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Sunday’s Game With Buffalo Beyond Big

By Merrill Reese: Last week I hesitated to call The 49ers meeting a must-game.  True must-games have a mathematical implication.  You lose and you are eliminated from playoff contention. Believe me, Sunday’s game in Buffalo is huge for The Eagles.  Win, and the sun is shining and there’s something to build on.  Lose and you’re […]


Losing Streak Must End

By Merrill Reese: Its taken three days to revive my sprits. Nothing The Eagles have done so far bolster’s your confidence but from a numerical standpoint a 1-3 record isn’t the end of the world.  Then I look at the Redskins, Giants and Cowboys and I don’t see anything special. I still believe The Eagles […]


Good Quotes Get Blown Out Of Proportion

By Merrill Reese: If I were a professional athlete I’d be scared to death to open my mouth.  We the media love people who are good quotes but boy can things be blown out of proportion. When an excited Vince Young used the words, “Dream Team” upon joining The Eagles it was no big deal.  […]


Something Awry With NFL Replay System

By Merrill Reese: There’s someting wrong with the way The NFL is using the replay system. In most cases you can tell in a matter of seconds whether the call on the field was right.  The same with the scoring plays which are all reviewed.  Occasionally you’ve got to look at multiple angles, but usually […]


Myriad Of Mistakes For Birds

By Merrill Reese: It was a devastating defeat for The Eagles yesterday at The Linc as they let a 23-3 lead get away in the second half and ended up losing to The 49ers 24-23. They made a bunch of mistakes, turnovers, missed field goals, blown coverage, put it all together and The Eagles suffered […]


BLOG: Subpar Won’t Do It With Rekindled 49ers

By Merrill Reese: In recent years a game with The 49ers wasn’t approached with trepidation.  They went through coaches and other than their emblems and colors it was no reminder of the great Bill Walsh teams, but times have changed. New head coach Jim Harbough has rekindled the spark and premiere players like tight end […]


BLOG: Jenkins Has Impacted The Most

By Merrill Reese: With all of the new acquisitions this summer, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins ranked no higher than fourth or fifth in the headline department. At this point, three games into the season, Jenkins has had the most positive impact.  He’s tied with Jason Babin with four sacks.  He’s also been tough against the […]


BLOG: Eagles Adjustments Are Necessary

By Merrill Reese: Back to work it is as The Eagles prepare for The 49ers. It may be early in the season, but this team needs some adjustments both in personnel and in attitude. Two weeks in a row they’ve relinquished fourth quarter leads. Certainly the linebacking and safety play must improve, only then will […]


BLOG: Vick’s Frustration Understandable

By Merrill Reese: Here we go again, the second straight week of will he or won’t he involving Michael Vick. I’d hate to think that this is going to be an every week occurence, but as long as Vick keeps getting hit, injuries will occur. I can understand his frustration at borderline hits not drawing […]


BLOG: Loss To Giants Leaves Fears Lingering

By Merrill Reese: You couldn’t ask for a more disappointing outcome, and some lingering fears. The Giants raced to a 14-0 lead and ended up with 29-16 win over The Eagles at The Linc. Shady McCoy gained over 100 yards but it was all for naught, and to make matters worse, Michael Vick injured his […]


BLOG: Don’t Count Eli Out

By Merrill Reese: The Giants’ Eli Manning gets a lot of criticism.  He’s not his brother, and he’s not Tom Brady, but he does have a Super Bowl MVP on his resume. The other night he started out two for eleven but came back and won the game. The Eagles know that regardless of what […]


BLOG: Some Replay Better Than No Replay

By Merrill Reese: There’s been a lot of conversation this week about the video replay. Andy Reid’s assistant coaches never had a chance to see the replay that would have shown them that a Falcons interception should have been disallowed.  Truthfully the coaches shouldn’t be reliant on the networks and the angles of cameras at […]


BLOG: Let The Westbrook Comparisons Begin

By Merrill Reese: With all of the focus on Michael Vick and the receivers the guy who really deserves a great big spotlight is Shady McCoy. Comparing him with Brian Westbrook is no longer premature. Boy is he something.  Like Westbrook he can run, catch and block when he has to.  And like Westbrook he’s […]


BLOG: What A Night For Jeremy Maclin

By Merrill Reese: I really felt for Jeremy Maclin the other night.  He was having the kind of night experienced by only the best receivers. 13 receptions, 171 yards, 2 touchdowns and then it happened.  The fourth down drop that all but finalized the outcome.  It hurt, and it will for days, but don’t worry […]


BLOG: Eagles Defense Unable To Stop Matt Ryan

By Merrill Reese: Michael Vick went out with an injury late in the third quarter and the Eagles relinquished a ten point lead and lost to the Falcons in Atlanta 35-31. The defense had a chance to stop Atlanta deep in their own territory but time and time again Matt Ryan came up with answers […]


BLOG: #7 Heads Back To Atlanta

By Merrill Reese: Back to a dome Sunday night as the Eagles visit a very determined group of Atlanta Falcons. I’m not thrilled that they’re coming off that loss from The Bears.  Still The Eagles can’t worry about that, I think they’ll be helped by the fact that they weathered that noise nonsense in St. […]


Blog: Eagles Should Be Prepping Hard For Browns

By Merrill Reese: The Eagles have a lot of work ahead of them as they prepare for preseason game three that comes Thursday night at The Linc against the Browns. When you play poorly the way they did in Pittsburgh it creates a sense of urgency for the next game. I would imagine a lot […]


Blog: Long Night In Pittsburgh Means A Lot Of Work Ahead For Eagles

By Merrill Reese: Long night for the Eagles in Heinz field in Pittsburgh as they were beaten soundly by the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-14. Actually the Eagles two scores came late in the game, they were backup units in there but when the first units were out Ben Roethlisburger and his offense just man-handled the Eagles […]


BLOG: A Better Matchup For Preseason Game #2

By Merrill Reese: I’m looking forward to preseason game number two tonight from Pittsburgh. I think the Steelers offense will give the Eagles defense a much better test than the less talented Ravens.  Offensively I’d like to see more of the same from Michael Vick and the first unit. It’ll also be fun to watch […]


BLOG: Keep An Eye On #55

By Merrill Reese: One of the Eagles who I think will really benefit from Jim Washburn’s coaching is defensive end Darryl Tapp.  He came over last year in a trade with Seattle and had some noticable moments during the season but Washburn has really turned the guys loose, and Tapp’s presence was really something Thursday […]


BLOG: Eagles Wrap Up Training Camp And Head Home

By Merrill Reese: These last few rainy days have been tough on The Eagles practice schedule.  Sunday afternoon and yesterday afternoon they were forced indoors.  Fortunately it was the afternoon sessions which are basically walk-throughs and special teams. They break camp today instead of tomorrow.  Overall however, the weather was good, the crowds were great […]


Solid Defense Plus Vick Should Equal Win

The Eagles will draw a ton of national attention Sunday at four when they meet the Jaguars in Jacksonville.  Now It’s Michael Vick starting quarterback, not the just the backup in a fill-in role.  If he performs as he did in Detroit, and the defense plays four solid quarters, The Eagles should record their first […]

SportsRadio 94WIP–09/24/2010

Early Predictions Are Futile

A glance at the NFL standings tells you the futility of affixing W’s and L’s when the schedule comes out in April.  We all go on the previous year’s performance.  In this sport more than any other, things change dramatically from year to year.  Right now Dallas and Minnesota are 0-2.  The Kansas city Chiefs […]

SportsRadio 94WIP–09/23/2010

Vick Choice Shows Reid Change Of Heart

The Michael Vick announcement caught everyone by surprise because it was a total reversal of what had been said since Kevin Kolb was hurt.  I believe that after assessing the situation, the team’s weaknesses, and Vick’s dazzling performance, Andy Reid simply had a change of heart.  He made the move because he believes it gives […]

SportsRadio 94WIP–09/22/2010

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