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Archive: September, 2009

Plaxico Power Rankings: One Phone Call

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 2:09 PM
The weekly Post Patterns feature in which Plaxico Burress brings you his NFL Power Rankings almost didn't happen this week because, well, they took PBurr off to Rikers Island on Tuesday. Fortunately, he was still packing his cell phone and was able to get the rankings to Post Patterns before... Read more

The Real Eagles: Week One or Weak One?

Monday, September 21, 2009, 2:41 PM
It is the time of the NFL season for that kind of question, when you really don't know exactly how good your team might or might not be. The same question, or some variation, is being asked this week in Green Bay, where the Packers followed a nice opening win over Chicago with a home loss to the Cincinnati... Read more

If Kolb Starts, Who Will Finish?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 3:36 PM
Or, more to the point, will Andy Reid and the Eagles stick with the kid regardless of what's happening Sunday, just to make the point that they stuck with the kid? If Kevin Kolb manages the game well enough and the defense plays as it did against Carolina, it's a moot question. The Eagles take a win... Read more

Making The Case For Jeff Garcia

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 7:57 PM
Hank Baskett, who is married to his very own reality show, got a whole bunch of reality on Tuesday when the Eagles couldn't trade him for even a fifth-round pick and had to cut him loose to make room for the addition of either Jeff Garcia or Michael Vick to the roster, however you choose to look at... Read more

Why Eagles Might Not Get Mitts On A.J.

Monday, September 14, 2009, 10:29 AM
Sitting in the Charlotte airport trying to figure out exactly what these grits things are, and wondering what the week will bring for the Eagles' quarterback situation. All of this could be moot by the time the plane lands and Andy Reid announces a new player has been added to the roster, but here's... Read more

Garcia More Likely To Replace Kolb Than McNabb

Monday, September 14, 2009, 5:46 PM
Now it gets really interesting. As Post Patterns said earlier in the day, there were a lot of reasons why A.J. Feeley might not be returning to the Eagles (they did get him a job indirectly with the Panthers, though), but the addition of Jeff Garcia leads to whole new set of conclusions. Garcia has... Read more

The O Line: Getting Peppered

Thursday, September 10, 2009, 10:04 AM
Here's a nice piece of trivia for you this weekend. Who are the only two men to have played in both the NCAA Final Four and the NFL's Super Bowl? That would be Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers would like the two guys to have something else... Read more

Of Course, If Andrews Can't Practice...

Thursday, September 10, 2009, 3:08 PM
On the other hand, updating with the news that Shawn Andrews didn't practice on Thursday, it could be that Julius Peppers could choose either side of the line and be quite happy. Earlier post on the Uh-O Line is here. Read more

Going Out On A Lidge

Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 5:30 PM
There is no denying that sticking with Brad Lidge as the closer is not the popular thing for Charlie Manuel to do, and neither is it an absolutely sure path to where the team wants to get. I made the case in a column today that it is still the right way to go, at least until a better option is identified... Read more

Don't Blame T.O. This Time

Monday, September 7, 2009, 10:43 AM
If someone had told you the Buffalo Bills would fire their offensive coordinator one week before the start of the regular season, I know you would have thought old friend Terrell Owens would have something to do with it. That's wasn't the case when the Bills cut loose Turk Schonert (if the Turk cuts... Read more
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