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  1. I think we all share a sense of loyalty to him; however, several important contributors to the Super Bowl team have moved on. It's just the nature of sport. He'll always have that SB catch, but the truth is that there are probably six receivers on the team that are more talented than him. In the past, he's proven to do well in a reserve capacity...he's also proven that he cannot be anything more than that. Maybe we keep 7 WRs, but I think Tyree is really on the outside looking in.
  2. I hate to spoil the party, but there's no present interest on our end in Anquan Boldin. This is the type of rumor that would be more appropriately classified as a myth; however, the team could pay someone like Boldin or Braylon Edwards if they wanted to. The notion we don't have the financial resources is false. There would be consequences of absorbing such a large contract, but it can be done. Never underestimate the creativity of NFL capologists. Also, Tom Condon represents 75 NFL players. Connecting the dots between him and Eli and concluding that Boldin is suddenly on our radar i
  3. Being around for awhile doesn't make him experienced or accomplished. He has 54 career catches; Steve Smith surpassed that total last season alone, while Domenik Hixon put up 43 catches in basically half a season. He's never been a good receiver, so it's hard to see what pearls of wisdom he could possibly pass along to younger players, many of whom are already better than him.
  4. Being a leader -- assuming he's perceived as such -- only goes so far when there are six or seven better players at your position. If the young guys outplay him, no amount of leadership or intangibles will save his roster spot.
  5. Losing one guy becomes a big deal when it's your most irreplaceable guy. If it had happened earlier in the season, we'd have had more time for players like Hixon and Manningham to adjust to new roles. Kiwi had two weeks prior to the start of season to adjust back to a position he played throughout college and during his rookie season...and I think performed well from game 1 on.
  6. Because of a reduced sample size, I'm presupposing that the offense and defense faced similar competition. Football outsiders has a DVOA formula that adjusts for opponent. According to that measure, the offense ranked 6th in the league whereas the defense ranked 8th. The problem is that DVOA is designed to measure efficiency, not consistency. So it doesn't really confirm or disconfirm the notion that our offense went through sizable lull periods under Gilbride's guidance. It just says that over 16 games, our offense was the 6th most efficient.
  7. Not to say Tyree isn't valuable, but our front office's ability to populate the bottom third of the roster with competitive, versatile athletes makes him somewhat expendable. In 2005, we really needed a dynamite ST presence like Tyree. Today, we have guys like Hixon, T2, Dockery, MJ, DeOssie, Goff, Kehl, etc. to step up on coverage units, which really loosens the stranglehold Tyree previously had on a roster spot.
  8. Unless he gets into trouble off the field, there's absolutely 0% chance Manningham gets cut. He's the most natually talented receiver on our roster, and I'm not sure there's a close second.
  9. Even a naked eye review of the week-to-week scores suggests a decent amount of consistency from the offense. It's hard to effectively analyze our performance post-Plax; we basically fell apart. The defense lost Osi, but that happened in the preseason (giving us time to adjust) and we had a capable replacement in Kiwanuka. Conversly, we lost Plax late in the season and really had no one to step in and replace his impact (especially as Toomer seemingly fell off overnight). That's why I think the post-Plax games are not a fair measure of our offensive coordinator. When we had 17, we were as
  10. Count me among those who think the jumpball is really low percentage. We were far too reliant on it when we had Plax.
  11. You just explained the difference between a willing student and an unwilling student. Tiki redefined his game, while Bradshaw has failed to make the necessary strides. Entering him into the game last season simply carried a lot of risk, which is why most of his playing time happened when we were comfortably ahead. The team hasn't given up on him by any stretch of the imagination, but I can tell you that the negative whispers about his work ethic aren't completely unfounded.
  12. Applauding Bradshaw for being 4th all-time in kickoff return yards is like complimenting Vinny Testaverde for accumulating 40,000 career passing yards. If Reuben Droughns had 77 kick returns over the past two years, he would rank 7th. Bradshaw ranked 29th last year in KR avg (22.2). The year before, he ranked 17th (24.2). Any way you slice it, he is a below average kick returner, if not bad altogether. Conversly, Domenik Hixon has put up a KR avg. of 36.5 in 11 career kick returns for us. I don't see what's so mystifying about his dearth of playing time. You don't secure the ba
  13. In the regular season, our offense averaged 26.7 ppg (3rd in the league) while our defense allowed 18.4 ppg (5th). The standard deviation for offensive ppg was 10.7 (9.88 in games 1-11, while Plax was still with the team), whereas the standard deviation for defensive points allowed was 9.0. By comparison, the highest scoring team in football was the New Orleans Saints at 28.9/g. Their standard deviation was 9.94. Meanwhile, the best defensive scoring team in football was the Pittsburgh Steelers at 13.9/g. Their standard deviation was 7.95. According to this data segmentation, the
  14. I think he's good, too, and they seem to stay afloat even when McNabb or Westbrook miss time with injury. I also think if you go to an Eagles message board or listen to Philly area radio, you'd see tons of heat directed at him and Reid. I'm curious who some of Gilbride's more vocal critics are have in mind. TCBV, VG, nesta, jm4pz ... ?
  15. I'm disinclined to accept the premise that our offense goes through multi-week slumps whereas our defense was more consistent. That requires another round of detailed research that I'm not interested in doing at the moment. The nicknames bother me more from a comedy standpoint than from a fan standpoint, although I should point at that, good or bad, the guy is apart of our team. Let me rephrase: just as we did against Carolina, I think we ran enough against the Eagles. The implied premise that we would have had similar success against the Eagles if we ran the ball more (as we did v
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