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November 24 Philadelphia Daily News:
November 24 Philadelphia Daily News:
“With Ellis Hobbs put on injured reserve with a neck injury, the Eagles have signed cornerback Brandon Hughes off the Giants’ practice squad, a team spokesman confirmed.
Hobbs suffered a disk injury on the second-half kickoff against the Giants Sunday night and was taken off the field on a stretcher.
Hughes, 24, was drafted out of Oregon State in the fifth round in 2009 by the San Diego Chargers; he was a two-time All-Pac 10 selection.
He was on injured reserve all of last season with a knee injury, made the final cut out of training camp this season, but was then released. The Giants reportedly offered him more money to join their practice squad rather than signing with the Chargers’ practice squad. He has not been activated for a game in his pro career.”
November 24 Newark Star-Ledger:
“A comment was made to Chris Canty in the Giants locker room on Monday about how opposing teams have been making his life difficult recently with double-team blocks.
“Making my life difficult is one thing,” Canty replied. “Going low like that is another.”
The Giants defensive tackle normally chooses his words carefully to make sure they don’t land on an opposing team’s bulletin board. For instance, in the four times leading up to games against the Cowboys the past two seasons, Canty often grinned while dodging every trap a reporter tried to set in the form of questions about his former team.
But on Monday, in an interview with The Star-Ledger, Canty was seething and ready to talk openly about a pair of low blocks by Eagles guard Todd Herremans during the Giants’ loss in Philadelphia Sunday night.
“Two of them. Same guy,” Canty said. “When you talk about players doing that to one another … playing hard, playing between the whistles is one thing. But that was a dirty play. I think we all can agree on that.””
November 24 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch:
“LOOK CLOSELY and you can see the change in Asante Samuel.
You could see it 2 weeks ago on a play in the second quarter of the Eagles‘ 26-24 win over the Colts when he beat a block on a bubble screen, flew into the backfield, and managed to get his arms around Colts tight end Jacob Tamme.
Yeah, he tried to tackle Tamme, who is about 50 pounds heavier than he is, too high and failed to make the play. But that’s beside the point. A year ago, the three-time Pro Bowl cornerback wouldn’t have even tried to stick his nose in the middle of that play.
You could see it Sunday night on the first play of the Giants’ second offensive possession as well. Lined up against Hakeem Nicks, Samuel was playing off of the wide receiver, which is his habit. Then Nicks started to go in motion and Samuel correctly read that he was planning to crack down on Eagles strong safety Quintin Mikell and free the edge for running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Samuel alertly got up on Nicks, preventing him from getting to Mikell, who, along with middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, held Bradshaw to a 2-yard gain. Again, not something he would’ve done a year ago.
“He’s more physical this year,” Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. “On that play Sunday night, he came right up and got up in [Nicks’] face and helped us have an edge on the defense. That’s an important thing when you’re talking about a physical defense.”
For much of his career, the only thing that’s been important to Samuel is interceptions. He felt – and still feels – that the only significant criteria for judging a cornerback is how many passes he’s picked off.
November 24 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Winston Justice:
“SORRY I MISSED you guys last week. With a late away game on Monday, I was overwhelmed with only a day to sleep, train, attend meetings and support an event for Eagles Fly for Leukemia, which helps children with cancer.
It feels good to be on top of the NFC East. But it really does not mean anything to us at this point. There is still much of the season to be played and we cannot get ahead of ourselves.
We haven’t played the Cowboys yet, who seem to be on the up-and-up. And we still must face the Giants again. So as a young team, we must not let any past wins go to our head. We need to stay focused only on being successful next Sunday.
Around this time of year, it starts to get tough on us. Our bodies have been going strong for 10 games and the wear and tear of Sundays sometimes take its toll. As a player, I cannot imagine going to a regular season of 18 games. Just watching Ellis Hobbs on the ground last week is reason enough to keep the season at 16 weeks.
I love the game of football, but I don’t believe an extra two games at the end of an already long season will help the National Football League. Actually, I think it will diminish the product. More players will get hurt, which means less guys actually playing in the playoffs. I am for everyone making more money, the owners and the players . . . but at the end of the day, I worry about the long-term effects on the health of myself and my teammates.”
November 24 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez:
“A friend of mine used to have a golden retriever. Great dog – playful, loving, smart. I forget the dog’s name, but he knew all sorts of tricks and followed my buddy everywhere like a second shadow.
One day, we were drinking beer on the deck when one of us mentioned the vet. I don’t remember how the topic came up. The dog was nearby. His ears perked up, and then he moved away from his owner.
“He knows that word,” my pal said. “He hates the vet.”
When it was time for checkups, he had to lure the dog into the car with promises of treats. He said the dog always knew something was amiss. And yet the dog went along for the ride every time even though he feared what might happen.
As Eagles fans, we’re a lot like my buddy’s dog – loyal and desperate to believe in the team no matter how many times the organization disappoints us or pulls a bait and switch. From season to season, it doesn’t matter if the Birds look more like fool’s gold than the gold standard. All the Eagles have to do is dangle a few wins in front of us and the next thing you know our tails start wagging and we begin slobbering all over the floor.
I’m as guilty as the next person. Days after the Eagles beat the Giants and moved into first place in the NFC East, the carpet in front of my flat-screen TV remains drenched with drool.
This year has provided the perfect example of Philadelphia’s conditioning. During the preseason, when the Eagles‘ offense was struggling to find the end zone, you heard a lot of predictions about the Eagles finishing with a record somewhere in the 7-9 to 9-7 range. People seemed OK with the idea of a step-back-and-regroup season, if only because finding out whether Kevin Kolb could play represented a pleasant departure from the frustrating and ultimately unfulfilling Donovan McNabb years.
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