Each week Patrick and Dave discuss the week that was. It's Two Guys Internetting Football!
Dave: Pactrick (just had to get that in there), we are nine Jason Pierre-Paul days away from training camp, and I couldn't be happier. This offseason has been exhausting. I'm tired of talking about Sam Bradford, about how good he looked in @college. I'm tired of hearing about the Cowboys offensive line. I'm tired
of Brandon's click baiting of hearing about Nick Foles was good when he was actually quite bad. I just want the damn season to start. In lieu of that I guess I'll take the pre-season. Get me excited for the pre-season Patrick.
Patrick: DeMarco Murray's gonna do things! Kiko Alonso is going to be the best linebacker the Eagles have had in a decade! The offensive line is gonna be weird! And watching Agholor be fast is gonna be fun!
There are so many storylines to watch that it's going to be tough to keep up with everything. No one really knows what to make of this team, and the preseason will give us just enough of a glimpse that we'll be unable to tide the flow of hot takes. That by itself will be worth the price of admission. What are you looking forward to most?
Dave: I'm interested to see if anyone actually earns the right guard spot or just gets it because somebody has to start there. I'm interested to see if Josh Huff can show us anything, for any receiver that isn't Jordan Matthews to secure a starting job. Teams play pretty vanilla in the preseason but I'm interested to see if we can get an idea of how they're going to use Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. I'm also interested in seeing just how bad Tim Tebow is. He's entertainingly awful, but not awfully entertaining.
Obviously this is bad and offensive by Shady, but I have a few questions. One, will a bus be provided to transport people and drop them off? Second, who though "10 - until" is a time? What is being celebrated? And lastly, how many people saw this and thought this was a good idea? You know what, don't answer those.
Patrick: I didn't think it was possible, but this part sounds even more sleazy than his infamous party bus. This really is #culture personified. But in Buffalo? I bet Rex Ryan's biggest complaint is that he can't attend the party.
The culture discussion is interesting in part because it's different from the way Andy Reid's teams handled its stars. They were willing to roll the dice on guys like McCoy and Jackson, and put up with their behavior. Thus far, Chip has proven inflexible in this regard, which flies in the face of the idea that high-maintenance stars should be coddled.
From the outside looking in, Chip's approach makes perfect sense - in the end, you should want guys who want to play football for the love of the game, and you should have enough leaders to have your locker room police itself. So my question to you is this, Dave - outside of the actual makeup of the roster, will #culture end up making a significant difference on the field?
Dave: I don't think it makes a significant difference, but I do think it makes a marginal one, and marginal differences can matter. More importantly, marginal differences add up, and the more advantages you have means the less your opponent has. In every job everybody works better when they're on the same page and respect their peers and superiors. College coaches seem to be fanatical about this compared to NFL lifers, who are more willing to take risks with players (looking at you Cowboys). College coaches have much more authority over their players because of scholarships, and a big reason they fail in the pros, from Lou Holtz and Bill Peterson to Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino, is that they have no idea how to handle grown men. Chip's solution is simple and obvious: fill the roster with grown men who don't need handling. If Chip doesn't succeed it won't because of his value on culture.