Thank You

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you had to reload the site once or twice to make the Tumblr servers respond to your quite reasonable request. So, I just wanted to thank you folks for sticking through these technical problems. I’m working on a possible (radical and time-consuming) solution, but in thanks for your support in the meantime.

Now while you’re here, lovely readers, please tell your friends about the Eagles Almanac 2012 that your favorite Eagles bloggers put so much work into. Training camp news is what fans need, but analysis is what they deserve (yes, I saw TDKR last weekend). Please spread the word, and thanks again.

Eagles Almanac Now Available on Kindle and Nook

I’ve been wowed by the positive response to the Eagles Almanac 2012. Thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy so far, and for all your feedback. Please keep your thoughts coming: email us, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. After all of our hard work, it’s nice to know what you think.

And for those of you who haven’t bought your copy yet, now is the perfect chance. The gorgeous (if I do say so myself) PDF version is still available on our website, and now we have two new ways to read it: on the Amazon Kindle store and the Barnes & Nobles Nook store. Tell your friends to buy it today!

Morality and Michael Vick

In honor of the Eagles Almanac, Tom McAllister posted his entire essay from the preview magazine many of the same authors contributed to last summer. The piece, if you haven’t read it before, is amazing:

Before he was an Eagle, Vick was someone else’s problem, which enabled me to discuss him with self-righteous equanimity. When he was a backup, he wasn’t an issue, because it was like he wasn’t really on the team, so I could sarcastically cheer his minimal contributions and convince myself the Eagles were winning despite him. But now that he’s the face of the franchise, is leading the league in Pro Bowl voting, and is a ratings bonanza for the NFL, it is impossible to avoid the central question: is it okay to cheer for Michael Vick?

IgglesBlog, Briefly Revived

Derek Sarley has shown new life this week with the release of the Eagles Almanac. He’s releasing a few tidbits of new stats analysis that he didn’t finish in time for the book. Deleted scenes, let’s call them.

Ask Us Anything

Jimmy Kempski (Blogging the bEast), Derek Sarley (IgglesBlog), and myself will be on Reddit at noon eastern to answer any questions you might have about the Almanac, or anything else Eagles-related. You can leave questions in advance or enter the fray during the free-for-all at noon.

Join us!

Is LeSean McCoy Better Than Brian Westbrook?

Thank you everyone who has already bought the Eagles Almanac 2012! I’m really proud of the work we’ve done on this book, and I hope you all enjoy it.

This week, I’m going to share a series of smaller graphics and other posts based on the work in the Eagles Almanac. For those of you who bought it, hopefully this will provide an opportunity to discuss some of the findings (since that’s difficult on an ebook). And for those who haven’t, you’ll see what you’re missing.

Below is a simple chart from my article, which was a detailed examination of LeSean McCoy’s running style and the areas he can still improve. The question this chart poses, as the title suggests, is whether Shady is a better back than Westbrook, using Football Outsiders’ year-by-year rushing plus receiving DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above replacement). Your answer probably varies from “so far” to “not yet.”

Westbrook McCoy DYAR

Introducing The Eagles Almanac 2012

Eagles Almanac 2012Today I’m proud to introduce Eagles Almanac 2012.

This is a project that that has been in the works secretly for months, a collaboration between 10 of your favorite writers, bloggers, and reporters to create the single best, most comprehensive guide to the 2012 Philadelpha Eagles season. The book, which you can download now as a PDF, is more than 80 ad-free pages of absolutely wall-to-wall Eagles content. There’s statistics, analysis, opinion, predictions, and even a dash of personal reflection thrown in for good measure.

The Eagles Almanac features long articles and in-depth essays on all the biggest offseason questions, and provides insight into a whole host of topics. And it does it all in a beautiful, magazine-quality layout:

I’ve personally taken on the task of editing and publishing the Eagles Almanac, but all together it was a collaborative effort between myself and a bunch of fabulous authors:

Mike Tanier (Football Outsiders and The New York Times), broke down the failings of Juan Castillo’s defensive play calling.

Tommy Lawlor (Iggles Blitz) penned a comprehensive draft review, as well as a personal recollection of the 1992 Eagles season.

Sheil Kapadia (Moving the Chains) analyzed what exactly happened to Michael Vick last year.

Jason Brewer (Bleeding Green Nation) looked at how 2012 is shaping up to be make-or-break season for Andy Reid, after 13 years on the job.

Jimmy Kempski (Blogging the bEast) put together the only NFC East preview you will ever need to read.

Tom McAllister (Bury Me In My Jersey) discussed the fragility of rabid Eagles fandom at age 30.

Derek Sarley (IgglesBlog) asked if Nnamdi Asomugha is on his last legs, and wondered what’s going on with Evan Mathis.

Sam Lynch (IgglesBlitz) looked ahead to the team’s problems and potential in 2013 and beyond.

Gabe Bevilacqua (IgglesBlog) gives advice for living in a (cruel) world where the Giants have won two of the last five Super Bowls.

And your truly examined LeSean McCoy’s breakout 2011 season and how he can actually improve from here.

Plus so much more! Given the hard work that’s gone into this book from all of us, I think it’s a steal at our price of $4.99, and I hope you think so too. At the end of the day, it’s a chance to get more top-notch Eagles content and support your favorite writers at the same time.

Buy the Eagles Almanac 2012 today!

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