I know it's been quiet around these parts as I've been swamped at my real job. Just wanted to mention one last time about the Eagles Almanac. This is the last week you can pre-order the book. We will put the it up for normal sale later in the summer, but only those folks who pre-order can ensure that they get their copy before training camp begins. Plus, there are bonus extras that are only available through a Kickstarter pledge.
Thanks to all 220 people who have already backed our second annual edition of the Eagles Almanac -- we've reached our fundraising goal already!
But we know many more Eagles fans are still out there who would love the book. There are only 19 days left to jump in and pre-order your copy to ensure that you get it before training camp. And if you've already ordered yours, make sure to tell friends and family who would like it too!
In honor of the Eagles Almanac kickstarter (pre-order your copy now!), Derek Sarley got back in the saddle to write about Chip Kelly, Eagles, Versatility or Something Like That:
When Reid’s offense didn’t work, it was usually for one of two reasons. Either the pressure was overwhelming his offensive line – giving the QB no time to hit those big plays – or the defense was playing sound, “contain-y” football and his guys just couldn’t execute the short/mid-range game consistently enough to sustain drives.
Chip will have his own challenges to solve – number one being that no one’s going to give him a six-man box to whale away at for more than a couple of plays before they change things up. (At the NFL level, every team has enough speed to do more than sit back and hope.)
It’s this realization, I believe, that’s driving Chip’s desire for versatility. He doesn’t need guys who can add “bonus plays” to his regular offense – he needs guys who can force the defense to let him run his regular offense, even when that’s the last thing the defense wants to do.
Great stuff as always.
With the 2012 season drawing closer, now is your last chance to get your hands on the Eagles Almanac 2012, an 80 page ad-free Eagles preview magazine from my self and all the rest of your favorite writers:
- Mike Tanier
- Tommy Lawlor
- Sheil Kapadia
- Jason Brewer
- Jimmy Kempski
- Tom McAllister
- Derek Sarley
- Sam Lynch
- Gabe Bevilacqua
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I’ve been wowed by the positive response to the Eagles Almanac 2012. Thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy so far, and for all your feedback. Please keep your thoughts coming: email us, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. After all of our hard work, it’s nice to know what you think.
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In honor of the Eagles Almanac, Tom McAllister posted his entire essay from the preview magazine many of the same authors contributed to last summer. The piece, if you haven’t read it before, is amazing:
Before he was an Eagle, Vick was someone else’s problem, which enabled me to discuss him with self-righteous equanimity. When he was a backup, he wasn’t an issue, because it was like he wasn’t really on the team, so I could sarcastically cheer his minimal contributions and convince myself the Eagles were winning despite him. But now that he’s the face of the franchise, is leading the league in Pro Bowl voting, and is a ratings bonanza for the NFL, it is impossible to avoid the central question: is it okay to cheer for Michael Vick?
Derek Sarley has shown new life this week with the release of the Eagles Almanac. He’s releasing a few tidbits of new stats analysis that he didn’t finish in time for the book. Deleted scenes, let’s call them.