So Mo and I and a couple others went to the Eagles practice at the Linc on Monday and there are a few things that jumped out at us. Yeah, we were supposed to have a video but our camera guy had a valid excuse kind of last minute and we tried to iPhone it. Long story short the footage looks like it was shot with a potato by someone who can count to potato so it was pretty much useless, which is fine there will be other times you can see me destroy some tall, whitish Ninja Turtle in a QB competition.
Things that differed from Andy Reid’s recent camps at Lehigh:
1) THE INTENSITY
Not so much the contact as they were in shells (just helmets and shoulder pads) but the speed of how fast everything was going. Practice is allowed to go 2 hours and they wrapped up legitimately in 1:40. No water breaks. No down time. No shooting the shit on the sideline. All business. And that doesn’t even count the music that was blasting the entire practice. Everything from House music, hard core rock to the Mortal Kombat theme is blasted throughout the stadium the entire time. We may not break .500, but dammit if our guys won’t be able to dominate Dance Dance Revolution when Sandstorm is selected. And in the end, isn’t that all that matters?
2) CHIP KELLY IS INVOLVED
In everything. Seemed like Andy Reid would just watch from the distance and only talk through coaches and when he was one-on-one with guys he would be rubbing the nuts of the QB’s. Chip is head first and involved with everything. He was running the Kickoff and giving scrubs pinnies for Christ’s sake. Only time Andy would be involved in the Special Teams was when him and Deuce Staley would split a bucket of Checkers’ Chicken after practices.
3) MATT BARKLEY ISN’T PLAYING ANY TIME SOON
Mistake after mistake after mistake with a noodle arm. Might have just been a bad practice, but he didn’t look good on Monday. This isn’t Southern California anymore, Sunshine. Pick your shit up.
4) THE DEFENSE LOOKS LIKE A CLUSTERFUCK OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
New system, new coaches, new players, but holy moly did it look bad from a distance. And not so much bad as it looked confusing to the players. Lots of obvious broken assignments and lack of talent, especially in the CB area. Cary Williams did pick one off though off a bad Matt Barkley decision. Let’s just hope his daughter doesn’t have a dentist appointment on gameday so he can actually make the games.
5) IF YOU’RE LAST ON THE DEPTH CHART IN YOUR POSITION, NOBODY GIVES TWO SHITS ABOUT YOU
Specifically talking about 5th string QB ______ wearing a helmet pinny leading the wedge in his red jersey on kickoff return. And yes, he did get blown the fuck into orbit.
They face off against the Pats tomm night and through all of these joint practices with NE there has been one constant theme from the press: Tom Brady is lighting our taints ablaze every play. It’ll be interesting to see how we do once the pads are all on, but I personally wouldn’t get any hopes up.
Prediction for the fight? Pain. But I hope it’ll at least be a learning experience going into the season.