Analyzing Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster after final cuts

Now that almost everyone has cleared waivers and practice squads have been formed, it seems like the Eagles’ roster is essentially what it’s going to be going into Week 1. As always there were some surprises, but nothing earth-shattering or even that surprising other than the trade that sent Sam Bradford to the Vikings just a few days before the season started. Here I’ll break down each position group and what I thought about who … Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster predictions: Version 2.0

It’s been three months since I made my last Eagles roster prediction, so it’s about time I updated it. They’re more than halfway through the preseason with their fourth game coming up in a couple days. Here is a position-by-position breakdown of who I think will make the team and who won’t: Quarterback In: Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz Out: McLeod Bethel-Thompson This is the same at last time and it’ll always remain this way, … Continue reading

NBA teams’ spending efficiency: dollars over salary floor per win

Recently, I published my third annual spending efficiency report for each NBA team, measuring each franchise’s “dollars per win” in the 2015-16 season. One interesting comment I received was that the analysis would be more informative if instead of dollars per win, it was “dollars over the salary floor” per win. Only one team (the Trail Blazers) was below the salary floor, and they still managed to make the playoffs, so they would end up … Continue reading

Have the Sixers hurt their trade leverage by drafting so many centers?

Opinions were in full force yesterday afternoon when reports said the Sixers and Hawks were discussing a trade involving Nerlens Noel and Jeff Teague. At first glance, this seems like a poor return on investment for the Sixers with Noel just turning 22 about a month ago. In comparison, Teague is already 27 and has just one more year left on his deal, which is $8 million. There are two possible explanations for why the Sixers might be interested … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2015-16: dollars per win

I don’t write about the NBA often, especially about things other than the Philadelphia 76ers, but when I do, it’s mostly about analytics. That’s what my annual “dollars per win” pieces are about. If you’re unfamiliar with these pieces, my article on the 2013-14 season is here and the one on the 2014-15 season is here. The last two years, I calculated each team’s dollars/win at the all-star break as well as the end of the … Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster prediction: Version 1.0

Predicting who is going to make an NFL team’s roster in May is stupid right? Of course it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. A whole lot is going to change between now and September when the Eagles take the field against the Browns in Week 1, but here’s my initial roster prediction based on what I think will happen: Quarterback In: Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz Out: McLeod Bethel-Thompson Even though … Continue reading

Analyzing Eagles’ trade to No. 2 overall: Was it worth it?

The Philadelphia Eagles moved up in the first round for the second time this offseason, trading with the Cleveland Browns to get the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. This nearly confirms they’ll be taking whichever quarterback, Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, that the Rams do not take. Was this trade worth it? In my opinion, not at all, but I’ve seen a lot of people make fair arguments as to how it could … Continue reading

Why the Eagles shouldn’t draft any running back in the first round

One of the most debated players among Eagles fans for who they should draft with the No. 8 pick is Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot. I have had conflicted thoughts about this because, as I’ve mentioned before, I think Elliot is an extremely talented player. I think he could easily be the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 and have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons, as well as make an impact through the air … Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Season Recap: Special Teams

This is part 4 in a four-part series. Parts 1, 2 and 3 can be found here, here and here, respectively. The Eagles boasted the number one special teams unit in the NFL in 2014, in large part thanks to Dave Fipp, their incredible special teams coach that the team grabbed from the Miami Dolphins in 2013, where he was equally successful. Last year they had seven touchdowns on special teams, an incredible number, and … Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Season Recap: Defense

This is part 3 of a four-part series. Parts 1 and 2 can be found here and here, respectively. Oh, how the Eagles defense was bad. It was so bad at times that below average teams were literally running and passing all over them. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 200-yard rusher and five passing touchdowns in the same game, which is just insane to consider. Their defense gave up 30+ points in five of … Continue reading