Eagles sign ex-Giant Steve Smith

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The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t done signing free agents.

Wide receiver Steve Smith, formerly of the NFC East rival New York Giants, has signed with Philadelphia, the Eagles announced.

Details of the contract haven’t been announced, but it’s reportedly a one-year deal, and the Eagles apparently didn’t have to break the bank to get Smith, who may have thought his best chance at a major payday would come from signing with a good team now and then testing free agency again in March.

The Giants were interested in bringing Smith back, but they were also concerned that it would be a long time before Smith’s injured knee was sufficiently healed that he could return any time soon.

The Eagles’ medical staff apparently checked out Smith’s knee and had a more optimistic diagnosis than the Giants’ medical staff.

If Smith can contribute, he’ll be yet another outstanding free agency addition in Philadelphia. He had a sensational season in 2009, catching 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns, and he was off to a very good start in 2010 before catching just one pass in the second half of the season.

If everyone is healthy and ready to go, a receiving corps of Smith, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant would be one o the best in the NFL.

164 responses to “Eagles sign ex-Giant Steve Smith

  1. This could only mean bad things for Maclin and his medical issue that no one will talk about

  2. Wow. Smith was the guy that talked about LeSean McCoy and posted pictures on the internet of the giants winning the superbowl and him celebrating. Now he wants to play for the Eagles.

  3. Smith will be the 5th wr here if he makes the team. Riley Cooper and Avant will out-play him. Yeah, I said it.

  4. I could see this being an ok pick-up since I’m assuming the price on an injured guy was right. Another low risk high reward pick-up

  5. The Eagles have successfully assembled a powerful offense without trading their entire draft to do so. Take that Falcons.

  6. How’s he gonna get playing time when he has the “best slot receiver in the league” to compete with?

  7. I’m a little surprised especially since he can’t play right now. I wonder how this works out…

  8. Good Lord…talk about a paper tiger. This team can and should win it all barring a serious string of major injuries…

    Eagles fans will run the front office and coaching staff out of town if they don’t do it this year.

  9. Glad to see the Eagles have a competent medical staff to evaluate whether a knee is okay or not okay before signing said player.. Antonio Bryant anyone?

  10. I am shocked and dismayed at this news. The giants are getting abused this offseason. How do the eagles work their cap like this and go out and get all of these great players and NY can’t even re-sign their own, pro-bowl players?

    Eagles work the cap like the Patriots and are now clearly the team to beat in the NFC East.

    Maybe now we can actually get Osi signed.

  11. Philly, worried about falling behind NE in the rush to sign injured free agents, ink Steve Smith to a deal.

  12. He will a VERY nice addition once he’s healthy. perfect slot receiver for Andys’ offence. he’ll be everything Curtis was and more. But I think this addition wont really come fruition until the last 6 games or so, and the playoffs. thats when he’ll b at or close to 100%.

  13. ***Breaking News*** Eagles contact ghost of Vince Lombardi to offer a 1 year contract. In fear of the inevitable that Andy Reid still chokes on a big one in the playoffs, the Eagles have reached out to a witch doctor to summons the spirit of coaching legend Vince Lombardi. We were unable to reach Vince for a comment.

    *Update* Lombardi’s spirit told Philadelphia to pound sand!

  14. Yep, this one hurts Giants fans. Smith was a real fan favorite. We (Giants fans) really feel like we got stood up at the altar here.

    Sorry, Steve. I liked you, but I certainly can’t wish you well now.

  15. This one hurts. Of all places Smitty, of all fricken’ places.
    For a 1 year deal??? Granted if they give you a 2+yr deal, it would still hurt in the butt, but to go on a one year rental.

    The same guy that clowned the eagles on twitter at every opportunity, the same guy that inundates his fans on facebook with constant anecdotes on his love for the giants and our fans.

    Big Blue goes on, not in the least bit going to sound bitter, but thank god for Nicks and Manningham. Who deserves his spot as a starter.

    PS:
    Eagles fans, I suggest you don’t get too acquainted with this team because I can guarantee you, this will certainly not be anywhere close to the same one next year. This is a hail mary lets go for it type team.

  16. This is simply insurance. DeSean is frail and Maclin has a mystery “ailment” or injury and it’s a long season – if one of these guys goes down, Smith might be ready to step in. He’ll probably be on PUP for the start of the season, giving him until Week 6 to get healthy.

    Smart move Philly. Makes me hate you even more.

    And poor Giants fans. I feel for you guys.

  17. eagles didn’t you watch what the Skins tried to do for a decade? Fa spending spree for every big name out there will not work…no chemistry and too many me guys who love their stats….and sorry but Vick is overrated… NO CHEMISTRY…But enjoy the attention with every team that plays you will come gunning…

  18. So does this mean Steve Smith (Post micro-fracture) gets paid more than DeSean? Just saying… Philly is biting a little more than they can chew. Too much change….way too fast.

  19. Nnamdi from Dallas
    Steve Smith from New York
    Chris Wilson from Washington

    they just raped they entire NFC East in one offseason lol

  20. Reese has drafted well in the past (Chad Jones aside), but this has not been a good offseason for him and Big Blue.

    It seems the Giants will go into next season with more or less the same team they missed the playoffs with last year.

    It will be a long and ugly year. Hopefully the dysfunctional family that is the Eagles will follow their history and fail yet again…..

  21. Maclin will be ready to play 100% by first regular season game. this probably is to replace sinorice moss who Is hurt. Yes Eagles still have Cap space and will have more when Vicks contract Is done.

  22. Macklin with a mysterious condition and Desean ready to pull a hammy and check out without a new contract, why not…?

    They won’t go anywhere throwing to Avant and some free agent.

  23. Gotta love the Eagles fans crowing hard before Game 1. Last time Eagles signed a bunch of free agents and the Giants filled in a few gaps with some castoffs, the Giants ended up winning….wait for it…wait for it….SUPER BOWL 42!

    Congrats Eag fans….you’re the Preseason SB champs (as usual!)

  24. Did any of you notice that the Giants passed on him?

    In other words for you who can not read
    WE DID NOT WANT HIM

    So the Egals got smith the jets got complexco
    Sounds to me like your picking up the giants trash

  25. Remember how much money the Skins and Cowboys spent last year? Or how much Al Davis spends EVERY year? Who cares?
    They have three great corners but Casey Matthews is their starting MLB; So who is going to stop the run? Isn’t Mikell gone? Sure they might have a good offense but who doesn’t? I just don’t see how Jason Babin, DRC, Nnamdi and VY (who won’t even play) make a championship team especially since DeSean Jackson is going to turn into a cancer in that locker room.
    10-6

  26. Jan 3, 2012

    Wow! Lookey! The igles are 16-0! They have cancelled the playoffs! All other playoff teams are skeered to play them, and have forfeited!! 😉

  27. huhfasi

    Cullen Jenkins…

    Difference between Eagles nd Cowboys and Skins is the Eagles Sign good quality talent and character, the other 2 just throw money at names to make headlines.

  28. Now we’re going to see a bunch of Giants fans about-face on a player they love.

    Just be HONEST, Giants. It’s okay to lose a player you love to a team you hate. Every fan, regardless of rivalry, understands that feeling. Just don’t be liars.

  29. How’s bout an LB, huh? Smith plays the slot and is coming of microfracture. He is not playing outside. He takes snaps from Avant, only. WR gets crowded with saving a KR spot there. And a one year deal. This is only trying to drive down DeSean’s new deal number. They’ll cut Chad Hall and he’ll wind up being the next Danny Woodhead.

  30. makes you wonder if the giants were trying to scare everyone away when they said he wouldn’t play for a long time.

  31. I was a big Steve Smith fan, now he’s just a traitor. Of all teams the Eagles! What ever happened to that pectoral injury he had? Now the eagles have a bunch of sick and injury prone WR’s. Congrats!! Maybe your CB’s will play WR.

  32. yeah like when jackson ran past the entire Giants defense to win the game in the last second. Giants superbowl this year is 100% not a chance

  33. Jakek2- You have no idea what you are talking about. You’ve got your years badly confused. Last time eagles signed a buch of big name free agents, they won the NFC.

  34. Clearly, this is Andy Reid’s last stand, and he apparently knows it.
    And as another poster here mentioned, just because you have all the ingredients, doesn’t mean you have cake…

  35. Gotta love the Eagles fans crowing hard before Game 1. Last time Eagles signed a bunch of free agents and the Giants did nothing, the Giants pulled off the greatest upset in sports history.

  36. The best way to make sure the Giants do have a good receiver, pay him to sit on our bench…

    either ballsy, or just nuts, whatever. nice signing.

    now, didn’t Rexy say the Skins were going to win the the NFC East.. I think the giants are in contention for that title as well.. especially now…

  37. bigbluefan1 says: Aug 10, 2011 7:33 PM

    Did any of you notice that the Giants passed on him?

    In other words for you who can not read
    WE DID NOT WANT HIM

    So the Egals got smith the jets got complexco
    Sounds to me like your picking up the giants trash

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    Didn’t want him or you’re too cheap?

    I guess you didn’t want any of the good players we signed either huh?

    I guess you didn’t want Kevin Boss either right?

    After all, you have studs like Jake Ballard, (the OTHER beckum) Travis Beckum, Daniel Coats, Christian Hopkins, and Bear Pascoe right?

    You’re team is CHEAP like a NY call girl.

  38. I’m thinking Maclin’s situation is more serious than the Eagles are leading on. Ok if maclin is healthy were does Smith fit in? Maclin is the 1 DJax the 2 and Avant is the slot so were does Smith fit? Thinking Maclin may be seriously sick

  39. People keep talking about Cap room. See how the Cap works is you can back load a contract and get a hceaper 1st and 2nd year cap hit. And for those who think they Eagles will be in Cap hell next season, you must realize that most of these people are in a one year contracts and the other than Babin, Nnamdi and Jenkins can all be cut next year with no Cap hurt.

    Don’t be jealous that Eagles manage the cap better than your team. Its not always helped the Eagles. In fact for ten years we have complained that they always had cap room. Finally they saw a good time to use it. And after cuts and Vicks contract is singed my guess is the Eagles will have close to 15 mil in cap room. And after DeSean they will have close to 7-8 mill. This gives them money to still sign a linebacker who gets cut.

    Though i am still going to bet ona trade of Smauel for a linebacker and picks. But we’ll see.

  40. @phillyfan

    Good point. I would like the send a thank you on behalf of all of all Lions fans for taking that one away from GB.
    I’m a fan of the Eagles and all, and that’s no doubt a great roster you got over there but there is no way that all of those players can come in and quickly turn into a Super Bowl team this quickly especially with a so-so LB group.
    On the other hand, someone should give your front office a pat on the back for getting rid of Kolb for DRC. Greatest. Trade. Ever. Arizona got nothing.

  41. Difference between Eagles nd Cowboys and Skins is the Eagles Sign good quality talent and character

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    Durrr Michael Vick, Jevon Kearse, Darren Howard, Takeo Spikes, Stacy Andrews, Jason Peters, Vince Young

  42. Steve Smith isnt stupid, hes gonna play on a Very Good team, thats gonna get ALOT of AIRTIME and Media Attention . He will have the best chance to win and to DISPLAY his skills to rake in a big payday next, whoeveer may sign him…works for both sides here…

  43. Jamie Biddle says: Aug 10, 2011 7:06 PM

    does anyone know if he’ll be able to go week 1?

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    Per Comcast sports net Philly- The Eagles expect him to be ready to play around week 4. He will most likely be out till week 6

  44. You guys that are not Eagles fans have no clue so let me explain it to you–

    1. As far as the cap goes, no one works the cap better than Joe Banner. I suggest you go read Peter King’s latest MMQB article where he highlights the Eagles cap management–the league wide-cap is 120M–but the Eagles got 2.2M in credits from 2009 which is the last capped year, plus every team can, if they wish, borrow up to 3M from a future cap year to be repaid in 2015–so in effect, the Eagles had 125M to spend. As of Monday, according to King’s article, they had 7.79M left under the cap.

    2. In that same article, King has a graph which shows how much they owe 7 out of their then 8 major FAs in guaranteed money after 2011–ZERO. Most of these FAs, Vince Young, Cullen Jenkins, etc. are on 1 yr contracts–the latest FAs that they’ve signed after the initial wave, get 1 yr contracts at the vet minimum–that’s what that 3M loan is primarily for.

    3. The Giants looked at him, but didn’t think he was fit to play–the Eagles docs’ had another opinion. If he never suits up with the Eagles this year, one thing is for sure–he’s not suiting up with the Giants–and without Smith last year to bail him out on 3rd down, Eli was crap–now he doesn’t have Smith or Boss. And for those Giants fan who say they didn’t want Smith anyway, I guess you didn’t want Boss back either.

    4. As far as comparisons with the Skins–no comparison–the Skins signed players that had no upside, and they’ve had 7 different HCs in the 12 years that Reid has been in Philly (not including this year). That means 7 different staffs, 7 different off and def philosophies and different players to fit those philosophies.

    5. And for those that think Reid will be fired if they don’t win it all, you’re off your rocker–not in a lockout season when there have been no OTAs, a shorter preseason, etc. He’ll coach out his contract and then be kicked upstairs.

  45. Its not that you didnt want him you couldnt afford him. Don’t hate the Eagles because they have always been the best with cap management. They still have plenty of room

  46. huhfasi says:
    Aug 10, 2011 7:36 PM
    Remember how much money the Skins and Cowboys spent last year? Or how much Al Davis spends EVERY year? Who cares?
    They have three great corners but Casey Matthews is their starting MLB; So who is going to stop the run? Isn’t Mikell gone? Sure they might have a good offense but who doesn’t? I just don’t see how Jason Babin, DRC, Nnamdi and VY (who won’t even play) make a championship team especially since DeSean Jackson is going to turn into a cancer in that locker room.
    ——————————-

    I’m used to stupid comments here, but this is one of the worst. It isn’t just about money…the Cowgirls and Redskinflutes proved that. It’s about bringing in the right players. So let’s examine that. In addition to replacing the defensive coordinator, they:

    *Signed the best corner in football, Asomugha.
    *Signed a very, very good corner, Rodgers-Cromartie
    *Signed a very solid DE, Babin.
    *Signed a top D-lineman, Jenkins
    *Signed a solid safety, Jarrad Page
    *Got Nate Allen (safety) back from knee injury

    Their defense will be massively upgraded at least…”scary” at best. And the offense…I think you’ve seriously underestimated them. With another year in the system, Vick may just have an MVP year. And there is nothing to suggest that DeSean will be “a cancer” in the locker room. Nothing.

    Enjoy losing to us.

  47. leevi98 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 7:22 PM
    eagles didn’t you watch what the Skins tried to do for a decade? Fa spending spree for every big name out there will not work…no chemistry and too many me guys who love their stats….and sorry but Vick is overrated… NO CHEMISTRY…But enjoy the attention with every team that plays you will come gunning…

    The reason why the Redskins sucked for years is

    1 they over paid for free agents who didnt have the drive to compete for another contract bc they already made so much (the Eagles have given most these guys 1 year 1 1million dollars or less contracts)

    2 they never had early drafts picks they traded them away (The Eagles have drafted more players then any team in the last 5 years)

    3The Redskins have had a new coach every other year and their systems kept changing meaning not only the new players but the old players had to learn a whole new scheme (the Eagles have the longest tenure coach in the league)

    4Redskins teams were lacking talent before bringing in free agents(The Eagles were already a good team before bringing in these new players)

    5Redskins suck (Eagles dont)

    Hail

  48. Relax people, they signed Steve Smith…not even THAT Steve Smith.

    Its not as though they grabbed Jerry Rice in his prime.

  49. I think Reese is setting Couphlin up to fail. Look for Bill Cower or Jeff Fisher next year.

  50. jakek2 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 7:52 PM
    Gotta love the Eagles fans crowing hard before Game 1. Last time Eagles signed a bunch of free agents and the Giants did nothing, the Giants pulled off the greatest upset in sports history.
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    Really? Who did the Eagles sign that year? The last time the Eagles signed a bunch of free agents was in 2004 when they went to the Superbowl, so I’m not sure where you get your info from.

  51. Jackson and Vick will get paid this year. The Eagles will dominate the NFL. AS for Andy Reid he will be with the Eagles a long time. Go Philly!!!

  52. Haters gonna hate…. I thought the eagles owned the gints? But somehow, according to the ny fans, now the giants are the better team…? Hate the gmen, gave forever, will be fun watching them turn into the redskins. Also, can’t wait til November, see all u haters change ur tune n get back on vick’s **** just like u all did last yr. Btw, Reid heaters… One ring, dudes a lock for Canton

  53. yeah…because Steve Smith being healthy is what is holding this group of WR’s from being one of the very best…

  54. Am I the only one that doesn’t believe the Eagles are as “uber stacked” as most?

    Seriously. As it stands right now, I see them as the 4th or 5th most talented team on paper in the NFL. They have a ton of new people and in the NFL that has a funny way of not always working out very well.

    Vick is one of his typical injuries away from them being led by Vince Young. They have terrific corners, but both are new to the system. Their front 7 are decent, but not outstanding. Offensively they have a bunch of pretty good WR’s, but not a single elite “does it all” kind of WR. At RB they are pretty weak if you ask me.

    Don’t get me wrong, they are a solid team with a ton of above average players and a very solid coaching staff. But I still put them as about the 5th or 6th likely team to win it all, yet most talk like anything short of a SB would be a failure.

  55. Man, some of you Giants fans are soooo stupid!!!! Calling him a traitor, the Giants did a physical, and he did NOT pass.
    The Eagles did one and he DID pass(per their comfort)
    As one of you intelligently stated, 6 games on PUP, bam games 7-8 little rusty, then bam, nice asset for their playoff push!
    Gotta like their moves! FYI, comparing the Eagles to the Skins or Raiders is ludicrous!
    These players are far from past prime! Killer offseason!
    Too bad I’m a Viking Fan, our season will be average at best….just hard reading ignorant comments bout smiths loyalty, he wasn’t wanted, by giants …. I’m just sad the Viking FO wasn’t ad smart

  56. As a Giants fan, I’m obviously upset.

    But the Eagles got him for $4 million with $2million guaranteed for only one year. It sucks to lose him, but there was no way the Giants were giving him that much.

    See you on the field on Week 11, Smith.

  57. JackLeone says:
    Aug 10, 2011 7:12 PM
    2011 – The Year of the Eagle

    Since the next Super Bowl is in 2012 that sounds about right.

  58. hey leevi98, the difference between the eagles and the redskins is the redskins were never coming off a division title when they signed all of these players, i swear none of u watch football and think they know more about football then every front office in the nfl, im not saying the eagles will win the super bowl cause predicting is for idiots when it comes to the nfl but it should be a fun season to watch

  59. eaglebobby says:
    Aug 10, 2011 8:03 PM
    You guys that are not Eagles fans have no clue so let me explain it to you–

    1. As far as the cap goes, no one works the cap better than Joe Banner. I suggest you go read Peter King’s latest MMQB article where he highlights the Eagles cap management–the league wide-cap is 120M–but the Eagles got 2.2M in credits from 2009 which is the last capped year, plus every team can, if they wish, borrow up to 3M from a future cap year to be repaid in 2015–so in effect, the Eagles had 125M to spend. As of Monday, according to King’s article, they had 7.79M left under the cap.

    2. In that same article, King has a graph which shows how much they owe 7 out of their then 8 major FAs in guaranteed money after 2011–ZERO. Most of these FAs, Vince Young, Cullen Jenkins, etc. are on 1 yr contracts–the latest FAs that they’ve signed after the initial wave, get 1 yr contracts at the vet minimum–that’s what that 3M loan is primarily for.

    3. The Giants looked at him, but didn’t think he was fit to play–the Eagles docs’ had another opinion. If he never suits up with the Eagles this year, one thing is for sure–he’s not suiting up with the Giants–and without Smith last year to bail him out on 3rd down, Eli was crap–now he doesn’t have Smith or Boss. And for those Giants fan who say they didn’t want Smith anyway, I guess you didn’t want Boss back either.

    4. As far as comparisons with the Skins–no comparison–the Skins signed players that had no upside, and they’ve had 7 different HCs in the 12 years that Reid has been in Philly (not including this year). That means 7 different staffs, 7 different off and def philosophies and different players to fit those philosophies.

    5. And for those that think Reid will be fired if they don’t win it all, you’re off your rocker–not in a lockout season when there have been no OTAs, a shorter preseason, etc. He’ll coach out his contract and then be kicked upstairs.

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    youalldrinkhaterade says:
    Aug 10, 2011 7:05 PM
    SUCK IT NY!!!
    ___________________________________

    Don’t know who said it better but these two said it all. Wouldn’t trade my fellow eagle fans for the cheesesteaks in Philly. This is gettin’ good eagles fans, enjoy this ride. Best fans in sports.

  60. Eagles are set for years to come. I think they have 12 draft picks for next year as well… This really sucks cause I’m a cowboy fan and I know that we are already over the cap for next year too ($20 million in dead money)

  61. So is it safe to assume at this point that fans of all other 31 NFL teams are just waiting for the eagles completely fall on their faces this year?

    Can’t wait to see what happens in Philly is the don’t win the SB. Yes, Banner has done a great job managing the cap, but what about the police chief? How much cap room do they have to spend on riot gear?

  62. @sdw2001

    You can go through and name everyone you want that the eagles signed…you still didn’t fix your 2 biggest problem areas. Your Oline and your linebackers. Your passing game will still have some problems too, thanks to your safeties. Don’t get me wrong, your corners are great, but Samuel and DRC like to take chances. Without safeties over the top, your defense is wide open to big plays. Let’s not forget, your defenseive coordinator is new, and hes an offensive line coach! The last time he taught defense was for highschoolers. And you say Vick is an MVP candidate. How exactly??? Because he came out of prison and had 1 tremendous year? Tell me, what in his past suggest he will put together numbers like he did last year? He had a fairy tale season, and my money is on him not being able to do it again. He is also injury prone and your Oline won’t help him out much at all. And dont talk about VY. The guy couldn’t handle it in Tennesse of all places. Now you take him to a city known for harsh criticism, and you put him on a team that is expected to win a Super Bowl. If he cracked mentally before, there is no way he can handle it in Philly.

  63. chipwade says:
    The Eagles have successfully assembled a powerful offense without trading their entire draft to do so.”

    And they put it in the hands of a guy who can’t throw the ball.

    Good luck with that, Eagles.

  64. As if it weren’t already the case, the Eagles have officially ripped the title of free agency champion from the Redskins.

    As the Redskins have proved, this strategy ALWAYS leads to regular season success.

  65. you know why I know that the Lombardi story was a joke?

    Because the ghost of Lombardi would also have taken less this year to coach the Eagles.

    Also, someone talking about Eagles being SB pre-season favorites as usual?

    1. GB is the champ until unseated.
    2. The only thing Eagles do as usual is win the NFC east and play in the NFC Championship for most of the last ten years.

  66. Really Giants, a classy organization like you couldn’t have given Steve Smith a 1-year deal like the eagles did, after he helped you win a Super Bowl?

    Jerry Reese – Wake up, free agency has started. You should be protecting your 2nd round draft choice, especially given your talent pool at receiver.

  67. I can’t really fault the Eagles since Steve Smith is a capable WR when healthy – but therein lies the problem. Everything I’ve been reading makes it sound like his knee is NOT near 100%. The guy is slow to begin with, so his speed has to be diminished. With Maclin still suffering with some mysterious illness, the Eagles receiving squad is not as scary as it could be. Avant has never been consistent, DeSean Jackson is small of frame. I think a lot of the Eagles’ hopes lie squarely with this unit and the passing game.

    If they all stay healthy, they will be fine. But if one or two miss some games, they might be forced to go scrounging for yet another wideout. I wouldn’t be counting on Smith for a lot this year, so the signing is kind of “meh”.

  68. I’m not a fan of how the Eagles are trying to win a championship. This is not how the elite franchises like Pittsburgh and Green Bay do things. Sure I can understand bring in a player or two, but Eagles are getting carried away and it will probably t blow up in their face.

  69. insurance or not ???? you lames still bothered b4 game1. da eagles are crossing every T & dotting every I .deal weak nfl fans… fly eagles fly on the road to being hated by you.yeah you hater………

  70. Holy Crap!! If Maclin is healthy this is a sweet offense. But the team still needs to have chemistry to win. They can’t just go on talent alone.

  71. I love it the Feagles are going to CHOKE….. Vick will get hurt won’t make it to wk 8…. whooooo

  72. sfwillis52 says:

    You can go through and name everyone you want that the eagles signed…you still didn’t fix your 2 biggest problem areas. Your Oline and your linebackers. Your passing game will still have some problems too, thanks to your safeties. Don’t get me wrong, your corners are great, but Samuel and DRC like to take chances. Without safeties over the top, your defense is wide open to big plays. Let’s not forget, your defenseive coordinator is new, and hes an offensive line coach! The last time he taught defense was for highschoolers. And you say Vick is an MVP candidate. How exactly??? Because he came out of prison and had 1 tremendous year? Tell me, what in his past suggest he will put together numbers like he did last year? He had a fairy tale season, and my money is on him not being able to do it again. He is also injury prone and your Oline won’t help him out much at all. And dont talk about VY. The guy couldn’t handle it in Tennesse of all places. Now you take him to a city known for harsh criticism, and you put him on a team that is expected to win a Super Bowl. If he cracked mentally before, there is no way he can handle it in Philly.
    ————————————

    1. Offensive Line? Danny Watkins was one of the best in the draft. We should have Jamal Jackson back, and Peters and Herremans are returning. Not bad, and definitely upgraded. Oh, and what about coach Howard Mudd?

    2. Linebackers: They are not great, but they are not terrible by any stretch. I grant you this is a weakness.

    3. Safties? LOL. Nate Allen is back and we signed Jawquan Jarrett and Jarrad Page. Major upgrade from last year with Allen being hurt and Mikell sucking.

    4. Coordinator: It can’t get worse than last year. McDermott was a great guy, but was lost. Juan has been around and knows defense despite not having been a coordinator.

    5. Vick: So he was lucky? The guy has fundamentally transformed his game, thanks to Andy Reid and his staff. Vick will only be better.

    6. Young: You’re right, Vick IS injury prone due to his style of play. By young is an excellent backup for him. It will be a much easier transition (if needed) than if Kolb were here. The playbook won’t change, and Young has skills. Just watch…Reid has a way of working with players like this. The only way he’ll be booed in Philly is if he plays like crap.

    Despite the above, let me be clear: None of it is a guarantee of anything. But if you can’t admit that the Eagles look GREAT from a personnel standpoint, you’re on crack.

  73. damskins703:

    I love it the Feagles are going to CHOKE….. Vick will get hurt won’t make it to wk 8…. whooooo

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    Good job, nostradouchemus.

  74. The eagles are doin way too much they are throwin off there team chemistry and really settin themselves up for failure everyones gonna have a bulls eye on there backs jus look @ the new york yankeest

  75. Hot of the press!! The E-girls announced the signing of Jesuschrist to a veteran minimum when asking Reid he said “We’re just might need some divine help after all”
    In other news they are close to a deal with The three stogges and the three amigos and Reid quoted “We have to take care about the amusement part of the game so this team doesn’t break like glass” Super Bowl or Bust!! said at the end.

  76. tunescribe says:
    Aug 10, 2011 11:54 PM
    Doesn’t matter. The Eagles have a HUGE Achilles heel, and his name is Michael Vick.
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    ???

  77. diehardraider says:

    The eagles are doin way too much they are throwin off there team chemistry and really settin themselves up for failure everyones gonna have a bulls eye on there backs jus look @ the new york yankees
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    1. Punctuation. It’s important.
    2. How do you know that won’t IMPROVE the team chemistry?
    3. Setting themselves up for failure? By signing awesome players? WTF?

  78. @sdw2001,

    “So let’s examine that. In addition to replacing the defensive coordinator, they:

    *Signed the best corner in football, Asomugha.
    *Signed a very, very good corner, Rodgers-Cromartie
    *Signed a very solid DE, Babin.
    *Signed a top D-lineman, Jenkins
    *Signed a solid safety, Jarrad Page
    *Got Nate Allen (safety) back from knee injury

    Their defense will be massively upgraded at least…”scary” at best. And the offense…I think you’ve seriously underestimated them. With another year in the system, Vick may just have an MVP year. And there is nothing to suggest that DeSean will be “a cancer” in the locker room. Nothing.

    Enjoy losing to us”.
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    *Asomugha – agreed. Arguably best CB in football
    *Babin – one solid year last year, and he followed his boy to Philly. He will be hard pressed to repeat last year’s performance, but time will tell.
    *DRC – solid guy. Let’s see how he jells in Philly
    *Jenkins – not sure about “top” D-lineman. Top lineman available is arguable. Tim will tell on him.
    *Page – totally disagree. 6 games started the last 2 years – solid? No – extremely questionable due to injuries, and brought on only for depth.

    The D has been upgraded, I agree, but “scary” shouldn’t be even used until it is seen. How about you see how they play first. You have a new & first time D-coordinator, among other new coaches. There has been very little time to get on the same page and develop chemistry. Injuries have been taking their toll on ALL teams. You will see more of that with guys not in prime playing shape.

    The Eagles on paper have improved. Having said that, nothing is won or lost on paper, and until you beat the team lined up opposite the Eagles every week, nobody will HAVE to “enjoy” losing to you, which is ridiculous to say in the first place. Bring it, don’t sing it.

    I have heard nothing but how the Eagles are going to do this, how they are going to win the NFC East, how they will make the playoffs, and how much better they will be, and teams will not be able to stop them on offense or defense. PROVE IT. WIN A SB. Until the Eagles are hoisting the SB trophy, the team is still another talented team who can’t turn the corner.

    The chips are all in. Reid is feeling the heat. Win it this year or go home. Let’s see if the experiment pans out.

  79. “IF EVERYONE IS HEALTHY AND READY TO GO” thats a very important caveat since 2 guys (Smith and Maclin) aren’t healthy and Jackson and least for the first preseason game isn’t ready to go.

  80. Is he a traitor, or is he an injury-prone liability that you didn’t really want anyway? Get your story straight, Giants fans.

  81. jsrdc says:
    Aug 11, 2011 12:03 AM

    *Asomugha – agreed. Arguably best CB in football
    *Babin – one solid year last year, and he followed his boy to Philly. He will be hard pressed to repeat last year’s performance, but time will tell.
    *DRC – solid guy. Let’s see how he jells in Philly
    *Jenkins – not sure about “top” D-lineman. Top lineman available is arguable. Tim will tell on him.
    *Page – totally disagree. 6 games started the last 2 years – solid? No – extremely questionable due to injuries, and brought on only for depth.

    The D has been upgraded, I agree, but “scary” shouldn’t be even used until it is seen. How about you see how they play first. You have a new & first time D-coordinator, among other new coaches. There has been very little time to get on the same page and develop chemistry. Injuries have been taking their toll on ALL teams. You will see more of that with guys not in prime playing shape.

    The Eagles on paper have improved. Having said that, nothing is won or lost on paper, and until you beat the team lined up opposite the Eagles every week, nobody will HAVE to “enjoy” losing to you, which is ridiculous to say in the first place. Bring it, don’t sing it.

    I have heard nothing but how the Eagles are going to do this, how they are going to win the NFC East, how they will make the playoffs, and how much better they will be, and teams will not be able to stop them on offense or defense. PROVE IT. WIN A SB. Until the Eagles are hoisting the SB trophy, the team is still another talented team who can’t turn the corner.

    The chips are all in. Reid is feeling the heat. Win it this year or go home. Let’s see if the experiment pans out.
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    Thanks for the lecture, professor. I haven’t guaranteed anything. I’ve said they’ve improved the team greatly. No one knows what will actually happen.

  82. The Eagles do look very young and inexperienced at Safety, and that can be an issue. After the Packers signed Woodson in 2006 and had Al Harris on the other side, they had all kinds of trouble defending the deep ball that first year. This had nothing to do with Harris or Woodson, but had everything to do with young guys making mistakes and letting guys run free. These young guys (Collins, Peprah, Bigby) solidified their play in the years that followed, but it was painful at the start.

    I think a lot will come down to how well the coaching staff prepares these guys to avoid these kind of mental mistakes.

  83. Since the Eagles had so much cap space, it only goes to show that their players were playing for peanuts…lol…yeah, they look great on paper, but the proof is in the pudding. IMO there’s not enough time for teams to gel this off season, and that will be seen when real play starts. Don’t be surprised if in a couple of weeks we hear that Maclin’s done. Somethhing is seriously wrong there, and the Eagles are not letting on. If Rob Ryan really did call these guys the all hype team, he really didn’t need to give them extra incentive, nice going. If they don’t fall apart, and Vick stays healthy they should win the NFC East. Whether they actually get to the SB is another story, and it certainly looks like they’re trying their best to buy one this season, and after all is said and done, I’m just glad that we are having a season this year. It sure didn’t look good for a while.

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