I have friends in New England. They are nice and educated people. I enjoy our conversations and time spent together. I just can’t stand their sports teams. I’m tired of the New England Patriots and their cheating coach. Bill Belichick has been given all but sainthood by the league. This week, the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles held a series of joint practices leading up to the preseason game tonight at Lincoln Financial Field.
Reports coming from these practices said that Tom Brady torched the Eagles’ secondary. This doesn’t bother me as Billy Davis could not be expected to match his crew with Brady in their first year as a unit. What bothered me was a quote by Brandon Boykin in an article posted at NFL Network.com, “I can speak for the whole team. I felt like honestly they came out with this attitude to try to bully us.”
Now we know that joint practices can bring a higher energy, and Boykin would not make that statement without cause. Earlier in the week, Cary Williams was pulled out of practice after getting into a fight. That’s what the Eagles need from this defense. Tonight, they need to make a statement.
I want to see hits on receivers, backs and Brady. Davis needs to get pressure and show how his scheme will cause problems for one of the higher-skilled teams in the league. Chip Kelly has stated that Michael Vick will start the game, and this is a good thing. Vick needs to move the ball, run the offense and attack the Patriots’ secondary. Fans need to see speed on both sides of the ball.
I know the record won’t count, but this is a chance for something more important — a moment to show the league and the national audience that the Eagles are ready and Kelly has prepared his team on all fronts.
They need to take the field with an attitude of being winners and send the Patriots back to New England with a statement victory. This game is the first test of Kelly’s effectiveness as a coach, and much will be revealed when the final quarter ends.