Merrill Reese

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Defense Needs To Stick Around Sunday

By Merrill Reese:  The Eagles and the Falcons collide Sunday at the Linc in a game that’s far bigger for the 3-3 Eagles than it is for the 6-0 Falcons.  Win, and the Eagles get a tremendous boost.  Lose, and that would be three straight defeats, something that’s tough to dig out of. Michael Vick […]

10/26/2012

Time To Break Out The Weapon

By Merrill Reese: As we all know, the Eagles have a pass-first offense, but this might be a week to emphasize their greatest weapon namely LeSean “Shady” McCoy. Check the Falcons defensive play-by-play and you’ll find that their greatest problems have come against explosive runners.  They’ve given up some big runs but of course with a […]

10/25/2012

Bowles Offers Advantage Over Falcons

By Merrill Reese: The Eagles have a bit of an advantage in the preparation department as they get set for Sunday’s visit from Atlanta.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith admitted that It’s difficult to prepare for a team with a new defensive coordinator. Scheme wise I can’t imagine any dramatic changes, but with Todd Bowles making […]

10/24/2012

NFC East Is Still Anyone’s

By Merrill Reese:  My Eagles outlook brightened Sunday after a day of watching other games. The Giants won but Eli Manning threw two awful interceptions, but I guess having won two Super Bowls absolves him from criticism.  If Michael Vick had thrown them, critics would scream that he can’t read defenses. The Redskins fumbled away […]

10/23/2012

Back To Work After The Bye

By Merrill Reese: Back to work for the Eagles today.  I hate the bye week, especially after a loss.  In fact, for fans the most unsettling thing about football is the space between games.  I’m very anxious to see if the Eagles have made any personnel adjustments to the offensive line, that is their biggest problem […]

10/22/2012

Eagles Record Against Lions Is Good

By Merrill Reese: The Eagles have dominated Detroit in recent meetings.  Michael Vick made his first start as an Eagle against them in 2010 and was practically unstoppable, but that was a different Lions team.  This one has some big time talent.  They’re rested after the bye and desperate, that’s a dangerous combination.  The Eagles must […]

10/12/2012

Lions Game Carries A Lot Of Weight

By Merrill Reese: For the Eagles another day of practice as they prepare for the Detroit Lions.  This game means so much. Take care of business and they charge into their bye week with at least the peace of first place and 4-2.  Lose, and a good start is wasted and they’re back at .500.  It […]

10/11/2012

Quite A Weapon In Shady McCoy

By Merrill Reese: Shady McCoy, what a weapon!  I doubted the wisdom of going for it on 4th and 1 last Sunday in their own territory early in the fourth quarter. Andy regambled and it worked, because Shady simply refused to be stopped. Having a player like him can alter a coach’s decision making.  You don’t […]

10/10/2012

Turnovers Kill

By Merrill Reese: Turnovers kill.  That’s not a new theory.  It’s something we’ve known for as long as we’ve watched football.  Occasionally you overcome them against an inferior opponent but eventually they stop you in your tracks. It’s still early and the Eagles are in good shape at 3-2. Michael Vick’s fourth quarter comebacks have […]

10/09/2012

Sunday’s Game Should Boost Eagles

By Merrill Reese: The Eagles haven’t exactly prospered in Pittsburgh in recent years, but now they have a chance to change all that.  It won’t be easy.  The Steelers are 1-2 and coming off their bye.  They’re also expecting some key players back from injuries.  On the other hand, Sunday night’s win meant a lot in […]

10/05/2012

Rule On Kicker Icing Should Be Changed

By Merrill Reese: You can debate the practice of freezing the kicker all you want.  It can worth both ways.  Fortunately it didn’t kill the Eagles last Sunday night.  My problem is the rule itself, permitting the timeout to be called at the last possible second.  At that point you get a full line collision and […]

10/04/2012

Kickoff Coverage Must Be Fixed

By Merrill Reese: After winning the first two games despite nine turnovers it was obvious that eventually turnovers would do the Eagles in, that was a significant factor in their loss in Arizona.  Against the Giants they protected the ball.  Now its the kickoff coverage that’s a major concern.  This must be fixed.  Giving Ben Roethlisburger […]

10/03/2012

Quarter Point Report Card

By Merrill Reese: Heading into this season it was tough to gauge this Eagles team.  After four games here’s what we know:  They’ve got some areas of real concern but they also have some blue chip talent.  Along with that they have heart.  All three of their wins featured last minute drives and Sunday night they […]

10/02/2012

Incredible Win On Sunday Night

By Merrill Reese: Incredible.  Absolutely incredible.  In one of the most compelling games in the long Eagles/Giants series the Eagles prevailed last night 19-17 at the Linc.  It was an intense back and forth battle, it was all defense in the first half until the Eagles finally put points on the board.  Ultimately it came down […]

10/01/2012

Giants Game Will Reveal More About Eagles

By Merrill Reese: Before the opener, I jotted down the date September 30th and the time 11:30PM.  That’s when I believed we’d be in position to really judge this football team. The first four games are a feeling out process where adjustments are made.  Rosters are either strengthened or weakened by injuries.  So far, the Eagles […]

09/28/2012

Dawkins To Be Honored

By Merrill Reese: Sunday night should be really special as the Eagles retire Brian Dawkins number. Nobody played the game with more passion that Dawk, and nobody was more exemplary off the field.  There was no macho facade in the way that he carried himself.  He was real, approachable, devoted to his family and involved in […]

09/27/2012

Howard Mudd Faces Challenge At O Line

By Merrill Reese: When the Eagles lost left tackle Jason Peters for the season we knew that was huge. My confidence in this unit remained because line coach Howard Mudd is the best in football, but when exceptional center Jason Kelce went down and fill in tackle King Dunlop pulled a hamstring the job got even […]

09/26/2012

Old Adage Fits Here

By Merrill Reese: There’s an old adage that says you’re never as good as you think you were or as bad as you think you were.  I beg to differ. You have to go back to a 2006 game in Indianapolis to find a time where the Eagles were so soundly beaten. After that debacle, they […]

09/25/2012

Kolb Runs Offense To Perfection

By Merrill Reese: Bad isn’t even the word for the first half as the Eagles spotted the Cardinals 24 points in route to a 27-6 loss in Arizona. The Eagles continued their turnover problems with two fumbles that hurt them. Former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb ran the Cardinals offense to perfection while the Eagles struggled on […]

09/24/2012

Closed Dome In AZ Might Work In Eagles Favor

By Merrill Reese: While the Cardinals have talent on both sides of the ball, I think the Eagles have more. Despite that, I expect Sunday’s game at that tin can in the Glendale Arizona desert to be a struggle.  As usual, they’ll close the roof and raise the noise level. While I hate domes, I actually […]

09/21/2012

Big Shoes To Fill In Kelce

By Merrill Reese: The NFL season is truly a war of attrition.  I have long believed that a Super Bowl contender can turn into a .500 team by losing three key players at the wrong time of the season. There’s no doubt that the Eagles lost a very important piece last Sunday when center Jason Kelce […]

09/20/2012

Eagles Gem, Brent Celek

By Merrill Reese: They can talk about Jason Witten and Rob Gronkowski and even at this stage Tony Gonzalez, but let me tell you the Eagles have an absolute gem in Brent Celek. Not only does he catch almost everything and he knows how to get open, but he gets big yards after the catch. […]

09/19/2012

Turnovers Will Get You, Eventually

By Merrill Reese: Its terrific when the Eagles can get off to a 2-0 start and you know they’re capable of playing even better. If you told me they could turn over the football five times in one game and four in the other and overcome their mistakes both times I would have said no way, […]

09/18/2012

Wow Is The Word!

By Merrill Reese: Wow! That’s all I can say! In one of the most dramatic Eagles returns in Lincoln Financial Field memory, they came from a ten point deficit and overcome the Ravens at the end and win 24-23. Michael Vick had a couple of picks but also made big play after big play and […]

09/17/2012

DRC Will Make Receivers Pay

By Merrill Reese:  Years ago the Eagles had a wide receiver named Na Brown who lit it up at training camp. Once the leaves turned colors, reality set in.  Fortunately Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did not turn out to be another Mr. August.  He was the best defender at training camp and he opened the season making […]

09/12/2012

Eagles Punter Off To A Good Start

By Merrill Reese:  Eagles special teams coach Bobby April believes that the single biggest difference maker for the defense is the punter.  Nobody can change field position like the punter. Second year man Chas Henry had to battle for his job this summer.  Sunday he played a major role in the Eagles one point win […]

09/11/2012

Eagles Eke Out A Win In Cleveland

By Merrill Reese:  The Eagles survived four Michael Vick interceptions as they beat the Browns in Cleveland 17-16. Fortunately the Eagles defense was outstanding, Kurt Coleman and DRC each had two interceptions. The Eagles eke one out as they win their opener.

09/10/2012

Four Running Backs Is A Surprise

By Merrill Reese: The Eagles get to work today as the countdown to Sunday begins. Among the biggest surprises is four running backs on the 53 man roster.   Both rookies, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk were far too talented to part with. Also, fullback Stanley Havili can contribute on offense and special teams.

09/05/2012

Time To Get Cooking

By Merrill Reese: No practice for the Eagles today, it’s the regular season schedule which means Tuesdays off unless you have a Monday night game, a Thursday night game or a late season Saturday game.  You get the idea. Things get cooking tomorrow as the excitement for the opener builds.

09/04/2012

This One’s In The Books

By Merrill Reese: 8-8, that’s how the Eagles season went. They finished the year with a resounding 34-10 win over the last place Washington Redskins. It wasn’t enough to extend the season, the playoff hopes officially ended last week but the Eagles at least end the season with four straight wins.

01/02/2012

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