for saying it was a good post.