Yup, you got it! 1st timer post. Tomorrow I will have been a member of this Eagle family for exactly 1 month. This is my first post, however I have commented on several of my brother's pages. Usually at game time, thanks to the NFL Preseason package not only do I get to watch most games live, I also get to rewind, slow down and replay as much as I want and this makes me vent my thoughts onto the fanpost and comment sections on various occasions. As I sat and watched, listened and learned I finally have a post to make. Here's my thoughts...
I just received my copy of the 2011 Maple Street Press and it seems this awesome magazine just might send this newly married, April 16, Eagle's fan straight into the doghouse. I am suppose to be shopping for next week's groceries, which I enjoy doing, however I could not put the magazine down. The MV cover, the letter from the editor, and especially the story on page 83. I read it until the last period of the last sentence and it left me with some knowledge, insights into the players' and their thoughts. It gives every football fan, not just the proud Eagle Nation a great story that inspires 8 and 9 year-olds in pop warner to become like their EagleSuperHeroes. The one story I had to stop reading and plan to devote some serious late-night or early morning john-sitting reading time to is the story of my personal golden child, Danny Watkins.
You see as an ex-firefighter, 21 years as a military (6 yrs. Air Force) and civil service DoD, I can really see alot of this kid in the same "yellow helmets" I would mentor, except for the one difference, this "kid" happens to be 27 years old. The oldest newbie I had was 31 years and I learned as much from his experiences as he did from my Fire Dept knowledge. When I left the Fire dept 2yrs. ago I can honestly say I would never miss the 24 hour shifts ever again. Looking back, I certainly dont. Now I work very comfortably from home and I do it with a smile on my face. I do miss being able to mold these types of individuals into leaders however. Danny had a rough go round in the Pitt. preseason game. I think the team as a whole learned from that experiment...IF we want our O-Line to succeed we must allow them to fulfill goals that are suited to their abilities. This line is the type that attacks and is able to stay on their blocks. Sometimes with the help of Shady, or Celek, but nevertheless our style with this group is to identify the defense, pop the target you are assigned to and them move your feet. They are not the heavy line hoggers that the deadskins have soo fallen in love with. We are an athletic group and when you really look at the film (preseason or practice) you'll really love the tenacity and work ethic of Mr. Watkins. Speaking as an ex-Captain in charge of a bunch of Type A personality, gym and/or weight rats, a guy like Danny is welcomed sight; someone I'd like to take with me to any Emergency or bar fight. The kid has natural ability, great work ethic and now (Thanks Coach Mudd & Marty) a great stable force at RT. Talk about a serious bookmarks, Herremans and Peters on the outside, added to the youth of Kelce at center(if he stays a starter) and the depth at LG, to rotate as needed; or it just could be what the doctor ordered for Mathis. The 7 year journeyman might finally be able to prove some of that Alabama pedigree that brought him to the NFL in the 3rd round. As for the RG position, I commented on the game thread that Watkins will become a stud...as anyone can imagine I kindda got rocked on that. I will however stand by that statement and I am willing to go all in on my two choices for each side of the line this coming year. For the defense:
#51, my old high school football number, is going to make it easy for the Eagles FO to finally accept that they have a proven winner in the LB corps. Jamar Chaney will one day become to our generation what Seth Joyner was to the 91 crowd. Although I do not mean to throw these words lightly, especially seeing as I am a newbie to this family...but I do believe that Chaney has the skills, ability and the work ethic in the gym to develop good block-shedding ball stopping abilities and add this to his natural talents in pass coverage. The middle of the field will be the only sanctuary for many of our upcoming opponents. If Matthews proves to be the weakest link, I think Chaney will easily head back into the middle spot of out LB corps, nevertheless I do believe that Chaney has a better upside if left in his current role.
For the Offense: As expected, I think Watkins will the the other shining
star Eagle on our squad. Being a huge UT and Longhorn fan, I couldda easily stuck by a VY token vote. Dont get me wrong I am hoping that VY finds a role on this season's team. I believe this will be the year and I hope Vince pays his way on this tour. However, I did get to see Vince throw from 13 rows up on the 40 yard line of DKR every single home game he played and I do know his limitations. Danny, on the other side played at nearby Waco and caught my eye several times while watching the Bog12 highlights. (dont even get me started on the conference). I do not think that anyone really knows what his limitations will be. I knew he was a helluva T in a pass happy conference, but I did not know he was a firefighter until he helped out Mike Patterson in preseason camp. On that day, Danny Watkins paid his ride in full and anything he does after that is mustard on the SB hotdog.