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Can the Eagles Survive an Offseason of Change?


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When you are a Champion, everyone comes running for a shot at success. Frank Reich and John DeFilippo are gone. What is the fallout? Who gets first crack at OC? Are you sold on Ronald Darby? Do you trade Nick Foles?

Clinton Portis, Shaun Alexander, and Edgerrin James are just a few backs that took a beating in their prime before the age of 30. Where does that put Le’Veon Bell?  Also, as we transition into Fantasy Baseball talk, we take a look at the Top 10 from the overall 300. Who scares you and gets you excited?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings unique views and opinions to the forefront as we focus on all the top sports stories from the past week. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says he would trade Nick Foles and RB’s in the NFL only have a 5 year lifespan, while John (@PGHJohn36) says that’s not necessarily true and you have to wait on the word that Carson is healthy before you pull the trigger. From a Fantasy Baseball debate to the return of Johnny Football, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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Eagles and the New Norm!


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We are Super Bowl Champions and nobody can take that away. From a quick season recap to the final bounce of the ball, we give you our opinions from the game. Where we you when the clock hit zero? What was your defining moment? Did you feel Nick would be able to go blow to blow with the GOAT? Are you tired of the New England conspiracy theories yet? Can you say REPEAT?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings unique views and opinions to the forefront as we focus on the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says he feels the Eagles could be a dynasty, while John (@PGHJohn36) says to pump on the breaks. From a preview of the offseason to fan moments and memories, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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Are the Eagles a Team of Destiny?


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Can Nick Foles win 1 more game? Is this group of unsung heroes and unselfish castoffs a team of destiny? Is Carson Wentz still the MVP? Does Doug have more swag than Andy?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as the stage gets set for Super Bowl LII. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) offers up some of his apologies while John (@PGHJohn36) says it all comes down to the defensive backs. From special moments to Game reviews and predictions, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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Doug Pederson Looking for an Apology


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Does Doug Pederson finally deserve some respect? Did the Eagles make the right pick some 19 years later, ala Pederson/McNabb? Is Antonio Brown the best receiver in football? The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as the stage gets set for the Championship Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says WR’s have to stop being Divas and get back to going across the middle while John (@PGHJohn36) says he understands why teams don’t want to put their star receiver at risk. From Fantasy Playoff matchups to Game reviews and predictions, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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If the Eagles Lose, is this Season a Failure?


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Has your faith in the Eagles shifted after two lackluster performances? Will they be one and done? With all the NFL coaching vacancies, which job would you want? The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as we head straight into the NFL Postseason.

Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says Carson Wentz may have covered up Doug P’s deficiencies as a play caller while (@PGHJohn36) says he’s passing judgment way too early. False hopes, overblown expectations, all with a concern that 2018 will be a bust! It’s all here just waiting for your take……

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What NFL Players Are on Your Holiday Wishlist?


heatratiocropDid the Eagles do enough to ease your mind? What happened to Darby Island? When will the NFL finally do something about the catch rule? Can the Steelers win without Antonio Brown?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as we head into the NFL/Fantasy Playoffs. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says Jimmy Garoppolo will be a Top 5 Fantasy QB selection next year while John (PGHJohn36) says he needs to lay off the Ricky Williams medicine.  Also don’t miss our Holiday “NFL” Wish list, which may be a surprise you won’t expect!

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Is Nick Foles Enough?


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Should they give Colin Kaepernick a look? What’s the secret to beating the Patriots? Is Antonio Brown a credible MVP candidate? While debating all these issues, they even have time for some Matchup Madness Roulette. The unique picks and opinions are something you don’t want to miss!

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Fantasy Football Analysis: If Brandin Cooks was a Philadelphia Eagle


It’s mid afternoon on the eve of the legal tampering phase of NFL Free Agency and the biggest question seems to be if Brandin Cooks will be bleeding green in 2017. Everyone who is in tune with the NFL has taken to social media to give their take on this odd, but fluid situation. We have seen players and draft picks thrown around in this supposed deal faster than a ping pong ball on a beer pong table. Whether or not it happens still hinges on the willingness for the Saints to dance with the perfect partner. There are several available with the Eagles being in the front of the line, but all with different visions. However, the situation still is in the building stages with a blueprint that still needs approval.

Brandin Cooks is a 23 year old receiver, who has been an integral part of the high powered Saint’s offense led by Drew Brees and Sean Payton.  Cooks enters the final year of his four year rookie contract and is looking to cash in on a monster payday, one he doesn’t see in his future with the Saints.  He played 10 games as a rookie, but has put up some impressive stats over the last 3 years.

2014….10 games …..70/550/3     70 targets

2015….16 games…..84/1,138/9  129 targets

2016….16 games…..78/1,173/8   117 targets

The Oregon State product finished the 2016 season with 78 receptions for 1173 yards, but it was the game by game production that could be a cause for concern. In 2015, Cooks only had 1 game where he was held to under 4 receptions and never went catchless that year. However, in 2016 he had 5 games where he produced less than 4 receptions and even tallied a game where he didn’t catch a single pass. ESPN reported afterwards that Cooks was frustrated with his role in this 49-21 blowout win over the Los Angeles Rams and the downward trend begin to unravel from there.

Sure Michael Thomas’s stellar rookie campaign was the main reason for the difference in game by game production, but to tally numerous games with low production totals is enough to throw shade to any eventual deal.  As a fantasy football owner, you constantly look at game by game production in the hopes of gaining maximum consistency for the scoreboard.  If you look at the breakdown below, you will notice the difference between years……

2015….16 games….5.2 catches, 71 yards per game….7 games of 80+ receiving yards (4 w/120+)

2016….16 games….4.8 catches, 73 yards per game….4 games of 80+ receiving yards (3 w/ 140+)

These stats are pretty similar, but you can clearly see the difference in big games versus steady production. However, they are still fantastic numbers for any receiver on your team, which makes you wonder why he wants out.

Cooks would bring  an immediate upgrade over the inept group of receivers on the Eagles roster, as well as any rookie that is available. I know John Ross is being talked about as the best comparison, but Cooks has proved his worth on this level while Ross is still a prospect. Would you rather get an established receiver for at least two seasons or gamble in the draft to get a player who may be more established one day?

I personally think the ceiling has been set on Cooks and you know what type of ROI you are receiving in return. In the eyes of receptions, he has shown what he can do. His stats will not falter much up or down and leave you with a force on the field that has to be marked. A rookie may have a higher ceiling, but may never blossom into that potential. As the twitter wars start to unfold, I still think the jealousy factor and the attitude need to be looked at strongly in this situation, especially if you are willing to part with a high draft pick. However, if Brandin comes knocking on Howie’s door with a 2nd round proposition, you shouldn’t need David Copperfield to convince you to #DoTheDeal!

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Philadelphia Sports are Ready for Lift Off!


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It definitely has been a long couple of years in the city of brotherly love. We have gone through many blunders and mistakes by the management of our clubs, as well as an array of losses we all can still feel. As a person in his late 30’s, I vividly remember the same times of heartache before that left us searching for answers. If you are in the same group you remember too…….

The Phillies looked to never be able to catch the Atlanta Braves with their Aces, the New Jersey Devils with Scott Stevens and Marty Brodeur were tag teaming our Flyers, Bubby Brister and Rodney Peete were leading our Eagles, and Charles Shackleford was still trying to figure out why he was on the 76ers roster. We could sit here for hours and bring up all the names of the late 80’s and early 90’s flops that we had to watch for our respective teams. Thankfully the pendulum swings back from time to time to give us something to get excited about and like John Cena says, “That time is now!”

The rapid developments of our franchises are not a secret anymore. We have begun to move past the process and now are beginning to build towards a promising future. Let’s start with our Philadelphia 76ers. I beg to differ with the opinion of any when I say Sam Hinkie should have a statue in this town for what he built. For all the naysayers and non-believers just look back and remember the post Allen Iverson era. Yeah, the memories last that quickly.

Billy King continued to try and vie for the 8th playoff spot in the East every year just to be knocked off the throne and sent packing by the #1 seed. It was time for a change in theory and that’s what Sam brought to town. Sure the losing stung a little bit, but in the end it will all be worth it. If anyone witnessed 5 minutes of a summer league game then they know Ben Simmons will be something to get excited about. His court vision and willingness to distribute the ball is something this town has not seen in a LONG time. Are we going to compete for the Eastern Conference this year? Of course not. However, with Noel, Saric, Embiid, and Simmons games will definitely be talked about on a daily basis. I can already feel the Sixer love beginning to take over.

As another process we should trust, The Philadelphia Phillies have turned a minor league farm system from happy hour joke material to a respectable topic on MLB Tonight. It was about 8 years ago when the nucleus of the Phillies took over the NL East and fought through the wicked rains of October to give this town a championship. Unfortunately, they were never able to capitalize on that talent again. For those of you who follow me and read my articles know I do not hold Ruben accountable. As much as you disagree, I remain comfortable with my opinion. He tried and he tried. He assembled, what should have been the best rotation in baseball. How did he know it wouldn’t work out? Did he trade away Cliff Lee prematurely? Sure. However, this is the same guy that gave you Roy Hallady. All things considered he drained our farm system dry with his single most destructive move being letting go Mike Arbuckle. Mike went to Kansas City who won a world series. Yeah, enough said.

After years of knowing it was time to rebuild, the Phillies assembled a front office with guys who had a proven track record. Andy MacPhail comes from the Orioles and will always be remembered for making a slew of headline trades with one of the biggest being the move that consisted of the following…..

Orioles trade to Seattle: Erik Bedard
Orioles get from Seattle: Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, George Sherrill, Kam Mickolio, Tony Butler

Even now, this trade is so good that you almost can’t even fathom how much of a rip-off it has turned out for the Orioles. Without even going into statistics, all you need to know is that Bedard bounced around and had more injury plagued seasons than Mike Hampton and Adam Jones, along with Chris Tillman (14-3 so far this year) are two of the biggest reasons for Baltimore’s turnaround.

Andy MacPhail looks to have rewritten his fairytale with the Cole Hamels trade and the hiring of Matt Klentak from the Angels organization seems to be another well calculated move. Matt has been talked about as the next young mind in baseball to succeed and has done some good things already. Just looking at the farm system we have assembled, we are only a few years away from contention.

Now onto the orange and black. As we still lay to rest the beloved Ed Snider, Gm Ron Hextall and Head Coach Dave Hakstol are putting together a plan to make you get behind. Hakstol has single handedly changed the style of this team and continues to bring the same development success he had with players such as Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise to the Flyers forefront. With the stocked farm system the Flyers have it won’t be long before they are atop the Eastern Conference. GM Hextall continues to make trades to wash away all the past salary cap destruction all while hanging his hat on prized prospects like Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, and Sam Morin. It won’t be long before they are skating around the Wells Fargo Center.

We saw the first stage of the plan when Shayne Gostisbehere took the NHL by storm and Nick Cousins proved he can be player you can rely on in the future. As the Flyers’ young players continue to emerge, the Wells Fargo Center will be rocking night in and night out.

As we dwindle down the list of the top 4 we can’t forget our beloved Eagles. Wow, what a few years it has been for the midnight men in green. Do we all remember that moment when we found out Chip Kelly was coming? We went through weeks of speculation when the chants for the Gus Bus came to a screeching stop. It was the simple text message that was received by Howie Roseman minutes before Gus Bradley was ready to sign on the dotted line that said, “I’ll take the job!” With that came the Chip Kelly era that began with a very weak, “Yo Philly” chant from the Chipster himself at his first appearance during wing bowl. Did Chip get out of dodge because of the sanctions came down by the NCAA? This is something we will never be able to get a definitive answer on. However, the path of excitement that turned to emotional devastation will forever be remembered by all who follow the team on a consistent basis.

It started out as the most exciting 1st half in sports with the unleashing of the hurry up offense on national television. The Washington Redskins didn’t know what hit them, while Al Michaels couldn’t read his script fast enough. One thing is for sure, Chip Kelly made the entire NFL go back to work. From referees to camera guys, everyone needed to be in tip top shop in order to call an Eagles game.

Unfortunately, the success never turned into a consistent formula and the team became a mockery of what it once was. It was obvious the owner’s patience was wearing thin as it was evident the team had given up on the once heralded coach.

We now are introduced to the Dougie P Era and one that will definitely bring with it tons of criticism. Will Doug work out as a HC? It all remains to be seen. My theory still remains that Jim Schwartz only picked Philly because he felt it was his quickest path to become a HC again. I just cannot help but think the main reason for Doug’s presence was his knack for not rocking the boat. Between him and the beloved Howie Roseman, there will always be a story to report on or a move to criticize.

Either way, the keys to our future are in the hands of Carson Wentz. It took one snap and 30 seconds into the first public training camp practice to hear the chants of, “We want Carson.” Just wait until Sam Bradford gets his arm stuck in his big sleeves and throws his first wobbler to a wide open receiver. Those chants will get louder and more passionate.

Carson Wentz is the single most important figure in Philadelphia Sports right now. He will either lead us to success or failure over the next 10 years. What end of the spectrum we will be on remains to be seen. However, the one thing we have that we didn’t for years is the hopes of stability in the pocket.

As we look over the landscape of Philadelphia Sports we can always agree that the passion is what gets us through the bad times and strings of bad luck. We have certainly endured a long period of losing in all areas and a time period we want to leave in the dust. The end looks to be finally approaching with a glimmer of hope sprinkled into the mix. It won’t be long until we are on the national viewing scene once again as we get treated to the criticism of an overrated Joe Buck as he talks about things he can only look up on the internet and a bunch of rookie reporters bringing up the booing of Santa Claus. In the end it will be worth it as we will be cheering once again!

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Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)

Will the Eagles soar into the Playoffs?


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The Philadelphia Eagles came into this season with new life and a profound attitude under first year Head Coach Chip Kelly. After their dismal 4-12 seasons, Eagles management decided it was time for a change. They decided the Andy Reid ship had sailed after a 14 year tenure and it was time to float another boat into the dock. However, Howie Rosman and Jeffery Lurie didn’t just want any old boat, they thew their line out to the most sought after yacht in college football and reeled in Oregon head coach, Chip Kelly. It was a risk and reward power play that would have to settle for a few years before we were able to deem it successful. Either way, it was bold and brilliant, as it breathed new life into a city and a franchise that sorely needed the boost.

Along with the Head Coach, came a new philosophy and system that needed to be implemented and mastered before the team could worry about winning. There was a major roster overhaul and a new message being relayed to the veterans that needed to be adhered to in order for Kelly’s system to advance. All of these intricate things needing to be mastered before success would be accepted.

As you can see, there was a lot of excitement in the City of Brotherly Love this offseason, but we still maintained an expectation of minimal results, understanding we were in a rebuilding phase. The NFL can be very unpredictable at times, leaving us all scratching our heads in confusion. In the same token, the Eagles are currently sitting at 7-5 in the NFC East, trading blows with the Cowboys for the division, way before anyone thought we were ready to compete. This all leads to a dramatic turnaround, in which the Eagles will continue their way into the Postseason by making the playoffs and leading everyone to alter their expectations for the rest of the year.

As we gear into the final 4 games of the regular season, these are my top 5 reasons why the Eagles are going to give Philadelphia fans a special Christmas present with a trip to the Postseason:

  • Nick Foles: The Eagles started the preseason amidst a Quarterback controversy between Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Chip Kelly made the choice to go with Vick and after week 1 it looked like the right call as he passed and slashed all over the Redskins.  However, after taking over full time, Nick Foles has led the Eagles to a 5-1nick-foles-4_3 record in his six games as starter, leading Chip Kelly to announce he will remain the starter for the next “1000” years. Nick has been remarkable with his accuracy breaking the team record of 233 passes without an interception (19TD/0 INT), previously held by Michael Vick. All this leads to the model of a playoff quarterback, something Foles plans to accomplish.
  • Chip Kelly: The questions of surrounding the decision the hire Chip Kelly could be heard all the way around the globe. Is his commitment there? Will his system work in the NFL? He has answered all of these questions with an emphatic YES! Obviously, he is still learning the NFL coaching scheme, but he has adapted well so farchipside and will only get better as the year extends. The one thing that cannot be preached enough is team morale, something that Chip has brought to the team, showing they have bought into the system. There was a reason why current NFL coaches were looking to pick his brain on a regular basis and now all are clamoring to protect themselves from his offensive approach. Chip Kelly is a blue collar, football junkie, which all adds up to the prototypical Philadelphia football fan and a trip to the NFL Playoffs!
  •  Defense: We are all familiar with the phrase, “Defense wins Championships,” and what                    it is perceived to mean. Well, when the Eagles began their transition to a new 3-4 defensive scheme under D-Coordinator Billy Davis, it looked like it was going to be a long season full of missed tackles and overwhelming defeats. However, as the season went on, players continued to adapt and now have the look of a solid defense. 081111-trent-cole-400They have a good mix of experience and solid, younger talent, laying the foundation for a successful playoff push. The two guys who have stood out and showed their willingness to anchor the defense this year have been Trent Cole and DeMeco Ryans.  Trent has recorded five sacks, five quarterback hurries, and 31 tackles over his past four games and Ryans has 105 tackles, 3 Sacks, and 2 INTS, on his way to a Pro Bowl season.
  • Special Teams: Every NFL team has to be solid on special teams in order to succeed, let alone make the playoffs. Fortunately for the Eagles they have electric return specialist Desean Jackson, a usa-donniejones-slideshowsolid placekicker in Alex Henery, and fantastic punter Donnie Jones. A quiet pickup in the offseason, Jones has proved to be a key to the success and rise of the defense. The opposing teams are getting the ball deep into their own territory, giving the defense more options to attack. One of his trademarks this year has been his consistent, situational punting. He holds a percentage of 44.6% inside the 20 and in week 13 dropped 7 out of 8 punts inside the 20, only one away from the NFL record of 8. This is a definite luxury to have leading your playoff push.
  • Schedule: The Eagles sit at 7-5 and in my opinion, need to win at least 2 of their next 3 games to set up a showdown in week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys for the division title. The remaining 4 games include Detroit, @ Minnesota, Chicago, and @ Dallas. As Minnesota and Chicago both seem to be running on lost dreams, their schedule favors them to control their own destiny.

As you can see, there are many valid arguments to help support the Eagles cause in being a playoff team. In Philadelphia, they judge teams by character and competition, two things this team strongly possesses. The year started out as a rebuild in progress, basically everyone looking ahead to the draft. Fortunately, for the city and its fans, Chip Kelly has comes as advertised and turned this town in to a frenzy once again!

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