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Eagles expect Ernie Sims to be a starter

It’s unclear where Ernie Sims will line up in Philadelphia, but expect him to be one of the team’s starters on defense.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sims should start, whether it’s on the strong or weak side.  Sims did a little bit of everything in Detroit and said he can play either side.

“I don’t expect to come in and have them just hand me the job,” Sims
said.

Sims seems better suited for the weak side, which would likely make Akeem Jordan a reserve Moise Fokou is likely the favorite on the strong side, but there should be competition at both outside spots.

Omar Gaither looks like the odd man out.

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  1. whoaleckna says: Apr 19, 2010 5:09 PM

    Also, an insurance policy in case bradley goes down again.

  2. Freebird2010 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:13 PM

    To the Philly fans, good luck with Sims. You’re going to need it.

  3. Malblack says: Apr 19, 2010 5:13 PM

    Gaither is not out. Philly traded Gocong and released Will Witherspoon. Gaither plays all the positions and will provide depth.

  4. dogfighter7 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:15 PM

    You can’t get much worse than that LB core last season… Bradley and this guy might be nasty. Now its Safety or CB for sure round 1.

  5. penguininbondage says: Apr 19, 2010 5:16 PM

    They “expect” that from everyone they get except for Vick. What the hell would you expect them to say?
    ” Uh,HMM HMM Uh, we just traded for this guy so he could be beat out by an undrafted rookie. UhHmm Hmm, times yours.”

  6. pacificamike says: Apr 19, 2010 5:21 PM

    sims is injury prone and a total p*ssy against the run

  7. troll_aikman8 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:22 PM

    In case Bradley goes down?
    It’s a matter of when.

  8. brownsfn says: Apr 19, 2010 5:23 PM

    this was a solid pickup for the Eagles…

  9. yoko166 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:23 PM

    joe mays is the odd man out. gaither focuses on backup MLB

  10. surefooted says: Apr 19, 2010 5:25 PM

    “Omar Gaither looks like the odd man out. ”
    No, that would be Joe Mays.

  11. Bwa Ha Ha says: Apr 19, 2010 5:31 PM

    Hey, the guy had to play in Detroit ferchrissakes. Now that he is in the NFL, maybe he will blossom?

  12. Mooch says: Apr 19, 2010 5:37 PM

    That ain’t good.

  13. Freebird2010 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:39 PM

    brownsfn you’ve obviously never seen Ernie Sims play. He’s a total liability in pass coverage, overruns plays, misses assignments, and is frequently injured. The Lions got the better end of this deal.

  14. tombrookshire says: Apr 19, 2010 5:48 PM

    Dhani Jones was a starting linebacker for the Eagles. It is a position they don’t value or prioritize in the draft of free agency. They think any career backup can start at that position. They feel the same about safety, running back, and, previously, receiver. It took Reid 10 years to change his attitude on receivers. Will it take another 10 for him to figure out that linebackers are important, too? Bringing in a guy like Sims, an underachieving first rounder, signifies that he is still shopping in the bargain bin, believing that his system, and his coaches are so special that they can transform any pig’s ear into a silk purse. Jim Johnson was a special coach, and even he could do nothing with undersized, low motor, career backups the Eagles kept bringing in as starters. These positions kill the Eagles every season. Joe Banner said two years ago, that “Insanity is doing the same thing, expecting different results.” When will these guys learn their own lessons?

  15. mustbechris says: Apr 19, 2010 5:50 PM

    gaither’s not the odd man out, joe mays is.

  16. VoxVagina says: Apr 19, 2010 5:51 PM

    I hope he can play SAM cause Akeem Jordan is really underrated and could totally be a solid player is he plays the entire season at WILL rather than shifting around. Also, Mays and Gaither won’t be gone. Mays is a beast on special teams and Gaither is a good role player. I don’t think they’ll make the mistake of getting rid of any LBs. Bradley coming off a torn ACL may not return to form and it’s important to have depth. This trade now lets the Eagles focus on FS, CB, and interior linemen, their biggest needs

  17. Hooby says: Apr 19, 2010 6:02 PM

    @freebird2010
    i think the eagles have 12 picks this year and it took a 5th rounder to get him. i think ernie sims is worth it. besides, lets see his predecessors:
    akeem jordan
    omar gaither
    dhani jones
    and yes, bwa ha ha is right, he was on the lions. with a competent surrounding, his morale and talent will increase. or hell be the next will witherspoon.

  18. ninjaneer says: Apr 19, 2010 6:05 PM

    Philly should get ready for a season of this: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d804f4c82/Week-14-Jason-Witten-highlights

  19. The Laces Were In says: Apr 19, 2010 6:12 PM

    I love how people are thinking this move is a total steal for Philly. As a Lions fan, let me ask you these two questions: 1.) You do realize Sims lost his job to a rookie right? 2.) If a team like Detroit, which has had a historically bad defense and the worst defense in the NFL the past 2-3 seasons would give up a player at a position they lack depth at and now have to fill…just how good is he? People think he’s good b/c he was a 1st round pick and had large tackling numbers, but the truth is Sims is an injury prone, marginally average player that was the only “bright spot” on a horrible defensive unit.I hope he lives up to potential in Philly, but I doubt it.
    That said, I still don’t get this deal at all and please draft SUH!

  20. mickey ferr says: Apr 19, 2010 6:16 PM

    We got him for a 5th round pick. We don’t need anyone to be concerned for us. Sims is a football player and we’re gunna find out if he can stand out more on a better football team that is interested in success. We still have a 1st round, two 2nd round, and a 3rd round pick in our hands. Plus plenty others further down the draft board. We can still draft starters or trade for better veterans. Andy Reid is being a genius this offseason. (I still think Sheldon Brown and Witherspoon should be on this team but theyre not, so I must move on and accept the changes. Good things are to come)

  21. jibfest says: Apr 19, 2010 6:23 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I’m glad to see they FINALLY value the Linebacker position on the field. The position has been a turn style under Reid.

  22. alldawayturntup says: Apr 19, 2010 6:39 PM

    LOL
    good luck ernie. you’re going to need it.
    he played awful in detroit and nobody notices. the dopes on ESPN think this guy is a great player. LMAO
    i hope he survives philly. because if he plays the way heplayed in detroit the last two years. they’re going to kill him.

  23. december says: Apr 19, 2010 6:40 PM

    Sure Sims isn’t a probowl talent, but people are saying it’s a total steal for Philly because they stole him for a FIFTH round pick. At the very least he adds depth to a position they’re thin at.

  24. bluelion says: Apr 19, 2010 6:41 PM

    Freebird2010 is absolutely correct about Sims.
    He will make some good plays, Eagles fans.
    However, he will have as many running plays go past him, and hit for big yardage in the hole he ‘should’ be filling.
    However, you will soon notice on instant replay, Ernie will be head down, in the backfield hitting someone without the ball.
    Get used to it and enjoy the consistency with which it happens!

  25. BroadStreetBully9286 says: Apr 19, 2010 7:12 PM

    @tombrookshire
    Brian Westbrook is a career backup? LeSean McCoy? What the hell are you smoking? Or are you talking about the need for a “big back”…you know…like the All Pro fullback Leonard Weaver, the one that’s already on the team?

  26. wolfgang1983 says: Apr 19, 2010 7:14 PM

    Dhani Jones was a starting linebacker for the Eagles. It is a position they don’t value or prioritize in the draft of free agency. They think any career backup can start at that position. They feel the same about safety, running back, and, previously, receiver. It took Reid 10 years to change his attitude on receivers. Will it take another 10 for him to figure out that linebackers are important, too? Bringing in a guy like Sims, an underachieving first rounder, signifies that he is still shopping in the bargain bin, believing that his system, and his coaches are so special that they can transform any pig’s ear into a silk purse. Jim Johnson was a special coach, and even he could do nothing with undersized, low motor, career backups the Eagles kept bringing in as starters. These positions kill the Eagles every season. Joe Banner said two years ago, that “Insanity is doing the same thing, expecting different results.” When will these guys learn their own lessons?
    —————————————————————————————————-
    I definitely do not agree. Where did you get that Andy Reid didnt value WRs for 10 years? In Reid’s 2ND year he drafted a WR in the 2nd round and the 4th round, followed by his THIRD draft in which he spent a first on a WR. His FIFTH draft he spent a third, and SEVENTH draft spent a 2nd. Also while adding the best WR in free agency the offseason heading into his FIFTH season, and his EIGHTH season……..not sure how that equals to him not “valuing WRs for his first 10 years”——the draft is a crapshoot, the fact that his picks didnt work out for awhile absolutely doesnt mean he doesnt value WR

  27. LAEaglefan says: Apr 19, 2010 7:29 PM

    Tombrookshier,
    I wouldn’t call Brian Westbrook or Duce Staley a career backup at RB. I wouldn’t call Brian Dawkins a career backup at Safety. So I think you need to consider what you’re saying before you make remarks like that. At WR, with one notable exception (you all know who I’m talking about), I’d have to say that you’re right though. But barring injury (or free agency or contract disputes), they should be now set with the first 3 receivers for years to come.

  28. tombrookshire says: Apr 19, 2010 7:54 PM

    Um, fellas, we are talking about linebackers here in this post.

  29. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 19, 2010 8:18 PM

    Sims better learn to man the F up. 9th overall pick and a bust so far.

  30. Znarf27 says: Apr 19, 2010 8:31 PM

    scrapdawg12
    HE WAS ON THE LIONS!!! Aka….Professional football hell!!!!

  31. east96street says: Apr 19, 2010 8:31 PM

    No matter what happens, it’s still a better move than Dallas’ trade for Roy Williams. Still a mystery to me as to why the NFC East seems fascinated by Detroit castoffs, though. They suck for a reason and it’s not just that they play in a dying city.

  32. jreed says: Apr 19, 2010 8:41 PM

    tombrookshire says:
    He has no idea what he is taking about!
    The Eagles tried drafting WR’s Early in McNabb Carreer but all were failures.
    IE Mitchell, Pinkston, Lewis..They all had high hopes but ended up mediocre.
    Trotter was a great LB when he was younger, Bradley is also a beast. Hopefully he will come back to form after his ACL Tear.
    We never needed a Safety to replace B-Dawk until last year. We hoped Q-Mike would have done that…But didn’t.
    As far a Running backs go….Remember the Original 3 headed monster? Staley, Buckhalter, and Westbrook? Too bad Staley broke his knees and had to retire. Buck did the same but came back to be Westys backup. Now we drafted McCoy and signed Bell.
    We made up from our WR busts with Jackson, Maclin, and Avant.
    Now we need a Saftey and another LB, which i feel we will address on Thursday and Friday…Most likely Friday. For some reason…I feel an OT coming out on Thursday….Hmmmmm

  33. ultimateweapon says: Apr 19, 2010 8:43 PM

    Ray Rhodes drafted Dawk, not Reid.

  34. Outsyder says: Apr 19, 2010 8:46 PM

    The Jason Witten highlight video is hilarious. It’s supposed to make Sims look like a complete dope. You do realize they were playing mainly Cover 2, not man?
    It’s read and react. Witten caught it and he was there. That was his job.

  35. kishcollageit says: Apr 19, 2010 9:33 PM

    I wish Ernie Sims all the best with his future career! The NFC East does not have the likes of Ryan Grant and Adrian Peterson for him to bounce off — meaning Sims does not matchup good with big backs.

  36. wolfgang1983 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:52 PM

    Um, fellas, we are talking about linebackers here in this post.
    —————————————————————————————————-lol, thats funny. You bring up how Reid supposedly never valued WRs to explain his stance on LBs. You then get completely proven wrong about your asumption that Reid didnt value WRs. To which you respond “we are talking about LBs” while not realizing the whole substance of your post has been rendered meaningless. touche.

  37. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:52 PM

    It definitely shows you are in dire straits when you are getting players from the Lions. Good luck with that if the Lions are willing to part ways with him then I can’t seem him being worth a damn.

  38. wolfgang1983 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:11 PM

    @Kishcollageit
    no, the NFCE has the likes of Marion Barber, Brandon Jacobs and Clinton Portis, mixed in with the speed of guys like Felix Jones and Ahmad Bradshaw.

  39. midnightgrn says: Apr 20, 2010 12:37 AM

    He will have a better career in Philly. For all of you guys who think he sucks immediately due to who he played for…..get over it. He is a tackling machine and very underrated…..is he the best weakside linebacker in the league? Not by any stretch! But when you are surrounded by morons you have to think the smart ones look pretty stupid as well.

  40. midnightgrn says: Apr 20, 2010 12:45 AM

    P.S. apparently injured 1 out of 5 years makes you injury prone on this board

  41. buddha says: Apr 20, 2010 12:59 AM

    First of all, you haters who keep saying Sims is injury prone, you’re wrong. He only played 3 years in the NFL and didnt miss 1 single game in his first 2 seasons. How does that qualify as injury prone. Im not saying that he’s an All-Pro player, but the Eagles got him for a 5th rounder so you haters need to keep that in mind. You guys make it sound like Philly traded an early draft pick for the guy.lol. Philly still has 5 picks in the first 3 rounds. They still have plenty of firepower to trade up in the draft as well.

  42. kolbfan says: Apr 20, 2010 4:02 AM

    I thought I read some where that the Lions defense was on the field the most by playing two full games worth of plays more than the next defense in 2009 and while I don’t have 2008 totals near me I would think they would be close.
    Sims had been playing with this defense since 2006 and the Lions offense has been off the field more than on it since 2006/2007 when he was healthy. Not having a offense to give you rest and playing on a bad team can make things seem a bit uninspiring.
    Risk: 5th round pick
    Reward: decent/cheap 25yo linebacker with a small chance for improvement
    Another decent depth move by Reid. So far Alex Hall, Darly Tapp and now Ernie Sims. We have 3 picks in the top 55 and 5 in the top 100. The roster doesn’t have as many holes as some may think and we have the picks to fill them. Though I don’t think we are done dealing quite yet.

  43. Duck Fallas says: Apr 20, 2010 8:05 AM

    Marion Barber, Brandon Jacobs and Clinton Portis will all rush for 1500 yards this year. Combined.

  44. tombrookshire says: Apr 20, 2010 9:40 AM

    @wolfgang1983 – what you are saying, to my main point, is that AR DOES value the positions of linebacker, running back, wide receiever and safety, and that I’m wrong. Lets look back over the years to the success of his drafts and free agent signings at those positions. I am not going to go through them. You know who they are. Suffice it to say, running back – got a good one in Westy, but surrounded him with bums his whole career. Reid didn’t even add a good fullback until 2009. It’s really the running game he doesn’t value. Safety – one elite safety, Dawk, in all his years as GM, and, Dawk wasn’t even his draft choice. WR – Thrash and Pinkston epitomize his receivers, save the one year that T.O. was here. He may have drafted fairly high, a number one for Freddy Mitchell, but most of his receiver draft choices and free agents were bums and/or career backups. Reid never went after the elite receiver. He didn’t value tall, quick and rangey wideouts, because McNabb dinked it mostly to running backs and tight ends. Remember how Reid would say about his receivers, “we’ll be fine with the guys we have.” They never were. Linebacker, Trot and Bradley in 12 years? Not good enough, dude. Too many Dhanis in- between. The arguement is not about where he drafted, but who he chose that best demonstrate what he values in his team’s structure. Those four positions he clearly doesn’t value enough.

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