Super Eagles Summary: Philly Special

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“Philly Special”.  By now, everyone knows Dougie P’s code for the gutsiest play call in Super Bowl history.  The direct snap, reverse, throw back to our QB for a touchdown that will be remembered forever in the annals of Philadelphia Eagle lore and Super Bowl greatest moments history.  Consider the sequence:  A direct snap to an undrafted back-up running back, who then pitches to an undrafted back-up tight end, who then throws the ball to a back-up QB who two years ago pondered retirement to pursue a career as a pastor.  Touchdown!  A play that the QB called himself and agreed by (and created by) a coach who was running a high school team just 10 year ago.  This stuff can’t be made up!

Your Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions!  Let that sink in for a minute.  Honestly, it hasn’t sunk in yet in the primatomma offices.  Closure is needed … perhaps celebrating with 3 million of our best friends tomorrow on Broad St. will do the trick.

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Why we won:  ???

Nick Foles/Doug Pederson, they’re getting most of the ink and rightfully so.  I mean how could they not???  Foles arguably out-dueled the greatest QB of our time – possibly ever – if you take away the interception when Alshon Jeffrey almost made a miraculous catch.  And Pederson?  This dude will forever walk with the Philly coaching legends … Fred Shero, Billy Cunningham, Dick Vermeil, Dallas Greene.  His handling of this team is nothing short of excellent.  Losing as many key players as he did and still winning the Super Bowl?  Incredible.

But we go next level here.  All the rags can state the obvious.  Not here.  Not now.  Here’s the keys to victory beyond the obvious.

  • Women and Weed, meet Malcolm Butler.  Its the age old warning, immortalized by Mickey Goldmill:  “Women weaken legs!”.  Add-in some reefer plus missed practices from being sick and you wind up on Emperor Belichick’s shit list.  Having played 98% of the Patriot defensive snaps this year, Butler’s decision-making forced Patrick Chung and Eric Rowe into bigger roles than they should ever play. And if you read the Super Bowl preview columns right here, you’ll note the prescient “Reason for Eagle Victory” being the existent of those two Jabrones on the Pats defense.  Malcolm Butler, we salute you … sort of.
  • Nelson Agholor.  This dude flat out balled!  He’s going to be overshadowed by the incredible performance by Foles but his impact was 1A on this game.  His stat line was not other-worldly:  9 receptions for 84 yards; one carry for 9 yards.  But the impact of those plays cannot be overstated.  He was clearly the game-planned go-to in early downs.  Possibly due to weak coverage thx to Mr. Butler’s strong decision making above.  But he came through time and again.  A real tribute when you look at his body of work.  Last season, he was about run out of town due to a perceived allergic reaction whenever the football approached his personal space.  No more.  #13 is a key member of this squad and a big reason why we’re Super Bowl champs.
  • Defense.  You read that right.  Defense.  “But prima, how can we laud the defense when we gave up 33 points and didn’t force a single punt the entire game?”  This is why we provide next level analysis:  The defensive line got to Brady.  Maybe not on the stat sheet as sacks, but they hit him… a lot.  Brandon Graham’s strip sack was obviously the biggest defensive play of the game. But Malcom Jenkins’ near decapitation of Brandin Cooks – forcing him to finish the game in the locker room – eliminating Brady’s top long ball option, and Rodney McLeod’s stopping of Mr. Cooks during an ill-advised hurdle attempt of the Eagle defender on a crucial 3rd down catch and run, forcing a FG attempt by the Pats which they missed were both critical plays in this game.  And it was just enough to bring Mr. Lombardi to Philly.

Last but not least, the Fans:  All of you reading who identify as Eagles fans – both lifelong and even those who supported the ‘Birds for just Super Bowl Sunday due to your disdain for the rule-bending, always catching the breaks, referee blowing Patriots – you played a HUGE role.  Let’s start with our reporter at the game, primaMurbase.  He reported a Linc-esque home field advantage for the boys in green.  From the TV broadcast, the Eagle hometown feel was immediate when the Patriots took the field, boos serenading down from every corner of the stadium.  We outnumbered the Pats fans 4-1 by some reports and the noise sounded even louder.  Did it impact Mr. Gisele?  Hard to say as he moved like a hot knife through butter most of the game.  But the other 53, definitely!  Start with the long snapper who botched the Pats early FG snap leading to a miss, and then the missed XP.  Were the Pats forced to go silent count on the pivotal play when Graham got to Brady in the 4th, causing the fumble?  Possible, and that may have provided the slightest advantage for Graham to beat his man en route to Brady.

You Eagles fans have been waiting and waiting and waiting.  The prize has found it’s way to Broad and Pattison.  For the final time of this series, and in the immortal tone of Andy Reid, the time AND THE SUPER BOWL LOMBARDI TROPHY are now YOURS!!!

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6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 0

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And then there were none.  We’ve made it, it’s GO time!  Short of any late breaking news of our guys being stuck in Canada after a bender or pro’s being shuffled from the team hotel, we are ready – players and fans alike!

Zero hour is a welcome respite for the legions of ‘Birds fans who made the trek to the frozen tundra of Minneapolis as well as those watching the game with loved ones.  The last two weeks were simply Chinese water torture.  Drip, Drip, Drip.

But it’s all over… the waiting… the experts picking against the Eagles… the public betting ON the Eagles.  At 6:30PM today, we embark on exorcising the demons of the last 52 years.  By 10:30PM we’ll be dancing in the streets, sliding on Crisco greased poles, and hopefully not punching police horses.

Why will this happen?  Read on…

Day 0 Jersey:  Brian Dawkins

There are a handful of players who epitomize the spirit of the Philadelphia Eagles.  Chuck Bednarik, Bill Bergey, Vince Papale, Wes Hopkins, Jeremiah Trotter, Reggie White, Wilbert Montgomery.  I’m sure you have your personal favorites as well.  But no one can top the indomitable spirit, the blood and guts toughness, the ‘take no prisoners’ approach to the game EVERY TIME he hit the field than Brian Patrick Dawkins. THE choice of jersey for Super Bowl LII .  No one better to represent our hopes and dreams as we snuff out the evil dynasty much like he snuffed out TE’s and WR’s who dared to cross the middle on his watch!

As if we needed any more signs from above that today is the Eagle’s day, the day that we flush the jayvee barb “how many Super Bowls have YOU won?” (especially from morons who’s teams didn’t make the playoffs … and aren’t going to any time soon):  BDawk was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last night!  Can this get any more poetic???

Dawkins success as a game day jersey is phenomenal.  Logging a 75%+ success rate over 10 years of wears, his jersey is hands down the only choice of garb today.  With wears the last two playoff games, there really is no decision to make.

In Weapon X we trust!

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Day 0 Reason for Eagle Victory:  IT’S OUR DAMN TIME!

Enough of the statistics, trends, and posulates pointing to Eagle victory.  Hyperbole and disrespect is great bulletin board material, but we’re more astute than that.  Here’s the reason.  Because it’s our time!

That’s right, it’s the natural order of things.  Good always beats evil, but only after trials and tribuations.  Being so close in ’04 was excruciating.  Losing our top 4 most important position players should have eliminated any chance of the golden ring this year.  Except it didn’t.  We rallied.  We proved the naysayers wrong.  We showed the league what a true TEAM looks like as opposed to a mere collection of the parts.

Are we deserving as fans – a collection of hudloms who needed a jail at the Vet to control our drunken behavior, 700 level cast-offs who refused to give up on their team even during the dark days of Ray Rhoades and Andy Reid’s clock management ineptitude, shooting flares across the field and punching any opposing fan in the mouth who dared disrespect our loyalty and commitment???  Damn right we are.  For what goes unreported in the media is the recipients of our ire, flipping us off with double birds along with expletives that will go unsaid, this being the day of the Lord.  In short, F with us and prepare for a can of whup-ass.

Good will triumph over evil today.  We’ve paid our dues.  We are NOW due.  And don’t get it twisted:  We may not be ‘good’ in the purest sense; more like the Wolverine from  X-Men brand of good.  We have our warts, our demons, and questionable reactions to offensive stimulii.  But in the end, we protect our own, we welcome respectful critique, and we get up every time we’re knocked down.  And when we climb that riser collectively as Eagle nation tonight around 10:30PM, the old and young will embrace and laugh and cry and rejoice.  For the road was long and filled with peril.  And we’ve made it home.  Advantage:  EAGLES

We made it to Super Sunday boys and girls.  And guess what???  The DAMN TIME IS NOW OURS!!!  LET’S GO … E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!!!

6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 1

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Just one more day … we feel your anxiety.  But let not your heart be troubled for we have the elixir for a worry free day.  Put away your tin foil hats, Tom Brady voodoo dolls, 4-leaf clovers, and other amulets; the hay is in the barn and a calm is about to envelop you. For the Eagles are winning this Super Bowl – and what better conditions to do so?  Up against the greatest football dynasty since the Steel Curtain of the ’70s, in ridiculous Minnesota where, “its 5 degrees today but don’t worry, it feels like -20”, with our back-up QB, and a nation between a rock and hard place:  “Do I root for the Evil Empire where cheating is a birthright or do I root for the town that threw snowballs at Santa Claus and had a jail in their stadium?”  Snowflakes … all of them.

History lesson:  In the 2001 season Super Bowl, the same sentiments pervaded the public psyche.  The 14-2 Rams with storybook QB Kurt Warner and offensive mastermind Mike Martz’ “Greatest Show on Turf”, were making their 2nd Super Bowl appearance in 3 seasons… as a 14 POINT FAVORITE over the upstart Patriots.

Now let’s look at those ’01 Patriots and tell me if there’s any similarities to today’s Eagles:

  • They had a second year starting QB destined for greatness (granted, ours is injured).
  • The game was an afterthought to most of the country as a 14 point underdog really had no chance.
  • It was the Patriots 3rd Super Bowl appearance ever, having lost the previous two.

Eerie. We predict that history repeats itself and kicks off an unprecedented run of Eagle success over the next decade.  Now relax, and read on…

Day 1 Jersey:  Wilbert Montgomery

The Super Bowl LII jersey decision has reached crunch time, leaving our two favorite jerseys to choose for the big game.  Sadly, someone had to lose … wrong word … “not win” as there’s no loser in this group!

This throwback jersey for Wilbert Montgomery – another diminutive running back who logged 8 seasons with the ‘Birds from 1977-1984 – is special.  It has been worn for the biggest games but with mixed results.  Only about 50% wins which drops our favorite jersey out of the pole position for this Super Bowl.

Wilbert was a key – maybe THE key – cog to our first Super Bowl appearance, a loss to the Oakland Raiders in 1980.  He was the finest running back to wear Eagle green until Shady McCoy had his run.  He shattered the Eagle’s rushing stats and remains a fan favorite amongst all who had the pleasure to witness his greatness.

Interesting fact.  Beyond the motivation to avenge his own Super Bowl loss Wilbert has another demon to slay:  Who do you think was the running backs coach for the Rams in 2001, the Super Bowl that kickstarted the Patriot dynasty?  That’s right, #31.  Payback time!!!

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Day 1 Reason for Eagle Victory:  Who do they take away?

Bill Belichick has a hallmark defensive philosophy that has served him extremely well:  Take away whatever his opponent does best.  Kill the head and the body will follow.  The notion is simple; snuffing out the best of the opponent leaves the Pats with the belief that the rest of their team will be better prepared to beat the rest of their foe.

Problem is, ain’t gonna work this time.  And that’s not a homer opinion, but fact.  Follow the bouncing ball here peeps:  The Eagles don’t rely on just one thing that they do great.  Rather, they do a LOT of things very well.  So you want to devote your defensive resources to stopping what you feel is the Eagles best weapon?  Fine, you’ll be gashed … a death by 1,000 cuts.  Take away Ajayi?  OK, we’ll put your weak side linebacker/safety in a bind and RPO his ass with Agholar while the J-Train takes the defense with him.  Take away Zach Ertz?  OK, tie up your Safety and a Linebacker with him while Alshon burns you one on one.  Take away the deep ball?  Foles is just fine taking the 8-10 yard completions as the Eagles have turned those into 20-30 yard gains this season.

So pick your poison Bill Vader; whichever you choose is going to hurt.

Offensive Diversity … Advantage:  EAGLES

Rest easy Eagle nation, the time is yours.

6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 2

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2 more days.  2 more days until the greatest day of your life Eagles fans.  And have no doubt; this Sunday you will be crowning your Philadelphia Eagles as Super Bowl LII Champions!  And your MVP???  You’ll have to read to the bottom to see that.  But the stars are aligned as illustrated in this blog series.  The X’s and the O’s, cosmic forces, and public will are gathering into a tempest that will finally tousle that perfect Benedict Brady coif.

Before today’s reason for victory, a moment on our jersey choice just 2 days prior to Super Bowl Sunday:

Day 2 Jersey:  Donovan McNabb

The writers at primatomma scratch our heads when discussing the greatest Eagle QB in the modern era and his relationship with fans post-retirement. Some still hang the Super Bowl loss on him, conveniently forgetting the handicap of playing for the most inept clock manager of all time, Andy Reid. Others quickly forget the excellence and toughness he brought to his craft remembering instead his final two journeyman seasons.  Such misguided souls …  because the greatest modern era Eagle QB is certainly Mr. Campbell Soup himself, Donovan Jamal McNabb.  Don’t get it twisted; the man bled green for the most successful Eagles’ era in recent history.

Its funny that we don’t know what we got till it’s gone (or never arrives).  Here’s the litany of inept QB’s post- Randall and pre- Wentz who we had the pleasure to mercilessly boo (the undeserving in italics):

Rodney Peete – Ty Detmer – Bobby Hoying – Doug Pederson (yes, THAT Doug Pederson) – Koy Detmer – AJ Feeley – Mike McMahon – Jeff Garcia – Kevin Kolb – Vince Young – Michael Vick Nick Foles Mark Sanchez – Sam Bradford.

Compare these drecks’ accomplishments to Donovan’s 5 NFC East Championships, 5 NFC Championship Games, 1 NFC Championship, 1 Super Bowl appearance, while becoming the Eagles’ all-time leader in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.  If you still harbor negative feelings for 5, it may be time up your Prozac. For 11 mostly glorious years, 5 gave his all without a bona fide #1 receiver, but for one full year exception with Terrell Owens.  The rest of his tenure, it was 5 making Wide Receiver salad out of Wide Receiver shit.

And remember, “#5 will always love you!

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Day 2 Reason for Eagle Victory:  Defense

Back to the X’s and O’s.  If there’s one axiom that’s been burned into our collective brain from the football illuminati, it’s “Defense Wins Championships”. And if that’s truly the case then get your champagne ready for poppin’.

Everybody knows that you don’t blitz Brady; that he’ll recognize fewer defenders in coverage and pick you apart.  But that has led to a false sense of security when there’s not pressure, him being one of the most aggressive QBs this season at throwing to covered receivers.  Well, the Eagles are the best in the NFL at limiting the effectiveness of throwing into coverage, holding QBs to a paltry 16.6 passer rating when their defender is within proximity of the intended receiver.  Jim Schwartz blitzes LBs and DBs sparingly, relying instead on his front 4 to pressure the QB … of which they are one of the best in football.  Expect a lot of zone coverage in early downs with man-under concepts on 3rd downs to force stops.  Of course the Pats will counter with rub routes in such situations which you can believe the ‘Birds have been working on big time for the last two weeks.  We suspect the Eagles base defense will be nickel, in order to stymie the effectiveness of Brady’s hurry-up offense.  Malcolm Jenkins will have his big boy pants on with a full plate of Gronk, lining up 4 yards from the line of scrimmage in run support.

So how about the run game?  Got you covered there as well … the Eagles were the best in the league at run defense, allowing an average of just 79.2 yards per game on the ground.  They gave up just 7 rushing TDs all year and ranked 6th in yards allowed per carry.  Suddenly the Gillislee, Burkhead, Lewis trifecta doesn’t seem all that worrisome.

A quick review of the Pats defense:  They were ranked 30th in the NFL in pass defense.  Eric Rowe and Patrick Chung are key members of that defense.  Enough said.

WHEN the Eagles win this Sunday, there will be a vocal cry for the MVP of this game being the entire defense.  That’s how the Evil Empire will be set to crumbling.

Advantage:  EAGLES

We’re almost there folks.  Until then, the time is yours.

6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 3

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3 is an awesome number.  It’s our favorite score in golf (always a par, birdie, or eagle), the number of the greatest player in baseball history (Il Bambino, George Herman Ruth), the time of day that happy hour starts at the primatomma offices, and the number of days until the Eagles reach Vindication Day!  Like you, we’ve seen every Eagles’ hype video and every comparison to Rocky possible.  All we can say is “keep ’em coming”! The energy is palpable and the mojo is heavily in the ‘Birds favor as Vegas is a great indicator of rooting interest (HEAVY action on the Eagles).

Today’s reasoning for Eagle Super Bowl LII victory delves into the karmic, dare we say super-natural.  But first our “3 more days of agony” jersey choice:

Day 3 Jersey:  Brian Westbrook (jersey credit to primaParty)

This diminutive running back is the epitome of why Philadelphians love their Eagles.  Only 5’8″ and slightly regarded coming from then Division 1AA (now “NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision” … don’t ask me why) Villanova, Westbrook played larger than most of his contemporaries.  Westbrook played 8 hugely productive seasons for the Birds, and did just about everything.  He returned kicks and punts, ran the rock with aplomb, and was arguably the greatest receiving running back in NFL history.  B-West resides among the legends in the Eagles Hall of Fame and his underdog grit translates perfectly to the nature of the 2017 NFC Champions.

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Day 3 Reason for Eagle Victory:  Karma

We take a respite from the X’s and O’s to call attention to a sign from the Ether pointing to certain Eagles’ victory in 3 days.

Jerome Brown was destined to be an all-time great defensive tackle for the ‘Birds when his promising career was cut short by a tragic car accident.  Brown was just 27 years old when his life ended far too soon, just entering the prime of his career – all 5 seasons of which with the Eagles.  He was Warren Sapp and Fletcher Cox wrapped up in one.  Buddy Ryan famously quipped, “if you had 45 Jerome Browns, you would win every game.”

Here’s the connection to Jerome and this Sunday that cannot be ignored (credit to primaLerry) … brace yourself:  This Sunday is Super Bowl LII (that’s 52 for you non-Googlers – as NOBODY understands these woe begotten Greek numerals).  This Sunday is Jerome Brown’s birthday.  Guess what year of his life he would be completing? (Hint:  It’s the same as the number of NFL seasons this Sunday’s Super Bowl concludes.)

  1.  Karmic Advantage:  EAGLES

Until tomorrow… the time is yours.