I think we could all use a little break, and with TO being uncharacteristically quiet leading up to the big showdown in South Philly, Roy Williams has picked up the shit-talking slack. In response to Donovan McNabb's comments that the NFC East Championship goes through last year's champion city, Philly, Williams had some pointed words, essentially saying that no one's afraid to play at the Linc right now.
Williams may forget that the Cowboys seemingly had the Eagles and the division on the ropes last season, only to choke as if someone grabbed them by the neck from behind, wrenching them to the ground in an unnatural fashion because they started too slow.
Reminded about the Eagles' recent dominance over Dallas -- two
straight wins, five of seven and 11 of 14 -- Williams dismissed that, too.
"They are another team that's in our way of reaching our
goals," he said.
One thing that hasn't changed is that a big part of the reason for the Eagles' success against Dallas has been the ability to throw into Williams' defensive backfield at will. He may have a point that it's a new season (brilliant observation, that), but he's not the one on that team to be voicing anything. He's been garbage for years, and win or lose, the DMac and the Eagles will probably pick him apart again this weekend.
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ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.