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It just hit me......Philly's days of Domination (of us and the NFC) are over

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Roughneck, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Roughneck

    Roughneck Active Member

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    I was sitting back watching highlights on ESPN of both our game and the PHI/NYG game from earlier today and it just kind of dawned on me. Philthy's run is over. Their preseason aspirations of a Super Bowl will go unsatisfied, there will not be a 5th Straight Division Title, there will be no Playoffs, there will not even be a single victory over the team & fans that they hate more than any thing else in the World......the Dallas Cowboys. Then I got to thinking back about the years of power that they have fallen from, mainly the seasons of 2000-2004. A brief summation with a focus on particular items:

    In 2000, the Eagles got their first real taste of winning. They finished second in the division with a record of 11-5 and made the playoffs under 2nd year Head Coach Andy Reid. They did lose in the Divisional Round to Super Bowl Representative New York but it proved to be a huge stepping stone to greater glory. More importantly, Philthy crushed us in our Season Opener at Texas Stadium (41-14) and beat us in Overtime (16-13) to sweep the Season Series from Dallas for the first time since 1990.

    In 2001, the Eagles won their first of 4 Straight Division Titles with a record of 11-5. They advanced to the NFC Championship Game where they would lose to the St. Louis Rams. More importantly, Philthy destroyed us both at their place (40-18) and in our own house (36-3). They sweep the Season Series again.

    In 2002, the Eagles won their second of 4 Straight Division Titles with a record of 12-4. They advanced to the NFC Championship Game where they would lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. More importantly, Philthy blasted us, once again, both at home (44-13) and on the Star (27-3). They sweep the Season Series yet again.

    In 2003, the Eagles won their third of 4 Straight Division Titles with a record of 12-4. They advanced to the NFC Championship Game where they would lose to the Carolina Panthers. More importantly, thanks to the arrival of "Big Bill," Philthy lost to us for the first time since 1999 at Texas Stadium (23-21) but would later repay the favor with a 36-10 blowout at "The Vet," more commonly know as "The POS."

    In 2004, the Eagles won their final of 4 Straight Division Titles with a record of 13-3. They advanced to the Super Bowl where they would lose to the New England Patriots. More importantly, Philthy regained control of our series with a devastating beatdown in Irving (49-21) and a squeaker up North (12-7). They sweep the Season Series yet one more time.

    I'm sorry for forcing you to relive those terrible memories of seasons past. I realize that Philthy's sudden uprising coupled with our sudden downfall has provided many of us with years worth of rage, frustration, and sadness towards the game of Football. But I also think it helps to put things in the proper perspective. We sit here at the end of Week 11, tied with the Giants at the top of the NFC East with a 7-3 Record. The distance we have come since Dave Campo and the seemingly perennial 5-11 Dallas Cowboys can not be overstated. And most importantly, Dallas has taken the role of Predator, to Philthy's Prey, in this Rivalry once more with an absolute blowout here at Texas Stadium (33-10) and a season-crushing victory in front of the worst fans in the World (21-20). Dallas sweeps the Season Series and takes their rightful place atop the throne of the NFC East once more.

    While Philthy takes their rightful place atop a completely different type of "throne" once more, it being all too fitting that we were the team to be able to push down the flusher:

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    Whoosh!

    :starspin
  2. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    No, It's not just you. We killed the beast and yesterday the Giants held it's funeral. Philly may field a good team once more but their days of domination are over. What ever it was that gave them their edge is dead and gone.

    Ding dong the witch is dead! :D
  3. kojak

    kojak Who Loves Ya Baby?

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    Great post :bow:

    I truly beleive It was the cowboys that exposed them for what they are. They were riding high on a 3 game winning streak and we were sitting at 2-2. After the dismantling of the eagles at home. They have only one 1 game since. T.O. got furious and is now gone.

    And to make matters worse, we win a miracle game in the second meeting. Knock Mcnabb out of the game, possibly the season. Yep I would say there run is over and the league can thank us for it. :starspin
  4. thewivil

    thewivil Member

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    That could be the greatest post in the history of internet message boards.
  5. vicjagger

    vicjagger Well-Known Member

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    Yea, but the title made me think he's a little slow.....
  6. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    I'm thrilled with the way this year is unfolding for us Cowboys fans, but I think it's premature to throw dirt on the Eagles.

    They still have a great organization with Reid as the coach. They still have had excellent drafts for quite a few years, and there's no reason to think it will change. They still have the DC who orchestrated their great defense, and that defense still held us down last game.

    They still have some excellent players on the OL, including the giant road grader they took the year we took Julius Jones.

    They still have Donovan McNabb, who when healthy can still scramble, stand strong with guys hanging on him, and deliver the ball at the same level he did so while winning the division, playing for championships, and being a pro bowl QB for 5 years in a row.

    No, I think it's way too early to claim they're buried. They are a true RB, WR, and LB away from still being a very scary team.

    Injuries, no depth at RB, and T.O. have given us a down year for Philly and a year to close the gap for sure, but as much as I'd love for it to be true, I don't expect Philly to do anything other than make the NFC EAST a fierce battle for the next few years.
  7. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and Brew... Staff Member

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    The Eagles year is over but I'm not so sure they are ready finished overall and for the future. They have a lot of injuries and distractions.

    They aren't what they once were, but they aren't the 49ers either.
  8. vicjagger

    vicjagger Well-Known Member

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    Oh, man, isn't it fun being able to use the 49ers like that?
  9. Phoenix-Talon

    Phoenix-Talon Eagles Fan Liaison

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  10. EndGame

    EndGame Active Member

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    Unfortunately the Iggles will be back next year. A team cancer and McNappy's injuries derailed this season, not a lack of talent. Andy Reid will have them back competing next season.
  11. dmq

    dmq If I'm so pretty, why am I available?

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    Filthy has lots of cap room to fix anything that ails them.
  12. dguinta1

    dguinta1 Active Member

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    Agreed, Eagles will be back next year. Too much talent not to be.
  13. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    As long as a Team has a top notch QB, and Philly does, they will be a team to reckon with.......The NFCEast will be a tough division for the next few years.
  14. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    And that last paragraph, the funniest.

    Nice work, Roughneck!

    I don't know if Philly is finished as a top competitior for the conference title every year - their FO/CS have proven themselves much too saavy to write off lightly. I suspect Philly will adjust and rebound.

    But you're right the days of domination appear over, based not on their TO woes or McNabb injury, but on what their divisional rivals have done to catch up.

    No more cake-walks for them. That seems certain.
  15. Zman5

    Zman5 Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand when everyone says they have too much talent. Where is this talent?
    Besides, McNabb and Westbrook on offense and Dawkins and maybe Trotter on defense who else do they have that is so great?
  16. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Their dominance of the east is over. They will still be a good team and compete for division titles. They have some injuries to overcome and some young players to develop. They have plenty of cap room and a good nucleus. They have a good franchise. They aren't dead at all, but they won't be the dominant team in the division every season. It also isn't just about them. The rest of the division is stepping it up. Dallas, N.Y. and Washington are all making strides to become good teams. There may be a different division winner each season for the next several years.
  17. dguinta1

    dguinta1 Active Member

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    Smith TE, their DB' and Safeties are pretty talented and Jevon Kearse are a few other talented guys on the Eagles.
  18. Roughneck

    Roughneck Active Member

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    Yeah, that's why I used those specific words (..."days of Domination"...) instead of saying "they're gone and we won't have to worry about them again for another decade."

    Philthy's window isn't completely closed yet, it's just nowhere near as open as it had been at any time between the 2000-2004 Seasons. They do have some things going for them and it starts with Jabba over there on the Eagles sideline. With all the hell we like to give Andy Reid about his weight, cheese whiz/philly cheese steaks, etc. I think it is all too often to forget that he is one of the Best Coaches in the entire NFL. I mean, the Philthy we came to know and fear over these last 5 years were basically created and molded into the team he wanted. Him, along with their tight-*** Front Office (Good Thing/Bad Thing?), and their large amount of cap space are all solid reasons for Eagles fans to have some hope for the future. But if McNabb & Company can't get it turned around next season, and I'm talking about "Playoffs" turned around, Philthy may get a little too comfortable in the Divisional cellar and decide they might as well just stay there. But don't worry Eagles fans, you won't be lonely. We're gonna send Art and the rest of Redskins Nation down there to join you in about 4 weeks.

    :D

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