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Brian Dawkins named NFC defensive player of the month, speaks in tongues
Posted on January 2nd, 2009 at 11:05 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

In case you missed it, PE.com just posted this extremely cool NFL Films feature on Brian Dawkins.  Certainly it’s been a pretty good week for Dawkins, who forced two fumbles in the Dallas beatdown and was then named NFC Defensive Player of the Month.  And it’d be tough to find anyone who’s even remotely fond of the Eagles who doesn’t appreciate Dawkins’ role in the Eagles’ late-season renaissance; I can’t imagine there’s another Eagles player who’s ever been as universally adored by the fanbase.

So yeah, we all think Dawkins is great, and we’ve thought that for a long time.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t still learn interesting things about Dawkins, and NFL Football in general.  They do the Weapon-X stuff, but we’d seen all of that before.  And while the video looked about a year old, it didn’t look familiar, and I certainly learned the following:

1. Brian Dawkins does not swear on the field.  No curse words.  Something to do with his definition of a “righteous man.”  He still “speaks aggressively” to the other players, sure, but he does it the old-fashioned way.  Turns out you can threaten people without dropping F-bombs.

2.  Brian Dawkins prefers a special silver-and-green Breathe Right strip across his nose (love that Dawk still believes in the silver).  Also, he’s not above oiling his biceps.

3.  The Texans game from 2002 where Dawkins intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble, got a sack, and caught at TD pass is apparently called the “quadrafecta.”  I did not know that (despite having been at said game).

4.  Brian Dawkins speaks in tongues at times when he’s on the field.  Umm, we’re leaving that alone.

5.  They had Dawk miked up for the first Redskins game last year (2007) when he suffered a neck injury.  Things I wish I could unhear include the sound of Brian Dawkins whimpering in pain on the ground, unable to move.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Made it a little too real.

Otherwise, this is great stuff.  Definitely give it a look.

Birds outshove Steelers, make Ed Rendell smile
Posted on September 21st, 2008 at 9:14 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

In the game that was the inverse of last Monday’s shootout against Dallas, the Eagles roughed up the Steelers in a tough-ass defensive struggle, 15-6. 

Quick-hit reactions to a very satisfying TV show:    

Jim Johnson and the defensive front, take a bow.  Six days after giving up 34 points (I won’t blame them for the special teams TD), the Birds’ defense channeled the 1991 Eagles and just humiliated the Steelers.  The ball was snapped, and the line immediately moved two yards backward on pretty much every down.  It seemed like the Steelers gave up running the ball pretty early, and stubbornly instructed Roethlisberger to try to throw the ball.  Nope.  It wasn’t just a couple plays worth of pressure, it was pressure on every single down.  Darren Howard, Juqua Parker and Trent Cole were monsters.  The body language from the Steelers’ receivers was the most telling part — you could tell they were sick of running routes and not even having the ball come out.  Jim Johnson and the defense have officially made it up to us for the Dallas game.

Speaking of making it up to us after the Dallas game.  I guess the Dawkins retirement can wait another week.  His pterodactyl Makhtar (Editor’s note: Makhtar is a slang term used to describe the act of violently smacking an object out of another’s hand; derived from Makhtar N’Diaye and his proclivity for clumsy fouls) on Big Ben was the best Eagles’ play of the season so far. 

$57 million seemed like a lot, but, well, we like interceptions.  Asante Samuel is definitely earning it after three weeks.  I’ll argue that he’s actually been a little lost in the media shuffle so far, and that he’d definitely be a big story in most other towns, but given the unique, ahem, landscape of storylines amongst the local blathertariat, he’s gotten off pretty easy.  I can’t say I’m anything but impressed by this guy. 

I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited about the punter.  Get ready for a week of “This is the week it clicked for Sav Rocca” though he’s been pretty good so far this season.  He absolutely made a difference today. 

And suddenly it’s the third quarter of a preseason game.  When Kolb checked in with Buckhalter and Booker in the backfield and Baskett and Avant split wide, well, it got pretty chill in my apartment.  It got a little warmer when McNabb checked back in, but even that was an Eagles team without its starting backfield, Pro Bowl guard and presumptive top wideout.  Yikes.

Booker is a liability in pass defense.  Booker whiffed horribly on the McNabb pick, kind of fell down in the act of not even getting a finger on the blitzer.  Not so impressive.  Westbrook and Buckhalter don’t miss like that.    

Think happy thoughts. Let’s pretend the 36 Chambers of Brian Westbrook isn’t actually hurt and will be back at practice on Wednesday.  Somewhere GCobb is working on a blog post about how Westbrook can’t stay healthy. 

Also, The NFC East still hasn’t lost a game to anyone but an NFC East team.  Though I hope the Cowboys lose in a barrage of injuries to fix that.  Obviously.

Great game.  Go Birds. 

Trips to Arizona are for backups, the infirm, and informercial product placement
Posted on July 16th, 2008 at 3:00 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

the ab dollyAnd so with the annual visit to (and attendant reports from) Donovan McNabb’s pre-training-camp bonding throwdown at his place out in Arizona, as reported by Dunavin his own self via his blog.  Good to know that everyone’s spending some QT together and doing lots of crunches. 

Oh wait, not quite everyone.  Certainly not either of the starting wideouts or the Best Player On The Team.  I’ll speculate to say that the guys who are most interested in staying in 5’s good graces were the ones hopping that US Air (nee America West) flight to Phoenix.  As in, L.J. Smith, Avant, Baskett and Booker.  Certainly L.J. is going to need Dunavin on his side if he wants to have the big year required for him to Get Paid.  And the other guys are jockeying for spots on the depth chart. 

We don’t want to call it sucking up, but we would say that it’s certainly in one’s best interest to have the trust of the quarterback, and if earning that trust includes a four-hour flight and some obsequiousness in re: his cooking, so be it. (Read the rest of this story.)

Brian Dawkins likes to play Pretend, arrange dolls
Posted on September 18th, 2007 at 1:22 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Should we call you Logan, Weapon X?Many thanks to the good folks at RedLasso for passing me the link to the pre-game segment on ESPN which detailed Eagles safety Brian Dawkins’ borderline embarrassing fanboy obsession with the Marvel Comics character Wolverine.

Did I say borderline embarrassing? I meant to say completely and unambiguously bizarre. Click the video below if you don’t believe it. It’s one thing to play make-believe during a live NFL game (in which Dawk likes to pretend he’s a superhero); it’s quite another to have a separate stall in the team locker room for your dolls. Still, since it’s Dawk, we’ll all pretend it isn’t actually that bad.

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At this point, who doesn’t have a portable hyperbaric chamber?
Posted on July 31st, 2007 at 9:50 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Careful with the chamber, boysSo apparently the Eagles’ Brians (Dawkins and Westbrook) must have cleaned up at the joint TO/ Michael Jackson’s yard sale, as both arrived at Lehigh for training camp yesterday with their very own hyperbaric chambers. I mean, if it keeps them healthy and young, then by all means. I’ll keep my snickering to a minimum.

By the way, if Dunavin showed up with a hyperbaric chamber, it’d be front-page news. Ack just sayin.

Monday’s notes from Lehigh [PhiladelphiaEagles.com]
Birds unpack for season of promise [Philly Inquirer]