More ‘Nothing’ Than ‘All’ in Amazon’s Dive Into the 2019 Eagles
(973espn.com) - Amazon was kind enough to send along an advance-screening copy of Episodes 1 through 7 of their 2019 "All or Nothing," franchise, which documents the 2019 season of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The series has generally been better in recent years than it's more high-profile cousin, HBO's Hard Knocks, but the Eagles were reportedly not thrilled to be involved and some of the deeper issues with the team were ignored in favor of a more cursory look which leaned a bit too heavily on the over-the-top, often hyperbolic, views of the team's flagship radio station.
It was the typically manufactured cheerleader hot takes when things were perceived to be going well vs. the doom-and-gloom outrage after every loss.
In between fans will certainly be thrilled to go inside team meetings with Doug Pederson, in the car with Howie Roseman, who offers up a nice anecdote that explains his tinted windows, and on the field during game action.
The stars of the show were Brandon Graham and his effusive energy which is certainly not manufactured and follows him everywhere from the practice field to his time as a family man, along with "Odd Couple" roommates Dallas Goedert and Avonte Maddox.
None of the controversy surrounding Carson Wentz, the explosive PhillyVoice.com piece or the anonymously sourced Josina Anderson quotes that ripped the Eagles QB1, was even addressed.
The series did tackle Orlando Scandrick's seemingly two-faced attack on Malcolm Jenkins, playing up the former cornerback's on-field lauding of Jenkins during an ugly loss in Minnesota juxtaposed against his FS1 hot-take tryout after being released where he accused Jenkins of not holding himself accountable.
From what was shown Wentz seemed very comfortable in his skin even during the struggles and the production highlighted how the injury to DeSean Jackson completed changed the trajectory of the season.
An NFL source told 973espn.com that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz wanted nothing to do with the show and he and the other assistants, including now-fired OC Mike Groh, were not focused on.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie was shown addressing the team early and in his luxury box with actor Bradley Cooper.
The series will be released by Amazon Prime Video in its entirety on February 7.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen