Trust the Process? It’s now time to Watch the Eagles Progress!

Brad Weaver

Beers and Birds

We’re approaching a very interesting time in Philadelphia sports, especially for a 4-for-4 fan.  Make that 3-for-4, let’s mention the elephant the room.  Barring some major development from their minor league system and a bit (and by a bit, I mean a shitload) of luck, the Phillies appear to be stuck in the doldrums for the time being.  The Flyers, despite missing the playoffs, were fortunate enough to move up in the lottery from 13th to 2nd in a 2 person draft.  Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier will soon be wearing black and orange, and along with Ghost and Provorov, should lead the Flyers back to the playoffs.  In acquiring the 1st pick in the 2017 draft, the Sixers now have an uber talented core with a solid bench, and barring injuries, the future has championship contention upside (thanks Hinkie).  Likewise, Howie Roseman’s masterful maneuvering from 13 to 8 (by trading Maxwell and Alonso to the Dolphins) and taking a net of a second and a third (with the Sam Bradford trade making up for the other lost 1st round pick) in acquiring Carson Wentz have set put themselves in position for the most interesting time in Eagles football since the McNabb peak years in ’99-’04.

When talking about the Eagles, the playoff and Super Bowl aspirations the team has can be tied directly to Wentz.  We witnessed the ebb and flow of a rookie quarterback last season.  Someone who couldn’t be stopped and didn’t throw an interception over the first three weeks is the same player that produced inconsistently throughout the remainder of the season.  There’s not any earth shattering information here, his production is to be as expected for a rookie QB in the NFL.  Waiting to see what he can become is the frustrating point, as we may not see a finished product for a few years.  Carson has more weapons offensively, and the natural inclination is to extrapolate after this season on what the future holds.  Let’s reflect on some of the memorable 2nd year’s QB stats, and see how it projected their career.

Dante CulpepperSeason Stats: 11-5 record (1-1 postseason), lost NFC Championship, 297-of-474 (62.7 percent) for 3,937 yards, 33 TD, 16 INT, 98.0 passer rating, 470 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns.

Great season, but after losing Randy Moss and sustaining a knee injury, Culpepper was never the same.

Season Score 8/10, how it predicted his career 2/10.

Tom BradySeason Stats: 11-3 as a starter (3-0 postseason), won Super Bowl XXXVI, 264-of-413 (63.9 percent) for 2,843 yards, 18 TD, 12 INT, 86.5 passer rating.

9/10 season, 10/10 predictor.  Hard to argue he’s not the GOAT.

Colin Kaepernick – Season Stats: 5-2 as a starter (2-1 postseason), lost Super Bowl XLVII, 136-of-218 (62.4 percent) for 1,814 yards, 10 TD, 3 INT, 98.3 passer rating,, 415 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns.

Fantastic season supported by a great defense.  Accuracy issues plagued him moving forward.

8.5/10 season, 3/10 for his career.

Ben RoethlisbergerSeason Stats: 9-3 record (4-0 postseason), won Super Bowl XL, 168-of-268 (62.7 percent) for 2,385 yards, 17 TD, 9 INT, 98.6 passer rating.

Another great year for a 2nd year QB, and barring Brady, may be the toughest to face in the playoffs.

9/10 season, 10/10 career.

What conclusion can you draw from this?  Not very much.  Even if Wentz were to have a promising year, it’s still too early to project how good (or bad) his career will be.  It could be as good as a Super Bowl winner, or as poor as someone searching for a job in the middle of his playable years.  We can hope that the improved weapons along with a full training camp as a starter can lead to a step forward in his career progression, but its impact on Wentz’s career will take a few years to shape itself.

 

 

 

 

Genesis of an Eagles Podcast and Website

Brad Weaver
Beers and Birds

Having been integrated into the workforce for about twelve years and remaining in the same field for my tenure, my average workday has become a routine. The repetitive nature of what I do doesn’t bring me comfort. In fact, the tedium of feeling like Bill Murray in Groundhog’s Day makes me dream of things to do outside healthcare. Being a glutton for punishment, I took a job 75 miles from home and decided to pursue a graduate level degree and climb the corporate ladder. However, an unceremonious release from my employer immediately after graduation allowed me to contemplate life. Moving forward, I was never again going to drive 3 hours a day every day for a job. I’m also finished with school (although I’ve said that two other times).

What do I love to do? Talk about the Philadelphia Eagles and drink craft beer. How am I going to do that? Through a podcast and a website! Who will do it with me? My friends who love Philly sports and craft beer. The basis for my dream had been established.

On March 26th, I along with my friends Rob and Mike utilized a cheap mixing board and microphones in the infamous Lounge in suburban Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We really had no idea what we were doing, but we hit play and recorded. It didn’t matter that our microphones didn’t work that day (recording occurred through the tiny microphone of one laptop for all three of us), the seed had sprouted and a new adventure had begun. It doesn’t matter that I said “in the grand scheme of things” like a broken record, nor is it a problem that Rob snorts into the microphone, nor that Mike brings up explicit topics that continually get edited out. We’re having fun, the weekly recording has made Sunday evenings one of the peaks of my week rather than a time to dread upcoming work. About two months later, we have 8 podcast episodes recorded, have added a regular correspondent from, Bleeding Green Nation and Inside the Pylon, as well as two website writers. I’m not here to tell you that we’re the next big thing, but that we’ve come a long way since day one, and I’m going to enjoy the ride. Cheers my friends, I promise more birds talk on future posts!