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Notes from watching an advance copy of Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing: Philadelphia Eagles’ series

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Reviewing a review of the Eagles’ 2019 season.

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UPDATE: This article originally included notes from only the first seven episodes but has since been updated to include notes from the eighth and final episode.


As previously noted here on Bleeding Green Nation, the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles are featured in the latest edition of the Amazon Original series All or Nothing premiering Friday, February 7 on Amazon Prime Video.

The fine folks at Amazon were kind enough to send me a screener of the first seven out of eight episodes in advance of the official release date.

After watching most of the series, I can confidently say that I think Eagles fans will find it worth their time. Amazon does a good job of taking you behind the scenes and onto the field. It’s a nice way to reexperience a 2019 campaign that had a number of ups and downs. Definitely make an effort to watch it for yourself when it comes out.

In the meantime, here are some notes I took while watching the first seven episodes. If you’re super sensitive about any kind of “spoilers,” well, you’ve been warned.

EPISODE 1

WEEK 1 - VS. WASHINGTON

  • The series starts with a nice job of providing context for where the Eagles stand heading into 2019 following the Super Bowl LII win and the 2018 season.
  • Brandon Graham gets a lot of airtime early on and that continues throughout the series. If you don’t love BLG (Brandon Lee Graham) already, I think you’ll come to appreciate him even more. Hard not to love his energy.
  • The return of DeSean Jackson is appropriately a big theme. Good line from Doug Pederson in practice talking about what he tells Carson Wentz: “Carson, you’ve got to understand something. There’s practice speed and there’s game speed with DeSean.”
  • You can see how genuinely excited players were to have Jackson back between Graham yelling “ “D-F***ING-JACK! D-F***ING-JACK!” and Lane Johnson saying “Hey, keep throwing it to that son of a bitch right there. Keeping throwing it to that little dickhead right there!” after a touchdown.

WEEK 2 - AT ATLANTA FALCONS

  • The on-field relationship that Wentz has with his receivers is interesting to see. Talking about preferences with routes and timing and such.
  • Remember “The DNA Boys”? Pretty short-lived. Alternatively, Mike Groh referred to DeSean, Nelson, and Alshon as “The Shon Brothers.”
  • I’ll never get over how bizarre it was for was the Eagles to lose DeSean, Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert — who combined for 15 receptions, 221 yards, and four touchdowns in Week 1 — so early into the Atlanta Falcons game. Amazon shows Wentz having to coach up JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins on the fly.
  • That Wentz throw to Hollins where he’s being tackled probably doesn’t get the love it would’ve gotten if the Eagles had actually won. Zach Ertz to Wentz: “That third down was unreal. That ball to Mack was unbelievable!”
  • Not so fun for Eagles fans to re-watch Agholor drop a wide open touchdown and Ertz come up short of the marker on fourth down to end the game.

EPISODE 2

WEEK 3 - VS. DETROIT LIONS

  • Amazon didn’t spend a ton of time on this game but did show all the mistakes and miscues that happened from this one. Agholor’s fumble, Goedert dropping a wide open touchdown, JJAW dropping a game-winning touchdown ... frustrating!
  • Graham chalked this up to being a “weird game” as he had dinner with his family at Chickie’s and Pete’s. Good example of Amazon adding some scenes of player’s personal lives and some Philly flavor.
  • Yes, the “Unlike Agholor” moment gets mentioned.

WEEK 4 - AT GREEN BAY PACKERS

  • Amazon shows us the close relationship between Goedert and Avonte Maddox, who live together. (The Athletic’s Zach Berman has previously wrote about that connection.) Goedert: “I do take care of the bills, I guess I can say I’m the man of the house.” Fun to see the guys playing with Nerf guns around the house.
  • Entertaining exchange between Wentz and an NFL official on the field prior to the Eagles vs. Packers game. Ref talks about how he heard loud ‘asshole’ chants in Philly, Wentz says “No, you must’ve heard ‘em wrong, they’re a lot nicer than that.”
  • Wentz’s on-field leadership really started to stand out in this game. He was high-fiving and hyping up teammates a lot. We continue to see Wentz’s presence throughout the series.
  • Maddox lying motionless after taking that huge hit from Andrew Sendejo (smh) was scary to watch again. Maddox actually said he wanted to finish the game!

EPISODE 3

WEEK 5 - VS. NEW YORK JETS

  • Amazon sets up the Orlando Scandrick saga in this episode.
  • Bradley Cooper watches the Jets game in Jeffrey Lurie’s box. Lurie casually refers to him as “Coop.” I find this interesting for some reason.
  • Not much to say about the game itself other than enjoying some BG moments.

WEEK 6 - AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  • The fake field goal play the Eagles ran is shown being practiced ahead of the game. Goedert to Sendejo, who formerly played for Minnesota: “Hey, if our fake don’t work, I’m coming after you! You’re gonna hit up the Vikings organization to be like ‘Yeah, hey, watch Dallas on field goal! We got a fake in this week. Don’t let him loose! He can’t catch but …’
  • I mean, given how the Vikings DID suddenly seem to know that fake was coming ... you have to wonder if they were tipped off by someone, right?
  • Malcolm Jenkins receives focus in this episode, both on and off the field. Including this clip that you’ve already seen by now:

EPISODE 4

WEEK 7 - AT DALLAS COWBOYS

  • The return of Jalen Mills is a big theme here.
  • I didn’t know any players referred to Wentz as “Red” until I saw Mills do it on the sideline.
  • The audio you’ll hear from Doug Pederson’s postgame speech was the maddest you’ll ever hear him. He was really not happy about getting blown out by the Cowboys. “Embarrassing!”

WEEK 8 - AT BUFFALO BILLS

  • Brandon Brooks talking about the passion of Eagles fans is good content. “Hey, you guys want to do the body issue? How about you guys f***ing block?!” “I was gonna take my kids to Disney world, but instead I came out here for this s***?!”
  • Jenkins talking about how he handles his fantasy football team when the Eagles are playing against players in his lineup is fun to hear about.
  • Scandrick appearing on ‘Undisputed’ is shown. Jenkins offers some additional thoughts beyond what he shared at his locker that day.

EPISODE 5

WEEK 9 - VS. CHICAGO BEARS

  • DeSean returning and then getting re-injured is obviously a focal point here.
  • Thought this was an interesting admission from quaterbacks coach Press Taylor to Zach Ertz ahead of the Bears game: “We didn’t try to get you the ball enough early.”

WEEK 10 - BYE

  • A brief look at how the players spend their time off. Graham is a real family man, as evidenced in multiple episodes.

WEEK 11 - VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Graham gets super hyped up for the Pats game. “Today he’s Tim Brady cause he ain’t gonna be himself today!”
  • Interesting moment where a camera guy tells Wentz about what Tony Romo is saying about the Goedert’s reviewed touchdown. Just funny to think about a player hearing about what the color guy is saying about the game during the game.
  • Liked Brandon Brooks talking to JJAW after a first down conversion: “Hey, when you needed to make a play, you made it. Remember that. Remember that.” Amazon does a good job of capturing little leadership moments like that.

EPISODE 6

WEEK 12 - VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Howie Roseman explains why he decided to get tinted windows after a fan interaction.
  • There’s a focus on Brandon Brooks with his contract extension and anxiety.
  • Seeing Roseman react to Wentz’s struggles is a new experience.
  • There’s a good conversation shown between Graham and Kelce as they leave the field after the loss. More focus on the team’s leaders.

WEEK 13 - AT MIAMI DOLPHINS

  • Cool to see Ertz and his wife Julie and Agholor all doing charity work on Thanksgiving.
  • Cox gets some focus in this episode.
  • It’s clear the team is pretty frustrated about losing to the friggin Dolphins.

EPISODE 7

WEEK 14 - VS. NEW YORK GIANTS

  • Miles Sanders starts to see some feature attention in this episode.
  • Josh McCown’s role and value to the Eagles beyond just being a backup to Wentz is also on display here. I think the Eagles would be remiss to not keep him around on the coaching staff. Wentz literally says McCown “has been like another coach, another set of eyes.”

WEEK 15 - AT WASHINGTON

  • Lots of good mic’d up clips from the game itself. Including the reaction to Wentz’s insane touchdown throw to Miles Sanders. Pederson: “That was a hell of a throw, dude.” ... Wentz: “I was a little nervous when I released it.”
  • Boston Scott and Greg Ward get extra attention here.

EPISODE 8

WEEK 16 - VS. DALLAS COWBOYS

  • Previously unknown detail: Pederson had DeSean talk to the team ahead of the Cowboys game. “F*** Dallas, we hate Dallas!”
  • Zach Ertz’s “Burn the ships” speech and his injury are highlighted here.
  • I imagine some fans are going to enjoy watching Brandon Graham verbally roast the crap out of La’el Collins.
  • The return of the electric slide!

WEEK 17 - AT NEW YORK GIANTS

  • At an event for youths, one young Eagles fan is grilling Wentz. “What happened with so many fumbles this year?!” … “We lost to the Dolphins! The Dolphins though!”
  • Brandon Brooks feeling like he’ll be fine despite suffering such a significant injury.

WILD CARD - VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • The Jadeveon Clowney hit on Carson Wentz is covered here, obviously.
  • A look at how Doug Pederson handles an in-game quarterback change.
  • How family members react to a player getting hurt. Brandon Graham, in this case.
  • The heartbreaking tears and sadness of Josh McCown.
  • Dougie P really is a dad: “I love every one of you like a son.”

GENERAL SERIES THOUGHTS

  • Kinda weird how the PhillyVoice report on Wentz wasn’t mentioned at all. In that same vein, there was exactly no mention of Josina Anderson’s report involving an anonymous Eagles player ripping Wentz and the offense.
  • Jeffery wasn’t very present in the series outside of some scenes in the first episode. Hmmmm.
  • The series doesn’t really focus a ton on the coaching staff. We don’t even really see Jim Schwartz at all.
  • Good friend and former BGN Radio host James Seltzer provides a lot of radio commentary that you hear in the series!

HOW TO WATCH

Again, you can watch the series for yourself when it comes out on Friday, February 7 on Amazon Prime Video.