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Michael Vick an Eagle

August 14, 2009
Michael Vick signs with the Eagles

Michael Vick signs with the Eagles

This came out of no where.  I did not even have an inkling the Eagles had interest in Vick, let alone the gumption to sign him.  Since I live out of the Philadelphia market, the preseason tilt the Eagles were participating in last night was not on my television.  So armed with my blackberry, I was doing a little grocery/supply shopping when I got a random text from a friend of mine who claimed the Eagles signed Michael Vick.  My buddy is a Redskins fan, so I assumed it was a prank.  Nope, the Eagles really did sign Michael Vick, as confirmed by multiple media outlets.

I’m not sure what to make of this.  Vick was a solid athlete and decent football player a few years back.  However, I never thought he was a great quarterback or even an elite football player.  Now after his struggles with dog fighting, gambling and conspiracy, I’m not sure he has any juice in the tank.  Aside from the Eagles having to deal with the off the field backlash of his signing, the Eagles have to figure out where he is going to play – quarterback?  Wide receiver?  Wildcat qb?  Punt returner?  I just don’t know where he fits.  I assume the Eagles will spend some time working him out, seeing what kind of shape he is in and then determining where he can best help the team.  I guess the big open questions are where does he play and in what capacity AND how will the city of Philadelphia, the Eagles fans and the rest of the country handle the signing of a former felon? 

I think second chances are important.  People make mistakes.  However, I have to wonder how many people would have gotten second chances if they didn’t play football.  I think the United States judicial system is designed to allow people to get second chances.  Vick did his time for his crime and now wants to move on.  I assume he will be a massive presence in the charitable and community service area of the Eagles organization.  Also, who better than to work with the troubled youth of the Philadelphia area than Vick?  He can simply say, look what happened to me over the last two years, don’t do it.  (Ok, it may have worked out in the end for him because he has a contract, but you get the point).

While I don’t want to discredit the brutal and disgusting crimes Michael Vick committed, but there are a few worse things that football players have done.  Specifically, Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth both killed humans via DUI.  Little served very little time and continued playing.  Stallworth was able to avoid almost all jail time and will be able to resume football next year.  The difference in these cases than Michael Vick’s is that the families of the people killed wanted to go after the players’ money.  The more money these athletes made, the more money the families could sue for civilly.  The dogs involved with Michael Vick didn’t really have this outlet, so Vick was much more at the mercy of the law.  Vick got what he deserved.

Of course, the question comes into play, what about McNabb?  Apparently, McNabb was consulted on this issue and was very happy to have Vick on the team.  All McNabb has to do is play great, win some games and Michael Vick is a non-issue.  He only helps the Eagles.  Of course, I had to wait to hear what McNabb thought until Philly.com updated their web site since Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com didn’t ask McNabb what he thought during the post game interview.  Um, Dave, don’t you think it was your job to ask McNabb what he though about Vick?  Sparado is a waste.

This whole Michael Vick thing could turn out to be very interesting.  Since he isn’t eligible to play until week 6, do the Eagles have him on the roster so he can practice or do they put him on the suspended list where he can’t practice?  This should all play out very soon.

While I can’t say I like Michael Vick for things he has done (never was into him as a football player, either), he does bring a certain mystic to the Eagles offense and at least could be an extra weapon.  As an Eagles fan, I guess I sometimes have to put aside my personal feelings and look at it from the betterment of the team.  I always hated Josh Parry and Reno Mahe, but that didn’t stop me from supporting my Eagles.

The signing of Michael Vick completely overshadowed some excellent preseason performances from LeSean McCoy, Leonard Weaver, Eldra Buckley, Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin.  McNabb looked solid, but had no time because Jason Peters looked terrible.  The defense needs to step it up, as well.  Since this was the first preseason game and the Eagles are notably slow starters, I will give them a pass.  But after this Vick signing and more time to practice, my patience will wear thin.  Andy Reid better have these Eagles ready for a big season.

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Offensive Line Depth?

August 12, 2009
Shawn Andrews rehabbing?  (Geoff Mosher blog)

Shawn Andrews rehabbing? (Geoff Mosher blog)

It’s been an injury riddled training camp for the Eagles and quite frankly, I think the injuries will continue into the preseason.  Already lost for the year are Stewart Bradley and Cornelius Ingram – the starting middle linebacker and rookie tight end, respectively – both with ACL tears, who were being counted on as big contributors to the Eagles football team.  Knowing that both players will be on injured reserve, allows the team to move on and find replacements.  However, with the injuries to the offensive line, it’s not as easy.  You see, we have no idea if our projected starters will be ready for the season.

Right now, center Jamaal Jackson appears to be the only healthy member of the projected starting offensive line.  Jason Peters has some nagging injuries, but looks ready and will start in the first preseason game.  After that, it’s a mess.  No one knows what is going on with Shawn Andrews.  Stacy Andrews is coming along and barring any setbacks should be ready for the season.  It was just announced that Todd Herremans has an injury that could lead to a stress fracture.  All of this should be of concern to the Eagles organization and Eagles fans.  The Eagles could have had one of the most dominant lines in Eagles history if they were healthy and had time to develop as a unit.  Not going to happen.

Taking some consolation is that the team appears to have depth at the offensive line, specifically the guard positions.  Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles both have had experiences starting and look comfortable in their roles.  Mike McGlynn has apparently played well in camp and has a year on the roster under his belt.  The tackle position is a little more enigmatic.  I suspect Todd Herremans was the lead back-up at the tackle spots, since the team is deep at guard, but with his injury this may force the Eagles to use inexperienced and clueless Winston Justice.  Also, King Dunlap, while blessed with size, strength and power, can’t seem to put it together on the field.  I’m not sure who else will man the tackle positions if the injury situation gets worse.  Stacy Andrews could slide out to play tackle and big Jon Runyan is still unsigned, but we don’t know if his rehab will put him in a position to be ready for the season.  

The way I see it is this:  aside from getting healthy fast, the Eagles need to get their young tackles some significant playing time in the preseason.  If the injuries continue they will need lineman that can be trusted to allow this team to win.  For once I agree with Andy Reid, it looks like the way to win football games is at the line of scrimmage.  

Other injury issues include the defensive line with the Trent Cole shoulder and Victor Abiamiri pectoral.  I do suspect those guys will be ready for the season, but I assume the Eagles are preparing some depth at defensive end with Chris Clemons, Juqua Parker, Bryan Smith, Justin Babin and even Darren Howard, sliding out from tackle.   Let’s just get healthy and escape without any other significant injuries.

Shawn Andrews – The Big Kid

April 30, 2009
Shawn Andrews, philadelphiaeagles.com

Shawn Andrews, philadelphiaeagles.com

It was speculated recently by the local and national media that Shawn Andrews, “The Big Kid,” was upset with his current contract.  Similar to Sheldon Brown, Andrews signed a long extension for a significant upfront signing bonus and middle ground yearly salaries.  Jason Peters, an offensive tackle, acquired by trade from the Buffalo Bills, received an impressive contract from the Eagles, with significant guaranteed money.  Andrews’ brother, Stacy Andrews, received a free agent contract from the Eagles worth significant guaranteed money.  Both the Stacy Andrews and Peters’ contracts make “The Big Kid’s” contract look paltry.  So, as good reporters, web sites and newspapers always do, they decided to speculate that Shawn was not happy with his contract.

There was no proof Shawn wanted a new deal, in fact, there wasn’t even a quote from him or his agent.  Why the speculation?  I have no idea and aside from the fact that his brother, Stacy and his old college roommate, Jason Peters are making significantly more money than him, I have a few other theories: 

  1. Andrews missed last season after battling depression and a back injury.  Some people think his contract may have been an issue even before the arrival of Peters and his brother.  I doubt that using depression and injury as a cover for a contract dispute would sit well with team officials and personally, I don’t think Shawn is that kind of guy.
  2. Sheldon Brown, as discussed in an earlier post, has complained about his contract and is in a similar situation contractually to Andrews.  Both signed long extensions for guaranteed money, but their annual salary would be less compared to others who are now signing deals.  So, some people speculated that since Sheldon is upset, Shawn should be upset.  Players are in it for themselves; they worry about their own contracts.  The Sheldon Brown situation is isolated and Shawn shouldn’t be dragged into this.
  3. The media was looking for something to get the fans riled up.  I think this might be the most obvious answer.

Andrews and his agent have publicly denied any contract dispute. That’s good for me, because I look forward to the revamped offensive line without anything getting in their way from becoming a strong run blocking and pass protecting unit.  Of course, there will always be another reporter speculating on something that could be a distraction to the Eagles off-season.

Eagles Draft and Trade Thoughts

April 27, 2009

 

Maclin @ Missouri, athlonsports.com

Maclin @ Missouri, athlonsports.com

To give the Eagles front office a pat on the back is a little tough for me, considering I am usually not a fan, but I think they did an admirable job managing the draft and trades that coincided with the draft.  The first two picks, Maclin and McCoy, are both excellent additions to the offense in areas of need.  Picking up the TE Ingram, potentially, could be a huge steal in the middle rounds.  People question, including himself, his blocking abilities. Regardless, a tight end that can stretch the field is going to be an excellent improvement.  Harris, Tupuo, Gibson and Fokou provide depth in their specific areas.

 

The Eagles gave up very little, in my opinion, to get Jason Peters.  If he continues to develop into a world class left tackle, the Peters trade and subsequent contract would pale in comparison.  Ellis Hobbs, an excellent depth cornerback provides some good insurance against a sulking Sheldon Brown.  Hobbs will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this upcoming season, so depending on the Eagles corner back situation and Hobbs’ play; he could be in the market for a contract extension from the Eagles.  Also, Hobbs’ comments on coming to the Eagles were very team and winning focused, as well as discussions on how excited he is to come to the Eagles.  So it looks like Hobbs is all about the Eagles.  I can dig it.

 

The Eagles made some great trades, had a solid draft, surprised a few people and picked up additional picks for 2010.  In total, the Eagles will have 9 picks, not including any compensatory picks that will be determined by the league at a later date.

 

Eagles had a solid weekend, can’t say the same for the Flyers and Sixers.

Philly Flavor

April 21, 2009

It frustrates me every day that the national media breaks local Philly sports news before the home-town media. I mean, really, what are the Philly sports channels and websites doing? Just in the past week, there have been two prime examples of this:

1)      Jason Peters signs with the Eagles – I first received a text from a Bills fan offering me his Jason Peters jersey.  Immediately, I searched the Eagles web site, then Philly.com, and finally, CSNphilly.com.  Nothing!  So, I hit up ESPN, and of course, there it was.  OK, so I got the breaking news, but it didn’t have a local feel to it. I didn’t know how the organization pulled off the deal or its internal thinking, nor did I have any idea how the fans reacted.  Personally, I’m rather pleased by the signing.  As long as Peters plays to his potential (which he can in the right environment), the Eagles got a great deal regardless of how much they paid him— the Eagles have the cap room.

2)      The Daniel Carcillo suspension – in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t such a big deal, but I didn’t even know the league was investigating Carcillo until I spotted a buried headline on TSN.CA.  Considering it relates to the first round playoff series the Flyers are playing against the Penguins, one would think that the local websites would carry this story, In fact, I don’t recall seeing anything related to the Carcillo suspension until the following day on Philly.com.

All I am asking is for some up-to-the minute sports news from the local Philadelphia media. As an out-of-towner, I want the local brand name and not the national generic.