2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: December 20th Practice

Desperation will be in the air at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday as the Eagles (6-8) and Cowboys (6-8) renew their heated rivalry.  In preparation for the game, Taking It to the House’s Matt Lomabardo stopped by the Eagles’ Nova Care Complex on Tuesday December 20th and record this lockerroom interview footage


Eagles LB Brian Rolle talks about the challenge of facing the Cowboys


Eagles CB Joselio Hanson talks about the possibility of increased playing time due to Asante Samuel’s injured hamstring


2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: December 14th Practice

Taking It to the House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo stopped by the Eagles Nova Care Complex on Wednesday December 14th as the Birds (5-8) prepare to face NY Jets (8-5) in another must-win game for both teams. 

To the Eagles credit, though some fans have been rooting half-hearted for them — some in hopes of head coach Andy Reid leaving — the Birds were able to produce a solid win over the Dolphins in Week 14.  However in this week, head coach Rex Ryan will lead his charismatic NY Jets into the Linc and they should be a much tougher test than their lower AFC East rival.

Of course all eyes will be on the NY Jets’ stars QB Mark Sanchez, WR’s Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress, and All-world CB Darrelle Revis. Continue reading

End Days Have Arrived For Andy Reid Regime by Matt Lombardo

Following Thursday Night’s 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Philadelphia Eagles are now 4-8 and in last place in the NFC East. Much like the ends of the Rich Kotite and Ray Rhodes eras, this season increasingly has the feel of Andy Reid’s last.

As the death knell begins to ring louder on this Eagles team with each passing loss in the final weeks of this nightmarish season, there is one thing that’s never been more evident: these are the end days of the Andy Reid era.

Regardless of whether or not Owner Jeffery Lurie actually pulls the proverbial plug on the 13-year Reid regime, this is a coach that has lost his locker room and who’s errors in judgment more than justify his dismissal. Continue reading

2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: Nov 29th Practice

With their playoff hopes a minimal spark, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) head to Seattle for a huge Thursday Night Football Game against the equally inconsistent Seahawks (4-7).  Taking It to the House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo stopped by Eagles Practice on Tuesday November 29th and filed this report. 

Vick Still Unable to Practice, Young Likely To Make Third Straight Start Thursday by Matt Lombardo

Michael Vick continues to suffer soreness from his two broken ribs and only threw on the side during Tuesday’s practice. with a short turnaround before the team’s game in Seattle on Thursday it appears that Vince Young will make his third consecutive start at quarterback. 

As the Eagles prepare to board a flight to Seattle tomorrow for Thursday night’s week 13 matchup, it appears likely that they will once again be forced to play without starting quarterback Michael Vick. Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles Wrap-up: Patriots Throttle Reid’s Reeling Squad

In a “Must Win” situation, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) came-up very small in a humiliating 38-20 home loss — have now lost 8 of their last 9 at the Linc — to the surging New England Patriots (8-3).  In the rather easy win, Tom Brady and company could do no wrong, while the Birds after an early lead couldn’t do anything right for the next 50 minutes of the game.  There were penalties, Patriots receivers running free, in-fighting, not enough touches for LeSean Mccoy, and most importantly several dropped passes — including two in the endzone by WR DeSean Jackson (benched).

Unfortunately for him, Taking It to the House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo was there to take in the ugly scene — Chants of “Reid Must Go” in the air — and he filed the following wrap-up report.

Listless Eagles Fall to Patriots As Season Slips Away by Matt Lombardo

In a season of frustration, the Eagles may have found a tipping point in Sunday afternoon’s 38-20 loss to the New England Patriots. After failing to convert on back-to-back plays inside the two-yard line in the third quarter, fans chanted “Fire Andy” over and over for the remainder of the game. 

With their season on the line Sunday against the Patriots, the undermanned Eagles needed to play a near-perfect game to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. Those hopes were all but extinguished at the hands of the nearly flawless Patriots, like the last candle around the Thanksgiving table after all the turkey was consumed. Continue reading