Four-for-Four: The Broad Street Bullies Edition-A week in Philadelphia

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Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly talks with members of the NBC Sunday Night Football broadcast team prior to playing the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier this week, Deadspin and editor Will Leitch broke down the ‘tortured’ level of all 32 NFL fan bases. With Seattle winning their first Super Bowl, the Eagles and their fraternity of title-less teams grew one team shorter. While that list is still in double-digits; the Eagles, according to Leitch, are among the most tortured of the tortured. The article listed the Eagles fans as the fifth most tortured fanbase in the NFL. The justification was actually pretty spot-on.

"Every team’s fans want a championship, but I think you can make an argument that no team’s fans want a championship more than Eagles’ fans. It’s not particularly healthy, all told, and I’m not sure they deserve one as much as some others, but the coach and quarterback who bring a title to Philadelphia will be lionized. And then of course hit with something. But lionized first."

I can say with relative certainty that Nick Foles will be killed with adoration should he lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl. (not a typo)


In addition to being one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the NFL and a promising first round pick for the Eagles last season, Lane Johnson knows his way around the Twitter-game fairly well. Whether it is a well-timed quip or an interesting picture of his potential mutant son, Johnson has joined his fellow linemates in their effective approach to the social medium. Here are a few gems from his past week of activity.

I still say there’s nothing quite as jarring than the first time one sees the mitts on Lane Johnson’s son. That said, if you aren’t already following him (@Lanejohnson65), I highly recommend.


The bold outline, the capital letters, and the exclamation point are each tied for the most exciting part of this story. The technically fourth most important thing is that the Eagles signed WR Joe Anderson, formerly of the Chicago Bears.

The 6’1″, 196 lbs target has zero career catches in two seasons in Chicago, but did show some promise as a kick returner. Anderson went undrafted out of Texas Southern University, but brings the endorsement of at least one big name around the NFL. In’s Geoff Mosher’s article about the transaction, he was able to gather input from Anderson’s former coach, Marc Trestman:

"“Joe Anderson was the same Joe Anderson we saw all during training camp, playing hard, playing fast and being very efficient and catching the football,” Trestman told reporters. “He showed it again tonight. He made plays. He made some awkward catches. Everything we saw during practice he has proven he can do under the lights, no doubt about it.”"

Start polishing the Lombardi Trophy!