A Chip off The Old Block


Hello guys another EagleSpeed article here, and this article will be talking about the rumors speculating around the Eagles willing to trade up for Marcus Mariota. I believe that it is for the best interest for the Eagles to keep Foles around as the Franchise quarterback. Well first before I get into that I want to explain why Marcus Mariota will be a bust in this league unless he goes to a team like Philadelphia or Miami perhaps.

To begin with, Marcus Mariota is a system quarterback, and very few teams come even close to what he does in College as far as scheme and plays. Which comes to my sense that if he gets drafted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers I don’t think Lovie Smith will be pulling College tricks up his sleeve because Lovie Smith isn’t that kind of coach. However, if a team like Tampa wants to waste their pick on Mariota and draft what is needed for him in the future later then that is up to them. Also it only took me the 1st quarter to see that Mariota passes are erratic and his throwing mechanics and accuracy are actually pretty poor. He misses wide open guys in College and even some of the passes he does complete are high. I see Marcus Mariota as a humble, and a calm Colin Kaepernick.

Now to Nick Foles as he is the Franchise quarterback I believe. The chemistry he has with the entire locker room is fantastic as quoted by Jordan Matthews “Nick can lead us to a Superbowl”. Nick Foles has a 14-4 record as a starter behind this year a patchwork offensive line, and even a down year. In his career Nick has thrown 46 td’s and 17ints. That ratio is among the best in NFL history. Not to mention Nick Foles has an NFL arm and can complete those deep passes to Maclin. Mark Sanchez all we would see from him would be these short crossing routes and screen passes. If you look at the touchdown before halftime vs the redskins the 1st time around that is a throw that Brady wouldn’t make. Which brings me to my next point. Foles is a warrior quoted by David Molk “After I saw Nick take that hit, and for him to lead us to a win? He is number 1 in my book”
Lastly, the cost to trade up for Mariota would be too much like remember when the Redskins traded 3 1st round picks and 2 second rounders for RG3? That was to move up 4 spots in the draft think about moving up 19 spots…that is something I don’t want to happen as I believe the Eagles have the worst Cornerback situation and that is the Primary problem. Nick Foles is the starter for the next 1,000 years.


Rising Stars


Flyers prospects in the World Juniors have played great. Oskar Lindbolm for Team Sweden has 3 goals(a natural hat trick) and 4 assists in 3 games played. He is a 6’1″ 192 lbs 18-year-old LW that we acquired with the 138th pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Yes I said 138th pick and he has really PLAYED GREAT in the World Juniors on NHL ice. He has the speed and skill set to be a perfect pair with Giroux and Voracek next season. Not to long after Oskar was drafted Philadelphia Flyers scouting director called him the biggest steal of the draft. His performances in last 2 World Juniors since being drafted has been VERY productive. In international play Mr. Lindbolm has played 39 GP 16-22-38. He is currently still with his SHL team the Brynäs which he has not been as effective when he is in international play. Where he only has 21 GP 4-5-9 all which he has scored this season in 17 GP. Ron Hextall will meet with Chris Pryor to fly to Montreal to watch rest of the World Juniors.
Samuel Morin looks like a man amongst boys in the World Juniors for Team Canada. He is not on the score sheet, but that’s ok though because his defensive ability has really stood out. He has really used his body to win battles along the boards in own zone. Has the reach to strip Jack Eichel and break up a scoring opportunity. He also has a +2 rating. I could see him making the roster next year due to the fact we need that big body. Not only the big body, but the fact he is OUR defenseman. Something we have not been able to do is groom our players. I believe he needs to use his shot a lot more because well see link below to understand. This kid has a powerful shot, reminds me of Shea Weber so much.
Robert Hägg has been alright. Not great. Not bad. Just good enough to get the job done. In 4 games he has 1 assist and is -1. He has looked a little shaky for being on a team that is unbeaten. I see him with Phantoms next year to get more of his game developed. He has flashed 2nd d line pairing. Robert also reminds me of another Nashville Predator Roman Josi. Rome has been very reliable for the Preds in all three zones. He can play the PP, he makes all the passes, and has the skating ability to start a rush. On that Sammy and Robbie would be perfect line pair because you get the best of both worlds.
Another quick thought, Shayne Gostisbehere would be in the World Juniors for Team USA if it wasn’t for his ACL tear.