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The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:42 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 7:33 am
OPENING HIT: Of course it's not time to panic in Philadelphia. Right. Right?

Panic? No way. Concern over Mike Vick's three interceptions? Definitely. Here's why.

It's the first game and the Eagles have been together for a handful of practices but around the league there was always the thought that this year teams would figure out Vick. To some degree, that's what happened to Vick pre-dog fighting days. Vick remains one of the greatest offensive weapons in the history of the sport but his firepower was limited because of a) his lack of preparation and laziness in terms of study b) teams put faster spies on Vick to shadow him and c) he didn't improve his accuracy.

Last season, Vick studied hard, Andy Reid made Vick hard to decipher, Vick was still extremely athletic and Vick was as accurate as he's ever been. It was the perfect storm of Vickness.

The thought in football was that it would be extremely difficult for that storm to be repeated this year.

Now, the Steelers are great. They're a Super Bowl team. They do that to quarterbacks all the time but Vick looked, well, decoded. What some coaches have been saying since the end of last season -- that teams would slow Vick this year -- looked realistic.

So, no, it's not time to panic.

Mild concern?

Kenny Britt: Likely no decision on his punishment on Friday or over the weekend but it's probable there will be some form of discipline. Which opens up another Pandora's box -- that term has been used a lot lately with the NFL -- in terms of punishing a player while he was locked out.

Packers: I wanted to end with this quote from a GM: "The Packers have the best chance to repeat of any defending champion in recent memory." Totally agree. The team won a Super Bowl with a banged up roster. Imagine what this team can do with a healthy one?
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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:48 am

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

Not panicking over AT ALL over Vick, panicking that the defense STILL can't stop the run and are devoid of linebackers! Didn't need CB's.

Thank you Andy Reid for ONCE AGAIN showing why you will never win a superbowl.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 2:58 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

One of the main reasons I felt Philly wouldn't make it to the postseason. I put them back into my predictions after all them acquistions. That might come back to bite them though cuz new defensive coordinator along with new talent. It will take some time for these guys to learn the playbook. I enjoyed the beat down!!

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 2:48 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

The Eagles have played all of two pre-season games and it's time to panic? Why? Every team is in the same boat because they didn't get a lot of time during the off season...everyone is going to be rusty and throw soe ill advised passes. Michael Vick or Vince Young aren't any different. Vince doesn't know the offense, so he's not going to play like a seasoned veteran. Young is the insurance policy. plain and simple. Now, when you play the Steelers, they play tough defense, one of the best in the league, so what's the big deal. QBs make mistakes and they move on.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:40 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

This shouldn't be a panic situation..having Vince Young, who throws like a 10 year old girl. as the back up should give the Eagle fans nightmares. 

His first cup of coffee wasn't cold yet and he starts this Dream Team crap..nice.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:49 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

I wouldn't panic yet over Vick.  Although anyone who expects last years Vick again is gonna be disappointed, whether your an Eagles fan or have him on one of your fantasy teams.  He is going to be a top QB this season again, but his stats and play won't lead to a superbowl for the Eagles or great success for fantasy owners, you will overdraft him.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:49 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

Last year, there wasen`t much game film of the ex-con as an Eagle. Comong into this season, teams have almost (had his annual injury, that cost him ANOTHER 4 games) a full year of film, so teams will be better prepared to go up against their offense. I think this "only in their dreams team" is alot like the `09 Vikings. They`re built to win NOW, since they know the ex-con gets beat up every year, and he`s only got a few years before his body is too beat up to be effective.

Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:29 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

 haters are gonna hate. you sound like an uneducated 12 yo

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:00 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

What would Mike Freemen say if Tebow had 3 interceptions,Mike would say he no good and will never make a football player. It's hard to take cbs writers with a grain of salt.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:32 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

It may not be time to panic, but it is time for real concern.  Teams will take a look at what the Steelers did and attempt to copy it.  Teams will remain disciplined in their lanes, and attempt to keep M. Vick in the pocket and play zone down field. At one point in the game Vick look like he was 5 feet tall surrounded by giants, he not only could not throw over these much taller men but he could not see downfield to find his receivers. Hence 3 interceptions.

I understand this was just a preseason game and does not count in the standings, but Philadelphia's defense was dogged, kept on the field for much too long, made to look very suspect.  Dream Team my azzz, Team with with a lot of Big Names on it is a better description.  Everyone forgets that everybody who is getting paid to play in the NFL is probably one of the best atheletes we have ever know.  All these guys are good, some just happen to be more fortunate than others and capitalized on there moment in the sun, so we know them better than we do the others, but given a chance they all are very good (see Patriots running back who was on the JETS practice squad now starts for the Patroits; Danny Woodhead)  Hey Eagle fans, here's a thought for you, PANIC NOW, AVOID THE RUSH, YOUR TEAM IS JUST AVERAGE WITH A BIGGER PAYROLL.    &nb

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:14 pm

The Daily Shoutout: time to panic in Philly?

Dude, you obviously know nothing about football.  It was pre season...Vanilla offense....Vanilla line calls
Butkus88 is absolutely correct.  Vick is best when on the move, rolled out, given options, able to improvise, etc.  The Eagles showed last season that they know how to use him and how to maximize his potential.  Preseason games are the opposite of all of that.  They run generic, predictable offenses with generic, predictable blocking schemes and just try to get a comparative feel for players while getting everyone up to game-speed.

It's also worth remembering that all kinds of things go on during preseason games that have nothing to do with winning.  There was a story a while back about Sean Taylor (RIP), when he was a rookie.  The coaches wanted to make sure he had a healthy respect for the speed of NFL receivers, so they lined him up against Randy Moss during a preseason game, with no help on his side of the field at all.  They knew he'd get burned for a TD (he did), but they ran the play that way because it's what they needed to teach him.  Who knows what the Eagles coaches were trying to actually accomplish on some of those plays?  It may have had nothing to do with scoring.  That's why preseason results are meaningless once the real games start.

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