Tag:Philadelphia Eagles
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Umenyiora looking forward to meeting with McCoy

McCoy, Umenyiora

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You’ll recall last June when Osi Umenyiora was going through a contract dispute with the Giants, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy tweeted his opinion of the matter.

Here’s what he wrote: "Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly."

As you can imagine, Umenyiora didn’t appreciate McCoy’s analysis, and as a result, he said, “She can say whatever he wants about it." The “she” to which he was referring was McCoy, and Umenyiora also let us know that McCoy goes by the nicknames of "Chihuahua" and "Lady GaGa” in the New York locker room.

Now that the Giants and Eagles are set to play Sunday (minus some of Philadelphia’s best talent, Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin), this five-month-old story was revisited this week. Umenyiora still is holding a grudge.

“What he did was unforgivable,” Umenyiora said, via the NY Daily News. “Do you understand what I mean? Because whenever you see a man in a contract dispute, a fellow NFL player, you don’t take that opportunity to take your shots at him. You wait until you’re about to play him, then you take your shots. . . . This, if he was going to say something, should have been the week he said some things like that.”

I suppose I can kinda sorta see Umenyiora’s point, but honestly, if Umenyiora is the third-best defensive linemen on his team (and I suppose with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, it’s a possibility), don’t you think the Giants already would know it. It’s not like they’d need to take advice from an opposing running back on how much money they should pay their personnel.

McCoy has been quiet this week in regards to Umenyiora, and without Vick in the lineup, the Giants will focus more of their attention on slowing down the Eagles running game. And that has Umenyiora excited about reacquainting himself with McCoy.

“He ran his mouth,” Umenyiora said of McCoy. “He crossed the line that shouldn’t have been crossed. I’m not really concerned about that. I’ll see him on the football field, and we’ll go from there.”

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Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 4:32 pm
 

For the gambler in you, Week 11

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Each Saturday, we’ll take the best -- and most clever -- odds collected by bodog.com for the upcoming week and give our take. This is important stuff, perhaps the most important post you’ll read all week. Because if you can’t lose money while watching a game in which you have absolutely no effect, what’s the point of watching sports at all?

Will Andy Reid be the head coach of the Eagles for Game 1 of the 2012 regular season?  
 
Yes EVEN  

No -140     

It’s going to be yes. Even if the Eagles lose out, I don’t see the Philadelphia brass firing Reid just yet. He’s been too good to that franchise to oust him after one terrible year. Besides, the Eagles are going to win a few more games this season and finish with a somewhat respectable record.

How many times will the Eagles be referred to as the "Dream Team" during the live broadcast of Sunday Night Football?
          
Over/Under 2.5

If this were Week 5 and the Eagles were 1-4 and Vince Young was replacing Michael Vick as the starting quarterback, then yeah, I could see the Dream Team thing happening quite a bit. But even though the Dream Team the Eagles are terrible right now, I think the Dream Team is old news. The announcers will say Dream Team less than I did in this answer.

Total passing yards -- Tyler Palko (KC)

Over/Under 235½

As you know, New England’s pass defense is worst in the league. But did you know Kansas City’s pass offense ranks No. 27 with 182.2 yards per game (You would if you were checking out our Matchup Central)? In his entire career, Palko has 82 yards passing. So, I’d go with the under and hope the Patriots prove you right.

Super Bowl XLVI Early Line  
     
AFC +3 (-125)

NFC -3 (+105)

Let’s just assume the Packers will be the NFC representative (that’s a safe assumption, right?). Then, think of the best the AFC has to offer (the Patriots, Steelers, Texans and Ravens). Would any of those teams stay within a field goal of Green Bay at a neutral site? I have a hard time seeing it at this point. Go with the NFC.

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Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Vick, Maclin officially out for Sunday vs. NYG

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For the last couple days it’s been pretty obvious that Michael Vick and his busted-up ribs were not going to play Sunday vs. the Giants (even though coach Andy Reid tried to keep hope alive by saying Vick could play even if he didn’t practice all week).

Now, the Eagles have announced it officially, downgrading the previously-doubtful Vick and receiver Jeremy Maclin to out.

That means Vince Young will start in Vick’s place, and the receiving corps will take another hit with the loss of Maclin and his bum shoulder and hamstring. That means the Eagles also have a slimmer chance of beating the Giants in this nightmare season for Philadelphia.

No word yet on whether DeSean Jackson woke up on time this morning.



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Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: November 18, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Report: Michael Vick is out for Sunday

VickPosted by Josh Katzowitz

On Thursday, CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson brought us the news that Michael Vick could barely walk because of his broken ribs and that Vince Young likely would start in his place when the Eagles face the Giants.

Coach Andy Reid has maintained he’s hopeful Vick can play and that he could play without practicing if need be, and while there’s no official word on whether Vick will go Sunday, a report in the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal cites a source who says Vick is out.

On Thursday, the Allentown Morning Call tweeted, “Don't care how tough Vick is. He ain't playing Sunday. Just saw him a minute ago. He could barely walk." But still, that was conjuncture. Now, we have an actual report. And later today, we’ll get the injury report that will tell us Vick’s chances of playing Sunday.

So, we’ll continue to wait and see, but for now, it’s not looking especially positive for Vick.

UPDATED (1:08 p.m. ET): Vick is listed as questionable on the injury report, and Reid said today that Vick is feeling better but not great. He also reiterated that Vick could play without practicing all week.



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Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Mornhinweg says Kolb had no impact on Eagles

K. Kolb was trying to call out Philadelphia's signals to his Arizona teammates (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though Kevin Kolb wasn’t on the field helping his team to a big win against his former Eagles squad last week -- apparently, John Skelton was exactly what Arizona needed -- he still tried to help out as best he could by calling out the plays Philadelphia ran on its final drive.

"During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty," Kolb said. "Mike (Vick) is sitting there giving the signals, and I’m standing there on our sidelines, screaming at our corners, 'Hey it’s a go ball, hey he’s running a screen, hey he’s running a slant.'"

In the end, Kolb said his screaming probably didn’t have much of an impact on Arizona’s defense, and a day later, Eagles offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg said Kolb was absolutely correct.

"That’s a story you can always anticipate, an ex-player that's on another ballclub and who’s injured and wants so badly to be a part of a win," Mornhinweg said, via Philly.com. "In the two-minute (offense) we only called two plays on the line. Completed the third down and then dropped a big one."

Mornhinweg also said he went back to review the film to see if Kolb had any discernible effect on the Cardinals defense, and he found nothing (though as the website points out, how would he know, since Arizona DID stop the Eagles on that drive?).

"It’s clear on film,” Mornhinweg said. “Also I think that stuff's sort of overrated. Just put yourself in a corner's position, and some guy on the sideline’s yelling at you something. You've got to trust yourself."

But if you also know you’ve got a former quarterback of the opponent you’re playing yelling about the plays that are being called, it also isn’t a bad idea to listen up either. You might just help your team stuff the offense and win the game. Which Mornhinweg said didn’t happen. But it could have.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Vick can 'barely walk,' VY likely to start?

Posted by Will Brinson

There's no shortage of quarterback confusion in Philadelphia these days -- Michael Vick suffered a pair of broken ribs in the Eagles loss to the Cardinals on Sunday (in a game where Kevin Kolb might have helped Arizona's defense) and his status is up in the air for Sunday.

To wit: Andy Reid said on Thursday that Vick didn't need to practice in order to play, which means there's no telling whether he can get on the field or not. This isn't customary for Reid -- usually his quarterbacks need to play. Adding to this confusion is a report from Nick Fierro of the Allentown Morning Call, in which he notes that Vick can "barely walk."

"Don't care how tough Vick is. He ain't playing Sunday," Fierro tweeted on Thursday. "Just saw him a minute ago. He could barely walk."

Look, I said earlier this week on the podcast, and I'll say it again: starting Vick this week makes no sense for Andy Reid and Co. The Giants lead the league in sacks, Vick is banged up, his receivers are either sulking or hurt, and the Eagles season is, for all practical purposes, over.

Though it's unlikely that Vick could end up getting speared hard enough for a broken rib to pierce a vital organ (this being one of the rare long-term injury possibilities for rib injuries), if his mobility and arm strength are compromised, he's just not going to be effective and he'll be exposed to other more serious injuries.

Given that he recently signed a $100 million contract, the Eagles would be wise, I think, to sit him for a bit. Who would take his start if Vick can't go?



Well, Mike Kafka and Vince Young split the first-team reps this week, but most folks, including Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, believes that "it's fairly obvious Young is the guy" who'll start if Vick can't play.

And that's probably who we'll end up seeing under center once Sunday rolls around.

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Keep an Eye on: Week 11's finer analysis

Why isn't Asomugha being used as a cover corner in Philly? (Getty Images)

Posted by Eye on Football Analyst Andy Benoit


Giants-Eagles
Notice to Eagles fans looking for things to gripe about (which has to be pretty much all Eagles fans at this point): forget about the wide-9 defense for now – your team has actually started to shy away from that in recent weeks. Instead, focus on the use of Nnamdi Asomugha. Your team paid an arm and a leg to acquire the league’s best cover corner not named Darrelle Revis. So far, that cover corner has spent roughly half the snaps defending the slot or playing dime linebacker.


Just because Asomugha came over from Oakland doesn’t mean he’s Charles Woodson. In Green Bay, Woodson has masterfully transformed from cover corner to rover. That’s because he has the fluidity and quickness to react and weave through traffic. Asomugha is not that brand of athlete. He’s an upright player whose physicality is expressed up high with jams and shoulder bumps, not down low with dives and snaking swipes. Furthermore, Asomugha’s brilliance in press coverage is in the way he uses the sideline. Obviously, you lose that element when operating in space.

It will be interesting to see how the Eagles use Asomugha Sunday night. He’ll have some trouble if forced to stay with Victor Cruz’s sharp change-of-directions in the slot. And Eli Manning will audible into plays that force Asomugha to be a tackler if he lines up as an underneath/flats defender in dime. The logical move would be to have Asomugha shadow Hakeem Nicks, thus taking away New York’s best receiver for the entire night. But ostensibly, logic does not apply to a team that buys a new Corvette only to use it for off-road towing.

Palmer actually got things going two weeks ago against the Broncos(Getty Images)

Raiders-Vikings
The Raiders have to be extremely encouraged by what they’ve seen from Carson Palmer. Most fans believe that the ex-Bengal’s breakout performance came last Thursday at San Diego (14/20, 299 yards, two touchdowns, one interception). But Palmer was actually quite impressive the previous week in his starting debut against the Broncos. Yes, he had three interceptions in that game. But one came in desperation garbage time and another was a good throw that Champ Bailey simply made a Champ Bailey-like play on. Palmer’s 32 non-intercepted passes that game yielded 332 yards and three touchdowns.

Stats, however, do not always tell the whole story. That’s why there’s film. Palmer has looked terrific on film. He’s moved well in the pocket, showing fundamentally sound footwork in sensing and sidestepping the rush. He has worked through his progressions elegantly, pushed the ball downfield with velocity and shown a willingness and ability to fire strikes through tight windows. It’s confident quarterbacking to a tee (or just about).

There’s a world of difference in the Raiders offense now. Their speed at wide receiver is actually paying dividends. A great way to capitalize on speed is to prolong the down and increase the number of receiving options on a play. The further downfield the wideouts can get and the more spread out everyone can align, the more space there is for the speedsters to attack. The Raiders could not attack that space with Jason Campbell – he was too cautious and too mechanical for them to even try. The opposite has been true with Palmer. And keep in mind, Palmer hasn’t even played with Darren McFadden yet.

Will the running game be a big part of these offenses going forward? (Getty Images)

Titans-Falcons
Both of these teams have had trouble finding their offensive identity this season. That’s surprising given that both were clearly run-oriented clubs the previous two years, and both entered this season with the same backfield personnel. Atlanta, however, got away from Michael Turner early in the season, going instead to more semi-spread concepts. Presumably, they were eager to play with their new toy, first-round pick Julio Jones. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey’s play-calling may have also been influenced by the fact that his team fell behind in some of those early games.

The Falcons, however, found themselves ill-prepared to play predominantly through the air. For one, they don’t have an offensive line that’s athletic enough to hold up for long stretches in pass protection. Secondly, the Falcons early on used simplistic route combinations with their wide receivers (perhaps to make life easier on the young Jones, though that’s an outsider’s speculation).

When Jones hurt his hamstring in Week 6, Atlanta returned to the heavy formations and ground-in-pound approach. They’ve averaged 149 yards per game on the ground since then, after averaging just 98.9 in Weeks 1-5.

The Titans were lost on the ground as well early on, though not because of a newfound predilection for passing. Instead, superstar running back Chris Johnson was, well, just plain bad. Johnson did not have his usual burst, quickness or acceleration. Had he gotten in the open field, we probably would have seen that his speed was gone, too. Tennessee’s blocking was not outstanding and the absence of suspended fullback Ahmard Hall hurt a little. But really, the problem was Johnson.

With backup Javon Ringer getting more snaps in recent weeks, Johnson has started to come back to life. He rushed for a season-high 130 yards against Carolina. But this year, everyone rushes for season highs against Carolina. The jury is still very much out on whether Johnson can regain the form that he lost during the league’s lockout and during his own personal lockout.

The Titans, fortunately, have managed to go 5-4 despite ranking dead last in rush offense. Shrewd pass route designs from new offensive coordinator Chris Palmer have manufactured some big plays through the air, though with no particularly dynamic receiving weapons, big aerial strikes can’t be heavily relied upon down the stretch. The Titans’ playoff hopes, just like the Falcons’, hinge on their once-great running game.

So who will win? Check our NFL expert picks for all Week 11 games

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Kolb was calling plays during Eagles final drive

Posted by Will Brinson

Whenever you hear that a quarterback was calling plays during a team's two-minute drill, that's usually pretty impressive. It's even more impressive if that quarterback is on the other team, as Kevin Kolb was on Sunday when Arizona beat Philly 21-17.

Kolb, according to an interview he gave on the radio Tuesday afternoon, was alerting the Cardinals defense as to what plays the Eagles were running on offense near the end of the game.

"During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty," Kolb told 94 WIP, per Sheil Kapadia of Philly.com. "Mike’s sitting there giving the signals, and I’m standing there on our sidelines, screaming at our corners, 'Hey it’s a go ball, hey he’s running a screen, hey he’s running a slant.'"

Oddly, after pointing out that he knew all the Eagles plays (on a day when the Eagles stunk it up on offense, no less), Kolb then pointed out that it probably didn't make a difference.

"How much of an effect do I really have?" he said. "I’m screaming to one guy. He may hear me, he may not. Luckily for us at that point, the crowd was pretty dead and some of our guys could maybe hear it."

Maybe it wasn't all Kolb, and certainly injuries to Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin, plus the absence of DeSean Jackson, caused the Eagles offense to slow down significantly. But even then, it's pretty odd that Vick sputtered as much as he did -- 16 of 34, 128 passing yards, two picks, no touchdowns -- against a below-average secondary on a team that happens to feature the last guy to take starting snaps for the Eagles.

Or maybe Kevin Kolb's just a defensive genius. If that's the case, Andy Reid should hire him this offseason.

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