philly.com – The Eagles introduced two of their free-agent signings in a NovaCare news conference Wednesday in which new nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga made a strong vow. “We are here to hunt. We are here to win … I believe and I promise that we’re going to shock the world,” said Sopoaga, 31, who has played his entire nine-year career with the 49ers. Sopoaga later explained that he thinks new coach Chip Kelly’s innovations will rock the NFL. Sopoaga and new tight end-H back James Casey talked a lot about hard work and opportunity. Kelly talked about size and versatility, which he feels will give him flexibility in play design. General manager Howie Roseman talked about getting value in the free agent market, which as the Eagles have proved, isn’t always (or often) with the top-dollar guys.
Yes. YES. Finally the Birds have the giant Islander I’ve known the defense has needed for over a decade. Dude opened up the presser with a bunch of Hawaiian words and praising Jesus — literally couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Samoan gibberish and Jesus talk is exactly what fans wanna hear when they’re listening to their team’s new gargantuan nose tackle.
All that “shock the world” and “we’re going to hunt” stuff is just icing on the cake. Does it bother me that he’s already 31 years old? Nope. Does it bother me that he has been labeled by PFF as “ineffective” who also says he can’t draw doubles, get up field, or get off blocks? Nope. Why? Because he’s wearing a giant Somoan ball necklace like a damned cartoon character. Can’t measure that type of stuff in numbers.
You’re my guy, Isaac Sopoaga. Keep it up.
Full interview here.