LAST week we almost fucked ourselves over with a win. If we aren’t careful it will start to look like we don’t know what fuck we’re doing out there. Football is about strategy. The Long Game. Vision for the future. The game is Chess not Checkers, and the NFL is no place for men who think like boys, or pros who think like amateurs.
Head Coach Doug Pederson and his team (OUR team), were flat out not good enough to win the division this year, so he needs to get his shit together, and get his team right. Otherwise next season will see our Philadelphia Eagles fed another fistful of shit in front of national audiences.
A win here is almost meaningless to us. I can’t say that any plainer. Either you’re smart enough to get that or you aren’t. I have no interest in being swept by the giants, but I can see the long game here. A loss here helps our Draft position.
That doesn’t mean we should roll over for the giants. What it means is we should go down swinging with guys we feel are part of the long term picture. That’s the only thing that makes any sense at this point in the year. In fact, the only way a win means anything to us, is if our young nucleus drives it.
The smart play here is to get a long look at the back end of our roster, to be sure that we A) don’t release any youth that has real potential, and B) that we don’t waste a Draft pick on something that we already have, but don’t realize that we do, because like assholes we never took at real look at guys we keep cutting checks to, for no other reason besides habit. This way we get to focus laser-like on what we truly need, and can build on strengths.
So let’s talk about the Four Things PLAYERS we need to look for, Week 16 versus giants :
1) WR Bryce Treggs: I’ve been screaming for more of him for weeks now. Rumors of possibly signing Free Agent DeSean Jackson next season, only make getting a DEEP look at Treggs so much more important. Why pay more for DJax’s balky, old hammies, when Treggs can already stretch a defense? If he can effectively snag deep balls against a team fighting for a playoff spot, then there’s no need to overpay for a FA, or spend a high Draft pick at the WR position.
2) WR Paul Turner: He should start over WR Nelson Agholor for two reasons. 1) it keeps the fire lit under Agholor’s ass, and 2) we get to see Turner vs starting NFL CB’s, and not just second and third string units. Everyone is screaming that we need to grab a WR early, and maybe we do. However, we should first take a long look to make sure.
3) G Dillon Gordon: G Stefen Wisniewski is a FA after this year, but he played well enough to be brought back. However, given the contract of G Brandon Brooks, and the commitment to developing rookie G Isaac Seumalo, giving Wisniewski an inflated contract to be a back-up, seems unlikely. That makes it imperative to determine if Gordon can be relied upon at all. If he can’t play, at least we know where we stand. If Gordon can play, then we can either improve our leverage with Wisniewski, or move on from him altogether with less doubt.
4) DT Destiny Vaeao: With DT Bennie Logan becoming a FA after the season, it would help to know how Vaeao looks when paired with DT Fletcher Cox. DC Jim Schwartz likes to sub his Defensive Line, 4 guys at a time, so we haven’t gotten to see much of a Cox/Vaeao interior. Even when Logan missed games with a calf injury, DT Beau Allen simply sucked up more playing time. Vaeao isn’t the run-stuffer that Logan is, but he’s a more dynamic pass rusher. Given the fall-off we’ve had in that area, seeing a Cox/Vaeao interior might be the shot in the arm this team has been needing.
If that list looks familiar, it’s because last week we collectively blew it out our asses and didn’t get nary one of these fucking things done. If I seem aggravated and irritated, then you must be fucking psychic, because you’re picking up on my vibe like you suck your tongue in light socket.
This shit ain’t hard or complicated. I’m sitting up here this year watching the Cowboys win the division behind a rookie QB who can only make simple reads, and rookie RB who becomes ineffective if he has to run in anything other than a straight line. Don’t even get me started on the giants falling ass backwards into wins that have more to do with opponent errors, than them being any good. Between that shit and the blank “Who me?” look, constantly on Doug’s face, I feel like I’m off my meds most weeks. It’s like I’m seeing shit wrong or something, because I can’t believe the bullshit, Fisher-Price level strategy that runs our division from top to bottom this year.
Here’s hoping we do something right for a change this year and start looking farther down the road than the tip of Doug’s cock. Let the kids play. If they win, fine, fuck it, and smooches. If not, the object should be Draft position.