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Philadelphia Eagles Promise to “Shock the World” in 2013

March 15th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The Philadelphia Eagles are making promises they can't keep again. This time it comes by way of newly signed nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who set the bar pretty high during his introductory press conference on Wednesday. As we've heard so many times before, he insists 2013 is finally the year the Eagles win it all.

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"I believe and I promise that we are going to shock the world," Sopoaga said. "I believe that Coach Kelly has a big solid book out there for us. We're willing and anxious to test it and show it in action."

Sopoaga isn't the only one talking a big game, however. Head coach Chip Kelly stands by Sopoaga's comments and has made it adbundantly clear the Eagles aren't looking for losers – they're looking for winners. And if you're not a proven winner? Well, then, don't bother with the Eagles.

"If you don't plan on coming here and winning, then we're not going to talk to you," Kelly said. "So the statements that [Sopoaga] makes that is exactly how everybody in this football program feels and what it's all about. We also know it's not about talk because what you say in March and what you say in April doesn't have anything to do with what you do on Sundays if that's all you do is talk.

They may not be the "Dream Team" anymore, but it's clear the 4-12 Eagles are still dreaming. And man oh man, are they funny or what?


Tags: Chip Kelly, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles

37 Responses to “Philadelphia Eagles Promise to “Shock the World” in 2013”

  1.  kujo says:

    Again, if we took Warmack at 19, it would be Demo’s worst nightmare. I’d be like that Dave Chapelle bit about how black people celebrated too much after OJ’s acquittal. “In yo face, n—-, in yo face! It burns don’t it?!”

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Someone should introduce the Eagles to the Mayans. They made some pretty wild predictions and promises, but they collapsed before anyone could discover they were talking out their rears. In the here-and-now, we get to discover it pretty quickly, but I’ll still await the collapse.

    Oh, and NOAA just announced that the Earth is heating up faster over the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area than any of the global warming models has ever predicted. This despite the fact that the Eagles are greens.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    since Mark Gastineau invented the sack dance (perhaps since Bob Hayes invented the spike), the NFL has been on a descending slope of hyper-bravado
    every tackle elicits a demonstration of self congratulations; every TD a celebration of poor sportsmanship

    players constantly talk trash; guarantee this that and the other thing; and even celebrate their own personal accomplishments in the middle of games when their team is being routed

    over the last few years with the new wave of college coaches ascending the ranks, that arrogance and brashness is quickly become the stock and trade of coaching. From the Ryan Brothers to the Harbaughs, to Jim Schwartz, more and more coaches are out front with “we are the best” kind of verbal nonsense

    Kelley now seems to have joined that group

    In a couple of years, in an effort to finally get the concussion epidemic under control, Goodell will suspend playing altogether and the games will be played entirely verbally

  4.  Krow says:

    Last season we finished 28th in pass defense by giving up around 254 passing yards a game. Pitiful. We also gave up 26 passing TDs on the season. Also quite bad.

    Since we’ve been discussing the impact of Kenny Phillips’ departure on our already sieve-like pass defense I thought I would see how we did in the games where he played a significant amount of snaps. To the best of my research there were 7. I totaled up some numbers … and …

    With him we averaged 251 yards given up though the air … and 13 TDs … while going 3-4.

    Statistically speaking there’s no obvious effect on the overall pass defense when he was in the game.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t like the way our DTs are constructed. Joseph is our only DT with a definite future. Austin has talent but hasn’t shown anything. Kuhn has shown something but is he really any answer or just a nice rotation player? Rodgers can help if healthy but he’s old and is he worth a roster spot over a younger player for 20 snaps per game? Jenkins has been a good player but he’s older than Canty and has had some past injury issues so can we even count on him for 16 games? If we add a DT through the draft can they even contribute or are they just holding a roster spot that likely won’t be an active spot? I think with all the questions we carry 5 DTs again. While the DT is a question now it could be even worse next year because Joseph is a free agent.

    •  Krow says:

      My take … Joseph is solid. He may never be a Pro Bowl type, but he’s good. Austin … international man of mystery. Who the hell knows what he’s going to do? I’m all for giving him another shot … but it’s based solely on hope. Kuhn … rotational guy at best, and nothing this year due to the ACL. Rodgers is a stop-gap rotational guy. Jenkins … decent, but on the downside of his career.

      We need a beast if we’re going to make any noise this year. Now all that’s left is the draft. And since rookies don’t get to play … well … … … not a pretty picture. Remember how soft we were up the gut in 2012. As of today we haven’t fixed it.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        The draft isn’t the answer for a 2013 DT. The draft is to help us in 2014 and beyond. But even a good rookie DT is rarely a difference maker.

        My issue is that I would have rather signed a 26 year old type DT with some upside that might be answer. At least we know we have a guy here for a few years. Jenkins can be better than last years Canty but he’s likely not going to be the 2011 version of Canty.

        •  Krow says:

          All true. And on top of that we haven’t addressed the MLB slot either. Stopping the interior run game depends on the DTs and the MLB. We’re weak at both. So logically we can expect more of the same in 2013.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            My hope is to sign Dansby and draft a mid round MLB Bostic or Reddick that we could develop for a few years. Or draft a second round guy like Brown and let him battle Herzlich or a cheap vet.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    Talking smack is much different when you’re likely to be picked last in the division than when you talk and everyone is picking you to go to the SB IMO.

  7.  Paul Tierney says:


  8.  Chad Eldred says:

    I recall a young man who claimed he would “shock the world.” His name, Sinorice Moss. We all know how that turned out.

  9.  JimStoll says:

    The defense looks to be very weak this season
    nothing at LB
    DT’s horrid
    DE’s may be better than last year, but JPP showed that he can’t do it alone, Tuck has to show he isn’t done, Kiwi might be the answer if ever he stays in one position long enough

    suddenly our league worst secondary is our best defensive sub-unit

    Eli Nicks Cruz Wilson and Brown better score 600 points this season or we could be in serious trouble again

    •  Krow says:

      The defense was soft up the guy and confused on the second and third levels. One of the worst in the NFL. Let’s be honest, there’s only Joseph at the DT position. Very little at LB. The secondary is probably fairly good, but without more from the front 7 it will be exposed.

      Think 2012 … gashing runs between the tackles … everyone comes up to stop the dive … then we’re beat deep. That’s pretty much what we can expect in 2013.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think LBs will be improved. DTs it’s hard to be worse so I think we will be better. I think CB will be a lot better if healthy. Prince and Hosley are improving and I expect Webster to rebound. Webster could even be really good if we make him the #2.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    I do think people are giving up on Philly too fast in terms of being a dangerous team in 2013. If Vick plays well they are dangerous. And getting back 3 of their OL players that were on IR should help tremendously. Peters was looked upon as a top 3 LT so his return could be better than any free agent. They have tons of skill position talent and talent on defense. They might not make the playoffs but I see a very dangerous team. Last years team had a lot of negative energy not a lack of talent. I see Kelley providing a lot of energy at least in the short term.

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