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

Despite Win, Eagles Need Change by Matt Lombardo

Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie will have plenty of difficult decisions to make after a disappointing season concludes for his team. Sunday’s win over the Dolphins keeps the Birds mathematically alive for the playoffs, but the question needs to be asked; After a season of high hopes and expectations, is a strong finish good enough? 

When the obituary of this dreadful Philadelphia Eagles season is published, the Eagles would like for Sunday’s win over the now 4-9 Miami Dolphins to be the accompanying photo. That simply cannot be the case.

Granted, Sunday was the most complete effort in a season of inconsistent or worse performances from an Eagles team that has fallen woefully short of preseason expectations, but it simply can’t stand as the benchmark for this season. As encouraging as a 26-10 win that produced two LeSean McCoy touchdowns, three forced turnovers on defense and a cleaner game in the penalty department is, the realization needs to be that this performance came against the Matt Moore led Dolphins, a far cry from the Dan Marino Fish of years gone by. Continue reading

Eagles Practice Notebook Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins 12/7

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Taking It To The House lead writer Matt Lombardo was on the scene at Novacare on Wednesday as the Eagles began preparation for their week 14 game against the Miami Dolphins. As the season comes down the home stretch, the Eagles are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs at 4-8, but the pressure is mounting on Head Coach Andy Reid who was forced to address questions about his job security next season. Reid flatly denied reports that the Front Office gave him an ultimatum to fire Juan Castillo in order to save his own job next season.

 Eagles Running Back Ronnie Brown
Ronnie Brown talks about what it will be like to return to Sun Life Stadium for the first time as a visitor.
Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick
Michael Vick talks about what to expect on Sunday in Miami, as well as it marking his first start in three games after suffering two broken ribs.
Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney
Jamar Chaney talks about the matchup problems presented by the Miami Dolphins and their offense that is suddenly high powered behind quarterback Matt Moore and running back Reggie Bush. Chaney also acknowledged the defense’s inconsistencies this season as a contributing factor to the team’s 4-8 record.

Matt Lombardo is the Lead Writer for Taking It To The House. Matt is also the  Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter and a host for 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, NJ. Matt can be reached on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL or by Email atMDLombardo@yahoo.com

Andy Reid Flatly Denies Reportedly Being Asked To Fire Juan Castillo by Matt Lombardo

Despite reports that Andy Reid was told to fire Juan Castillo in order to save his own job next season, the Head Coach says that conversation never took place. 

Reports surfaced early this week that the Eagles front office approached Andy Reid with a mandate to fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in order to secure that he would return as the Head Coach in 2012. On Wednesday at the Novacare Complex, Reid was asked about the report and adamantly denied such a conversation took place. Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles face the Seattle Seahawks in a Lackluster Match-up

CBS Sports video preview of the Eagles-Seahawks game in Week 13

I am sure this is not what NFL Network was thinking when they saw two former 2010 division winning playoff teams on the schedule for a late-season Thursday Night match-up.  But this is what they are left with…. In a game that features two very inconsitent teams, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7)  will try to pull their season back from life support when they take-on the equally disappointing Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.  It will be interesting to see if the undermanned Birds and their beleaguered head coach — Andy Reid fighting for possibly his job — can find a way to get a much-need “W”. Continue reading

Matt Lombardo Gives His Take on Eagles vs Patriots on 97.3 ESPN FM In South Jersey

Taking It To The House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo joins Mike Krenek and Joe Giglio on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey to weigh in on DeSean Jackson’s performance against the Patriots and Andy Reid’s future following Philadelphia’s 38-20 loss on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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.