Archive for December, 2009

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The year–and decade–is almost up, and typically just before the transition is made to a new year, people compile a list of resolutions they plan on making in the next year in order to improve the way they live. For NFL teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, lists are not usually created, so I decided to make one for them! Here is a brief list of what the Eagles are probably planning on doing better or doing in general for a wonderful 2010 to happen: More »

As you should know, the year is coming to an end, as is the decade. We, the world, have had our ups and downs over the last 10 years, experiencing both good and bad. The same can be said for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, that of which we here at BlitzNation and Bleed Green cover on a constant basis for up-to-date news and information. Since we are approaching the transition from the year 2009 to 2010 and we are about to welcome in a new decade, it seemed appropriate to compile one giant bundle of interesting lists ranking several categories involving our beloved Birds, and it was simply not enough to have one person create this end-of-the-year special, so I had the help of Kyle Phillippi and established sports journalist Mike Burke as well, who maintains his own Eagles site, and also writes as a columnist in the Sports Gab network. So, without further ado, here is our recap of the decade in Philadelphia Eagles style: More »

Wow, how time flies. The year of 2009 has flew by, and for the Ravens, they have had a very successful year. They have find their future Quarterback in Joe Flacco, as well as their future Running Back, Ray Rice. Also, they have been one of the tougher teams in the AFC this year, and are in the midst of clinching a playoff spot. Heading into 2010, they would like to improve upon their foundation, and become a Super Bowl contender. Here is the Baltimore Ravens New Year’s Resolutions… More »

Well football fans, we’re at our final day of the 2009 BlitzNation End of the Year Special, it’s been an exciting ride the last few days as we’ve looked back on all the big events in the National Football League in 2009. I’m sure we’ve got another intriguing year ahead of us as well in professional football, but let’s take a look back one more time at this past year. More »

San Francisco 49ers Head Coach, Mike Singletary, announced earlier this season that Isaac Bruce would be on the bench for the remainder of the season. The decision was made because Bruce clearly was incapable of playing every down, and the Niners wanted to showcase some of their younger guys, such as Josh Morgan. Speaking of Josh Morgan, he may have done the nicest thing a guy could do in the NFL. Morgan told Coach Singletary to play Bruce in his last game (which is against his former team, the St. Louis Rams), even if it means that Morgan would have to sit himself. More »

The Baltimore Ravens are still in a dogfight in the AFC Wild Card race, and need to win this weekend against the Oakland Raiders to qualify for the postseason. Besides from all the playoff talk, the NFL recently announced the rosters for the 2010 Pro Bowl. The Ravens will be represented by four members, with three of them on defense. More »

We’re counting down the hours until the new year gets underway, but before we hit 2010, we’ve still got time to continue looking back at the year that was 2009 in the National Football League. We’ve had our End of the Year Special going strong the past few days, and as it concludes today, we want to get your opinion on some of the top moments of the year. More »

As if there was still any doubt as to who was robbed earlier this month when the Heisman trophy was awarded to Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram followed closely by Stanford Cardinal ball carrier Toby Gerhart and Texas Longhorns gunslinger Colt McCoy, the Associated Press awarded the Nebraska Cornhuskers phenom at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh its college football player of the year award a week and a half ago. Suh went out last night in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl and picked up where he left off in the Big XII Championship game tossing offensive linemen aside like dolls and barreling into the opponents’ backfield routinely.

Suh has been a force this year leading his team in tackles for the second straight season which is unheard of at the defensive tackle position. His performance in the conference title game vaulted him into the Heisman conversation after he sacked Texas’s McCoy 4.5 times, hurried the quarterback 2 more times, and set a career high in tackles with 12. In last night’s bowl game, Suh and the black shirt defense of the Cornhuskers pitched a shutout dominating the line of scrimmage to blank the Arizona Wildcats 33-0 and allow just 109 total yards of offense.

One thing is for sure, Suh is looking like the surest thing heading into the NFL Draft that we have seen in quite a long time as far as college scouting is concerned. He will undoubtedly be a sought after commodity this April in the top three selections.

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Only a few days after it was revealed that C Jamaal Jackson would be out of the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL, the Eagles brought in a pair of defensive players for workouts to scout their abilities and potentially negotiate a contract with either of them or perhaps even both. While it seems odd the Birds are bringing defenders into the NovaCare practice facility to evaluate their skills when the offensive line would seem the place to be scouting for, the team has expressed confidence in backup C Nick Cole to replace Jackson, and apparently feels an extra defensive player might assist in a bigger way.

With Jackson likely to be placed on the Injured Reserve list at some point or another, a roster spot would be open as a result of the move, therefore allowing the Eagles to add someone to the team. The players brought in for workouts–DE Marcus Howard and LB Leon Williams–are no big-name studs, but they have the ability to come in and play a reserve role well, especially for what would probably be a minimal contract expending little money.

Howard was selected in the 5th round of the 2008 Draft by the Indianapolis Colts and played in his rookie season primarily on special teams and as a backup to Pro-Bowl DE Dwight Freeney, who is rarely taken off the field for a substitute. His statistical totals as an NFL freshman are hardly impressive, as he was able to notch only 1.5 sacks and 14 tackles, but he displayed potential in college as a Linebacker, where he recorded a total of 12 sacks and 4 forced fumbles, in addition to earning the MVP of the Sugar Bowl game for the season of 2007. This is Howard’s second time running through some basic routines in a work out with the Eagles, for he was brought in early in the season when help was needed on the defensive side of the ball (obviously he was not signed following that first workout).

As for Williams (pictured), the product of Miami University currently plays for the New York franchise in the independent professional United Football League, but spent a trio of solid seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, who originally picked him in the 4th round of the 2006 Draft. In his second season with the Browns, which was undoubtedly his best, he started in 9 games and recorded 85 total tackles, 4 sacks and 3 pass deflections. Only because he was released as part of the team’s final roster cut-down prior to this season does he now play in the UFL, but with his work out with the Eagles, he may find himself back in the NFL soon.

Although neither of these defenders stands out as a recognized name, they would definitely provide the Birds with some insurance on defense if signed if/when Jamaal Jackson is placed on the IR. There is speculation that the Eagles may bring in a few others over the next few days for workouts, but for now, it appears narrowed down to these players in terms of potential acquisitions.

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While the Eagles have 6 players secured with Pro-Bowl appearances (who were announced Tuesday evening in a league-wide announcement), it was revealed today that there are 6 others who find themselves in the category of Pro-Bowl alternates. Basically, this doesn’t mean you are a backup in the game or are guaranteed the honor of earning a Pro-Bowl, but it provides you with a chance to attend if the original players from the all-star roster is unable to participate, whether be from injury, suspension, or–in this new case for this year’s Pro-Bowl–a member of a team set to play in the Super Bowl a week after. More »

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