#WudderSports Flock Of Eagles Week 3 Wrap-Up: Turrible Towel Edition
I’m gon’ praise him.
When the praises go up, the blessings come down.
Carson Wentz understands this gospel truth better than most.
So let him now be our shepherd into the Flock of Eagles era (full disclosure: we had to drop Bird Droppings once we realized some other outlet had done it first because we are cut from the old-school hip-hop “no biting allowed” cloth).
After opening with three straight W’s the Eagles head into the bye week, they need only two more wins all season to match The Wudder’s predicted season total (5).
There are very few things we enjoy more than being right.
The Eagles being good happens to be one of those things.
The Eagles being good is what can make us feel like we’re walking on air on a Monday morning back in South Jersey, despite being bruised and battered over the course of an epic Bachelor Party weekend in Ocean City, Maryland.
So consider this one of the most beautifullest mea culpas we’ve ever had to make: the Philadelphia Eagles, are actually at least pretty good.
Carson Wentz won the battle for Best Quarterback in the State yesterday by a mountain-country mile. Big Ben got more beat-up than he looks in TMZ photos from one of his benders. His feet were happier than his legal team’s billing department during his prime oversexed-stooge-on-a-rampage days.
As for our God-fearing young gun, he’s really beginning to put the fear of God in opposing defenses. While yesterday’s version of the Steel Curtain would have Dick LeBeau and Mean Joe Greene rollin’ over in their graves as the Chuckster likes to say.
These Birds of Pray started digging black-and-gold graves early. Football is a brutal sport anyway but this squad is really starting to mount up a body count. Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of the switch between that clown show Chip Kelly was running and this current regime is the return of physicality. These Eagles are showing some of the toughness that was the hallmark of Andy Reid’s best teams. While playing the Eagles is now the kind of tough sledding that famously humbled George Hegamin back in Andy’s first training camp. They knocked out another three starters yesterday. Big Ben looked like he wanted to tap-out like Jay Cutler had a week ago or like Ben himself did when he headed to the locker room early before the end of another famous Eagle smack down of the Steelers in Philly back in 2008, a game we later learned almost made him quit football.
Yesterday may not have been quite as dramatic to Roethlisberger personally but professionally it was the biggest blowout a Mike Tomlin-coached Steeler team has endured in his ten years. It continued the Eagles streak of beating the storied franchise on the other side of the state in Philadelphia like a drum every time they come to our town since the year The Stones dropped “Satisfaction”. And the Steeler Fans making the trek, despite having won six Super Bowl titles in the interim, still can’t get no in this dojo.
No, No, No
Hey, Hey, Hey
Now Let Us Prey
Defensive Game Ball:
Fletcher Cox had his best game of the season and was the best player on the defense yesterday, followed by fellow defensive linchpin and leader Malcolm Jenkins…third prize goes to the late-blooming, resurgent Brandon Graham who is now beginning to turn into the beast week-to-week Big Red thought he would be, in just enough time to help one of his favorite pupils.
Offensive Game Ball:
Carson Wentz…as my man (and Steeler Fan) Big Al noted in his take-your-medicine phone call to me after the beatdown had mercifully concluded, “is there any other position in sports where you just know one when you see one like a Quarterback?”.
We’re glad we pushed the rest of our chips into the table before Week 3, because Carson Wentz being for real is just about at “well, duh” territory already.
Our answer to that question, after a good night’s sleep and some deliberation, is no. With certain guys at that position, you just know. Meanwhile there is no one I’ve seen in his first year look this in command and (no pun intended) unflappable, this early into his rookie campaign. We went from not knowing whether he’d see any snaps in September back in August to him taking all of them and not throwing a single pick in his first month. And he is now one of the only two quarterbacks (Jamies Winston being the other) in today's NFL with a photographic memory?!? This says it all:
Coaching Game Ball:
(Tie) Jim Schwartz & Doug Pederson
Yes, we know it’s a cop-out, we’ll cop to that. But when you beat a team that was favored to beat you by 3-and-a-half on the road by 31 points, you gotta salute more than one member of the staff. Schwartz is gonna get re-hired to be a head coach somewhere by the time his Eagle tenure is all said and done. Props to the inexperienced Pederson for surrounding himself with veterans on his staff…the bit about switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 was the kind of no-brainer only Chip Kelly couldn’t get. But Schwartz has done Yeoman’s work from there in getting this fan base excited about a defense again for the first time since Dawk dipped. Meanwhile Pederson, who didn’t really call plays in Kansas City, has been pressing all the right buttons on the play call chart so far thru three games. Each week has featured at least one “really, that dude’s gonna go off today?” player that you wouldn’t have seen coming. That’s not just good quarterbacking that’s good coaching. A tip of the Kangol cap for that.
I Ask Yet Again...What’s Not To Love?!?
“Where Else Would You Rather Be?!?” as Marv Levy used to say.
The Wudder looks forward to being in the building for the next home game, hopefully a conquest of the Vikings. A game which incidentally thanks to the bye plus two straight road games against struggling teams in Detroit and DC, is nearly a full month away on October 22nd.
This bye week is coming way too early especially with the team looking this good but on the plus side, since Tainted Vein Lane will likely officially lose his appeal over the course of these next two weeks, it will give the staff more time to get the offensive line rounded into shape without him with the extra prep time. Shout out to Jason Kelce for finally putting a good performance on tape this week too. Do that more often, talk less and things will be just fine as we David Gregory Dance our way to the top.