Philadelphia Eagles Prediction

30 Jul

Whether you're a Dallas, Washington or maybe even a Giants fan, you know exactly what kind of excitement is taking place in Philadelphia right now. You might like it due to the fact that it could cause a lot of confusion in Philly. Although chances are you hate it because it threatens your team and symbolizes a change in the city of brotherly love.

A lot of analysts are making their reasonable predictions on what will happen for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. Some of their predictions could come true, some are reasonable, a few are very unlikely and others were pulled out of you know where.. Well erase all of them off the whiteboard because I am here to tell you exactly what will happen this season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

I've been bleeding green since the day I was born and just like every other fan in this world, I always have a bit of a bias opinion. Luckily right now I am clearing all of them bias opinions from my head, so you don't think to yourself "wow what a retard, he's only saying all of this because he's an Eagles fan". That being said here is what the Philadelphia Eagles schedule looks like & what I predict the outcomes to look like.

Week 1 @ Washington Redskins (Eagles win +14)

Week 2 vs San Diego Chargers (Eagles win +10)

Week 3 vs Kansas City Chiefs (Eagles lose -3)

Week 4 @ Denver Broncos (Eagles lose -17)

Week 5 @ New York Giants (Eagles win +7)

Week 6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Eagles win +3)

Week 7 vs Dallas Cowboys (Eagles win +20)

Week 8 vs New York Giants (Eagles lose -10)

Week 9 @ Oakland Raiders (Eagles win +15)

Week 10 @ Green Bay Packers (Eagles win +1)

Week 11 vs Washington Redskins (Eagles win +17)

Week 12- BYE WEEK

Week 13 vs Arizona Cardinals (Eagles win +10)

Week 14 vs Detroit Lions (Eagles win +2)

Week 15 @ Minnesota Vikings (Eagles win +13)

Week 16 vs Chicago Bears (Eagles lose -3)

Week 17 @ Dallas Cowboys (Eagles lose -10)

You might be thinking to yourself "I can't believe what I'm seeing" or you might be thinking "that actually has the potential of happening". That's okay though, every person is an entitled to a prediction.

The Eagles finish their first season under new Head Coach Chip Kelly with an 11-5 record and bring home the NFC East division title to Philadelphia. None of us as of right now have any idea what kind of Head Coach Chip Kelly will be in the NFL. If you like watching the Eagles play regardless if you're a fan or not you are hoping that he has much success and he brings an entire new style of football to the NFL. On the other hand, if you hate the Eagles with every little bone in your body you are praying he has set himself up for nothing but failure. As time goes on we will see how this miraculous story plays out.

With an 11-5 record & a division crown their season can't stop there though? As of right now I'm not too interested in thinking about playoffs. Just like Jim Mora said "Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game". Well Jim I'm with you on that one buddy.

I'll leave it up to you to make an ending to my storybook season. That is, as long as you're not a fan of Dallas, Washington or New York of course.

Adrian is Possible

20 Jul
1984, a year that every single Running Back in the NFL will always keep in the back of their minds. Eric Dickerson rushed for over 100 yards in 12 different game that season. In addition, he had 2 games in which he rushed for over 200 yards. Those performances, along with the other 4 games where he failed to break 100 yards, gave Dickerson the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season. That amount being 2,105.

Until last season, myself and many other fans around the world believed that Dickerson's record was unbreakable. Adrian Peterson had it in his mind set to prove us otherwise. During Peterson's first 2 seasons as a Minnesota Viking, I remember sitting on my couch screaming at the television "WHY ON EARTH DO YOU HAVE TO FUMBLE ADRIAN!" I personally believed that this young stud Running Back, who once rushed for 296 yards in one game against the San Diego Chargers his rookie season. Was not going to be anything more than a fumble prone, speed back with an unbelievable amount of potential.

I could not have been more wrong. In his first 3 years he fumbled a total of 20 times. Yes, you read that correctly, 20. That is unrealistic for a Running Back with that kind of potential. The potential to be one of the best Running Backs in the entire NFL. Thankfully those days are in the past and locked away for Adrian Peterson. Since then he has only fumbled 6 times within the past 3 season. He proved to me that he is no longer fumble prone.

Just because he isn't fumbling, doesn't mean he is as good as I'm making him out to be though right? Well his 2012 NFL season does the talking for that argument. If you followed Peterson's 2012 campaign you would know exactly what I'm talking about. When I mentioned Dickerson I certainly had a purpose of doing so.

When week 17 came about for Adrian Peterson in 2012 gearing up to play the Green Bay Packers didn't feel like any ordinary game. Peterson, the fans, the media, myself, & Green Bay knew that Adrian Peterson had a legitimate shot at breaking Eric Dickerson's 2,105 yard, Single Season Rushing Record.

Unfortunately when the whistle blew at the end of the 4th quarter I hung my head in sadness. Along with many other fans around the country and the entire city state of Minnesota. 9 yard, 9 short yard was all Adrian needed to claim the record. When the game ended I wasn't disappointed that he didn't break that record though. Of course I would have liked to see it happen. Unfortunately not everything turns out the way we want it to. There was a lot more being said than just number with this story.

Suffering from one of the most devastating injuries in 2011, Adrian Peterson's campaign was cut short that year. Some of us even believed that his game might not ever be what it used to be. Some Doctors believed he'd never play again. The only person on this earth that knew 100% Adrian had what it took to come back even stronger than he was before. Was Adrian Peterson himself.

He shocked me, he shocked you, he shocked your uncle, he shocked us all. Adrian showed everyone around the entire world that just because someone says you can't do something. Certainly does not mean you can't.

Will Peterson ever own Dickerson's record? I'm no psychic but I believe within the next 3 years when you search who owns the NFL Single Season Rushing Record. It will not be Dickerson's name up there. In fact it will be Adrian Peterson's.

Adrian Peterson has proved to the NFL and the world that all things are possible as long as you have faith in yourself. The next time you doubt yourself, I want you to think back to this article. Then you'll think; I can, you can, your Uncle can, and without any doubt Adrian can.

-Frankie Frombach (@TheNFLFan)

Matt Barkley's Chances

19 Jul

Matt Barkley's Chances

          Matt Barkley, a recent stand out at USC (University of Southern California) has more than enough talent to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. The real question most of us NFL fans are asking is if the Philadelphia Eagles provide the right place for the young, talented quarterback.

          With the 98th-overall pick — Round 4 of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected Barkley. He threw for exactly 3,273 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior at USC — his second-best season as a Trojan. During his junior year, he threw for over 3,500 yards and 40 touchdowns. After Barkley's junior year he decided to finish out his college career and not enter the 2012 NFL Draft. If he would have done so, the chances of him being on the Eagles roster would be slim to none.

          There are a few quarterbacks that are currently competing with Barkley for the starting position. Those players include Michael VickNick FolesDennis Dixon, & G.J Kinne. Lets be honest, you can count Kinne & Dixon out of the competition. Those two players are very unlikely to make the final roster come final cuts. Chip Kelly brought Dixon in due to the his familiarity with Kelly's Oregon offense while he was the head coach of the Ducks. Perhaps he has him there to mentor the other four.

          The Eagles could possibly have three NFL starting quarterbacks on their roster. This includes Barkley himself.

          If Barkley would have been selected by Minnesota, Jacksonville or Miami, would he be a starting Quarterback already? That question has an easy answer. Yes!

         Since he has to compete against Vick (A running sensation) and Foles (A scrambler with a lot of promise in his arm) he may not be the starting quarterback of the Eagles for a few years.

          If Barkley is given the chance to be the second-string quarterback, you will see Matt hit the field more than once this season. If he is a third-stringer you will not see him touch the field at all — unless luck is on his side. His chances of being a starting quarterback this season at the helm of the Philadelphia offense are very slim. If Vick and Foles do not have the season that Eagles fans want out of them, you will be hearing "Barkley" roaring from the stands of Lincoln Financial Field.

          Lets leave it to Barkley to prove many of us fans wrong. His chances might be slim this season, but his chances of being an elite quarterback in the NFL are higher than most might think. He has a rocket arm with a very raw talent of being able to read a defense within the blink of an eye. With having those two skills, you could easily become a Matt Ryan or a Joe Flacco in this league. We will just have to leave it to Barkley.

-Frank Frombach (@TheNFLFan)

Who's At Helm In Philadelphia

19 Jul
Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback competition. Offseason 2013-14

Who's At Helm In Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles will be entering this 2013 NFL season with a fresh new start and they are ready for war. But is this really "fresh"? Michael Vick is the oldest player on the entire Philadelphia Eagles roster at the age of 32  & by time the season starts for the NFL Michael Vick will be a 33 year old quarterback with injury factors not exactly on his side.

What exactly does this mean for Philadelphia? This means if thing's do not go well for Michael Vick and his Eagles squad, his job in Philadelphia will be over. All Eagles fans watched last season's games in disgust as their beloved Eagles finished the season with a total of 4 wins. For many fans, this season was the worst they have ever encountered with their team.

If the Eagles do not get off to a decent start Michael Vick's job might be at risk early. Coach Chip Kelly brought in a player he knows very well by the name of Dennis Dixon. Dennis played quarterback for Oregon and was a 2008 round 5 draft pick selection for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While at Pittsburgh Dennis has thrown for 402 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions with a career passer rating of 71.4. This very well could mean Chip Kelly will want to do things with Dennis that they have done in the past at Oregon. This College ball style of football might not exactly if Dennis Dixon is at helm for the Philadelphia Eagles. It would be extremely interesting to see what kind of success Coach Chip & Dennis Dixon could do together if the opportunity presents itself.

Not so fast ladies and gentleman, Nick Foles has something to say about this quarterback dispute as well. Foles a 2012, round 3, draft selection from the University of Arizona got to see a bit of playing time down the stretch of the 2012 season for Philadelphia. December 3rd, 2012 Nick Foles won the starting quarterback position and threw for a total of 1,699 yards, 6 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a total passers rating of 79.1. With winning the quarterback position for Philadelphia does this mean Foles could start come opening day against Washington in the 2013 campaign for the Eagles?

That question can only be answered by few and I am not one of them. If he does want the job luck will have to be on his side. Expect to see him get a chance before quarterback Dennis Dixon. With the first mistake he makes Eagles fans will be chanting "Dennis" because they always have faith in new things and never want to settle for anything less. Nick will have to be on his A game and show the NFL what he can really can do if he wants to be at the helm for Philadelphia. I think with the experience he had as a rookie last season he will win the starting position for Philadelphia and lead them to the playoffs down the stretch of the season.

The quarterback position will be a very big mess for Philadelphia this season and the competition will be endless between Vick, Foles, and Dixon. The player who wins the most games will be the one out on the field regardless of how well they play. Vick will need to hang on to the ball and make smart decisions. Foles will need to work on his throwing accuracy and show fans he can keep plays alive on his feet like he has done before, and Dixon will need to prove to all the fans, media, and staff that he is more than just a backup quarterback in the NFL. This season will be one of the most controversial seasons Philadelphia has had in a very long time. They will gain fans, lose their bandwagoners, and show who they truly are this season, where time is doing nothing but running out.

-Frankie Frombach @TheNFLFan

A Seattle Super Bowl

19 Jul
Russell Wilson (3) and Head Coach; Pete Carroll

A Seattle Super Bowl

In 2012 the Seattle Seahawks had their first winning season since 2007. In 2007 the Seahawks won the NFC West and finished their season with a 10-6 win to loss ratio. Unfortunately for Seattle their season came to end after being smoked by the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs 42-20. Most Seattle fans are expecting this upcoming season to be better than 2007 and last year's season by a long shot. What these fans are hoping for is very possible and here is why..

The biggest part of this Seattle team and their key to success is North Carolina State/Wisconsin standout Russell Wilson. Wilson had a rookie season to remember. Throwing for a grand total of 26 Touchdowns and 10 interceptions during the regular season last year. Wilson showed the NFL that he deserved the title "Rookie of the Year". Although he did not get that title, he made a huge impact in the NFL and showed all fans around the country that he has what it takes to play with the big dogs in this league. Most people who are familiar with the NFL and Rookie Quarterbacks, know that their Sophomore season isn't quite as good. Fortunately for Wilson, the Wide Receiver position in Seattle has only gotten better since last year. That means Russell Wilson has no plans of having a "sophomore slump".

Speaking of that Seahawk receiving position lets touch on why they will have the best receivers in the entire NFL this upcoming season. With the additions of Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) who only played in 9 games last season with a total of 677 receiving yards. He will have Wilson throwing to him, along with players such as Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Phillip Bates. They will have more than enough weapons out on the gridiron at once for Russell Wilson to have easy success. Including 2012 Pro Bowl Running Back Marshawn Lynch in the mix, let look for this Seattle Seahawk offense to not only be one of the best teams receiving wise, but rushing wise as well.

In 2012 Pete Carroll had his 1st career winning regular season as the Head Coach for the Seattle Seahawks. It was his 2nd division title but, in 2010 when Seattle won the West they finished 7-9. With an undefeated record at home last season the Seattle Seahawks behind Pete Carroll and the 12th man they are only looking to keep that streak alive. If they can continue the winning streak they could easily coast their way straight to the NFC Playoffs. This year they will they not be considered underdogs, every NFL teams knows exactly what this team is capable of. Whether it is a regular season game or a playoff game, the other team will know exactly what Seattle is capable of.

Why do I think the Seahawks have a legitimate shot at winning the Superbowl this season might you ask? It is not because of Russell Wilson or any of the other offensive players. The reason this Seattle squad has what it takes is due to their ferocious Defense. Any fan could go all day about what the Defense has to offer up in Seattle. Behind players such as Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, etc. This Defense could easily finish as the best Defense in the 2013-14 season. Being the best overall defense in 2012 this legit group of men could be even better this upcoming season. Don't get me wrong, all of those offensive players that I mentioned will do their part but, in the NFL defense wins championship. Right now a good defense is an understatement in Seattle, Washington.

As long as this team does not do, what the Philadelphia Eagles did a few years ago by letting their ego's get too big. I personally believe they have more than what it takes to find themselves playing in "MetLife Stadium" come February 2nd 2014. See you then Seattle.

-Frankie Frombach @THENFLFAN

A Philadelphia Secondary

18 Jul

Over the last two seasons if an NFL fan were to think about the most physical, outstanding, best secondaries in the NFL the Philadelphia Eagles would not be on anyone's mind. If they were on a fan's mind, that means that fan bleeds green. In fact, last season the Eagles had one of the worst defensive secondaries in all of the NFL.

This year, the Eagles organization and all of their dedicated fans pray otherwise. The Eagles have cut previous cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha (San Francisco 49ers) and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie (Denver Broncos) due to poor performances during the past two seasons with the Eagles.

An average fan who follows the NFL is probably scratching their heads to why these two players didn't work out in Philadelphia's system. That question can only be answered by the coaches, players, analyst's or the two players themselves. They might not have been motivated as an Eagle, had a few rough seasons, or perhaps just not the same players they used to be.

This season marks a turnaround for Philadelphia. With the signings of Kenny Phillips, Patrick Chung and Cary Williams, along with drafting rookie cornerback Jordan Poyer to pair with their slot corner Brandon Boykin, the Eagles are looking to build a defensive backfield that leaves everything they have out on the field.

If Phillips can stay healthy, he can do exactly what he did in New York — being one of the most physical, hard hitting safeties in the league — he will need a lot of help from the other safeties. Right away, Phillips won't be an every-down Safety. Expect Phillips to be in on very crucial plays such as third or fourth-and-short. When the Eagles need a big play, Phillips will be there.

I had a chance to catch up with second-year safety David Sims of the Eagles and this is what he had to say about the Eagles secondary, "I think it's going to go well but, we need to continue to work together in this new system and as new teammates. It is important for us to get familiar with each other so we can learn each others strengths and weaknesses. The secondary is going to be very physical this year"

What does that say about Philadelphia's defense and the system Chip Kelly is installing here in Philadelphia?

It says, "you fans better be thinking of us now.