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Eagles announce partnership with Angry Birds in strange cartoon video

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Wednesday a “wide-ranging marketing partnership” with the creators of the uber-popular game “Angry Birds.” This will be Finland-based Rovio Entertainment’s first time working with a sports team anywhere in the world. The deal entails an Eagles-themed version of the game set for release in the fall as well as social media and in-stadium marketing ploys. More from the Wall Street Journal:

For instance, according to the team, if defensive lineman Trent Cole sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the stadium’s video board will dump the traditional sack animation for a new one–an animation in which Angry Birds character “Big Brother Bird” Terence knocks Manning over. In short, for Angry Bird-addicted football fans, there will be no escaping your thumb-hurting vice this fall.

It’s an interesting move for the Eagles because people these days I’m guessing care more about Temple Run (or whatever; I don’t know — I’m the only person in the world without an iPhone). Honestly, I just hope this leads to a totally amusing partnership between the Nationals and “Words with Friends.”

As for the completely bizarre video you see above, which was used as part of the team’s announcement of the partnership, I don’t know what to make of it other than Cartoon Andy Reid looks more like a World’s Strongest Man competitor rather than, well, Real Andy Reid.

H/T The Big Lead

Eagles DE Trent Cole: We were ‘inches away from being great’

The Philadelphia Eagles were probably the biggest disappointment of the 2011 NFL season. Self-dubbed a “Dream Team” by Vince Young in the offseason, the Eagles started off 1-4, were unable to stop the run, and they dealt with injuries to Michael Vick, and a bad attitude from DeSean Jackson. They ended the season on a four-game winning streak to finish 8-8.

Even though Philly was only a .500 team, defensive end Trent Cole says they were close to being great.

“We had a bad year. We just couldn’t pull it off at the last minute,” Cole said at an outdoors show Tuesday. “We were right there, inches away from being great, being a dominant team. I think some teams are going to be worried about playing us” in 2012.

He’s not the only one expecting the Eagles to be dangerous next season — sports books have them as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl next year. The Eagles had many problems, but they got it together toward the end of the year. If they can keep their star players healthy — ahem Michael Vick — they should contend for a playoff spot.

But inches away from being great? I’m not sure I’d go that far.

Jerry Jones Says He is ‘Scared’ of the Eagles Because of Their First Meeting

As absurd as it may seem, the Philadelphia Eagles still have a chance to win the NFC East. Earlier in the season I found myself extremely annoyed with analysts saying things like, “the Eagles are officially done” week after week. It seemed obvious, but I would be lying if I said I thought it would be within the realm of possibility for Philly to still win the NFC East. However, if they win their final two games against the Cowboys and Redskins and the Giants lose to the Jets this weekend and beat Cowboys next weekend, the 8-8 Eagles would win the division because of their 5-1 NFC East record.

If phase one of the Eagles comeback plan includes intimidating their opponent’s owner, mission accomplished.

“Because it is the Eagles and after the butt-kicking they gave us up in Philadelphia, I’m scared,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an interview with KRLD-FM on Tuesday. “It’s that kind of feeling. The respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there, so you can put that scared there if you want to. I think sometimes I know I do my best when I’m scared.”

Jerry may not realize this, but he has no control over what happens this weekend.  His team is already assembled and his coaching staff is in place.  Unless we missed something, Jerruh isn’t going to throw on some pads and take the field.  With that in mind, it doesn’t make a bit of difference if he does his “best” when scared or not.

As for the actual team, they should certainly feel a sense of urgency.  The Eagles are coming off back-to-back wins and are confident playing against NFC East teams.  They beat the Giants with Vince Young at quarterback and destroyed the Cowboys when Michael Vick was healthy.  The Cowboys don’t need to be scared, but they need to understand the situation and take advantage of the fact that they control their own destiny.

Kevin Kolb Says He Knew the Eagles Plays

Kevin Kolb may have been inactive against the Eagles Sunday because of an injury, but that doesn’t mean he was unable to help his team win. Contrarily, he says he was able to call out many of Philadelphia’s plays — especially in the two-minute drill — because the Eagles didn’t bother changing their signals since trading Kolb to Arizona before the season.

“It was funny, as they were lining up for the plays, I’d go ‘Hold on, they’re gonna do this,” Kolb said during an appearance on WIP Tuesday. “And you don’t know if they changed things up or what… but the ones that I was for sure on, I was letting it ring, and I think I helped us out maybe just a little bit here and there,” he said.

“During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty,” Kolb said with a laugh. “Mike [Vick’s] sitting there giving the signals, and I’m standing there on our sidelines, screaming at our corners, ‘Hey it’s a go ball, hey he’s running a screen, hey he’s running a slant.’”

Kolb says he wasn’t sure if his players were able to hear him telling them what was going to happen, but he says the quiet crowd helped him communicate the signs. That sure makes sense to me. I was stunned at how ineffective the Eagles were. You can say that Michael Vick was off because he was playing almost the entire game with broken ribs, but it also doesn’t help when the opposing defense knows what you’re about to do.

And you wonder why teams pick up players who were cut from a practice squad a week before they play their division rival? It’s to get information about the opposing team — and every piece helps.

Helmet knock to Deadspin, The 700 Level

DeSean Jackson Deactivated for Missing Team Meeting, Eagles Likely Done

DeSean Jackson was held out of the Eagles game Sunday after missing a team meeting Saturday morning. His spokesman says the missed meeting was an honest mistake and that DeSean overslept. A supposed alarm clock mishap forced the Eagles to play without one of their biggest playmakers Sunday against the Cardinals and they ended up losing 21-17.

Philadelphia has been by far the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season. Their run defense and linebacker play has been poor all year. Early in the season, it looked like they could outscore opponents but they were committing too many turnovers. Then they crushed the Cowboys on Sunday night following their bye week and appeared back on track. Since then, they’ve lost two in a row including Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, against whom they were a 14-point favorite. They’re 3-6 and have a difficult schedule ahead, so their chances of reaching the playoffs this year is practically done. A 7-9 finish is likely.

Back to Jackson, you really have to question if it was an honest mistake or if the missed meeting was the product of a bad attitude. Jackson also reportedly was late to a team meeting earlier in the week. Between the missed meeting and teammates suspecting that Jackson is avoiding contract to make sure he doesn’t get hurt, it’s pretty clear that DeSean’s bad attitude is a problem.

If Philly really wanted to make sure he was there for the meeting, they should have told him cameras from Good Morning America were filming. Then he would have been there early and on his best behavior.

Philadelphia Eagles Facing a Must-Win Against Redskins in Week 6

In the NFL, every game counts. With only 16 regular season games any week could be mean the difference between making the playoffs and going home at the start of the new year. That being said, anyone who says no one game is more important than the next is clueless. Just ask the Philadelphia Eagles.

As they prepare to take on the first-place Redskins on Sunday, the Eagles are looking to save their season.  Michael Vick has thrown more interceptions during Philadelphia’s 1-4 start than he did all of last season when he took over as the starter.  The Eagles are terrible against the rush, ranking 30th in the NFL.  A defense that can’t stop the run and an offense that struggles protecting the ball is a perfect recipe for failure.  That is precisely why Vick and company are looking to drop the “Dream Team” references and turn their season around.

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Michael Vick on Eagles Start: The Dream Team Thing is Over

Is it impossible to make the playoffs in the NFL if you start out 1-4? Certainly not, but it doesn’t help. That is why the Eagles have such an important game this weekend in Buffalo. Already in a hole, a loss to the Bills would further suck the confidence out of Philadelphia and have Andy Reid in danger of losing his players.

What the Eagles need to do is stop making excuses and find a way to close out games.  They also need to rapidly shed their sense of entitlement, which is why Michael Vick told PhiladelphiaEagles.com on Tuesday that the whole “Dream Team” thing no longer applies to this team.

“The dream team thing is over,” Vick told the website according to Pro Football Talk. “Now we just have to forget about everything that’s happened and take it one game at a time. That’s what I’ve sensed in the locker room. I sense change. Nobody’s happy about this.”

“It’s the worst,” he said when asked about the Eagles 1-3 record. “At this level, in a game of this magnitude, especially for our organization and how hard we’ve worked, it makes it very difficult. Now the only thing to do is to go out there and get it worked out.”

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