johnreaves

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  1. He's not satisfied with being 19th in completion percentage among starters, 27th in QBR, 30th in yards/completion, 26th in TD/INT ratio, not one win coming from behind after three quarters or even at halftime? I sure hope not.
  2. It's great that Wentz is civic minded but if he doesn't become an elite QB who cares?
  3. Don't be so glad yet. He hasn't done anything noteworthy yet and so far has been pretty bad...but he is likable.
  4. The Eagles were in the hunt last year at 3-0 and even at 5-2 (following a 1-point loss at Detroit and a 7-point one in DC). The two close losses at Dallas and NY in games eight and nine still didn't completely eliminate us from the hunt but being 0-4 in close games at that point left little margin for error. If we go 2-2 in those games (to be 7-4 instead of 5-6 at that point) changes the picture a great deal.
  5. I agree but I'm not convinced about Wentz at this point. I'm bothered by his inability last year to make plays with the game on the line. There were 7 close games and the only one he made any kind of play at the end was his TD run at the end of the Ravens game, but that was using his legs. He made zero plays with his arm in ANY of those games. you sound like A broken record.... how many drops, offsides, holding penalties... I watched every game a couple times, in general I would not put the losses on Carson. at least 2 games Coach blew. Carson actually played pretty damn good but was shook when protection was poor(aka no lane johnson) No LJ effected the run game too, and made it tougher for Carson. Biggest rookie mistake I think he got fixed, but on deep balls he was underestimating how fast DBs are in the NFL. I could watch that one escape where he hits sproles on a broken play for a TD over and over, and not get tired of it... those are the kind of plays that spark enthusiasm in the hearts of fans like ME. He did play pretty well, but not at the end of ANY of the (many) close games. Not one. What makes an elite QB is how he plays when the chips are on the line. The drops, penalties, offsides didn't prevent them from being there late in the Lions, first Dallas, first Giants, or either Redskins games...and if you look back none of those things occurred late in any of those games. I'm not down on the guy, he was only a rookie, but he was awful last year in crunch time. Awful. I am a broken record, and I'll keep saying it. Wentz needs to make plays at the end of close games, which he didn't do at all in 7 opportunities. His numbers were terrible last year but that's not what mattered most, and if they improve but his ability to make plays to win close games doesn't it doesn't matter.
  6. I agree but I'm not convinced about Wentz at this point. I'm bothered by his inability last year to make plays with the game on the line. There were 7 close games and the only one he made any kind of play at the end was his TD run at the end of the Ravens game, but that was using his legs. He made zero plays with his arm in ANY of those games.
  7. They had 4 major areas needing improvement, in my opinion: the WR and CB positions, the pass rush, and Wentz's play...especially at the end of close games. The WR position is much, much better. The pass rush will be too. The play of the CBs will certainly be better long term, and probably to some extent short term but it's less of a sure thing (as WR and the rush). The most important element, by far however, is how improved CW will be (again, particularly at crunch times in big games). If Carson had been able to make a few plays last year late in some of the six close losses we would've likely had ten wins. We are definitely a contender in the division if he starts doing that, but not much of one if he doesn't.
  8. They had 4 major areas needing improvement, in my opinion: the WR and CB positions, the pass rush, and Wentz's play...especially at the end of close games. The WR position is much, much better. The pass rush will be too. The play of the CBs will certainly be better long term, and probably to some extent short term but it's less of a sure thing (as WR and the rush). The most important element, by far however, is how improved CW will be (again, particularly at crunch times in big games). If Carson had been able to make a few plays last year late in some of the six close losses we would've likely had ten wins. We are definitely a contender in the division if he starts doing that, but not much of one if he doesn't.
  9. They had 4 major areas needing improvement, in my opinion: the WR and CB positions, the pass rush, and Wentz's play...especially at the end of close games. The WR position is much, much better. The pass rush will be too. The play of the CBs will certainly be better long term, and probably to some extent short term but it's less of a sure thing (as WR and the rush). The most important element, by far however, is how improved CW will be (again, particularly at crunch times in big games). If Carson had been able to make a few plays last year late in some of the six close losses we would've likely had ten wins. We are definitely a contender in the division if he starts doing that, but not much of one if he doesn't.
  10. Disagree,this is a TEAM sport.Wentz could be stellar,but if other areas are failures,it won;t matter.Can't put this all on one guy.I am excited this year to finally have a PASS RUSH,where we can level QB's and pressure them into errors.Also we gave a few games away last year due to bad play calling and mistakes at the wrong time(not that there is ever a good time for them,but you know what I mean) Yes, of course, but that's my point: I'm confident that everywhere else (except perhaps at CB) we're strong enough. QB is the only area I'm in a more wait and see mode, and it's the most important position by far for any team. There were other issues last year but Wentz's inability to make plays at the end of any of the six close games we played last year (he did make one...with his legs, vs the Ravens in a loss) is why we didn't win 9 or 10 games (or more). He was a rookie, I understand, but that has to change or nothing else will matter much.
  11. For us, the story of the division begins and ends with Wentz. If he rises to the occasion and makes plays at the end of close games we should take the NFC east with 10-12 wins. If he fails to, like in his rookie season, we'll be 7-9 again or maybe 8-8 without a playoff berth.
  12. The object is to win more games than the other division and conference teams, then win in the playoffs...not to simply have an elite line. Of course, being very strong in different areas helps but that alone doesn't win you anything. We've been hearing for a few years that Dallas had the league's best line (which I always laughed at) but didn't win too much so what difference did that unprovable opinion mean and who cares? Crowing about how good our line, or receivers, or front seven on defense, or whatever, is loser talk. Having the best TEAM, and the best record, is the only thing that matters.
  13. If Agholor can play the slot as well as I've read he looked to be able to in the spring practices, I'd be looking to move Jordan Matthews, if we could get adequate value for him from a team looking for a strong #2 receiver to build with. That presumes they and Matthews could agree to an extension to his contract (or to a new long term one). A team like Cleveland or Chicago or even the Jets seem like possibilities to me. We could receive a 3rd and maybe even a conditional 2.
  14. The Eagles should win the division, IF Wentz is ready and able to play well enough.
  15. WR drops at crucial times,conservative play calls.Stop blaming Wentz Just not the truth. It's what you want to believe but not what actually happened. Stop making excuses for Wentz. There's a lot to like about him and reason to expect a big improvement in the future but that doesn't change the truth about last year, or the fact that his consistently poor performance at the end of close games isn't something to be somewhat concerned about.
  16. WR drops at crucial times,conservative play calls.Stop blaming Wentz I know you want to think Wentz is great, and I want him to be too, but the truth is last year he was pretty bad as an NFL starting QB...especially at the end of close games (and there were 7 of them). Yes he was a rookie so there's plenty of time, but last year he played his worst when you need your QB to play his best, as I said.
  17. Wentz was not the problem. One man cannot do this on his own. You keep saying he did not make plays. To whom? Everyone kept dropping his passes. Give the dude some slack JR. Wentz will not be the problem this year if they falter. Go back and watch the games. Never once...not once, did a WR drop a ball late in any of the 7 close games we played. Wentz never put the ball up to even a covered receiver in those situations to give him a decent shot at winning a jump ball. The one time he tried, which was a terrible decision anyway because of the situation (late in the Lions game when we needed maybe 40 yards, with plenty of time and TOs left, for a game winning FG), it was badly under thrown which gave Agholor no chance. I'm expecting (hoping, actually) CW to be much better, but the truth about last year is what I've said. QB play was not the problem in 2015, and despite the fact the WRs needed to be upgraded the play of our QB was why we didn't win 10 games at the very least in 2016. There's a lot to like about Carson, but to ignore how bad he was with the game on the line repeatedly is just blind optimism based on nothing. The fact is he needs to be much, much better in these clutch situations. It was only his rookie season, but instead of getting better as the season when on and he gained experience, he got worse. That is concerning, but hopefully not very meaningful. We'll find out. My god the kids a rookie tossed into the fire.Remember he was supposed to sit behind Sam.I'm sure the playbook was limited early on.As the season progressed they gave him tough things to do/work on,so it's not that he got worse,he had more looks to check down-sheesh Early on was when he was at his best. Why change anything? Also, you made up the whole scenario about him being given more 'tough things to work on'...and blah, blah. You just made it up. When you're at your best has nothing necessarily to do with being a rookie, BTW. That hasn't been the case with other top QBs as rookies, including Dak Prescott last year.
  18. Wow way to much on Wentz for our close game loses.....Lets neglect the fact that Wentz had plenty of plays taken away because of dumb penalties or just plain drops by our skill positions in those games that would have extended drives or given us the lead....Or that Wentz had us a lead and our RBs fumbled two games away......Wentz was by no means perfect and needs to improve but not everything was on him in those close games It's just not the truth, BG93. I record every game and then watch them again a few times during the week. Not one thing you said is true. No dumb penalty ever was an issue at the end of any of our close losses. Which games did our RBs fumble away the game late? The Smallwood fumble vs Dallas? We had a few possessions after that and still had the lead (they tied it at the end of regulation). The Mathews fumble vs Detroit? We had the ball at the end with plenty of time and only needing a FG to win and he threw an underthrown deep ball on first down that Agholor had no shot to come down with. Things were on him no more or less than on any other QB. If he made a good throw and it was dropped, or he was under extreme pressure and had no chance to make a play that would be different, but that was never the case. We did need big upgrades at WR but the guys we had never had a chance last year in those late game situations. I realize that's not the perception around here but it's the truth.
  19. Me too. I think he, and a few other guys (C.J.Smith and Aaron Grymes in particular) deserved (for the team's sake) more of an opportunity.
  20. Wentz was not the problem. One man cannot do this on his own. You keep saying he did not make plays. To whom? Everyone kept dropping his passes. Give the dude some slack JR. Wentz will not be the problem this year if they falter. Go back and watch the games. Never once...not once, did a WR drop a ball late in any of the 7 close games we played. Wentz never put the ball up to even a covered receiver in those situations to give him a decent shot at winning a jump ball. The one time he tried, which was a terrible decision anyway because of the situation (late in the Lions game when we needed maybe 40 yards, with plenty of time and TOs left, for a game winning FG), it was badly under thrown which gave Agholor no chance. I'm expecting (hoping, actually) CW to be much better, but the truth about last year is what I've said. QB play was not the problem in 2015, and despite the fact the WRs needed to be upgraded the play of our QB was why we didn't win 10 games at the very least in 2016. There's a lot to like about Carson, but to ignore how bad he was with the game on the line repeatedly is just blind optimism based on nothing. The fact is he needs to be much, much better in these clutch situations. It was only his rookie season, but instead of getting better as the season when on and he gained experience, he got worse. That is concerning, but hopefully not very meaningful. We'll find out.
  21. We've made a ton of upgrades, particularly on offense, but the Blunt truth is the biggest concern remains the QB position. Even with our lousy WRs and instability on the line with LJ's suspension and lost games by two other starters (forcing two rookies to play before they were really ready), we had six losses that were there for the taking at end but our rookie QB just couldn't make a play in any of them, except the Ravens game perhaps (which he made with his legs, not his arm). He was unable even in the one close win vs the Giants to secure what should've been an easy win. It took Eli and our defense, especially Jenkins, to put that one in the win column. What a contending team needs is a QB who's at his best at the end of close games. That's when Wentz was at his worst. He was only a rookie, but that needs to change more than upgrades anywhere else. Hopefully it will.
  22. We 'ate' more clock than any team in the league last year. I hate to say it, but the Blunt truth is our biggest problem last year was our QB play. CW was a rookie, so hopefully that will improve a lot in 2017...especially at the end of close games when you need your QB to be at his best and Wentz was at his worst.
  23. The team has surrounded Wentz with veteran talent, while bringing in young talent to learn from and develop behind the older players, and hopefully to eventually replace them. It's good for everyone and makes us a contender next year, as well as down the road, but only if Carson becomes elite. He was far from that last season, and being a rookie or blaming his failure to make plays on the talent at WR or anywhere else, late in every close game (except the Ravens game, perhaps) are lame excuses.
  24. NO,we drafted the future,this was an effort by the FO to buy us a years time for these young guys to develop,so call it a stop gap if you like,but there is a possibility those 1 year players get re-signed,but for the most part even if they DONT we will still be fine next year and beyond Oh I agree. Just the Title is misleading. "Offense is Complete" Would you say it is a finished product for the next 3-5 years? that is my point.... No,nothing is ever finished,it's a constantly moving target.Players come and go,get injured,get suspended,so IMO nothing is ever really :finished" You just hope you can keep things together long enough to win a SB,but once we DO that,we can compete annually like the Pats always do Oh there is no doubt that every team is constantly upgrading at positions or replacing players due to FA. But you expect 10-20%, not 30% or more. We have 5 on the offense alone if you include the center position. That is assuming Pumphrey can take over for Sproles. We still need to address the LB position, DT and one CB position. Well, maybe Jeffrey works out and decides to stay. Maybe we have a Tackle on the roster that can play on the right side after Johnson moves to the left. Maybe we have someone to replace Kelce on the roster. HR has done a tremendous job filling in the holes this year. He most likely can do the same next year, but I still feel we need some more long term contracts at the Skill positions before we can say "I am feeling good for the Future". We have the potential to do real well this year. I feel we are much better on both sides of the ball. I am anxious to see how Doug does with a "Complete" Offense. He now has a RB that can get a 1st down 70% of the time from inside 3 yards. His play calling will benefit from this. At least I hope it does. Blount does not get a FD 70% of the time on 3rd and 3 or less, and Doug's offense and was very good last year. With the exception of that three game stretch in late November against Seattle, Cincy, and GB, no one stopped our offense all season. We didn't have a deep passing threat or a break away RB but when Wentz played well we were pretty much unstoppable. Pederson made some play calls I'm sure we'd both agree were bad at times, but there weren't many and that'll be the case with any coach. I love Wentz, but he's the only reason we didn't win 9 or 10 last year, not Doug or the running game...or even the lousy play of the WRs. Hopefully, he'll be much improved in 2017.
  25. Who cares which guy has the most carries? Last year only nine teams ran the ball more than the Eagles and six weren't in the playoffs. Of the three who did make the post season, two (Dallas and Houston) were one and done. We were 11th in rushing yards and only one yard shy of 10th and only 11 yards from 9th. We were tied with Tennessee for the 10th most rushing TDs, and four teams had only one more rushing touchdown. With a QB who had the 20th best completion percentage and 26th best QBR among starters, we led the league in time of possession. There never was a problem with the running game, anyway. Blount brings his experience and size to the position, which are both positives. Worrying about which back plays when, and how much, is a waste of time. We need to pass to win, and be able to do it late in close games. The running back position is deep, multi-dimensional, and will be fine no matter what.